Kellie Alexander is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. Kellie received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2014. Kellie’s thesis focuses on perceptions and manifestations of university-level hazing in student organizations. Kellie is also a research assistant on a project regarding spills related to hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas extraction on an interdisciplinary research project with CSU’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Kellie’s research interests include deviance and green criminology. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a Ph.D in Sociology and intends to have a career in research and teaching Sociology or Criminology. Email:




Shawna Cosby is a graduate research assistant with the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She is also a research assistant for Dr. Mel Moore in the Department of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado. Shawna received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas Tech University in 2002 and her Master’s degree in Clinical Sociology in 2009 from the University of Northern Colorado. Her thesis involved qualitative interviews with adults who had previously emancipated from the foster care system and focused on their current outcomes. This research was also presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Her research interests include youth and families, social justice, policy analysis, marginalized populations, and sociology of disaster. Shawna hopes to take her knowledge of youth, families, and policy and turn her focus onto disaster research. She is particularly interested in working with marginalized populations who are especially at risk during a time of disaster and making improvements in their outcomes. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a Ph.D. and hopes to have a career in research and teaching. Email:

Trevor Lee Even is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University. There he received his B.A., with Honors, in 2012, with an autoethnographic thesis examining Western narratives of severe mental illness in the context of cross-cultural anthropological research. His current efforts are focused on examining the ideas, values, concepts and forces that shape processes of long-term disaster recovery in the United States, with a specific focus on the events currently unfolding in the Northern Colorado area as it comes to terms with multiple overlapping disaster processes. Through on-going voluntary outreach, he hopes to develop existing partnerships with local officials, religious organizations, and other non-profit groups to provide both immediately applicable research support as well as a more critical analysis of existing long-term recovery paradigms in the context of the ever-growing knowledge base of both U.S. and international disaster researchers.


Sara Gill is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University and a graduate research assistant for the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis. She is also pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies for her interest in gender, race, and ethnicity, and the experiences of vulnerable populations. She has worked with Dr. Peek, who currently serves as her master’s thesis advisor, since 2007. In 2008, Sara helped to create the “Children and Disasters Annotated Resource List” for a special issue on children and disasters for the journal Children, Youth, and Environments. Sara is currently working on her thesis research, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on disaster preparedness among childcare centers in Colorado. Her thesis work involves developing and analyzing an online survey of over 4,000 licensed childcare providers. Following graduation, she plans to continue similar research with the goal of spreading awareness regarding issues of children's safety and resilience. Email:

Sejin (Sage) Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University. Sage has a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Louisiana. He served in the Korean Army and worked as an actuarial consultant in a Seoul-based American company. His master's thesis research focused on the relationship between personality attributes and opinion leadership on the issue of climate change from a Diffusion of Innovations perspective. Sage's current research interests are related to environmental and risk communication, in particular, the role of affect and affective images on th

e issue of climate change (CC). Since his thesis found that need for cognition was a salient personality attribute to opinion leadership on the issue, he would like to explore how need for affect might also play a role into it. Ultimately, Sage would like to contribute to more effectively creating messages as well as identifying messengers for current and future environmental (and CC) communication. Email:

Holly Marlatt is a doctoral student in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University. She is also a research assistant on a National Science Foundation funded project on hurricane risk perception along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Holly’s master’s thesis research focused on how social psychological influences affect health behaviors. Her current research interests pertain to environmental and risk communication and involve the use of behavioral models of decision making in regards to natural disasters and climate change, as well as audience segmentation as a means for more effective climate change communication and message design. Email:



Dmitriy Maslenitsyn is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and research assistant for the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR in 2013. Dmitriy is currently working on his master's thesis, which examines the interplay between computer hackers, social activism, and machine epistemologies. His work with CDRA will focus on 2 projects: 1.) Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and 2.) a project exploring the dynamics of hurricane risk perception and evacuation, funded by the National Science Foundation. Dmitriy’s previous work focused on gender issues in the context of mental healthcare professionals working with transgender clients undergoing gender transition. Email:



Travis Milnes is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. Travis received his B.A with Honors in 2016 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His undergraduate honors thesis examined the gendered division of environmental views in a resource dependent place post-disaster. Currently, his research interests include; environmental and disaster sociology, as well as, environmental and social justice. He plans to continue his education by pursuing a Ph.D in Sociology and intends to have a career in research and teaching Sociology. Email:





Lubna Mohammad is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. She earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Social Ecology and Criminology from the University of California Irvine, and graduated with honors in 2013. Her undergraduate research focused on the mental health impacts and overall life adjustment of adult males who experienced solitary confinement while incarcerated. While her area of focus has changed, her primary interest of understanding how difficult environments impact people has remained the same. For her Master’s thesis she will be conducting research on women and children who have experienced multiple disasters living within southeast Louisiana as part of the WaTCH project. After graduation, Lubna intends to work with the United Nations to assist in disaster relief and recovery globally, and she would like to eventually go on to earn a PhD and become a professor. Email:


