Liberal Arts Development Council



The Liberal Arts Development Council (LADC) supports and promotes the programs and demonstrates the mission of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. Members of the LADC partner with the dean and development director to:

  • Improve student and community awareness of the impact and value of the liberal arts
  • Enhance opportunities to achieve fundraising goals by introducing new advocates and supporters
  • Participate in cultivating and soliciting leadership and major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations under the direction of College personnel
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to giving, and contribute an annual gift to the College
  • Attend College and University events when possible
  • Offer strategic guidance as needed, e.g., fundraising and outreach materials

Since its founding in 2008, the LADC has played an instrumental role in the expansion of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, programs such as Great Conversations, Rams JD, and BRAINY, and support faculty research and promoting community engagement programs, such as SpeakOut and the ACT Human Rights Film Festival.


  • Commit to a three year term. Members may serve an additional two terms.
  • Attend one meeting in person (or via video conferencing) of a minimum three meetings per year (fall, winter, spring)
  • Commit to personal and group projects by participating in specialized committee projects based on College need and personal affinity


Danny Canete

Danny CaneteDaniel Canete was a student of the Colorado State Music Department from 2000 to 2004. Daniel attended CSU as an out-of-state student on a piano scholarship in pursuit of a Music Performance degree for both percussion and piano performance. After graduating CSU with a Music Performance degree in Percussion, Daniel later went on to attend the University of North Texas for studies in a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance while also teaching Music Theory and Applied Percussion. Prior to completing his degree at UNT, he left to pursue a calling in a law-enforcement career.  Daniel has always believed in being a steward to either serve or give back to the community. Although no longer a performer or involved in a music scene, Daniel continues to serve his community as a police officer in Dallas, Texas.

Linda Cates

Colorado State Univeristy College of Liberal Arts Development Council member Linda Cates

Linda Cates holds two degrees from CSU: a BA and MA in Speech Communications with an emphasis in rhetoric as well as radio and television. Linda spent her professional career as a high school teacher specializing in speech, mass media, and American Literature and Composition. At Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District she created a Multicultural American Studies class which was a 2 hour block class combining American history and literature, a required course for all juniors. Upon their retirement, she and her husband Bob (who holds two degrees from CSU and played basketball and baseball for CSU in the 1950's) moved from Denver back to Fort Collins where they have continued their support of the university. They have financed scholarships in both athletics and Communication Studies as well as donating to the new on-campus stadium. Linda joined the Liberal Arts Development Council in 2011 as a way to channel her love and appreciation for Colorado State University.

Loren Crabtree

Loren Crabtree

Loren Crabtree is a veteran of higher education. He served as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University from 1991-1997, CSU Provost from 1997-2001, and Chancellor of the University of Tennessee from 2001-2008. An expert on 20th century Chinese history and U.S.-China Relations, Loren has served as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Shipboard Education and as Executive Dean on three Semester at Sea global voyages. He is married to Monica S. Christen and has three children, two of whom graduated from CSU. He retired as President of the Institute for Shipboard Education (Semester at Sea) on August 31, 2017.

Tonya Everist

Tonya EveristTonya Everist is from a very small town on the wide open Eastern Plains...hometown Kit Carson, Colorado. She attended CSU from 1983-87 as a Boettcher Scholar and graduated with a BA in Speech Communications. Tonya was actively involved with the CSU Intramural Dept, Tri Delta Sorority and Preview CSU while in college and has served on the CSU Alumni Board 2004-07, chaired the CSU Gala 2006, and has spoken at many Speech classes and CSU Boettcher events since graduation. Tonya is a Stalwart Ram fan, long-time football season ticket holder, and a sports fan overall. She has worked in the Denver Advertising market for 30 years in various roles. Currently, Tonya is the Strategic Marketing Director for WOW! Internet, TV & Phone, a telecom company based in Denver and operating 17 markets outside of Colorado. She is passionate about CSU, her friends, family, travel and living life fully. Go Rams!

Amy Hoeven

Amy Hoeven is from a small rural town on the eastern plains and is a fourth generation native of Colorado. After she graduated from CSU in 1995 with a degree in Liberal Arts, she used her Communications and Technical Journalism training to pursue a career in communications and community outreach in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In 2010, Amy was named Young Professional of the Year by the Fort Collins area Chamber of Commerce. Amy understands the importance of storytelling and believes everyone’s story adds value to their communities. In 2017, she was the Executive Producer of Who I Am, a Virtual Reality documentary film showcasing the work of first-generation CSU students mentoring immigrant and refugee high school students in Fort Morgan. Her ability to observe the environment around her, interact with people and recognize human connections allows her to be a compassionate and active member of society.

Al Howard (Co-Chair)

Al HowardAl Howard received his Bachelor’s degree from CSU in Psychology in 1969. After graduation, he served 6 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Communications and Electronics Maintenance Officer at multiple Air Force facilities in the United States and Panama. After separating from the Air Force, he earned his CPA certificate in California and worked in both public and private companies in finance, human resources and corporate administration and as a small business financial consultant working with small businesses on a variety of financial matters. Currently semi-retired while continuing to work as the Chief Financial Officer of a San Francisco based venture capital firm.

Doug Johnson

Doug JohnsonDouglas Johnson serves as the Chair for DEN01 and DEN02 for TIGER 21 in Colorado. A former broker and investment advisor, Doug’s experience includes public markets, direct investments, deal structure and socially responsible/impact investments. Doug meets regularly with investors across the spectrum of angels, super angels, family office, venture, corporate/strategic and foundations, advising on strategy, deal structure, syndication and deal flow. He also works with the CEOs of several companies, primarily startups, on funding strategies. In addition, Doug is very active in the community, having served as the first Director for UniverCity Connections, a unique public-private partnership between Colorado State University and City of Fort Collins as well as president of the school district foundation, board member of the economic development corporation and co-chair of the United Way campaign. A graduate of Colorado State University in 1993, Doug makes his home in Fort Collins, CO with his twin sons, Jacob and Dane.

