Education Steering Committee

Rebecca Bloch

Rebecca Bloch, MS

Rebecca is the founding school director of Aurora Science & Technology, Denver School of Science and Technology’s first campus to open in Aurora.  Prior to joining DSST, Rebecca worked as an English teacher at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, IL, and has previously worked for Teach for America and the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.  She holds a B.A. in Secondary English Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, and master’s degrees in Special Education and in Educational Administration from The University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Dominican University in Chicago, Illinois.

Evelinn Borrayo, PhD

Evelinn Borrayo, PhD

Dr. Evelinn Borrayo is a Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and Associate Director of the CU Cancer Center and directs the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. Her research focuses on cancer disparities across the continuum of cancer prevention, control, and survivorship.

Sonia Flores, PhD

Sonia C. Flores, PhD

Dr. Flores is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine.  She has been a faculty member at CU Anschutz for 30 years.  During this time, she taught the carbohydrate metabolism section to medical students and nucleic acid metabolism to dental students.  In addition to her research on pulmonary vascular remodeling in HIV, she has developed several research education programs funded by NIH.  These include the NHLBI-funded GEMS program (Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Students) which was just competitively renewed for 5 more years and the Colorado PRIDE program focused on Impact of Ancestry and Gender on omics of lung diseases.  In addition, she is a PI on the NIGMS-funded MARC*USTAR program directed by Dr. Rich Allen at the Denver campus.  In 2016, she was appointed as Vice Chair of Diversity and Justice where she has focused on implicit bias and microaggression training of faculty, staff and trainees. 

Erin Golden, PhD

Erin Golden, PhD

Dr. Golden is the Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at the University of Colorado Denver as well as the Director of the Denver Metro Regional Science & Engineering Fair. In both roles, she helps emerging researchers access training, funding, and mentorship opportunities and embrace the unique perspectives they bring to the world of research science. Dr. Golden completed her PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 and her post-doctoral fellowship at CU Anschutz in 2019.

Greta Glugoski-Sharp, MEd

Greta Glugoski-Sharp, M.Ed.

Greta has taught Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry for 18 years at St. Mary’s Academy and served as a Pre -Med Advisor and teacher mentor for the Latina Affinity Group. Is currently the President-Elect for the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and serves on the Governing Board of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and the Colorado Chemistry Teacher Association.

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Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN

Dr. Teri Hernandez is the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in the College of Nursing, and she has a long-held appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes.  She has been teaching in the graduate school for >10 yrs and actively mentors both pre- and post-doctoral trainees and Jr. faculty.  She finished her PhD at CU in 2009.  Dr. Hernandez’s research focuses on intrauterine influences, such as maternal nutrition, on fetal growth patterns.  She is a nurse scientist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and is the Associate Director of the CCTSI Early Life Exposures Research Program.  She is a cardiac nurse by training and worked as an oncology nurse earlier in her career.

Ross Kedl, PhD

Ross Kedl, PhD

As a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology for the last 16 years, Dr.Kedl has heavily invested in teaching and training medical and graduate students, both in the classroom and in the lab.  Over that time he served as the Immunology course director for 6 years, the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Immunology for 9 years, and continues to serve on the graduate program steering committee and Department of Immunology executive committee.  He is also the Co-PI for the “Training Program in Immunology”, a T32 training grant held by the department for the last 30 years. 

Dominic Martinez EdD

Dominic F. Martinez, EdD

Dominic is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is an Assistant Professor in the CU School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He oversees the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, Undocumented Student Services, CU Denver Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) Program, and the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Summer Undergraduate Multicultural Mentoring in Translational Science(SUMMiT), and Denver Student Training in Research Science (STaRs) Programs. 

Mary Reyland, PhD

Mary E. Reyland, PhD

Dr. Reyland has served as the Program Director of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program since 2010.  She also is co-PI of a NCI T32 that supports cancer biology training for pre and post-docs, and PI of an NCI R25 that funds the Cancer Research Experiences  for Undergraduates (CREU) summer internship program through the Cancer Center.”

Erin Schenk. MD

Erin Schenk, MD

Dr. Schenk is a physician scientist with a clinical and laboratory focus in lung cancer.  Since joining faculty at the University of Colorado in 2018, she has taught and mentored students in the CU Medical School and Fellows in the Division of Medical Oncology.

Kristine Sikora, PhD

Kristine M. Sikora, PhD

Dr. Sikora is the Assistant Dean and Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the Graduate School at CU Denver and CU Anschutz. She develops recruitment tools and strategies for graduate and summer research programs, specifically focusing on diversity and equity.

Meredith Tennis, PhD

Meredith Tennis, PhD

Dr. Tennis is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Science and Critical Care Medicine with research interests in lung cancer, premalignant lesions, and chemoprevention.  She has been involved in biomedical science outreach and informal education since graduate school and now directs the CU Science Discovery Anschutz program, which offers summer camps and research experiences for middle and high school students on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Gionni Thompson

Gionni Thompson, EdD

Dr. Thompson, Chief Education Officer, is a Colorado native with over 23 years of experience in education at all levels.  He is an EdD candidate with an emphasis in Leadership for Education Equity. Gionni received his Master’s degree in Education Administration & Supervision and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. Before his current career in non-profit, Gionni was a Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director, High School Principal, and Secondary Teacher.  He has a wealth of experience in public education and valuable leadership skills. While most recently serving the non-profit sector, Gionni focus on legislative initiatives, federal programs, grants, and regulatory compliance.  Gionni combines his deep understanding of K-12 education and operations, to develop legislative strategies and solutions which support the vision and mission of public schools and higher education.