Class Notes

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1950s

Jim Ingram holds up his military uniform
James Ingram (D.V.M, ’52; M.S., ’72), a professor emeritus in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, donated the uniform he wore during World War II service in the 17th Airborne Division, 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, to CSU’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. It will be on display beginning this fall. Ingram, who received a Purple Heart for his U.S. Army service, taught for 38 years in CSU’s veterinary program. Read the full story: Veteran and former CSU prof donates rare WWII glider uniform to Avenir Museum

Ken Goldsberry (B.S., ’54; M.S., ’62), CSU professor emeritus of horticulture, worked with the late Carl Jorgensen, a retired CSU horticulture professor who died in May 2018, to resurrect the Colorado Aggie Geranium. The variety – with orangey-red blossoms and deep-purple leaf banding – was developed in campus greenhouses and was commonly grown in the 1940s and early ’50s. Jorgensen had a single geranium when the two began collaborating in 2013 on a plant-breeding and selection project to bring back the Aggie Geranium, now available at Donath Lake Greenhouses in Loveland. Read the full story: col.st/xe1gc.

Marie Macy (B.S., ’55) continues her dedication to young Rams with a gift to the Marie Macy Director’s Legacy Endowment to benefit CSU’s Early Childhood Center. Macy’s most recent gift adds to the fund she created in 2015 to provide financial support for pressing needs and improvements at the University child care center, which is part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Robert Briggs (B.S., ’59; M.S., ’61) was inducted into the 2017 Jefferson County Historical Commission Hall of Fame for helping to preserve county history. Briggs and his wife, Shirley, live in Westminster.

1960s

John (B.S., ’60) and Judy Sitzman have established three student scholarships in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences: in interior design, fermentation science and technology, and human development and family studies. Members of the Sitzman family spanning four generations have attended CSU.

Curtis Becker (B.S., ’67) was recently honored with the Private Practice Prosthodontist Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. It recognizes extraordinary collegiality, outreach, and community service, highlighting the role a prosthodontist plays in advancing quality of life for patients.

Douglas Highfield (B.S., ’67), of Peyton, Colo., retired from the U.S. Army after 50 years of combined military and civil service.

John Manion (B.S., ’67) went through ROTC at CSU and was commissioned a second lieutenant in infantry. He served in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg and went to Vietnam as an adviser.

Karen Morris-Fine (B.S., ’67; M.S., ’70; Ph.D., ’78), who retired after a career working as a toxicologist for companies including Coca-Cola and The Boeing Co., recently established two funds at CSU to support graduate students and early-career faculty members conducting research in nutrition science. The funds help pay for salaries, equipment, conference fees, and travel. Morris-Fine grew up on a ranch in Eastern Colorado; that experience sparked her interest in nutrition.

Robert Brown (B.S., ’68) is chairman of the board of directors for the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Brown was 2010 Honor Alumnus for the College of Agricultural Sciences and has led a distinguished career as a university administrator in agricultural sciences, following combat service with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Darrell Greene (B.S., ’69) is in his 38th year as a Realtor in Colorado Springs; he works as a broker with Snare Realty and earlier was a teacher in the Fountain-Fort Carson School District.

1970s

Michael Knupp (B.S., ’70) is chairman of the board of trustees for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in Osprey, Fla., which works to protect land and water resources on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Libby James, running at Jack Christensen Track
Libby James (M.A., ’71) received the 2018 Masters Running Award from Sportswomen of Colorado during an annual awards ceremony last spring. James, 81, holds numerous American and world age-group distance running records. She recently published a book titled, Still Running, available on Amazon.

Mike Anderson (B.S., 72) is a retired scientist emeritus at the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, Ducks Unlimited Canada, in Winnipeg. He recently returned from a consulting trip with an international team reviewing conservation programs and environmental protection in Saudi Arabia.

Stan Reeves (B.S., ’72) is a retired educator who continues work with the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and the Chapman University Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Irvine, Calif. He began his career teaching anatomy and biology at schools in Colorado; he was later an account executive in educational sales for Apple.

