Director of the Residential Experience
Bethany, who is from Mechanicsburg, PA, received her BA from Penn State University and her MA from the University of Delaware. In addition, Bethany has also lived in Atlanta, GA. Outside of Higher Education, Bethany loves bicycling, hiking, and playing board games. After a long day of work, Bethany is usually hurrying to day care to pick up her pre-k son Anthony so they can have some fun before dinner and bed. When considering why she worked towards a career in Higher Education, Bethany says, “being an undergraduate RA at Penn State brought me out of my shell and showed me how I could be a confident leader and positively impact others with the effort and work I put into my job. It also showed me that when you're passionate about your work it can be a ton of fun.”
Bethany’s favorite place on Campus is the garden next to Facilities’ Van Briggle building because it is peaceful, quiet, and a lovely place to walk or sit and read a book. As food and self-care are big favorites of the Residential Experience Team, Bethany‘s favorite place to eat in the Springs is Little Nepal Indian Restaurant! For self-care, Bethany finds going to the spa for a pedicure or message to be the best! Aside from the typical things, you would talk to the Director of the Residential Experience about, go chat with Bethany if you love exploring student leadership, have kudos or critiques for an RLC or Residential Experience policy, or have a question that could not be answered by an RLC. Shoot her an email to set up a time to meet!
Residential Life Coordinators
Kaylee, who is from San Diego, CA., received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from California State University, San Marcos where she played four years of collegiate lacrosse and was heavily involved in student life. Then earned her Master of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach (GO Beach!) where she served in residence life and other on campus organizations. When considering why she committed to a career in Higher Education, Kaylee says “I am committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and welcoming ‘home away from home’. I have a passion for fostering developmental and intentional spaces for students to thrive!” Outside of work, Kaylee enjoys exercising, spending time with friends, and soaking up the sunshine! She also enjoys foodie spots and breweries.
James, who is from De Pere, WI, received his BS in Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he worked with a variety of campus entities like Career Services, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and the University Foundation. He then worked in the private sector and in university fundraising for a year and a half before returning to school to get his MS from University of Wisconsin-Stout in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse treatment and Eating Disorder treatment. One of his main passions when working in higher education is building relationships with students and helping them to gain skills that will help them in their chosen career after school. I have a great passion for helping students access opportunities that they weren’t aware were an option for them. Outside of work, James enjoys hiking with his dog, Ember, trying new foods, and just about anything associated with drag queens. He is excited to see more of Colorado and the Springs and be able to become a part of the community.
East Campus, Synergy Houses, Jackson, Greek Housing, Cottages, and Off Campus
Luis, who is from Santa Fe, NM, received his Bachelor's in Psychology and Sociology from the University of New Mexico and his Master's of Educational Leadership from Portland State University. Outside of work, Luis loves teaching his dog Orion to dance bachata, going to foodie spots and breweries, and creating calligraphy/lettering/grafitti pieces. After a long day of work, Luis is usually boxing, cuddling or hiking with his pup, or talking to his family. When considering why he worked toward a career in Higher Education, Luis says, "I want to help foster a transformative time of growth. College was my most transformative time, but only because of the community I was fortunate enough to have, so I want to help build that for others!"
Outside of his buildings, Luis' favorite place on campus is the rooftop of Shove Chapel because it's fun walking up the spiral staircase and the view is very pretty. As food and self-care big favorites of the RLC team, Luis' favorite place to eat in Colorado Springs is La Flor de Jalisco because they are the realest tacos in the city, and they are mi gente! For self-care, Luis finds going to the movies or watching TV, singing on long drives, or traveling to be the best! Aside from the typical things you would talk to an RLC about, go chat with Luis about tattoos and tattoo culture around the world, all things comedy, NEW MEXICO, and food!
International Student Specialist & Language House Coordinator
Anneke, who is originally from all over South Africa but calls Port Elizabeth her hometown, received her Life, Business and Career Coaching Certification and Diploma with an emphasis in Executive Leadership from the Metaskills Institute. Thereafter Anneke received her BS in Social Sciences and GIS from Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. During her time at NMU Anneke served in various roles but most notably as an International Student Orientation Coordinator and during her junior year Anneke ventured to St. Cloud, Minnesota for a semester as a J-1 exchange student. Anneke enjoyed her time in Minnesota so much she returned a year later as a F-1 student to pursue her Master of Science in College Counselling and Student Develop with an Emphasis in Motivational Interviewing and Restorative Justice accompanied by her work as a Graduate Hall Director for the Department of Residential Life.
It was in St. Cloud, MN where Anneke met her now husband Zack, who also works at CC as a Campus Safety Officer, and they got married in March 2020 in a hot air balloon during a private social distancing ceremony – they are also proud parents of a miniature poodle called Liefling (meaning ‘My Darling’ in Afrikaans). Anneke’s favorite place on campus is her office due to it wonderful views of the mountains and its short walk to the Preserve for some Josh & John’s ice cream! When considering why she is committed to a career in Higher Education, Anneke says “I am a lifelong learner and will always be the most fierce advocate for education but I recognize how challenging the process can be and therefore I want to be a support vessel for students to make their time at College just a little easier and a little less stressful knowing I am there to help when they need it – especially those whom identify as international, you will forever be a priority!” Anneke currently serves the CC community as the Co-chair of DEAB (Diversity and Equity Advisory Board), a member of Staff Council and a NASPA IV West board member.
Mollie, who is from Simsbury, CT, received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy from Colorado College, where she was an RA for three years and ran track for four years. After graduating, Mollie worked with volunteers in Denver for 5 years. When considering why she committed to a career in Higher Education, Mollie says, “During every change and transition in my life, I have found myself saying, ‘This is just like when I was an RA,’ and ‘If I could be on duty during Llamapalooza three years in a row, I can do anything.’ I am eager to pay my experience forward and help RAs and students develop perspective and confidence they can utilize now and in the future.”
When she isn’t trying to learn how to use GroupMe, Mollie loves to read (Stop by her office to share your recommendations!) and spend time with her framily (friend family). She especially loves to spend time in the outdoors and is excited to learn to lead climb and expand her backcountry ski experience. She is also excited for more Monday nights at Fujiyama and veggie bowls from Azada Mexican Grill.
Front Desk Coordinators
Mathias Hall, Arthur, Jackson, East Campus Apartments
South Hall, Glass House
Loomis Hall, Old Town, Language Houses, Western Ridge Apartments