Meet our Student Employees & Supervisor of the Year!

The University of Denver’s 2,500+ student employees form the backbone of the University, gaining important professional development experience while supporting the entire community. In recognition of their outstanding contributions and achievements, the University coordinates an annual selection process to choose our undergraduate and graduate Student Employees of the Year, as well as our Supervisor of the Year!

In an indication of just how important the student employment relationship can be, we had 115 incredibly strong nominations this year! These nominations showed just how much our student employees and supervisors have shown up for one another across a string of incredibly difficult years, displaying incredible teamwork skills as they navigated not only the ongoing crisis of a global pandemic, but also issues of societal injustice, leadership turnover, and personal challenges.

The Student Employment team invites all student employees, supervisors and supporters (including family and friends) to celebrate with us as we honor our Student Employees of the Year, Cap Kelly and Andres Pulido, and our Supervisor of the Year, Jordan Hernandez, and recognize all of this year’s nominees!

Check out nominee spotlights on our Instagram throughout National Student Employment Week, April 10 – 14!

A headshot of Cap Kelly, our Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year, in front of a tree. He is a white man with curly blond hair, wearing a suit.Cap Kelly is a graduating senior who will receive his BSBA in Finance with minors in Public Policy and Leadership Studies. He is deeply involved in the Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) community and previously served as the President of Beta Theta Pi and the Director of Health & Safety for the Inter-Fraternity Council Executive Board. Currently, he works as both an Engagement Assistant and as a Peer Career Advisor. After graduating, he will join Deloitte Consulting as a Government & Public Services Analyst in Washington, DC.

Cap was nominated by his supervisor Jeremy Vera for his work as Engagement Assistant at the Burwell Center for Career Achievement:

“Cap has had a major positive impact at the Burwell Center. Having started during a shut down/partial shutdown, we had to open the building during a time most people where not able or willing to come on campus. He showed a great deal of flexibility and drive to come and learn a lot of procedures and practices in a new building where most of these procedures and practices were newly being created. I cannot imagine the Burwell Center without Cap (although I have to since he graduates this year!).”

A headshot of Andres Pulido, our Graduate Student Employee of the Year. He is a light-skinned Latino with glasses and short hair, wearing a suit and tie.Andres Pulido is a graduating second-year in the MA in Global Economic Affairs program and the Data/Resource Team Project Co-Lead at the Pardee Center for International Futures. A Boettcher Scholar, Andres completed DU undergraduate degrees in Finance and International Studies, summa cum laude, and with DU’s highest undergraduate “Summit Award” for purposeful and bold academic and service leadership. Since first starting at Pardee his freshman year in January 2019, Andres now co-leads a 13-person student team and has contributed to over 15 multilateral policy reports. The latest is a co-authored report on “The Future of Food Security in the Wake of Covid-19” for the U.S. Agency for International Development and an in-review academic piece. Upon graduating, Andres will join Morgan Stanley as a Credit Risk Analyst in New York.

Andres was nominated by his supervisor Yutang Xiong for his work as a Data Team Lead with the Pardee Center for International Futures:

“Andres truly cares about his team’s development as a whole. With clear organization and communications, he ensures that the students he supervises gets chances to grow their technology skills and knowledge areas, so that they get an even better job after Pardee, as he shares with each when interviewing students. Last year, him and his team co-lead were the first team at the center to create core values. These values recognized that each team’s unique strengths matter and that sharing these gifts and unique perspectives is appreciated. Further testament to Andres focus on unifying, despite the center being closed for construction at Korbel and the year barely even starting, this year already, Andres organized an after-hours trivia social. I’m excited that this experience will help reach his goals to do a PhD in Economics and be a Professor.”

