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Ann Ayers, JD

303-871-6801 |

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Ann Ayers, Dean of Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver, is stewarding the next chapter in CWC's 130-year legacy of advancing women across the DU campus, throughout Colorado, and nationally.

Every day, Colorado Women's College fuels the education and success of women through solution-focused research, innovative programming, scholarships for first generation college women, and building community for and around women.

Ann's strength is in moving people to action and propelling organizations to the next level. Prior to joining DU, Ann spent over 15 years building winning organizational strategies, powerful brands, transformative communications and dedicated stakeholder communities for nonprofits across the country. Her clients have included San Francisco Opera, Denver Art Museum, Boettcher Foundation, and numerous legal organizations and educational institutions.

Early in her career, Ann worked on corporate mergers and acquisitions as an attorney in the Paris office of Hogan Lovells, but as a fifth-generation Colorado native, ultimately made her way back to the mountains and blue skies.

Ann received her JD from The University of Virginia School of Law and her BA from Georgetown University.

Magdelana (Maggie) Red, PhD

Associate Dean, Programs and Partnerships
303-871-6654 |

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Dr. Magdelana (Maggie) Red joins Colorado Women’s College as Associate Dean of Programs and Partnerships. Maggie has worked in higher education and educational non-profits for nearly twenty years, and she is dedicated to serving as a change agent in the field. Since 2014, Maggie has served as Associate Professor and Academic Director for the Communication Management program at the University of Denver’s University College. There, she excelled by improving program management, developing industry-relevant curricula, hiring a talented pool of adjunct faculty, and building strong relationships across the University of Denver campus and beyond.

Maggie has been an instructor of Communication, Media Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and International Studies at the University of Denver and at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a first generation college student, she is continuously awed by the impact education can have on our lives and our communities.

Maggie earned her PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder; her MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and her BA in Politics from the University of San Francisco.

Stefanie Caroll, MNM

Director, Operations and Integration
303-871-6453 |

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Stefanie comes to CWC after seven years at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. There she worked to create specialized degree programs as part of the school’s 2009-14 strategic plan. As the founding Director of Academic Programs, Stefanie oversaw the launch of six certificate programs, recruited hundreds of students, produced large-scale events, helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for experiential learning opportunities, and brought awareness to the school’s unique offerings on both the local and national stage. Within a few short years, Denver Law’s U.S. News and World Report ranking rose dramatically from 88th to 64th in part because of her collaborative efforts. She then went on to become the Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she spearheaded major events and projects to commemorate Denver Law’s 125th anniversary.

Stefanie has a successful 20+ year track record in nonprofits and higher education institutions. Her professional work has spanned fundraising, event management, program creation, marketing/communications, community outreach, volunteer recruitment and strategic planning for both large and small organizations. Her past positions include work for Metropolitan State University of Denver, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation and Medical Students for Choice.

A longtime Colorado resident, Stefanie attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. At CU, Stefanie participated in the INVST Community Leadership Program, an intensive two-year, nationally recognized leadership training program that develops leaders who engage in compassionate action as a lifetime commitment. As a young alumna, Stefanie served as Chair of the INVST Fundraising and Advisory Board, raising funds for student scholarships.

Stefanie received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and is a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation’s Colorado’s Civic DNA Fellowship Program.

Trisha Teig, PhD

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, CWC Women's Leadership Scholars
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Dr. Trisha Teig is a leadership educator passionate about leadership learning and college student development. She began her career in higher education as a student affairs professional working in housing, student activities, student government, orientation, and of course, leadership programs! She completed her master's of education at Texas State University in Counselling and Guidance - Student Affairs and her PhD in Higher Education at Florida State University. Her teaching and research interests include women and leadership, gender and leadership, training student affairs professionals as leadership educators, and integrating social justice in leadership programs. She loves traveling, running, reading, and hanging out with her two kitties, Sophie and Sampson.

Amber Newberry (formerly Cheesman)

Executive Assistant to Dean Ayers
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Amber Newberry (formerly Cheesman) is Executive Assistant for the Colorado Women's College.  She is responsible for providing administrative support to the Dean. She joined DU in July 2018 and is working closely with the Dean and Advisory Board to help propel new initiatives forward. She is active in the Women's Coalition at DU, where she helps to unite women on the DU campus and in the Denver community on issues of women's advancement. Amber enjoys travel, reading, and adventures with her family and their three dogs.

Lauren Contreras, Ed.M

Program Coordinator, CWC Women's Leadership Scholars 
303-871-6115 |

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Lauren Contreras is the Program Coordinator for the CWC Women's Leadership Scholars Program, where she provides administrative support, and program development and coordination to the multidisciplinary and co-curricular four-year program for undergraduate women from first generation and/or underrepresented populations at the University of Denver. In addition to this role, she is currently a PhD student and graduate research assistant in the Higher Education department at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Her research focus includes college access, retention and support for underrepresented student populations in higher education. She is also interested in increasing diversity in leadership roles in higher education. She is originally from Dallas, TX, and moved to Colorado two years ago from Austin, TX. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Southwestern University and a Master's Degree in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education working in various capacities including student programming for first generation and underrepresented students, academic advising, and research. Lauren hopes to utilize her personal and professional experiences to create programming to empower and support the scholars as they navigate their college experience and prepare for their future. She also enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, hanging out with her pets, 1 dog, and 1 cat, checking out the latest movies and traveling to new places.

Nancy Reichman, PhD

CWC Research Director
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Dr. Nancy Reichman is Research Director at Colorado Women's College, where she is responsible for the research program of the CWC Collaboratory. She joined DU in 1984. She is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Director of the Socio-Legal Studies Program. Her undergraduate degree is in Anthropology and African Studies from New College In Sarasota, Florida and she earned a Master in Public Administration degree from New York University. Her PhD in Urban Studies and Planning is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Reichman has written articles and books on a number of topics including, pay equity, gender and workplace regulation, white -collar crime, sports regulation, and global environmental regulation. She is presently engaged in two new empirical projects: how workplace scheduling is refracted through a kaleidoscope of institutions (criminal justice, housing, transportation, education) to create persistent challenges for low wage workers; and ways that anti-doping regulation is built into everyday routines to extend state surveillance. Professor Reichman is a mayoral appointee to the Denver Women's Commission. Previously, she served as chair of the Colorado Pay Equity Commission and chaired the Board of Directors of Building Bridges, a Denver non-profit that helps to combat hate, discrimination and violent conflict by connecting individuals face-to-face with those they have been taught to fear and mistrust and teaching leadership skills for working across communities. At CWC, Dr. Reichman is responsible for supporting collaborative research and artistic endeavors that create knowledge, inform policy, transform practice, and question existing paradigms in order to support women´s equity and advancement. She is committed to bringing an intersectional lens to research, policy, and practice.