Byron Tsabetsaye - Director
Hometown: The traditional homelands of the Diné (Navajo)
Bio: Byron joined the Student Involvement Center in Fall 2022 to serve as the director. He is an alumnus of Fort Lewis College, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English in 2013. As a student, he was very involved serving as an orientation leader, admissions ambassador, and senator/president with ASLFC. In 2015, Byron earned his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from New York University. Byron is passionate about working with college students and making sure they have the best possible experience from start to finish (and beyond)! Byron belongs to the Navajo and Zuni peoples and is very proud of his Indigenous Queer identity.
Nicolette Manning - Assistant Director
Hometown: Athens, Ohio
Bio: Nicolette is ecstatic about her work at the Fort. Nicolette graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, with a Diversity Studies Certificate, and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel. In the Leadership Center, you’ll find her planning campus events like Homecoming, advising Student Union Productions, and assisting with the executive and planning of Orientation. Nicolette focuses on creating personal connections with students and strives to provide an environment where folks feel welcomed. In her free time, Nicolette loves to experience the outdoors by hiking with her partner, dog, and friends. She also loves to de-stress by crafting, singing, and reading books. Nicolette’s top five strengths are: Individualization, Relator, Developer, Empathy, and Connectedness.
Megan Bednarz - Co-Curricular and Leadership Programs Coordinator
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Bio: Megan is a 2018 FLC alumna with a focus in Business Administration-Management and a Marketing Minor. She was involved in Fort Lewis College as much as possible, including the President and Co-founder of Social Dance Club, the Student Ambassador Program, and the 2018 winner of the Entrepreneurial Business Competition, Hawk Tank. She has had opportunities to study abroad in Costa Rica and completed the Disney College Program in California. Since college, she has worked in the Marketing, Higher Education Admissions, Entertainment, and the Customer Service industries and is thrilled to be now focusing her career on programs and events. Fun Facts: Favorite food is the salmon goat cheese sandwich from Fired Up Pizza and Cream Bean Berry Ice Cream because it is the best ice cream ever!! Favorite Book: Harry Potter all day every day! Favorite TV Shows: I love Lucy and FRIENDS. “I know every word.” Favorite Movie: Sliding Doors and anything Disney. Her personal passions include weddings, dancing, reading, game nights with her family and best friends, and spending as much time as possible with her college “Bestie” and now husband, Alex, and their two cats: Chloe and Milo.