Robert J. “Bob” Fetsch, Ph.D.



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.



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.

James L. Craig, Ed. D., J.D.


Veteran Outreach, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist

Dr. James Craig M.A., Ed.D., J.D. Joined the Colorado AgrAbility Project as a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist and veterans Outreach in December 2014. Mr. Craig, himself a Service Disabled Veteran, regularly works with disabled veterans who are farmers or ranchers as well as those who have little to no experience in agriculture however self-identify as a new or beginning farmer/rancher. Through the USDA/NIFA AgrAbility Project he has assisted numerous disabled veterans to remain productive on their farm or ranch, and has assisted others who sought a self-employment career in agriculture. Mr. Craig earned a master’s degree in counseling and an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology. Prior to joining AgrAbility, he served as Administrative Director for a community mental health agency and managed a case load as well. He specialized in working with the Developmentally Delayed mental health population. Growing up on a cow/calf and wheat operation in northern Montana he appreciates the dedication and sacrifices of our rural farm families.

Candiss Leathers, M.A., VRT


Project Manager

Ms. 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

Chad Reznicek MA, LPC


Behavioral Health Specialist

Chad 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.

Ellis Vidmar, M.S.


Program Coordinator

Ellis grew up on a multi-generational cow/calf ranch in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. She spent most summers raising market animals in 4-H, rodeoing, and helping with ranch operations. Ellis’ passion for agriculture started at a young age and, it led her to seek further education to advocate for the industry. Ellis started her college career at Northeastern Junior College, in Sterling, and found her voice for agriculture advocacy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Media and Communication at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. Post-graduation, she and her husband moved back to Colorado for almost a year before she decided to pursue her Masters degree. During graduate school she worked in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences Dean’s office at West Texas A&M University, for two and a half years while completing research, writing her thesis, teaching undergraduate classes, but most of all growing professionally. August of 2022, she graduated and moved back to Colorado to pursue advocating for the industry. Ellis is excited to be apart of the AgrAbility team, as the Program Coordinator and make a real difference in agricultural producer’s lives.

G. James Sanchez


Director II, Career Development Services, Goodwill of Colorado

G. 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.