Contact your local county Extension office through our County Office List.

Close Icon
Providing trusted, practical education to help you solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future.
Established 1908

Personnel Notes – February 2016   arrow

Personnel Notes

Congratulations to . . .

Bruce Fickenscher and Keith Maxey on completion of their master’s degrees in December from Colorado State University.

 Lou Swanson for being named to the APLU New Engagement Planning Team. See the article in ECOP Monday Minute is posted at The team will recommend a process for establishing and engaging APLU members and stakeholders in a Task Force on “The New Engagement” for public higher education.


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 Lori Bates at, and provide her the information so we can recognize your success.

Investigators Sponsor Title Award Date Amount
Jan Carroll (Primary PI) Colorado Health Foundation Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) of Colorado 12/31/2015 $269,572
Vanessa Tranel (Primary PI) Kansas State University Colorado Military 4-H Club 2016 1/29/2016 $32,428

As of February 5, 2016
Judith Barth, Director of Operations

The Personnel Directory will be updated as of February 5, 2016. If you are interested in a hard copy of the Directory click on: Then click on “Printable Personnel Directory.”
Be sure to check out our new colleagues on the last page of this newsletter.


Boulder County

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development #07-16

The position is being advertised with a closing date of March 1.

Broomfield County
Extension Horticulture Associate, half-time, #02-16
Kelley Rawlsky has accepted the position effective February. 8. Kelley has a MS in horticulture from Texas Tech University and has served as a master gardener in Oklahoma.

Douglas County
County Director, #18-15

Annette Shipley accepted this position effective January 11. Annette has a BS in social work from St. Ambrose University and a MS in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She previously worked as a county and regional director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

El Paso County
Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, #03-16
This new position closed December 29. Interviews are scheduled for February 11 and 12.

Gilpin County
Extension Program Associate, half-time, #23-15
Final negotiations are underway.

Larimer County

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #08-16

This new position is being advertised with a closing date of March 1.

Weld County

Extension Agent Horticulture/Agriculture, #11-16

This position is under review and will be advertised shortly.


Peaks and Plains Region
Regional Extension Specialist (Range and Natural Resources), #20-15
The search was unsuccessful. This position will be re-advertised in the near future.

Pueblo County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #01-16
Interviews for this position will be held February 23 and 24.

Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science

Lois Illick retired December 31, 2015. The position is under review and will be advertised soon.

Southeast Area

Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Crowley and Otero Counties, #24-15
The search was unsuccessful. The position is being re-advertised as #06-16 with a closing date of February 11. Interviews are scheduled for March 9 and 10.

Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/Cropping Systems, Prowers County, #04-16
This position closed January 14. The committee is reviewing applications. Interviews are scheduled for March 7 and 8.


Garfield County
Extension Agent, Ag/Natural Resources, #22-15
This search was unsuccessful. The position is being re-advertised as #05-16 with a closing date of February 18. Interviews are scheduled for March 31 and April 1.

Western Region

Regional Extension Specialist, Range, #21-15.

Retta Bruegger accepted the position effective February 1. She has a MS in rangeland science and management from the University of Arizona. Retta previously worked as the outreach and research coordinator for Learning From the Land in Grand Junction.

Regional Extension Specialist, Ag and Business Management

Jesse Russell has announced his resignation effective February 19. The position is under review.


CSU Campus

Director Budgets and Finance, #TBD

The position description is being advertised with a closing date of February 18.

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Engagement

Lori Bates will transition to a new position with Extension effective March 1. Her current position is being advertised with a closing date of February 29.

All items for CSU Extension Personnel Notes should be sent to Lori Bates at

New Staff Graphic

Susan Hutton

Name: Susan Hutton
Title: Video Production Assistant
Location: CSU State Extension Office
Date of Hire: November 2015

Personal Information: I grew up in Castle Rock CO. I am passionate about videography as well as the livestock industry. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with close friends and family.

Job Experience: I began working at Colorado State University Extension as an intern in 2014. Prior to Extension, I worked as a wrangler in Estes Park.

2014 B.S. Animal Science Minor: Business, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Retta Bruegger

Name: Retta Bruegger
Title: Regional Extension Specialist, Range
Location: Western Region, Grand Junction, CO
Date of Hire: February 1, 2016

Personal Information: I was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. I enjoy being outside, whether that is collecting data for range research, touring a pasture or allotment, or camping and hiking.

Job Experience: Prior to working for CSU Extension, I worked as the Outreach and Research Coordinator on the Learning from the Land project, out of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. I’ve also worked on multiple interdisciplinary teams conducting rangeland research and outreach in Colorado, Arizona, and Mongolia. My research has included using targeted grazing and low-stress livestock handling to achieve vegetation management goals, herder observations of rangeland change, and state and transition models.

2005 BA Comparative Literature, The Colorado College
2012 MS Natural Resources, Rangeland Science and Management, University of Arizona

Christine Schinzel

Name: Christine Schinzel
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Location: Lincoln County
Date of Hire: January 2016

Personal Information: I have a Master’s of Science in Family Studies & Human Services with an emphasis in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Animal & Veterinary Science with a Business Option from the University of Wyoming.

Job Experience: I have previously held employment positions in tax preparation and accounting, program technician work for the Farm Service Agency, various administrative, and college work with a feed store, veterinary clinic, and the Weed & Pest.


Annette Shipley

Name: Annette Shipley
Title: County Extension Director
Location: Douglas County
Date of Hire: January 2016

Personal Information: I was born and raised in Iowa and spent my school breaks visiting my grandparents in Colorado. I am a former collegiate athlete and state champion in Track, Cross-Country, and Basketball. I enjoy the outdoors and gardening. I have one daughter who attends the University of Northern Colorado.

Job Experience: Prior to working at CSU Extension, I worked at Iowa State University Extension & Outreach as a County Director and Regional Director. Through Prelude Services (formerly MECCA Services), I managed three federally funded programs and two state funded programs along with providing Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Services. Before working on federal and state grants I worked in two Iowa Public School Systems serving as a school counselor and on the administrative staff as the Pupil Services Coordinator.

1994 Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
2004 Masters in Social Work (MSW), St. Ambrose University

Kelley Rawlsky

Name: Kelley Rawlsky
Title: Extension Program Associate
Location: Broomfield County
Date of Hire: February 2016

Personal Information: My husband and I moved from Oklahoma to Colorado in 2012. I enjoy hiking, football, dancing, gardening, yoga, cooking and nature photography.

Job Experience: Prior to finishing grad school, I did volunteer work in Tulsa, Oklahoma, including three years as a Master Gardener.


1993 B.S. in Computer and Information Science, Northeastern State University, OK
2015 M.S. in Horticulture, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX