January 24, 2018

Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff

Brooke Simmons

Administrative Assistant III
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Brooke.Simmons@colostate.edu

Originally from Central Texas, Brooke earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science from Texas State University. In June 2019, Brooke moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Ecological Restoration at CSU and working as a full-time professional staff for the Student Disability Center. Outside of work Brooke enjoys reading, crafting, working out, watching sunrise, and cycling.

Justin Dove

Director
Pronouns: he/him/his
Justin.Dove@colostate.edu

Shade’ Osifuye

Shade' Osifuye

Assistant Director for the Student Disability Center
Pronouns: she/her/hers
shade.osifuye@colostate.edu

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.

Brittany Otter

Assistant Director for Access and Accommodations
Pronouns: she/her/hers
brittany.otter@colostate.edu

Originally from Seattle, WA, Brittany graduated from the CSU Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program in 2014. Before returning to CSU in 2019, Britt worked as Disability Support Coordinator at University of Colorado Boulder and Front Range Community College from 2014-2019. Britt enjoys knitting, watching science fiction and fantasy shows, and hiking. Come check out her Harry Potter-themed office!

Amanda WimmerAmanda Wimmer

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
amanda.wimmer@colostate.edu

Amanda has been working at the SDC professionally since 2014. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado. Amanda proudly earned her Bachelors 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. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys stand up paddle boarding, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, going to CSU sports events (GO RAMS!), and spending time with her friends and family.

Kathleen IvyKathleen Ivy

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
kathleen.ivy@colostate.edu

Kathleen has worked at the SDC since 1994.  She grew up, married, and raised her two daughters in Colorado. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s in education from CSU. When she’s not at work Kathleen enjoys gardening, painting, and playing with her dogs.

Mel Lafferty

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Mel.Lafferty@colostate.edu

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 Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership at UNC, 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.

Joe Tinerjoe tiner

Accommodation Specialist
Pronouns: he/him/his
joe.tiner@colostate.edu

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, He previously spent six years working in the SDC as both an undergraduate/graduate student. He is originally from Arvada, Colorado. Outside of work Joe enjoys going to concerts, baking, and photography.

Alisha ZmudaAlisha Zmuda

Coordinator of Alternative Testing Accommodations
Pronouns: she/her/hers
alisha.zmuda@colostate.edu

Alisha started working at the SDC in 2015 as a course transcriber and was hired into her current role in 2017. She is originally from Colorado Springs. Alisha earned her bachelor’s degree in art from CSU. Outside of work Alisha enjoys enjoying the outdoors, reading, and creating art.

Nico GowdyNico Gowdy

Coordinator of Accessible Text Accommodations
Pronouns: he/him/his
nico.gowdy@colostate.edu

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

Coordinator of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Accommodations
Pronouns: she/her/hers
dede.kliewer@colostate.edu

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

Staff Interpreter
Pronouns: she/her/hers
gina.burd@colostate.edu

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.

Interns

Graduate Students

Devyn Cain

Devyn Cain portrait

Temporary Injury Specialist
Pronouns: he/him/his
devyn.cain@colostate.edu

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Devyn graduated in 2020  from Pace University (NYC) with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and a B.A. in English Language and Linguistics. Devyn is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and working as an Assistant Residence Manager for University Village 1600 & 1700. During his free time Devyn loves cooking, watching tv, hanging out with friends, and driving through the mountains!

Mary McGee

Mary McGee portrait

Virtual Community Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers
mary.mcgee@colostate.edu

Hi! My name is Mary McGee (she/her) and I’m a graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program. I currently serve as the Assistant Residence Director for Edwards Hall. In my free time, I love rock climbing, hiking, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends. I am excited to be working with the SDC this semester to create community for students with disabilities as well as learn more about what working in a student disability center is like. When I graduate in May, I hope to find a job working in a student disability center to live out my values of equity, inclusion, and care.

Katerina Burko

Head Academic Coach
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Occupational Therapy student

Undergraduate Students

The SDC is lucky to have an ongoing partnership with the Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) 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!

Gage Nolan

Academic Coach
Pronouns: he/him/his

Julia Kallis

Academic Coach
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kalif President

Academic Coach
Pronouns: he/him/his

Mercy Robertson

Academic Coach
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Reed Hutchin

Academic Coach
Pronouns: he/him/his

Ronke Adebayo

Academic Coach
Pronouns: she/her/hers