Meet the Presidential Ambassadors!

The 2022 Presidential Ambassadors
The 2022-23 Presidential Ambassadors
Amory Anderson

Name: Amory Anderson
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
College: College of Natural Sciences
Major/Minor: Biology major, chemistry minor
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

I am an out-of-state student who came to CSU to venture outside of the small Alaskan town I was raised in. I was ready to experience life in a new area, and Fort Collins caught my attention from the start. Two years later, CSU still never disappoints!

I am a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma where I serve as the VP of Academic Excellence! I am also a member of the Panhellenic council, where I serve the role of VP of Community Development. I am so excited to see what opportunities, friendships, and memories I will gain from being a part of this inspiring PA team!


Audrey Bankes

Name: Audrey Bankes
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Loveland, Colo.
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

I came to CSU because the campus was extremely welcoming and seemed like a place I would fit in. The opportunities at CSU for research, diverse coursework, extracurricular activities, and community involvement was also very exciting. After making connections with outstanding professors, getting involved on campus, and dressing up for all the home football games, I knew I made the right choice and am lucky to be a CSU Ram.

In addition to my engineering and premed coursework, I am involved in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, academic research, the Society of Women Engineers, leading new student orientation, and the Engineering Honor Society. Off campus I am also a regular volunteer at the Food Bank for Larimer County and a certified nursing aide at the hospital.


Ryan Bayer

Name: Ryan Bayer
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Beulah, Colo.
College: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Major/Minor: Biomedical Sciences
Year: Sophomore
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

My story of CSU began with a dozen pictures my brother (a CSU alum) brought home from college to show the family. Falling in love with a school without having been to it might be hard to believe, but when I finally made it to CSU, I knew it was right. The community here at CSU inspires me to pursue my passions in both the research and clinical setting by igniting my desire to give back to a community that gave me so much.

My current involvements are, of course, my Chair of Philanthropy for the Presidential Ambassadors. Beyond that, I am an undergraduate research assistant as well as a member of the Biomedical Student Association, Pre-Medica, and Pre-Soma. Outside of school I have involved myself in my community by volunteering at local hospice houses while also working part time as a CNA for Columbine Health.


Michael Doolittle

Name: Michael Doolittle
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Berthoud, Colo.
College: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Major/Minor: Landscape Architecture, minor in Construction Management
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

I grew up just 30 minutes south of CSU, but it was not until after touring the campus my senior year of high school, that I knew it would be the place I would call home for the next four years. During that tour I fell in love with the campus, the people, and the neuroscience major that I had wished to pursue. Now as a senior looking back, I can say that the experiences in research and education that I have received has been far greater than anything I could have ever expected, and I am incredibly proud to be a Ram.

During my time at CSU, I have been able to take part in many amazing opportunities, both academic and extracurricular. I am a member of the Neuroscience Student Organization, a current member and former Scholarship officer of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, an undergraduate researcher in a synapse biology and cognition laboratory, and now a Presidential Ambassador. I am beyond grateful for CSU, which has given me all these amazing opportunities, and for the Boettcher foundation and the scholarship donors who have been able to financially support me during my undergraduate education.


Erin Ellis

Name: Erin Ellis
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Grover, Colo.
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts
Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Licensure, minor in Spanish
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

I grew up in a small town in rural northeastern Colorado where everyone knew everyone else in the community. I experienced the same feeling when I first stepped on the CSU campus as a potential Boettcher Scholar. I was able to explore campus and see all the opportunities available to students, as well as meet with current CSU students that welcomed me into the community. After that opportunity, I knew I wanted to be part of the CSU Ramily, where I would be able to make connections that would last the rest of my life and make a difference in my community.

Serving my community is a strong aspect of who I am, and CSU has provided many different opportunities for me to make an impact. I have been able to serve other students as a learning assistant in a biology lab, create opportunities for children as the Operations Coordinator for Camp Kesem, and work alongside other students in the Mountain View College Ministry. All these activities have allowed me to serve my community in different ways, make connections with people from all walks of life, and learn skills that I will use for the rest of my life.


Phoenix Espinoza

Name: Phoenix Espinoza
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Greeley, Colo.
College: Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Major/Minor: Biomedical Sciences
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

My first year at CSU has been a whirlwind of new experiences such as dorm-life, independence, study groups, and more. However, I began to form a connection with CSU and its community at a young age when my mother was a student. Here, 13 years later, I walk along these same roads on which I used to play and can’t help but feel that I have found my way back home.

When I started school in the spring, I expected to be involved in maybe a club or two, but never thought I would be where I am in the CSU community today. From getting involved in a research lab to presenting in the MURALS and CURC symposiums, I have been able to form deep connections with many students and staff in the Biomedical and Human Nutrition departments on campus. Outside of science, I am a member of the CSU Honors Program, part of Club Heartbeat, a C4E member, a Gladys Eddy Scholar, and a Reisher Scholar.


