Argus Institute

The People Serving You

Erin Allen

Social Worker

Contact Information

Email: erin.allen@colostate.edu

Biography

Erin Allen, MSSW, is a social worker for the Argus Institute. Originally from East Tennessee, Erin earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Tennessee. While in school, she worked at a private veterinary practice as a veterinary assistant, and in graduate school she interned at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine as a veterinary social worker. There, Erin provided client support for pet families. As a member of the Argus team, Erin assists and supports clients with all aspects of the decision making they face during their pet’s illness, including end-of-life issues. She also provides support to pet caregivers who have said goodbye to a beloved pet. Erin, her husband, and son share their home with Dunkel, a big, goofy bernedoodle, and Barley, the feline ruler of the house.

Emma Black

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4143

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 currently resides with two furry roommates, Keke the chihuahua and Mulder the cat.

Maria Gore

Social Worker

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4231

Email: maria.gore@colostate.edu

Biography

Maria Gore, MSW, is a social worker with the Argus Institute. Maria obtained her master’s in social work at the University of Central Florida. She was previously a veterinary technician and manager at the University of Florida’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Large Animal Hospital. Maria has experience in the hospice field, including work in anticipatory and preparatory grief, as well as bereavement counseling. Maria brings a distinctive set of communication skills in working with a multi-disciplinary team in a veterinary environment. As part of the Argus team, Maria provides in-house support to pet owners and staff, as well as community clients referred to the Argus Institute’s support services. This includes quality-of-life conversations, assisting with resources, education and grief support. Maria is enthusiastic about helping veterinary professionals manage compassion fatigue and burnout. She has presented numerous workshops with this focus at both the state and national level. 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, their corgi mix, Milo and their geriatric cat, Emmylou.

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.