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Lindsay Mason, Director

Lindsay is a first-generation college student and a proud alumna of Colorado State University. She came to the university as a graduate student in 2011 and joined the Off-Campus Life team in 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University San Marcos, Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from CSU, and is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. She finds her work in supporting students as they transition into the local Fort Collins community meaningful and feels fortunate that she has the opportunity to help students learn and grow. 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.

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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.

Jenn “JR” Rieskamp, Community Liaison Specialist

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, a rowdy Aussie named Charlie and a mean cat named Frida).

Bri Colon, Program Coordinator

Bri attended Santa Clara University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and French. After her undergraduate experience, she participated in a volunteer service year in AmeriCorps and later worked in volunteer coordination with the National Park Service. Most recently, Bri obtained her master’s in a joint degree program in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Administration) and Public Policy. Outside the office, Bri enjoys outdoor adventures, reading, live music, traveling, and spending time with her family.


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Emma Russell, Graphic Designer

Emma is a senior studying Graphic Design and minors in Media Studies. She also has a side passion for Printmaking and Photography. Emma is from Michigan but after coming to Colorado has found a love for being outside and doing activities like mountain biking, hiking and dabbles in backcountry skiing.

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Leif Blessing, Graphic Designer

Leif is senior 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 always enjoyed being active, playing sports like basketball and baseball, or just being outside hiking or camping.

Topzaio Aranda, Commuter Student Program Assistant

Topazio is a recent 2020 graduate that majored in Sociology & Psychology. She is originally from New Mexico, but Colorado is by far her favorite state she’s lived in. Topazio enjoys coffee, yoga, eating, and spending time with her closest loved ones. 

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Tamara Monroe, Commuter Student Program Assistant

Tamara Monroe is a non-traditional student, having retired a couple of years ago, and is in her sophomore year of a second Bachelor’s degree in History, with a minor in English. She recently moved to Loveland from Denver after a career as a lawyer, and is enjoying being closer to family while attending CSU part-time. Her hobbies include genealogy, reading, watching TV, and playing with her cat Eibhlinn (Evie for short).

Dorina Vida, Marketing Manager

Dorina is a sophomore at CSU. Journalism and Media Communications and Political Science double major. Working toward a minor with President’s Leadership Program. She is a news reporter for the Rocky Mountain Collegian also. She was born in Marietta GA, but grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a Coloradan at heart. She loves the mountains and can’t imagine living away from them.

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Sara Williams, Student Software Developer and Program Assistant

Sara is a senior at CSU, pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing Technology. She is originally from Nashua, NH, and landed in Fort Collins after serving six years in the Navy. She is hoping to work in web development or UI/UX Design. Outside of work, she enjoys drawing, playing video games, and spending time with her two cats, Luna and Akela.

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Cassidy Reed, Graphic Designer

Cassidy is a junior at CSU, majoring in Graphic Design. She is a member of Chi Omega. Her favorite restaurant on campus is Spoons. She likes to go kayaking and paddleboarding in the summer.

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Forrest Barton, Videography

Forrest is a senior at CSU pursing a dual major of Journalism and Marketing. He is also on the CSU Track and Field and Cross Country teams. He grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and outside of work and school he enjoys camping, rock climbing, skiing, a hiking. He really likes to make adventure and travel videos with the videography skills that he has acquired over the years.