Blake Naughton joined Colorado State University December 1, 2019 as the Vice President for Engagement and Extension. He previously held the role of Associate Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement / University of Missouri System Chief Engagement Officer at University of Missouri, Columbia. Blake earned a BS in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University, a Master of Education at Harvard University, and PhD in Administration and Policy Analysis at Stanford University.
Ashley M. Stokes
Dr. Ashley M. Stokes is Associate Vice President for Engagement and Extension. Her responsibilities include food and agriculture systems initiatives, fostering applied scholarship opportunities, and developing strategies for university-based extension that broaden and deepen engagement across CSU’s eight colleges. Dr. Stokes received her bachelor's degree from theUniversity of Alabama and her D.V.M./Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, where she was on the faculty at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining CSU in 2015, she spent six years at the University of Hawai’i, where she was the sole veterinary extension specialist serving Hawai’i as well as neighboring countries throughout the Pacific. From 2014 to 2015, she served as the interim Associate Dean/Director of Extension at the University of Hawai’i. In July of 2015, she joined CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as the Assistant Dean for Veterinary Admissions and Student Services. She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, has been an invited speaker internationally on livestock transportation, and serves on national committees regarding animal health and welfare.
Dr. Dawn Thilmany, Associate Department Head and Professor in Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics holds a half-time joint appointment with Office of Engagement serving as Associate Director for Engaged Research in the Office of Community and Economic Development. In this role she collaborates with Community & Economic Development and with the Director of the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI) to advance CSU initiatives in community and economic development. Dawn works with a team of CSU engaged research leaders as well as an advising group of leaders from peer institutions to grow engaged research activities. She is an Extension Economist Specialist, and is working in partnership with multiple CSU divisions to develop onboarding and best practices for new scholars, staff and students for applying their field expertise into engaged research opportunities.
Megan Griffith is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Engagement and Extension and the Associate Vice President. She has been at CSU since September of 2013, spending four years supporting leadership in the College of Agricultural Sciences and two years in corporate and foundation relations with the College of Natural Sciences. Her professional higher education experience also includes three years in the Dean’s Office of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Megan has a B.A. in English from Dickinson College and a M.A. in English Literature, Culture and Media Studies from University of Vermont.
Megan hales from the Golden, Colorado area and has lived in Fort Collins since 2013. She is an enthusiastic traveler, Anglophile, lover of literature, film and TV; and has an appreciation for the culinary arts, gardening, back-yard chickens, dogs, cats, and elephants. Her bucket list items include winning Jeopardy, visiting all US States, Territories, and National Parks, and obtaining a Ph.D.
Martha Thomas is the Data Coordinator and Office Administrator for the Office of Engagement. The office provides free data and market research reports to decision-makers in industry, education and government throughout Colorado. As Data Coordinator, Martha is responsible for the timely fulfillment of all requests using the office’s economic development databases and CSU’s extensive resources. To make a request, contact Martha directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to joining the Office of Engagement, Martha worked in the CSU College of Engineering as the Dean's Office Assistant. Her projects using Institutional Research's interactive reporting tool and collecting and entering information for the ASEE retention and Time-to-Graduation Survey and other annual surveys sparked her interest in data.
Before joining CSU she taught elementary general music, private flute and piano lessons, and instrumental and fine arts enrichment classes. She has a Master's degree in Music from CSU.
Yvonne Bridgeman is the Operations Manager for the Vice President Office of Engagement. She is responsible for internal reporting, budgets, human resources, and manages special projects as directed by the Vice President. Yvonne has been with CSU since 2001, and has a B.A. in Sociology from CSU.
Geniphyr Ponce-Pore, M.S., is the Strategic Doing Program Manager and the Workforce Specialist for CSU Extension. With 15 years of experience working in community, economic and workforce development in Colorado, she joined CSU in 2010. Having lived and worked in both rural and urban Colorado, Ponce-Pore has pulled together teams to develop and implement projects that address community, economic, and workforce development issues ranging from strategic planning for regional tourism, emerging workforce needs and developing next generation talent, small business development, and training to support new and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Jill Garber is Director of the Regional Engagement Center at the Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock, Colorado. Prior to coming to CSU she was the Director of Extension Campuses at Arapahoe Community College and helped to open the Castle Rock Campus in the fall of 2011. Garber was formerly the Director for Community College Partnerships at Regis University, where she was responsible for articulation partnerships between the university and 117 community colleges throughout the United States and Belize.
A proud resident of Castle Rock for 17 years, she is passionate about serving in her community, the success of students on campus and contributing to the economic and workforce needs in the region. She enjoys the parks and open spaces in Douglas County with her husband, son and their dog, Sawyer.
Brandi Gonzales serves as the Engagement Center Coordinator for the CSU Regional Engagement Center at Castle Rock, focusing on developing and coordinating financial, personnel, and administrative functions for the division.
Brandi Gonzales came to CSU from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with ample experience in student services and administrative functions within higher education. At WSU she assisted with unit budgets until she earned a promotion as an HR Specialist, shifting her primary focus to managing departmental personnel and payroll actions, contracts, ensuring departmental compliance within university policies and procedures, and grant contract administration. Prior to WSU, she worked for the Parker Extension Campus of Arapahoe Community College, focusing on extension campus development, including academic support services, advising and community resource referrals, and other related services to support student persistence and retention.
Karen Ramey-Torres is Director of the Northeast Regional Engagement Center in Sterling, Colorado. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Ramey-Torres is a native of northeast Colorado with a strong history of community involvement. Prior to joining CSU in 2014, she founded and directed a non-profit family resource center in Sterling. In that role, she fostered public/private/non-profit partnerships in Logan County and expanded the resource center to four programs while forming 15 major funding partnerships. Ramey-Torres had a prior 17-year career as a child welfare caseworker in Washington and Logan Counties. In that role, she co-developed an intensive treatment program for families and was chosen for the excellence in practice award from the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division in 2007.
Peggy Stoltenberg is the Operations and Events Coordinator at the CSU Northeast Regional Engagement Center in Sterling, Colorado. She is a graduate of Caliche High School and Colorado State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.
Her degree took her to J.D. Edwards in Denver, where she worked as a software engineer developing and programming enterprise financial software. Stoltenberg moved back to Sterling to be near her family and enjoy the small town community life in Northeastern Colorado. She fueled her passion for helping people and the community while holding office positions in several local healthcare facilities and also worked as an event specialist.
She enjoys reading, learning, and volunteering for programs helping at-risk populations in the community.
Senior Project Manager and Coordinator, Provost’s Council for Engagement
As a senior project manager at Colorado State University, Paula Mills works with the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Office of Engagement to connect CSU with Coloradans working to address social, economic, and workforce issues in their communities. Mills directed Colorado State’s successful pursuit of a 2016 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Designation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and presently serves on the Executive Committee of the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP). She also coordinates the Provost’s Council for Engagement on behalf of the Office of Engagement.
At the College of Agricultural Sciences, Mills serves as liaison for the college’s efforts at the revitalized National Western Center campus and directs CSU’s Agriculture Innovation Summit, an annual event convening 400+ leaders from industry, government and higher education. Her career prior to CSU includes sales and marketing management roles in the consumer packaged goods industry and leadership of small business ventures.