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Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership Staff

Below is a list of the staff members at the Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership which includes their picture and a brief bio. You can also find their contact information here.

Loree Crow

Director for Honors and Scholars - 

Loree Crow, M.A.

(970) 351-2948

I have been with the UNC Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership since January 2008 and at University of Northern Colorado since March of 2006. I have a B.A. in Social Science, with a minor in Business Administration, from California State University Stanislaus and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado. My academic interests include developing innovative honors curriculum and integrating civic engagement into learning. I also love medieval history, and spend a great deal of time outdoors with my family hiking, camping, and horseback riding.

Margaret Kelley

Honors Program Faculty Fellow -

Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

(970) 351-2220

Prof. Bovaird-Abbo's areas of special interest include medieval language and literature, particularly Middle English and Arthurian studies, and she regularly teaches classes on Old English, Middle English, History of the English Language, Linguistics, the Arthurian Legend (medieval to modern), and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Her current research project explores the effects of gender and class on depictions of the Arthurian character of Gawain in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Middle English romances, particularly in terms of Gawain’s interactions with women and younger knights, as a reflection of changing values among the English gentry.

Her wider research and teaching interests include linguistics, James Joyce, Victorian poetry, drama, mythology, and medievalism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with her family and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Read more about Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

Margaret Kelley

Office Administrative Assistant -

Margaret McKeown Kelley

(970) 351-2940

Margaret is the Administrative Assistant here at the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership. She enjoys working with the students, staff and faculty at UNC. There is never a dull moment in the Center for HSL offices.  In addition to being the Administrative Assistant for the Honors Program, Margaret is also the Administrative Assistant for the Life of the Mind program which includes the Schulze Speaker Series. Margaret has a B.S. in Business Management Administration Science from UNC and in her spare time she loves to cook, read, and go on long walks.  She especially enjoy spending time with family and friends.  Go Bears!


Sarah Zwetzig

Coordinator for Honors & Leadership Curriculum Design, Assessment and Research - Sarah Zwetzig

(970) 351-1428

Sarah is entering her fourth-year in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D program.  She graduated from Colorado Mesa University with her B.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2014, and graduated from the Honors program.  Her interests include feminist theory, community psychology, and integrated care.  Sarah is in her second year working for the HSL Office, and she loves getting to be involved with students! She views student development as being holistic, in which all facets of an individual can contribute to success.  She believes in being flexible in learning and leadership to reach goals and build relationships.

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Coordinator for Communications, Planning, and Advising - Danielle Pacheco


Danielle is entering her first year in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Masters program. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Communication. She enjoys working with diverse students and helping first generation students navigate the higher education system. In the coming academic year she is looking forward to assisting and advising the The Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership students. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

 Grace Davis  

HSL Assistant - Grace Davis


Grace Davis (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate Anthropology major, minoring in both American Sign Language and Gender Studies.  She is actively involved in the Honors program and currently is a part of the Honors interdisciplinary Program, Upper Division Program, and Student Honors Council.  Apart from working at UNC, she regularly volunteers for a non-profit in Wheat Ridge called Feel the Beat where she serves as an administrative assistant and board secretary.  She plans to attend graduate school following her graduation in 2021.


Senior Honors Office Assistant -

Esther Luce


Esther is a senior at UNC and started working at the HSL office in the fall of 2017.  She is majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Music. She is also a member of the Honors Program and hopes to use the skills she has developed through the program and working at the office to augment her communication and interdisciplinary studies. Esther enjoys reading, listening to music, and being involved with her church’s college and children’s ministries. She hopes to be a Christian church children’s pastor or camp director in the future.

Isabel Martinez-Venegas

HSL Assistant - Isabel Martinez-Venegas


I am a freshman at UNC and I am working on a degree in Biology with a Pre-health and Biomedical Concentration and a minor in Chemistry.  I am hoping to graduate in just 3 years and go straight into a Veterinary Medicine program.  I have a passion to help animals large and small, scaly and furry. I enjoy cooking, reading and going on walks in my free time. I am also part of UNC’s Ethics Bowl team where we debate ethical dilemmas in today’s society.  



Marketing & Graphic Design Assistant - Casey Ryder


Casey is a Sophomore here at UNC and recently joined the Honors Office as the Marketing and Graphic Design Assistant. She is double majoring in Psychology and Graphic Design, and also is a part of the Honors Program. She is also a part of the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band in the fall, and plays percussion in the front ensemble. In her free time she enjoys relaxing to some good music, watching TV, doing anything creative, or traveling with her family and friends. During the summers she enjoys working with children as a camp counselor in the foot hills of Boulder, Colorado.

Summer Raines 

HSL Office Assistant - Summer Raines


Summer is entering her junior year at UNC and started working at the HSL office in the summer of 2018. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Leadership and Criminal Justice. She has been involved with the Honors Program since her freshman year and hopes to use her acquired research skills to follow a graduate path in Behavioral Genetics Research. Summer enjoys anti-drug advocacy, going to the gym, collecting exotic fish and amphibians, and the outdoors. For the future she hopes to help those with drug addictions by working in genetics research. 

Ace Spitzer 

HSL Special Project Assistant - Ace Spitzer


Ace is a returning employee to the Center for HSL from the Department of Biology. He is currently completing his UHP project which has been accepted for presentation at the 2018 NCHC symposium in Boston, MA.  When he is not being teased by his professors (ACE comes up a lot in enzymatics) or working on an Honors-related project, Ace rides motorcycles and practices Chinese fighting arts, but most dangerously cooks with hot oil. He hopes to earn a Ph.D in the future become a university professor and answer the age old question, “What is a day in the life like for Varanus beccarii?”