Off-Campus Life Staff


Jeannie Ortega, Director

Jeannie feels as though she has grown up on campus, as she has been here since 1982! Having worked part time in various positions on campus, Jeannie eventually began working in OCSS/RAL in 1995 (before the flood!) and has been the director since 2000. She has a background in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies from CSU. Jeannie truly enjoys working with students, seeing them reach their goals and realizing their full potential. It keeps her young at heart.

Nancy Rhodes, Administrative Assistant

Nancy became an honorary Ram when she joined Off-Campus Life in July, 2009. As OCL’s Administrative Assistant, she enjoys trying to help everyone else stay organized. Along with the ongoing operations, she supports big events like the Ram Welcome, Fall Cleanup, and the Housing Fair. Her move to Colorado (after a year-long RV trip around the country with her family) fulfilled her life-long dream of leaving Florida and living somewhere where she could wear sweaters and shovel snow. While she misses visiting her alma mater for burritos and football games (Go Gators!), she loves being involved in CSU and the ever-changing college atmosphere. Nancy has a Political Science undergrad, a master’s in Musicology, and a Paralegal Certificate – so if you’re looking for the ultimate Trivial Pursuit partner let her know.

Lindsay Mason, Assistant Director

Lindsay is originally from Southern California where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at California State University San Marcos. Lindsay and her partner, Jason, left the warmth of California and moved to Colorado in 2011 for Lindsay to complete her Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Lindsay serves as the Assistant Director in Off-Campus Life, working with several programs including RamRide, and is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. Lindsay loves soccer, cooking, reading, stand-up comedy, 1990's sitcoms, and spending time outside with her two pups, Neville and Luna, and partner, Jason. She is proud to be a Ram and grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with CSU students.

Jenn Rieskamp, Community Liaison

Jenn attended the University of Central Missouri where she focused her undergraduate studies on organizational communication. Shortly after completing undergrad, Jenn returned to her alma mater to obtain a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration (Student Affairs) and also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Jenn is the first in her family to graduate from college and still strongly identifies as a first-generation, low-income student. Jenn is the Community Liaison Specialist for Off-Campus Life at Colorado State University and Neighborhood Services at the City of Fort Collins. When Jenn’s not at work you can find her being active on local trails, paddle boarding at Horsetooth Reservoir, and hanging out with her partner Jess and their fur-children (a sweet elderly dog named Maggie and a mean cat named Frida).

Carla Rey Diaz, Program Assistant

Carla is a second year Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology major at CSU. She hopes to one day go on to vet school and work with exotic animals. Carla grew up in Denver Colorado and learned to enjoy the outdoors. She now lives with her dog Foster (an OCL intern) and enjoys going to the dog park and hiking with him as well as painting, crocheting, and DIY-ing.

Kiaran Stewart, Public Relations Coordinator/ Marketing Manager

Kiaran is a third year Marketing and Management Major with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and International Business Studies at CSU. He's hoping to one day start his own business and create social change in the community. Kiaran loves long walks on the beach and is very interested in outdoor activities like rock climbing, biking, hiking, and swimming.

Leif Blessing, Graphic Designer

Leif is third year Graphic Design student at CSU with a minor in Business Administration. He is also a member of the CSU Men's Club Volleyball team. Leif grew up in Boulder, CO and has has always enjoyed being active, playing sports like basketball and baseball, or just being outside hiking or camping.

Shantel Longboy, Program Assistant

Shantel is a third year Human Development and Family Studies major with a minor in Gerontology. Shantel is originally from Maui, HI and moved to Fort Collins to pursue her bachelor's degree. She has grown to love the mountains and cold weather that Colorado has to offer, but also really appreciates how sunny the state is majority of the year (just like home). Shantel loves painting, drawing, traveling, and being outdoors. After her undergrad, she hopes to continue her higher education in Occupational Therapy.

Madisenne Irvine, Data Acquisition & Analysis Coordinator

Maddie is in her final semester at Colorado State studying general psychology. She enjoys her weekends hiking with her dog, skiing, reading, and going on new adventures. Maddie studied abroad in Italy, and loves to travel. Maddie grew up in Reno, NV, but wants to live internationally. She hopes to get her PhD in clinical psychology. At RamRide and Off Campus Life, Maddie is a Data Acquisiton and Analysis Coordinator. Being the math geek she is, she loves finding qualitative data to work with and help the organization run more efficiently.

Ross Love, Graphic Designer

Ross Love is a fourth year Graphic Design student at CSU. Originally from Windsor, CO, he hopes to get more in touch with the Fort Collins community. His passion in life has always been his art and he strives to constantly improve himself primarily through design, painting, and drawing. He hopes to become more connected to the artistic community as well as create a better environment through art. Aside from visual art, he is passionate about music, literature, social justice, and community building.

Carissa Elston, Program Assistant

Carissa is a third year student at CSU studying Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Spanish. She was born and raised in Colorado and while she loves the mountains, she isn't a big a fan of the cold, so she hopes to someday move to the heat of Arizona. There she hopes to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and work with foster and adoptive kids. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, volleyball, being with friends, and playing the ukulele.

Topaz Aranda, Commuter Student Program Assistant

Topaz Aranda is a fourth year student. She grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has lived in 3 states. She transferred from a small university in TN. She is now a Sociology Major with a Minor in Legal Studies here at CSU. She wants to further her knowledge on Social Justice issues and the legal aspects that ties into them. Her hobbies include eating, walking her dog Maggie, hanging out, and being a homebody. After undergrad, she wants to travel somewhere culturally rich and find something to do in the sociology field.

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