OVPR Office Staff

Linda Foster, Executive Assistant to the VP for Research

Phone: (970) 492-4038

Linda serves as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research.  She has been a member of the OVPR leadership team since 2008 providing support to internal and external constituents of the research community.

Patsy Harlan, Executive Assistant

Phone: (970) 491-7194

Patsy Harlan serves as an Executive Assistant for the Office of the Vice President for Research.  She provides support to the Associate Vice President for Research, the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and others.

Anthony Appleton, Research Safety at CSU

Anthony Appleton, Research Safety Culture Coordinator

Phone: (970) 491-2015

Appleton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and marine science from the University of Miami and received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. He continued his studies as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science at Stanford within the Chemical Engineering Department. Appleton serves as a liaison between researchers and the various safety and compliance units on campus to help identify and manage biological, chemical and radiological hazards, thereby reducing the risk of harm to the campus community and the environment.

Scot Alan

Scot T. Allen, Secure and Global Research

Phone: (970) 491-1563

Scot leads CSU efforts in compliance with ITAR and other federal laws and regulations around export control.  The Secure and Global Research group provides education to CSU faculty and staff, reviews sponsored research projects, creates technology management plans, seeks federal licenses when necessary, reviews contracts and agreements, offers travel advice, supports international shipments, reviews international scholar visas, and conducts restricted party screening.  Scot also serves as the Facility Security Officer.  His group works with faculty and staff to develop international research opportunities.

Ann Marie

Ann Marie Bliley-Ester, Director of Development Research & Interdisciplinary Programs

Phone: (970) 491-7694

Ann Marie leads the Research & Interdisciplinary Programs fundraising team. She has 11 years’ experience, seven years at CSU. She has worked with corporate and foundation partners throughout her career. Professional accomplishments include the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification and the Institute for Leaders in Development program at the University of Denver. She holds a B.A. in English from The College of Wooster and is earning an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from CSU-Global.

Joe Frye, OVPR

Joe Frye, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (970) 491-7194

Joe provides administrative and technical support for the Office of the Vice President for Research, ensuring maintenance of office systems and supporting the function of emerging projects on behalf of OVPR staff.

Lauren Klamm

Lauren Klamm, Director of Communications and Events

Phone: (970) 491-6535

Lauren serves as the Director of Communications and Events leading her team to plan and implement multi-media communications for the Office of the Vice President for Research. She also oversees research related events, the CSU Virtual Reality Initiative, and coordinates the VPR Graduate Student Fellowship Program.

Doug Leavell

Doug Leavell, Director of Research Analytics

Phone: (970) 491-2364

Doug is a Certified Public Accountant, holds an M.B.A. in Finance/Economics, Green Belt in Six Sigma practices and has been involved in research administration at major research institutions for over 19 years. He has implemented ERP accounting systems, negotiated facilities and administrative, fringe benefit and specialized service facility rates. Doug’s 17 years industry experience includes extensive involvement in process improvement, cost and financial accounting in high technology manufacturing environments. He also spent over eight years as an adjunct faculty member teaching a variety of accounting courses.

Emma Mannino

Emma Mannino, Web Content Specialist

Phone: (970) 491-2757

Emma provides web support for all departments of the Office of the Vice President of Research and serves to update and maintain all OVPR websites.  She ensures web accessibility, generates content, produces images, and ensures that search engine optimization best practices are followed.

Patti Nash

Patti Nash, Events Specialist 

Phone: (970) 491-3701

Patti is responsible for externally-focused event planning structure, process and implementation.

Emily Walton, OVPR

Emily Walton, Accounting Administrative Support

Phone: (970) 491-7194

Emily provides accounting support for the Office of the Vice President for Research. She assists with financial transactions, reporting and audit review of various accounts.

Marty Welsh

Marty Welsch, Human Resources Director

Phone: (970) 491-4036
Email: Marty.Welsch@colostate.edu

Marty serves as the HR Director in the OVPR leading the division and campus partners in the essential HR processes related to position development, recruitment, hiring, employee relations, HR system analysis/troubleshooting, and all other responsibilities related to hiring and job needs. Partnering closely with CSU’s central HR administration as well as other college HR administrators on campus, Marty works to connect current and prospective employees to all HR resources available.  A long-time citizen of the CSU community, Marty works to promote integrity, inclusion, service, respect and social justice to the CSU community! 

Lauren Cosper

Lauren Cosper, Social and Digital Media Intern


Lauren is a undergraduate student studying marketing and supply chain management at Colorado State University. She manages social and digital media platforms and assists with research-related marketing, communications, and events for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Ty Betts

Ty Betts, Video Production​ Intern


Ty is an undergraduate student studying natural resources and scientific communication at Colorado State University. He films and edits videos that offer a glimpse into the vast amount of research being conducted at the university. Ty also creates videos to promote research safety across campus.