Meghan Mordy is a research assistant for the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU). Her research focuses on children and youth, education, and inequality in developing countries. Before coming to CSU in 2008, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and completed her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Washington. She is currently writing her dissertation on the educational experiences and aspirations of school dropouts, at-risk students, and high school graduates in El Salvador. For CDRA, Meghan has worked on several projects examining the impact of disasters on children and youth and the use of qualitative and participatory research methods in post-disaster settings. Her contributions to these projects include qualitative data analysis, writing and editing manuscripts, and proposal development. Email:



Elizabeth Ochoa is a first year MPH student with a concentration in Global Health and Health Disparities. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015. Her undergraduate research looked at health disparities in minority women. Specifically, how minority women cope with stress. She hopes to continue working with marginalized groups and understand how to improve their quality of life and well being. Elizabeth plans on continuing her education and pursue a PhD in Community Psychology or Public Health, where she can continue to do research and also work in academia teaching and mentoring students. Email:



Beth Plombon is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. She is also a research assistant for Colorado Water Institute where she is investigating collaborative, community-based resource management on the Poudre River. Through CDRA, Beth is involved with a project focused on emergency preparedness for vulnerable populations during natural disasters; as well as a project focused on the decision making process for cities in drought management. Beth’s research interests include water and resource management and accessibility issues and community collaboration processes. Email:




Stacia Ryder is a research assistant at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis.  She received her B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College in Psychology and Sociology in 2007. Stacia is a second year M.A. student in the Sociology Department at Colorado State University.  She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies at CSU.  Her current research examines inequality within communities in the Yucatan Peninsula,where devastation from Hurricane Wilma negatively impacted the tourist industry and local economy in 2005.  Stacia is a member and a volunteer for the Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance, and is working with other members to improve and expand the organization.  She has also assisted her colleagues who are involved with the Global Earthquake Model and GeoHazards International-funded project regarding earthquake risk communication.  In the future, she hopes to undertake an analysis of the social and health implications surrounding drilling and fracking in rural Pennsylvania.  In general, Stacia is interested in intersectional social justice, or the way in which race, gender and class impact social relations and access to resources in society, particularly in times of crisis. Email:



Jennifer Tobin-Gurley is the Director of Research and Engagement at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU). She is an associate faculty member in the Department of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University and an instructor in the Department of Sociology at CSU. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from CSU in 2005 and M.A. in Sociology in 2008. Jennifer’s master’s thesis research drew on qualitative interviews with local disaster recovery workers and single mothers who were displaced to Colorado after Hurricane Katrina. Jennifer is the recipient of the 2014 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, the 2014 Graduate Student Research Excellence Award from the Department of Sociology, and was chosen by CSU’s School of Global and Environmental Sustainability as a 2014/2015 Sustainability Leadership Fellow.

Jennifer’s work has been published in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Children, Youth, and Environment, and Criminal Justice Studies. Jennifer has been involved in a wide range of funded research projects. She is currently the research coordinator for a participatory project focusing on the recovery of youth following disasters across Canada and the U.S. Her dissertation research will expand on this project to include the experiences of youth following the 2013 floods in northern Colorado. Email:

Carlie D. Trott is a doctoral candidate of Applied Social Psychology at Colorado State University. She received her B.A. in 2007 from Columbia College in Chicago, and her M.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2013. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies and Gender Research from CSU, which she completed in 2013. Her research examines the intersection of science education, social justice, and civic and political engagement. Carlie’s master’s thesis qualitatively examined supports and barriers to women’s persistence in Atmospheric Science. She is presently engaged in additional projects examining young people’s political identities (e.g., feminism) and engagement (e.g., activism), international women’s health, and bridging psychology and prefigurative politics. Her dissertation explores youth engagement in climate change education and action through an after-school photovoice project with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northern Colorado. Carlie’s dissertation research has been supported by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Stewards Education Project. Her work has been published in the Journal of Geoscience Education and the International Journal of Social and Community Studies. Carlie has received multiple awards from Colorado State University, including the Patsy Boyer Memorial Scholarship in Women’s Studies (2013), the Eugene Oetting Fellowship (2013), and the Will Szlemko Memorial Scholarship (2014). She has also been recognized by a number of psychology organizations, with scholarly awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and SPSSI, where she presently serves as Chair of the organization’s Graduate Student Committee. Carlie has taught upper-level laboratory and lecture courses in Social Psychology and the Psychology of Gender, respectively. She has also held several research positions on federally-funded projects, and currently works at CSU’s STEM Center, conducting research and evaluation of STEM education and outreach initiatives. Email:

Dan Villar is a current graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. His primary area of interest considers the economics and management of hazards and catastrophes (natural, industrial, technological and biological), including catastrophe economics, insurance and risk management, disaster preparedness and management, geography, social justice, and associated public policies. His current research project involves quantifying the effect of National Flood Insurance reform on housing markets to understand the implications of actuarially based flood insurance rates on home values. At Colorado State University, Dan has developed skills in the analysis of spatial and economic processes using ESRI's ArcGIS package, Stata, R, and Excel, including optimization with Excel's Solver Package. Upon graduation, Dan hopes to continue his work analyzing the economic, social and financial consequences of hazards and looks forward to contributing to the responsible management of associated risks through both public policies and private institutions. In his free time, Dan enjoys music, hiking and riding motorcycles. Email: