The Student Union team

Amber GrenhartAmber Grenhart

Director, Student Union and Event Services

Hometown: Lakewood, Colorado

Amber graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. She began her career with her alma mater shortly after graduation in 2013. Amber has worked in the Student Union in different capacities. Currently, she oversees Campus Dining, Skystore (bookstore), Post Office, Event Services, Technical Services and operations of the Student Union. She loves working for the college that gave her so much in her undergrad and is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful team. Outside her career, Amber loves to spend time with her husband, son Oliver, and her furry animals. After work and on the weekends, you will always find Amber enjoying the outdoors, whether it is dirt biking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, or snowboarding.

Kiki HootonKiki Hooton

Assistant Director, Event and Conference Services

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Kiki was born and raised in North Carolina where she grew to have a love for the outdoors. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology and Management and a minor in Toxicology. While very passionate about the environment, she found that most of her program was focused on cleaning up messes instead of finding solutions. After graduating she moved across the country to Arizona to get her Masters in Sustainability Solutions. It was here she found a deep passion for creating community as a solution to many of the world’s problems. She moved to Durango after completing her master’s to focus on community building, which landed her in many jobs related to event planning and coordination, from community bike rides and dinners to Noel Night. As the Assistant Director of Event and Conferences Services she is excited to bring together students, campus departments, and off-campus partners to create connection and community at FLC. Outside of work you’ll find her biking, running, skiing, reading, or baking.

Lainey SeversonLaineySeverson

Event and Conference Coordinator

Hometown: Dover, New Hampshire

Lainey graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English/ Communications and a focus in Social Media Marketing. After graduating, she worked as a wedding coordinator, ski area marketer, library assistant, and radio journalist before returning to the Fort. If there is an event, rally, educational opportunity, or gathering in the community, you can almost guarantee Lainey is involved in it. She found her love for volunteering and community involvement through pageantry, which gave her the opportunities to represent New Hampshire on the Miss Collegiate America stage and Colorado at the National Sweetheart Pageant. Lainey has an open door policy and wants to create an open, welcoming space for students, faculty and staff, or community members to feel supported. When not running around campus, you can find her skiing, racing cars, hiking and camping, practicing martial arts (her training name in her ninjutsu dojo is Chishi Hana, or Deadly Flower), or perfecting a gluten free recipe. Her phone is filled with pictures of her cat, Rosalyn, who is the true queen of the house.

Juan LopezJuan Lopez

Assistant Director, Student Union and Event Services

Hometown: La Jara, Colorado

Juan graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a minor in Political Science. As the Assistant Director, he’s always happy to lend a hand and help you out with any issue you may have. He and his family have called Durango home since 2007 and loves everything about living here. He is the rocking bass player in his band Little Wilderness, and loves to hike, camp, and snowboard and always enjoys time spent with his wife, daughter, family and friends.

Steve SandnerSteven Sandner

General Laborer II, Student Union and Event Services

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Steve graduated from Metro State College (Denver)/ Colorado Aero Tech (Broomfield, Co.) as a private pilot, and with a degree in Aircraft Maintenance. After 3 years of flight line service in Colorado Springs, Canon City, Farmington, N.M., and Durango, he met his wife Martha while she was attending FLC. They were married and made Durango their home. They have four children, all of whom graduated from, or are currently enrolled at FLC. They currently have five grandchildren living in Cortez, Co. He started his own commercial cleaning service in the mid-1980s and brought his expertise to FLC in 2013. Steve enjoys movies, music, hiking and camping, and auto repair/restoration. But he mostly enjoys being a husband, father, and grandfather. Steve’s strengths are dependability, responsibility,dedication, attention to detail, and self-motivation. His goal here at FLC is to maintain the Student Union as a clean, safe and enjoyable environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Marsha SandovalMarsha Sandoval

General Laborer, Student Union and Event Services

Hometown: Durango, Colorado

Marsha was born and raised here in beautiful Durango Colorado. She is from a family of twelve. She is a mom to four children and twelve grandkids. She remarried in 2014 to a wonderful man, Jon Paul, that she has known most of her life. "We pretty much just reunited after so many years." She worked here at the college from 1999-2004, mostly in Physical Plant and the Housing department. She left to work at Animas Surgical Hospital as Instrument Tech and after thirteen years she returned to Fort Lewis in 2017. Her hobbies include spending as much time with my family and our get-togethers are priceless, and she loves listening to her husband play his bass and sing Spanish, country and rock.

Craig BitsillyCraig Bitsilly
General Laborer, Student Union and Event Services

Hometown: Tohatchi, New Mexico

Craig graduated from University Of New Mexico with an Associates degree in Applied Science. This Navajo man left the reservation and has called Durango his home since 2011 when he attended FLC. He is a father to two amazing children and is also a husband to a beautiful wife. Some of his hobbies include fly fishing, bow hunting, mountain biking, camping, and auto repair. This list can go on. “It’s expensive to have hobbies, that’s why we have to work, haha.” Craig works the evenings here at the Student Union building and if you ever see him around or walking through the hallways don’t be shy and say hi!