Health and Exercise Science new staff, retirement, and in memoriam

Welcome new staff

Laurie BielaLaurie Biela received a B.A. with a double major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and also one in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. In 2010 she was hired by HES as Professional Research Associate II, where she worked with Drs. Miller and Hamilton and provided departmental services such as training, safety and security oversight, and maintenance of Human Performance Clinical Research Lab equipment. Over the last three years Laurie has transitioned into a full-time position as Manager of Research Operations, which includes helping to ensure protection for research volunteers, quality control for clinical studies, providing consistent lab training, overseeing safety/security of the lab, maintaining shared equipment and managing overall research operations.

Frances MaizlandFrances Maizland joined our department with over 10 years of CSU experience and more than 20 years of financial experience in the banking industry. She was promoted to the HES Office Manager/Business Office Assistant Financial Officer/ Graduate School Coordinator in 2016. Frances coordinates the CSU Homecoming 5k and helps with students throughout the year. She moved here from Southern California in 2006 with her family.  Besides being fully committed to her job, she enjoys being a dance mom to her son, who is an accomplished dancer. Frances also enjoys dancing herself. She is known for her hip hop dancing.

Mark BarryMark Barry joined our department this past January as one of our new Academic Success Coordinators. Prior to joining us, Mark worked in CSUs Division of Continuing Education.  Previous to his arrival at CSU he worked at Front Range Community College in the Department of Financial Aid. Mark earned his BS from the State University of New York – Fredonia and is currently working on his M.S. here at CSU. “I moved to the great state of Colorado from New York in 2006, and enjoy all that Fort Collins has to offer, great hiking, great running, and great breweries.”

Diana KircherDiana Kircher, originally from Lake Wilson, Minnesota, has a B.S. from South Dakota State University in Sociology and her M.Ed. is in Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis in College Student Personnel Services from North Dakota State University.  Diana also worked in Admissions at Eastern Wyoming College and the University of Northern Colorado as an Admission Counselor. In addition, she was the Assistant Director of Career Services at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she assisted students with the job search process and major exploration.  Beyond her work as an Academic Success Coordinator, Diana enjoys spending time with her husband, Kregg and taking walks with her two Border Collie dogs – Steely and Hershey.  Her hobbies include:  hiking and kayaking, planting flowers and following college football!

Karri SmithKarri Smith brings nine years of professional experience as the Health & Fitness Director in the Denver, San Francisco and Seattle YMCA Associations to HES. Prior to that, she was the Professional Director with Campus Recreation at CSU for seven years, where part of her work included mentoring HES practicum students. Karri has a BS in Recreation from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.S. from our department. Karri is excited to be a part of the HES Academic Success Coordinator team and working with students again. She looks forward to sharing professional knowledge and experiences, helping undergraduates navigate through our curriculum and sharing her passion for this career field.”


Robin NoehlRobin Noehl retired from our department in May 2016 after serving the University for 25 years. Many of you will recall that she was a master at juggling numerous balls that kept our office running smoothly. Robin was never too busy to help a student. We miss Robin very much but are content knowing that her retirement plans include a great deal of camping and much-deserved time with her grandchildren.

 In Memoriam

Cecilia MartinWe are saddened to share that Dr. Cecilia Martin, 82, died peacefully after a short illness in Greeley on December 5, 2016. As a friend, colleague, and teacher, Martin is remembered as a person of genuine warmth and caring, touching the lives of those who knew and worked with her. Her compassion for students was unparalleled as she was committed to making a difference in others’ lives.

Beginning her career in Texas, she became a leader in the field of physical education. As the Fort Worth public school system Director of Health and Physical Education, Martin pioneered the implementation of elementary physical education curricula taught by certified teachers in 133 schools. Throughout her life she was an ardent supporter and advocate for girl’s and women’s athletic programs. After completing her doctorate in educational administration at the University of Northern Colorado in 1974, she took a position at Colorado State University in the Department of Physical Education.

As a faculty member and the department head until her retirement, she was instrumental in a variety of department transitions. Through diligence, commitment, and good humor, Martin gained respect campus-wide among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Retirement in 1996 brought time with friends (many she considered her family of choice) and her beloved dogs. She traveled and gave service to others. As a 15-year volunteer, she provided support to patients, their families, and nurses at Greeley hospital and surgery centers. Her ashes were placed next to her parents in Fort Worth, Texas.