Class Notes – September 2021

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.


Sally Clements (B.A., ’59) currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, and remembers when her university experience fondly, both as Colorado A&M when she started and CSU when she graduated. She recalls outstanding professors and being the only woman in her speech class.


Janice Maximov Condon (B.S., ’64) has published two children’s health and wellness books: Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo introducing gut flora to kids three and up, and Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!).

David Fullaway (B.S., ’61; M.S., ’68) worked for 10 years for the State of Hawaii’s division of forestry, five years for the U.S. Trust Territory in Micronesia, 10 years as an independent sawmiller, then 20 years teaching seventh grade science while managing a small farm and calling and teaching square dancing. David and Ruth Haynes Fullaway (B.S., ’61) live on the island of Maui where they run a small fruit and vegetable farm. They have three daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.


Sharon Nealey (B.S., ’81) retired from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a National Bank Examiner and team leader in Charlotte, North Carolina, after 36 years of federal service.


Robert James (B.A., ’92) was appointed district court judge in Colorado’s 13th Judicial District (Morgan, Logan, Washington, Sedgwick, Yuma, Phillips and Kit Carson counties) by Gov. Polis on August 19, 2021.

Jim Lambert (B.S. ’93) recently published Finding the Missing Pieces: How to Solve the Puzzle of Digital Modernization and Transformation (Ingram, 2021), which examines how digital modernization and transformation initiatives are failing at an alarming rate, causing billions of dollars in losses, and shows how success is possible when you find the pieces that have been missing from the puzzle.

headshot of Brad Laird
Brad Laird

Brad Laird (B.S.M.E., ’96) has been appointed vice president of engineering for NXT Communications Corp., a Georgia-based satcom antenna innovator serving the defense, aerospace, and other mobile-connectivity markets. He oversees all aspects of technical development of NXTCOMM’s electronically steerable antennas for several defense and commercial mobility applications.

Shaunda Wenger (M.S., ’96) is excited to share that she her debut children’s book Chicken Frank, Dinosaur! is being published in October (Albert Whitman & Co., 2021). Illustrated by Jojo Ensslin, this book is a humorous exploration of evolution, extinction, and scientific debate as Chicken Frank tries to convince his barnyard pals that he really is dinosaur.

Daniel Fuselier (B.S., ’97) recently published his book, In Pursuit of Calm (Atmosphere Press, 2021). From jail to NASA and from addiction to recovery and back again, psychologist Daniel Fuselier takes us on a journey across the country from the bayous of Louisiana to the coasts of California in this debut memoir.

book cover In Pursuit of CalmJustin Caruso (B.S., ’99), a civil servant for over 20 years, former employee of the C.S.U. Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory started his mechanical engineering career working for the U.S. Navy in submarine maintenance and modernization for nine years at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Moving to U.S. Naval facilities, he worked for NAVFAC Hawaii and NAVFAC Europe Africa Southwest Asia where he lived abroad with his wife and son in Naples, Italy. He’s now relishing fair winds and following seas with the United States Coast Guard as a professional engineer for the Civil Engineering Unit Honolulu and has recently been recognized as the 2020 federal employee of the year by the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board.


Christy Texeira (B.S., ’00) recently published PINK ELEPHANTS, A Mother’s Story of Faith, Strength, and Perseverance (Snapdragon Publishing, 2021). This memoir is written to inspire hope during difficult times and exemplifies ways to embrace and surmount the most challenging chapters in life.


Kate Allevato (B.A., ’15) was promoted to digital director of KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, where she manages a team of talented digital journalists and works closely with the stations investigative team on special projects.

Richard Wagner (M.S., ’17) began working as a guidance, navigation and control engineer for Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems in February of 2021. He creates flight simulations and control systems for Kratos’ aerial targets and unmanned tactical aircraft, which are used by military organizations around the world. He is currently living in Tehachapi, California.