Meet the Presidential Ambassadors!

The 2021-22 Presidential Ambassadors
Ethan Barron

Name: Ethan Barron
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Austin, TX
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

When I first stepped foot on CSU’s campus, I was welcomed with a sense of kindness that made it feel like a second home. I immediately fell in love with the deeply-rooted sense of community that I felt in everyone that I met. After I learned about the number of resources CSU students have for academic, mental, and physical support, I knew that CSU was the right choice for me. Going into my final year at CSU, I can happily say that the same sense of community that I first fell in love with has only gotten stronger. I am always surprised by the willingness and dedication that my peers and the CSU faculty have shown me when I need help. I know that if I fall at CSU, there will be plenty of hands to help pick me back up. Rams take care of Rams and that’s why I love CSU!

After I took a tour of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, I knew that I wanted to become an Engineering Student Ambassador so I could give a potential student the same sense of community that my tour guide gave me. I have been an Engineering Student Ambassador since my sophomore year and have made some of my best memories there. I am also involved in the University Honors Program, and I serve as an undergraduate research assistant in the CardioVascular Biomechanics laboratory. Off-campus, I volunteer at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. I am so excited to give back to the University that has given me so much and serve as a Presidential Ambassador for a second year!


Name: Ryan Bayer
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Pueblo, CO
College: College of Natural Sciences
Major/Minor: Biological Sciences
Year: Sophomore
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

My story began in my childhood home 45 minutes away from the closest city, tucked away in the mountains. I was raised and taught a determined mindset in those mountains that I would take with me throughout my entire life. I moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where I began volunteering at Parkview Medical Center (the hospital) and Sangre De Cristo Hospice House. I found my passion for giving back to others in the medical field in both places and on my way to college I hope to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology here at CSU. I hope to use that degree to pursue a career as a Cardiologist to give back to my community even more.

I am currently involved in the Presidential Ambassadors Program, the HURS Program, the Biomedical Student Association, Premedica, Pre-SOMA, and am in the process of starting my club called the H.O.P.E. Program (Hospice Opportunity for Patient Engagement). I am so grateful for everything that has gotten me to this point in my college career, beginning with the Boettcher Foundation that has financially supported my college education and CNA certification courses. Alongside my appreciation for the Boettcher Scholars Community, I am so grateful for my friends and family that have helped me get to such a good point in my life. Finally, I am thankful for the opportunities to participate in the Hoerndli Research and as a TA for a Psychology 100 Class.


Name: Tamera Breidenbach
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Shelby, NC
College: Warner College of Natural Resources
Major/Minor: Forest Sciences
Year: Graduate Student
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

I grew up in the rural, western region of North Carolina and moved to Colorado to pursue my undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. I am proud to have completed my undergrad as a first-generation, non-traditional student with Cum Laude honors. After graduating in December of 2019, I returned to CSU in the Fall of 2020 to pursue a Masters of Forest Sciences, focusing on natural resource policy and public land management relating to large landscape disturbances. Professionally, I am focused on promoting climate resilience in rural communities and those impacted by disturbances in the wildland-urban interface. I have found CSU to be the best university to pursue these goals because of its mission as a Land-Grant University.

I am ecstatic to rejoin the Presidential Ambassadors and I am grateful for the giving that has enabled me to be successful at CSU. I attribute my success as a first-generation, non-traditional student to the contributions, opportunities, and experiences I gained from the giving of others in the Ramily. I am so happy to be back at CSU and look forward to giving back to this community by giving my time in service.


Name: Jonathan Cable
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Brush, CO
College: College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences
Major/Minor: Landscape Architecture, minor in Construction Management
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Growing up in rural Northeast Colorado, I knew that my choice in higher education would need to align with my passions of genuine community, mindful innovation, and committed stewardship. As the son of an Aggie Alumnus, I had early exposure to what it means to be a Ram, and my first interactions with CSU occurred through CSU Extension and Colorado 4-H. Through my high school 4-H career, I grew my passions for leadership, agriculture, and service. When the time came for choosing my higher education path, the land-grant mission, commitment to Colorado agriculture, and distinctive culture of excellence at CSU were the ultimate decision-makers (and, of course, the beautiful Fort Collins campus). As I work towards a professional career in community planning and development, I could not be more grateful for the opportunities I have been given at CSU to apply action to my purpose while becoming a lifelong learner and leader.

