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1950s

Bea Romer, seated left, and Peggy Noland, seated right, became close friends while studying child development at Colorado A&M

Bea Romer (B.S., ’51), seated left, and Peggy Noland (B.S., ’51), seated right, became close friends while studying child development at Colorado A&M, as the University was formerly known, and they have returned to campus twice in recent years to celebrate joint gifts that promote early-childhood discovery – and a new generation of college students in the academic field. The two recently joined fellow donors, Karen and Greg Rattenborg, for a ribbon-cutting at a new playground designed for infants and toddlers at the CSU Early Childhood Center, a University-run laboratory school for Fort Collins preschoolers that also serves as a training ground for CSU students studying child development. Noland and Romer – who have a combined total of 25 great-grandchildren – professed a love for little people as they observed toddlers using the new playscape. The women earlier provided financial support for creation of the Bea Romer and Peggy Noland Children’s Musical Garden at the Early Childhood Center. Romer, former first lady of Colorado, received the 2013 College of Health and Human Sciences Honor Alumna Award from the CSU Alumni Association. Photo by John Eisele

Roy Lilley (B.S., ’52) published his memoir, Just as I Am, a story of his life from the first 10 years on his family’s ranch in Virginia Dale, Colo., through his retirement after 45 years as a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association executive.

Lincoln Parkes (B.S., ’54; D.V.M., ’57) practiced for many years as a veterinary surgeon in New York. After retiring in 1991 in a Chesapeake Bay hamlet near Baltimore, he turned his attention to his longtime side business: K-9 Cart Co. Now, the retired veterinarian spends his time making carts that function like wheelchairs for dogs and other small pets with limb impairments. The Washington Post published a feature story about Parkes and his company in August 2018. “I like to give animals a better life,” he told The Post. “If you put them in a cart when they can’t get around, it gives them mobility so they can use their front legs, and their spirit just goes – they’re like kids once they got their independence.”

John Annan (B.S., ’55; M.Ed., ’66), of Sterling, Colo., received the 2018 Master Builder of Men award from FarmHouse Fraternity, the highest honor the organization may bestow upon an alumni member, in recognition of his longtime service to his community and career at Northeastern Junior College, where he has worked as an instructor, admissions counselor, recruiter, and executive director of the NJC Alumni Association. The award recognizes and publicly acknowledges the member’s unselfish leadership and service to his fellow men, within the fraternity and beyond.

Jean Ehlers (B.S., ’58), of Prescott Valley, Ariz., retired in 2015 from a career in occupational therapy and recently received an award for achievement from Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association.

Kay and Larry Edwards at the Colorado State University Men's Basketball game

1960s

Larry Edwards, founder of the Light Center in Fort Collins, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Lighting One, a membership cooperative that supports lighting stores and showrooms around the country. Larry and his wife, Kay (B.S., ’60; M.S., ’79), are life members of the CSU Alumni Association and received the Jim and Nadine Henry Award during the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony for contributions to the University community. Photo by Joe A. Mendoza / Colorado State University

Wayne Schneider (B.S., ’60), who resides near San Francisco, was recently inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in Oakland, Calif., for his contributions to football and coaching. Schneider played baseball and football at Oakland High School and later set rushing records as a running back at Colorado State University. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, then joined the Oakland Raiders, and later served as head football coach for 26 years at Tracy High School, in Tracy, Calif. He was earlier honored by the California Coaches Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.

Martha Egan (attended 1963-1965) recently reopened Pachamama Gallery at Casa Perea Art Space in Corrales, N.M. The gallery, which offers Spanish Colonial antiques and Latin American folk art, earlier operated on historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe for 23 years. Egan attended CSU for two years in the 1960s, then completed her undergraduate studies at University of the Americas in Mexico City. She traveled extensively in Latin America and became an avid collector of folk art. Egan has published several books, including Mílagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas (1991, Museum of New Mexico Press), and has donated impressive Guatemalan textiles to CSU’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising.

Jim Schell (B.S., ’66; M.S., ’69) was a CSU ambassador in Omaha, Neb., from 1980-1986. He retired in 2002 from Bayer Crop Science division, where he held a number of management positions during his 32-year career.

Stephen Hopkins (B.A., ’67) retired as a payroll auditor from the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation division. He recently served for a 43rd time as a leader at Boy Scouts summer camp and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America Longs Peak Council for contributions to the organization. He is first vice president of the Frontier Lions Club of Cheyenne, Wyo.

