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Personnel Notes – November/December 2015   arrow

November 2015

Congratulations to . . .

Barrett and Mallory Sikes, Baca County, on the birth of their daughter, Piper Antoinette Sikes, born on October 8. Piper weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19.5 “ in length.

 Sympathy to . . .

The family of Gwen Bosley. Gwen passed away on September 29. A celebration of life service was held on October 6 in Lamar, Colorado. In the past, Gwen worked as an Ag writer on the Extension communications team.

Dennis Lamm (retired professor in Animal Sciences). Dennis’s mother-in-law, Mary “Rita” Murphy, passed away on October 11. Services were held on October 15 in Williamsburg, Iowa.

New Association Officers


President Joy Akey Nadine Henry Jacki Paone Karen Crumbaker
President Elect Mary Ellen Fleming Trent Hollister Christy Fitzpatrick Robin Young
Vice President Jennifer Wells Tanya Yates          N/A Travis Hoesli
Secretary Glenda Wentworth Kindra Plumb Martha Sullins Kali Benson
Treasurer Sheila Gains Amy Henschen Karen Massey Todd Hagenbuch
Past President Kaye Kasza Lorri Arnhold Mark Platten Deborah Lester


 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) Pennsylvania State University Innovative Practices Quality and Evidence Based Practices Coach (CYFAR) 11/13/2015 $42,807
Lou Swanson (Primary PI); Reagan Waskom USDA-ARS-Agricultural Research Service Enhancing Decision-Making by Agricultural Producers in Colorado with Weather Variability: Reducing Enterprise Risk and Increasing Resilience 10/2/2015 $25,000
Rusty Collins (Primary PI) Colorado Trust Colorado Food Policy Network Capacity Building Project 10/28/2015 $25,000

As of November 19, 2015
Judith Barth, Director of Operations

The Personnel Directory will be updated as of October 5, 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.


Boulder County

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Nicolette Ahrens resigned as of November 20. The position is under review.

Broomfield County
Extension Horticulture Associate, half-time, #02-16
This position is being advertised with a deadline of December 1.

Douglas County
County Director, #18-15
Negotiations are underway.

El Paso County
Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, #03-16
The position description is being developed and will be advertised soon.

Gilpin County
Extension Program Associate, half-time, #23-15
This new position is being advertised with a deadline of November 24.

Weld County
Extension Agent, Horticulture
Carrie Shimada is no longer employed by CSUE. This position is under review.


Peaks and Plains Region
Regional Extension Specialist (Range and Natural Resources), #20-15
Interviews will be held December 14-15.

Pueblo County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #01-16
The position description is being developed and will be advertised soon.

Southeast Area
Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Crowley and Otero Counties, #24-15
This search has been re-advertised and has a deadline of November 19.

Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/Cropping Systems, Prowers County, #04-16
The position description is being developed and will be advertised soon.


Garfield County
Extension Agent, Ag/Natural Resources, #22-15
Interviews will be held November 18.

San Miguel/Montrose
Area Extension Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development, .4 FTE
This position is under review.

Western Region
Regional Extension Specialist, Range, #21-15
Interviews will be held on December 17-18.


CSU Campus
Director Budgets and Finance, #TBD
The position description is being finalized and will be advertised soon.

Extension Video Production Assistant
Susan Hutton has moved from a non-student hourly position to an administrative professional effective November 15. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree at CSU in animal science with a minor in business in 2014. She is a native Coloradan from Castle Rock.

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

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Kim Sterkel

Name: Kim Sterkel
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Location: Weld County
Date of Hire: October 2015

Personal Information: I was raised in Erie, Colorado on a small farm where my family raised sheep, goats, horses and cattle. I grew up actively involved in Adams County 4-H where I participated in Livestock Projects, Family and Consumer Science Projects and in numerous leadership development opportunities. It was that involvement that sparked my love and passion for 4-H and Extension. In my free time, I still enjoy showing my horses and sheep at shows throughout Colorado.

Job Experience: Prior to my start in this position, I worked for Weld County Extension as the 4-H Program Assistant, Jean Hoshiko Memorial Endowment.

2012 B.S. Animal Science and Agriculture Business, Colorado State University
2015 M.S. Agriculture Science, Colorado State University

Wilma Trujillo

Name: Wilma Trujillo
Title: Area Extension Agent, Agronomy, Cropping Systems & Natural Resources
Location: Logan and Morgan County
Date of Hire: November 2015

Personal Information: I was born and raised in Colombia. In 1990, I moved to the USA to continue my education. I enjoy traveling, cooking exotic food and brewing my one beer.

Job Experience: Prior to joining CSU Extension in 2010, I worked as a research associate at the University of Florida and the Ohio State University. I also worked for the horticulture industry planning and managing the daily activities of all aspects of crop growth.

1987 B.S., Biology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
1992 M.S., Agronomy, Minor: Animal Science, University of Florida