Agrability Staff

Robert J. “Bob” Fetsch, Ph.D. (co-director)



Robert J. "Bob" Fetsch, Ph.D. (co-director)Robert “Bob” Fetsch is a State Extension Specialist and Professor Emeritus in Colorado State University’s Department of Human Development & Family Studies. He is Co-Project Director of the Colorado AgrAbility Project with Rebecca Hill. For 15 years now he has led the National AgrAbility Project’s Quality of Life (QOL) study with Colorado and 13 other states. Results have shown that:

  • 82% (n = 136/165) of AgrAbility participants reported improved QOL levels.
  • 83% (n = 140/168) of AgrAbility participants reported improved independent living and working levels.
  • On average our AgrAbility group of 240 participants’ QOL levels increased 26%.
  • On average their psychological well-being improved 28%.
  • AgrAbility participants reported renewed hope, feeling worthwhile again, and regaining control over their lives.

Rebecca Hill, Ph. D. (co-director)



Rebecca Hill, Ph. D. (co-director)Rebecca Hill is the Co-Director of the Colorado AgrAbility Project. Rebecca is an Extension Professor at Colorado State University and Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI) Affiliate. She is an Agricultural Economist and currently teaches Water Law Policies and Institutions as well as Agricultural Marketing at CSU and conducts research related to Community and Economic Development.

Chad Reznicek MA, LPC


State Behavioral Health Specialist

Chad Reznicek MA, LPCChad Reznicek is the Behavioral Health Specialist with the Colorado AgrAbility Project and committed to helping expand and improve behavioral health support and resources in rural communities.  Prior to joining the AgrAbility Team, Chad spent 20 years as a licensed therapist, providing behavioral health services in diverse settings with special focus areas in suicide prevention, trauma, mood disorders, and substance abuse.  Both of Chad’s parents were raised on farms and he grew up in a small farming community in central Nebraska with a deep respect for agriculture as the heart of our rural communities.

G. James Sanchez


Director II, Career Development Services, Goodwill of Colorado

G. James SanchezG. James Sanchez has been employed with Goodwill Industries of Denver for over 17 years. Mr. Sanchez has had many roles and worked on many programs during his time at Goodwill. He started as a Program Manager with the Advancement Plus program in Adams County and then became the Manager for all of the Adams County Goodwill Workforce Programs. He then started the Goodwill Career Employment program for Arapahoe County. Mr. Sanchez is now the Director of Career Development Services and oversees programs serving youth and adults. Prior to working with Goodwill, Mr. Sanchez had over 20 years’ experience working with for-profit and non-profit human services agencies in the Denver Metro area. Mr. Sanchez has worked with at-risk youth, incarcerated youth under Senate Bill 94, closed-head injured adults, HIV/AIDS adults and Section 8/low-income housing recipients. Mr. Sanchez has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University.

Candiss Leathers, M.A., VRT


Project Manager

Candiss Leathers, M.A., VRTMs. Leather’s was raised in the rural plains of Eastern Colorado in an agricultural community and has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability services for over 40 years. She received her Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Specialty Certification in Blind Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.

She has served as Project Manager for the Colorado AgrAbility Project with Goodwill Colorado since August 2013 to Present. Serving farmers and ranchers affected by an injury, long term illness, or other functional limitations to remain involved in agricultural work by providing direct services, information, and education. As Project manager she is responsible for the oversight of the management of the day-to-day operations of the AgrAbility Project. Develops and delivers educational workshops on topics relevant to farmers/ranchers, their families, outside professionals and other interested parties. Markets the program to healthcare providers, agricultural producer organizations and individuals to provide education and increase program enrollment

Ashley Buchanan M.A. Ed/SPE, M. Ext. Ed.


Rural Rehabilitation Specialist

Ashley BuchananAshley Buchanan M. A. Ed/SPE, M. Ext. Ed. is excited to be a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist within the Colorado AgrAbility Project. Prior to joining the project, Ashley worked with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as both a VR Counselor and Business Outreach Specialist. She was a Special Education teacher within Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in multiple rural portions of Colorado. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver, her first master’s in special education from the University of Phoenix and her second Masters of Extension Education from Colorado State University.
Ashley prides herself in the experiences she has with individuals both the youth and adult population with disabilities and their families within rural areas and having an agricultural connection with them. Ashley did not grow up in a rural area of the state but lived in a very rural part of Nebraska for a short time and fell in love with the culture and closeness of small communities. Ashley now resides in Brush, Colorado and enjoys being able to be part of a very close-knit community and agriculturally driven area. Ashley is extremely excited to be a part of the Colorado AgrAbility team as she has known about this project for some time and loves what it stands for and hopes to make a real difference in the lives of individuals who are within agricultural related occupations

Julie Elliott. M.A., LPC

Western Region Behavioral Health Specialist

Julie ElliottJulie Elliott is a licensed professional therapist, who spent 15+ years providing behavioral health services, vocational services, and education in diverse settings with special focus areas in trauma, suicide prevention, mood disorders, disability, families, and substance abuse. Julie grew up in Northwest Colorado and is from a 5th generation ranch family.  She is committed to helping others improve their behavioral health by providing them with support and resources in their rural communities and embraces the strong spirit of the west and western agriculture.

Kirsten Wulfsberg. LPC

Mountain Region Behavioral Health Specialist

Kirsten WulfsbergKirsten Wulfsberg is a licensed professional counselor, who spent 20 years working in psychiatric crisis management within a hospital/emergency department setting.  Kirsten is passionate about behavioral health education, training and working with people in a preventative manner, and believes feeling engaged in your community is a key component of that.

She loves volunteering and spending time with her husband and dogs in Chaffee County, enjoying year-round mountain and river activities.

Jim Kuemmerle. MSW, BCD, LCSW

Eastern Region Behavioral Health Specialist

Jim KuemmerleJim Kuemmerle has a background in clinical social work, prominent in rural communities in several states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wyoming and Colorado. During the First Gulf War, he served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a flight operations specialist in an attack helicopter battalion and during the War of Terror, he served in the Pennsylvania and Colorado Army National Guard as a behavioral health officer in a mobile medical unit. Jim is a retired first responder, trained as a firefighter, EMT, and hazardous materials technician. He volunteers as a Boy Scout leader, serving as a mentor for the youth in his community, state and around the country.