Barbara Winter (B.S., ’72), chief community officer at Ent Credit Union of Colorado Springs, won the Outstanding Business Woman in Southern Colorado Award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce at its Accolades Awards ceremony in August. She earlier was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Pikes Peak Region.

Bruce Bodaken (B.A., ’73) recently retired as president, chairman, and CEO of health insurance nonprofit Blue Shield of California. He established the Bodaken Philosophy Symposium at CSU, which held its inaugural lecture in Spring 2018.

Perry L. Goorman (B.A., ’73), who has law offices in Denver and Scottsdale, Ariz., recently was elected president of the Scottsdale Bar Association.

Wendy Lieber Poinsot (B.A., ’74) plans to retire in 2018 from a longtime career as a fire management planner for the National Park Service; she is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked with parks in the Pacific West Region.

Edward Reuss (B.S., ’74; M.S., ’79) was inducted as a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He works as a systems engineer and principal firmware architect for Socionext North America in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Larry Johnson (B.S., ’75) of San Antonio, Texas, is retiring after 43 years of service with the U.S. Army, most recently as an associate professor for the U.S. Army – Baylor University M.H.A and M.B.A. Program, which trains federal health care executives. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Thomas Krapu (B.S., ’76) owns Infinite Potential, of St. Louis, Mo., which offers executive coaching, training, and organizational development services, including implementation of 360-degree feedback programs.

Norm Jorgensen (B.S., ’77; D.V.M., ’80) is vice president of marketing for Jorgensen Laboratories Inc., a family-run global supplier of veterinary medical equipment based in Loveland. He and family members recently donated funds to establish the Jorgensen Laboratories, Inc. Chair in the CSU Department of Clinical Sciences. The endowed academic chair will support the work of a CSU professor who specializes in emergency medicine and critical care at the University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Daniel MacDonald (B.S., ’77) manages IT infrastructure for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and recently earned a Master of Computer Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.

Don Brown (B.S., ’78), in his governor-appointed role as Colorado commissioner of agriculture, was part of a delegation representing U.S. agriculture during a trade mission to Japan in Summer 2018. He is a farmer in Yuma, Colo.

John Ikard (B.S., ’79) recently retired from his 17-year position as president and CEO of FirstBank, the nation’s third-largest privately held bank, known as a top workplace and for generous corporate philanthropy. He has served on the boards of multiple business, education, and charitable organizations, including the CSU Board of Governors. Ikard delivered the commencement address for the College of Business in May.

1980s

Jeannie Miller (B.S., ’81) recently retired from her role as vice president for global technical governance and innovation with Molson Coors Brewing Co. She helped equip the new CSU teaching brewery at the Ramskeller and serves on the advisory board for the University’s Fermentation Science and Technology program.

James R. Ogden (M.S., ’81) is chairman of the board of directors for the Center for Retailing Solutions at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley. With his wife, Denise Ogden, a marketing professor, he wrote the textbook Retailing: Integrated Retail Management. He provides entertainment and other marketing services through the couple’s business, the Doctors Ogden Group.

Connie Dohn (B.S., ’82) is chief financial officer for Dohn Construction Inc. of Fort Collins, a leading commercial construction company co-founded in 1992 with her husband, Doug. Dohn was named a BizWest 2017 Northern Colorado Woman of Distinction.

Robbie Myers (B.S., ’82) recently retired from her 17-year post as editor-in-chief of ELLE and is now a consultant for its parent company, Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest magazine publishers. She earlier worked at magazines including InStyle, Seventeen, and Rolling Stone, after attending CSU with a scholarship on the dive team. Myers delivered commencement addresses for the College of Liberal Arts in May.

Stacy Cook (B.S., ’84; B.S., ’86) is marking the 15th anniversary of her business, Healing Hands Rehabilitation, with two offices in California’s San Fernando Valley. It is an outpatient occupational therapy clinic specializing in the treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions. She is also celebrating her 29th wedding anniversary.

Elizabeth “Libby” Jones (B.S., ’84), an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, received the Holling Family Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association.

