Alumni / Careers

A sampling of what alumni have reported about their career paths.

If you are a USC/CSU-Pueblo Department of Biology graduate and have news you would like to share, please contact Dr. Lee Anne Martínez leeanne.martinez@colostate-pueblo.edu.

Air Products and Chemicals

Kylie Setser (Wagner) ('00) works for Air Products and Chemicals in Pueblo. She and husband, Adam Wagner ('00), are expecting their first child.

Bureau of Land Management

Steve Sanchez ('88, MS '98) is working as a Rangeland Manager for the Bureau of Land Management in Sagauche, Colorado.

Chiropractic School

Trent Artichoker ('99) completed his Master's Degree in Anatomy (in 2002) at Colorado State University - Fort Collins and is now attending Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, in pursuit of his Doctors of Chiropractic degree.

Christie Sancher is practicing in Colorado Springs.

Rob Avita is practicing in Pueblo.

Coaching

Paul Regrutto ('01) is the assistant soccer coach at CSU-Pueblo.

Traci Tafoya (Hale) ('97) earned a Master's degree in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She is the head coach for girls soccer at Central High School, and teaches physical education at Haaff Elementary in Pueblo. She and husband Eric Hale are expecting their first child.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Scott Roalofs ('04, MS '06) is working in the laboratory doing analysis of asphalts.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Jake Book ('00) is working as a chemist for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Dental School

Barbara Chapman ('07) is attending dental school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Gerald Glenn ('93) is a dentist in Denver, Colorado.

Anthony Knowlton ('00) is attending dental school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Melissa Montano ('02) has been accepted into dental school at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry.

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Renae Morischini ('97) attended dental school at Creighton University in Nebraska, and is currently a dentist in Pueblo.

Dennis Romero ('07) is attending dental school at the University of Minnesota.

Brian Scott ('01) is attending Creighton University School of Dentistry.

Excel Energy

Joshua McGirk ('98) is working as an organic chemist for Xcel in Boulder, Colorado.

Somer Mese ('01, MS '04) is the head of Industrial Hygiene for Excel Energy.

FBI

Ryan Deleon ('93, MS '04) joined the army after completing his undergraduate degree, and later returned to CSU-Pueblo for a Master's degree. He earned his Master's while working as a prison guard in Cañon City, Colorado. He is currently a physical scientist and forensic investigator for the FBI at their headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

FDA

Michael Maselli ('96) is working as a microbiologist for the Food and Drug Administration in Denver, Colorado.

Forest Service

John Ireland ('93) is a firefighter working out of the Belmont station in Pueblo.

Chuck Omdahl ('96) is a firefighter/emergency medical technician in Security, Colorado, and is training as a paramedic.

Carrie Tucker ('08) is working in Pueblo.

Fish and Wildlife

Leann Berry ('99) did water chemistry studies for two years before becoming a senior lab technician for the State Fish Laboratory in Brush, Colorado, where she tests fish for whirling disease.

Kiowa Engineering

Liz Klein (MS '97) is working for Kiowa Engineering in Colorado Springs, where, among other things, she identifies wetland plants along the Front Range. She is also President of the SE Colorado Chapter of the Native Plant Society.

Graduate School

Anthony Aragon ('01, MS '01) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Mexico. He was featured in the September 2003 issue of the US Dept. of Health & Human Services/National Institutes of Health publication, Findings.

Audrey Colnar ('01) did an internship with the Smithsonian Institution's Environmental Research Center in Maryland where she assisted in research on the invasion of coastal ecosystems by non-native species. She was accepted into graduate programs at both Western Washington University and at the University of Maryland, and has completed a Master's degree working with invasive species at WWU.

Gabe Cosyleon ('99) received a Master's degree in environmental science from Oklahoma State University. He married Paige Hensen in 2005.

Paul Hurtado ('02) is currently working on his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Cornell University in New York.

