Get to know our selection of qualified speakers with backgrounds in higher education, online and distance learning, finance, IT, politics and enrollment management. 


Mike Johnston - Keynote Speaker and 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate

For the last seven years, Mike Johnston represented Northeast Denver in the Colorado State Senate where he successfully passed major legislation in the areas of education, economic development, immigration and criminal justice. He is now running for Governor of Colorado. Before entering the Senate, he spent six years as a high school principal, wrote a book about his experience as a Teach For America corps member in Mississippi entitled “In the Deep Heart’s Core” and served as a senior education advisor to the campaign of President Obama.

Mike is a small business owner who helps run his family business, The Christiania Lodge, and has co-founded ventures across the country including New Leaders, a national principal training program for urban schools, the Urban Leaders Fellowship, which prepares young people to fight for social justice through courageous public leadership, and Traverse, a strategic consulting company focused on building policies, partnerships, and programs that transform communities.

Mike holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Yale Law School and was named to Time Magazine’s list of “40 Under 40 Political Leaders” and Forbes' list of “America’s Seven Most Influential Educators.” Most recently, Mike was highlighted in the New York Times as one of "Fourteen Young Democrats to Watch.

Salvador Aceves - Senior VP, CFO and Accounting Professor

Salvador D. Aceves is currently appointed as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Professor of Accounting at Regis University. Prior to this appointment, in July 2011, he was appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Financial Planning in the Office of the Provost at Fordham University. He was primarily responsible for the development of the academic financial plan encompassing operational, restricted, grant, and capital funds. He also held the position as Vice Provost at the University of San Francisco (USF) serving as the University’s chief planning and budget officer, a role he held for six years. He also held a faculty position as Associate Professor of Accounting, teaching in both the School of Business and Management and the School of Law.

At USF, his office was the 2008 recipient of the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award recognizing excellence in planning. Additionally, he was the recipient of five teaching awards, including Best Teaching at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Aceves earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Doctoral degree in Education with a focus on global business from the University of San Francisco. He also holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

He began his career as a tax associate with Price Waterhouse and served for eight years as tax manager for Citibank. He is married to Carol who he met in the fifth grade.

Samantha Brown - Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities

As Associate Director, Sam plays a key role in the strategic planning, growth, and development to ensure the success of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities. Sam oversees the OCICU partnership operations and policies and is Higher Learning Partner’s expert in the SMS application. Sam began working for Regis University in 2004 and with Higher Learning Partners managing operations for the OCICU in 2006 for our charter members. Sam graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Jagan Gudur - Chief Information Officer

Jagan Gudur is an award-winning, strategic leader who is passionate about using technology to further mission, achieve organizational goals, and, above all, make lives better, using his strong service focus and business acumen to pursue this passion. A technology and operations executive, he has more than 25 years of experience in technology, customer experience and operations, spanning multiple sectors – education, consulting, telecommunications and hi-tech.

As Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Regis University, Jagan fervently champions the creation of opportunities for learners that enable them to be better prepared as they step into the world. He has played instrumental roles at Regis University in the creation of its new strategic plan, and formation of new colleges.

Jagan has led and played pivotal parts in many large-scale initiatives in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, including the launch of new businesses and products, strategic roadmaps, process reengineering, and business transformation aimed at enhancing customer experience, growing revenue, and advancing mission. Along with his colleagues, he has been transforming these groups to be strategic partners to educational organizations, focusing on solutions and service, collaborative relationships, and technology as a vital enabler, while optimizing cost structure.

Prior to joining Regis, Jagan served in information technology and leadership roles at West Virginia University, Verizon Communications and IBM Corp. He is also President and Executive Advisor at ENTELEQY, Inc., a management consulting firm that he founded to provide business and technology assessment and planning services.

Jagan holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station, a graduate certificate in leadership and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a United States federal government certificate in executive core competencies.

Personal Note:
In short and simple words, I work with people to solve problems and achieve goals using technology, intelligence – yours, mine, and others’, and other necessary means. I have done this many times before, and the good news is that I have the heart and mind to do it again!

Jerry Mosier - Senior Higher Education and Enrollment Management Specialist

Jerry Mosier holds an MBA and has more than 17 years of management experience in adult higher education. He is experienced in all phases of strategic enrollment management including marketing, enrollment, admissions, student advising, retention, new business development and community college partnerships. Jerry is successful at growing enrollments and improving retention in a competitive market. He is also skilled in developing metric-driven teams through professional development, mentoring, and training. Jerry is a dedicated marketing professional with experience in customer acquisition, search engine marketing, campaign development, CRM System management and contact center operations.

Jerry's specialties include project management, client services, online marketing and lead generation, student acquisition, sales management, new business development, strategic planning, performance tracking and analysis, training and mentoring, and leading large multi-disciplined, multi-cultured work teams. His other specialties include education consulting.

Margaret J. Haefner, Ph.D. - Professor, Communication Arts

Margaret J. Haefner is a Professor of Communication Arts. She teaches in both the Media Studies major program and the Women’s and Gender Studies minor program. Dr. Haefner has been developing and teaching on-line and hybrid courses since 2014. She is a certified faculty developer through The Learning Resources Network, as well as a certified peer reviewer for Quality Matters.

Katie Maier-O’Shea - Dean of Institutional and Academic Technology

Katie Maier-O’Shea has served as Dean of Institutional and Academic Technology for four years. Previously, she served as Director of Brandel Library at North Park University. She has led the recent growth in the University’s graduate and professional studies on-line programs, faculty commitment to academic technology, and growth in traditional undergraduate on-line/hybrid offerings.