Class Notes – Oct. 2018


Infant and Toddler Playscape
Bea Romer, left, and Peggy Noland, center, attend the opening of CSU’s Rattenborg Noland Romer Infant and Toddler Playscape, August 14, 2018.

Bea Romer (B.S., ’51) and Peggy Noland (B.S. ’51) became close friends while studying child development at Colorado A&M, as the University was formerly known, and they have returned to campus twice in recent years to celebrate joint gifts that promote early-childhood discovery – and a new generation of college students in the academic field. In August, the two joined fellow donors Karen and Greg Rattenborg for a ribbon-cutting at a new playground designed for infants and toddlers at the CSU Early Childhood Center, a University-run laboratory school for Fort Collins preschoolers that also serves as a training ground for CSU students studying child development. Noland and Romer – who have a combined total of 25 great-grandchildren – professed a love for little people as they observed toddlers using the new playscape. The women earlier provided financial support for creation of the Bea Romer and Peggy Noland Children’s Musical Garden at the Early Childhood Center. Romer, fomer First Lady of Colorado, received the 2013 College of Health and Human Sciences Honor Alumna Award from the CSU Alumni Association.

Lincoln Parkes (B.S., ’54; D.V.M., ’57) practiced for many years as a veterinary surgeon in New York. After retiring in 1991 in a Chesapeake Bay hamlet near Baltimore, he turned his attention to his longtime side business: K-9 Cart Co. Now the retired veterinarian spends his time making carts that function like wheelchairs for dogs and other small pets with limb impairments. The Washington Post published a feature story about Parkes and his company in August 2018. “I like to give animals a better life,” he told The Post. “If you put them in a cart when they can’t get around, it gives them mobility so they can use their front legs, and their spirit just goes — they’re like kids once they got their independence.”


Rolf H. Kraft (B.S., ’69) retired in 2004 after a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service serving as an assistant refuge manager at Wichita Mountains Wildlife refuge in Oklahoma. He worked as project leader at Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Utah and, most recently, as project leader at Lacreek NWR, Martin, S.D. Kraft became a pilot and aircraft owner in 1973. Since retirement, aside from family, hunting, fishing, flying, and playing golf, he has been elected to his third term as a Bennett County Commissioner and serves as a volunteer liaison officer for the Bennett County Emergency Manager.  Rolf and his wife Sharlene live in Martin, S.D.


Carl Cooley (B.S., ’71) spent one year as an investment analyst in Portland, Ore., and 18 years as a stockbroker in Santa Rosa, Calif. From 1990 to 2001, he was a real estate agent in the Portland area before moving to the Sacramento area to become a real estate broker. Today, he enjoys researching and trading stocks, weight lifting, and looks forward to traveling more during his semi-retirement.

Wendy Lieber Poinsot (B.A., ’74) hopes to retire in 2018 from a career that started in 1970 at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Fort Collins and ended as a fire management planner with the National Park Service.


14ers poster
Blair Hamill (B.F.A., ’82) creates graphic illustrations of Western vacation spots and iconic Colorado scenery in poster formats

Blair Hamill (B.F.A., ’82), a painter from the age of 5, worked in the art departments at the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post before launching a business from his Littleton, Colo., studio in 2013. Now he exhibits landscape paintings at juried shows and galleries across Colorado and has started a second venture, called Rocky Mountain Posters, producing graphic illustrations of Western vacation spots and iconic Colorado scenery in poster formats. His poster series depicting Colorado 14ers has become wildly popular among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. In 2019, he will begin producing new posters featuring other regions of the United States.

Ken Reed (M.S., ’83) wrote The Sports Reformers: Working to Make the World of Sports a Better Place, a collection of short interviews with sports reformers who are working to enhance the positives and mitigate the negatives in sports.

David R. Williams (B.S., ’83) is the chief tax officer and executive director of Intuit Tax and Financial Center in San Diego, Calif. He helps lead growth in Intuit’s tax businesses, which include TurboTax, the largest do-it-yourself software solution in the United States. Before joining Intuit, Williams earned a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and held a number of roles in tax policy and tax administration.

Lisa Wolfe (B.S., ’81; M.S., ’84; D.V.M., ’87) is a wildlife veterinarian at Colorado Parks and Wildlife research facilities in Fort Collins. She investigates wildlife health issues, such as the spread of infectious disease in deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and other species; her work with mountain lions has been highlighted in The New York Times. Wolfe regularly hosts Colorado State veterinary students and those from other campuses who want to learn about opportunities in wildlife medicine.

