Portrait of Tiyana Hardney Vela

Tiyana Hardney Vela

Alumni and Donor Engagement Director University Advancement
Main Hall 305
Main Hall 305


Tiyana Hardney Vela serves as the Alumni and Donor Engagement Director. In this role, Tiyana oversees alumni relations, donor relations, and donor communications. The Alumni and Donor Engagement team aims to celebrate and provide support for alumni, while also acknowledging giving from donors. Tiyana believes strongly in striving for excellence and that excellence for alumni and donors means building meaningful connections that ensure alumni and donors have unique experiences and are inspired, informed, and appreciated. 



Colorado Springs has been home to Tiyana since 2014. She resides in the Southeast with her husband Isaac and two sons Zion and Langston. Tiyana loves the Springs because of the beautiful views and the great local restaurants.  

Tiyana’s passion for writing led her to pursue a degree in Journalism from Colorado State University. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's in Journalism and Technical Communication and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She also holds a Master's in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. Tiyana brings over 11 years of experience working within communications and a community relations department. Her knowledge extends from writing newsletter articles, designing collateral, social media content, crafting compelling impact stories and community outreach and engagement.