Ben Mack ('02) is working on his Master's degree in education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Sasha Nelson ('97) completed a postgraduate degree in Behavior at the University of La Trobe, Australia and continued on in a Master's program, compiling interpretive material for Australian national parks.

Rosemary Townsend ('07) is enrolled in the Bridges to PhD program at Colorado State University-Pueblo and continuing on to Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Victoria Jones Valdez ('08) is in graduate school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Amy Uhernik ('08) is in graduate school at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Law

Beau Ellis ('92) completed an MS in Environmental Health at CSU-Fort Collins. He is currently attending law school at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Greg Styduhar ('97) completed his degree in environmental law at Creighton University in Nebraska. He is currently practicing law in Pueblo.

Medical School

Mike Boswell ('96) completed medical school at Howard University and is doing his residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH.

Anna Cosyleon ('95) has completed both medical school and her residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She and her husband Jim Dorsch ('94) have two kids.

Mike Driscoll ('98) is attending Medical School at Louisiana State University Shreveport.

DJ Dutton ('06) is attending Medical School at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Danielle McDermott (Cipolla) (MS, '02) is attending medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Shawn Morgan ('01) has completed a Master's degree in neuroanatomy at Colorado State University - Fort Collins, and is attending medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Kevin Marquez ('07) is attending Medical School at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Carla Proctor ('78) is working as a pediatrician in Pueblo, Colorado.

Margarita Sifuentes ('00) is attending Medical School at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Anya Watson ('07) is attending Medical School at the University of Iowa.

(James) Thumper Womack ('01) received his M.D. degree at OU. He is now working as an orthopedic surgeon and residing in Wichita Kansas.

Medical Technology

Christina Bazanele ('08) is working as a medical technologist at Parkview Medical Center.

Cynthia Craven attended the medical technology program at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Denver. Angela DeHerrera (''05) is working as a medical technologist.

Tiffany Fletcher('06) is currently attending Parkview's Medical Technology Program.

Sarah Nelder ('02) attended Parkview Hospital's Medical Technology Program.

Kristen Simpson ('07) is currently doing an internship at Parkview Medical Center.

Melanie Kirby ('06) is working as a medical technologist at Parkview Medical Center.

Jenn McElroy is currently working as a medical technologist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Jennie Mead is currently working as a medical technologist at Parkview Medical Center.

Nick Rendler is currently working as a medical technologist at Parkview Medical Center.

Melanie Spinuzzi ('02) attended the HealthOne Medical Technology Program at St. Luke's in Denver.

Osteopathic Medicine

Shane Hess ('02) is studying for his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree at Des Moines University.

Rebecca Holder ('06) is attending Rocky Mountain College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Krista Lund ('01) is attending the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (at the Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ).

Maxwell Nanes ('08) is attending a DO school in Chicago.

Physician's Assistant

Tiffany Doane ('04) has entered the Physician Assistant program at the CU Health Sciences Center after completing "intensive" training in Wisconsin in spring 2004.

Jennifer Still ('97) completed the Physician Assistant program at Nova Southwestern University, and is in practice with her husband in Cañon City, Colorado. She and her husband have one child.

Physical Therapy

Jennifer Birrer ('02) is attending the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center's Physical Therapy Program.

Sara Ledbetter ('98) is in the Physician Assistant program at University of Colorado Health Sciences.

Ashley Nelson graduated from the University of Utah.

Pharmacy

Jenny Bacca ('04) gradated from the pharmacy school at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Lisa Cicero ('04) is attending pharmacy school at CU Health Sciences Center in Denver.

Nacho Gutierrez completed pharmacy school at CU Health Sciences Center, and is a pharmacist at the south side Walgreen's in Pueblo.

Jenna Pechek ('03) is attending the CU School of Pharmacy.

Felicia Rodriguez (Garcia) ('01) graduated from the Pharmacy School at CU Health Sciences Center.

Caroline Sandoval is attending Pharmacy school at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Lonnie Smith ('04) is in the pharmacy program at CU Denver.