John (B.S., ’68) and Carolyn “Brownie” Schoenbauer (B.S., ’69) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 25, 2018. They visited family in Fort Collins, attended services at the church where they married in 1968, and were recognized at the church for marking their golden anniversary. John is a retired insurance agency owner, and Brownie is retired as a senior health care facility manager. They live in Florida and New Hampshire.

Rolf H. Kraft (B.S., ’69) retired in 2004 after a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service serving as an assistant refuge manager at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. He worked as project leader at Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge in Utah and at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. Kraft became a pilot and aircraft owner in 1973. Since retirement, he has spent time with family and on hobbies including hunting, fishing, flying, and golfing. He was elected to his third term as a Bennett County commissioner and serves as a volunteer liaison officer for the Bennett County emergency manager. He and his wife, Sharlene, live in Martin, S.D.

Marshall White (B.S., ’69), professor emeritus of wood science and forest products in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, received the 2018 R. David LeButt Award from the International Safe Transit Association in recognition of excellence and continuing education in package design and testing.

1970s

Don E. Atkinson (B.S., ’70) published Day by Day in Ephesians, a compilation of devotionals that also may be used as a guide for Bible study.

Carl Cooley (B.S., ’71) has enjoyed a career as an investment analyst, stockbroker, and real estate broker in the Portland, Ore., and Sacramento, Calif., areas. Now in semi-retirement, he enjoys researching and trading stocks, weightlifting, and traveling.

Michael Colby (B.S., ’73) was inducted into the Florida Inter-scholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in May 2018. He retired in June after 45 years in education. Colby, a mathematics teacher by trade, served as the tennis and bowling head coach at Hialeah- Miami Lakes High School, near Miami, and later became business manager and athletics director there.

Ron Miriello (B.F.A., ’75) recently founded a nonprofit community cycling center in San Diego. He directs Miriello Grafico, a design agency based in San Diego and Siena, Italy, where his 100 Worlds sculptures and Soviet Poster Show projects will be on view in 2019.

John Weltzien (B.A., ’76) is a client adviser at Braman BMW West Palm Beach in Florida and is a five-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist and two-time United States Bowling Congress champion. He was elected to the Florida Bowling Hall of Fame in 2012 and 2017.

Gerald Mulvey (Ph.D., ’77) was named chair of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, and Physics at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He has worked at the university for five years, training meteorologists and building the program.

Kevin Michael Knezevich (B.A., ’79), of Steamboat Springs, Colo., served as assistant coach of Croatia national men’s lacrosse when the team competed during July in the 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship in Netanya, Israel. Knezevich was a captain of the CSU lacrosse club team and was a 2005 Colorado La-crosse Hall of Fame inductee.

1980s

Steven Dale (B.S., ’81), of Monrovia, Calif., retired after 31 years working as an air traffic control specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lisa Wolfe (B.S., ’81; M.S., ’84; D.V.M., ’87) is a wildlife veterinarian at Colorado Parks and Wildlife research facilities in Fort Collins. She investigates wildlife health issues, such as the spread of infectious disease in deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and other species. Her work with mountain lions has been highlighted in The New York Times. Wolfe regularly hosts Colorado State veterinary students and those from other campuses who want to learn about opportunities in wildlife medicine.

Blair Hamill (B.F.A., ’82), a painter from the age of 5, worked in the art departments at the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post before launching a business from his Littleton, Colo., studio in 2013. Now he exhibits landscape paintings at juried shows and galleries across Colorado and has started a second venture, called Rocky Mountain Posters, producing graphic illustrations of Western vacation spots and iconic Colorado scenery in poster formats. His poster series depicting Colorado 14ers has become wildly popular among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This year, he will begin producing new posters featuring other regions of the United States.

Painting of the Oval of CSU by Blair Hamill

David Caldwell (B.A., ’83), an Emmy-nominated sportscaster, won a Southern California Sports Broadcasters Award for his play-by-play work on Fox Sports West. He has also worked for ESPN, calling college sports and professional beach volleyball, and is the “Voice of the Master’s University Mustangs.”

David R. Williams (B.S., ’83) is the chief tax officer and executive director of Intuit Tax and Financial Center in San Diego, Calif. He helps lead growth in Intuit’s tax businesses, which include TurboTax, the largest do-it-yourself software solution in the United States. Before joining Intuit, Williams earned a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and held a number of roles in tax policy and tax administration.

Carol Borchert (B.A., ’84) was recently promoted to vice president of marketing and brand strategy for the Morris Animal Foundation. The Denver-based foundation is the largest worldwide nonprofit working to improve animal health through research investments and other activities.