Jordan Hernandez, our Supervisor of the Year, smiles at the camera with a tree in the background. He is a light-skinned Latino with short dark hair and one earring.Jordan Hernandez has lived in Colorado his entire life and feels privileged to call the Centennial State his home. Originally hailing from the Colorado Springs area, he decided to attend the University of Denver for his undergraduate degree, obtaining his BA in Social Sciences in 2020, and is now pursuing his Masters in Higher Education through the Morgridge College of Education. Graduating freshly into the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging, albeit highly transformative time in his life, as he felt immensely supported by the faculty and staff of DU in navigating such a confusing post-graduate experience. The unending opportunities afforded to him by DU both in undergrad and beyond inspired him to return to the University as a full-time employee, having worked both in Undergraduate Admission and Undergraduate Programs with the Daniels College of Business. He feels honored to return to his alma mater to work closely with the DU community to ensure a productive, meaningful, and positive experience for all persons who walk the paths of our beautiful campus.

Jordan was nominated by many of his student employees, including Emma Slatnick, Jacqueline Michel, Berkely Rebman, and Kayla Fatemi, for his work as Campus Visit Program Coordinator with Undergraduate Admissions:

“Ask any tour guide on campus and they’ll tell you that Jordan is a pillar for admissions at DU. As the faces of the campus, I think this is pretty significant. I have worked for Undergraduate Admissions for 5 years now and in that time I’ve seen the culture of our community completely transform in the best ways and I think Jordan has been absolutely central in this. The campus tour guides are some of the closest student employees on campus with one of the healthiest work place/out of the work place dynamics I’ve ever seen (and I’ve had 4 campus jobs). We all feel very supportive of one another and display this to the families that visit who consistently tell us that DU has one of the best admissions departments/staffs they’ve seen in all their college visits. Again, I think Jordan is the key to all of this that has enabled us to thrive so much!”

Congratulations as well to our other nominees this year! Check out nominee spotlights on our Instagram throughout National Student Employment Week, April 10 – 14!


Undergraduates Graduates Supervisors
Alisa Sautter Alison Shimoda Alex Martinez
Ashley Sanchez Behrouz Sohrabi Aleyshia Whitmore
Ava Moin Carson De Fries Amin Khodaei
Camille Popiel Carson Koinzan Amy Gossman
Cari Reichel Chelsea Ernst April Shelby
Débora Rocha Daniela Barrio BeeJay Williams
Esme Schiff Daphne Rajenthiram Behrouz Sohrabi
Hunter Edgerton Emma Rau Bernadette Tynan
Iris Stanfill Grant Powell Beth Goad
JoAnne Migaki Grishma Neupane Brian Schreckinger
Jocelyn Buenrostro Ivelisse Dyson Damon Vine
Marisol Jara Jacqueline Jacobs Darcy Thompson
Megan Banks Jeffrey Bernstein Dmitri Obergfell
Preeti Saldanha Jessica Phelps Ethel Swartley
Samantha DeMarco Julia Olson Janet Redwine
Vander Georgeff Kate Daley Jeremy Vera
Zac Abero Katherine Connolly Jessie Stellini
Lina Kaldawi Jill Low
Maeve Moynihan Jodie Catlow
Martin Gonzalez Juli Parrish
Mayumi Beckelheimer Karen Hodel
Natalie Impraim Kendra Richard
Olivia Schauls Kevin Alt
Qiunan Liu Kimberly Chiew
Sean Finlay Liana Moss
Shubham Sapkota Liz Spooner
Victoria MacClements Mark Isenburg
Yanxin Bill Luo Max Manoles
Yue Wang Melanie Assis
Michael Caston
Paul Riola
Paula Martin-Noble
Philip Drescher
Robyn Thomas-Pitts
Ross Logan
Ryan Wadleigh
Sarabeth Wolbrom
Sierra Dwyer
Stephen Campbell
Susan Goodwin
Tiamo Katsonga-Phiri
Trapper Lee
Yuliya Kaplan
Zarin Xavier

By Elise Goss-Alexander
Elise Goss-Alexander Assistant Director, Student Employment