From community development to outdoor education, Ryan Lazo (Anthropology and Environmental Studies, ’13) has left a wake of positivity on people and the planet wherever he’s rooted in. Drawn to the mountains and desert, Lazo ultimately chose FLC for the profound connections to professors and opportunities to make an impact as a student. As a first-generation college student, Lazo volunteered and worked his way through college with environmental organizations on campus and beyond. After working as the Community Partnerships Coordinator for Washington State University, Lazo is thrilled to be back in Durango, reconnecting with peers and faculty who inspired his journey as a student. As director of Alumni Engagement, his delight in service will continue to shape his legacy at FLC.
Rachel Frederico, a member of the Cherokee Nation, moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Durango in 2004. She earned a B.A. in Communications and Marketing from Fort Lewis College in 2008. She enjoys everything the Southwest has to offer. You can often find her hiking, rafting, gardening, reading, enjoying live music, and camping with her family in their restored VW van.
After nearly two decades of exploring the region, Rachel has firm roots in the Durango community. She brings years of experience in outreach, event planning, public relations, and multimedia marketing to the Alumni Engagement office. Rachel is excited to return to her alma mater. She will focus on bringing students and alumni together and helping them stay connected to Fort Lewis College and fellow Skyhawks!
Wraygen is a senior, majoring in Business Administration and double minoring in Pre-Law and Borders and Languages. She is currently the President of Communications for the FLC chapter of American Indigenous Business Leaders and an FLC Presidential Fellow. Originally from South Dakota, she is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.