A constant theme of my CSU story is the exceptional support and numerous mentors who have pushed me out of my comfort zone to pursue opportunities to thrive during my journey. As a homeschool graduate from a small town, I was unsure at first how I would find my voice on a campus of 33,000 students. However, since I arrived at CSU in 2018, I have enjoyed abundant opportunities for engagement and service to not only belong at CSU but also lead with confidence. Springing from a fruitful first year in Key Communities, I have given back to the Ramily as an Ag Ambassador, Peer Mentor, Member of the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, student ministry leader, a representative on several College of Ag committees, and Presidential Ambassador. I am inspired daily by the generosity of our campus community and look forward to celebrating all forms of giving at CSU and building a culture of gratitude. Stay Stalwart Rams!


Name: Leslie DeLay
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Parker, CO
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Year: Fifth Year
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

I have a deep-rooted passion for helping others and a constant longing to expand my knowledge. Having visited the campus multiple times, I knew that CSU was home to an inclusive campus that respected and supported its students. This focus on care, combined with my top choice of major, showed me that CSU held the best opportunity to grow as a student and a community leader. Throughout my time at CSU, I have gained a greater appreciation for the hard work and dedication of others who continue to inspire me to be the best version of myself. I confidently wear Green and Gold because I am a part of the Ram Family, something so much bigger than myself.

As a freshman, I found a home within the Chi Omega sorority where I served as the Panhellenic Delegate Assistant and Vice President. As a second-year Honors Peer Mentor, I have had the opportunity to lead a group of incoming freshmen and offer advice as they begin to navigate their undergraduate education. Over the past three years, I have worked for the Dean’s Office of the College of Agricultural Sciences where I have experienced a new dynamic of the CSU community. The summer after my sophomore year, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and team up with the non-profit, Range of Motion Project (ROMP), to serve the local Ecuadorian community prosthetic care. My heart is full of gratitude, as this opportunity was made possible with the finical support of CSU donors. It is an honor to serve as a Presidential Ambassador and give back to this university that has given so much to me. Go Rams!


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

At CSU, I have had the opportunity to major in both Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. My courses of study have offered incredible hands-on opportunities, from learning to use quantum chemistry software to designing studies on arterial stiffness indicators. I remain grateful to the Presidential Ambassador alumni who first introduced me to this campus and culture. I look forward to continuing my education at CSU, where I know I can thrive in its rigorous academic programs, vibrant student community, and engaging research.

During my time here, I have served as the Treasurer for our chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and I help plan and organize SWE’s annual high school shadowing event that I attended as a high school senior. I also have taken advantage of several research opportunities at CSU. In the Department of Microbiology, I investigate and characterize bacterial symbionts of insects in the hopes of leveraging those symbionts to reduce the insects’ vector competency. I also investigate how mechanical stresses impact stem cell differentiation through my research with the School of Biomedical Engineering. This past year, I was a peer mentor and tutor for an introductory engineering class. Outside of the sciences, I sing in our University Chorus, which provides an outlet for students of all majors to rehearse and perform vocal music. I am thrilled to join the PA team this year, and I look forward to continuing my adventure here at CSU!


Name: Micaela Fenton
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Greeley, CO
College: College of Agricultural Sciences
Major/Minor: Soil and Crop Sciences
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Going to a college so close to home was never my plan. Then as college decision-making was underway, I realized there was something special about CSU that I didn’t experience at other schools. I fell in love with CSU because of its basis in stewardship and service. Here at CSU, we are surrounded by world-class professors and staff who are dedicated to sending us into the world equipped with the knowledge to serve our communities.

Within the role of a Presidential Ambassador, I hope I can spread light on the opportunities, individuals, and experiences that create the culture here at CSU. I want to do this by connecting and building relationships with those around me. The experience, friendships, and knowledge I have gained here at CSU will forever shape my life.


