College Leadership

Emerging Leaders Council Members

Lilly Berger

Lilly Berger

’09, B.S. in Social Work

Lilly was born and raised in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where she is currently residing. Lilly attended CSU and graduated in May 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Social Work. Shortly after graduating, she joined the United States Peace Corps and served in a rural Mayan village in the jungles of Belize for a little over two years. While volunteering on several projects in Belize, Lilly discovered her passion for community development. Her most recognized project was working with a local government organization and the village community leaders to build a footbridge, meeting her community’s greatest need. Lilly recently began graduate school at the University of Denver, studying social work. While obtaining her masters, she will be interning at the Denver Office for Community Support, within the Agency for Human Rights. She plans to dedicate her life to advocating for equal rights by empowering communities in need.


Melanie DeHerrera

Melanie DeHerrera

’11, B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences

Melanie grew up in a small town in the San Luis Valley. She graduated from CSU in 2011 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. While in school, she participated in the Honors Program, interned at United Way of Larimer County, mentored youth in Campus Connections (formerly known as Campus Corps), and took part in an alternative spring break trip. She recently completed a two-year fellowship with El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs. In her new role, she is the coordinator for the Rural Track Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, working with students interested in practicing medicine in rural Colorado.


Caitlin Dunbar

Caitlin Dunbar

’10, B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

Caitlin graduated from CSU in 2010 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. While in school, Caitlin enjoyed her learning experiences working with at-risk populations through internships with the Probation Department and Harmony House Supervised Visitation Center. After graduation, Caitlin moved to Colorado Springs where she worked as a Foster Home Supervisor for a child placement agency. Caitlin now works as an Intake Caseworker for Family and Children's Services within the Department of Housing and Human Services in Boulder County. Caitlin lives in the West Highlands neighborhood of Denver with her husband Gabe and their Goldendoodle dog. She loves to read, exercise, try new restaurants, and visit Fort Collins as often as possible.


Gabe Dunbar

Gabe Dunbar

’11, B.S. in Construction Management

Gabe grew up in Fort Collins and graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management in 2011. During his senior year at CSU, Gabe accepted an internship with Saunders Construction and continued with Saunders full time after graduation. He has since had the opportunity to be a part of many exciting projects in the Rocky Mountain region. Gabe met his wife Caitlin in Parmelee Hall during their freshman year at CSU and they currently live in Denver. He enjoys being outdoors, CSU athletics, traveling and spending time with family. Gabe is very thankful for the role that CSU has played and will continue to play in his life.

 


Erin Heberlein

Erin Heberlein

’08, B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and Business Marketing

Erin is a proud fan of her Alma Mater, Colorado State University, of which she graduated in 2008 with a Double B.S. in Health Exercise Science and Business marketing. She has over 12 years of fitness training experience, as she started as a personal trainer in the CSU Student Rec Center in 2004. Erin became a part of the Wellness Center team at Penrose Hospital in 2008 where she started as an intern and now oversees the hospital gym, group fitness, and massage program. She completed her Master’s Program in Health Promotion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2015. Erin’s passion for health and fitness began when she was a young athlete, but has served her a deeper purpose as she recently fought a rare auto-immune disease that attacked her brain and almost took her life. Erin’s favorite hobbies are weight training, hiking the incline, golfing, spending time with family, friends, and her adorable mutt Bernie. She says "Deep down, we are all athletes, some of us are just training harder than others."

 


Reese Lasley

Reese Lasley

’10, B.S. in Construction Management

Reese graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University in December of 2010. He was nominated "Most Outstanding Senior" by CAHS Department Head, Mostafa Khattab, for his drive to help not only start and grow organizations, but also make a profound, long-term, positive impact on the CSU community. He was very involved as an undergraduate student as the Treasurer, Vice President, and Head of Operations for the CM Student Board of Directors, Founding President of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Board Member for Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honor Society, Team Captain and Project Manager for a Design Build Regional Competition Team, Project Manager for a National Design Build Student ASC Competition Team, a Member of several CM Clubs including DBIA, CMAA, AGC, EGB, CCA, and ABC, the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recruitment Chair, and Seal of Approval Chair for Phi Gamma Delta gentleman's fraternity (FIJI), Greekweek Chair 2009 for the Intra Fraternal Council, the CAHS Rep for the Center for Public Deliberation's Improving Higher Education Project, etc. After college, Reese went to work for an engineering company where he traveled the world and worked on several high-profile construction projects including the Thailand Flood Recovery Project, Louisiana Recovery School District & Orleans Parish School Board School Bond Program, the Chicago People's Gas, Light, and Coke program, the San Francisco General Hospital, the Indiana Wishard Hospital, the Denver Saint Joseph's Hospital, etc. Reese recently moved back to Colorado and joined an oil and gas producing company where he performs cost and schedule analysis for the Delaware and DJ basins.

