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Tonya Malik-Carson

MFA, London International School of the Performing Arts; MBA, Colorado State University

Tonya Malik-Carson joined the Division of Advancement at Colorado State University in 2011, and the College of Liberal Arts in June of 2014. She holds an MFA in LeCoq based physical theater from the London International School of the Performing Arts, an MBA from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Naropa University. Professionally, she spent a decade in marketing and public relations in the non-profit arts sector prior to coming to CSU. Artistically, she is a divisor of new work, a lover of ensemble collaboration, a musician, and as such has been a part of numerous collaborative, original works as a writer, director and performer, including: Priscilla: A Rock and Roll Ride Through Teenage Hell and Nighty Knight, Manny Panny with The Octopus League; and Rollerskating With My Cousin and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep with The LIDA Project, where she is an Artistic Company Member. She has taught children's workshops at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and often advises on collaborative projects as a director and teacher of physical storytelling methods. Her lifelong love for the performing arts has grown into a passion for the continued presence of the arts and humanities in our world and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her experience as an artist and a senior professional in the non-profit arts sector to the College of Liberal Arts.

(970) 491-3558


Shannon Dale

M.A. English, Colorado State University

Shannon Dale joined the Division of Advancement at Colorado State University in 2014, and the College of Liberal Arts in January 2017. She holds a B.A. in English and French from Elmhurst College, where she studied abroad in Oxford, England at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and in Montpellier, France. She earned her M.A. in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from Colorado State University in 2014. Prior to joining the Liberal Arts team, she worked in CSU's College of Health and Human Sciences as their Development Operations Coordinator, where she coordinated donor events, wrote and designed development communications pieces, and supervised development student workers. As the Assistant Director of Development, Shannon now leverages her communications and public relations experience to develop annual giving materials and programming for the College, crafts development communications, and writes proposals. Her deep appreciation for the Liberal Arts was born out of a childhood spent writing stories for her grandfather, performing in musical groups and in local theatre productions, and from many hours spent in the library where she fell in love with reading. She is proud to utilize her diverse liberal arts background to support the College of Liberal Arts and CSU.

(970) 491-5120


Savannah Kacher

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Journalism, Wheaton College

Savannah joined the College of Liberal Arts as Donor Relations Coordinator in March 2016, and began her current role as Assistant Director of Development in December 2017. Before joining the CSU community Savannah served as the Leadership Giving Manager for United Way of Larimer County, where she managed their leadership giving programs, including WomenGive, and organized special events. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Journalism from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she competed in track and field and cross country and spent summers traveling in Kenya, India, and Jordan. She strongly believes in the importance of a liberal arts education and love helping donors find areas they are most passionate about.

(970) 491-4030


Kelly McDonnell

B.A. Environmental Science

Kelly McDonnell joined the College of Liberal Arts Development team in April 2018. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science with a minor in Economics from Skidmore College in New York, where she learned (among many other things) that Creative Thought Matters. Coming from a Liberal Arts background, Kelly knows firsthand the power of a Liberal Arts degree and is excited to support the CLA development team in their efforts to make a world-class Liberal Arts education accessible to anyone and everyone.



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