Staff

Meet our staff members

Seth Kelley

 

Executive Director

 

Seth Kelley brings nearly twenty years of experience in the non-profit and education fields to BASE Camp. He began his career in teaching, working with children experiencing developmental challenges and behavioral issues. Seth’s education experience included the Latham School, in Brewster, MA, Montclair Academy in Denver and Aurora Hills Middle School, in Aurora CO. In 2003 Seth and his wife moved to Akiak, a small Yupiik Village in Alaska where they worked as teachers.  He worked through partnerships with local leadership, school staff and the youth of the village to create the Akiak Boys & Girls Club. His work with the Boys & Girls Club included direct support, athletics, fundraising, and serving as director of two clubhouses.  Prior to moving to Fort Collins, Seth served as Executive Director of FOCUS in Eagle River, Alaska.  FOCUS serves young adults and infants who have developmental disabilities by providing positive programs, therapy and family support.

 

Email: sethk@mybasecampkids.org

Katie Watkins

 

Community Outreach Director

 

Katie Watkins has a passion for youth and education as well as over 10 years of experience that she brings to the BASE Camp team. She holds a degree in Marketing and Communications, and she spent several years working in for-profit corporations, before shifting to the nonprofit sector, where she focused on marketing, events, fundraising and program development. Prior to joining our team, she was the Director of Summits at No Barriers USA. She has an extensive background in partnership development and community engagement.

Katie has lived in the Fort Collins community for over 7 years with her husband Steven, a local teacher, and their two daughters.

Lisa Garland

 

Office Manager

 

Lisa joined BASE Camp in 2012.  She is originally from Texas, but has lived in Colorado for 15 years, including a move to Fort Collins in 2010. She started with BASE Camp in November 2012 and has been contributing her talents and skills ever since. Lisa has over 20 years of office experience, including ten years at a law office in Breckenridge.

 

Email: lgarland@mybasecampkids.org

Amanda Christman

 

Manager of Volunteers and Enrichment

 

Amanda has been working in youth development for the past 7 years. Her experience includes work in after-school programs, residential camp and a boarding school, as well as participating in two different Americorp programs. She is originally from Wisconsin, but has called Fort Collins home for the last two years. In her time at BASE Camp, Amanda served two years as a site director at Zach Elementary School, prior to her current role as a program manager. She received her B.A. in Integrated Visual Arts from Loras College in 2005.

 

Email: amandac@mybasecampkids.org

Mary Rutledge

 

Director of Programs

 

Mary has lived in Fort Collins for 20+ years, is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  Prior to joining the BASE Camp team in 2012, Mary was a school director for Knowledge Universe.  She ran programs in Longmont and Fort Collins totaling over 8 years of school leadership experience.  She also holds a level IV ECE credential from the Colorado Office of professional development and is recognized as an intermediate level trainer as defined by Colorado Office of Professional Development and Qualistar Early Learning.

 

Email: maryr@mybasecampkids.org

Jason Ostrom

 

Account Manager

 

Jason has been a part of the BASE Camp family for over 15 years! He began as a program lead, then site director, working at five schools within the BASE Camp system, before transitioning to his current role as Account Manager. Jason was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska.

 

Email: jostrom@mybasecampkids.org

Tracey Ryssman

 

Director of Human Resources

 

Tracey loves working in Human Resources because it gives her the opportunity to work closely with employees and watch their careers grow. Her passions include employee engagement, development, and recognition, as well as creating a positive culture and environment for employees. She has worked in Human Resources for over 30 years and is a certified PHR and SHRM-CP. Her career started in Southern California with Marriott Hotels, which eventually led her,  her husband,  and their two daughters, to Fort Collins.  She loves being part of such a wonderful community and enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and participating in all the great activities Colorado has to offer.

 

Email: tryssman@mybasecampkids.org

Lindsey Sutherland

 

Manager of Supplemental Programs and Expansion

 

Lindsey grew up in Petersburg, Alaska. She has been working with elementary-aged children since 2005. She graduated cum laude from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science with an Early Childhood Development and Education emphasis, completing her student teaching in a Head Start pre-kindergarten classroom. After graduation, Lindsey moved to Colorado and led the school-age and enrichment program at a KinderCare Learning Center.  In 2012, she joined BASE Camp as a Site Director at Timnath Elementary, then at Rice Elementary.  Lindsey has been serving the organization in her current role since 2014.

 

Email: lindseys@mybasecampkids.org

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