Dr. Terri Lituchy (M.S., ’87) has a Fulbright Scholarship for research on culture, leadership, and motivation in the Carribbean (2018-20) and is based in St. Vincent.  Lituchy is the PIMSA Distinguished Chair and a professor at CETYS Universidad in Mexico. She received a grant from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies to run a research and writing workshop in Africa.

Mike Arthur (B.A., ’89) is senior vice president of sports and live events and content licensing at Wazee Digital, a Denver-based provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services. Earlier, he worked in a variety of senior business and marketing roles with professional sports and entertainment organizations.


Steven Brier (B.S., ’92) recently moved back to Colorado and has taken a job as the marketing director for Aspen Ridge Recovery. They offer drug and alcohol rehabilitation, treatment, and sober living.

Erin Contino (B.S., ’99; M.S., ’09; D.V.M., ’10) is an assistant professor of equine sports medicine and rehabilitation at CSU and is and a competitive three-day eventing rider. In fall 2018, she and her horse Handsome Ransom won the Novice Amateur division of the USEA American Eventing Championships in Parker, Colo.; the competition involves dressage, cross-country endurance riding, and show jumping.

Jon Geller (D.V.M., ’95) of Fort Collins is an emergency veterinarian who founded a nonprofit called the Street Dog Coalition, which provides free medical care to the pets of homeless people at sites across the country.


Laura D. Milnor (B.S., ’01) is owner of Milnor Orthodontics in Fort Collins and was named a “Woman of Influence” in the September 2018 issue of NoCo Style. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, she attended dental school at the University of Iowa, then returned to her hometown of Fort Collins. She gives back to the community by dedicating a portion of her practice to serving the orthodontic needs of children from low-income families.

Jarred Carr (B.S., ’02) was recently promoted to Director of Information Technology for Brinkman and Brinkman Construction. He has a diverse background in the IT field having worked at a federal background investigations company, credit reporting and lending companies, and a manufacturing and distribution company. In his new position, Carr oversees and evaluates all technology operations and network security for the companies.

David Moskowitz (M.B.A., ’02) has been elected to serve as commissioner of the Dewey Beach, Del., town council. He has been chairman of the Dewey Beach Investment Committee for the past four and a half years.

Byron Edwards (B.S., ’03) is director of product development for Spyder, a company in Boulder, Colo., that manufactures specialty ski apparel. He is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Jessie Mae Hendrickson (B.A., ’02) has been hired by Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth to direct and coordinate all workforce development programs and related activities in the Denton, Texas, area, and oversee Goodwill Works – an employment initiative for the homeless across Goodwill Fort Worth’s service area.

Aaron M. Sprecher (B.A., ’03) is a Houston-based photographer specializing in editorial, corporate, advertising, and sports photography. He has worked for The New York TimesSports Illustrated, and ESPN The Magazine, among other magazines and news outlets. His corporate clients have included Microsoft, NBC Universal, and

Kristin Golliher (B.A., ’04) is founder and chief executive officer of WildRock Public Relations and Marketing in Fort Collins. In 2016, ColoradoBiz magazine named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professions in Colorado and Mind + Body magazine named her a Northern Colorado Superwoman.

Noa Roman-Muniz (M.S., ’04) is a veterinarian, associate professor, and Extension dairy specialist at Colorado State University who focuses on dairy management systems and helped design and launch a new undergraduate certificate program in Spanish for Animal Health and Care. She is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Joe Sertich (B.S., ’04) is curator of dinosaurs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; his research as a paleontologist has focused on the evolution of dinosaurs and crocodiles. Sertich is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Steve Rewerts (B.S., ’05)

Steve Rewerts (B.S., ’05) was recently promoted to senior preconstruction manager for Brinkman Construction, a Front Range-based general contractor. In his new role, Rewerts will work with owners and design consultants to provide strategy development and value discovery throughout the preconstruction phase. He will lead subcontractor/supplier bidding efforts, manage the bid process, and assist with developing schedules and project plans.

Diana Selby (M.S., ’05) works for the Colorado State Forest Service as a state lands program specialist. She is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Karen Ryberg (M.S., ’06) is featured in the U.S. Geological Survey publication, A Snapshot of Women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and Related Careers.  By highlighting the roles and experiences of women who have been pathfinders as scientists, cartographers, editors, and professional support staff, the USGS hopes to encourage young people aspiring to future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

Ama Arthur-Asmah (B.A., ’07) is an award-winning video journalist at 9News in Denver and was a guest speaker at the 2018 NPPA Women in Visual Journalism Conference. She is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Nathan and Nikki Weathers (B.S, ’04 and B.S., ’07) own Weathers Family Farms in Yuma and raise beef cattle, corn, wheat, and alfalfa. Their corn maze and pumpkin patch has become an increasingly popular fall attraction. In 2017, the maze featured a replica of the Colorado State University ram’s head logo. In 2018, the Weathers’ corn maze was sponsored by Smithfield Foods, which has hog operations near Yuma; in return, the maze design was shaped like an enormous pig, with pathways mimicking cuts of pork. The couple are also active with the Colorado Farm Bureau and the National Young Farmer & Rancher program.

