Riel Tolan (He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs)
Hello, I’m Riel! I am a senior majoring in geophysical engineering. I grew up in rural Colorado, but for now I have settled in the Lakewood area. Besides working through school and with oSTEM, I spend my time as a part time research assistant, mentoring/advocating in my hometown for STEM and LGBT+ mental health, and catching up on Netflix (or more likely, emails). I love tea/coffee, Marvel, anime/manga, rocks, and music. I hope to get to know those who are reading this and would love to talk about anything over a good cuppa. So please feel free to contact me!
Olivia Bird (She/Her/Hers)
VP of Advocacy
Olivia Bird is a junior in chemistry. She identifies as a transwoman, a lesbian, queer, and probably a whole slew of other things. She is passionate about science, advocacy, and cats. She’s just here hoping to make this campus and this world a less sucky place.
Niko Hadacek (he/him/his)
VP of Campus Events
Niko is an Engineering Physics student in his senior year. Before being elected to VP of Campus Events, he was oSTEM’s social chair and FIJI’s brotherhood chair. When he’s not wrangling clubs, he works in the physics department machine shop and maker space. He also likes singing, writing, and painting.
Lanie Breckenridge (she/her/hers)
Howdy, y’all! I’m Lanie and I’m from Colorado Springs. I am a sophomore majoring in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with a humanitarian engineering minor in Community Development. I like dogs and watching snowfall and gushing over my wonderful girlfriend up in CSU and many more things but I’d need more space to write them all. I work in a couple of research groups and intend to join Peace Corps out of college. I love to chat so say hi if you see me around!
George Karachepone (he/him/his)
I’m a third year Computer Science bachelor’s student at the Colorado School of Mines. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Golden, Colorado for school. My interests include video games, memes, baking, art, and the desert. My passion for oSTEM comes from my desire to make our organization a safe place were LGBT+ individuals can come together and feel safe, have fun, and meet some awesome people!
Charlie Garza (They/Them, or He/His)
Hi! I’m Charlie. I love ugly button-up shirts, am a professional chef, and have a cat named Chicken. I am fluently bilingual and love philosophy. I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering (ASI in Biomechanical Engineering), and this year’s Secretary! I have a history of experience of being a peer counselor, so feel free to be as deep or superficial as you want with me. Ask me anything!
Connor Graflund (He/Him/His)
Hello! I’m Connor and I’m a second year Computer Science undergrad student. I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Aside from being the media chair of oSTEM, I am also on the Mines club volleyball team. I love video games, cats, anime, music, and getting to know new people! Feel free to say hi if you see me on campus!
Mary Elliot (She/Her/Hers)
oSTEM Chapter Advisor and Director of Residence Life
oSTEM Chapter Advisor and CBE Professor