Board of Directors

Colorado Network of Women Leaders / AMI

Kris Binard

Dr. Kristina Binard

Chair, 2018-2021

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services and Student Support at Front Range Community College

Kris Binard is the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services and Student Support at Front Range Community College.  Kris was a participant in the 2001-2002 cohort and has been involved on the board since 2004.  In 2005, Kris was trained in Real Colors through AMI and was a facilitator for cohorts 2006-2015.  Kris joined the board as a member in 2016 and became the Chair of the Colorado Network of Women Leaders in 2017.  Kris has been involved in the Association of Leadership Educators, Partners Mentoring Youth, and Girls Leadership.   Her strengths are Maximizer, Strategic and Communicator, and she believes that “knowledge implies a responsibility to act.”  Kris’s research interests include succession planning and leadership.  She is involved with CNWL because of the networking and commitment to supporting women in higher education.  

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Dr. Kristina Quynn

Past Institute Director, 2019-2021

Assistant Professor, Director of CSU Writes, Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Kristina Quynn is the Founding Director of CSU Writes and an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University—Fort Collins. She joined the Boar of AMI in 2018 after attending the 2017-18 AMI as a participant, where she learned vital leadership skills. Dr. Quynn trained under Lia Franklin and serves AMI as Director (2019-2021) because she recognizes the value of AMI’s high-quality, low-stakes, and inclusive approach to fostering women leaders in higher education.


Dr. Donna Souder

AMI Director, 2020-2021

Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of Organizational Development, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Dr. Souder was a member of the AMI 2011-2012 cohort where she first attended a Real Colors training. Today, Donna is a certified Real Colors facilitator and has taught, presented, and consulted on topics including women in higher education, P-20 and external partnerships, workforce development, and strategic planning. Donna is actively involved in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and is committed to supporting women and underrepresented leadership across academia through her board membership for the Colorado Network of Women Leaders.


Lia Franklin

Past-Institute Director, 2019-2020

Institute Director, 2017-2019

Director Elect, 2016-2017

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life, Colorado School of Mines

Lia Franklin values the magic of connecting women across higher education.  AMI changed my life as a participant, and since then it has fueled my passion to continue to support women in higher education.  Love the Colorado and Wyoming connectiions, the abiity to be real and have the tough conversations, and sitting in a room with women that get it – priceless.


Dr. Mary Ontiveros

Secretary, 2018-

Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, Colorado State University-Fort Collins

As Vice President for Diversity, Mary Ontiveros leads Colorado State University’s diversity efforts and reports directly to the President. Ontiveros has been an employee of CSU since 1974, working in leadership positions in Admissions, as a faculty affiliate, and special assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo.


Lisa Kinzel

Treasurer, 2020 -

Director of Research Development, Colorado School of Mines

Lisa has been with Colorado School of Mines and the office of Research & Technology Transfer since 2006. As director or research development, she creates and implements strategies that help increase institutional competitiveness and raises awareness of our research strengths. She also develops strategies that support our faculty, providing them with funding opportunities and facilitating research events that promote collaboration and foster team connections.

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Dr. Michele Haney

Board Member

President Red Rocks Community College

I attended AMI in the 80’s and Judy Powell and myself were the first to join from Wyoming.  I cannot tell you just how beneficial it was to connect to women leaders through AMI.  Wyoming in those days, was a bit isolating for women in higher education.  From 2001 to 2003, I directed the Institute, and again enjoyed the opportunity to support the growth of women in our field.


Lori Ridgway

Communications Director, 2020

Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Central Wyoming College

After working in the fields of medical/pharmaceutical sales and real estate for several years, in 2003 Lori joined the team at Central Wyoming College to deliver workforce training programs in Leadership and Management to Wyoming businesses. In 2014, she accepted the Director of Marketing and Public Relations position for the college where she plans and develops strategic marketing involving multiple channel and styles of communication to optimize recruitment, retention, and brand awareness for the college. Lori serves as the media relations coordinator and public records officer and is the primary contact for strategic crisis communication for the Emergency Response Team, maintaining the crisis communication Emergency Operation Plan. Lori also serves on the President's Administrative Cabinet and develops and administers the Public Relations communication for CWC.

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Christi Carter

Board Member, 2020 -

Diversity Analyst, Recruitment & Training Facilitator, Deputy ADA 504 Coordinator, University of Wyoming

Christi Carter attended AMI and was part of the cohort during the 2019-2020 year. She was deeply impacted by the sharing of experiences and networking to support professional development of women in higher education. She has worked in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Wyoming as the Diversity Analyst, Recruitment and Training Facilitator since January 2019 and brings many experiences especially in hiring practices and compliance to UW. She manages the Employee Networks, Chairs the Accessibility Committee, and oversaw the successful Self-Identification Campaign along with serving in other committees and initiatives on campus. She sits on WYAPSE’s board of directors, a state chapter of a national organization called APSE that supports employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Christi is very excited to be a part of CNWL/AMI’s board of directors to promote and continue advocacy for professional development of women in higher education.

Prior Board Members

With gratitude for dedicated service, we recognize prior serving board members.

Deb Lasich

Dr. Elena Sandoval-Lucero

April Menzies

Dr. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti

Cindy Underwood-Anderson

Dr. Heidi Loshbaugh

Dr. Melinda Piket-May

Susan Genaro

Reniece Jones

Angelica Rueda