AHEC Leadership

Executive Office

The Chief Executive Officer oversees the management, planning, and development of land and property, as well as the shared services and campus-wide operations for the Auraria Campus. The Executive Office is located on 9th Street Historic Park. 

Office Location

1068 9th Street Historic Park
PO Box 173361 | Campus Box A
Denver, CO 80217-3361
303-556-3291


AHEC Leadership

Barbara Weiske

Chief Executive Officer

303-556-3291 • Barb.Weiske@ahec.edu

As a professional in the higher education setting, Barbara Weiske has more than 30 years of experience providing collective services, facilities, and land for the Auraria Campus. Serving as the Agency Chief Executive Officer, Weiske oversees the management, planning, and development of land and property, as well as the shared services and campus-wide operations.

Weiske was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2009. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Operations & Deputy Executive Vice President for Administration, a position she held from 2007 to 2009. In that role, she oversaw all the divisions and departments of the agency, including commercial leasing, contracting, and central business functions. She has also served as the Division Director of the Student & Auxiliary Services Division, overseeing all auxiliary enterprise operations, including revenue generating departments such as the tri-institutional bookstore. Prior to that, Weiske worked simultaneously as the General Manager of the Tivoli Denver Shopping Mall and as the Director of the Auraria Student Center, where she managed a synergistic new concept that transitioned a traditional commercial shopping mall into a mixed-use retail and student services center.

Weiske holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She is active in several professional and community organizations, including the Downtown Denver Partnership, for which she has served on the Economic Development Council and the Downtown Denver Neighborhood Leaders. She is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and has been appointed to their University Development and Innovation Council.

Weiske currently serves on the Denver Moves: Transit Task Force, contributing to Denver’s local transit vision and plan, and she's also on the steering committee for an amendment to the 2007 Downtown Area Plan, focused on the Central Platte Valley–Auraria District. She is a former chair of the Denver Lower Downtown District (LoDo) Board of Directors, and also served on the Mayor’s “Imagine 2020” Stakeholder’s Leadership Group, participating in the development of Denver’s cultural plan. Weiske has been an invited contributor in the Leadership for a Networked World, as part of Harvard University’s Public Sector for the Future Summit. She also participated in Harvard’s Shared Services Summit, which included serving on the executive leadership team in 2012.

Carl Meese

Director of Campus Planning

303-556-2189 • Carl.Meese@ahec.edu

Carl Meese is the Director of Campus Planning for the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC). Meese has been a planner for the campus for over 10 years. In addition to general campus-wide planning, he also leads Capital Project Planning, the Sustainable Campus Program, Design Review Boards, and the Campus Planning Committee. By supporting and advancing the strategic plan, mission, and goals of each institution on campus, Meese works to enhance the quality and use of space for the entire Auraria Campus community. He facilitates and administers the implementation of the Auraria Campus Master Plan with on-campus constituents, as well as off-campus stakeholders, including local and state governmental units and neighborhood groups. He ensures individual development plans integrate with the Campus Master Plan and provides expert guidance to the institutions as they develop their planning models.

Before working for AHEC, Meese received undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Urban Design/Architectural Studies at New York University and a Master of Arts Degree in Community and Regional Planning with an Urban Design concentration at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. 

Meese spent time as a planner for a large architecture and planning firm in New York City where he worked on many high-profile urban developments and mixed-use projects. In Denver, Meese participates on the Public Realm Council and the Mobility Council of the Downtown Denver Partnership. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners through the American Planning Association, a member of the Society for College and University Planning, and is a full member of the Urban Land Institute.

Bill Mummert

Chief Business Officer

303-556-3349 • Bill.Mummert@ahec.edu

Bill Mummert, Chief Business Officer, oversees the Business Division for the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC). Mummert was appointed to this position in July 2011 after joining AHEC in August 2010, where he served as the Director of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer. He relocated to Colorado from Orlando, Florida where he served as the Controller for the City of Orlando.

In his current role, he manages all agency financial matters including investments, bonding, and varied fiscal initiatives. He directly supervises the business services departments, including accounting, procurement, information technology & telecommunications, and distribution services, as well as the campus-wide parking operations, the multi-million dollar bookstore, and all commercial vendor and revenue contracts.

Mummert holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and a master’s in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado with over twenty years of experience in governmental accounting, having worked for a school district in Hanover, Pennsylvania and city government in Florida.

Blaine Nickeson

Chief of Safety & Communications

303-556-8080 • Blaine.Nickeson@ahec.edu

Blaine Nickeson serves as the Chief of Safety & Communications for the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC). He has been on the Auraria Campus since 2004, serving AHEC in a variety of roles. In his current position, Nickeson oversees the critical area of safety and emergency planning, coordination, and recovery. He supervises the campus police department, emergency preparedness, and integrated marketing & communications. In addition, he is the campus’ Public Information Officer for both routine and emergency communications.

Nickeson is a consultant faculty member for the non-profit Clery Center for Security on Campus, a leading national organization working to enhance campus safety and foster compliance with the Clery Act, Title IX, and other best practices. 

Nickeson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and holds a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. He is also a graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Leadership Program.

Ariel Redell

Executive Programs Director

303-556-3294 • Ariel.Redell@ahec.edu

Ariel Redell is the Executive Programs Director for the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC). While she has been in her current role since 2014, she started working on the campus as a student employee in 2011, doing everything from answering phones at the Auraria Health Center to being an event coordinator in the Tivoli Student Union. 

Redell is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to, providing executive services and program management for functions of the Executive Office, as well as other impactful agency and campus-wide programs. As part of the executive-level staff, Redell oversees high-level assignments, such as oversight of special projects, reports, and research activities, as well as policy oversight and management. 

She serves as the primary liaison for multiple campus-wide boards and committees, including the Auraria Board of Directors and the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (FACAB). She is also the adviser for an influential and vital student group, the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (SACAB). 

Redell manages the budgets for both SACAB and the Executive Office. In addition, she is paymaster for over 100 employees, including both full-time staff and biweekly student employees. As the purchasing card reallocator for the Executive Office, she also creates custom statements each month-end. 

As chair of the agency-wide Employee Recognition Committee, Redell works with her peers and management teams to promote positive change within the agency.

An Auraria alum, Redell received her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Medicine from MSU Denver in 2016. She hopes to enter a Master’s Degree Program sometime within the next year.

Jeff Stamper

Chief Operations Officer

303-556-2750 • Jeff.Stamper@ahec.edu

Jeff Stamper is Chief Operations Officer for the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC). With over 25 years of experience on the Auraria Campus, Stamper has responsibility for the majority of front-line services that Auraria provides for the constituent institutions. He directly supervises the departments of facilities services (operations and maintenance), academic support services (media services and program/classroom utilization), development services (project management and construction, and environmental health and safety), and human resources. Stamper also oversees support services and auxiliary enterprises, which include the Tivoli Student Union, Events Center, Kenneth King Performing Arts Center, Early Learning Center, campus-wide event services, and other common programs. 

Stamper holds a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is recognized as a source expert for higher education shared services. He has extensive experience with policy development, particularly with respect to space utilization by multiple and often competing constituencies. Stamper has also managed a number of major capital construction projects and has led campus-wide initiatives, including the introduction of an innovative approach to administering classroom space, which achieved a 95 percent utilization rate.