Ruscha Cohen, Graduate Programs Advisor, has a background in K-8 education and is a practicing psychotherapist. She has a master’s in Counseling Psychology for CU Denver and holds a graduate certificate in Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery from Harvard. Ruscha has been a part of ATLAS since 2011 and is focused on graduate program and curriculum development, as well as graduate student community building. Contact.
Jill VanMatre Dupré, ATLAS Associate Director, teaches, studies, and advises graduate students on a range of interdisciplinary fields including privacy, technology policy, creativity and transmedia journalism. She is a Senior Fellow in the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and has a joint appointment with the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Jill is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and member of the Colorado Bar Association. Contact.
Alicia Gibb, BTU Lab Director, is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), an organization to educate and promote building and using open source hardware. She is a member of NYCResistor, where she has curated two international art shows. Her electronics work has appeared in Wired magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Hackaday and the New York Times. Contact | Website
Hillary Faichnie, HR Liaison, has been a part of the CU community since 2006—first as an undergrad, then with the Office of Admissions, and is thrilled to now be part of the ATLAS Institute as HR liaison and graduate program assistant. In her free time, Hillary enjoys taking advantage of all CU and living in Colorado offer, coining bad portmanteaux, and practicing air karate with sound effects. Hillary’s patronus is a buffalo, but her spirit animal is Alex Trebek. Contact.
Susan Glairon, Communications Specialist, assists with communications for ATLAS. Prior to joining the ATLAS team in January 2017, she worked in CU’s Office of Strategic Relations and as a project manager for a media nonprofit. Susan has also worked as a staff features writer for the Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call, and she has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines as a freelancer. She holds a master’s in journalism from CU Boulder. Contact.
Dave Kalahar, TAM Advisor, has been employed at CU-Boulder since 1983. Academic advisor for the last 25 years (14 with Aerospace Engineering Sciences; 11 with ATLAS).College of Engineering’s Outstanding Advisor Award, 1991, University of Colorado’s Outstanding Advisor Award, 1992, University of Colorado Athletics Department Advisor Award – 1995, Minority Engineering Program’s Appreciation Award, 1996, City of Longmont’s Phenomenal Umpire Award, 1996 & 1997, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Appreciation Award – 1999, ATLAS Award, 2009, Chancellor’s Employee of the Year Award, 2013. Contact.
Bret Mann, Technical Manager and Broadcast Engineer for the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance (CMAP), works at the crossroads of art and technology. Besides his engineering duties, his background in music, videography, theater and broadcast/web television, helps bridge student’s concepts to completion by using a collective approach to technology and the creative. University of Colorado, B.S. 1988. Contact.
Gary McCrumb, Performance Production Manager, is CMAP’s lighting designer, audio engineer, tech crew mentor, and events manager for the ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio. He schedules CMAP facilities, and creates performance production schedules. Prior to ATLAS, Gary managed the Performing Arts Center at Naropa University where he taught audio recording and production. An active professional audio engineer, Gary has engineered shows for touring artists at the Boulder and Fox Theaters, Chautauqua Auditorium, the eTown radio show, and summer music festivals with Planet Bluegrass. Gary lives in Lyons where he is designing and building a net zero energy house. BA Philosophy/Music, Trinity College 1991. Contact.
Sara Preston, Business Manager, was a CU undergrad and is currently a Spring ’16 Masters graduate. She is excited to be back in Boulder and a part of the ATLAS team as an accounting tech since 2010. Having spent the first 10 years of her career in the computer industry, she enjoys being part of ATLAS’ unique program. Contact.
Marisa Reynolds, Academic Advisor, BS TAM, worked as a career counselor at CU-Boulder’s Career Services Dept. and served as an academic advisor at the Leeds School of Business before transitioning to ATLAS. She loves being an advisor and enjoys serving as a resource and sounding board for students as they make decisions related to their major and career aspirations. Marisa was born in Michigan but moved to beautiful Manitou Springs, CO when she was a teen. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor Degree in Communication and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Regis University. Contact.
Nick Sutcliffe, Director of Communications, oversees all aspects of outreach and communications for the institute. Prior to joining the ATLAS team in January 2015, he spent 13 years with the Colorado School of Mines, the majority working for the alumni association as editor of the alumni magazine, Mines, and director of communications. He also served as director of donor relations for the CSM Foundation and taught writing for the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies. He holds a BA in English and a master’s in English education from the University of Virginia. Outside his professional life, his overriding obsession is whitewater kayaking, and he’s also a regular swimmer and skier. Contact.
Randi Viola, Business Manager, has been the lead accountant for ATLAS since April 2006 and believes ATLAS is the very best place for her to be and she loves her job. Previously her accounting skills handled manufacturing, hospitality and 20 years in the Securities Brokerage industry in various accounting management positions. Contact.
Stephanie Wanek, Chief of Operations, manages ATLAS’ operations and outreach activities, including spaces, programs, people and some of the big picture, strategic planning as ATLAS continues to grow. A part of ATLAS, CU Foundation and University since 2006, Stephanie has served in roles including development/fundraising, communications, event coordination and as program manager at ATLAS’ partner, NCWIT. Mostly, she thrives being in a dynamic place where every day looks different, her colleagues are inspiring and surrounded by students doing fun and amazing things! Contact.