Faculty and Staff

Research Associates, Research Scientists and Administrative Professionals

Name/Title Office/Phone/Email
Cris Benz
Research Associate

Cris grew up in Troy, Michigan. She moved to Colorado in 2003 to pursue a Masters in Nutrition at CSU. She received a B.A. in Journalism/Communications from University of Wisconsin and a M.S. in Nutrition from CSU. Cris became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2006. She has worked for Cigna Healthcare, Kronos Optimal Health Company and Golin Harris International. Cris joined our department in February of 2015.

(970) 491-2641
Cris Benz
Amanda Boostrom, RDN, CLEC
Research Associate II- Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center & EFNEP

Amanda was born and raised in Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. She went to the University of Maryland for her B.S. in Dietetics and Virginia Tech for her dietetic internship. Amanda has lived in California and Pennsylvania before moving to Fort Collins in the summer of 2014 where she worked for WIC and then as a supermarket Retail Dietitian. In addition to working for KRNC and EFNEP in the department, Amanda is pursuing her M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition here at CSU. Her husband, Brendan, also works at CSU as a veterinary oncology resident. Amanda has been with our department since August 2014.

(970) 491-8615
Amanda Boostrom
Laura Bauer, Ph.D., R.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Instruction and Extension Outreach

(970) 491-6809
Laura Bauer
Jeffrey R. Callaway
Director of Industry Outreach for Fermentation Science and Technology degree program

Jeff has lived all over the country but has chosen to set down roots in Fort Collins; where he completed his graduate work developing a rapid detection test for Listeria monocytogenes. Rather than focusing on the “bad bugs,” Jeff decided to follow his passion for the good organisms that ferment food and beer. Before getting involved with the FST program, he oversaw the startup of the biotech company MSBiotec, including the production facility and laboratory. He is presently involved in the “startup” of the FST program where his overarching goal is to help bridge the gap between academia and industry. When not working on that, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids as well cycling, climbing, and a host of other outdoor activities. Jeff has been with our department since 2013.

(970) 491-1945
Jeffrey Callaway
Jessica Clifford
Research Associate

Jessica was born and raised in Wisconsin. She moved to Colorado in 2009 to pursue a graduate degree. She has a B.S. in Economics and German and obtained her M.A. in German Language/Culture in 2007 with a M.S. in Human Nutrition in 2013. Before joining our department as a Research Associate, she was a Research Manager for an international market research firm in Chicago, IL. Jessica has been with our department since 2013.

(970) 491-2404
Jessica Clifford
Katie Fromuth
Fermentation Science and Technology Lab Manager

Katie grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and although the rolling hills of Amish country were nice, the Rocky Mountains had a stronger pull. She transferred to Colorado State University in 2008 and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Health in 2011. After a spring of working in the EH field while volunteering at Fort Collins Brewery, I decided to change course and pursue a position in the brewing industry. In the summer of 2012 I started employment at Oskar Blues Brewery as a lab technician and shortly moved into the manager position which I held until February of 2016. I am also a member of the Master Brewers Association of America Board for the Rocky Mountain District 2014 to present, where the goal is to provide local educational opportunities for the brewing industry.

(970) 491-1945
Katie Fromuth
Ruth Inglis-Widrick
Research Associate II

Ruth was born in rural Indiana and grew up in Indiana, East Chicago, IL and Ellington, CT. She has lived in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Virginia. She and her husband moved to Fort Collins in 1989. Ruth has a B.S. in Dietetics from CSU and M.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition. She was licensed as a Registered Dietitian (RD) through CSU’s internship program in 2006. Ruth has been with our department since 1999.

(970) 491-2921
Ruth Inglis
Morgan McCloskey
Research Associate

Morgan grew up in Arvada, Colorado. She went to the University of Puget Sound for her B.S. in Molecular Cellular Biology and International Political Economy. Morgan worked at a non-profit health advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. for a year before attending the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she obtained a MSPH in Human Nutrition. Morgan joined our department in January 2016.

(970) 491-2641
Morgan McCloskey
Kathryn McGirr M.S., R.D.
Research Associate III, EFNEP

Katie was born and raised in Loveland, CO. She has a B.A. in Kinesiology and a M.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition from CSU. Her husband also works for CSU as a Manager in Housing and Dining. She and Joe have one son, Wyatt. Katie has been with our department since 2006.

