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Contact Our Office

Office of Training & Organizational Development
General Services Building, Suite 321
Fort Collins, CO 80523-6006

Email: CSUTraining@colostate.edu | Phone: (970) 491-1376

Our training room is in Johnson Hall, Room 121A

Meet Our Staff

Marsha Benedetti

Associate Director

Email: Marsha.Benedetti@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-1376

Marsha Benedetti is the Associate Director for Training and Organizational Development. Marsha received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from CSU. She worked in the Lory Student Center for 10 years as Director of Off-Campus Student Services and Resource for Adult Learners. She left campus in 2000 and spent the next part of her professional journey working in the health care industry in the training and organizational development arena. Marsha has designed and facilitated several leadership development programs, developed change management initiatives to assist organizations and individuals through transition in a positive manner, and is passionate about working with leaders and teams to create a more effective and successful work environment. She returned to CSU in 2013 to lead the Office of Training and Organizational Development.

Dr. Therese Lask

Training & Organizational Development Specialist

Email: Therese.Lask@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7805

Dr. Therese Lask is a Training Specialist. Therese has worked in higher education for more than 25 years and as a consultant for the Gallup Organization for four years. As a consultant, Therese has helped organizations infuse a strengths-based philosophy to assist with building teams and helping individuals contribute their best at work. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Colorado State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Therese has published numerous articles, workbooks, and a book, “Your Life as a River,” on the topic of strengths development.

Her areas of expertise include: strengths development, strategic planning, wellbeing, hope, multi-generational workforce, change, professional resilience and career exploration.

Dr. Michele Newhard

Training & Organizational Development Specialist

Email: Michele.Newhard@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3758

Dr. Michele Newhard joined the team as a Training Specialist. She has spent 26 years in higher education and talent development. Michele has a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Workforce Education and Development where she studied organization development and positive change methods. She has published work on appreciative inquiry, succession planning, work family balance, and job burnout. In addition, Michele is an adjunct professor for Penn State’s College of Education and teaches graduate courses for PSU World Campus. She has been a seasonal teambuilding facilitator in outdoor education, and an organization development consultant. She is also a certified life and mentor coach.

Michele’s research and teaching interests include appreciative inquiry, positive psychology and positive emotions, strengths philosophy, systems thinking, social constructionism, intergenerational communication, and coaching.

Bob Chaffee

Building Proctor and Preparedness Training Specialist

Email: Bob.Chaffee@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3857

Bob Chaffee is a Fort Collins native and graduate of CSU (Adult Education). He served for more than 30 years as a reserve officer with Fort Collins Police, before moving to a career at the CSU Police Department, retiring as Patrol Captain in 2005. Bob joined the ranks of Training and Organizational Development as the Preparedness and Building Proctor Training Coordinator. Bob works with a team of professionals from across campus to train and assist proctors and all CSU employees in being prepared for the worst while expecting and delivering the best.