Marsha Benedetti

Director

Email: Marsha.Benedetti@colostate.edu
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.

Dr. Michele Newhard

Talent 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.

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Babette Kraft

Instructional Designer

Email: Babette.Kraft@colostate.edu

Babette Kraft joined the Talent Development team as an Instructional Designer II. Her previous ID roles include working as an Instructional Designer Sr. Specialist at WorldatWork, a nonprofit professional organization for compensation and total rewards; as well as serving as an Instructional Designer for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and managing the online Leadership and Innovation (EdD) and Learning Designs and Technologies (Med) programs at Arizona State University.  Babette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a minor in Japanese from University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree in Organization, Information and Learning Sciences from University of New Mexico. Her poetry has been published in the Crucible, an International Poetry Prize Anthology, and online. She enjoys learning about different languages and cultures and hopes to one day write poetry in her ancestors’ native tongue, Nahuatl.

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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, ’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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Diane Fromme

Learning Management System Coordinator

Email: Diane.Fromme@colostate.edu
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 19 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 Bridge-certified and Litmos-certified in LMS administration, and is pursuing additional certifications in LMS Management, diversity training and grief support. 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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Nakia Lilly

Office Coordinator

Email: Nakia.Lilly@colostate.edu
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.

Amy Fromme

Marketing Intern

Email: afromme@rams.colostate.edu

Amy Fromme is the marketing intern for Talent Development. She works with the LMS Coordinator and the Talent Development Director to perform various design and marketing research tasks for the entire department. She has worked in this capacity since the summer of 2022. Amy is in her fourth year at CSU, studying Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture, and also works in graphic design.