Student Ambassadors Overview



The Student Ambassador Program of VerdeXchange Arizona is all about the building and the support of the leaders of tomorrow — our student population.

Each year a school is chosen to be the source of our Student Ambassadors – to supply the talent, and the working engine to run the conference. What is in it for the students? The VerdeXchange Arizona Conference is all about the learning of leadership skills in a practical, hands-on fashion and to make the contacts to potential business and life mentors.

Our young talent each year is the working engine that runs the VerdeXchange Arizona Conference. It is their dynamism, their enthusiasm, their energy flow that is the thread that flows throughout the days. And from this coupling of youth and business acumen, comes some of the leadership pearls that these students absorb.

The students also attend leadership training classes while being involved with VerdeXchange Arizona and have the opportunity to attend many of the business seminars, allowing further contact with the business executives. They often receive credit from their school for their work and do a drawing for scholarship money at the end of the Conference.



Benedictine University was founded in Chicago as St. Procopius College by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey in 1887. It secured a charter from the state of Illinois in 1890. In 1901 the College moved to the more congenial atmosphere of Lisle, in DuPage County. The College became coeducational in 1968 and was renamed Illinois Benedictine College in 1971. In response to community needs, graduate, doctorate and adult learner programs were added. The College became Benedictine University in 1996.


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.


  • Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive yearin
  • org ranks Benedictine University among the top 15 most affordable Catholic colleges and universities in the country.
  • Named to Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities


Benedictine University at Mesa is a Roman Catholic university that offers traditional undergraduate and adult and graduate degrees in a diverse and caring environment. A core Benedictine value is living life in balance. In support of this ideal, Benedictine offers a burgeoning intercollegiate sports program; student groups, fitness facility access and other services toward fulfilling our promise to provide students an affordable and attainable values- based education that builds better learners, leaders and world citizens.

Cyndi Laurin
With 20+ years of experience in employee and organizational development, Cyndi Laurin, PhD specializes in performance excellence and assessing organizational needs. She is a professional presenter, leads workshops and organizational learning initiatives, and advises on other performance improvement solutions to advance organizational effectiveness. In addition to her work at Guide to Greatness, LLC (founded in 2005), Cyndi is also Assistant Professor of Business Management at Benedictine University at Mesa. She manages the Management & Organizational Behavior and Accounting Degree Programs. Cyndi is also the author of Catch! A FIshmonger’s Guide to Greatness (2004) after spending one year working along side the World Famous Pike Place Fishmongers in Seattle and The Rudolph Factor (2009) detailing the phenomenal cultural transformation of The Boeing Company’s C-17 Program in Long Beach, California.She is currently working on her latest book titled, Orchestrated Randomness and resides in Gilbert, Arizona.
Liz Corrigan
Liz is a Career Success Coordinator at Benedictine University at Mesa in Mesa, Arizona. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration in Student Affairs. Liz graduated with her Bachelor Arts in Art History from the University of Cincinnati and is currently obtaining her graduate degree at Arizona State University in Higher and Post-Secondary education. She has organized and facilitated multiple events from teacher’s workshops, career presentations, alumni events and college graduations.
Catherine Mayorga’s
Catherine Mayorga’s professional career has always been in education, directly or indirectly. She is currently the Senior Director of Education Partnerships at Benedictine University, Mesa, AZ. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member with the Maricopa Community College District and has taught in higher education for over two decades. Her previous professional experience includes being a part of the team that inaugurated the ASU West Campus; partnered with H.U.D. and in cooperation with AZ. First Things First to create a Family Resource Center in Guadalupe, AZ. Catherine served as Arizona’s Dept. of Education Director of English Acquisition Services. As a former Vice President for Public Affairs in Tempe, Catherine has lobbied at the local, state and federal levels on behalf of many businesses and education organizations throughout Arizona and has served on many local, state and national boards. Catherine was selected to be a member of the Bryn Mawr College’s Women in Leadership, an ASU Educational Policy Fellow, one of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and was awarded the City of Tempe’s City of MLK Diversity Award winner. Catherine is bilingual in English and Spanish. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from ASU, and her Master’s in Education Leadership from NAU.
Kevin Broeckling
Kevin Broeckling is the Associate VP for University Services and Student Life at Benedictine University at Mesa. In his role, he has oversight of all university operations, budget, enrollment projections and student life opportunities and brings 16 years of experience in higher education covering all areas from student life, student success and retention, enrollment and admissions, athletics, facilities, campus safety, information technology, university ministry and residence life. In 2013, Benedictine University moved a branch campus to Mesa, Arizona in partnership with the City of Mesa’s HEAT initiative for economic development. The result of the University’s presence has been an annual $9 million economic impact and repurposing & reuse of space in the downtown Mesa area further instigating economic development and impact. Since his arrival, Kevin has led a team of dedicated and passionate professionals to deliver values-centered higher education that prepares students for professional careers and resulting in new programs for student success, various town-gown partnerships and innovative thinking for the campus community. Kevin earned his BA in History from Quincy University and his MA in History from the University of Illinois in 2007. Kevin has been recognized for his leadership, engagement, commitment to student success & Benedictine traditions. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Mesa Association and the Mesa YMCA with previous membership with Catholic Charities, Springfield Community Federation and U.S. Concert Corporation.
Robert Duve
Devin Hill
Mollie Malovoz