Doug Erler (B.A., ’85) heads the Weld County Justice Services Department in Greeley, Colo. The department provides alternatives to incarceration for adult and juvenile offenders, as well as justice system analysis and coordination services. Erler serves on local, state, and national criminal justice boards and committees. His children are fellow Rams, Brian Erler (B.S., ’17) and Lindsey Erler, who will graduate in Spring 2019.

Michael Grafman (B.A., ’85) is a media sales representative for Retail Me Not/Clipper direct marketing mailer in 30 states and 500 markets. He and his wife, Ariella, live in St. Louis, Mo.

Col. Robert McHargue (B.S., ’85; D.V.M., ’88) retired from active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps following 30 years of service. McHargue also earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and attained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Lt. General James Dickinson

Lt. Gen. James Dickinson (B.S., ’85) is commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Ala., and is the highest-ranking living CSU alumnus in the military, having studied mechanical engineering with an ROTC scholarship. He was keynote speaker at the 2018 Veterans Symposium on campus. Photo by Joe A. Mendoza / Colorado State University

Clay Lambert (B.S., ’86) is editor of Half Moon Bay Review near San Francisco. He made national industry news in 2018 when a group of local readers and investors bought the 120-year-old weekly from its previous owners to ensure the continuation of high-quality local journalism. The approach signals a potential new business model for journalism as newspapers across the country struggle to survive. In 2010, Suburban Newspapers of America named Lambert the top weekly newspaper editor in the country. He also is a member of the CSU Media Hall of Fame and, as a student, was editor of the Rocky Mountain Collegian.

Carol Sarchet (B.A., ’86) has a new art studio called Fibers and Fragments Grace Art Studios in Denver, Colo.

Carol A. Stormer (B.S., ’86) was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of occupational therapy. She is a lead occupational therapist at Pacific Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hoquiam, Wash.

Steve Bartalo (B.S., ’87) was a Colorado State Rams football walk-on who became the University’s most prolific running back; more than 30 years later, his rushing records still stand. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later earned an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. Bartalo now works as vice president of operations for Raymond James Financial Inc. in Tampa, Fla.; coaches high school football; and recently established the Bartalo Family Football Scholarship at CSU.

Steve Bartalo

Michael Lairmore (Ph.D., ’87) is dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. He was recently appointed to a five-year term serving on the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, which advises the director of one of the world’s foremost medical research centers regarding conduct and federal support for biomedical research nationwide. Lairmore, a veterinarian, is an expert on viral causes of cancer.

Terri Lituchy (M.S., ’87) is a Fulbright Scholar from Barbados and is the PIMSA Distinguished Chair and Professor at CETYS Universidad in Mexico. She taught on the Semester at Sea ship during its Spring 2016 voyage and received a grant from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies to run a research and writing workshop in Africa.

Tim Holt (D.V.M., ’88), an associate professor and livestock veterinarian at CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, received the 2018 Pioneer Award from the National Beef Improvement Federation. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing beef cattle genetic improvement. Holt is an expert in predicting bovine high-mountain disease, allowing ranchers to manage breeding programs to prevent the fatal condition.

Tim Holt

Gary Andrew Poole (B.A., ’88) lives in Los Angeles and works as a sports journalist and author. After graduating in journalism from CSU, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. His stories about boxing and other topics have appeared in TIME, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The New York Times, among other national and international outlets. He has written two sports biographies: The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008) and PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao (De Capo Press, 2010).

Lt. Col. Scott Armstrong (B.S., ’89), of Tacoma, Wash., retired after 26 years in the U.S. Army. He began a second career in 2018 with the American Red Cross, serving service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers across Washington.

Mike Arthur (B.A., ’89) is senior vice president of sports and live events and content licensing at Wazee Digital, a Denver-based provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services. He earlier worked in a variety of senior business and marketing roles with professional sports and entertainment organizations.

1990s

Bryan Simpson (B.A., ’90) is communications director at New Belgium Brewing Co., which is headquartered in Fort Collins and is the fourth-largest brewer of craft beer in the nation. In his role, Simpson helps to publicly represent the employee-owned company known for its sustainability and community-building practices and for its deep ties to Northern Colorado’s beer and bicycling culture. He is entering his 22nd year with the company.

Jim Sheeler (B.A., ’90) is the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing at Case Western Reserve University, a position he has held since 2010. He began teaching after an illustrious journalism career, which culminated with his work at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where Sheeler earned the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2006 for a 12,000- word story called “Final Salute.” The piece followed a Marine responsible for notifying families that their loved ones had been killed in the Iraq War. Sheeler expanded the story into a book titled Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2008. He lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Annick Sauvageot (B.S., ’90), whom he met at CSU.

James Shanahan (B.S., ’91) is vice president for financial regulatory compliance at CoBank, headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., and is a member of the Market Risk Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Steven Brier (B.S., ’92) is marketing director for AspenRidge Recovery, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment center in Lakewood, Colo.

Katie Cornelius (B.S, ’92), of Scott City, Kan., is regional sales manager for the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Division of IDEXX Laboratories. She and her husband, Lee Mayo (B.S. ’92), own a Hereford cattle ranch in western Kansas; Mayo is general manager of HRC Feedyards.

Thomas Edling (D.V.M., ’95) recently became consulting veterinarian for Petland, an international pet-care retailer, with franchises in North America, Central America, South America, South Africa, and Asia. He was earlier vice president of veterinary medicine for Petco and a veterinary faculty member at the University of Wisconsin.

Jon Geller (D.V.M., ’95), of Fort Collins, is an emergency veterinarian who founded the nonprofit Street Dog Coalition, which provides free medical care to the pets of homeless people at sites across the country.

Keith Callaghan (B.A., ’96) has been named the assistant vice president for economic development and external affairs for Florida SouthWestern State College. He serves on the boards of the Fred Lang Foundation, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County, Crossroads Hope Academy, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, and the Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust.

Jason Johanning (B.S., ’96) recently joined Craftsy as vice president of business development. Craftsy is an online video platform and e-commerce business based in Denver, Colo., that delivers high-definition interactive tutorials and downloadable workshops. It launched as a startup in 2011 and was acquired by NBC Universal in 2017.

Kjell Lindgren

Kjell Lindgren (M.S., ’96) is an aerospace physician and NASA astronaut who served as flight engineer on the International Space Station for six months in 2015. During the mission, he contributed to CSU research into the effects of space radiation on astronaut health, a significant issue as NASA prepares for travel to Mars. Lindgren is now deputy chief of the Flight Integration Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He recently donated to the CSU Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising a CSU T-shirt and Colorado flag that he took on his space voyage.

Don Thorn (B.S., ’96; M.Agr., ’01), of Gill, Colo., is marking his 10th year as executive director of the Colorado FFA Foundation. The foundation supports Colorado FFA, the state youth organization that promotes leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Thorn played a key role in development of CSU’s CoBank Center for Agricultural Education, which opened in 2015.

The Hon. Cory Gardner (B.A., ’97), a U.S. senator representing Colorado, received the 2018 Master Builder of Men award from FarmHouse Fraternity. The award is the highest honor FarmHouse may bestow upon an alumni member. The award recognizes and publicly acknowledges the member’s unselfish leadership and service to his fellow men, within the fraternity and beyond.

Jennifer Shannon (B.S., ’98) operates Cornerstone Farm, a horse training and riding business in Longmont, Colo. She acquired the business in 2001 and has coached riders to championships in hunter, jumper, and equitation competitions.

Nolan Stone (B.S., ’98) was reappointed by then-Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors to represent cattle feeders in the state. He also advocates for animal agriculture in his role as past president on the Colorado Livestock Association executive committee. Jodi Stone (B.A., ’00) also works in the livestock industry, as marketing manager for CowBos Liquid Feeds, a division of Penny Newman Grain. The couple lives in Eaton, Colo.

Erin Contino (B.S., ’99; M.S., ’09; D.V.M., ’10) is an assistant professor of equine sports medicine and rehabilitation at CSU and a competitive three-day eventing rider. Last fall, she and her horse, Handsome Ransom, won the Novice Amateur division of the USEA American Eventing Championships in Parker, Colo., a competition involving dressage, cross-country endurance riding, and show jumping.

Michael Woodbridge (B.S., ’99) was named district ranger for the Tahoe National Forest’s American River Ranger District in Foresthill, Calif. He has been with the U.S. Forest Service since 2014.

Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences, gives "Shadow," a rescue kitten, a checkup.

Rebecca Ruch-Gallie (D.V.M., ’99; M.S., ’02) was named 2018 Veterinarian of the Year at the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association annual convention last fall. She is an associate professor of clinical sciences in CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has worked since 2000 as service chief for the Community Practice at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In this role, she oversees general and preventive care for the pets of community residents and teaches veterinary students to deliver primary care for their animal patients. Ruch-Gallie – known for her commitment to underserved populations – has led efforts to help care for the pets of homeless people and rescue animals in area shelters. She also has served as state delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her words of advice were recently included in a New York Times article about keeping pets safe and healthy during the holidays. Photo by John Eisele

2000s

Laura D. Milnor (B.S., ’01) is owner of Milnor Orthodontics in Fort Collins and was named a “Woman of Influence” in the September 2018 issue of NoCo Style. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, she attended dental school at the University of Iowa, then returned to her hometown of Fort Collins. She gives back to the community by dedicating a portion of her practice to serving the orthodontic needs of children from low-income families.

Josett Valdez (B.A., ’01) is chief development officer for the Colorado and Wyoming region of the American Red Cross, which helps local communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and other emergencies. She serves as an alumna adviser to Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Jarred Carr (B.S., ’02) was recently promoted to director of information technology for Brinkman Construction, with offices in Fort Collins and Denver. He has diverse experience in the IT field, having worked at a federal background investigations company, credit reporting and lending companies, and a manufacturing and distribution company. In his new position, Carr oversees and evaluates all technology operations and network security.

Jessie Mae Hendrickson (B.A., ’02) has been hired by Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth to direct and coordinate all workforce development programs and related activities in the area around Denton, Texas, and to oversee Goodwill Works, an employment initiative for the homeless across Goodwill Fort Worth’s service area.

David Moskowitz (M.B.A., ’02) has been elected commissioner of the Dewey Beach, Del., town council. He also has served as chairman of the Dewey Beach Investment Committee.

Michael (B.S., ’02; M.S., ’11) and Tracey Sirochman (B.S., ’02), wildlife officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, became Internet heroes in Summer 2018 when they treated the badly burned paws of an orphaned bear cub that was injured in a wildfire near Durango. The couple treated the cub at the agency’s Frisco Creek facility, and it was returned to the wild after healing.

Dana Turse (B.S., ’02), a mechanical engineering graduate, recently was elected chair of the High Strain Composites Technical Subcommittee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In this national leadership role, she collaborates with industry stakeholders to establish new engineering practices and standards for design and qualification of high-strain composite structures. She works as director of Space Deployable Research and Development programs for Roccor, an aerospace supplier in Longmont.

Byron Edwards (B.S., ’03) is director of product development for Spyder, a company in Boulder, Colo., that manufactures specialty ski apparel. He is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.

Aaron M. Sprecher (B.A., ’03) is a Houston-based photographer specializing in editorial, corporate, advertising, and sports photography. He has worked for the New York TimesSports Illustrated, and ESPN The Magazine, among other magazines and news outlets. His corporate clients have included Microsoft, NBC Universal, and NFL.com.

Jill Zambito (M.S., ’03) earned a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University in August 2017, and recently began a new position as assistant vice chancellor for student life at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Noa Roman-Muniz (M.S., ’04) is a veterinarian, associate professor, and Extension dairy specialist at Colorado State University.

Noa Roman-Muniz (M.S., ’04) is a veterinarian, associate professor, and Extension dairy specialist at Colorado State University who focuses on dairy management systems and helped design and launch a new undergraduate certificate program in Spanish for Animal Health and Care. She is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” 

Kristin Golliher (B.A., ’04) is founder and chief executive officer of WildRock Public Relations and Marketing in Fort Collins. In 2016, ColoradoBiz magazine named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado, and Mind + Body magazine named her a Northern Colorado Superwoman.

Emily White Hat (B.S., ’04), a citizen of the Rosebud Lakota Nation, works as the Native arts and energy infrastructure project manager for the American Indian College Fund in Denver and was recognized among the 2015 Native American 40 Under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. After graduating from CSU in forestry, she earned a law degree, with a certificate in natural resources law, at the University of New Mexico.

Nathan (B.S, ’04) and Nikki Weathers (B.S., ’07) own Weathers Family Farms in Yuma, Colo., and raise beef cattle, corn, wheat, and alfalfa. Their corn maze and pumpkin patch have become increasingly popular fall attractions. In 2017, the maze featured a replica of the Colorado State University Ram’s head logo. In 2018, the Weathers’ corn maze was sponsored by Smithfield Foods, which has hog operations near Yuma; in return for the support, the farm’s maze design was shaped like an enormous pig, with pathways mimicking cuts of pork. The couple are also active with the Colorado Farm Bureau and the National Young Farmer & Rancher program.

Arthur Garcia (B.S., ’05) recently became president of ATAX Franchise Inc., based in San Francisco, and is working to shape expansion strategies for the accounting and financial services company across the United States and in Latin America. He earlier worked for Xero as national account director and was recognized by CPA Practice Advisor on its 2018 list of “20 Under 40 Vendor Super-stars,” a group of rising leaders in the accounting profession.

