Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I graduated from CSU in 2010 with a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education, after traveling as a Leadership Consultant for my international sorority. I graduated with her Bachelor’s in Communication and a certificate in LGBT Studies from CU-Boulder.

Most recently, I worked in the office of Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement with leadership initiatives and still teach in the President’s Leadership Program. And yet, these experiences only partially represent me.

I enjoy dancing, traveling, guiding in the Grand Canyon, binge watching Netflix, and visiting family and friends around the world. I love all the students and staff I have come to know during my time at CSU!

Kris Barz Mendonça, Pride RC Professional Staff Member

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I’m really excited about working at the Pride Resource Center this semester with and for the CSU community!

I graduated from UEL (Londrina State University) in my home-country, Brazil, in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design/ Visual Programming. I’m a professional cartoonist and a published author with my series of comic strips Torta de Climão (Out&About in English), focusing on social commentary related to sexuality, gender and showcasing empowered LGBTQ characters.
I travel around the US to discuss LGBTQ representation in comics at ComicCons and universities. It was especially rewarding to moderate a gender/education panel at the Denver ComicCon, as well as discussing intersectionalities of queer and LatinX identities at the Queer&Comics Conference at California College of The Arts. I’ve also been creating LGBTQ empowering content in comics for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

I enjoy and teach gender-role free dance to Brazilian music, going to the mountains, taking care of my vegetable garden with my husband and cooking for friends.


Pronouns: She/Her/Her
Major: English
Concentration: Education

Hi! I am a third year at Colorado State University and I absolutely love it here. This is my second year working at the Pride Resource Center, and it is by far one of my favorite parts of the day. I wanted to work at the Resource Center in order to get more involved in my community. This year, I am in a different position, and even though I know it will be challenging, I am so excited thinking about the year to come.

I am also a part of Visible Voices, the speaker’s bureau ran through the Pride Resource Center, I am a facilitator for BAPPQ (AKA BPPQ), and I absolutely love dogs. If I am not at work or at school, I am most definitely to be found at home with my puppy.


Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Microbiology

My name is Nate and this is my third year here at CSU! I chose to work here at the Pride Resource Center because it was a part of my daily life as a freshman. My hobbies include reading, drawing, writing, singing, playing piano, and running. I’m super excited to be starting my second year here with the Pride Resource Center!

Lex Leeds, Front Desk Staff

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Social Work

Hey my name is Lex Leeds, and my pronouns are they/them/theirs. I am a third year studying Social Work.

“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!”
– Daenerys Targaryen

Axel Foor, Front Desk Staff

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Zoology

I am a junior majoring in Zoology here at CSU. This will be my first year working here at the Pride Center and I am looking forward to working with our awesome staff to continue to create and maintain this safe space. I have many interests: I am a painter, an arthropod hobbyist, and I am constantly on the quest for knowledge!

Conor Nelson, Front Desk Staff

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Sociology
Concentration: Criminology

Hey everyone, I am currently a junior here at CSU and like the outdoors and otters. My favorite color was neon black before I discovered the beauty of a seafoam/teal/turquoise (tur-qwaa-z) type thing.

Amaranta Lopez Olivares, Front Desk Staff

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Clinical/Counseling Psychology

Hello! My name is Amaranta, and I am a third year at CSU. My name means “flower that never fades”, and it suits me well because I am resilient, and I love flowers (even though I am allergic to them). I was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Colorado Springs, CO when I was eight years old. I speak English and Spanish fluently, and I love teaching about my culture. I also love art, music, and spending time with loved ones. I am passionate about working with the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, and focusing on intersectional identities and how it affects mental health. I love sharing and hearing stories so I enjoy talking to new people!

Denise Negrete, Front Desk Staff

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Biomedical Sciences

Hi! My name is Denise Negrete and I am a third year student at CSU majoring in Biomedical Sciences. My hobbies include singing when no one is around, painting, hanging out with friends and being involved on campus!

Angelise Guerrero, First Year Student Mentor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Biology

Hello, my name is Angelise Guerrero, and I’m a second year CSU student. I am originally from Tempe, Arizona, but I love the community and home I have made in Fort Collins. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, taking naps, and fighting for social justice. I am very proud of my queer, Latinx, and African- American identities, and I’m looking forward to incorporating these intersectionalities into my work as the First Year Student Network Leader.


Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Ethnic Studies and English
Minor: Business and Sociology

Hello folks! My name is V, and I’ll be the Inclusive Community Assistant, affiliated with Laurel Village, on staff at the Pride Resource Center this year! I’m double majoring in Ethnic Studies and English, with a minor in Business and Sociology! I’m from Philadelphia, PA and I chose CSU for the Vet School and although I’ve since changed my major, I stayed here for all the lovely friends I’ve made so far. I’m excited to continue making connections with the people I meet.


Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Equine Science & Animal Science

Hey Everyone! My name is Armani and I am a third year at Colorado State University. This is my second year working in the Pride Resource Center. My job here is to help coordinate the Safe Zone and Visible Voices programs. I also am a Visible Voice Volunteer and an Resident Assistant. I look forward to seeing you all in the Pride Resource Center. If you see me around campus, please feel free to say hi!

Val Hiraki, Events Coordinator

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Health and Exercise Science
Concentration: Sport Medicine

Hi! My name is Val Hiraki. I am a third year majoring in Health and Exercise Science, and this is my first year working in the Pride Resource Center. I’ve wanted to meet more people and become involved in the community for a long time, and now I will have a chance to do just that!. My hobbies include baking, dancing, and taking candid photographs of my beloved pup, Suki. I look forward to meeting you this year!