Abigail Fennell

Name: Abigail Fennell
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Centennial, Colo.
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

My story at CSU began when I first visited the campus with a family friend, who was also a Presidential Ambassador at that time. I loved the campus and the sense of community I felt, and I continue to be grateful that I attend CSU. Here, I have encountered unique opportunities to study multiple engineering disciplines, engage in research as an undergraduate, and give back to the campus community in various roles.

I am currently the President of CSU’s Society of Women Engineers, and I have served in various other roles for the local and global organizations. At CSU, I have conducted research in microbiology and cell mechanobiology. I also serve as the Membership Chair for the Presidential Ambassadors.


Hannah Gillard

Name: Hannah Rebekah Gilliard
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
College: College of Natural Sciences
Major/Minor: Biology/ Pre-med
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

I have always loved helping others, being involved in the community, being a youth leader in my church and remaining dedicated to learning, researching and finding solutions. Graduating from high school at the age of 16 years old, I was looking for a college where I could experience these things, and CSU was definitely the college. As I enter into my second year, I have experienced a community that allows me to help others and presents many opportunities. During my first year, I became a part of MURALS First Year Scholar Academy. I also became a Rising Star (3rd Place) Social Science and Humanities winner in the MURALS Symposium.

I am currently a part of the Presidential Ambassador program, a member of CSU National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Citi Research Program, STEMM, Key Plus, and MURALS Entourage Team. I am in the process of starting my foundation called “Hannah’s Helping Hands” which provides education, care packages, counseling, activities, and support to children in group homes as well as foster homes. I am thankful to my parents for all their support and love. I look forward to my first year as being a Presidential Ambassador to engage with the CSU community and connect with CSU alumni and donors.


Kendra Gipson

Name: Kendra Gipson
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
College: College of Liberal Arts, College of Business
Major/Minor: Political Science, Business Administration
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: December 2022

CSU is home and has felt that way since I first stepped foot on campus. Growing up an hour south of Fort Collins, I always knew Colorado State was a beautiful university with a warm community surrounding it. When I was a sophomore in high school, I committed to play D1 soccer at CSU. Now as a senior in college, I can confidently say I made the perfect choice. However, my influence here at Colorado State goes beyond just athletics and academics. I have a strong passion for serving others and embracing leadership roles, making the Presidential Ambassador program a prime place for me to grow.

Throughout my time at CSU thus far, my biggest commitments have been my studies and my sport. However, I have been afforded the opportunity to thrive in different areas as well. In March of 2022, I was honored to moderate a panel of CSU female head coaches on International Women’s Day where we discussed important milestones like Title IX, and the bright future for female athletics at CSU. As I step into this year, I hope to continue to foster meaningful connections and express my gratitude towards the amazing individuals who have made my college experience so memorable. My goal is to interconnect the skills, lessons, and experiences I gain from being an athlete and a Presidential Ambassador to be a leader and a servant to others in both roles. I am incredibly grateful for the unique opportunity I have here at CSU, and I am excited to pay it forward in my final year. Go Rams!


Jalyn McGuffin

Name: Jalyn McGuffin
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Somerset, Texas
College: College of Agricultural Sciences, Warner College of Natural Resources
Major/Minor: Agribusiness, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: December 2023

Upon committing to play softball for CSU my sophomore year of high school, I was overcome by the beauty of the city and the campus, not to mention the amazing academics and well-known agricultural program. Through CSU, I have found a passion for social justice and politics and diving deeper into discussion on campus about the changes our generation will be making in the future. I have also found a deep passion for agriculture and its movement towards sustainability and bettering the environment for generations of farmers and consumers in the future.

During my time at CSU, I have held multiple leadership roles that have grown me into a better leader, teammate, and person. During my freshman year, I was chosen to be an Eco Leader, which focused on improving sustainability qualities in residence halls and actively worked with residents to encourage implementing sustainable practices into their everyday life. As a sophomore, I worked as a KEY athlete mentor, where I helped mentor freshman athletes as they faced their first year of college and the inevitable struggles that come with being a student and an athlete. These leadership roles have helped shape me into the person I have become today, and I look forward to the opportunities CSU will bring me in the future.


Clint Middlemist

Name: Clint Middlemist
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: La Jara, Colo.
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Growing up in a small town in Southern Colorado, I wanted to attend a college that had the opportunities and resources of a large university. I had dreams to obtain a great education and grow professionally, while still feeling valued enough to have a personalized experience. This unique dynamic at CSU has allowed me to thrive not only as a student, but as an individual and a professional. The experiences and connections I have made as a CSU Ram will last me a lifetime, and I am forever thankful.

As a Boettcher Scholar coming to CSU, countless doors of opportunity have opened for me. The gift of philanthropy has provided me valuable networking opportunities with faculty, alumni, and industry partners of CSU and the ability to excel in my studies and in a professional setting. As an undergraduate, I have had the ability to work in the Adaptive Robotics Lab for the past year and a half developing multiple shape morphing robots in pursuit of a publication in one of the most prestigious robotics journals in the country.


