The University of Colorado Denver


March 4th at The University of Colorado Denver

Site Leader




Alexander Minkoff

Site Logistics

Friday evening reception address:

The Friday reception will be at Improper City, a taproom in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. This will put students in an area with lots of options for dinner after the happy hour.

The reception will be from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Saturday competition address:


The competition will take place at the CU Building, 1250 14th St, Denver, CO 80202. Breakout rooms are in the same building but on different floors.

Hotel recommendations:


  • Eugene Bradley - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ethan Clay - Arizona State University
  • Leah Mobley - Oregon State University
  • Michael Okonski - University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Anna Roaldson - University of North Dakota
  • Jessica Watson - Northern Arizona University


A very big thank you to all of our volunteer judges. Without them, the simulation competition would not be possible.

  • Anthony

    Anthony Buller, CEM®

    Anthony has served as a federal emergency manager for 19 years. Starting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2004, he held multiple roles as a full-time employee such as integrating government and voluntary agency efforts as well as being the Regional Continuity Manager for FEMA Region 3, Philadelphia. He also held many roles on disasters including senior roles such as Operations Section Chief and Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer due to his collateral-duty leadership of a R3 Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT). He was deployed more than 1700 days to more than 40 Presidentially declared disasters. Anthony now works for the US General Services Administration (GSA) in Denver, Colorado, where he leads a team of emergency managers that cover the West of the nation. As a second-level supervisor he leads leaders in accomplishing the emergency management and continuity missions for GSA and for GSA’s stakeholders. Anthony graduated with an MPA from the University of Colorado – Denver in 2022 and he has held the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) credential since 2012. 

  • AnthonyWade

    Anthony W. Wade, PhD

    (he/him) Executive Management Consultant; WPR Consulting LLC

    Brief bio (one paragraph):  Anthony W. Wade is an executive management consultant with WPR Consulting LLC, providing services to organizations in the public, private, nonprofit, higher education and military sectors.  A retired U.S. Air Force veteran and retired North Carolina local government executive with over 40 years’ experience, he has held senior leadership positions in city/county government and higher education.  Dr. Wade also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in human resources management for Webster University.  He holds an earned PhD in Education and Human Resources Studies from Colorado State University at Fort Collins and is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at Patrick Space Force Base in Florida.

  • chris

    Christopher A. Coleman-Gomez

    Lecturer of Constitutional law and Criminal Procedure; University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs

    Starting my professional career as a Firefighter/E.M.T. I left the fire service to pursue higher education in Colorado. After completing a business degree I moved on to the Sturm College of Law where I graduated with both a master's and juris doctorate in 2020. During law school, I focused on environmental and natural resources and then segued in constitutional and criminal law. During law school, I worked for the Office of the State of Colorado as a student advocate in the Arapahoe trial office. After graduation, I worked again for the Public Defender’s in Douglas County and then moved on to lecturing at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver where I am currently lecturing in Courts and Judicial Process and Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure.

  • Neena

    Neena S. Jain, MD MSTPH DTM&H

    (she/her); Co-Director, Center for Community Safety and Resilience (CCSR); UCD School of Public Affairs

    Dr. Jain serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Community Safety and Resilience (CCSR). She brings over 30 years of experience in international humanitarian assistance and global health having served as Program Manager, Country Medical Director, Health Sector Lead, and Technical Advisor with many international organizations throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. These included Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps, Australian Aid International, Save The Children, and World Health Organization, among others. Committed to the ingenuity and skill of marginalized communities in creating and leading their own proven solutions, she founded and directed a global nonprofit dedicated to emboldening locally-led entities which impacted 1,000,000+ community members, involved over 90 partnerships, won 6 global awards, and published meaningful thought leadership. Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Neena practiced as an Attending Physician at Swedish Medical Center and Denver Health Medical Center Emergency Departments, both Level I Trauma Centers. She developed programmatic structure and taught innovative core content as Director and Deputy Director for the Program in Humanitarian Assistance and Adjunct Faculty for the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies and as Senior Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. Neena also completed epidemiologic studies and public health projects as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Neena completed a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University, MS in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, MD at SUNY Brooklyn Health Sciences Center, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Guidelines

The health and safety of all participants are a top priority. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks are not required for competition attendance, however, they are highly recommended. 

To protect not only the NASPAA community but the ones in which we live, let's work together to minimize the spread. Throughout the competition, please follow these safety tips:

  • Before leaving home:
    • Take a COVID test.
    • Consider getting vaccinated and boosted.
    • If you are not feeling well and are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, consider staying home.
    • Pack clean masks to wear indoors and during travel to the competition site.
  • While traveling:
    • Wear a mask in airports and while on public transportation.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
  • During the competition:
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • Wear well-fitted face masks
    • When possible during after-hour events, sit outside and/or practice social distancing.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (runny nose, body aches, loss of smell/taste, cough, chills, fever, etc) during your time at the competition, please isolate yourself and notify your site leaders.