Leadership Fellows Program

The Leadership Fellows Program is a professional development opportunity designed to help participants strengthen their leadership skills, enhance their understanding of higher education, and gain experience that will benefit them in their current and future positions. Each Fellow works closely with a senior mentor (e.g. Vice President) during the academic year to complete a time-intensive project in a specific area of focus. The Fellows also meet regularly as a cohort to share the successes and challenges of their experiences, learn from one another, and offer feedback to the program coordinators. The Leadership Fellows Program launched in Summer 2021 with eight Fellows placed in six leadership offices; a 2022 cohort recently added thirteen Fellows in five leadership offices.

2022-2023 Leadership Fellows

Fellows and Mentors

  • Lucia Delgado, Director of College Access, The Access Center; Project: Attaining Hispanic-Serving Institution Status; Mentor: Shannon Archibeque-Engle
  • Marissa Dienstag, Associate Director, Engagement, University Advancement; Project: Professional and Leadership Development; Mentor: Ann Claycomb
  • Susan Matthews, Deputy Director, Colorado State Forest Service, Warner College of Natural Resources; Project: Institutional Accreditation; Mentors: Mary Pedersen
  • Heather Reimer, Associate Director, Departments of Central Receiving; Project: Professional and Leadership Development; Mentor: Ann Claycomb

Fellows’ Bios

Lucia Delagado
Lucia Delgado
Director of College Access, The Access Center
Marissa Dienstag

Marissa Dienstag
Associate Director, Engagement, University Advancement

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews
Deputy Director, Colorado State Forest Service, Warner College of Natural Resources

Heather Reimer

Heather Reimer
Associate Director, Departments of Central Receiving

Lucia Delgado

Director of College Access, The Access Center

Pronouns: She, Her, Ella
Project:  Attaining Hispanic-Serving Institution Status
Mentor: Shannon Archibeque-Engle

Bio: In my role as the Director of College Access at Colorado State University, I believe and advocate for Educational Equity and Equality for first-generation and limited-income individuals. I value the richness of each person and am honored to serve as a mentor to students at various levels of their educational journey. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in Journalism and Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) from CSU. I am currently in my Ph.D program at CSU studying Organizational Learning, Performance and Change, and look forward to creating systemic change through the work as the Hispanic Serving Institutions Fellows for CSU.

Marissa Dienstag

Associate Director, Engagement, University Advancement

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Project: Professional and Leadership Development
Mentor: Ann Claycomb

Bio: With over a decade of being a part of higher education institutions, Marissa Dienstag has experience working in both the Student Affairs and University Advancement departments. She currently serves at the Associate Director for University Events and Ceremonies. In addition, Marissa is the adviser to the Colorado State University Presidential Ambassadors and is able to showcase her passion for student development while highlighting the positive impact of private giving through student engagement. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Outside of work she loves spending time with her partner and pup, and enjoys theatre, kayaking, traveling and the outdoors.

Susan Matthews

Deputy Director, Colorado State Forest Service, Warner College of Natural Resources

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Project: Institutional Accreditation
Mentor: Mary Pedersen

Bio: Susan Matthews is the Deputy Director of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) a department within the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU.  She joined the CSFS in 2014 and has overseen agency programs and staff in several Associate Director positions before becoming Deputy Director.  Matthews joined CSU after working for the USDA Forest Service for over 30 years in leadership positions in Idaho, Montana, California, North Carolina and Florida.  Her six years of service on the Society of American Foresters Committee on Accreditation, most recently as Committee Chair, provided valuable insight into program accreditation.  Susan and her husband enjoy exploring new destinations, visiting their adult children, and spending time outdoors.

Heather Reimer

Associate Director, Departments of Central Receiving

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Project: Professional and Leadership Development
Mentor: Ann Claycomb

Bio: Heather Reimer is the Associate Director at the Departments of Central Receiving. For the past five years, Heather has led a staff of 25 colleagues, who through their stewardship and commitment to excellence deliver reliable and diverse solutions to CSU in logistics and operational programs.  With over 20 years’ experience in corporate, non-profit, and higher education management, her greatest joy is developing people. Heather believes it is imperative to engage with colleagues where their unique qualities and talents are highlighted, enabling them to reach their most fulfilling professional aspirations.  In 2019, Heather received the AP Star Award for her commitment and work in alternative transportation, including managing The Spoke, an on-campus educational bike shop. Heather enjoys living on her urban farm with her husband, Nathan, where they have two dogs, a cat, and many flocked friends. You also might find her hiking, biking, or enjoying their tiny home near Pike National Forest.

