UWP Team

  • Alyssa Magalong

    Admissions Advisor

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Tour Manager - North America

  • Abby Ault

    Admissions Counselor

  • Amy Jordan Russ

    Community Relations and Event Specialist

  • Armando Gonzalez

    Admissions and Sales Manager, Mexico

  • Arnab Dewan

    Tour Manager, Europe

  • Brad Bungum

    Vice President and Managing Director, Europe

  • Brad Good

    Director of Recruitment

  • Chelsey Panchot

    Director of Sales, US

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    Vernon Grigg

    President and CEO

  • Elaine Crepeau, MSLIS

    Librarian and Archivist

  • Ellen Enebo

    Curriculum Manager

  • Eric Lentz

    Senior Vice President and Artistic Director

  • Jenn Gifford

    Marketing Consultant

  • Jennifer Thompson

    Senior Vice President for Advancement

  • Kaitlin Anderson

    Promotion Representative

  • Ken Leist

    Vice President for Cast Programs

  • Laura Motooka

    Database Manager

  • Lauren Dow

    Marketing Coordinator

  • Michael Bowerman

    Music Director

  • Paul Whitaker

    Special Projects Consultant

  • Rob Prytherch

    Technical Director

  • Sabine Mikulas

    Admissions Counselor

  • Sean Cortes

    Tour Manager, US

  • Shawna Reed

    Director of Enrollment

  • Stephanie Villegas

    Controller

  • Sterling Fraser

    Digital Marketing Specialist

Alyssa Magalong

Admissions Advisor

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Education Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with a Strategic Communication emphasis and minors in Business Administration & Sociology from Western State Colorado University (WSCU) in Gunnison, CO Jobs you've held? Public Relations & Marketing Specialist; WSCU Campus Visit Coordinator & Marketing Associate; Social Media & Marketing Specialist; Retail Sales Associate; Youth Volleyball Coach; Commercial/Print/Runway Model Most interesting job you've held? In 2013, I represented the state of Colorado at the national pageant in Anaheim, CA, where I won the title of “Miss National Teen US 2013-14”. Throughout my year as a titleholder, I volunteered with various nonprofits in the state/country and conducted presentations to educate/advocate for involvement in donating hair for women undergoing cancer treatment. Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I am an avid volleyball player (former DII athlete); I play the violin; I’ve won over 50 stuffed animals in animal crane machines (primarily in Walmart’s), which were donated to a daycare center in Orlando. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be to time travel.

Humberto Hernandez

Tour Manager - North America

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Education

Bachelor in Communication Sciences Applied to Business

Jobs you've held?

2011 - 2012 Promotion Rep (UWP), 2013 - 2014, Digital Media Monitoring Intern at (Pemex Petroleum), 2015 - 2019 Vice Director of Public Relations with Media (Superior Court of Justice, Mexico City)

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

My godfather owns a driving school for policeman, security guards and special groups so I have some sort of training on that, not a full Fast and Furious driver but not the average Mr. Bean.

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Brugge, Belgium

Abby Ault

Admissions Counselor

Amy Jordan Russ

Community Relations and Event Specialist

 
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Education Degree in Spanish, minors in French and English Jobs you’ve held? Hospitality Coordinator, Poker Dealer, Spanish Tutor, Marketing Manager, Sales Director, Stay-at-home Aunt, Business Owner and the World’s Oldest Intern First job you held? Ice Cream Scooper Most interesting job you’ve held? My current position at UWP as Community Relations and Event Specialist. I am honored to work with every department within the organization and do the things I love most. And, I don’t have to scoop ice cream! If we went to happy hour, what would you order? Margarita without salt The best piece of advice I've ever been given is You can never be overdressed or overeducated. My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Barbados! What a gorgeous country and beautiful, friendly people!

Armando Gonzalez

Admissions and Sales Manager, Mexico

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Education

Bachelor Degree in Sciences of Communication.

Jobs you’ve held?

Counsellor at an urban camp for YMCA Madrid in Spain. Project coordinator at Telcel's Instant messaging department (cellphone company in MX). PR for Up with People. Tour & Sales Manager for Viva la Gente. Director for Public Relations for The Children’s Foundation. Sales & Admissions Manager for Viva la Gente (current)

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I can speak with a very credible Spanish (from Spain) accent… Spaniards don’t notice I’m Mexican if I speak to them with their accent!

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I wanted to be a lawyer like my mom.

What are some causes you care about?

LGBT+ rights and women rights.

