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May 2015

Sympathy to . . .

The family of Josephine (Dodee) Ontiveros Self, wife of Jim Self, Extension specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, passed away on April 7 from heart failure resulting from complications of breast cancer. Services were held on April 11. Donations may be made in Josephine’s name to the PVH and MCR Foundation at Choose cancer center and oncology services designation.

Congratulations to . . .

Goodwill Industries of Denver will honor Jackie Lopez, Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition educator, for the ‘Family Strengthening Award’ on April 21st, at their 19th Annual Power of Work Award Luncheon. Jackie, with other honorees, was identified as someone who has overcome tremendous challenges to find success in Goodwill’s career development programs, by becoming a nutrition educator at Colorado State University.

Lou Swanson for receiving the Colorado State University Office of International Programs Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes faculty or staff who have made a significant impact campus-wide on internationalization efforts of Colorado State University.

Jennifer Tucker (Adams County) on the birth of her baby boy, Drake Garrett Tucker. He was born on April 12.

Erin Post (Adams County) on the birth of her baby boy, Porter Hayes Post. He was born on April 15.

Sharon Moore, (Adams County) on her upcoming retirement. Congratulations and best wishes to Sharon in retirement!


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
Cary Weiner (Primary PI); Brent Young; Michael Kostrzewa USDA-RD-Rural Development Solar and Wind Assessments for Pivots (SWAP) 4/23/2015 $50,088



As of May 1, 2015

Judith Barth, Director of Operations

The Personnel Directory will be updated as of May 1, 2015. 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.


Larimer County

Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Science/Community Development (half-time), #12-15
This position is being advertised with a deadline of May 15 and a completed master’s degree is required.

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #10-15
The search committee members are scoring applications at this time.


Golden Plains Area
Area Extension Agent (Sedgwick County), Agronomy, #09-15
Interviews will be held on May 21.

Area Extension Agent, 4-H (Sedgwick County, half-time)
Sedgwick County has decided to hire this position locally..

Area Extension Agent (Kit Carson County), 4-H Youth Development, #06-15
Scott Stinnett has accepted the position and will start effective July 1. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. Scott has worked for over 10 years as an Ag education teacher in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Extension Agent (Logan and Morgan Counties), Agronomy/Cropping Systems, #13-15
This position will be advertised soon with a June 18 deadline.

Southeast Area

Area Extension Agent, (Cheyenne/Kiowa Counties), 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture/Natural Resources, #11-15
Interviews will be held on May 28 and 29.

Peaks and Plains Area – Arkansas and San Luis Valleys

Regional Extension Water Specialist
The position is under review.


Tri River Area
Area Horticulture Coordinator, #07-15
Susan Honea has accepted this position and will start effective June 1. Susan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Memphis. Susan has worked as an Extension Watershed and Natural Resource Educational instructor in Montana, as well as working as an educator for a nature center, botanical garden, science school and National Forest.

Area Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science, #08-15
Negotiations are underway.

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Emily Killeen

Name: Emily Killeen

Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Location: El Paso County

Date of Hire: April 2015

Personal Information: I was born and raised in Thurston County, Washington. I have been involved with the 4-H Program as a youth member, volunteer, and staff person in Washington State. Most recently, I have been a resource volunteer for the 4-H Program and a Girl Scout Troop Leader in Maricopa County, Arizona. I enjoy outdoor adventure activities, creating artwork using a variety of art mediums, and visiting historic sites.
Job Experience: For the last two years, I have worked for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office as a crime prevention educator. Prior to working for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, I spent twelve years with the Washington State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Program as county-level staff.

1997 B.A. Art, Cultural Studies & History at the Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
2007 M.P.A. Public Administration at the Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington


Daniel Goldhamer

Name: Daniel Goldhamer

Title: Extension Agent, Horticulture

Location: Denver County

Date of Hire: April 2015

Personal Information: I grew up in Denver but went away to Massachusetts for college. It was at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where I became interested in horticulture. In our free time, my wonderful wife Sara and I enjoy all the wonderful activities that Colorado has to offer. This summer we are looking forward to camping, hiking and fishing. We have given up on downhill skiing but love to snowshoe in the winter. At home we spend our time cooking, walking around Denver’s great parks and enjoying all the fun that Denver has to offer.

Job Experience: Most recently I was a Research Associate at CSU from 2010 to 2012 and an inspector at the Colorado Department of Agriculture from 2012 to 2015. I have also volunteered with two local horticulture Denver area non-profits Denver Urban Gardens and Sprout City Farms.


2007 Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Agriculture at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

2010 Master of Science in Soil and Crop Sciences from Colorado State University, Fort Collins


Tara Friend

Name: Tara Friend

Title: Extension Coordinator
Family & Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development

Location: Logan County

Date of Hire: April 2015

Personal Information: I was born and raised in Colorado. My family moved to Logan County when I was 8 and has been here ever since. I enjoy working with cattle on my family farm and have an Irish wolfhound that I love to spend time with.

Job Experience: My work experience has been working with at risk youth, first as a Diversion Coordinator in Wyoming and then as a child Welfare caseworker for Logan County Human Services.


I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies.


Shelby Rundell

Name: Shelby Rundell

Title: Extension Program Assistant

Location: Gunnison County

Date of Hire: April 2015

Personal Information: I am the daughter of Don and Bette Rundell of Gunnison Colorado. I come from a family who has deep roots in the agricultural community. My family has always been my greatest supporters and driving force behind everything I do. I grew up on a cow/calf operation where I am a proud fourth generation. Growing up in an agricultural community allowed me to be an active member of the local 4-H program, where I showed cattle, sheep and pigs. Working on the family ranch only allowed me to enhance my passion and dedication to the agriculture industry. My interests involve the future of Colorado agriculture, land conservation, water rights and rangeland management. I strongly believe in being an advocate for agriculture in a continuously changing world.

Job Experience: Prior to working with CSU Extension I worked with National Western Stockshow in public relations and media.


2012 B.A. Agriculture Business & Animal Science, Colorado State University
2013 M.A. Integrated Resource Management, Colorado State University