(970) 491-3642
Kathryn McGirr
Brigid McDonnell
Research Associate II

Brigid was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado in 2000. She has a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University in PA and a Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Denver. She has spent the majority of her career working as a nutritionist in community health. She joined CSU Extension as a Nutrition Educator for the EFNEP program as well as a CSU Extension Agent. In June of 2015, Brigid joined our department continuing her work with EFNEP as a Research Associate and Project Manager for RNECE-West. She has been with CSU since 2003.

(970) 491-6581
Brigid McDonnell
Michelle Milholland
Online Instructor

Michelle was born and raised in Wisconsin, and received both her B.S. in Dietetics and her Registered Dietitian credential from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She moved to Colorado in 2007 to pursue her M.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition at CSU. As an RD she has worked in a variety of clinical, community, and education settings. Michelle has been in her current role with the department since 2016.

Michelle Milholland
Melissa Pflugh Prescott, PhD, RDN
Postdoctoral Fellow

Melissa grew up in Florida. She received a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to complete her dietetic internship and M.S. in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. Melissa’s professional experiences include working as a clinical dietitian, school-based nutritionist, and program manager for a school-based obesity prevention program. Melissa completed her PhD in Public Health at NYU and moved to Fort Collins to begin her postdoctoral work. Melissa has been with our department since 2015.

(970) 491-5383
Melissa Pflugh Prescott
Josh Olson
Restaurant Operations Instructor

Josh grew up in Longmont, Colorado before attending Colorado State University in 2002 where he earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts/Political Science in 2006. He is currently in the final phases of his Masters in Adult Education and Training at Colorado State University. He accepted the position of restaurant operations instructor at the Aspen Grille in September of 2014. Josh has worked nearly every position in the restaurant industry including 5 years of front of house management at the Stonehouse Grille in Fort Collins.

(970) 491-7006
josh olson
Elisa Shackelton
Research Associate I

Elisa was born in Hollywood, CA and grew up in Manitou Springs, CO. She received her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition, Vocational Home Economics Education from CSU. She graduated with a M.S. in Agriculture with a Workplace Mediation Certificate. Before joining us at CSU, Elisa worked at K-State as an Agronomy Research Scientist and Extension Director. She loves sharing CSU’s incredible resources with the people of Colorado. Elisa has been with CSU since 2000.

(970) 491-7334
Elisa Shackelton
Stephanie Smith
Research Associate IV
(970) 491-2493
Stephanie Smith
Dong Wang
Research Associate III

Dong has been with our department since 2003.

225 Gifford
(970) 491-6815
Dong Wang
Dwayne Watson
Office Manager

Dwayne was born and raised in North Carolina. He graduated with a B.S. in Agronomy and joined North Carolina State University’s EFNEP program in 2001, after which he joined CSU’s EFNEP program. Dwayne has been in our department since 2011.

102 Gifford
(970) 491-2555
Dwayne Watson
Yuren (Rosie) Wei
Sr Research Associate

Rosie has been with our department since 2003.

(970) 491-6815
Yuren (Rosie) Wei
Debby Weitzel

Debbie was born in Oak Park, IL and moved to Colorado in 1955. She graduated from CSU with a degree in Technical Journalism and a Masters in Technical Communications. She has worked for CSU Creative Services and FSHN Extension/EFNEP. Debbie has been with CSU 34 years.

(970) 491-5922
Kimberly Cox-York, Ph.D.
Research Scholar I

Kim was born and raised in Colorado. She received a B.S. from Fort Lewis, Durango, her M.S. from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her Ph.D. in Nutrition from CSU. Her Post-Doc work is with UC AMC. Previously, she worked for University of Hawaii, New Jersey Biotech start-up and Merk & Co., Inc. Kim has been with CSU since 2011.

Gifford 205A
(970) 491-7148
Kimberly Cox-York
John William Wilson, M.S.
Research Associate III
IT Manager

John was born in Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Nutrition, in Ohio and a M.S. at the University of Incarnate Word, Texas. He served in Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research after graduate school. After the Peace Corps John worked for the USDA as a Nutritionist working on large-scale food consumption surveys in Washington DC. He moved to Colorado to work as a Research Associate in the FSHN department as an IT Manager and Instructor. John has been with CSU since 2000.

Gifford 234E
(970) 491-5551
John William Wilson