Ama Arthur-Asmah is an award-winning video journalist at 9News in Denver.

Ama Arthur-Asmah (B.A., ’07) is an award-winning video journalist at 9News in Denver and was a guest speaker at the 2018 NPPA Women in Visual Journalism Conference. She is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.

John Mlade (M.S., ’05) is senior project manager for sustainable and healthy environments with Wight & Co., an integrated design and delivery firm based in Chicago. Mlade has served as a member of the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy Working Group. He is also a member of the Health in Building Roundtable advising the National Institutes of Health and the technical committee of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative.

Steve Rewerts (B.S., ’05) was recently promoted to senior preconstruction manager for Brinkman Construction, a Front Range-based general contractor. He works with owners and design consultants to provide strategy development and value discovery throughout the preconstruction phase. He will lead subcontractor/supplier bidding efforts, manage the bid process, and assist with develop-ing schedules and project plans.

Diana Selby (M.S., ’05) works for the Colorado State Forest Service as a state lands program specialist. She is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.

Justin Tuck (B.S., ’05) has been promoted to a project executive for Brinkman Construction, a general contractor with offices in Fort Collins and Denver. He is a senior leader in the organization, actively promoting company initiatives and fostering the skills and career objectives for personnel reporting to him. Tuck is a LEED AP professional with more than a decade of industry experience.

Natalia Infante Caylor (B.A., ’06; M.A., ’09; Ph.D., ’18) instructs undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Teacher Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She has served on the executive board for Crossroads Safehouse, a shelter and resource center for victims of domestic violence, and has volunteered with many other business and charitable organizations in Northern Colorado.

Jennifer Eastman Hina (B.A., ’06) teaches English in Japan through NOVA Co., one of the country’s leading conversation schools. She is an area manager for the company, dedicated to helping people love and enjoy English; she also introduces new instructors to Japan.

Karen Ryberg (M.S., ’06), of Baldwin, N.D., is a statistician with the U.S. Geological Survey and is featured in a new publication, A Snapshot of Women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and Related Careers. By highlighting the roles and experiences of women who have been pathfinders as scientists, cartographers, editors, and professional support staff, the USGS hopes to encourage young people aspiring to future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

Rob Novak (B.S., ’07), director of communications for CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, and Steve J. Roberts (B.A., ’96), a cinematographer and owner of Crescent Sun Pictures Inc. of Fort Collins, teamed up to produce a video titled Snowpack to the Tap: A Poudre River Story. The video debuted at River Stories, a Fall 2018 community event that celebrated the Poudre River during the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The video highlights how the treasured Northern Colorado river delivers snowmelt to the Front Range in the form of clean water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural use. It also details water-related research at Colorado State and community engagement in watershed research and river conservation.

Robert Serunjogi (B.S., ’07) and Laura Schreck (B.S., ’17)

Robert Serunjogi (B.S., ’07) and Laura Schreck (B.S., ’17) have raised nearly $50,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help complete construction of three schools for orphans in Uganda, Serunjogi’s home country. The charitable effort arose from a chance conversation on campus, where Serunjogi works as a custodian and Schreck is pursuing a master’s degree in health and exercise science. Serunjogi often contributes to African villages, where many children have been orphaned by AIDS and civil war.

David Herasimtschuk (B.S., ’07) graduated in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology and lives in Corvallis, Ore., where he works as a professional photographer cataloging water ecology and creatures. Many of his global photographic expeditions are completed with Freshwaters Illustrated, a nonprofit founded by Jeremy Monroe (B.S., ’99; M.S., ’02), an alumnus in aquatic ecology. The organization uses photography and videography to educate and advocate for clean and healthy rivers. In October, Herasimtschuk won a category of the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest sponsored by the National History Museum of London. Herasimtschuk’s winning shot, above, in the category of Behaviours: Amphibians and Reptiles, is titled “Hellbent” and depicts a hellbender salamander preying on a northern water snake in a stream in eastern Tennessee. He also won a “highly commended” honor for an image titled “The Spring Ball,” which captures rough-skinned newts gathered in a pond during breeding season. The images are on display at the museum. Photo by David Herasimtschuk / Freshwaters Illustrated

Kayle Austin (B.S., ’08; M.S., ’10; M.Agr., ’11; D.V.M., ’17) owns Austin Veterinary Services, a large-animal practice based in LaSalle, Colo. She is one of the first recipients to receive funding from the Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program, established in 2017 by the Colorado General Assembly. The program encourages veterinary graduates to provide livestock medicine in Colorado’s rural and agricultural communities by helping recipients to repay college loans.

