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Personnel Notes
 February 2017

 Sympathy to…

Velma Rice and family, on the death of her husband, Eldon Rice. Eldon held an Extension Agent position in Archuleta County and retired in 1988. Eldon’s obituary:

Congratulations to …

Sue Schneider, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences & Community Development, for being awarded $5,000 from CSU Department of Human Development and Family Studies for Access Points. Access Points is a Larimer County Initiative to connect local residents and their families with aging-related resources.


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.

New Extension Awards February, 2017  
Investigators Sponsor Title Total Award Amount
Robert     Franklin City of Denver, Office of Children’s Affairs CSU Denver Stage and Tech Program for the creation of a community-based youth arts collaborative $10,000
Retta Bruegger South Dakota State University, Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub “Fostering Collaborative, Adaptive & Climate Smart Rangeland Decision-Making Through Digital Storytelling in CO. and Nebraska $14,874


Congratulations to the 2017 Professional Association Officers

President Robin Young Mary Ellen Fleming Trent Hollister Christy Fitzpatrick
President Elect Travis Hoesli Tracy Trumper Robert Franklin Sheila Kelley
Past President Karen Crumbaker Joy Akey Nadine Henry Jacki Paone
Secretary Kali Benson Briana Rockler Jolyn Midcap Martha Sullins
Treasurer Curtis Utley Sheila Gains Carla Farrand Dennis Kaan
Vice President Todd Hagenbuch Jennifer Wells Kindra Plumb N/A


As of February 1, 2017
Judith Barth, Director of Operations

The Personnel Directory is updated as of February 1, 2017. 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.


Adams County
Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, #TBD
Janet Benavente retired October 15, 2016. This position is under review.

Boulder County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #TBD
Kim Morrison left this position to accept the County Agent and Director position in Broomfield effective February 1. This position is under review.

Douglas County
Extension Agent, Horticulture/Small Acreage, #04-17
This position is being advertised with a deadline of February 21.

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock, #05-17
This position is being re-advertised with a deadline of February 14.


Bent County
Area Extension Agent, FCS, #TBD
Kaye Kasza is retiring May 1, 2017. This position is under review.

Natural Resource Conservation Service, Canon City
Extension Regional Specialist, Small Acreage Management, #07-17
This position is jointly funded by NRCS with Extension. The position will be advertised soon.

Prowers County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #TBD
This position is under review and will be advertised soon.

Sedgwick County
Area Extension Agent, Weed, Science/Agronomy, Golden Plains Area, #TBD
This position is under review and will be advertised soon.


Archuleta County
Extension Director & Agent, #03-17
The position is being advertised with a deadline of February 2.

Garfield County
Extension Program Associate, 4-H Youth Development – School Enrichment/After-School, #TBD
This is a new position and will be advertised soon.

Tri River Area, Delta County
Area Extension Agent, Crop, Soil & Weed Sciences, #TBD
Ron Godin has announced his resignation effective March 15. This position is under review.

Tri River Area, Mesa County
Area Extension Agent, Entomology, #01-17
Interviews are scheduled for February 15-16 in Grand Junction.


CSU Campus

State Director, 4-H Youth Development, #25-16
Interviews have been conducted. A final decision will be made shortly.

Extension Coordinator, Network Systems, #02-17
This position closed on January 12. The search committee is reviewing the applications.

Program Associate, Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI), #06-17
This position will be advertised soon.

Livestock Marketing Information Center, Lakewood
Agricultural Economist, #TBD
Jessica Sampson resigned effective December 30. This position is under review.

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

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Amanda Johnston

Name: Amanda Johnston
Title: Extension Agent, Food Science/Food Safety
Location: Larimer County
Date of Hire: January 2017

Personal Information:I am originally from central California where I grew up raising and exhibiting livestock. I enjoy cooking and preserving foods, as well as spending time outdoors with my husband and daughter.

Job Experience: Prior to working with Extension, I worked in the food manufacturing industry in food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance roles.

2005 B.S. Animal Science- Concentration, Interdisciplinary Studies: Food Science/Food Safety, CSU

Dawn M. Bruce

Name: Dawn M. Bruce
Title: Extension Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development
Location: San Miguel & W. Montrose Counties
Date of Hire: January 2017

Personal Information:Originally from Oklahoma, I moved to Colorado in 1994. I enjoy spending time with my husband and two grown children. I stay busy with the local school, community activities, and teaching Tang Soo Do each week. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to audiobooks and hanging out at home.

Job Experience: Previously, I taught Secondary and Elementary school in various subject areas. I started as a 4-H Leader in 2009 and served in San Miguel County, as well as in Oklahoma 4-H for 3 years.

1992 A.A. Communications Emphasis, Southwestern Christian University
2002 B.S. General Studies, (Science and Education content), University of Central Oklahoma
2013 M.A. Curriculum and Instruction – Master Educator specialization, Colorado Christian University