Livestock Innovation Lab Archive: Management

Colorado State University received a five-year Leader-with-Associate Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2010 to manage the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Livestock is administered as a USAID cooperative agreement with Colorado State University (CSU). As the Management Entity, CSU administers sub-agreements to participating U.S. institutions and maintains fiscal responsibility.

Richard Bowen, DVM PhD, Director: Dr. Bowen is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Animal Models Core at the Rocky Mountain Research Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at CSU. Dr. Bowen’s current research interests are focused on viral diseases that affect domestic and wild animals and spillover into human populations such as West Nile Virus, Japanese encephalitis, and avian influenza.
Katie Steneroden, DVM MPH PhD, Deputy Director: Dr. Steneroden is a veterinary epidemiologist and public health practitioner who specializes in teaching and training, animal health surveillance and collaborative research at the human-animal interface. She is an Instructor at Colorado State University, Adjunct Instructor in the Colorado School of Public Health and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University.
Dana Hoag, Ph.D., East Africa Coordinator: Dr. Hoag is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University. He has extensive experience in agricultural economics and policy and also serves as an adviser in those areas.
Diana Fahrenbruck, Administrative Officer: Diana Fahrenbruck is a Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She brings her past experience working in business as a project manager and her most recent experience helping reconstruct records for the equine reproduction laboratory.
Leslie Butler, Financial Officer: Leslie Butler is a part-time Administrative Professional in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She brings seven years’ experience working in Sponsored Programs as an Accounting Tech IV and more recently as a General Professional II in the Department of Health and Exercise Science as the Office Manager/Accountant.


Tom Hopson PhD, Climate Adviser: Dr. Thomas Hopson is a hydrometeorologist who specializes in daily and seasonal flood forecasting. He earned his B.S. in Physics from Rice University in Houston, TX, his M.S. in Civil Engineering, and a PHD in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado University in Boulder, CO. Hopson works at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on a new flood forecasting program that was first introduced in Bangladesh.
Elizabeth Ryan PhD, Special Adviser on Nutrition: Dr. Elizabeth Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Toxicology and Nutrition at Colorado State University and specializes in blending food, environment and global health into toxicology. She Received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in Molecular and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Ryan is currently working on three different research programs being funded by Archer Midland, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and an award from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Health (NCI-NIH).
Sandra Russo PhD, Special Adviser on Gender: Dr. Sandra Russo is the Director of Program Development and Federal Relations in the International Center, and the Associate Director at the Transnational and Global Studies Center at Florida State University. Dr. Russo specializes in gender and water issues, agriculture and the environment. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University, her M.S. in Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University, and her Ph.D. in Agronomy from University of Florida. She is currently writing an ecofeminist textbook that emphasizes service learning and activism.
Sangeeta Rao DVM PhD, Statistics Adviser: Dr. Sangeeta Rao is a biostatistician and epidemiologist for the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State University. She specializes in salmonella, antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Most recently, Dr. Rao has served as an external subject expert at a three week training in Kathmandu, Nepal to build the capacity of field veterinarians in the concepts and application of epidemiology, particularly with respect to disease surveillance and outbreak investigation.

Regional Innovation Consortia Coordinators

Solomon Desta, East Africa Coordinator: Dr. Desta manages MARIL in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Doj Raj Khanal, Nepal Coordinator: Dr. Khanal is a senior scientist at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Communications Team

Nicole Gutierrez, Communications Coordinator: Nicole Gutierrez is a Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She graduated in the summer of 2012 from CSU with a BFA concentrating in Graphic Design, and is interested in both design and illustration. As the communications coordinator, she is the lead of the communications intern team.
Megan Dietz, Technical Writer: Megan is a veterinary student and part-time writer in the College of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She received her B.S. in Public Health focusing on human nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently she is a veterinary student in CSU’s DVM/MPH program with interests in developing sustainable livestock practices that simultaneously promote human, animal, and environmental health.
Thomas O’Malley, Technical Writer: Tom is a part-time writer for the communications team in the College of Bio-medical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Tom graduated in May 2012 and from CSU with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Affairs. Since graduating, Tom has been a part of a Colorado non-profit civic engagement organization as an organizer, and has a continued interest in the environmental non-profit sector.

Advisory Groups

The Livestock-Climate Change CRSP receives guidance from an Advisory Board of international development experts and the USAID Agreement Officer’s Technical Representative (AOTR) and Contract Specialist. The Management Entity receives technical advice from an External Review Panel, USAID in Washington D.C., and the USAID Bilateral Missions. Additional experts are recruited to fill specific advisory roles on an ad hoc basis.

USAID, Washington DC

USAID, Bilateral Missions

Advisory Board

External Review Panel