Ryan Smithburg completed pharmacy school at CU Health Sciences Center, and is a pharmacist in Limon, Colorado.

Jeremy Thomas ('06) is attending Pharmacy school at CU Health Sciences Center.

Plant Biotechnology

Bonnie Hund ('97) completed a Master's degree at the University of Illinois, and is currently working for a plant biotechnology company in Malibu, California.

Podiatry

Eric Lewis ('08) is at Des Moines University getting his doctorate in Podiatric Medicine.

Pueblo Community College

Nick Alfonso ('03, MS '05) is teaching in the biology department.

Joey Irby (Mathews) ('95, MS '98) worked at Ashland Chemical for several years, and is now teaching biology at Pueblo Community College.

Mandy Kuiken (MS '03) is teaching biology at Pueblo Community College's Cañon City Campus.

Shanda Todisco (Vidmar) ('97) received a Master's degree from CSU-Fort Collins, and is on the biology faculty of Pueblo Community College.

Recreation Therapy

Adam Wagner (Biology minor '00) is married to Kylie Setser ('00), and works as a recreational therapist at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

Veterinary Medicine

Caroline Ahlsberg ('00) has received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (in 2005) from Colorado State University - Fort Collins and is now practicing small animal medicine and living with her husband Trent Artichoker ('99) in Portland, OR.

Charity Corning ('04) is attending Colorado State University - Fort Collins College of Veterinary Medicine.

Margaret Hecht ('95) received a Dodge Grant to study alternative surgical training practices at Colorado State University - Fort Collin's College of Veterinary Medicine, where she attended veterinary school.

Adam Ralston ('97) has received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Marcos Unis ('02) studied veterinary medicine at St. George's University in Granada, West Indies. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, Marcos relocated temporarily to Purdue University (one of several U.S. institutions affiliated with St. George's). He was recently awarded the Fort Dodge Animal Health Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery from St. George's University, and is currently doing his residency at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brett Webb ('03) is attending veterinary school at CSU-Fort Collins.

Teaching

Leeanne Carabelos ('01) is teaching science at Central High School in Pueblo.

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Larry McPherson (Biology Minor, '93), after working for several years at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, is now teaching special education at Pueblo West Elementary School.

Krista Schramm (MS '99) is teaching science at Saint Dominic High School in New York, where she lives with her young daughter. She has received several educational grants to teach field ecology to her students.

Kathy Spock (Dodge) ('96, MS '01) is teaching science at Pleasantview Middle School, Pueblo District 70. She also trains other teachers in outdoor science education.

Gary Wermers (Elementary Certification '94) teaches science at Heaton Middle School in Pueblo. He and his wife Kendra ('99) have a young son.

University

Carolyn Glaubensklee, after completing her Ph.D. at University of New Mexico and teaching for several years at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and the Nursing Department at CSU-Pueblo. She is currently teaching anatomy and physiology at Rocky Mountain College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kathryn Chavez, Ph.D. is doing a Postdoc at Cornell University. She was involved in the Bridges program before earning her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She then went on to get her Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2008.

Water

Annie Burrleman (M.S '06) worked at CSU-Pueblo as lab coordinator in the Biology department after graduation. She is currently working at Colorado Springs Utilities.

Jim Dorsch ('94, MS '96) is working for the Denver Metro Wastewater Plant.

Mark Heaston ('98, MS '05) is working in Pueblo at Earthtech doing water quality management in and around the Pueblo Depot. He and his wife Jennifer have a young daughter.

Jenny Kedward ('06) is working for the water department in Pueblo.

Kevin Meyers ('03, MS '03) is working at the wastewater treatment facility in Pueblo.

Jessica Viges ('08) is working for the water department in Chicago.

Others of Note

Robert Novak, Ph.D. ('70) received the 2005 Alumni Achievement Award from CSU-Pueblo for his work as a medical entomologist. Dr. Novak is a professor and scientist at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and is a AAAS Fellow.