CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Alan Bruning

​Alan Bruning

Alan Bruning was recently hired as an IT technician for Information Technology Services.  Alan is responsible for all technology help desk customer service functions including campus wide technology service assistance and collaborating, communicating, and working with other IT departments to support campus wide technology implementations, and service requests and questions.  Alan previously worked as the LAN administrator for Integrated Management Resources Group, Inc.  He received his A.A.S. in computer information systems from Pueblo Community College.

Daniella Cauffiel

​Daniella Cauffiel

Daniella Cauffiel joined the PACK permanently this fall as a program assistant in continuing education.  She is responsible for providing project leadership for the comprehensive administration of the University’s extended studies programs.  Specifically, she is designing and creating the Independent Study catalog, coordinating the Senior-to-Sophomore program in 24 high schools across Colorado, and actively recruiting students to enroll in Continuing Education courses.  She has a B.A. in mass communications with an emphasis in electronic media from CSU-Pueblo.

Brian Cavins

​Brian Cavins

Brian Cavins began this fall as a visiting assistant professor in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.  He has a B.S. in education/recreation administration, an M.S. in recreation and leisure services, and an Ed. D. in leadership studies, all from Bowling Green State University.  Brian is owner and principal consultant of Cavins Custom Solutions, LLC, and worked in various roles at Bowling Green State University.  His wife, Tricia, is a high school Spanish teacher and adjunct instructor at BGSU.  Three of their children are competitive swimmers – Emma (14), Bridget (12), and Sean (8) – and one is a competitive gymnast, Chloe (11).

Jishirll Clifton

​Jishirll Clifton

Jishirll Clifton began this year as an admissions counselor and Denver Scholarship Foundation coordinator in Recruitment and First-Year Programs.  She is a CSU-Pueblo mass communications graduate and worked as a student ambassador while she was a student.

Quatisha Franklin

Quatisha Franklin

​Quatisha Franklin joined the PACK this fall as the interim alcohol and other drug (AOD) coordinator.  She is responsible for providing educational programs for the students and community, facilitating presentations about alcohol consumption and helping to implement alcohol and other drug policies.  Additionally, she works as a prevention educator specialist at Crossroads Turning Points, Inc. and is the head girls’ basketball coach at Pueblo Centennial High School.  She has a bachelor’s degree in general exercise science from CSU-Pueblo.

Dr. David A. Free

​Dr. David A. Free

David Free joined the mass communications faculty this fall as a visiting assistant professor.  He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked as a web editor and taught in the School of Journalism.  He also has professional experience as a webmaster and general manager, news/sports director and anchor, news producer, reporter and radio and TV announcer.  David enjoys traveling, specifically by train, relaxing with a good book, listening to great long-form radio stories and programming as found on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Radio, and the Public Radio Exchange.

Nick Horman

​Nick Horman

Nick Horman officially joined the CSU-Pueblo athletic training staff this summer as an assistant athletic trainer.
Horman assisted the Director of Athletic Training, Roger Clark, in athletic training duties in 2011 and 2012, serving the football team as well as providing assistance with the CSU-Pueblo baseball, softball and track and field programs.
He graduated with a master's degree in sports medicine from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Texas State University.

Marissa Munger

​Marissa Munger

Marissa Munger was recently hired as the administrative assistant for the Center for International Programs.  Marissa is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in accounting at CSU-Pueblo and will graduate this December.

Dr. Paul Orscheln

Dr. Paul Orscheln

​Dr. Paul Orscheln was recently named the Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management (VPSSEM) at CSU-Pueblo.  The VPSSEM reports directly to the President and will provide assistance, counsel, and support to the President as a member of the President’s Cabinet and University Leadership Team. The Vice President provides oversight and management of the division of Student Services and Enrollment Management including the development and implementation of enrollment goals in addition to oversight and direction for the offices of admissions and financial aid, first year programs, records, the center for international programs and the English Language Institute. In addition, the VP works collaboratively with and oversees the Dean of Student Life and those offices reporting directly to the Dean of Student Life, including housing and residence life, judicial affairs, recreation center, counseling, student health center, and student activities.

Orscheln has served as associate vice president for enrollment management at Northern Kentucky University since February of 2012.  Prior to that, he served as executive director of enrollment services at Northern Arizona University (NAU), a promotion in duties from his original position at NAU of Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation. At NAU, he enrolled the three largest and most academically qualified freshman classes in the history of the institution.  From 1999-2007, he served in numerous admissions capacities from academic advisor to coordinator of transfer students at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), culminating in his appointment as director of admissions. From 2002 to 2007, UCM experienced a 20 percent increase in enrolled freshmen, eight percent increase in enrolled transfers, and a 38 percent increase in diversity.

