Our Team - Current Lab Members

Laboratory Director

Laura Bellows

Laura Bellows

Originally from: West Milford, NJ - Where we have the largest bear population east of the Mississippi

 

Previous Education:
PhD, Colorado State University, Community Nutrition
MPH, University of Michigan, Public Health Nutrition
BS, Miami University, Exercise Science and Health Promotion

 

Interests: Skiing, hiking, travelling and sports (especially Michigan football and basketball)

What drives your work?
The synergy of working in communities, involving students in research, and examining the impact of innovative approaches on improving the health of children and families, drives my commitment and passion for public health and behavioral research.

Little Background:
I moved to Colorado in 2000 after my masters so that I could enjoy all that Colorado offers. I continue to live in Boulder with my husband (Ryan), son (Colin), and Bernese Mountain Dog (Harkin). I’ve been at CSU for 15 years working in a variety of outreach and research positions prior to becoming a faculty member.

Faculty Bio
Research Plan


Staff

Cris Benz

Cris Benz
Project Manager

Originally from: Detroit, MI – Home of Motown, techno, and the only floating post office in the U.S.

Previous Education:
MS, Colorado State University, Food Science & Nutrition,
BA, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Journalism & Communications

Interests: Skiing, tennis, pottery, and trail running

Project: HEROs

How is your experience so far?
Great! I can't think of a better place for anyone looking for great culture, beautiful environment, fantastic people and a hands-on academic experience.


Morgan McCloskey

Morgan McCloskey
Project Coordinator

Originally from: Arvada, CO - once known as the “Celery Capital of the World”

Previous Education:
MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Health - Human Nutrition
BS, University of Puget Sound, Molecular Cellular Biology & International Political Economy

Interests: Travelling, hiking, cooking, tennis

Project: HEROs

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
My favorite things are the breweries, being so close to nature and seeing sunsets over the mountains from my apartment!

Email address: mlm@colostate.edu


Current Students

Sarah Hibbs-Shipp

Sarah Hibbs-Shipp
PhD Student

Originally from: La Junta, CO – Southernmost point of the Santa Fe Trail

Previous Education:
MS, Colorado State University, Food Science & Human Nutrition
BA, Grinnell College, Biology

Interests: Nutrition research, travelling, golf, spending time with family

Project: HEROs - exploring parent health characteristics in relation to home food availability and child weight status.

What are the best things about Fort Collins? The breweries, the public school system, the parks, and the abundant recreation opportunities.

Email address: sarah.hibbs-shipp@colostate.edu


Jimikaye Beck

Jimikaye Beck
PhD Student

Originally from: Tulsa, OK – Hometown of Garth Brooks (who once asked my aunt on a date at OSU!)

Previous Education:
MS, Colorado State University, Health and Exercise Science
BS & BA, Oklahoma State University, Nutritional Sciences & Spanish

Interests: Dancing, yoga/aerial aerobics, cooking, and pinball

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to CSU?
I think it's a great school and I was interested in the research that was happening in both the FSHN and HES departments. After meeting Dr. Bellows and learning more about the HEROs grant, I realized it was a perfect fit for my interests and skills.

Email address: jimikaye.beck@rams.colostate.edu


Mackenzie Ferrante

Mackenzie Ferrante
PhD Student

Originally from: Seattle, WA – Home to all your favorites: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Starbucks, and Kirkland Signature toilet paper.

Previous Education:
MS Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho
BA Economics, University of Washington

Interests: Cooking, cats, yoga, outdoors-y things, & the 49ers.

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to Fort Collins?
Anywhere with mountains, good food, and a beer culture makes me happy. Fort Collins offers all three in addition to an incredible nutrition department doing top-notch research.

Email address: mackenze@rams.colostate.edu


Faire Holliday

Faire Holliday
MPH Student

Originally from: Born in Vermont, but raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon—an area with the highest concentration of bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest.

Previous Education:
BA, University of Oregon, Linguistics

Interests: Swimming, backpacking, reading, writing, and making monsters out of clay.

Project: Pilot Projects

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
I love the contrast between vibrant downtown Fort Collins and the gorgeous, secluded surrounding areas. I’ve also been struck by how friendly and welcoming the people are.

Email address: hollidaf@rams.colostate.edu


Cody Gifford

Cody Gifford
MS Student

Originally from: Lovell, WY – The Rose Town of Wyoming

Previous Education:
BS, Colorado State University, Animal Sciences

Interests: Hiking, fishing, woodwork projects, cooking

Project: Health Communications - developing extension factsheets in meat, poultry and fish for consumer knowledge and awareness

How is your experience at CSU so far?
My experience has been great! All of the graduate students and faculty have been extremely inviting. The faculty really are very willing to help students in all ways possible to help them receive the best experiences and opportunities possible.

Email address: cgiffor3@rams.colostate.edu


Rebecca Robbins

Rebecca Robbins
MS Student

Originally from: Plattsburgh, NY - Tucked between Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains, and Montreal, Canada

Previous Education:
BS, Plattsburgh State University, Nutrition

Interests: Hiking, biking, skiing, yoga, and traveling

Project: TBD

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
After finishing my dietetic internship at Cornell University and becoming a RDN, I was attracted to the wide variety of research taking place within the CSU FSHN department. I also believed the community nutrition program was a perfect fit for me due to the range of classes offered. Living in Fort Collins also drew me to the area, as it is near fabulous recreation and is home to numerous CSAs

Email address: rebecca.v.robbins@gmail.com


Katie Maloney

Katie Maloney
MS Student

Originally from: Durango, CO – Location for the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Previous Education:
BS, Colorado State University, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
MFA Candidate, Montana State University, Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Interests: Climbing, photography, hiking, and skiing

Project: Pilot Studies

What are the best things about Fort Collins? The easy access to the foothills and the variety of opportunities that exists up there from rafting to camping. There are a lot of great cultural opportunities such as the free Thursday night concerts, the bike-in movies, and great food and beer festivals.

Email address: katheryn.maloney@colostate.edu