2022-2023 Detailed Fellowship Descriptions

2021-2022 Leadership Fellows

Fellows and Mentors

  • Erika Benti, Transportation Professional, Parking and Transportation Services; Project: Internal Communications; Mentor: Yolanda Bevill
  • Allison Cantwell, Associate Director of Research, Institute for Research in Social Sciences; Project: Strategic Transformation and Planning; Mentor: Alan Rudolph
  • Sonali Diddi, Associate Professor of Design and Merchandising; Core Affiliate Faculty Member, School of Global Environmental Sustainability; Project: Community Development; Mentor: Blake Naughton
  • Andrea Duffy, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President; Project: Strategic Planning; Mentor: Jenelle Beavers
  • Emma Eckley, Developer, Student Information Systems Team, Information Systems Department; Project: IT Strategic Planning; Mentor: Brandon Bernier
  • Amber Krummel, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences; Project: Strategic Transformation and Planning; Mentor: Alan Rudolph
  • Scott Shrake, Assistant Vice President for Strategy, Office of the President; Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, College of Business; Project: Strategic Planning; Mentor: Jenelle Beavers
  • Elizabeth Sink, Master Teaching Instructor, Communication Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts; Project: Basic Needs & Food Insecurity; Mentor: Blanche Hughes

Fellows’ Bios

Erika Benti

Erika Benti
Transportation Professional, Parking and Transportation Services

Allison Cantwell

Allison Cantwell
Associate Director of Research, Institute for Research in Social Sciences

Sonali Diddi
Associate Professor, Department of Design and Merchandising; Core Affiliate Faculty Member, School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Andrea Duffy

Andrea Duffy
Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

 

emma Eckley
Emma Eckley
Developer, Student Information Systems Team, Information Systems Department
Amber Krummel

Amber Krummel
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, and CSU Monfort Professor

Scott Shrake

Scott Shrake
Assistant Vice President for Strategy, Office of the President; Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, College of Business

Elizabeth Sink

Elizabeth Sink
Master Teaching Instructor, Communication Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts

Erika Benti

Transportation Professional, Parking and Transportation Services

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Project: Internal Communications
Mentor: Yolanda Bevill

Bio: Erika Benti is an active transportation professional with CSU Parking and Transportation Services. For the past four years she has worked connecting students to sustainable transportation options and working with an amazing team to develop innovative safety, education and encouragement programs at CSU, including the President’s Vision Zero Task Force, Rams Ride Right and CSU Moves. A proud CSU graduate (’07), Erika has 11 years of experience in the field of transportation demand management in Portland, Denver, Los Angeles and now Fort Collins. She currently serves as president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation. She loves spending time outdoors with husband Matt and two-year-old son, Charlie.

Allison Cantwell

Associate Director of Research, Institute for Research in Social Sciences

Project: Strategic Transformation and Planning
Mentor: Alan Rudolph

Bio: Allison M. Cantwell is associate director of research for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS) and faculty affiliate in the Department of Sociology at CSU. She joined IRISS in 2019 and has collaborated with a number of faculty, staff, graduate students, and community partners to design and implement data collection and analysis for actionable recommendations. Cantwell joined CSU after seven years at the University of California where she most recently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research at UC, Riverside. Her career in higher education has focused on leveraging data to tell stories in support of strategic decision-making, program improvement, and student success.

Sonali Diddi

Associate Professor, Department of Design and Merchandising; Core Affiliate Faculty Member, School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Project: Community Development
Mentor: Blake Naughton

Bio: Sonali Diddi is an associate professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising and core faculty in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Her research focuses on sustainable clothing production and consumption. Her research-based, interdisciplinary, and systems thinking-informed approach to sustainability-related issues in the textiles and apparel industry recognizes its ever-changing dimensions in an increasingly diverse and challenged society and global economy. Sonali seeks ways to engage with the local community to gain a sense of the broader relevance of her research. She was an expert consultant for BBC Radio (UK), New York Academy of Sciences and invited international speaker for numerous events. Outside work, Sonali enjoys cooking and sharing it with family and friends.

