Colorado State University

Dean’s Office Staff

Jan Nerger, DeanPhoto of Dean Jan Nerger

(970) 491-6974;

Professor Janice L. Nerger was appointed Dean of Natural Sciences in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. After a two-year postdoctoral research appointment at NASA/Ames Research Center at Moffett Field and the Stanford Research Institute, CA, she joined the faculty at Colorado State in 1990 becoming a full professor in 2002. Nerger is internationally recognized for her research on human vision, in particular on the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying color perception. She is also a faculty member in the Molecular Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences Program at CSU and led the Behavioral Neurosciences program for five years. She is a strong advocate for diversity, particularly for women in science, and is the co-founder for the Women in Natural Sciences organization at CSU. Nerger was also instrumental in co-founding the CSUSTEM Center, recently created to address science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education across the country. During Nerger’s tenure at Colorado State she has held such administrative appointments as Associate and Acting Chair of the Department of Psychology and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

Shana Bode, Donor Relations Coordinator Photo of Shana Bode

(970) 491-2647;

Shana Bode was born and raised in Fort Collins and received her Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Prior to her employment at CSU, she spent over a decade working and volunteering in the Poudre School District and also served as the District Coordinator and Poudre River Regional Director for the Odyssey of the Mind Program. She joined the College of Natural Sciences as the Donor Relations Coordinator in 2014. In this position, she works with the Development Team to support philanthropic relationships and generate support for our students and programs.


Judy Brobst, Career Center LiasonPhoto of Judy Brobst

(970) 491-1190;

Judy Brobst has been employed as a career counselor at Colorado State University since 1998, with a joint appointment between the College of Natural Sciences and The Career Center. A native of Maryland, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Judy previously worked for the University of South Carolina before coming to CSU. Judy works with students from their first year through post-doc students. She has expertise in career development and exploration, internships, graduate school application, and employment services. She works with all majors in the College of Natural Sciences and students across campus. When not at work, Judy will be competing in dog agility trials with her Australian Shepherd, Cooper. Being from the South, Judy is usually found with a glass of sweet tea readily available for consumption.

Margi Cech, Financial and Research ManagerPhoto of Margi Cech

(970) 491-5201;

Margi received her MBA from Colorado State University in 1997, and has worked on campus since 1998. She has extensive experience in STEM research grant administration, program development, data mining and analysis, and broadening participation among diverse and underserved populations within STEM disciplines. She is now providing support to Natural Sciences faculty with proposal preparation, financial tracking, and in graduate student enrollment and retention data analysis. Margi also serves as the Chairperson for the College Administrative Advisory Group (CAAG) on campus. Prior to her employment with CSU, Margi worked as a technical writing and training consultant for a variety of software development entities.

Photo of Simone ClasenSimone Clasen, CFRE
Executive Director of Development and Operations

(970) 491-0997;

Following graduation from California State University Northridge in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in foreign languages, Simone held several international sales, management, and marketing positions in Los Angeles, California. Simone moved to Fort Collins, CO in 1998 and joined the College of Natural Sciences initially as assistant director of development and since 2004 as director of development. In this position, she builds relationships and generates philanthropic support from alumni, foundations, corporations, and friends for our students and programs.

Katie Courage, Director of College CommunicationsKatie Courage

(970) 491-5291;

Katie Courage hails from Oklahoma and joined the College of Natural Sciences in 2016 after working as a freelance journalist. Prior to that, she was a reporter and associate editor for Scientific American magazine in New York City. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism (2009) and her Bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College (2005). Katie has also worked in book marketing at Random House and is the author of two books. As Director of Communications, she covers news and discovery happening at the College and leads efforts to improve CNS communication—locally and globally.

Jim Cox, Director of Information TechnologyPhoto of Jim Cox

(970) 491-2138;

Jim attended the University of Nebraska for both undergraduate and graduate school. He received his bachelor’s degree in math education, and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology. Jim joined the college in 2000 as the information technology coordinator, and serves as the primary liaison with Information Technology administrative units on campus and represents the College on several committees.


Lisa Dysleski, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate ProgramsPhoto of Lisa Dysleski

(970) 491-5397;

Lisa joined the CNS Dean’s office as the Assistant Director of the College of Natural Science’s Learning Community in the summer of 2013. Prior to that, she was a faculty member with a senior teaching appointment in the Department of Chemistry at CSU, teaching general chemistry and serving as the department’s Key Academic Advisor. She became the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs in 2015. Originally from New Jersey, Lisa received her B.S. degree from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with a double major in chemistry and performing arts, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University.

Steve Garten, Assistant Coordinator of ITSteve Garten

(970) 491-5506;

Steve Garten began his tenure with the dean’s office as a senior psychology major in early 2013. Since then, he’s stayed on and performed various IT-related duties, including laying the technological groundwork for the recent opening of the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community at Laurel Village. In February 2015, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Coordinator of IT for the College and is now responsible for all things Web-related, including design, improved functionality, maintenance, and web applications. He continues to be an on-demand resource for web imagery and logos, troubleshooting, and various installations.

Allie Keller, Learning Community CoordinatorAllie Keller

(970) 491-2369,

Allie joined the dean’s office in April 2015 having spent her earlier career in science education and program development. Armed with extensive intercultural experience, she joins our team ready to lead efforts related to the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community. Allie recently returned from an appointment as a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Mexico, and she earned a master’s degree in biology and an undergraduate degree in international affairs from Northern Arizona University.