Greg Mark

Greg Mark grew up on CSU’s campus. His dad was an English professor and his mom a graduate. He spent the better part of his more than a quarter-century in the academy teaching at Rutgers. He left Rutgers to be the dean of DePaul’s law school, where he now teaches.  He is a specialist in legal history, especially the legal history of the American economy and the business corporation.  He teaches contracts, corporate law, corporate finance, and legal and constitutional history. Before becoming a professor, Greg was a prosecutor in the Office of Independent Counsel dealing with Iran/contra and began his legal career as a law clerk to The Hon. Bruce Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. His graduate training was in history at Harvard and in law at the University of Chicago, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

Tom McQueen

Thomas McQueen earned a BA in Political Science from CSU (1971) and his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law (1974). He became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, later serving as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Litigation Division. In 1980, he served as Associate Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee investigating Billy Carter's ties to Libya. For 28 years he was a partner in two of Chicago's largest law firms handling complex civil litigation, internal corporate investigations and white collar criminal matters throughout the country. He became a sole practitioner in 2007 concentrating in federal criminal practice. For 14 years, he taught Criminal Trial Practice at Northwestern University. A past president of the Federal Bar Association in Chicago, he served as Chair of Criminal Law and Procedure and Secretary of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. During his career, he was appointed to represent more than 50 indigent clients by U.S. District Courts and the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Louann Reid

Louann Reid is Professor and Chair of the Department of English. She came to CSU in 1993 as an assistant professor of English Education, after a 19-year career in public education.  She holds degrees from Linfield College, Washington State University, and New York University (PhD). A specialist in literature and writing pedagogy, current interests include graphic narratives, visual learning, and literacy teacher education. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited eight innovative textbooks, four books, and numerous articles and chapters, primarily on censorship, classroom practices, graphic narratives, and teacher education.  She served as the editor of the premier national journal for secondary school English teachers and was elected as the chair of two national leadership groups in English and literacy education. She has been an invited speaker at international conferences in Australia, New Zealand, and Germany as well as numerous conferences in the U.S. She has received two national awards for leadership and, at CSU, awards for advising and advancement. As department chair, she has overseen significant faculty hiring, curricular change, a 12-month building revitalization, increases in donor giving, and the development of strategic goals for 2020.

Paul Schnaitter

Paul SchnaitterPaul received his bachelor's degree from CSU in philosophy in 2004. He is a Broker Associate/Partner at The Group, Inc. Real Estate in Northern Colorado since 2011. Previous to that he worked on various political campaigns that took him and his wife, Annah, to Denver, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Boulder. He has served on the Fort Collins Housing Authority Board, the alumni Board for President's Leadership Program at Colorado State University, the Larimer County United Way Grant Reinvestment Committee, The Group Gives Board and has been an active volunteer and supporter of Respite Care in Fort Collins. Paul, Annah and their young children, Mills and Emmy, live in Fort Collins where Annah is a Licensed Professional Counselor. The Schnaitters are active members of United Way's Alexis de Toqueville Society and the Bohemian Foundation's Give 10 initiative supporting the aforementioned organizations along with CASA, ChildSafe, Matthews House, Project Self Sufficiency, WomenGive, Colorado Youth Outdoors among others. 

Kellie Sponberg (Co-Chair)

Kellie SponbergKellie Sponberg received her Bachelor’s degree from CSU in Technical Journalism in 1992. She has owned retail stores in Estes Park, Vail and Fort Collins and was active on the Poudre School District Literacy Council, Children’s Theater Board and several academic advisory boards while her children were young. Kellie also served as a domestic abuse counselor with Crossroads Safehouse and an in-classroom instructor with TEAM Fort Collins. Currently she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the 8th Judicial District, working with children in the court system in Larimer and Jackson Counties, and is a past CASA board member. She also works as a trust administrator for a local bank and serves on the steering committee of WISH, a fundraising arm of UCHealth. Kellie is certified as an ESL instructor and has traveled extensively. She is involved in a wide range of activities with CSU, and is a member of the Great Conversations steering committee. Kellie and her husband, Steve, have four adult children and live in Windsor, Colorado.

Jim Vidakovich

Jim Vidakovich runs his own media consulting business in Los Angeles, California. Combining his media sensibilities with a keen business expertise, he has earned the reputation as a top media strategist and business solutions specialist. His client list includes such high profile media companies as NBCU where his roster of internal clients include: NBCU Network & Cable Television Entertainment; NBCU News (TODAY SHOW- MSNBC); BRAVO; USA Network; Syfy; OXYGEN; Telemundo; and FANDANGO.  He has also worked with AMC Networks; A&E; ABC; ABC FAMILY; BBC; CBS; DISCOVERY;  Disney Kids; FOX Movie/Television; History Channel; Hollywood Records; Lifetime Television; NETFLIX; OWN; SHOWTIME; STARZ; SONY TV/Movies; TNT/TBS;  in addition to many Fortune 100 Companies. Globally, he has worked with such prestigious companies as Schlumberger (Worldwide) and GenRe (Worldwide). Other clients throughout Europe include: MCE (Management Center Europe), located in Brussels, Belgium; International Management Institute (IMI), Dublin, Ireland and Management Center Turkey (MCT), Istanbul, Turkey. Jim is a former award winning television news reporter. One of his career “highs” was the eleven years he spent working with Sesame Workshop, (Formerly: Children’s Television Workshop-CTW) most noted for Emmy award winning Sesame Street. He holds a Master’s Degree from Colorado State University in Communications, and lives in Sherman Oaks, CA.