Liberal Arts Development Council


The Liberal Arts Development Council was established in 2008 assist the College in reaching its long-term development goals. LADC members serve as advocates for the College of Liberal Arts by providing feedback on campaign and College initiatives, engaging alumni and friends of the Liberal Arts, and supporting campaign goals through personal contributions and cultivating gifts.

Members of the LADC serve for three years at a time and can serve a total of two terms. The group meets a minimum of three times a year to discuss campaign commitment, review policies and outreach of the College, and address how best to advocate for the College of Liberal Arts.


Campaign Leadership

A Liberal Arts Development Council (LADC) was created in 2008 to support the College in realizing its long-term development goals. The group meets several times a year.

Volunteer Responsibilities / Commitment

  • Make a pacesetting campaign gift commitment that will show leadership as well as an annual gift to the College. Challenge others to make stretch gifts.
  • Participate in cultivating and soliciting other leadership and major campaign gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations by attending meetings with College personnel.
  • There will be a minimum of three meetings per year (spring, fall and winter). Of the three annual meetings, members are required to attend a minimum of one in person. If unable to attend the others in person, it is strongly encouraged to attend by video conference (skype or other means possible).
  • Serve on the committee for three years. Members may serve one additional term.
  • Participate in the selection of the annual Advancement Award winner (typically reviewed at the winter meeting).
  • Review and give feedback on all campaign materials and policies as well as other outreach and marketing efforts of the College.
  • Attend College and University campaign events when possible.
  • Advocate for the College of Liberal Arts.

Should personal circumstances change during a committee member's three year appointment preventing them from fulfilling their volunteer commitment outlined above, there is no obligation to continue serving on the LADC. If such circumstances arise, the Dean and Chair of the Council will find a replacement.


John Blair

John Blair, Jr. is a Colorado native and earned a BA in Social Sciences from Colorado State University in 1974. He studied Trust Administration at the National Graduate Trust School, and graduated with honors in 1983. He has more than 30-years experience in Trust Administration and served as Senior Vice President and Trust Officer of Home State Bank in Loveland, CO. He is deeply invested in the community, and has served in leadership roles for OpenStage Theater & Company, Inc., Pathways Hospice, Respite Care, and the CSU Planned Giving Advisory Council. His wife, Anne, is also a CSU graduate (’76), and studied Housing and Design.

Linda Cates (Co-Chair)

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

College of Liberal Arts Development Board October 1, 2011

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.

Amy Hoeven (Co-Chair)

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.

Marie Livingston


Marie Livingston is Professor Emerita of Economics at University of Northern Colorado. She came to Fort Collins in 1979 to work for the Economic Research Service, U.S.D.A. and was the second female to earn a Ph.D. in Economics at CSU. While at UNC, she served as Director of several interdisciplinary programs including the University Honors Program, International Trade and Relations and UNC’s Life of the Mind Program. With specializations in water resource economics, institutional change and transition economies, she has worked extensively in Central Europe since 1989. She has been a visiting professor at University of Minnesota, University of Frankfurt, and University of Madrid. In 2009 she served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Economics in Prague, and her most recent international experience has been to teach at Foreign Trade University in Vietnam. At CSU in Fort Collins, she has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level and in 2016, she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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.

Andy Nickel

Andy Nickel graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.  While at CSU, Mr. Nickel participated in the Colorado Legislative Internship program, interning for then Colorado State Senator Doug Lamborn during the 2003 legislative session. After graduating, Mr. Nickel consulted on numerous candidate and issue campaigns around the country. Mr. Nickel went on to earn his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 2012. While earning his law degree, Mr. Nickel was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Neil Gorsuch at the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Mr. Nickel currently practices law in Denver, Colorado in the fields of healthcare litigation, medical negligence, and professional liability. He frequently represents hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and other healthcare providers on strategic legal issues regarding complex litigation and regulatory compliance. He and his wife are avid Ram fans and proud supporters of the College of Liberal Arts.

Jamie Orcutt

James (Jamie) Orcutt is a 1999 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science. Jamie is a Vice President and Lead Attorney at CoBank, ACB, in Greenwood Village, Colorado, where he leads a team of attorneys and other legal professionals that documents and collateralizes CoBank’s agribusiness loans across the country. Before moving to CoBank in 2011, Jamie worked at several large law firms in Denver, representing banks, developers, and landlords in commercial real estate transactions. Immediately after graduating from the University of Denver’s law school in 2002, Jamie clerked for United States District Judge Edward Reed in Reno, Nevada, for two years. Jamie is married to Carrie Orcutt, who is also a Colorado State alum. Jamie and Carrie live in Centennial, Colorado, with their two sons, and they stay busy with baseball, basketball, skiing and the other outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. Jamie has a passion for the liberal arts, and he enjoys serving on the LADC as a way to stay connected with CSU and the college.

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.

Kellie Sponberg


Kellie 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.

Marla Trumper

Marla Trumper, a native Northeast Coloradan began her pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. Growing up on a sheep ranch she was pretty comfortable being a Ram but the shine of a diamond moved her heart to earning her degree in Broadcast Journalism at University of South Dakota. Marla began her professional career in the field of television broadcasting chasing news stories as a news reporter, spreading sunshine and storms as a weather reporter and capturing stories of humankind as a feature reporter.   Stimulating as this was she consciously made a decision to find meaningful work that allowed her to better manage young family life. A five year committed move to Syracuse, NY immersed her into the nonprofit sector. There she earned opportunities for growth in management and development skills while learning the most important tool of success in fundraising is building honest relationships and partnering passions for truthful outcomes. Moving back to Fort Collins in 1994, Marla and her husband, Rocci along their two children fast became Ram Life Fans. Marla volunteered extensively in the Fort Collins community while raising their two children. Her volunteering circled her back to the College of Liberal Arts as part of Great Conversations Steering Committee and then the Liberal Arts Development Council. Marla is now enjoying full time employment at Colorado State University as part of the University Advancement team. She is currently director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, working with all colleges and units on campus to provide meaningful donor experiences.

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.