Networking with Professionals in Business, Government, and Non-Profit

The 4th Annual Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders event hosted by Red Rocks Community College provides students the opportunity to learn from successful leaders in our professional community. This year, a speaker panel will kick off the conversation. Panelists will respond to questions about their journey to becoming the professionals they are today. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Ron Slinger, Executive Director, Red Rocks Community College Foundation. Professionals is the audience will be invited to share their experiences throughout the conversation. Immediately following the panel discussion, lunch and refreshments will be served in an informal setting to encourage networking among professionals and students.

Event Details

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Where: Community Room, RRCC, Lakewood Campus

STUDENT ONLY pre-event workshop

9:45am Check-in
10-11am  Networking warm-up workshop

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders MAIN EVENT

10:45am Event Registration
11am Panel Discussion
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch and Networking

Speaker Panel

Sean Dugan
Police Chief, Red Rocks Community College

Chief Dugan served in the U.S. Navy immediately after high school where he spent a total of 6 years, active duty and reserve. In 1982, Chief Dugan began his law enforcement career with the Wheat Ridge Police Department and joined the Littleton Police Department in 1984. Chief Dugan worked his way up through the ranks as Corporal, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Commander; and retired from the Littleton Police to become RRCC’s Chief.

As an educator, Chief Dugan has been an Adjunct Instructor for Arapahoe Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy since 1990; and is the Coordinator of that Academy’s firearms program. Chief Dugan sits on that Academy’s POST curriculum committee and possesses a Career and Technical Education Credential from the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education in Criminal Justice. Chief Dugan is also an affiliate faculty member in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, College of Professional Studies at Regis University specializing in Criminology, and is now an adjunct with Red Rocks. 

Chief Dugan is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and is a 2010 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Chief Dugan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Chief Dugan has six children, two of whom are also public servants; a son who is a Littleton firefighter and a daughter who is a school teacher in Parker. 

Felix Lopez
Vice President of Student Success, Pikes Peak Community College

Mr. Lopez is Vice President of Student Success at Pikes Peak Community College. He began his higher education career at Trinidad State Junior College as a non-English speaking student and worked his way through the ranks from a student worker as a dishwasher to become the chief financial officer and, eventually, the president of the college. In his current role as Vice President of Student Success, Mr. Lopez oversees Pikes Peak Community College's dedicated efforts to improve student retention, graduation and transfer measures, minority student success, and other areas of student intervention and student support.

Mr. Lopez graduated from Trinidad State Junior college with an associate degree then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern Colorado and a master’s degree from Colorado State University. He and his wife Darlene recently celebrated 32 years of wonderful marriage. They have three adult children, a wonderful son in law and two beautiful grandchildren.

Tana Smith, MD
Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program, Red Rocks Community College
Medical Director for the Student Health Clinic, Red Rocks Community College

Dr. Smith began her career in higher education at Red Rocks Community College, with the support of her husband and 3 young children. She earned her Associate of Science degree and was awarded Outstanding Graduate in 1993 here at Red Rocks before transferring to University of Denver to complete her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She is a Colorado native who completed her doctorate of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2001. She completed her training at St. Anthony's Family Medicine Residency in Denver, CO and is board certified in family practice.  She currently practices the full scope of family practice in Brighton, CO.

Dr. Smith has a decade of experience in both clinical and educational settings. Prior to her tenure at Red Rocks Community College, she served as clinical faculty for University of Colorado School of Medicine and as adjunct faculty for the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program. She currently enjoys activities with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

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