Name: Merry Gebretsadik
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Littleton, CO
College: College of Liberal Arts
Major/Minor: Political Science, minor in Ethnic Studies
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

During my senior year of high school, I always thought I was going out of state for college. But after stepping foot at Colorado State University for a leadership program, I fell in love with the sense of community that was instantly present. Although I was nervous about stepping out of my comfort zone, the CSU community helped make it a smooth transition. CSU has provided me with so many amazing opportunities that have granted me the ability to grow as a leader. Throughout my time here at CSU, I have realized that I made the right choice. I couldn’t be prouder to call myself a RAM!

When I first came to CSU, I was very hesitant about being unable to find a sense of community. However, by joining various organizations such as the College of Liberal Arts Ambassador team, Associated Students of Colorado State University, and Orientation and Transition Programs, I was able to challenge myself and thrive when it came to my leadership journey. Through my time at CSU, I have also been able to work as a Resident Assistant which has allowed me to strengthen my communication skills as well as serve the community by assisting first-year students in their transition. Being part of these organizations at CSU has granted me amazing opportunities that I will forever be thankful for. I am looking forward to serving in my second year as a Presidential Ambassador in the role of a Marketing and Communications Co-Chair!


Name: Kendra Gipson
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Aurora, CO
College: College of Liberal Arts, College of Business
Major/Minor: Political Science, Business Administration
Year: Junior
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

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 junior in college, I can confidently say I made a perfect choice. However, my influence here at Colorado State goes beyond just athletics. 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. I am a part of the Women of Color in Athletics group that works to bring female athletes of color together while also creating a safe and inclusive space for future student-athletes. As I step into this year, I hope to bridge the gap between the athletics and philanthropic sides of CSU. 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 this year. Go Rams!


Name: Taylor Heap
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Aurora, CO
College: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Major/Minor: Biomedical Sciences
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: Third Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

As a second-generation CSU student, I grew up visiting Fort Collins and our beautiful campus to support the Rams in football and basketball. As a Boettcher Scholar, the unparalleled support and academic opportunities at CSU made it an easy choice to attend. I have cherished the CSU students, faculty members, donors, and alumni that have made my educational journey so special. I am so excited to finish up my last year here at CSU and take advantage of every opportunity I can.

I am so grateful for every opportunity CSU has given me to expand my community and extracurricular involvement. I am the current Membership Chair and former Philanthropy Chair for the Presidential Ambassadors, and I look forward to continuing to serve this wonderful group of campus and community leaders. I am a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at CSU and have had the honor to serve as the current Chapter President and former Vice President of Academic Excellence. I love connecting with prospective students and families as a CVMBS Ambassador and undergraduate learning Assistant, and I love sharing my passion for Biomedical Sciences with others. I am so excited to continue connecting with donors, alumni, and friends of CSU during my third year as a Presidential Ambassador. Go Rams!


Name: Kim King
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Year: Fifth Year
Years of PA Service: Second Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

I was first drawn to CSU for its unique dual-degree biomedical engineering program and amazing Colorado location, but what ended up sealing the deal for me was the overwhelming feeling of support I found while visiting campus. I didn’t know how to describe this feeling at the time, but now I know it’s all because “Rams take care of Rams.” I’m now pleased to say that I not only get to witness this culture in action in and out of the classroom every day, but I now contribute to this culture as a proud CSU Ram.

The knowledge that there is a community of faculty, students, and resources that have my back every step of the way has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and dive into new and exciting involvements. Some of these include being a student in the University Honors Program, a member of the engineering honors fraternity Tau Beta Pi, and a former member of the club climbing team, despite never having climbed before. My biggest involvement since my freshman year has been as an Admissions Ambassador where I’ve had the privilege of sharing my student experience with prospective students and their families, as well as the honor to serve as a student leader within the team. This experience has made me even more excited to continue to serve the University as a Presidential Ambassador!


Name: Eryn Lum
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Civil Engineering
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

As a child, I heard a lot about CSU because my parents attended CSU during their undergrad years. So naturally, I looked at small colleges and universities that were the complete opposite of CSU. However, when I came to committing to CSU, I knew that I made the right decision. From the night I hung my “I Found My State” poster in my room, to today, finishing my senior year, my RamPride and love for CSU have only grown stronger. I know that I will forever cherish the memories, opportunities, and relationships that being a CSU Ram has provided me.

Service has been ingrained in me throughout my life. I am so grateful to CSU, my professors, and the RAM community for allowing me to grow as a student and an individual, and want to take this opportunity to give back to the university that has given me so much. For the past three years, I have had the amazing opportunity to give my time and talent to support our football team in the Marching Band. I also have one of the most fulfilling jobs serving on our Admissions Ambassador team, taking prospective students on campus tours and sharing my love for CSU with them. As a first-year Presidential Ambassador, I am excited to connect with donors, RAM alumni, and the greater CSU community! Go Rams!


Name: Clint Middlemist
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: La Jara, CO
College: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Junior
Years of PA Service: First 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 has allowed me to thrive not only as a student but also 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 and a CSU student, countless doors of opportunity have opened for me. The gift of philanthropy has provided me valuable networking opportunities and the ability to excel in my studies and a professional setting. As an undergraduate student, I have worked in the Adaptive Robotics Lab for the past two semesters developing a shape-morphing robot. I have also expanded my knowledge through CSU Maker’s Club. I am thankful for the freedom to personalize my college experience afforded to me by the Boettcher Foundation and other scholarship donors.


Name: Joslyn Orji
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: College of Liberal Arts
Major/Minor: Political Science with a concentration in Global Public Policy, minors in Ethnic Studies and International Development
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: First Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Although I have lived in California for most of my life, attending CSU has always been a dream of mine. With the strong family connection that I have to the university, I immediately began to feel at home once I arrived. I knew that CSU would be the place where I would thrive considering how closely my values as an individual aligned with CSU’s values as a community. Since my first year, I have been motivated to involve myself on campus as a chance to meet and connect with my fellow rams. Now, as I enter my final year, I want to express my appreciation for all of the support and connections that I have made in the last four years.

My involvement on campus began as a freshman when I had the opportunity to be a part of the Key Communities, a supportive learning community designed to honor the identities and strengths of students. In my second year, I continued my participation in the Key Communities as a Peer Mentor. This position gave me the amazing chance to support and lead first-year students in their adjustment to their newfound college journey. During this time, I also became involved in many different communities on campus such as the Black/African American Cultural Center (B/AACC), the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), the Rocky Mountain Collegian Newspaper, the Liberal Arts Dean’s Leadership Council (LADLC) and the President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee (PMSAC).


Name: Briana Tangredi
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: San Diego, CA
College: College of Agricultural Sciences
Major/Minor: Animal Sciences
Year: Graduate Student
Years of PA Service: Third Year
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

I fell in love with Colorado at a young age, and when it came time for college, Colorado State University was recommended to me by an alumnus. After researching online, I knew that CSU could provide the tools and research for me to pursue my dreams of becoming an Animal Scientist. During my first campus visit, I was welcomed by the snow-covered trees in the Oval and immediately fell in love with the beauty of it all. At first, I was nervous about being far away from home and knowing only a few people. However, I was excited about a new opportunity and the ability to experience the different seasons that California lacked. Now, I don’t want to leave. I am forever grateful to be continuing my education as a graduate student.

Coming to college, I wanted to get involved in everything. During my undergraduate career, I joined the professional Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Ram Handler Team, and I later dove headfirst into the College of Agricultural Sciences as a member of the Animal Nutrition Group and working in the Dean’s Office. Through these experiences, I have grown to be a leader amongst my peers and have helped conduct transfer orientation sessions for the Animal Science Department. As a graduate student, I now represent CSU as a teaching assistant and a coach for the CSU Quizbowl Team. I am excited for the chance to extend the same mentorship I received to the undergraduate students I work with. These programs have allowed me to give back to the institution that has given me countless opportunities and a home away from home, and I am humbled to serve as a Presidential Ambassador for a third year.