Committee Members

Ryan StaffRyan Kalmbach


Ryan is in entering his last year at CU Denver, and is studying Marketing. He is continuing his last portion with CU Denver Live! as Chair. He is really excited for Art of Cooking and Masterpieces and Milkshakes. In his free time he enjoys cooking, movies, drawing, photography, travel, and spending time with his family. Fun Fact: he loves the show Amazing Race and Frozen.



Vice Chair

Roo is a senior at CU Denver majoring in Human Resource. She is excited to join the CUDL live team, having previously serve on the events and partnership team as events programmer. In her free time, Roo is obsessed with henna, baking, scrapbooking, hiking and enjoying the fresh air that Colorado has to offer. Shes always up for an adventure, and loves to discover downtown.


Brandon StaffBrandon Craven

Marketing Coordinator

Brandon is a second year student, majoring in Jazz/Commercial Guitar Performance and Music Business. This is his first year in the CU Denver Live! team and  He enjoys hikes, concerts, movies, cooking, and spontaneous adventure. He loves playing soccer and exploring all the sights, sounds, tastes, and culture Colorado has in store.


Meron StaffMeron Shiferaw

Cultural Event Programmer

Meron is a junior in college majoring in Architecture and minoring in Sustainability. She is excited to be a part of the CU Denver Live team. In her free time, she likes to draw, go hiking, and also go on adventures with her friends and families.


Lauren CroppedLauren Pfefferle

Student Events Specialist

Lauren joined the CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus at the inception of the Office of Events & Partnerships. As an Event Operations Coordinator she works with the many departments on campus along with Student Events and Activities and CU Denver Live! to create impactful events for students, staff, and faculty. When Lauren is not at a CU event, she is off hiking, biking, climbing, or searching for the newest restaurant spot in the city.





zackZack Strober

Senior Director Events & Partnerships

Zack has been planning major events for CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus for more than six years, including commencement ceremonies, block parties and New Student Convocation. The Office of Events & Partnerships was created in June 2016 to bring these events under one roof with student events and activities and CU Denver Live!
Zack is a Northern California native who’s been in Denver since 2005. He is the father of twin boys and loves taking his family skiing, hiking, camping and to the beach once a year. photo by BobbyJoe Photography