Janie Martinez, Administrative AssistantJanie Martinez

(970) 491-0618;

Janie has been an employee of CSU since 1982 and she joined the College of Natural Sciences in December, 2013. She provides administrative support to the Associate and Assistant Deans, and others in the dean’s office as needed. Janie also serves as the primary coordinator for all College events. Additionally, she serves as the primary contact for P-Card and other accounting processes as well as creating and processing travel.


Kelsey Moskitis, Assistant Director of Development Foundation and Corporate RelationsKelsey Moskitis

(970) 491-0287;

Kelsey joined the College of Natural Sciences as the Assistant Director of Development for Foundation and Corporate Relations in the spring of 2016. Kelsey comes to CSU from the Walton Family Foundation where she was a Program Support Associate on the K-12 Education team. Previously, she worked for the American Indian College Fund where she was a Grant Writer, Prospect Researcher and Planned Giving Administrator. Kelsey earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Colorado, Denver and she holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco. In this position, Kelsey works with foundations and corporations to build relationships and generate philanthropic support for our students, departments and programs.

Arlene Nededog, Director of InclusionPhoto of Arlene Nededog

(970) 491-2036;

Arlene Nededog, Director of Inclusion received her M.Ed. degree in 1983 and bachelor’s in 1979 from Colorado State University. She has been at Colorado State University since 1985. She joined the dean’s office in 1998, bringing with her a background in diversity, TRIO and advising programs. For the past several years, she has served as the Director of Enrichment and Engagement, worked with learning communities, led academic support services, retention initiatives and served as advisor for several CNS student organizations. She has inspired, retained, and mentored numerous historically underrepresented students, first-generation and women students through to graduation. In addition, she serves as the CSU Site Coordinator for the Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (COAMP). Combined with these roles she has been actively involved in diversity training and as a steadfast community member, she serves as a committee participant across the campus and throughout Ft. Collins because of her experience and knowledge with diversity.

Photo of Jennifer PedneauJennifer Pedneau, CFRE
Associate Director of Development

(970) 491-5711;

Originally from North Carolina, Jennifer Pedneau holds bachelor degrees in anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a master of business administration from Colorado State University (CSU). She has a background in higher education development and previously held the position of assistant director of development at the UNM College of Fine Arts. In August 2010, she joined the CSU College of Natural Sciences. Jennifer works primarily with alumni and friends to build relationships and generate support for our students and programs.

Cheryl Peregoy, Budget OfficerPhoto of Cheryl Peregoy

(970) 491-5329;

As the Budget Officer for the College of Natural Sciences, Cheryl oversees fiscal and budgetary operations, working closely with the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, support staff and faculty in the academic departments that comprise the College. She serves as the primary liaison with financial administrative units on campus and represents the College on several committees. She has been with the College since 1983 and worked in several of the departments in the College prior to that time.


Kirsten Slaughter-Rice, Assistant to the Associate DeansKirsten Slaughter-Rice

(970) 491-1948;

Kirsten joined the College of Natural Sciences in fall of 2016 to manage the College’s scholarship program and provide support to the Associate and Assistant Deans. She has a background in research administration, graduate education and program development, and events coordination. She received her Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Anthropology: Archaeology (2010) and her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Anthropology from the University of the South: Sewanee (2005).


Jim Sites, Senior Associate Dean for ResearchPhoto of Jim Sites

(970) 491-5850;

Jim Sites is a long-term faculty member in Physics. Before becoming Associate Dean for Research, he was Chair of the Physics Department. His personal research in semiconductor physics has focused on solar energy, particularly the use of thin-film solar cells to convert sunlight to electricity efficiently and economically. He has trained a large number of PhD students in this area, many of whom are working for solar- energy companies across the country, and he has become increasingly involved in federal initiatives in photovoltaics.


Simon Tavener, Associate Dean for AcademicsPhoto of Simon Tavener

(970) 491-6645;

Simon Tavener received B.E. and M.E. degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Auckland before completing a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford. He spent a year as a postdoc at the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications at the University of Minnesota and then 13 years in the Mathematics Department at Penn State. Simon joined CSU in 2000 and served for eight years as the Chair of Mathematics. Tavener’s current research interests are largely focused on numerical techniques for the accurate computation of multiscale, multiphysics problems, most recently including issues arising due to the presence of uncertainty. With Dr. Antolin from the Department of Biology, he co-directs the undergraduate research program FEScUE which involves undergraduates and faculty from both the mathematical and biological sciences in jointly mentored research clusters. Simon has recently enjoyed two visiting fellowships at the Oxford Center for Collaborative Applied Mathematics and is currently Secretary of SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics).

Georgeann Venis, DirectorPhoto of Georgeann Venis

(970) 491-6974;

As Director of the College of Natural Sciences, Georgeann oversees the general operation of the College and provides executive support for the Dean.  In her human resources role, she supports the hire of state classified, administrative professional, postdoctoral fellow, and non-tenure track faculty personnel across the College.  In addition, she serves as the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer for non-tenured faculty and staff.  In her administrative capacity, Georgeann coordinates the processing of faculty promotion and tenure, reappointments, sabbatical leaves, faculty annual performance, progress-to-tenure, post-tenure reviews, annual departmental reviews, and Summer Session audits. Georgeann began her tenure with CSU at the Veterinary Teaching hospital in 1987 and has been with the College of Natural Sciences Office of the Dean since 1995.