Class Notes – March 2019

Have you recently celebrated a wedding, baby, new job, promotion, or honor? Been published, moved into a new home, or welcomed a grandchild? Share your news with the CSU alumni family by submitting a class note. Approved class notes will be published here and in Colorado State University Magazine.


Joel Kassiday
Joel Kassiday

Patsy (Gustamantes) Herrera (B.S., ’65) has worked in all areas of occupational therapy for 52 years in Colorado, California, Utah and New Mexico. She designed and implemented to occupational therapy assistant program at Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell in 1993. She served as the director of the program for 15 years. She worked at a private practice following her retirement from ENMU-R. She is now officially retired after the third attempt!

Stanley Black & Decker purchased Nelson Stud Welding, where Clark Champney (B.S., ’66) is the manager of application development.

Steve Hopkins (B.A., ’67) is 10 years retired from the State of Wyoming Workers Compensation Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam, awarded the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America and named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International.


Jan Janura (B.S., ’71) and his wife, Carol Anderson, began a successful clothing business, Carol Anderson by Design. He combined his love of the outdoors and entrepreneurial spirit by founding the Wild Adventure, a fly fishing business.

Former Colorado State University Collegian editor-in-chief Joel Kassiday (BA, ’73) has been appointed Deputy Government Relations Director by the Zionist Organization of America. Kassiday was a top aide for almost 30 years for four US House members and two US Senators, including former US Sen. Hank Brown (R-CO) and US Rep. James P. Johnson (R-CO). He previously served as Congressional Affairs Director at the Republican Jewish Coalition and vice president of the government affairs firm, HillStaffer LLC.

Gary K. Buffington (B.S., ’74) recently retired as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for Larimer County. Under his leadership Larimer County and local partners were responsible for acquiring over 50,000 acres of open space over an 18 year span. He also worked in 9 Colorado State Parks as a park ranger, park manager, and regional operations manager for 26 years. Together with his time at Larimer County and the State of Colorado he finished with over 44 years of public service in the Natural Resource field.

Nora Sparks (B.S., ’75) is employed by the State of California, Employment Development Department as a programmer.

Raymond Sparks (B.S., ’78) died March 16, 2017 in Carmichael, California. He resided in Fair Oaks, California. He was buried in Cañon City, Colorado in September 2017. Ray had been a manager, psychological counselor and pastor.

book cover
Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, by Susan Devan Harness


Julie Napier (B.A., ’80), a Senior Veterinarian at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, was recently named President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV).

Ed Minnock (M.B.A., ’82) published Teams vs. Plunderers, a book examines a group of people who enrich themselves at the expense of others, and shows how they operate, how they reach the highest levels in corporate America, and how to deal with them. Most importantly it demonstrates how to incorporate ethical teams that build businesses that satisfy all impacted parties.

Mike Lester (B.S., ’85) is marking his sixth year as state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service, a CSU outreach agency that protects the state’s forest resources; provides forestry education and technical assistance to landowners; and carries out duties of the Division of Forestry in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He earlier held a leadership role in the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.


Todd Inglee (B.A., ’90) was named executive director of the Colorado Beef Council in February 2019 after serving in the role on an interim basis for about eight months. The council, based in Englewood, is funded by Colorado’s beef checkoff program and works to promote the state’s $3.4 billion beef industry through research, education, and marketing efforts. He has an array of experience in the cattle industry and previously served as president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

Carl Maxey (B.S., ’90) has been selected to serve on the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers Board of Directors. This is his 3rd term on the board. He served from 2002 to 2008 and was President of the Association in 2005-2006. He is looking forward to service these next three years supporting the trailer manufacturing industry and its mission to promote highway and consumer safety in the use of the wide variety of products produced by its members.

Nona Carroll (B.S., ’98) was selected to be part of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2019. Carroll is current chief strategy officer for Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) and oversees its Speakers BureauSTEM Specialists in the Classroom and Next Generation Scholars programs that reach thousands of Maryland students every year.


