2019 Who's Who Award Winners








Katie Berland, '15 Katie, a CMU Mass Communications alumna began her professional career well before she graduated. While still a student, she interned with the Mesa County Sherriff's Public Information Office and then parlayed that experience to secure the role of Community Relations Coordinator for the Grand Junction Police Department. Immediately after graduating she moved to Washington D.C. She began as the Public Affairs Specialist for the US Navy Medical Research Center where she wrote countless releases, conducted media interviews with local and national news organizations, had her photography featured by Buzzfeed and TEDx, and served as a communication liaison for VIP events for foreign nationals and military leaders. Currently she is the Strategic Communication Specialist for the Department of Defense Transition to Veterans Program Office. In her young career she's received awards and recognition ranging from a personal letter of thanks from the GJ Chief of Police to the Command Dedication Challenge Coin from the Commander of the US Navy Medical Research Center.

Charles Dukes, '05 Since graduating, Charles has spent a significant amount of his career as a district educational leader. In the role of Director of College and Career Success at Aurora Public Schools he was a catalyst for systems change to ensure all students have access to postsecondary and workforce credentials. This work positively affected 8,500 high school students and he was recognized by the American School Counselor Association as the "Advocate of the Year" for his efforts. He assumed the Director of College Access Initiatives role with Denver Public Schools where he oversaw the concurrent enrollment program, district-wide ACT prep services, and the 9th grade expo for almost 2,000 freshmen each year. He advanced out of the school district level to become a Senior Consultant for High School Initiatives for the Colorado Department of Education and then became the Education Policy Director for the City of Denver where he served as the liaison between the city and Denver Public Schools to support alignment between educational institutions, businesses and governance structures. 

Joshua Garland, '09 In his academic career he's published over 20 peer reviewed articles in multiple disciplines and delivered over 25 invited talks about his research in 7 different countries. While finishing his PhD he founded a Data Analytics Consulting Firm called Complexity Analytics. The company provides services to social media companies, hedge funds and national labs on how much information is present in data, how to extract it, understand it, and to use it. In his research he's tried to focus efforts on the greatest potential for societal impact. A few include developing patient specific treatment protocols for medicine resistant Atrial Fibrillation, climate change and has recently started working on algorithms for automated detection and mitigation of cyber bullying and hate speech. Josh has received several awards, such as the Ralph J. Slutz Student Excellence Award, given to the top Computer Science grad at CU each year, and a global award called the Frontier Prize from the Intelligent Data Analysis. In addition to research, he has been very dedicated to impacting the next generation of scientists through mentoring and teaching. He has been the primary research mentor for 4 high school students and 7 undergraduates. He has also acted as the research advisor for approximately 160 graduate or postgraduate students at the Santa Fe Institute’s Complex Systems Summer School over the past 8 years. 


Anna Stout, '10 Anna graduated from CMU in 2010 with a degree in Spanish and then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from the University of Denver. She's currently the Executive Director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society and a Grand Junction City Councilmember representing District C. She has almost fifteen years of nonprofit and business experience and has served on state- and national-level boards and committees for issues ranging from language access issues to animal welfare. She currently sits on the Governor’s People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies board of directors, Mesa County Animal Services Advisory Board, the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority board, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture board, and KAFM Community Advisory Board, among others. As Executive Director at Roice-Hurst, she has focused much of her effort on building and strengthening local and regional collaborative relationships with animal and non-animal welfare agencies. Under her leadership, Roice-Hurst launched the innovative Community Health Through Shelter Pets Initiative in 2018 and was named the Best Nonprofit of the West.  She is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating Grand Junction’s sister city in El Espino, El Salvador.