Mark Gill
Chief of Staff to the President

Mark Gill is the Chief of Staff to the President at Colorado State University. In this capacity, he is the senior staff assistant responsible for a broad range of support for the office, including oversight of all operations and ensuring effective implementation of initiatives on behalf of the President. Gill retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel in 1998 after 26 years of active duty. During his career, Gill spent 17 years on flight status, has worked under Colin Powell while serving at the Pentagon, and worked on the White House Staff as Deputy Director responsible for Presidential trip security and contingency planning. Gill is also chairman of the ROTC Advisory Board for CSU. He joined the University in 2002.

Mark Gill, Chief of Staff to the President, Colorado State University

Claire Clemens
Administrative Assistant

Claire Clemens is a Administrative Assistant for the President’s Office. She assists with administrative and financial procedures in the office. Claire joined the President’s Office after receiving her undergraduate degree from CSU in 2016.

Coleman Cornelius
Executive editor, Colorado State Magazine

Coleman Cornelius, a 1988 CSU journalism graduate, is executive editor of Colorado State Magazine, the university’s alumni magazine published by the President’s Office. Coleman is a longtime journalist and higher-education communicator who worked nearly 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor at both community papers and metro dailies. For about half that time, she was northern Colorado staff reporter for The Denver Post and covered a wide array of breaking news, features, and enterprise stories. More recently, she has worked in communications at the University of Tennessee, the University of Massachusetts, and Colorado State University.

Coleman Cornelius, Executive editor, Colorado State Magazine

Katie Esquivel
Program Assistant

Katie Esquivel is a Program Assistant in the President’s Office.  She provides high-level administrative support to the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, the President’s Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, the Women and Gender Collaborative and the Housing Solutions Task Force.  Katie also provides support to the staff of the President’s Office and coordinates the University’s efforts in the Colorado Combined Campaign.  She is an alumna of the University and has worked in the President’s Office since 2011. 

Katie Esquivel, President’s Office Staff, Colorado State University

Somer Gomez
Administrative Assistant

Somer Gomez is the receptionist for the Office of the President. She provides administrative support for the office staff as well as assistance to internal and external constituents of the University. Somer is an alumna of the University.


Jean Jenes
Associate Chief of Staff

Jean Jenes serves as Associate Chief of Staff for the Office of the President. She has been a member of the President’s Office staff since 1994 and currently manages office staff and operations. She is responsible for oversight of budgets, human resources, and office and division projects.

Katie Kalkstein
Executive Assistant to the President

Katie Kalkstein serves as the Executive Assistant to the President. Prior to joining the President’s Office, Katie served as the assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Services, and provided support on many projects in the Office of Budgets and Institutional Analysis.

Cara Neth
Director of Administrative Communications

Cara Neth is Director of Administrative Communications, President’s Office, Colorado State University. She manages communications projects — including speeches, white papers and special reports — for the President and senior administration. She also works with constituents to resolve questions and concerns that are directed to the President. She is an alumna of Colorado State and has worked in communications at CSU since 1989.

Cara Neth, Director of Administrative Communications Office of the President, Colorado State University

Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications

Nik Olsen is the Assistant Director of Administrative Communications. He provides direct writing and editorial support for the Director of Administrative Communications and manages various communications initiatives for the administration. Nik is an alumnus of the University.

Maggie Walsh
Assistant Chief of Staff and Director of Veteran Initiatives

Maggie Hall Walsh serves as Assistant Chief of Staff and Director of Veteran Initiatives. She provides senior-level planning, coordination, project-management, and communications support for University veterans’ initiatives and other special projects as directed by the Chief of Staff. For 22 years, Maggie was a reporter and editor at newspapers and her work was recognized through numerous state and national awards, including two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Maggie joined CSU in 2006 as Director of Campaign Communications and joined the President’s Office in 2015. A 1985 graduate of University of Arizona, Maggie is finishing up a master’s degree at CSU-Global.