Charlene Gardner (B.S., ’08) recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a nationally recognized trainer/consultant at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida.

Matthew Lenyo (B.S., ’08) works as assistant curator of predators at the Denver Zoo. His interest in wildlife conservation inspired a trip in fall 2018 to visit a gibbon rescue center in Vietnam. Lenyo is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Nicole Rockwell (B.S., ’08) was honored as a 2018 survivor ambassador during a “A Pink Affair,” a fall fundraiser for a Fort Collins nonprofit called Hope Lives! The organization provides support services for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.


Cayla Stone (B.S., ’10) is a professional horse trainer in Fort Collins who recently partnered with Dr. Ruth Rose, a CSU veterinarian, to establish a nonprofit called Wild Rose Mustang Advocacy Group, Inc.  The organization aims to help protect and treasure wild horses on and off the range by demonstrating the usefulness of mustangs as companions and mounts – and by providing the training needed for permanent mustang adoption. In fall 2018, Stone and her mustang mare, Atalanta, placed 10th in the Novice Rider division at the USEA American Eventing Championships, a three-day eventing competition involving dressage, cross-country endurance riding, and show jumping competition.

Andy Bartlett (B.S., ’12; M.S., ’14) is a crop and soil science instructor at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., who recently began teaching the school’s first course in precision agriculture. Bartlett runs his family’s multigenerational farm in Merino, on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, and is featured in a Colorado State University promotional campaign called “Proud to Be.” Find more at

Ryan J. Cambo (B.S., ’12) oversees personnel and operations at Brues Alehouse Brewing Co., a fast-growing restaurant and brewery in Pueblo, Colo., that has revitalized Pueblo’s former police station and jail into a music-inspired pub and brewery.

Johanna B. Maes (Ph.D., ’12) co-edited Journeys of Social Justice: Women of Color Presidents in the Academy. She was also named senior instructor at the University of Colorado School of Education where she teaches in the Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program.

Paul Broadie II (Ph.D., ’14) is president of Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn., and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Conn. The NAACP recently honored him as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut.

Karsen Buschjost (B.A., ’16) is an anchor and reporter for NBC News 4 and FOX 11 in Reno, Nev.

Karsen Buschjost (B.A., ’16) is an anchor and reporter for NBC News 4 and FOX 11 in Reno, Nev.  He’s a proud graduate of CSU’s department of Journalism and Media Communications and recently celebrated one year of television reporting.


In Memoriam
*Member of the CSU Alumni Association


*Norlyn L. Allison (B.S., ’50)

*Wallace E. Jungmeyer (B.S., ’52)

*Ella K. Heitman (B.S., ’53)

*COL Harold B. Nelson (B.S., ’53)

*Richard A. Avent (B.S., ’56)

Bonnie J. Enos (B.S., ’58)

*Theodore R. Davis (B.S., ’59)

*Norma Lee Price (B.E., ’54; M.Ed., ’59)


Erich L. Cron (B.S., ’61)

Joel R. Manzolillo (B.S., ’59; M.S., ’62)

*Donald S. Rutledge (B.S., ’62)

Paul Hartman (B.S., ’53; M.Ed., ’65)

Karen R. Emerson (B.S., ’66)

Norman R. Krebill (B.S., ’67)

Larry M. Finnell (B.S., ’54; M.S., ’68)

Cora E. Fagre (M.Ed., ’68)

Janet O’Crowley (B.S., ’69)


*Winnette E. Payne (B.A., ’66; M.Ed., ’71)


Steven E. Daron (B.A., ’81)

Beverly J. Hall (Ph.D., ’87)

Lonny Haynes (D.V.M., ’87)


Ernest D. Gill (B.S., ’69; M.Ed., ’95)

Derek D. Cundiff (B.S., ’99)


Kevin J. Croft (B.S., ’02)  


Virginia C. Duke

Marianne K. Morrison

Faculty & Staff

Marlo R. Meakins


William M. Franken

The Honorable Lew Gaiter, III

Marilyn J. Meyers