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is

Belgium & Italy

Arnab Dewan

Tour Manager, Europe

Brad Bungum

Vice President and Managing Director, Europe

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Education I have a BA degree from the University of Arizona in Secondary Education/History Jobs you’ve held? UWP road-tech staff/furniture salesman ’82-90. Owner of a language school in Copenhagen ’90-97, SVP/Partner with Aperian Global ’97-’13, SVP/Partner with MindLab Global Solutions ’13-15, MD of UWP Europe ’15-present First job you held? Besides negotiating with my parents on household chores and the appropriate compensation for such from the time I could talk, I was a paperboy starting in 4th grade. Largest route in town! Bought my dad a Timex watch at Ben Franklin for his birthday with the money. Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? An NFL quarterback If we went to happy hour, what would you order? Double espresso The best piece of advice I've ever been given is Dale Penny has given me lots of advice over the years, but the best piece was probably “Brad, get off your horse and pipe down.”

Brad Good

Director of Recruitment

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Education

Masters degree in Global Affairs from NYU.

Dream job?

Statistician for the Denver Broncos

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be apparating - nothing else comes close to being as awesome as the ability to instantaneously teleport in a Potter-esque way.

My most favorite places I’ve ever traveled to include Malta, Cambodia, Hungary, Portugal, ROME!!

Chelsey Panchot

Director of Sales, US

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Education Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations Jobs you’ve held? Insurance, telemarketing, Leasing Specialist, direct support for people with traumatic brain injuries, retail, etc.  Most interesting job you’ve held? Outside of Up with People, it's got to be working for Lutheran Social Services caring for people with traumatic brain injuries - that experience had me considering switching gears and going into home health care. Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I'm a pro chair dancer, played percussion for about 5 years and can hold my breath underwater while swimming the length of a competition lap pool. Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? A flight attendant My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is SO HARD to identify - I've had truly remarkable experiences in each new place I've visited from villages in the Amazon to capital cities in developed nations...Ecuador, The Czech Republic and Papua New Guinea are at the top of my list, though.
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Vernon Grigg

President and CEO

Elaine Crepeau, MSLIS

Librarian and Archivist

Ellen Enebo

Curriculum Manager

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Education

Undergraduate in leadership, intercultural studies and communication from University of Minnesota

Jobs you’ve held?

UWP: Admissions counselor, Ed coordinator/ manager, Curriculum Manager. Others: Executive assistant, Actor-Educator, Office Manager, Team Lead, Quilter.

Most interesting job you’ve held?

Besides Up with People road staff, the Peanuts costumed character at Camp Snoopy, Mall of America. Also, being a parent.

If we went to happy hour, what would you order?

Sangria

What are some causes you care about?

Environmental sustainability & resource conservation.

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is

Thailand

Eric Lentz

Senior Vice President and Artistic Director

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Education

BA in Arts & Humanities, concentration in Music and Theatre, Colorado State University. Partially completed Masters of Non Profit Management.

Jobs you’ve held?

Executive Director Denver Children’s Choir, COO Leaders Challenge, Bartender Old Chicago, Founder / Music Arranger The Poor Boys (a-cappella quintet), Dominos delivery driver, Camp Counselor, Corn de-tasseler, Short-order cook, Dishwasher

First job you held?

Grocery bagger

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Beatle. Probably Paul McCartney.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is

"It’s not about you."

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is

The lake district in the North of England

Jenn Gifford

Marketing Consultant

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B.S. in Computer Science and Graphic Communication, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI, USA

Jobs you’ve held?

Deployment Engineer, L3 Communications, Chantilly, VA Marketing Specialist, L3 Communications, Arlington, VA Graphic Designer, GE Healthcare Systems, Waukesha, WI Grant Coordinator, Early Care and Education - YWCA, Meadville, PA Merchantainment Host, Walt Disney World (College Program), Lake Buena Vista, FL

Most interesting job you’ve held?

Installing video surveillance training systems on military bases and in government buildings around the world

Dream job

Animator

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is

Seoul, South Korea. It has such an amazing blend of new and old, in a warm, friendly, and welcoming culture.

Jennifer Thompson

Senior Vice President for Advancement

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Only a undergrad degree but worked in a professional school of international affairs for 22 years so I feel that through osmosis – I have an MA in International Affairs

Jobs you’ve held?

UWP, UWP, UWP! Flight attendant for TWA; bartender, Associate Dean of External Relations for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU for 22 years

Most interesting job you’ve held?

Associate Dean at Denver University

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I took piano lessons for almost 10 years.

What are some causes you care about?

Women’s rights, the environment, & politics

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is

Italy or San Carlos, Mexico

Kaitlin Anderson

Promotion Representative

Ken Leist

Vice President for Cast Programs

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Education BSBA in Management Information Systems from The University of Tulsa. Student of the world through travel. Jobs you’ve held? Event Coordinator; Development Coordinator; Dance Captain; Production Manager; Cruise ship and regional theater performer; Company Manager for US National Tours; Choreographer and Associate Producer Dream job Amusement park roller coaster consultant and ride evaluator. If we went to happy hour, what would you order? Probably a glass of wine. An Old Fashioned if I’m feeling sassy; Dirty Martini if it’s a swanky place or a Blue Moon if it’s not. What are some causes you care about? Humanity and equality; Homelessness; Healthy Aging My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Bora Bora, Tahiti

Laura Motooka

Database Manager

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First job you held?

Babysitting

Dream job

Retirement

If we went to happy hour, what would you order?

Mojito

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lauren Dow

Marketing Coordinator

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Education Bachelors in Public Relations from the University of South Florida Jobs you’ve held? Door-to-Door Rock Saleswoman, Pretzel Maker (for a day), Social Media Marketer, Ballroom Dance Instructor, Marketing Coordinator Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? Batman If we went to happy hour, what would you order? A local beer I've never tried before. Why drink the same thing twice? What are some causes you care about? 4 Paws 4 Life gave me my best friend, and I'll forever be a huge advocate for them along with other pet shelters. My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is The Corn Islands in Nicaragua! One of the most remote places I've ever been and by far the most beautiful.

Michael Bowerman

Music Director

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Education B.M.E. Music Education from The University of Oklahoma Jobs you’ve held? Movie Theatre Cashier, Waiter, Pizza Delivery, Pedi Cab, & The Butterfly Pavilion in Colorado First job you held? I was a watermelon loader for one day. I quickly realized that physical labor wasn’t a career goal for me. Dream job To write a musical that went to Broadway. Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dean Martin. What are some causes you care about? Arts in our schools First job you held? I was a watermelon loader for one day. I quickly realized that physical labor wasn’t a career goal for me. Dream job To write a musical that went to Broadway. Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dean Martin. What are some causes you care about? Arts in our schools

Paul Whitaker

Special Projects Consultant

Rob Prytherch

Technical Director

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Education BFA Technical Theatre - Design Jobs you’ve held? So, so many… but they include: Waiter; Help Desk for credit card machines; Props Artisan; Sales for a mail-order greenhouse; Camera Operator for live TV newscast; Financial Aid Advisor; Manager of Visual Merchandising at J.Crew; Warehouse & Delivery Manager; Lighting Technician; Birthday Clown Dream job Donut Shop Owner Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I can still play the scale on the Baritone Horn (Euphonium). If we went to happy hour, what would you order? “Ein Weizenbier, bitte.” The best piece of advice I've ever been given is Love without Depending; Listen without Defending; and Speak without Offending.

Sabine Mikulas

Admissions Counselor

Sean Cortes

Tour Manager, US

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Education Bachelors of Music Jobs you’ve held? Disney, Elite Brands of Colorado, CSU-Global, Up with People Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I’m a cellist What are some causes you care about? Music education The best piece of advice I've ever been given is No matter what, go to college. No one can ever take your education away from you. My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Philippines

Shawna Reed

Director of Enrollment

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Education B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management; B.A in Psychology; currently obtaining my Masters in Organizational Leadership Most interesting job you’ve held? Working with at-risk youth developing and implementing curriculum to teach life skills through the performing arts. Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? Baking (cakes) and creating art! What are some causes you care about? Human rights and marginalized communities; cyclical poverty, systemic oppression, and human trafficking. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is To treasure the littlest of moments and stay rooted in gratitude and integrity. My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Mexico; my heart will always belong to the country’s warm people and vibrant cultural tapestry.

Stephanie Villegas

Controller

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Education

Associates Degree Accounting and Business Technologies from Front Range Community College

Jobs you’ve held?

Hamburger flipper, Waitress, Certified Nurse’s Assistant, Public Transportation Dispatcher, Bus Driver, Bookkeeper, Office Manager, Accounting Assistant, Accounting Manager

Most interesting job you’ve held?

Public and Ski Bus Driver

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I can ride a motorcycle.

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A nurse

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is

Life is too short not to have fun.

Sterling Fraser

Digital Marketing Specialist

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BS in Marketing and Minor in Technology, Arts, and Media from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Jobs you've held?

Director of eCommerce and digital design, branding and marketing consultant, graphic designer, front-end web developer, “Technology, Arts, and Media” tutor at CU Boulder, audio engineer for Red Rocks, sound designer for documentary film, breakfast cook

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I build furniture and play musical instruments (not at the same time).

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to summon pugs.

My most favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Barcelona to see Gaudi’s architecture.