Lois Peltz (M.S., ’84) received the 2018 Writer’s Award from the Fort Collins Historical Society for two books exploring the lifestyle and community of Harmony, In Search of Harmony … an Anthology and In Search of Harmony … Family Trees.

Kristen Browning-Blas (B.A., ’85) is director of communications for the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and leads the team that won the 2018 Communications Excellence Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. It is the top award for communications work among colleges of veterinary medicine nationwide.

Brenda Smith (attended ’85-’90) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her business, B&B’s Pickle Barrel, an East Coast-style deli off Laurel Street north of campus. The business arose from a CSU class project and has become a favorite sandwich shop among Rams.

Susan Tornquist (D.V.M., ’85) is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University in Corvallis and recently was named to the board of directors for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Laura Blackmer (B.S., ’86) recently became senior vice president of dealer channel sales at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., headquartered in New Jersey. Blackmer has held previous sales and leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sharp Imaging and Information Co. of America; and she has been honored with several awards for women executives in business technology by industry publications. She also joined the CSU Business Leadership Council.

Alan Vitello (B.A., ’86) retired from CenturyLink after a career in telecommunications; celebrated with a trip to London with his family; and now is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in communications from CSU-Global Campus and a certificate in new media journalism from Red Rocks Community College. He has worked for 30 years as a freelance cartoonist, a career path begun at the Rocky Mountain Collegian, and is self-publishing an anthology, The Greatest Cartoonist You’ve Never Heard Of: 30 Years of the Vitello’s View Vault. He and his wife, Ann, are the No. 1 fans of their son’s heavy-metal band, Gomorrah.

Cheryl Zimlich (B.S., ’86) is executive director of Bohemian Foundation, a Fort Collins-based philanthropy that seeks to improve the well-being of children, strengthen music in the community, and inspire citizens to action on community issues. She has served on advisory boards for CSU’s College of Business and the University’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise.

Wende Curtis (B.A., ’87) is marking her 32nd anniversary with Comedy Works. She started as a waitress, then rose from general manager to owner of the nightclub on Larimer Square in downtown Denver. To further promote stand-up comedy, she launched Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village in 2008.

Jay Dedrick (B.A., ’87) is manager of internal communications for the University of Colorado; he oversees the systemwide faculty and staff newsletter, CU Connections. Dedrick began his journalism career at the Rocky Mountain Collegian and later worked as an award-winning music, entertainment, and features reporter and editor at the Daily Camera in Boulder and at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

Tito Ibarrola (B.S., ’87) recently joined East West Bank, headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., as first vice president-relationship manager after almost 16 years at MUFG Union Bank. Ibarrola specializes in higher education and local government, including counties, cities, municipalities, special districts, and the Native American market.

Rebecca Schlunegger (B.S., ’87) is marking her eighth year as CEO of Stop Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit based in Chicago that focuses on public education, policymaking, and support for people harmed by foodborne pathogens.

Catherine Seal (B.S., ’87) has been awarded the El Paso County Bar Association’s 2018 Mikki Kraushaar Award for her outstanding service to senior citizens in the El Paso County, Colo., community.

Jason Weinland (B.A., ’87) is a third-generation CSU alumnus and founding partner of jweinland Group Benefits, a full-service employee benefits firm in Shreveport, La. His son, Cole, recently graduated from CSU in mechanical engineering, representing the family’s fourth generation to attend the University. The Weinlands’ standing as a legacy family is commemorated in a display on the third floor of the Lory Student Center.

Julie Chavez (B.S., ’88) is director at Wells Fargo Securities LLC, the capital markets and investment banking services firm of Wells Fargo & Co. based in Charlotte, N.C.

Olympic skier image by Michael Madrid
Michael Madrid (B.A., ’88) captured this image when he recently traveled to PyeongChang, South Korea, to cover his eighth Olympic Games as a photographer and photo editor for USA TODAY Sports. He is based in Fort Collins, yet travels the globe in his role as international sports director for USA TODAY Sports Images; he has worked for the organization for 22 years.

Theresa (Schmidt) Myers (B.A., ’88) is director of the Department of Communications and Community Relations for Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6.

Thomas Tan (M.S., ’88), head of corporate finance for Euro Pacific Capital, ran the California International Marathon in December 2017 and Los Angeles Marathon on March 18. The races were his seventh and eighth full marathons.

Timothy Hackett (D.V.M., ’89; M.S., ’94) is director of CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which recently was named the 2018 Practice of the Year by Petplan pet insurance. The hospital, with nearly 80 clinical veterinarians, annually manages more than 40,000 patient visits and is training ground for students in the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.

Kelley Wood (B.S., ’89) retired at the end of 2017 after using his degree from Colorado State to work in information technology for a number of companies, including Kodak, HP, Nielsen Media Research, and Raymond James Financial.

1990s

Patti Canchola
Patti Canchola (D.V.M., ’90) is staff veterinarian at Pueblo Animal Services in southern Colorado. She was named 2017 American Hero Veterinarian for annually performing some 5,000 spay/neuter surgeries, providing courtroom expertise on animal cruelty, running bimonthly low-cost health clinics, and founding a pet food pantry to help animals in low-income households.

Kay (Heaton) Cornelius (B.S., ’90; M.S., ’94) is vice president of sales for Niman Ranch, a leading natural-meats wholesaler with offices in Denver. She and her husband, Hampton Cornelius, are partners in Coyote Ridge Ranch, a family operation raising champion registered Hereford cattle in LaSalle, Colo. She is also active with the Colorado Versatility Ranch Horse Association.

Chris Kraft (B.S., ’90) and Mary Kraft (B.A., ’86), owners of Kraft Family Dairies of Fort Morgan, won the national 2018 Beef Quality Assurance Dairy Award for exemplifying best practices in animal care and handling. With its focus on dairy-cow health and well-being, the operation produces about 500,000 pounds of milk per day at two dairy farms. Mary Kraft is immediate past president of the Colorado Livestock Association.

Marty Lenz (B.A., ’90) recently returned to Denver as co-host and co-anchor of Colorado’s Morning News on KOA News Radio, part of the iHeartMedia network. Lenz is an award-winning journalist who earlier worked for broadcast outlets in San Francisco. A Denver native, he played football at Colorado State.

Jeannette Crawshaw (B.S., ’91) is vice president of operations at William Allan Financial Services in Woodland Hills, Calif. Crawshaw, a certified public accountant, also serves on the board of directors for Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Shelly Swanback (B.S., ’91) is group operating officer for Accenture Digital of Denver.

David Sampson (Ph.D., ’92) is a senior sustainability and research scientist at Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. After earning a doctorate in forestry systems modeling at CSU, he completed postdoctoral studies at North Carolina State University; worked as a visiting assistant professor at University of Antwerp in Belgium; and held a position at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Eric Tippeconnic (B.A., ’92) was a Rams football player who teaches history at Cal State Fullerton and Native studies at Cal State Northridge and Cal State San Marcos in Southern California. He also is a painter with Comanche heritage and recently was commissioned by a museum in Oklahoma City to create a mural reflecting aspects of contemporary Native American life. His work also is showing in an exhibit called Comanche Motion: the Art of Eric Tippeconnic at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas.

Kevin Unger (B.A., ’92; Ph.D., ’13) recently was named 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. Unger is president and chief executive officer of Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland; he chaired the Chamber’s most successful fundraising campaign for strategic goals, including the widening of Interstate 25.

Donnyale Ambrosine (B.A., ’92) is director of marketing for CSU Colab, the Lory Student Center marketing group. She is a cultural consultant for a television miniseries produced by TNT titled One Day She’ll Darken, a mystery about a white woman given away at birth to a black family. The series is directed in part by Patty Jenkins of Wonder Woman and will star actor Chris Pine; its release date has not been announced.

Susan Lana (D.V.M., ’93; M.S., ’97) is a professor of oncology and is clinical oncology service chief at CSU’s Robert G. and Mary H. Flint Animal Cancer Center, housed at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She recently was appointed to hold the Stuart University Chair in Oncology, an endowed academic chair that supports her work.

Kevin Weed (B.S., ’93; M.S., ’96) is chief engineer for the Ball Aerospace Thermal Engineering Department and is an active member of the Thermophysics Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Shannon Archibeque-Engle (B.S., ’94; M.S., ’96; Ph.D., ’15) recently became assistant vice president for strategic initiatives and assessment in the CSU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, after fulfilling a variety of roles in the College of Agricultural Sciences. In February 2018, she received an Everyday Hero Award from the Classified Personnel Council for mentorship and dedication to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Christina Boyd (B.A., ’94), managing director and senior financial adviser with Merrill Lynch in Wayzata, Minn., was recently recognized as the state of Minnesota’s top financial adviser by Forbes in its “Best State Wealth Advisors” list. Boyd was also named to Barron’s list of America’s “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.”

Katie (Luekens) Chan Chee (M.M., ’94) and her husband recently bought a home in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., and she began teaching chorus and general music at Lakeland High School in nearby Shrub Oak, N.Y. She continues to perform in community theater productions, and she is a musical director and voice teacher in Westchester County.

David Nester (B.S., ’94) has been named chief security officer for ThreatModeler Software Inc. He earlier served as global director for Fortify on Demand.

Kevin Bolin (B.A., ’95) and his wife, Barb, are celebrating the seventh anniversary of their beer bar and restaurant, The Mayor of Old Town, near campus. The Mayor has been cited among America’s best beer bars by CraftBeer.com and other publications; and it has hosted regular Q&A sessions with CSU volleyball Coach Tom Hilbert, among other University events.

Andrea Georgopolis (B.S., ’95), principal of Slifer Designs, based in Edwards, Colo., received a regional Residential Excellence in Design Award from LUXE magazine for design of a bathroom at a residence in Vail, Colo. Entries were submitted by luxury architecture and design firms in Colorado and were judged by internationally known industry professionals.

Eric Carpio (B.S., ’96) was named a Winter 2018 fellow of the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver.

Jim Cotturone (M.S., ’96) has joined the Brookfield, Wis., office of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., as a financial adviser. Cotturone has nearly 10 years of experience working with clients on retirement and financial planning. He is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and earned a master’s degree in atmospheric science from CSU.

Gabriel Ortega (B.S., ’96) was recently elected to his second term as mayor for the city of Fountain, Colo.

David Frisbie (M.S., ’97; Ph.D., ’99), a veterinarian and professor of equine surgery in the CSU Department of Clinical Sciences, is serving as 2018 vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and will assume the organization’s presidency in 2020. Frisbie is director of research for the CSU Orthopaedic Research Center; interim director of operations for the University’s new C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute; and partner of Equine Sports Medicine, in Pilot Point, Texas.

Blaine Howerton (B.A., ’97) recently became publisher of two Northern Colorado publications, the New Scene Magazine, an entertainment and lifestyle monthly covering the Northern Front Range; and North Forty News, a local newspaper with print and digital versions.

Kwane Stewart (D.V.M., ’97) works for American Humane as chief veterinary officer and national director of Humane Hollywood and its flagship No Animals Were Harmed program. The program monitors the safety and welfare of animal actors used in about 2,000 film and television productions each year. He is also chief veterinary officer for the association’s Red Star Rescue & Emergency Services for Animals, which has worked for more than 100 years to rescue animals from disasters.

Edward Zimmerman (M.B.A., ’98) was recently named president of Livingston & Haven, an engineering and industrial automation provider headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

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.

2000s

Becky Hammon (B.S., ’00) is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and recently was promoted to the front row of coaches’ seats during games. She was a star scoring point guard on the CSU women’s basketball team; earned six All-Star distinctions during 16 years playing with the Women’s National Basketball Association; and in 2014 became the first woman hired as a full-time assistant coach in NBA history.

Robert Stephens (B.A., ’00) is in his 10th year working as general manager at Avalara MyLodgeTax, which provides tax-preparation services for lodging and vacation-rental businesses. His advice for landlords recently was featured in an article published by FitSmallBusiness.com.

Dan Stiles (B.S., ’00) is serving on the board of directors for ICLEI USA, an organization of local governments pursuing reductions in carbon pollution and improvements in sustainability.

Joel Johnston (B.S., ’01), an environmental and energy law attorney, recently moved to the Denver office of Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson P.C. He previously worked in the law firm’s Tulsa, Okla., office.

James Smallenberger (B.S., ’02) is co-founder of Unit Trac, an Illinois-based company that develops cloud-based lease management software. The company was recognized as one of “10 Startups to Watch in 2018” by InterBusiness Issues magazine.

Holly Griebenaw (B.F.A., ’03) is a graphic designer in Southern California who works on luxury real estate magazine design through LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in Denver.

Jenny Cavnar
Jenny Cavnar (B.S., ’04) on April 23 became the first woman in 35 years to call play-by-play during a televised Major League Baseball game; the matchup featured the Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres. The Denver Post called her debut a “historic success.” Cavnar started in broadcasting working for CSU’s student-run CTV News. She has worked for 12 years in MLB reporting and commentary.

Jared Gaynor (M.S., ’04) earned his Juris Doctor at University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law; married a law-school classmate; has worked as chief of staff for the provost at the university in Stockton, Calif.; and recently welcomed his third child.

Blythe LaGasse (M.M., ’04) is a CSU associate professor of music therapy and is director of CSU’s online music therapy master’s program. She maintains the Music Therapy Research Blog, an online publication for clinicians, and recently was honored with a CSU Online Innovative Educator Award.

James Iacino (B.A.,’05; M.B.A., ’12) is president and chief executive officer of Seattle Fish Co., a Denver-based seafood distributor started by his grandfather that supplies more than 15 million pounds of fish throughout the West each year. He is founder of the Green & Gold Foundation, which encourages young alumni to support CSU.

John Nail (M.B.A., ’05) received the 2017 Delivering One Company award for outstanding work at Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch. He was promoted to full financial adviser and portfolio adviser at The WSH & Nail Group and is a partner in the Scottsdale, Ariz., practice. In the lexicon of Merrill Lynch, he has “earned his horns.”

Rachel Wilcoxson (B.A., ’05) received her Master of Arts in media communication from Webster University in Fall 2017.

Albert Bimper (B.S., ’06) is an associate professor of ethnic studies and a senior associate athletics director for diversity and inclusion at CSU. He was recognized
by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of 15 emerging scholars across the nation.

Chelsea Rae Clark (B.S., ’06; B.A., ’06) earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in 2016; she recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her transactional and real estate law practice in Aspen, Colo.

Cora (Sloan) Bonser (B.S., ’06) and Tristan Bonser (B.S., ’07) of Parker, Colo., welcomed daughter Vera Bonser in November 2017.

Megan (Balmforth) Cordova (B.S., ’07) has been appointed executive director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, with responsibilities related to the nonprofit’s goal of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Cassie Poncelow (B.S., ’07; M.Ed., ’11), a counselor for five years at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, was named a 2018 School Counselor of the Year finalist by the American School Counselor Association and was among those honored during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Derek Lowstuter (B.S., ’08; M.S.,’13) and Claire Lowstuter (B.S., ’08) recently launched Black Bison Organics, a line of patent-pending natural fertilizers and soil amendments using flax and biochar; the products are designed to improve soil as a first step to boosting plants. The couple also runs Folly Hill Farm, a 40-acre operation based on principles of regenerative agriculture, near Bismarck, N.D.

Bill Kimball (B.S., ’09) recently moved from Golden, Colo., to Calgary in Alberta, Canada, to lead the Canadian business partner channel for Xero, a New Zealand-based software company that develops cloud-based accounting software for small businesses and their advisers. The company has 1.2 million global subscribers. During Summer 2017, before moving, Kimball and his family traveled 10,000 miles, exploring the United States in their Airstream.

Sergio Ortiz (B.S., ’09) is a senior project manager at Neenan Company, an Archistruction® company based in Fort Collins. Among his projects is the building that houses the CSU Powerhouse Energy Institute, a LEED Platinum project.

Kate Quillin (B.S., ’09) served for two years with the Peace Corps in the Phillippines, where she advocated for children’s rights; she is now as enforcement program coordinator for the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center.

2010s

Jamie (Phebus) Hughes (B.S., ’10) recently began a job as an adoption specialist for Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services in Austin, Texas. After earning a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies at CSU, she earned a master’s degree in social work from Hawaii Pacific University.

Joe Akmakjian parachuting out of a plane
Joe Akmakjian (B.A., ’13) served for a year as national ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, working to raise awareness and research funding to help people with muscular dystrophies and other neuromuscular diseases. He spoke at the TED x CSU event in March, with the message, “Your ability does not define your humanity.”

Karli Julian (B.S., ’11) works as a brand manager for E.&J. Gallo Winery, a leader in the U.S. wine industry focused on California wines.

Kelly (Jordan) Scalva (B.S., ’11) is manager of proposals for Hyde Engineering and Consulting, a global process system design company, based in Boulder, Colo., that works with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. She co-presented a session called “Engineering + Mentoring” at the 2017 annual meeting of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Megan Concannon (B.A., ’12; B.S., ’12) has been hired as the education and programs manager for the American Institute of Architects Colorado.

Jessica (Hawthorne) Lemmel (B.S., ’12; B.S.,’12) is director of communications for the Colorado Livestock Association and lives in Ogallala, Neb., with her husband, Nick Lemmel (B.S., ’10; D.V.M.,’16), who practices veterinary medicine with the Animal Clinic & Pharmacy. Nick Lemmel received the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program 2016 Beef Clinical Proficiency Award, for a student displaying talent in veterinary medicine for beef cattle.

Michael McNulty (B.A., ’12) is an actor residing in Los Angeles who played the role of firefighter Kevin Woyjeck in the 2017 feature film Only the Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller. He earlier worked at CBS4 in Denver and took acting classes in his spare time.

Alison (Cochran) Werning (B.S., ’12) co-founded a marketing and branding firm called Launching Labs Marketing, based in Boulder, Colo. It specializes in marketing, public relations, social media, branding, and small-website development.

David Dugan (B.A., ’14) plays guitar/bass with the band Slow Caves, a Colorado indie-rock quartet that in early 2018 released a new song, “Poser,” on Old Flame Records and kicked off national tours.

Angelina Howard (B.S., ’14) works as a product manager for Amazon.com in Seattle.

Lauren Kroll (B.F.A., ’14) is a graphic designer for Colorado State University Creative Services and has contributed to many University branding projects, including an installation at the 2018 National Western Stock Show that won Best in Show among 40 informational booths on the third floor of the Hall of Education.

Ashton Lamb (B.S., ’14; M.S., ’16) is a land stewardship associate for Lowcountry Land Trust in Charleston, S.C.

Erin Spencer (M.Ed., ’15), an assistant professor at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., is 2018 president-elect of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

Lauren Tong (B.S., ’16) is enrolled in the Coordinated M.S. in Health Care Informatics and Master of Library & Information Science program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Savannah Church (B.A., ’16; M.Ed., ’17) absolutely loves teaching sixth- and seventh-graders in a rural town on Colorado’s Western Slope. She is thankful to CSU for giving her the opportunity to pursue her dreams.

Jermain Griffin (Ph.D., ’17) recently joined the faculty at American University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches international education as a professorial lecturer in the School of Education. He also works as a research consultant for the American Council on Education’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.

BEN BECK (M.B.A., ’17), left, and Krishna Prasad Tamrakar (M.A., ’94) met by chance when Beck traveled from his home in North Carolina to Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Ben Beck (M.B.A., ’17), left, and Krishna Prasad Tamrakar (M.A., ’94) met by chance when Beck traveled from his home in North Carolina to Bhaktapur, Nepal. Tamrakar is a hotel owner there, and he warmly hosted Beck in the ancient city in the Kathmandu Valley. “What are the chances?” Beck recounted. “Thousands of miles from home, I run into this energetic, personable businessman who went to my same University.”