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.
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.
Although Shade’ was born in Minnesota, she considers herself a global citizen. Shade’ has lived in Kenya for two years before returning to the U.S. to pursue a master’s degree in multicultural college teaching and learning program with a concentration in disability studies through the College of Education and Human Development. Before moving to Colorado in 2018, Shade’ worked as an Accessibility Specialist at Minneapolis College in Minneapolis, MN. Shade’ enjoys working out, is a plant-based, whole foods vegan, loves to travel, and loves African Artwork.
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 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.
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.
Temporary Injury Accommodation Specialist
Mary is a recent graduate of the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) master’s program at CSU and previously received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 2019. While in the SAHE program, she interned at the SDC as a virtual community coordinator. Mary is passionate about creating higher education environments that are accessible for students with disabilities, as well as dismantling ableism overall. Mary loves the outdoors (especially rock climbing!), spending time with friends, talking about mental health, and baking.
Coordinator of Alternative Testing Accommodations
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.
Coordinator of Accessible Text Accommodations
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.
Coordinator of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Accommodations
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 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 services for our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students at CSU. We are so grateful for their work.
- Cathy Bowles
- Gina Burd
- Grey Michels
- John Solis
- Kylie Mosell
- MaryJane Tom
- McKenna Bridges
- Renee Wilson
- Robin Thayer
- Sammie Lindner
- Sara McHattie
- Amanda Haigh
- Brian Keller
- Brian Sanz
- Carolie Ventola
- Chelsea Sawyer
- Christy Tappy
- Cori Mossel
- Delaney Flanagan
- Diane Orr
- Elyse Rowe
- Emily Geeslin
- Haley Munoz
- Heather Hallberg
- Jay Steiner
- Julia Asvig
- Juliana Norton
- Justin Solum
- Martha Mitchell
- Molly Reed
- Teresa Rodriguez
- Vanessa Gordillo
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.
- Kelsie Shettsline
- Valeriea Perez
The SDC is lucky to have an ongoing partnership with the Human Development & Family Studies program that provides continuous opportunities for undergraduate HDFS students to intern with the SDC as Academic Coaches and further develop their skills and leadership in the areas of case management, session notes, maintaining confidentiality, academic coaching and mentoring, and more. In return, the SDC receives quality and dedicated interns who provide academic coaching on college success skills, such as organization, time management, and note-taking, as well as continuous connection and support. Meet our Coaches below!
Head Academic Coach