The Office of CSU Events & Donor Engagement strives for excellence in all its endeavors.

Team Profiles

 Katy DeJonge

Title: Engagement & Events Manager
Email: katie.dejonge@colostate.edu
Clients: Athletics, Alumni, and Principal Gifts
Strengths: Positivity | Activator | Achiever | Discipline | Self-Assurance
Hometown: Coggon, IA
Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite Quote: “Lead by example. That way when you speak, people will respect your voice.”

Marissa J. Dienstag

Title: Assistant Director of Presidential Events & University events
Email: Marissa.Dienstag@colostate.edu
Clients: President’s Office, CSU System, External Relations, Provost, University Ceremonies
Strengths: Strategic | Responsibility | Relator | Analytical | Command
Hometown: Miami, FL
Favorite book: Any book of historical fiction
Favorite quote: “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” J.M. Barrie
When not working, I enjoy: Theater, various outdoor activities and hanging out with my puppy

 Nicole Franklineventsweb-175

Title: Assistant Director, Event Communications
Email: nicole.franklin@colostate.edu
Strengths: Learner | Adaptability | Consistency | Discipline | Intellection
Hometown: San Diego, CA
CSU Alumni: 1998

Favorite Quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” —Ferris Bueller
CSU event I most enjoy and why: President’s Fall Address because the campus and community get to enjoy time under the elm trees of the Oval hearing from Dr. Frank on the state of the University.
When not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my husband Shaun, renovations, reading, dancing and cycling.

Matthew S. Helmer

Title: Executive Director, CSU Events & Community Engagement
Email: matthew.helmer@colostate.edu
Strengths: Input | Significance | Strategic | Communication | Ideation
Hometown: Monroe, LA
Reason for choosing this career/profession:Honestly, I think the profession chose me. Where I am today is not where I imagined my career path taking me, but I can’t really imagine doing anything else. This field allows me to dream, to create – to inspire others by bringing to life the amazing University that they love and illustrating the many ways they make a difference in her success. Demonstrating gratitude is exceptionally fulfilling. And very few industries challenge their professionals to continuously look for ways to innovate and unleash excellence in the way ours does. It’s simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting – and I absolutely love it!
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Quote: “The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest. The antidote to exhaustion is whole-heartedness. It is those things we do half-heartedly that really wear us out.” —F!SH Tales

Brittany Johnson

Title: Engagement & Events Manager
Strategic | Input | Activator | Learner | Intellection
Hometown: Elizabeth, CO
In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be and why: A cat, because they train people instead of people training them.
Favorite Musician: Garth Brooks
When not working, I enjoy: Riding horses, spending time with my dogs, friends and family.

Tanara Landor

Title: Assistant Director, Advancement Events & Donor Engagement
Email: Tanara.landor@colostate.edu
Clients: Athletics, Alumni Relations, Principal Gifts, Enrollment Access & Student Affairs, Office of Gift Planning, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Strengths: Optimism | Resourcefulness | Determination | Leadership | Ambition
Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana
Role Model: Oprah Winfrey
Favorite Quote: Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam-“I will either find a way or shall make one.”
When not working, I enjoy:  Being on a beach, in a pool, or on a boat…drinking champagne.

Kelly Liggett

Kelly Liggett

Title: Director, Advancement Events & Donor Engagement
Strategic | Input | Activator | Learner | Intellection
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice, The Grapes of Wrath, The River Why
Favorite Musicians: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen
When not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my family, hiking, camping, fishing skiing and running

Brooks Phillipsbrooks-3

Title: Guest Relations Manager
Woo | Consistency | Adaptability | Competition |Activator
Hometown: Helena, MT
Favorite Musician: Eric Church
Role Models: My parents, they are both very driven and supportive.
When not working, I enjoy: Fishing, Rafting, Mountain Biking, and Skiing

Jillian Spencer Jillian Spencer

Title: Engagement & Events Manager

Email: Jillian.spencer@colostate.edu
College of Liberal Arts, Alumni Relations, University Advancement Development 

Strengths: Developer | Discipline | Harmony | Responsibility |Consistency
Hometown: Stockton, CA
CSU Alumni: 2013
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Quote: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

CSU Event I most enjoy and why: 1870 Dinner. It is one of the larger events that our office does and not only is it a blast to coordinate, it’s amazing to sit back and see how much people enjoy something that you helped put together.  

Elyssa Yanas

Elyssa Yanas

Title: Engagement & Events Manager
Clients: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Annual Giving, President’s Office, University Events
Strengths: Adaptability | Ideation | Developer | Activator | Futuristic
Hometown: Texas City, TX
Favorite Musician: No Doubt, Led Zeppelin, Amy Winehouse, Zac Brown Band
Favorite Quote: “because the only people for me are the mad ones…”
When not working, I enjoy: creating, crafting, designing, going to concerts, playing outside with my dog and being in the water.

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