MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
Leighanne has spent the last 14 years growing support for non-profits across central Arkansas. She's raised money to feed hungry families and children through the the Arkansas Foodbank, grew membership and annual giving programs for Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and the Arkansas Arts Center, and worked to find a cure for cystic fibrosis with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arkansas.
Leighanne is thrilled and grateful to call the CSU College of Liberal Arts, and Fort Collins, home. She looks forward to growing support for the incredible mission of the College and spreading the word about why a liberal arts education matters in our world today. Leighanne and her husband love to cook, travel, camp, hike, bike, and spend time on their front porch with their two awesome rescue pups – Roxy and Scholesy. As Arkansas residents for nearly 37 years, they are also loving the low humidity and milder temps of Fort Collins!
Colorado State has been Cole's home for the past six years! Coming from a small, rural town in Northeast Colorado, CSU was Cole's dream school. While completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in International Development, Cole was heavily involved on campus. He served in the Associated Students of Colorado State University as the Director of Governmental Affairs, Chief of Staff, and as student body Vice President. After graduating, Cole began working professionally at CSU in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs serving as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. Cole is excited to now be serving as the Scholarship and Student Program Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts and hopes that he can bring more knowledge, awareness, and excitement to applying for scholarships! In his free time, Cole enjoys being outdoors, fishing, and playing the piano.