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.
Emily Seems Allen, Community Liaison
Emily was destined to be a Ram when her parents met at CSU in the 60’s. After spending 25 years growing up and working in New York, she moved to Colorado in 2005 to receive her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at CSU. She has worked in many offices across campus from Residence Life to Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services and finally landed in Off-Campus to start her dream job as the Community Liaison between CSU and the City of Fort Collins. Emily’s passion is to help students navigate their college experiences and learn the valuable life skills, that aren’t necessarily learned in a classroom setting that can be used throughout a lifetime. And what shines above all else is the time she gets to spend with her husband Greg and her beautiful children Cooper and Edie. Life just wouldn’t be complete without those three essential people (and she can’t forget her dog - Henry and cat - Martha)!
  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, Program Coordinator
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 Program Coordinator 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.
Katharine (Katie) Claypool, Community Liaison Student Coordinator
Katie is a fourth year student at CSU and is majoring in Communications with a minor in English. As Community Liaison Student Coordinator, she is responsible for supporting community initiatives, programming, and relations. Katie grew up in the beautiful town of Estes Park, CO with her mom, dad, and younger sister, Michelle. She is passionate about photography, loves books, writing, hanging out with friends and can't get enough of Panera Bread's Mac 'n Cheese.
Mitchell Sams, Program Assistant
Mitchell is a fifth year History major here at CSU from the local Fort Collins area. Mitchell has always been good company here at the office and we are thrilled he is finally apart of our staff! In his free time, he enjoys practicing martial arts, building with his LEGO bricks and playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Grace Stamps, Web Designer/ Graphic Designer
Grace is a fifth year student at CSU studying Fine Arts and Journalism and Technical Communications. She originally attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, but transferred to CSU in the Fall of 2012 because she missed Colorado's green mountains and blue skies. She is a Colorado native who spent most of her life in the Steamboat Springs. In her spare time, Grace enjoys hiking, art, painting, graphic design, reading/ writing, and hanging out with cats.
Grace Reader, Public Relations Coordinator/ Marketing Manager
Grace is a third year journalism and media communication major from Littleton, CO. She is a sports anchor at CTV. She loves football and hockey in particular. Go Avs, go Broncos! In her free time Grace likes to be outside. She likes to camp, fish, hike, mountain bike, and run (kinda). You name it. Grace also loves dogs, like a lot. 
Sage Myers, Program Assistant
Sage is a third year Biology student here at CSU. He is planning on going to medical school and pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery. Sage grew up in Durango, Co, a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. In his free time Sage enjoys volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, football, golf, snowboarding, riding his bike, chilling with friends, and being outdoors. He also loves cooking delicious meals in his home kitchen, which he enjoys thoroughly.
Kiaira Coles, Program Assistant
Kiaira is a second year Communications major at CSU with a minor in Music, Stage, and Sports production. She hopes to one day become a stage director/producer in California. Her hobbies include traveling, singing, painting, playing sports, playing the piano, and hanging out with her friends. She also enjoys anything that gives her an adrenaline rush, and after falling out of a plane, she is comfortable doing anything extreme.