LEADERSHIP AND FUNDERS

 

Therese Ivancovich

Therese Ivancovich

Executive Director

Therese@DenverEdNetwork.org

With over 20 years of non-profit, strategy, marketing and education experience, Therese Ivancovich is the Executive Director for the Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN).  Therese works with a community-wide network of non-profit, business, government and education partners to improve college outcomes for Denver students.

Formerly the principal of a strategy and marketing consulting practice, Therese worked with senior executives to deliver on their organizational goals.  In previous roles, Therese served as the Senior Western Regional Manager for the National Association of Manufacturers and spent several years working in Silicon Valley, where she focused on marketing, communications and partnership development for companies including Compaq Computer Corporation and Technology Network (TechNet). She began her career working on statewide and congressional campaigns in the State of Indiana.

Therese serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and is a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents.  Therese is also a member of the Leadership Denver Class of 2011.

Therese holds a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Therese lives in Denver with her husband, Greg Sissel, her daughter, Clara, and Pippin, the family dog.

Rana Tarkenton

Rana Tarkenton

Deputy Executive Director

Rana@DenverEdNetwork.org

Rana’s professional experience spans more than 20 years of operations, policy, program and systems development in the education and nonprofit sectors. Rana has spent her career in education leading high-performing teams to increase postsecondary access and success for low-income, first-generation students and students of color. She brings a commitment to equity and a strong belief in the impact of strategic collaboration and student-centered design to her work at DEAN. 

Prior to joining DEAN, Rana was the founding Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Impact at the University of Colorado Denver. There she partnered with leaders and teams to drive results and transformational change through the application of strategic decision making and continuous improvement principles. Rana also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Denver Scholarship Foundation and oversaw statewide college access and outreach programs for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. She began her professional career in Boston in the community arts world before following her heart into the field of educational opportunity programs here in Colorado. 

Rana earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Theatre from Trinity University and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University.

Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell

Pathways Director

Kelly@DenverEdNetwork.org

Kelly Mitchell is a Pathways Director with over a decade of experience in K-12 education, workforce development, leadership, and improving equitable outcomes with communities. Kelly’s relationship and partnership building skills, along with skills in strategic planning, project management, and human and equity centered leadership help her to lead in this crucial space of driving transformation in American education to career systems. 

Previously to her work at DEAN, Kelly was the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator for the state of Colorado. In that role she supported connections between industry and education and the development of work-based learning programs in K-12. Prior to her work at the state level, Kelly was a teacher, math intervention program manager, and administrator in K-12 schools. 

Kelly was born and raised in Colorado and earned her bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Colorado State University and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Denver. As part of her work, Kelly leads utilizing the perspective of her spirited elementary schooler, Hazel. 

Dr. Angie VanDijk

Dr. Angie VanDijk

Pathways Director

Angie@DenverEdNetwork.org

Angie’s role as a DEAN Pathways Director is informed by her experiences as a college advisor, administrator, instructor, and academic coach. Most recently, Angie was a First-Year Experiences (FYE) instructor, advising lead, and retention specialist at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to this, she spent over a decade in NYC as the Director of First-year Experiences and Transfer Programs at CUNY’s Hunter College and as an Assistant Dean in the Division of Student Affairs at Columbia University.

Angie earned both a B.A. in Theatre and M.Ed. in Educational Policy at the University of Utah and an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Equity at the University of Colorado, Denver. In 2021, she was selected as a Sturm Fellow with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and participated in ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute.

Angie’s commitment to creating pathways for learners in the Denver Metro Area is largely inspired by her husband Chris, who is a fire-fighter and engineer with South Adams County Fire Department and their son, Liam, who is a middle-schooler at the Denver School of the Arts.

Stefan Richarz

Stefan Richarz

Director of Data, Technology, and Evaluation

Stefan@DenverEdNetwork.org

Joining the team in October of 2021 as the new Director of Data, Technology, and Evaluation, Stefan brings a passion for collaboration and building bridges from data to strategy and solutions, while maintaining a focus on students and the institutions that serve them.

Stefan comes to DEAN with over 12 years of professional data and reporting experience in Colorado educational systems. Most recently as the Data Services Manager at Denver Public Schools, his team was responsible for all outcome data for the district’s 90k students. Prior to DPS, he helped build out and manage programs for the Denver Scholarship Foundation, distributing millions of dollars and support to Colorado scholars. In these roles, he’s enjoyed connecting people and data across systems, having partnered with K12, postsecondary, state, federal, and non-profit institutions.

Stefan earned his MA in Literature from the University of Colorado Denver, served in AmeriCorps, and has returned to the redwoods of Mendocino, CA for over 15 years to teach as a Naturalist at an outdoor science school.

Pathways Leadership Community of Practice

Nate Cadena
Chief Operating Officer
Denver Scholarship Foundation

Amber Giauque Anderson
Executive Director at Office of Children’s Affairs
City and County of Denver

Samantha Haviland
Executive Director, Career Development and Student Supports
Denver Public Schools

Sarah Heath
State Director/Associate Vice Chancellor, Colorado Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Colorado Community College System

Bill Henry
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Matt Jordan
Chief Executive Officer
Prosperity Denver Fund

Erika Larson
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success
University of Colorado Denver

Shayley Levensalor
Executive Director, Career and College Success
Denver Public Schools

Adrienne Martinez
Associate Vice President of Classroom to Career Initiatives
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Bernard McCune
Associate Chief of Academics
Denver Public Schools

Gillian McKnight-Tutein
Vice President, Enrollment Administration & Student Success
Community College of Denver

Scott Mendelsberg
Director Higher Education Initiatives
Denver Public Schools

Roberto Montoya
Chief Educational Equity Officer
Colorado Department of Higher Education

Ruthanne Orihuela
Provost
Community College of Denver

Kim Poast
‎Chief Student Success & Academic Affairs Officer
Colorado Department of Higher Education

Jamie Roth
Senior Manager of Resource Development
MiCasa Resource Center

Shaun Schafer
Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Policy Development
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Kari Shafenberg
Interim Director of Transfer Initiatives
University of Colorado Denver

Andy Tucker
Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness
Colorado Department of Education

Linda Van Doren
Vice President of Education
Emily Griffith Technical College

Lee Wheeler-Berliner
Managing Director
Colorado Workforce Development Council

Kaylah Zelig
Dean of Academic & Institutional Compliance & Concurrent Enrollment
Community College of Denver

DEAN FUNDERS

Anonymous

City and County of Denver

Community College of Denver

Denver Public Schools

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Emily Griffith Technical College

JPMorgan Chase

Lumina Foundation

Metropolitan State University of Denver

University of Colorado Denver

Walton Family Foundation