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National Office
12635 E. Montview Blvd., Suite 270
Aurora, CO 80045
P: (720) 859-4149
F: (720) 859-4158
E: info@alphaomegaalpha.org

National Office Staff

The AΩA National Office Staff—Bios

Richard L. Byyny MD, FACP
Richard Byyny Dr. Byyny (AΩA, University of Southern California, 1964) became the Executive Director and Editor of The Pharos in November 2010. He previously served as a Member at Large on the AΩA Board of Directors from 1995-1999. Dr. Byyny graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1964, completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC in 1969; and an endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 1971. He was an Associate Professor of Medicine and head of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. He was Professor of Medicine, Vice Chairman of Medicine, and head of the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was President of the Society for General Internal Medicine in 1980-81. He served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado, and as the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder from 1997 to 2005. He is Professor Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Colorado. His specialty is internal medicine and endocrinology.


Dee Martinez
Dee Martinez Dee is Chief of Staff and Managing Editor of The Pharos. She joined the National Office in November 2015. Before coming to AΩA, she served the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) as Deputy Executive Director of Enterprise Partnerships where she oversaw the Department's 67 Boards and Commissions, Operations for all 64 Colorado counties, Communications, Legislative Affairs, and Client Services and Controlled Correspondence. Prior to joining CDHS, Dee was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Denver Health, Denver's public safety net hospital. She has also served in the Public Affairs Office at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dee holds a Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has more than 25 years experience working in communications, marketing, advertising and public relations with an emphasis on issues management and crisis communications. Dee is also a LEAN trained Black Belt with extensive experience in process management and the identification and elimination of waste in the work place. She completed Leadership Training through the University of Denver, and is disaster response certified by FEMA.


William F. Nichols
Bill began his AΩA service in 1985 when he joined the Hewlett Foundation as Chief Financial Officer. He continues to serve at the National Office on a part-time basis overseeing finances, investments and other business matters. His duties include working as an ex-officio member and staff member of the AΩA Board of Directors Audit Committee; the lead team member for the annual audit and investment management; a team member for the finalization of the annual 990 tax return, the quarterly profit/loss statement, and the annual budget development and Board recommendations.


Erika Smith
Erika Smith Erika is the Chief Financial Officer for AΩA. Before joining AΩA, her project portfolio experience spans senior leadership roles involving finance, operations, and strategy. Erika's experiences range from leading annual revenue financial planning processes for $1 billion organizations, large-scale capital construction financing, technology integrations, successful funding strategies, and effective business practices, especially in regulatory environments. Her career has spanned working as a management consultant with both international and local firms to a finance executive in higher education. Erika has an MBA from the University of Colorado Executive MBA program, and a BA in Psychology from Grinnell College.


Laura Gounod
Laura Gounod Laura Yañez-Gounod is the Director of Member and Chapter Services and Communications Manager for AΩA. She comes to AΩA with over 30 years experience of self-employment and has spent the previous 4 years working in both the technology and government sectors. She graduated from California State University Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting. In addition to her work, Laura volunteered 14 years with the Boy Scouts of America serving as an Assistant Scout Master, Registrar, Treasurer, taught merit badge classes, and led camping activities. Her leisure time activities include gardening, crochet, embroidery, cooking, and travel.


Saundra Beaird
Saundra Beaird Saundra Beaird is the AΩA National Office Executive Assistant. She comes to AΩA with more than 20 years of experience in event coordination, sales, marketing, communications, and project management. She has extensive experience as a Senior Executive Assistant to top executives, including Fortune 14 companies as well as to multiple members of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Administration. She served three years on the Executive Board of the Colorado Combined Campaign, most recently as Chair, and volunteers as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.


Jean Holzwart
Jean Holzwart Jean Holzwart, Programs Manager, graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English. While at Arizona State, Jean spent two semesters at Oxford University in England where she was awarded a Certificate of Studies. She worked as an editor for two publishing companies before returning to school to earn a Paralegal Certificate. Jean has worked the last 21 years in academic medical centers, reporting directly to the General Counsel at the University of Colorado Hospital, and most recently reporting to the General Counsel at the Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Jean is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt and hopes to use her Lean experience and skills at Alpha Omega Alpha. Jean and her husband love to travel and spend time with their young grandson.


Laura Kimball
Laura Kimball Laura has been the liaison for Members and Chapters since October 2016. Laura joined the National Office in April 2012, and has worked in a variety of roles, including member services, program facilitator of the Volunteer Faculty Award and Administrative Recognition Award, event planning, editorial assistant and accounting clerk.

Updated on September 18, 2017.


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