Tiyana Hardney Vela

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Tiyana Hardney Vela

Interim Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement
University Advancement
Main Hall, Suite 301
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah

Responsibilities

Tiyana Hardney Vela serves as the Interim Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement. 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. 

Bio

 

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 11 years of experience working within communications and a community relations department. Her knowledge extends from writing newsletter articles, designing collateral, social media content, impact stories and community outreach.