Dianne Primavera was sworn in as Colorado’s 50th Lt. Governor in January 2019. She is a leading patient advocate who has spent three decades fighting for every Coloradan’s access to quality, affordable health care. As a young mom in 1988, Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor told her that she had, at most, five years to live. Since her first diagnosis, Dianne has fought cancer four times and survived. Her personal battle with cancer inspired her to make it her life’s work to ensure every Coloradan has access to the health care they need when they need it. In 1990, Dianne joined the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, where her work focused on helping individuals dealing with serious injuries recover and resume dignified, fulfilling lives. Since then, she’s held many prominent positions throughout the public and non-profit sectors devoted to furthering life-saving medical research and connecting Coloradans who experience illness with the treatment they need to recover. In 2006, Dianne was elected to the first of four terms in the State Legislature, representing Broomfield, Superior, and parts of Erie.
Lt. Governor Primavera additionally serves as Vice Chair of the Aerospace States Association.
Dr. Ronald M. Sega has served as Director and Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) since 2007. His extensive career encompasses government service, academia, research, and the private sector. Dr. Sega served as Under Secretary for the U.S. Air Force from August 2005 to August 2007, also acting as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for space, and the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive for space programs. From August 2001 until August 2005, Dr. Sega was Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense, which is the Chief Technology Officer for the DOD. Dr. Sega is a former NASA astronaut and veteran of two shuttle missions. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in the rank of Major General. Dr. Sega graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974 as a distinguished graduate. He received a Master of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1982. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Michael Gass, retired president and chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance (ULA), was the principal who created ULA, the joint venture company between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space and Security, and provided the leadership during the first eight years of outstanding company performance. Before joining ULA, Gass served as vice president and general manager of Space Transportation for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, where he was responsible for the Atlas, Titan, missile defense, advanced space transportation product lines, and all space launch activity. Gass attended the Sloan Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Master’s Degree in Management. He also graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering.