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Congratulations to…

Blake Osborn has been awarded two grants in April 2017. The first one is the Lower Arkansas River Watershed Plan: John Martin to Stateline for $94,000, and the second is the Groundwater & Surface Water Interactions and Potential for Underwater Storage – Phase 2 for $49,600.

Susie Hutton, Jim Beers and Joanne Littlefield (team) received the Gold Award from the Association for Communication Excellence for a video, Rockies Weather and Science Day 2016.

Kyle Christensen and the FLTI Team
received the Community Health Award from the 2017 Priester Community Award. The annual award recognizes sound and innovative health and wellness programs at the county, state and national level.


There were no new awards for this month.

 Notification of awards received is taken monthly from a CSU Sponsored Programs report. If you are the recipient(s) of an award(s) that did not go through Sponsored Programs, please email Susan Harris at and provide her the information so we can recognize your success.

The Personnel Directory is updated as of August 5, 2017. If you are interested in a hard copy, go to then click on “Printable Personnel Directory.”


Be sure to check out our new colleagues on the last pages of this newsletter.


As of August 7, 2017


Adams County
Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, #12-17
Interviews will be held on August 10-11.

Douglas County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock, #23-17
This position will be re-advertised soon with a September 5 deadline.

Extension County Director, #22-17
This position description for this position is being reviewed.

Larimer County
Extension County Director, #13-17
Interviews will be held on August 23-24.

Site Coordinator, FLTI, .75 FTE, #21-17
This position is being advertised with an August 17 deadline.

Extension Specialist, Produce Safety, Grant Funded, #14-17, Jefferson County
Roshan Nayak accepted the position effective August 28, 2017. Roshan most recently is working as a Research Assistant at Pennsylvania State University. Roshan recently earned his Ph.D. in agriculture and Extension education from Pennsylvania State University. He has a M.S. in agriculture and consumer resources from Tarleton State University and a B.S. in agriculture from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.


Southeast Area
Area Extension Agent, Family Consumer Science, Otero/Crowley Counties, #25-17
A search committee has been named and the position description will be reviewed for classification soon.

Bent County
Area Extension Agent, Family Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development, #26-17
This position is being re-advertised with a September 7 deadline.

Custer County
Extension Director, #TBD
This position is under review.

Logan County
Extension Agent, Agriculture & 4-H Youth Development, #TBD
A search committee has been named and the position description will be reviewed for classification soon.

Prowers County
Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #19-17
Interviews will be held on August 21-22.

Golden Plains Area

Yuma County
Area Extension Agent, Livestock, #TBD
The position is under review.


Tri River Area

Delta County
Area Extension Agent, Agronomy, #16-17
Seth Urbanowitz has accepted the position effective August 23, 2017. Seth recently worked as an agronomist for Wilco Farmers’ Cooperative in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Seth has a M.S. in plant science/agronomy from South Dakota State University and a M.S. in agricultural and Extension education from University of Tennessee. He also has a B.S. in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University,


State 4-H Office
Extension State Specialist, 4-H Youth Development and Volunteer Leadership, #24-17
This position is being re-advertised soon.

Extension State Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, STEM and K-12, #17-17
Interviews will be held September 13-14.

Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), Lakewood, CO
Extension State Specialist, Senior Economist, #20-17
This position will be advertised soon.

All items for CSU Extension Personnel Notes should be sent to Sue Harris at

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Kara Harders

Name: Kara Harders

Title: Extension Regional Specialist, Small Acreage Management

Location: Peaks and Plains Region

Date of Hire: June 2017

Personal Information: Originally from Colorado, I am thrilled to be moving back to my home state after living in Florida for a year and a half. I enjoy spending time outdoors, working with animals, reading and most of all, traveling.

Job Experience: I worked as a general manager and equipment operator at Sombrero Ranches and Farms for ten years. I also taught Agricultural Education for a year, and while in graduate school, I worked on a marketing project to aid the Florida peach industry.

2012 B.S. Agricultural Education, Colorado State University
2017 M.S. Agricultural Education & Communications, University of Florida

Kaycee Manuppella

Name: Kaycee Manuppella

Title: Program Associate, 4-H, STEM, School Enrichment/Afterschool

Location: Garfield County

Date of Hire: June 2017

Personal Information: My husband and I live outside of Rifle with our twin daughters, and all of their animals. We enjoy our beautiful Colorado backyard, from camping and snowmobiling to hunting and fishing in the high country. Our family is very active in horse and livestock 4-H, and we love to cheer for our Rifle High School Lady Bears!

Job Experience: Before accepting a position in Extension, I was an elementary teacher for the past 5 years, and substitute teacher prior to that.

2011 B.A. Elementary Education, Colorado Mesa University

Andie Wommack

Name: Andie Wommack

Title: Extension Agent, Horticulture/Small Acreage

Location: Douglas County

Date of Hire: June 2017

Personal Information: I was born and raised in northern Idaho on a dryland wheat farm in the area known as the Palouse. I love plants and helping people understand the agriculture industry. I enjoy photography and spending time with my best friend and her dogs.

Job Experience: Prior to CSU Extension I was a high school Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Watching students grow and succeed really helped solidify my passion for helping people feel and be successful in the agriculture community.

2013 B.S. Agriculture and Food Systems: Focus Agriculture Education, Washington State University

Lisa Stavic

Name: Lisa Stavig

Title: Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H National Mentor Program

Location: Jefferson County

Date of Hire: May 2017

Personal Information: I am a native Coloradoan and a 4-H alumni from the 1980’s in Montrose County. I have a very supportive husband and two great kids who are 4-H members and I love being a leader. I like to knit, sew and cook in my free time.

Job Experience: I worked at the Ela Family Farms- July 2006 to present, Jefferson County Extension- August 2016 to present and Denver Public Schools 1991 to 2004.


Mark Rose

Name: Mark Rose

Title: Multimedia Producer

Location: CSU Campus, State Extension Office

Date of Hire: June 2017

Personal Information: I was raised in a northwest Oklahoma town surrounded by farmland and an oilfield. I lived in Colorado during the 1990s, moved to Portland, Oregon and am now back to Colorado. My family (wife Jana, and sons Jonah and Ian) and I enjoy biking, walking our two dogs and participating in Fort Collins youth baseball.

Job Experience: My work to date has been producing video, distance learning and educational media for the City Of Portland (13 years), University of Colorado at Denver (8 years), and the USPS National Technical Training Center (6 years). I have designed three television studios and led the production team at the Auraria Media Center.

1982 B.A. Mass Communication, Phillips University, Tulsa, OK
1999 M.A. Communication, University of Colorado at Denver CO