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Kris McKay

Managing Director of Development

416 University Services Center
(970) 491-0909
Kris.Mckay@colostate.edu

Kris has served the College of Agricultural Sciences in the Development Office since 2007, focused on fundraising, alumni engagement, and scholarship administration.

Prior to joining CSU, Kris worked for one of the world’s largest protein suppliers, JBS, at the company’s corporate office in Greeley, CO, where she completed the company’s management training program in Human Resources, focused on College and Community Relations, and subsequently managed the college recruiting program for the corporate office.

Kris obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University in 2004, graduating with academic honors while also playing collegiate volleyball where the Wildcats enjoyed Big 12 and NCAA success. Kris was raised in the rural southeastern Colorado town of Fowler, with an agricultural upbringing including livestock, feed crops, and tomato production and processing.

Kris and her husband Ben stay busy with their three young kids and enjoy spending time outdoors, playing sports, and doing other family activities.

John Festervand

Director of Development

410 University Services Center
970-491-2167
John Festervand

In 2015, John Festervand joined Colorado State University as the Regional Director of Development and now serves as a Director of Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Regional Program was a centrally-positioned team of frontline fundraisers within the University Advancement Division charged with representing the breadth of Colorado State University to alumni, parents, grateful patients, and friends across the country.

Prior to joining CSU, Festervand spent five years at the University of Mississippi where he lead Development efforts for the School of Journalism and the School of Education, and in his last year was promoted to Senior Director of Development for the Law School. Before coming to the University of Mississippi, Festervand spent four years as the Assistant Director of Athletics Marketing, Sales, and Game day Operations at Texas Christian University.

Festervand holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations with minors in business and speech from Middle Tennessee State University and earned his Master’s in Sports Management and Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

John’s wife, Shevaun Festervand also works at Colorado State University in the office of Human Resources. Their son, JJ, is 2 ½  and is enrolled at the Early Childhood Center. Outside the office John enjoys cooking, fishing, and spending time outdoors with his family.

Courtney Spilker

Associate Director of Development

410 University Services Center
(970) 491-1758
Courtney Spilker

Courtney joins University Advancement supporting the College of Agricultural Sciences. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy and Agricultural Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Prior to joining CSU Courtney was a Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Before her development career she spent four years working for Dow AgroSciences, now Corteva Agriscience, as a crop protection Territory Manager.

With a background in agriculture, Courtney is thrilled to work with the faculty and alumni of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU. Courtney is passionate about the transformational power of higher education and enjoys connecting with generous individuals to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. In her free time Courtney enjoys spending time in the outdoors; hiking, camping, skiing, biking and scuba diving. She is an avid traveler and loves visiting her friends and family across the country.

Brendan McCrann

Associate Director of Development

410 University Services Center
(970) 491-6845
Brendan McCrann

Brendan McCrann joins the College of Agricultural Sciences with 15 years of experience in business development and nonprofit management. He served seven years as Managing Director for Future Pointe, a company he co-founded to promote agricultural income diversification and rural enterprise development. On his own farm, he piloted an innovative and economically viable operation which converted millions of pounds of regional food waste into animal feed and soil amendments while creating jobs for at-risk youth and fostering diverse community partnerships. Most recently, Brendan oversaw the development office for Rural Advancement Foundation International, based in North Carolina. He was responsible for all frontline fundraising and grant administration.

Brendan holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver and bachelor’s degrees in Communication Management and Spanish from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.  Brendan and his wife Brittany are busy with their 2 ½ year old, Declan and 6-month-old, Seamus. They spend more time on playgrounds than backcountry trails these days, but love being outdoors nonetheless.

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