Chapter Officers

Niko Hadacek (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

Niko Hadacek (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

President

Niko is an first year Masters student in Materials Science from an Engineering Physics background. Before being elected to President, he was oSTEM’s VP of Campus Events and FIJI’s brotherhood chair. When he’s not wrangling clubs, he works in the lab shooting beams at bits of Silicon. He also likes singing, writing, and leatherwork.

Email: dhadacek@mymail.mines.edu

Charlie Garza (he/him/his)

Charlie Garza (he/him/his)

VP of Advocacy

Hey, Im Charlie. Colorado born and raised, Applied Mathematics Major, 2nd of 7, VP of Advocacy, McBrider, Mexican, Cult Survivor, Professional Chef, Violinist, and oSTEM dad (pending approval). I like to think I’m easy to talk to, and I’m excited to meet new folks. Previously I was Secretary of oSTEM, and an Outreach Chair for SHPE. I am also one of this years USG MEP representatives.

Email: mgarza@mymail.mines.edu

George Karachepone (he/him/his)

George Karachepone (he/him/his)

VP of Campus Events

Sup I’m George and I’m a fourth year at the Colorado School of Mines. I grew up in Las Vegas and am studying Computer Science with a minor in Physics.

Email: gkarachepone@mymail.mines.edu

Connor Graflund (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

Connor Graflund (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

VP of Community Outreach

Hello! I’m Connor and I’m a third year Computer Science undergrad student. Before being the VP of Community Outreach, I was the Media Chair. I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I am on the Mines club volleyball team. I love video games, cats and getting to know new people! Send me your favorite meme.

Email: cgraflund@mymail.mines.edu

Lanie Breckenridge (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)

Lanie Breckenridge (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)

Treasurer

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!

Email: breckenridge@mymail.mines.edu

Kat Bailey (she/her/hers)

Kat Bailey (she/her/hers)

Social Chair

Howdy! I’m Kat. I’m a second year Chemical Engineering Major with the Biological Track and I’m in the McBride Honors Program. I’m originally from Bakersfield, California which is very flat and hot and polluted. SO! I really love being here in Colorado. I love to go hiking when I can. I also love to cook and bake in my free time because I finally have access to a kitchen. Also I love playing board games very very very much. I’m social chair for oSTEM this year and I’m also involved in the Mines marching band and concert band. If any of y’all want to talk about anything, feel free to virtually visit my office hours. 🙂

Email: kbailey@mymail.mines.edu

Malcolm Johnston (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

Malcolm Johnston (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

Secretary

I’m Malcolm Johnston, and I’m a third-year Chemistry student who is also trying to get a minor in the McBride Honors Program. I was born in Boise, Idaho, but moved to Fort Collins, Colorado when I was seven (thanks, recession). While I’m new to the position, I served as Philanthropy chair in FIJI, so I’d like to think I have some idea of what I’m doing. I’m the middle child, with an older brother also attending this school and a younger brother in high school. Feel free to talk to me about writing, books, history, video games, or chemistry!

Email: msjohnston@mymail.mines.edu

Penny Rose Scharf (she/her/hers)

Penny Rose Scharf (she/her/hers)

Media Chair/Webmaster

Hello! Penny. Third year. Comp Sci. Colorado native. That’s me. Now for the interesting part! I was the historian of FIJI and the treasurer of Improv Club, that was cool. I also really like graphic design, making Discord bots, playing video games, making and then running TTRPGs, and making the occasional trash fire– I mean… film. Sure. Am I good at any of these things? Who cares! But I sure do put a lot of effort into ’em. And that is… cool.

Email: prscharf@mymail.mines.edu

Chapter Advisors

Mary Elliot (She/Her/Hers)

Mary Elliot (She/Her/Hers)

oSTEM Chapter Advisor and Director of Residence Life

I was born and raised in Golden, CO and after spending time in the Midwest earning my MA in Higher Education Administration (University of Iowa) and working in higher education for 10 years at Washington University in St. Louis, I finally made my way back to Golden to work here at Mines! I have been at Mines since 2014 and love my role as the Director of Residence Life and Housing. I also love that my role allows me to take the time to be one of the advisors to oSTEM. As an advisor to this group of amazing students, I learn every day what it means for students to truly support and care for one another and each day I am challenged to be the best ally that I can be to our LGBTQ+ community here on campus and outside of our community as well. I have the honor of co-facilitating our Safe Zone training program with some of our talented leadership and helping to educate our students, staff and faculty on how they can be the best allies they can be. Advising oSTEM is the most rewarding, humbling and fun things I get to do here at Mines and I am grateful every day to be involved in this organization. Email: mfelliot@mines.edu
Josh Ramey

Josh Ramey

oSTEM Chapter Advisor and CBE Professor

I’m an associate teaching professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and I am interested in improving undergraduate biology education with research interests in synthetic biology and genetic engineering. I grew up in New Mexico and obtained my PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where I also explored DNA replication and cell-cycle regulation as a post-doc. I also have a background in industry where I worked as a scientist at OPX Biotechnologies, focused on the genetic engineering of E.coli to produce a precursor to acrylic acid. It is important to me to be a proud and visible member of the LGBTQ+ community at Mines. As an advisor with oSTEM, I am continuously inspired by young queer scientists and engineers as we work together to foster an environment of inclusivity at Mines. Outside the classroom, I love hiking in the mountains of Colorado and traveling with Justin, my wonderful husband of 5 years. I also have a wonderful golden-doodle that looks like a muppet named Chloe. Email: cjramey@mines.edu