 


Christine Nicolaysen

Christine Nicolaysen

’16, B.S. in Interior Design

Christine graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSU in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. During her time at CSU, Christine was awarded both the College of Health and Human Sciences Outstanding Senior and Albert C. Yates Student Leadership Awards. Completing the program in Interior Design was the first step in realizing a dream of switching careers to become an interior designer. Christine initially studied Finance at CU and went on to work in consulting for Deloitte. After a year of extensive travel, she realized she wanted to pursue a different field of study, and she returned to school at CSU. While in school, Christine served as the Student Representative to the Board for the Colorado chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, and as Treasurer, President-Elect and President of the Student Hospitality Network. Christine’s Interior Design degree has also made for a seamless transition to full-time work at the Denver design firm, Gallun Snow, where she is currently pursuing LEED accreditation and NCIDQ certification. Christine is excited to give back to CSU by serving on the Emerging Leaders Council.

 


Sergio Ortiz

Sergio Ortiz

’09, B.S. in Construction Management

Sergio has lived in Fort Collins for the past 10 years and graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Administration. After completing a nine-month internship with The Neenan Company in Fort Collins, Sergio was offered full time employment upon graduation. In his time at Neenan, an integrated design-build firm, Sergio has had opportunities including new building techniques and fast tracked projects in a wide variety of markets and building types. Most notably, Sergio was the Project Manager and LEED Administrator for the LEED Platinum Certified Powerhouse Energy Institute at CSU. Engineering News Record Rocky Mountain Region named it a 2014 Best Green Project and Top Three Regional Project. For his and others work on CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Campus, the project earned the 2015 Urban Design Award for Sustainable Design by the City of Fort Collins. Sergio never really left CSU, contributing finances and time to the Construction Management Department. Sergio and his wife Audrey have three children, Maree, Adriana, and Mila. He enjoys family time, organized sports, spending with friends, and giving back to CSU considering everything CSU has done for him.


Kate Quillin

Kate Quillin

’09, B.S. in Social Work and Sociology

Kate grew up in Manitou Springs and graduated from CSU with a degree in Social Work and Sociology. While at CSU Kate was a member of Alphi Kappa Delta, a sociology honors society, Social Workers in Action, and she was the alternative break coordinator for the SLiCE office. After graduating in 2009, she moved to the Philippines where she served as a US Peace Corps volunteer until 2011. Upon returning she worked for two years in Golden, CO for Court Appointed Special Advocates as a case coordinator for abused and neglected children. In 2014 she accepted a position as the Fair Housing Specialist with Denver Metro Fair Housing Center and has been working vigorously to end housing discrimination in the Metro Denver area and diligently advocates for people that have experienced housing discrimination ever since.


Megan Ruder

Megan Ruder

’05, B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies
’08, M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Megan graduated from CSU in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies emphasis in Health Sciences. Then she completed her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in May of 2008. Megan currently works part-time at Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver on inpatient pediatric rehabilitation and also has her own company where she works part-time in pediatric home care. She juggles work with being a wife and a mom to her 2-year-old girl. Megan fills any free time with being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Caitlyn Sheehan

Caitlyn Sheehan

’13, B.S. Human Development and Family Studies

Caitlyn graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with minors in Gerontology and Business Administration. During her time at CSU, she held many leadership positions in the CAHS Dean's Leadership Council, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Order of Omega Honor Fraternity, and served as a senator for ASCSU. She also volunteered with CSUnity, Fall Clean Up, Race for the Cure, and spent time with older adults and individuals with special needs. She is currently the Admissions Director for Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab, a Skilled Nursing Facility within Columbine Health Systems, where she gets to fulfill her passion every day of helping others. In her spare time, she loves doing anything outdoors- whether it's hiking, running, snowshoeing, kayaking, or just sitting outside on the patio. In addition, she loves to travel and learn about different cultures and traditions. She has been to nine countries so far and has many more on her bucket list. She is honored to join the Emerging Leaders Council and help make a positive impact on CSU, alumni and students, and the community.


Jessica Teal

Jessica Teal

’16, B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences

Jessica graduated from CSU Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in education. While at CSU, Jessica was heavily involved on campus and served in several leadership roles: President of the College of Health and Human Sciences Dean's Leadership Council, President for the Gamma Beta Phi National Honors Society, President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Academic Excellence Chair/House Manager/Leadership and Activities Chair of Kappa Delta Sorority, Senator for the Associated Student of Colorado State University, President's Leadership Program (PLP), a student in Key Academic/Key Plus Community, and a mentor for the Campus Corps Program. Jessica was awarded the Lucille and Charles Terrell Memorial Scholarship for her academic excellence and leadership at CSU, among other accolades. At the age of 7, Jessica's dream was to become a teacher, first discovered after she found herself teaching her stuffed animals. This upcoming year, Jessica will be teaching at Windsor High School and is very excited to make an impact in students' lives through teaching them lifelong skills. Her ultimate dream is to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership, her Ph.D., and teach at the collegiate level. Professor Dawn Mallette has served as Jessica's inspiration while at CSU, and she hopes to give back what was given to her.


Nicolette Zader

Nicolette Zader

’05, B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies
’07, M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Nicolette "Nikki" graduated from CSU in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She completed her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007. She currently lives in downtown Denver and works for Professional Pediatric Home Care. She has worked providing pediatric home care for eight years now and continues to love her job. Nikki spends the weekends in the mountains, either hiking with her dog, Ella, or skiing with friends.


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