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Center Staff

All of our staff are here to assist you. CIL Advisors are generalists and have helped students develop a wide range of Individualized Degree Programs. They also have diverse backgrounds and interests. You can reach any of our staff by email or by calling the front desk at 303-615-0525.

Kim VanHoosier-Carey, Ph.D., Director, has taught English, women's literature, and cultural studies. She has served as an academic advisor for students from diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students, international students, adult learners, and LGBTQ students. She is committed to helping you find *your* path to graduation. Her email is

Lisa Kirscht, J.D., M.S., Individualized Degree Specialist, has experience teaching first year law students, as well as advising pharmacy and undergraduate honors students. She is dedicated to empowering students with diverse backgrounds and helping them realize their potential. She draws on her multifaceted background to guide you towards reaching goals that will personally inspire you to succeed. Her email is

Lucinda Conde, MPS, Individualized Degree Specialist, has experience working at MSU Denver as a Generalist and College of Professional Studies Academic Advisor and working in the Graduation department as a Graduation Evaluator.  She has over 10 years of experience with MSU Denver as a student, work-study, and working professional.  She is passionate about working with students and supporting them in achieving their academic goals.  Her email is

Susan Heath, M.Ed., Program Manager, has been with MSU Denver for several years. She worked with the Office of Institutional Research prior to joining our team. In addition to managing the office, Susan assists students in the writing process for the IDP proposal essay and collaborates with the MSU Denver Writing Center. She is a 2013 graduate of the IDP program with a Bachelor’s degree in Literacy and Diverse Learners. Her email is

Student Peer mentors are advanced IDP students who are charged with assisting and mentoring incoming IDP students as they work on an IDP proposal.

Note: Our former Director Elizabeth Parmelee, is now the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the office that oversees CIL, as well as Honors, International Studies, the Writing Center, and University Advising Systems. Her email is

Our front office student staff members are also here to help you.

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