OVPR Communications Team

Office of Research Communications
601 South Howes Street
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Gary polakovic

Gary Polakovic, Communications Director

Gary is responsible for overseeing internal and external communications and outreach for CSU’s $400 million research enterprise. He provides strategic direction and coordination of communications staff throughout the Office of the Vice President for Research. He also works cooperatively with communications professionals across campus, aligning the priorities of CSU research leadership with the university’s overall goals as outlined in President Joyce McConnell’s Courageous Strategic Transformation effort.

Patti Nash

Patti Nash, Events Specialist

Patti Nash is an Events Specialist for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University.  Patti earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from CSU.

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Emma Mannino

Emma Mannino, Web Designer / Developer

Emma Mannino provides web support for all departments of the Office of the Vice President of Research. She ensures web accessibility, provides technical support, and ensures that web best practices are followed.  Emma is the contact for all OVPR website feedback and requests.

Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  She also holds her Master’s in Public Health, Health Communication from Colorado State University.

Jessica Piper

Jessica Piper, Events & Communications Specialist

Piper is an Event and Communication specialist for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Piper earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eckerd College. She Also holds her Master’s in Education with concentration of Leadership and Management in Higher Education.

Lea Wolff

Lea Wolff, Digital Media Intern

Lea Wolff is the Digital Media Intern for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Lea helps manage CSU Research social media platforms, writes CSU Source articles, helps support events and creates graphics for the VPR department.

Lea is from Littleton, Colorado. She is a sophomore studying Journalism and Media Communication and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.