Charlene Gardner (B.S., ’08) became a licensed clinical social worker and is a nationally recognized trainer/consultant at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida.

Matthew Lenyo (B.S., ’08) works as assistant curator of predators at the Denver Zoo. His interest in wildlife conservation inspired a trip in Fall 2018 to visit a gibbon rescue center in Vietnam. Lenyo is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.

Nicole Rockwell (B.S., ’08) was honored as a 2018 survivor ambassador during “A Pink Affair,” a fall fundraiser for a Fort Collins nonprofit called Hope Lives! The organization provides support services for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Lora Bledsoe (B.S., ’09; D.V.M., ’13) runs a mobile large-animal veterinary practice serving livestock producers on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. She testified before Colorado legislators about the need for veterinarians in the state’s rural communities, which led to approval in 2017 of the Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program. Bledsoe is featured in a video as part of the University’s “Proud to Be” campaign.

Dr. Lora Bledsoe and dogs

Bridget Cassidy (B.A., ’09) is an associate editor for ConsumersAdvocate.org in Puerto Rico.

Adriana Lopez (B.A., ’09) is a writer and social media specialist for Denver Public Schools. She recently visited campus to discuss with CSU journalism students strategies for communicating to audiences

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Tyson Matthews (B.S., ’10) and his wife, Laura, welcomed their first son, Henry Patrick Matthews, in January 2018. Tyson works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Jenny Quiner, owner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens, in her greenhouse

Jenny Quiner (M.Ed., ’10) is an educator and owner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa. Her organic farm has become a leader in regional urban agriculture and supplies produce for some of the area’s best-known restaurants. The Des Moines Register named her one of its “People to Watch for 2018.” Photo by Zach Boyden-Holmes / Des Moines Register

Cayla Stone with a mustang

Cayla Stone (B.S., ’10) is a professional horse trainer in Fort Collins who recently partnered with Dr. Ruth Rose, a CSU veterinarian, to establish a nonprofit called Wild Rose Mustang Advocacy Group, Inc. The organization aims to help protect and treasure wild horses on and off the range by demonstrating the usefulness of mustangs as companions and mounts – and by providing the training needed for adoption. In Fall 2018, Stone and her mustang mare, Atalanta, placed 10th in the Novice Rider division at the USEA American Eventing Championships, a three-day eventing competition involving dressage, cross-country riding, and show jumping. Photo by Ryan Brooks

Scott Speidel (Ph.D., ’11) is an assistant professor of animal sciences at CSU and received the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation Continuing Service Award for his research in the University’s Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock.

Andy Bartlett (B.S., ’12; M.S., ’14) is a crop and soil science instructor at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., who recently began teaching the school’s first course in precision agriculture. Bartlett runs his family’s multigenerational farm in Merino, on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, and is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.

Ryan J. Cambo (B.S., ’12) oversees personnel and operations at Brues Alehouse Brewing Co., a fast-growing restaurant and brewery in Pueblo, Colo., that has revitalized Pueblo’s former police station and jail into a music-inspired pub and brewery.

Callie Kuntz (B.S., ’12; D.V.M., ’17) recently established a veterinary practice in Yuma, Colo., to serve the state’s northeastern Plains. She is one of the first recipients to receive funding from the Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program, established in 2017 by the Colorado General Assembly. The program encourages veterinary graduates to provide livestock medicine in Colorado’s rural and agricultural communities by helping recipients to repay college loans.

Johanna B. Maes (Ph.D., ’12) co-edited Journeys of Social Justice in the Academy. She was also named senior instructor at the University of Colorado School of Education, where she teaches in the Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program.

Amy Morgan (B.S., ’12) is an interior designer and cello instructor in Fort Collins, best known as cellist in the Northern Colorado indie-rock band Post Paradise, which she established in 2009 with her husband, Nick Duarte, and their bandmates. Post Paradise provided the soundtrack for the documentary film How a Place Matters, highlighting CSU and its efforts to spark innovation, and helped inaugurate Stadium Sessions, the free concert series that has become a highlight of the Game Day weekend experience during CSU football season. The band’s most recent recording is titled Bring it to Life. Photo by Backstage Flash

