Argus Institute

The People Serving You

Erin Allen

Social Worker

Contact Information

Email: erin.allen@colostate.edu

Biography

Erin Allen, MSSW, is the clinic support service associate director of the Argus Institute. After many years of working in direct support of pets' families and veterinary medical team members, Erin now oversees the clinic support services that the program provides. Erin started out on the medical side of veterinary medicine, working as a veterinary assistant for a small practice near her hometown of Knoxville, TN. After finishing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, her professional focus moved to the human side of the human-animal bond and in 2007, she became a veterinary social worker at the Argus Institute. After several years, Erin's family expanded with the birth of her son. She stepped away from her role at the Argus Institute for a few years to focus on motherhood and family. The time away emphasized how much she loved her profession and when the time was right, she rejoined the team. When she's not at work, Erin's biggest joys are spending time with her family and their giant, goofy Bernedoodle and enjoying some quality time with her horse.

Emma Black

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

Office: 970-420-3561

Email: emma.k.black@colostate.edu

Biography

Emma Black is the administrative assistant for the Argus Institute and oversees daily administration, operations, and development activities. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Path of Honor. Emma's background is in customer service and administration, bringing experience from the medical, jewelry, and airline industries. She is a lifelong Colorado resident and enjoys spending as much time as possible enjoying all Colorado has to offer with family and friends. She lives with her adorable cat, Tilly.

Maria Gore

Social Worker

Contact Information

Office: 352-286-3768

Email: maria.gore@colostate.edu

Biography

Maria Gore, M.S.W., is the director of operations and program services for the Argus Institute. Maria obtained her master’s degree in social work at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the Argus team, she worked as a hospice social worker and was previously a veterinary technician and manager at the University of Florida’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Large Animal Hospital. Maria is passionate about the human-animal bond and believes strongly that animals make us better humans. Maria is dedicated to maintaining the Argus Institute’s high standard of support that aids pet owners, veterinary professionals, students, our local community, and the international veterinary community. Maria moved to Colorado from Florida, where her Quarter Horse mare, Silky still resides on her family’s farm. Maria lives in Fort Collins with her wife, Lori, and their mixed breed sweetheart of a dog, Milo, in addition to Grace, an exuberant English Cream Retriever, and to round out the family a geriatric cat named Emmylou.

Vivienne Owusu-Sampah

Student Hourly Employee

Contact Information

Office: 703-999-7383

Email: vivien.owusu-sampah@colostate.edu

Biography

Vivienne Owusu-Sampah is the student employee for the Argus Institute and assists with making clay remembrance paw prints for James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital clientele. She’s a Colorado transplant, originally from Virginia. She has more than seven years of experience working with animals of all types, from domestic cats and dogs to wild raccoons and bears. She has a background working in veterinary clinics as a receptionist and veterinary assistant, as well as working as a park ranger in Grand Teton National Park. In 2017, she obtained her certification as a Kundalini yoga teacher and enjoys practicing in her free time. Vivienne currently attends Colorado State University as a fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major and aspires to have a career in wildlife rehabilitation. She is the owner of a silken windhound named Birdie and, in her free time, enjoys making art, playing video games, hiking, writing, reading, and watching movies.

Loretta Truman

Administrative Professional

Contact Information

Email: loretta.truman@colostate.edu

Biography

Loretta Truman, LCSW, is a social worker and clinic counselor with the Argus Institute. Originally from Kansas City, Loretta obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Loretta chose the University of Denver for graduate school, for its Institute for Human-Animal Connection and animal-assisted social work specialization. Loretta obtained her master’s degree in social work and animal-assisted social work certification from the University of Denver in 2017. Loretta has experience providing animal-assisted individual therapy to children in residential treatment with her therapy dog, Teddy, in addition to facilitating canine and equine therapy groups. Before joining the Argus team, Loretta worked as a counselor in the adoption field, focusing on crisis intervention and grief and loss. As a member of the Argus team, Loretta provides support to pet families who are making challenging health decisions, experiencing grief and loss, and assessing quality-of-life and end-of-life considerations for their beloved animal family members. Loretta also provides support for veterinary professionals, focusing on self-care and wellness education. Loretta moved to Fort Collins from Denver, and she lives with her two pups, Teddy, a sweet and laid-back Australian Shepherd mix, and Elsa, a spunky and bubbly dachshund mix. In her free time, Loretta enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and taking her dogs on mountain adventures.