ILT Guest Facilitators

Guest Facilitator Spotlight


Brad Mathers

Director, Employee Relations and Performance


  • Crucial Accountability
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Extended DISC
  • Performance Management
  • Extended DISC: CDS

Clifton Strengths: Adaptability, Analytical, Deliberative, Intellection, and Strategic

Why He Facilitates: I enjoy interacting with learners and helping them advance their professional development.

Bio: Brad has been with CU Denver | Anschutz since 2013 as a consultant, investigator, and trainer. Brad is certified to train Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability and regularly trains both campuses on Performance Management. Brad has a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.


Leah Emerick

Sr. Continuous Improvement Specialist - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research


  • CI Understanding Current State
  • Fundamentals of CI
  • Intro to CI Tools

Clifton Strengths: Adaptability, Connectedness, Developer, Empathy, and Strategic

Why She Facilitates: I love sharing concepts and tools that have enabled me to grow as a professional. Supporting individuals as they continue to connect the theories and tools to their everyday lives.

Bio: Leah Emerick is the senior continuous improvement (CI) specialist in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Her role was created in the Spring of 2021 to guide the implementation of a CI program that will increase the collective impact of research practices and operations at CU Anschutz. Leah now supports individuals and teams at CU Anschutz through CI training and education, strategic planning, CI project guidance, and ad hoc CI coaching. As Leah began building the training and education arm of this improvement program, she quickly discovered the existing CI courses offered by the Office of Learning and Development and eagerly asked to join the team as an instructor of the CI learning series.

Leah is a lean-trained continuous improvement practitioner, returning to CU with 15 years of experience working in research, public health, and healthcare. In her most recent work as a CI practitioner at Denver Health, Leah served as an instructor in the Denver Health Lean Academy and as a coach to numerous operational and clinical teams—including Research Operations, the Sponsored Projects & Research Office, and Patient Experience. Leah also served as a project guide for dozens of improvement initiatives at Denver Public Health and Denver Health. In her previous work at CU Anschutz, Leah was a Senior PRA and a Gynecological Teaching Associate. She has worked at the Barbara Davis Center, the Department of Ob-gyn, and the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence.

Leah has succeeded in her work by taking a customer-focused approach to improvement, leading with humility, viewing issues with a health equity lens, and continually challenging the status quo."


Kacie Cachera

Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant - Central Human Resources


  • Tips for Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Tips for Interviewing at CU
  • Extended DISC: CS

Why she likes to facilitate: I enjoy sharing my knowledge to help others, especially in this case where I am sharing information on how to stand out in a job search. It brings me joy to help someone land their dream job!

Bio: Hello! My name is Kacie, and I am a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant in Central Human Resources. I was born and raised in Central Illinois but moved to Colorado in October 2021. Though I grew up wanting to be a hotel manager, I quickly realized I enjoyed HR more when I took a class in college (Go Eastern Illinois!). Since then, I have primarily worked in recruitment roles. Outside of work, I love to travel and try new foods. At home, I have a 5-year-old tortoiseshell cat named Rue and a one-eyed betta fish named Cleo.

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