Amy Morgan

A team of northern Colorado runners with CSU ties, called Siemers’ Dreamers, recently finished sixth in the men’s open 10-kilometer race at the USA Track and Field Club Championships in Spokane, Wash. The team is named in honor of Art Siemers, head coach of the Colorado State cross-country program, who has worked with some runners in the group and has guided the University team to historic finishes in the Mountain West Conference and at the NCAA championships. Members of Siemers’ Dreamers, pictured from left, are Andrew Lesser (B.S., ’13), Brian Eimstad, Cody Moore, Joshua Mirth (M.S., ’17), Grant Fischer (B.S., ’18), Jerrell Mock (B.S., ’18), Adrian Macdonald, and, below, Andrew Epperson, an assistant track and cross-country coach at CSU. Mock, a former CSU standout runner who earned All-America honors, was top finisher on the team, with a time of 30:05. The Dreamers continue to train and compete together; some of the runners hope to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials. of those in her community. She recently celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Christopher; they bought their first home, and welcomed their first baby, a boy, in July.

Siemers Dreamers running team

Paul Broadie II (Ph.D., ’14) is president of Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn., and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Conn. The NAACP recently honored him as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut.

Jefferson Geiger (B.A., ’14) moved to Frisco, Colo., to start a new job as a copy editor for the Summit Daily News.

Leah Major (B.S., ’14) is a veterinary technician at Block and Bridle Veterinary Service in Greeley, Colo., and says she is living the dream delivering equine veterinary services to clients and patients. She also raises and trains American Quarter Horses and is pleased with a filly that shows promise as a sorting and ranch horse versatility prospect.

Emily Wolf (B.A., ’14; B.S., ’14) recently celebrated her fourth year working for the Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc., in Oklahoma City. She oversees a wide range of association activities, assists with two large annual horse shows, and supports the Pinto Heritage Foundation.

Karsen Buschjost (B.A., ’16) is an anchor and reporter for NBC News 4 and FOX 11 in Reno, Nev.

Nicole Clow (B.S., ’16) has started her career as a child protection caseworker in Northern Colorado. She enjoys her work and the opportunity to make differences in the lives of those in her community. She recently celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Christopher; they bought their first home, and welcomed their first baby, a boy, in July.

Lindsay Dykstra (D.V.M., ’16) earned a Facebook shoutout from the Parker Police Department in Summer 2018, when she helped save a horse after a frightening traffic accident. The animal was in a trailer that detached from a pickup and flipped off the road with the horse inside. Dykstra, a veterinarian with Littleton Equine Medical Center, was on scene to provide care for the horse, which survived.

Marianna Savoca (Ph.D., ’16) was recently named assistant vice president for career development and experiential education at Stony Brook University, on Long Island, N.Y. Her debut book, A Good Job: Campus Employment as a High-Impact Practice, was published by Stylus and is based in part on her CSU dissertation. The book helps college and university administrators improve the experience of students who work on campus.

Adrianna Culbert (B.S., ’16), seated center, is an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She earned her business degree while gaining accolades on the Colorado State Volleyball team. As an outside hitter and setter, she was named 2015 Mountain West Player of the Year and 2015 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year, among other honors. She then served as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, where she also played beach volleyball and competed in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Pairs Championship. Photo by UNC Athletics

Taylor Smith (B.F.A., ’16) recently was hired as an elementary art teacher in the Denver area and is excited to have found a fulfilling career making a difference in children’s lives.

Faith Nielsen (B.S.W., ’17) earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver and now works as a staff member with CSU’s Community for Excellence Scholar Programs.

Abbie Parr (B.A., ’17) scored a home run in her fledgling career as a professional sports photographer when she captured the shot above, which depicts Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners watching a baseball sail out of the park during a game against the Oakland Athletics. TIME magazine picked it as one of the Top 100 Photos of 2018. Parr, of Portland, Ore., started working as a sports photographer for the Rocky Mountain Collegian and CSU Athletics. She later worked as a photographer for the Colorado Rockies, completed an internship with Getty Images Sport in New York, and now covers professional baseball and other sports as a freelance photographer in and around Seattle. Photo by Abbie Parr / Getty Images

Richard Wagner (M.S., ’17) is a senior aerospace engineer at Scaled Composites, an aerospace design, build, and test firm in Mojave, Calif. He and his wife live in Tehachapi, Calif.

Phillida Charley (Ph.D., ’18), pictured with her father, Emerson, recently earned a doctorate in pathology, becoming the first Native American woman to complete her Ph.D. in the CSU Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. While pursuing her doctorate, she served as a peer mentor for the Native American Cultural Center, often mentored other Native women graduate students, and presented at the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.