Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation Announces three hirings, promotion

Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation Announces three hirings, promotion

PUEBLO – The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation has announced the hiring of three new staff and the promotion of a fourth to Chief Operating Officer.

Jennifer Denton, manager of gifts and records since 2009, has been named the Foundation’s Chief Operations Officer (COO). As COO, Denton will oversee all stewardship activities, liaison with the Land Holdings Board of Directors, and manage the operations of the Foundation and its employees. Prior to joining the Foundation she compiled statistical data, analyzed real estate markets and produced print and web materials to promote properties as the  Director of Marketing and Relocation for Team Gary Miller at RE/MAX Pueblo Central.  She also served as a staff consultant for CSC Consulting Group out of Houston, Texas, where she Functioned as a systems and business analyst, first in information management and later in change-enabling communications. Over the past nine years, Denton has been an active member of Junior League of Pueblo and has completed several terms as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Colorado State Fair Ladies. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rice University in Houston. 

Emily King began duties this summer as private scholarships administrator with the Foundation, where she leads the private scholarship awarding process, involving the awarding and monitoring of nearly 200 scholarships to approximately 350 students over the fall and spring semesters. She also will cultivate endowed and term scholarship donors and plan, design, development, and administer strategies to garner additional private scholarship dollars. King earned bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology as well as a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado, Denver. She has more than five years experience in training, teaching, and tutoring in educational and corporate environments and has worked overseas for four years, including two years in non-English speaking countries. Her employment history includes communication analyst, project coordinator for a technology firm, and recruitment manager for the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Lacey Trainor has been hired as a development assistant to provide administrative support and participate in fundraising and operational activities, including donor meetings, events, and direct mail appeals. She is responsible for Foundation correspondence and office and record maintenance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CSU-Fort Collins in 2009 and served as technical support administrator for Legacy Bank in Pueblo for the past six months. 

A third new hire, Susie Pagnotta, began duties in August as the new gifts processing and database administrator. Pagnotta will process all incoming gifts to the University and manage
pledges receivable. She also will manage the daily operation of the alumni and donor database, which tracks contributions, alumni, donor, and prospect information as well as provide end-user training and support. She will be the first point of contact regarding the database and will serve as a liaison to vendors and the University’s technology department in troubleshooting problems. A Pueblo West resident, Pagnotta earned a bachelor’s degree from Adams State College in 1991 and spent 10 years as lead business analyst for the PC/Web team for the Arizona Department of Transportation. She has also served as program and system analysts for businesses in Arizona and Michigan. 

The CSU-Pueblo Foundation was created in 1954 to solicit, receive, invest, and disburse private gifts for Colorado State University-Pueblo and exists solely for the benefit of Colorado State University-Pueblo and its students.   

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.