Meet our staff members

Seth Kelley


Executive Director


Seth Kelley brings fifteen years of experience in the non-profit and education fields.  He began his career in teaching and 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 also 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 director of two clubhouses.  For the past 5 years, 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.



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 B.A.S.E. 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 5 years with her husband Steven, a teacher, and daughter Emmaline.

Lisa Garland


Office Manager


Lisa joined B.A.S.E. 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 as a temp in November 2012 and as a permanent employee in March of 2013.  Lisa has over 20 years of office experience, ten of which was at a law office in Breckenridge.



Amanda Christman


Manager of Volunteers and Enrichment


Amanda has been working in youth development for the past 7 years.  Her experiences include work in after-school programs, residential camp and boarding school staff, as well as participating in two different Americorp programs. She is originally from Wisconsin, but has called Ft. Collins home for the last two years. Since starting with B.A.S.E Camp Amanda has served two years as a site director at Zach Elementary School  as well as working in a leadership position for two summers.  Received B.A. in Integrated Visual Arts, Loras College in 2005.



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 B.A.S.E. Camp team in 2012, Mary was a school director for Knowledge Universe.  She has been a director in Longmont and Fort Collins and has 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.



Jason Ostrom


Account Manager


Jason has been at B.A.S.E. Camp for 12 years as a program director at five schools within the B.A.S.E. Camp system, classroom lead, and now account manager. Born and raised in Walnut Creek, California.  Received his Bachelor of Arts, English from the University of Nebraska.



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.



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 B.A.S.E. Camp as a Site Director at Timnath Elementary, then at Rice Elementary.  In 2014 Lindsey was promoted to Program Coordinator.



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