Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Four year-round staff keep the Mountain Campus and its programs moving throughout the calendar year, but we couldn’t operate without the essential contributions from our full-time and seasonal staff who work on our team each year during our season of operation. 

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Lance Wright

Interim Director


Jessica Smolenske


Jessica manages all aspects of conference services for groups coming to the Mountain Campus, assists with marketing and outreach and co-coordinates seasonal staff hiring. She is an alumna of the CSU Warner College of Natural Resourcesattended field courses at the Mountain Campus, and worked at the Mountain Campus seasonally in many positionsJessica joined the full-time staff in 2019. She enjoys photography, camping, skiing, looking for moose from the comfort of her cabin porch, and spending time with friends and family. 

Kyle Engel

Kyle Engel


Kyle is responsible for the Projects Management and Facilities Maintenance for the Mountain Campus. He started in May of 2020 and spent three months of that season evacuated from the Mountain Campus due to the Cameron Peak Fire. Kyle is an avid outdoorsman, dabbling in mountaineering, canyoneering, rock climbing, and hunting. He has spent years exploring Colorado and Utah. Kyle comes from Boulder Valley School District with 16 years of maintenance and project experience.