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Talent Development
General Services Building, Suite 321
Fort Collins, CO 80523-6006

Email: | Phone: (970) 491-1376

Our training room is the University House on Remington St., 1504 Remington

Meet Our Staff

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Marsha Benedetti


Phone: (970) 491-1376

Marsha Benedetti is the Director for Talent 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 CSU’s Talent Development.

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Dr. Therese Lask

Talent Development Specialist

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.

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Diane Fromme

Learning Management System Coordinator

Phone: (970) 491-7259

Diane Fromme, the team’s LMS Coordinator, fields course management concerns for CSU faculty and staff who are using the employees’ LMS. Diane brings 17 years of corporate and educational professional development experience to the CSU Talent Development department. Since 2014, she has specialized in helping educational organizations transition to eLearning on LMS’s. Diane has a B.A. in Communication from Stanford University, is Litmos-certified in LMS administration, and is pursuing additional certifications in broader areas such as diversity and grief counseling. She has also published numerous educational articles and a guidebook—Stepparenting the Grieving Child—which is a resource to assist parents and helping professionals when a child has lost a parent.

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Dr. Michele Newhard

Talent Development Specialist

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.

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Bob Chaffee

Building Proctor and Preparedness Training Specialist

Phone: (970) 491-3857

Bob Chaffee is a Fort Collins native and graduate of CSU (Adult Education, ’95). Starting in Law enforcement in 1975, he retired from Colorado State University Police Department as a Captain in 2005 and has returned to coordinate preparedness training here at CSU and reaches out to colleges in Northern Colorado in this effort. With Talent Development since 2006, Bob feels privileged to work with a campus-wide team of instructors to introduce building proctors to their responsibilities and help all staff in our community be ready for emergencies in an ever-changing environment. The team’s training model is, “Make people aware, not scared.”

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Nakia Lilly

Office Coordinator

Phone: (970) 491-1376

Nakia Lilly is the Office Coordinator for Talent Development. She is the point of contact for the office and is available to assist with registration for class offerings and to answer questions about programs. Nakia is a Colorado Native and has worked at Colorado State University since 2000. Her personal passions include gardening, cooking and food preservation.