Orscheln earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in physical education, exercise and sport science, both from the University of Central Missouri.  He recently completed his doctorate of education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Dr. Claire Ramos

​Dr. Claire Ramos

Claire Ramos joined the PACK this fall as an assistant professor in biology.  She has a B.A. in biology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. in zoology from Washington State University.  She has worked as a visiting research associate at the College of William and Mary and as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound.

Jill Sanchez

​Jill Sanchez

Jill Sanchez joined CSU-Pueblo this fall as the new assistant to the dean in the Hasan School of Business (HSB).  Jill is responsible for providing administrative and office support to the Dean of HSB and to the overall operation of the division by providing record keeping and data base management support, bookkeeping support, document and spreadsheet development, and overall technical and office equipment utilization and support. Sanchez previously served as the community education coordinator for Pueblo Community College.  She received her BSBA in business management from CSU-Pueblo. 

Karl Spiecker

​Karl Spiecker

Karl Spiecker was named the new Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) at Colorado State University-Pueblo in January.
Spiecker previously served as the chief financial officer and director of finance and administration for the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) since 2007. 
With the DOC, he was one of four individuals on the leadership team who reported directly to the executive director of DOC.  He oversaw an operating budget of $741 million and managed 400 full-time employees. His duties included budget preparation and implementation, policy development, controller, contracts, purchasing, warehouse operations, accounts payable and accounts receivable, payroll, risk management, human resources, and public information. 

Jon Ullman

Jon Ullman

​Jon Ullman joined the Continuing Education staff this year as the program manager at Colorado Springs.  He has a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in aerospace science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and an M.S. degree in defense analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Jon was a Project Lead the Way engineering teacher at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs and is a 25-year Air Force Veteran.  He is a retired Air Force Colonel and pilot with more than 5,000 flight hours flown in the MC-130P, HC-130 H/P/N, C-130E/H, Royal Australian Air Force C-130, and Navy TC-12.  His wife, Lacy, is “house commander.”  They have two sons, Tyler (16), who attends Air Academy High School and enjoys baseball, Scouts, and engineering; and Nick (12), who attends Eagleview Middle School and enjoys baseball, cross country, and Scouts.

Koby Wittek

​Koby Wittek

Koby Wittek began this fall as assistant to the athletics director and ticket and facility manager.  He graduated from CSU-Pueblo with a B.S. in business and was recently an agency owner for Farmers Insurance in Pueblo West. 

Dr. Carl N. Wright

Dr. Carl N. Wright

​Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Carl N. Wright, is the chief academic officer for CSU-Pueblo and joined the PACK during the summer.  In this capacity, Provost Wright provides leadership to academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty, students, and staff.  

Most recently Provost Wright served as dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. Before that, he was at Virginia State University holding positions of chairman of the Department of Accounting and Finance as well as vice-president of business and finance. Prior to assuming administrative positions, Dr. Wright has taught business and accounting courses since 1976. He also has served as an accountant and auditor for Arthur Young & Co. and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., as well as owning his own CPA firm from 1980-2010. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia State University, an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and a Ph.D. in business administration from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.

Lily Zhang

Lily Zhang

​Chinese soprano Lily Zhang joined the Colorado State University-Pueblo faculty as visiting guest artist for 2013-2014.  Zhang comes to Pueblo with an extensive international career, including performances at the President of the Czech Republic’s New Year’s Concert in Prague, the Easter Sunrise Service at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Grand Theater and the Great Wall in Beijing, and Lincoln Center in New York.  In 1999, she began studying voice and continues to study with voice master Martile Rowland of Colorado Springs.

Zhang is the first soprano to win the grand title of “Top Ten Singers in China,” an accomplishment she repeated three times.  She has performed numerous operatic roles, most notably, Jiangjie in the Chinese opera ‘Jiangjie’, Violetta in ‘La traviata’, Cio-Cio San in ‘Madame Butterfly’, Zerlina in ‘Don Giovanni’, and Mimi in ‘La bohème.’  Her performances have been broadcast by Chinese television to an audience of more than 1.3 billion.  Prior to coming to CSU-Pueblo, Lily served as the Chair of the Opera and Chorus Department at Sichaun Conservative of Music, China.