Jasmine Retland

Name: Jasmine Retland
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
College: College of Liberal Arts
Major/Minor: Music Therapy
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: 2025

I first experienced CSU through the BIF (Black Issues Forum) summer program before my senior year of high school, where I fell in love with the campus atmosphere and the staff and faculty I got to know along the way. When I found out that CSU was also one of the few schools that offered a Music Therapy degree program, it sealed the deal for me on where I would be spending the next few years of my life. CSU has also allowed me many opportunities to grow and step into my leadership in the short time I’ve been here. I am so thankful for the many communities that make up CSU that remind me that I belong here and I’m proud to be a CSU Ram.

I’m excited to be part of this year’s Presidential Ambassadors Team. Along with this role, I am a part of the Black/African American Cultural Center here on campus as a Peer Mentor and Coordinator. In these roles, I help freshman students navigate college and create events that foster inclusivity and celebrate cultural diversity. I also participated in Key Communities during my freshman year and continue the philanthropic spirit of giving my time through various volunteer work. You can also find me singing at various games and events throughout the year, so go Rams!


Shayna Ross

Name: Shayna Ross
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: San Diego, California
College: College of Health and Human Sciences
Major/Minor: Health and Exercise Science
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Coming from out of state to CSU, I was nervous at first. I knew how beautiful CSU is, but what I did not know was that I would be joining a true family of Rams. Throughout my first year at CSU, I have been supported to pursue my academic and athletic goals by my peers and professors. I can say without a doubt that CSU is the perfect place for me.

CSU has offered me a place to grow and integrate my passions with the university. I have been able to pursue my athletic career by playing on CSU’s Division 1 soccer team. It has been amazing to represent CSU students and athletes on the soccer field and in the community. I am a member of The Hidden Opponent, a club that spreads awareness and support for student-athletes’ mental health. In addition, this year I will be serving on the board at Chabad at CSU.


Isabel Weber Alatorre

Name: Isabel Weber Alatorre
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
College: College of Liberal Arts
Major/Minor: Political Science, minor in Spanish
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Growing up in Detroit, I never would have thought about going to school out of state, much less across the country. I knew I wanted to go somewhere new to explore my passions of service and politics, and CSU gave me that opportunity. Coming to CSU knowing nobody in the middle of the pandemic was extremely nerve-racking, but as soon as I stepped on campus it felt like home. I met so many new people from all different backgrounds with a similar goal and mindset as me, and I was able to form a family so far from my hometown. I am so grateful to be a part of the RAMily and so proud to be part of such a great community.

My involvement at CSU started in La Conexión through El Centro my freshman year. It gave me the opportunity to meet so many other Latinx students going through the same experience as me. Later, I had the opportunity to be the Executive Intern of Diversity and Inclusion in ASCSU (Associated Students of Colorado State University). This allowed me to really get involved on campus and meet other students with the same goals as me. I now work at the Rams Against Hunger pantry, where I can help students, staff, and other members of our community while informing them about food insecurity and food waste. Off campus, I am a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby Fort Collins, where I write to our representatives and inform the public on climate change and what they can do to help protect our planet.


Emily Wilson

Name: Emily Wilson
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Alamosa, Colo.
College: College of Agricultural Sciences
Major/Minor: Animal Sciences
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

The aspect of community and building connections has always been the driving factor of my life. With that in mind, CSU became a home to me and the perfect place to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. Growing up in a rural community with an interest in agriculture, I felt immediately included and welcomed into the Aggie family that practiced leadership, stewardship, and service. As I work towards a professional career in the animal industry, I could not be more grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have been given at CSU and I can only hope to continue to give back to multiple communities in the future.

With a goal of Veterinary School, I knew I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I could to be involved and gain experience. As a freshman, I immediately found a home within the College of Agriculture, where I served as an Agricultural Ambassador and held multiple positions as a teaching assistant in some of the classrooms. I later dove into an internship with therapeutic horses, volunteered in research with dairy calves, and helped with the Animal Nutrition group. Through these experiences, I have been able to narrow down my interests and passions in the animal industry world and grow as a leader amongst my peers.


Rebeca Workineh

Name: Rebeca Workineh
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
College: College of Natural Sciences
Major/Minor: Biochemistry – health concentration
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

With my privilege to be a first-generation student, I perceive education to be the key to initiating social transformation, union amongst communities, and empathy. CSU’s principles cultivate a culture of care amongst Rams that I am grateful to experience and embrace. At CSU, I have found abundant resources to feed my aspirations and curiosity for my future through our wide range of academic programs, remarkable student/faculty relationships, and my fellow Rams committed to demonstrating altruism in many forms.

During my first year at CSU, I joined the student health advisory committee, participated in research through the biology department, and strengthened my leadership skills through the President’s Leadership Program. The numerous opportunities I’ve been granted result from CSU faculty and student support in navigating the path to expanding my education. My role as a Presidential Ambassador gives me a unique chance to express my gratitude for philanthropic efforts that are the foundation of excellence and aspirations at CSU.