Office of Engagement and Extension
Vice President for Engagement and Extension
Dr. 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.
Associate Vice President for Engagement and Extension, Deputy Director of Extension
Dr. Ashley M. Stokes is Associate Vice President for Engagement and Extension and Deputy Director of 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 the University 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.
Director of Communications
Julee Stephenson oversees the comprehensive strategic communication plan for Office of Engagement and Extension. She brings over twenty-five years of experience in delivering communications and community engagement strategies. She previously served as leader of corporate affairs for a regulated utility company and currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for Boston University College of Arts & Sciences and as a development committee volunteer for Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) in Boulder.
Director of Development, Office of Engagement and Extension
Executive Director, Colorado 4-H Foundation
Rochelle Platter leads fundraising efforts for OEE which includes CSU Extension, CSU Extended Campus and several of its specialty programs including 4-H Youth Development and Colorado Water Center.
Executive Assistant to Blake Naughton
Megan Griffith is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Engagement and Extension. 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. 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.
Yvonne Bridgeman is the Operations Manager for the Office of Engagement and Extension. 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.
Data Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Ashley Stokes
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Martha Thomas, M.S. is Data Coordinator and the Executive Assistant for the Associate Vice President for Engagement and Extension. The Office of Engagement & Extension 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.
Associate Director for Engaged Research
Dr. Dawn Thilmany, Associate Department Head and Professor in Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics holds a half-time joint appointment with Office of Engagement and Extension 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. 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.
Engagement Program Manager
Geniphyr Ponce-Pore, M.S., M.Ed., is the Director of the CSU Engagement Centers, which serve as platforms for engagement and remote learning. As the Strategic Doing Program Manager, Geniphyr works to train and coach those across the state looking to utilize Strategic Doing to build capacity to collaborate and address wicked problems. Serving as the Workforce Specialist, Geniphyr tracks and reports on workforce and training trends across the state and the nation. With 25 years of experience working in community, economic and workforce development in Colorado, she joined CSU in 2010.
Director, Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado
Patti Schmitt is Director of the Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado. FLTI of Colorado seeks to bridge the gap between local residents and decision-makers in order to foster the co-creation of programs and policies that reflect multiple community voices. Patti provides leadership to local FLTI training sites through out the state.
Regional Engagement Center Leadership
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.
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.
Colorado Water Center Leadership
Director, Colorado Water Center
Dr. Reagan Waskom serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Institute and the Chair of the Colorado State University Water Center. Dr. Waskom is a member of the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at CSU, where he has worked on various water related research and outreach programs for over 30 years. Dr. Waskom oversees the CSU Extension Water Outreach program and personnel. He received his BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and his PhD from Colorado State University.
CSU Extended Campus Leadership