Nurzhan Ustemirov, MS
Mr. Ustemirov has both Bachelors and Masters Degrees; majoring in computer science and minoring in math and economics. In addition, he is self-trained in the essentials of accounting and business. He has had numerous papers published in the area of high performance computing. Prior to joining IntelePeer as a senior software engineer, he worked at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and for Ericsson Inc. In addition to his college degrees, Mr. Ustemirov completed his high school education with honors after receiving a coveted invitation into the nation’s top school with a full scholarship. During his high school years, he competed with distinction in state, national, and international competitions in Chemistry.
Mr. Ustemirov’s academic experience include: mentoring high school students for chemistry competitions, private tutoring, leading labs and recitation at university level, as well as teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. His teaching experience, vast knowledge of computer science, chemistry, math and economics makes him a tremendous asset as Chairperson and board member.
Board Member (Secretary)
Barb Whitfield is the Office Supervisor and Executive Assistant to the Director of Population Care and Prevention Services and the Executive Director for PPS, Nursing, and Geriatrics for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region. The department has a staff of 180 and oversees efforts to improve the health of members through chronic disease management, prevention programs and worksite health management, and builds tools such as registries and reminder systems to aid in this work. Barb is a graduate of Regis University, and majored in Marketing and Communications. She spends her free time with her husband Boogie and two grandsons Wanya and Tyson, ages 12 and 16, who are also students at Lotus School for Excellence.
Board Member (Treasurer)
He is currently a third year PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering program at University of Colorado at Boulder. His current research is focused on increasing the efficiency of cylindrical nMRI devices with metamaterials. He holds BS in Electrical Engineering from Uludag University and MS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. Outside work he enjoys cycling, hiking, and reading.
Mustafa Ozkaynak, Ph.D.
My name is Marta Hernandez, and am a recent graduate from Regis University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This is my first year serving as a board member. Lotus School of Excellence, is a great school and am proud to work alongside the other board members. This is my son’s third year at Lotus School of Excellence. This is a great opportunity to serve youth and their parents.