Andrea Duffy

Assistant Vice Provost

Project: Strategic Planning
Mentor: Jenelle Beavers

Bio: Andrea Duffy joined the CSU faculty in Fall 2010 and served as director of International Studies from 2013-2021, when she accepted a Fellowship in the Office of the President working on the university’s Courageous Strategic Transformation. She is currently assistant vice provost in the Office of the Provost, focused on key initiatives including the Academic Master Plan and the Student Success Initiative. 

Andrea holds a B.A. in Modern European History from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University with specializations in European, Middle Eastern, Ottoman, and environmental histories. She has studied nearly a dozen languages, has lived in France and Turkey, and has visited more than 30 countries across five continents. She has a thirst for knowledge, curiosity about the wider world, and passion for international experiences and intercultural interaction. She continues to learn and to travel whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and ultra-running.

Emma Eckley

Developer, Student Information Systems Team, Information Systems Department

Project: IT Strategic Planning
Mentor: Brandon Bernier

Bio: Emma Eckley is a developer on the Student Information Systems team within the Division of IT. Since 2019, she has supported the Joint Banner Project to integrate student systems and IT-supported business processes between CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Pueblo. Emma earned her bachelor’s in wildlife biology and master’s in computer information systems from CSU. She began her career in Geographic Information Systems, before transitioning to her current role. Emma is an avid backpacker of the Gore Range and spends many weekends exploring its alpine lakes with her husband. She is learning to hunt and is excited to support her protein diet from sources provided by the land. Emma also enjoys experimenting with plant-based recipes.

Amber Krummel

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, and CSU Monfort Professor

Project: Strategic Transformation and Planning
Mentor: Alan Rudolph

Bio: Amber Krummel is an associate professor of chemistry and associate chair of operations in the Chemistry Department. Her research focuses on interrogating chemical structures and dynamics in complex environments, using nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy and imaging techniques, applying ultrafast laser development, nonlinear spectroscopy and microscopy to address questions in biology and materials science. Krummel is a Monfort Professor whose work has been recognized nationally, including the Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, and DOE Early Career Award. She teaches courses spanning introductory chemistry to upper-level graduate courses in physical chemistry and spectroscopy. Outside work, she serves on national and international executive committees in her field and maintains industrial partnerships within the energy industry.

Scott Shrake

Assistant Vice President for Strategy, Office of the President; Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, College of Business

Pronouns: He, Him, His
Project:
Strategic Planning
Mentor: Jenelle Beavers

Bio: Scott Shrake serves as executive director of CSU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, business development, and commercialization for students, faculty, and community members across Northern Colorado. He also oversees the College of Business executive education program, helping create cutting-edge programing in areas where CSU is world class. In the classroom, he serves as an affiliate faculty member for the Richardson Design Center, teaching introductory and capstone courses in Design Thinking.  Scott earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh’s Sustainability and Green Design Group.  Outside work, Scott enjoys biking the Colorado mountains or spending time outdoors with his wife and their dogs.

Elizabeth Sink

Master Teaching Instructor, Communication Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Project:
Basic Needs & Food Insecurity
Mentor: Blanche Hughes

Bio: Elizabeth Sink is a master teaching faculty in Communication Studies with a passion for facilitating healthy engagement across diverse identities. She has taught at CSU since 2004. Elizabeth’s teaching practice strives to promote investigation of one’s own cultural identity, to develop communication-based competencies, and to advance students’ motivation for effective positive involvement in communities. Her scholarship and curriculum-development advances inclusive communication and practical engagement between people who orient differently around religious and non-religious beliefs. Elizabeth and family also enjoy backpacking and camping. She is a dog-person who enjoys deep breaths, traveling, rock painting, water sports, microwavable slippers (for her forever-cold toes), bluegrass music and acapella singing at the Colorado Renaissance Festival.