May 31, 2020

Meet Our Team

The Student Disability Center team is made up of both full-time and part-time professional and student staff members. Our team is comprised of our director, assistant directors, accommodation specialists, coordinators, American Sign Language interpreted, transcribers, student staff, and academic coaches.

Core Staff

Justin Dove

Justin Dove Headshot

Pronouns: he/him/his

Justin became director of the SDC in December 2020, leaving his home state of Missouri for CSU. He has his master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Missouri State University. He began his professional career in the Disability Center at the University of Missouri as an exams coordinator and access advisor. After five years, he became director of the Disability Resource Center at his alma mater. Justin has been a competitive bowler for most of his life. He loves game shows, enjoys cooking, working out, and taking random road trips in his jeep.

Claire Callaway

Administrative Assistant
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Claire was born and raised in Illinois but moved to Fort Collins in 2015 to pursue an undergraduate degree at CSU. In 2019, Claire graduated with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts with minors in History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies. After completing her studies, Claire started working for the SDC in 2020 as a course transcriber. Outside of work, Claire enjoys working out, traveling, cooking plant-based meals, reading, and hiking around in the foothills.

Amanda WimmerAmanda Wimmer headshot

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amanda has been working at the SDC professionally since 2014. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado. Amanda proudly earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at CSU. While she did her undergrad, she worked at the SDC as a student staff as well as utilizing accommodations from the SDC. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys stand up paddle boarding, playing with her dog Rex, traveling, going to CSU sports events (GO RAMS!), and spending time with her friends and family.

Joe Tiner

Joe Tiner Headshot

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: he/him/his

Joe is a first-generation college graduate. He earned both his undergraduate degree in journalism and media communications and his master’s degree in education and Human resource studies from CSU. He has held a few different roles at CSU including positions at the Assistive Technology Resource Center, Office of Support and Safety Assessment, and with the Student Success Initiatives, During his time as a student Joe worked at the SDC and utilized accommodations. He is originally from Arvada, Colorado. Outside of work Joe enjoys going to concerts, baking, and photography.

Mel LaffertyMel Lafferty headshot

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Born and raised in North Dakota, Mel enjoys skiing, traveling, cooking, practicing mindfulness, and spending time with her dog Timber. Mel is a doctoral student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership program at the University of Northern Colorado, with a master’s in clinical psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She has a background in mental health counseling, academic advising, tutoring, and disability services.

Nicholas Johnson

Temporary Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: he/him/his

Alisha ZmudaAlisha Zmuda headshot

Coordinator of Alternative Testing Accommodations
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Alisha started working at the SDC in 2015 as a course transcriber and was hired into her current role as coordinator of alternative testing accommodations in 2017. Originally from Colorado Springs, Alisha come to Fort Collins for college and received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art with a concentration in drawing from CSU in 2012. Outside of work Alisha enjoys fishing, hiking, reading, creating art.

Nico GowdyNico Gowdy headshot

Coordinator of Accessible Text Accommodations
Pronouns: he/him/his

Nico has been working at the SDC professionally since 2014. Before getting hired on as a professional staff he worked in the office as a student staff. Nico is from Canon City, Colorado but was born and raised in Germany. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from CSU and is currently working on his master’s degree in business administration. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family, working out, reading, and listening to music.

Dede KliewerDede Kliewer headshot

Coordinator of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Accommodations
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dede has been working at the SDC for over 25 years as both a sign language interpreter and as the coordinator of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Accommodations. She is originally from Crete, Nebraska. Outside of work she enjoys crafting, reading, and playing with her cats.

Gina BurdGina Burd Kliewer

Staff Interpreter
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Gina has been working as a sign language interpreter at the SDC for over 30 years.  She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Outside of work she enjoys listening to music, cooking, and spending time with her granddaughter.

Sign Language Interpreters

Our American Sign Language Interpreters provide essential communication facilitation for our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. We are so grateful for their work.

  • Gina Burd
  • McKenna Bridges
  • John Fast
  • Bridget Flood
  • Sara McHattie
  • Grey Michels
  • Kylie Mosell
  • MJ Tom
  • Renee Wilson

Course Transcribers

Our course transcribers assist in providing access to our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students by creating transcripts and notes to information presented in the classroom.

  • Alexa Tina
  • Amanda Haigh
  • Brian Sanz
  • Briana Keller
  • Christy Tappy
  • Heather Hallberg
  • Juliana Norton
  • Jill Mott
  • Justin Solum
  • Karen Cardon
  • Millie Mitchell
  • Natalie Giza
  • Vanessa Gordillo

Student Staff

We are proud to employ over 25 work-study and hourly student staff in the Student Disability SDC. Our student staff help work our front desk, proctor accommodated exams, create accessible documents, and overall support our office in various ways.

  • Austin Clapp
  • Brandon Cook
  • Caroline Webb
  • Cindy Vo
  • Edith Steffenhagen
  • Grace Hathway
  • Joselyn Cerrillo
  • Julianna Diaz
  • Kailani Moore
  • Lizzie Reifsteck
  • Makenna Gallucci-Schubert
  • Mariana Martin-Mendoza
  • Max Black
  • Michael Salz
  • Michaela McNabb
  • Nico Olivo
  • Nina Achoy
  • Pawel Turek
  • Riley Budzien
  • Rivers Clark
  • Valeria Perez
  • Victoria Katsuba
  • Yamilex Romero

Other Staff

Our office occasionally employs other staff to assist with providing accommodations and services.

Caroline Webb

Alternative Testing Center Assistant
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Emily Lee

Alternative Testing Center Proctor
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Madi Steine

Accessible Text Assistant
Pronouns: she/her/hers