Academic Management Institute Board Chair, 2021 - 2024
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. Kristina Quynn
Institute Director, 2021-2022
Past Institute Director, 2019-2021
Assistant Professor, Director of CSU Writes, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Kristina Quynn is an Assistant Dean in the Graduate School at Colorado State University and the founding director of CSU Writes. She joined the Board of AMI in 2018 after attending the 2017-18 AMI as a participant, where she learned vital leadership skills.
Dr. Donna Souder
Past Institute Director, 2021-2022
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.
Dr. Mary Ontiveros
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.
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.
Dr. Michele Haney
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.
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.
Academic Management Institute Vice Chair, 2021 - 2024
Board Member, 2020 -2021
Director of Strategic Inclusivity Initiatives, 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 the 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 has been recently promoted to Director of Strategic Inclusivity Initiatives. She brings many experiences especially in hiring practices and compliance to UW. She manages the Employee Networks, has chaired the Accessibility Committee, and oversaw the successful Self-Identification Campaign along with serving in other committees and initiatives on campus. She served on WYAPSE’s board of directors, a state chapter of a national organization called APSE that supports the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Christi is very excited to be a part of CNWL/AMI’s board of directors and to serve as Vice Chair for 2021-2024 to promote and continue advocacy for the professional development of women in higher education.
She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a voice scholarship recipient, and studied under Metropolitan Opera Soprano Professor Myra Merritt. Christi made her operatic debut in Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne, a North American premiere conducted by Paul Odette. Her professional operatic debut was in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’ulisse in patria at Chicago Opera Theater. She would go on to appear in John Adams A Flowering Tree and in Handel’s Orlando with the same company.
When Christi left the operatic scene, she went to work in the private sector and gained experience in finance, management, human resources, and administration. After years in the private sector, she joined higher education to be able to give back to others what has been given to her by way of mentorship, outreach, role models, leadership, training, and community service. “What good does it do if we keep our wonderful experiences to ourselves and neglect to share them with others? I want to invest in others just as others have invested in me.”
Prior Board Members
With gratitude for dedicated service, we recognize prior serving board members.
Dr. Elena Sandoval-Lucero
Dr. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti
Dr. Heidi Loshbaugh
Dr. Melinda Piket-May
Kristina Binard Carlson