Susan Devan Harness (M.A., ’06; M.A., ’16) published Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption. In this memoir, the author traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. Published by University of Nebraska Press as part of its American Indian Lives Series. Harness was interviewed in December 2018 on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Matters.” The book was also featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Dr. Evan Antin
Dr. Evan Antin


Dean Hines (B.S., ’90; M.B.A., ’10) co-owns and runs the Welsh Rabbit cheese shop and bistro in Old Town Fort Collins with his wife, Nancy, and brother, Nate. The family business launched in 2012 after Dean earned a Master of Business Administration. He is also an instructor of management in the College of Business.

Evan Antin (D.V.M., ’13) is a practicing veterinarian at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital near Los Angeles and for years has used social media platforms to share his interest in wildlife species around the world. He has more than 1 million followers on Instagram. Now Antin’s work is reaching an even wider audience: In early 2019, Animal Planet debuted “Evan Goes Wild,” a series that combines the titular veterinarian’s interests in animal medicine, wildlife conservation, and international adventure. The new series has Antin swimming with humpback whales in Tahiti, exploring caves with bats and snakes in the Philippines, and tangling with crocs in the Yucatan.

Carmelo (M.B.A., ’15) and Emma Mannino (M.P.H., ’16) appeared on the television game show Wheel of Fortune in February. The newlyweds, who live in Fort Collins, competed against two other couples during a “Sweetheart’s Week” show timed to Valentine’s Day. The two won cash and prizes, including a trip to Hawaii and a 2019 Jaguar E-Pace SUV. In their regular lives, Carmelo is chief executive officer of a web-based startup called STOW IT, which connects vehicle owners with people who have vehicle storage space to rent, like an Airbnb that enables affordable and easily accessible vehicle storage. Emma is a web developer in the CSU Office of the Vice President for Research.

Randy Clark (M.B.A., ’17) completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP) and was promoted to President of Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

Amy Haggard (M.S., ’17) moved to Tallahassee, Fla. accepting a position at Florida State University as the new Assistant Director of Alumni and Student Engagement for Honors, Scholars and Fellows.

Faculty and Staff

Katherine Harmon Courage (director of communications, College of Natural Sciences) published Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome, a revealing look at the 300 trillion microorganisms that keep us healthy – and the foods they need to thrive. Published February 2019 by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Matthew G. Rhodes, Anne M. Cleary, and Edward L. DeLosh (faculty, Department of Psychology) published A Guide to Effective Studying and Learning: Practical Strategies from the Science of Learning, which outlines a science-backed approach to advancing and retaining knowledge, with practical tips and the reasons they work. Published by Oxford University Press.


In Memoriam


Allen H. Wight (B.S., ’41)

Jean Charlotte Maloit (B.S., ’42)

Arthur W. Lundberg Jr. (D.V.M., ’45)

Caryl C. Tavener (B.S., ’46)


LTC Rodney W. Bolin (B.S., ’56)

Natalie S. Teel (B.S., ’58)


Gerald W. Holman (B.S., ’61)

Walter T. Burkhard (B.S., ’60; M.S., ’62)

Lee S. Ragains (B.S., ’61; D.V.M., ’63)

Berna D. South (B.A., ’65)

Clarence D. Bohlander (B.S., ’59; M.Ed., ’68)

Anne H. Carter (B.S., ’69; CERT, ’69)


Marjorie A. Marion (B.S., ’70)

Charles E. Schneider (CERT, ’70; B.S., ’70)

*Roy E. Armstrong (B.S., ’71)

Sandra J. Brug (B.A., ’73)

Daniel F. Meyers (B.A., ’73)

Susan E. Allfrey (B.S., ’75)

*Joseph R. Butler (B.S., ’76)


Neil A. MacDonald (B.S., ’83)

Kevin C. Kaufman (B.A., ’85)


*Bridget K. Jones (B.A., ’90)


Neil B. Ericson (B.S., ’14; M.S., ’15)


John M. Karayannis

Danielle L. Ujvari


John A. Griffin

Paul J. Wilbur


Frank A. Barela

Marie S. Carter

Frances R. Ford

Rachel E. Gamble

Dennis M. Hogerty

Cynthia A. McGlauflin

Ronald W. Miller

Randy Schornack

Ruth E. Young