Staff

Meet some of our central office our staff members

If you are interested in applying for a position at BASE Camp, please visit our Careers page.

Seth Kelley

 

Executive Director

 

Seth Kelley brings 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 12 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 9 years with her husband 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 Kramer

 

Resource Development Manager

 

Amanda has been working in youth development for the past 9 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: akramer@mybasecampkids.org

Marie Maderal

 

Customer Support Specialist

 

Marie comes to BASE Camp with over 15 years of administrative experience, including office support roles in the education, youth nonprofit, medical, retail and accounting fields! She is passionate about helping parents have a great experience with BASE Camp by supporting their needs with scheduling, Daycare Works, registration, and more! She was raised in Tampa, FL and received her B.S. in Education from Loyola University. She is a mother of five adult children scattered across the US. She recently relocated to Fort Collins, CO to be near family and is enthusiastic to have found a new “home” at BASE Camp!

 

Email: mmaderal@mybasecampkids.org

Alex Nassaney

Program Manager

 

Alex was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is passionate about youth development in out-of-school time programs including relationship building, self exploration, and social emotional learning. Prior to his move to Fort Collins in 2018 he worked in after school programs, summer camps, and outdoor education for organizations in Michigan and California. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. While at BASE Camp he served as a Multi-Site Manager and Summer Camp Director before transitioning to his current role as Program Manager.

 

Email: alex.nassaney@basecampstaff.org

Mary Ward

 

Director of Programs

 

Mary Ward has a passion for programs that offer unique and individualized child experiences that foster a sense of belonging, friendship and family.  She brings to BASE Camp over 15 years of organizational leadership experience.  Mary grew up in Fort Collins and is a proud graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  Prior to joining BASE Camp, Mary served as a Center Director for Knowledge Universe in the Longmont and Fort Collins areas.  Mary has trained at industry events on the local and national level and was recently awarded the Best of Colorado Afterschool Professionals Award by the Colorado Afterschool Partnership. Mary has been at BASE Camp for 7 years and currently sits on the board of directors for the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County.

 

Email: mward@mybasecampkids.org

Jason Ostrom

 

Account Manager

 

Jason began with BASE Camp as a Site Director in 2000, working at five schools Poudre School District for seven years before transitioning to a role at the central office as the Account Manager. His two daughters both currently participate in BASE Camp’s program, enabling to add a parent perspective to his position. He holds a BA in English from the University of Nebraska. Jason has been with BASE Camp longer than any other employee – 19 years!

 

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

Morgan Benton

Human Resources Assistant 

 

Morgan has a passion for all things non-profits! Having worked in the nonprofit sector in Arkansas before moving to Fort Collins, she’s worked in Fundraising and Community Engagement and now Human Resources with BASE Camp. She loves working in Human Resources because it allows her to meet nearly every member of the BASE Camp team and serve as a resource to help them thrive. In her off time, Morgan loves to explore the natural areas around Fort Collins and spend as much time as humanly possible with her family and friends.

 

Email:mbenton@mybasecampkids.org

Derrick Smith

Subsidy Specialist 

Email:dsmith@mybasecampkids.org

Michelle Pagano

Program Manager

Michelle first joined the BASE Camp team in 2014 as a Program Lead, she quickly moved to a Director and then Site Manager Role, before being promoted to her current role of Program Manager, Site Support. She also served as our Global Village Summer Camp Director in 2018. She draws on al this experience, plus her B.S. in Physical Education and Health Education from Iowa Wesleyan University in her role supporting all of our Site Managers. She holds a coveted “Colorado Native” badge, having grown up in Frederick, CO.  At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jamie (beloved Site Director at Laurel and BASE Camp team member for over 6 years) and their young son and daughter.

 

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