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HR Staff

Heather Kissack
Heather joined the CC Human Resources team as the Director of Human Resources in January 2019. She worked previously as the Director of Human Resources at the University of Dallas, and, prior to that role, she worked at Hill College in various HR positions, most recently as the Executive Director of Human Resources and Institutional Development. Heather possesses a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Management from Northeastern State University, and a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.
Heather is active in the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training.)

Associate Vice President of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator
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  • HR Administration/Leadership Oversight
  • Organizational Strategic Planning
  • Employee Relations
  • Policy Administration
  • Salary Administration

Kara Deschenes
Kara joined the CC Human Resources department in August of 2019 after serving as the Director of Human Resources for USA Hockey. Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, she worked in several HR capacities including Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition and Retention for Pasco County Schools, serving over 80 K-12 schools, outside of Tampa, FL. Kara holds a B.A. in English and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Kara earned her Senior Certified Professional certification from the Society of Human Resources, where she is an active member. She also presented at several national education conferences including the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) and Scholastic.

Assistant Director of Human Resources
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  • HR Administration/Leadership
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator for employees and athletics

Charlotte Hardwicke

Administrative Assistant
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  • Administrative support for HR Leadership
  • HR Office Coordination
  • Budget oversight


Performance Excellence Manager

  • Excel@CC Programming
  • Employee Relations
  • Performance Excellence (Performance Reviews)

Jessica Bridge
Jessica, who is originally from Greeley CO, came to Colorado College in the spring of 2015. She started her 12 year career in the United States Air Force where she was able to experience an array of positions in the administrative field across the United States and Germany. After separation, Jessica focused her time on attaining her BA in Organizational Management and MA in Organizational Development and Leadership through Ashford University. The University of Arizona was her next stop where she spent three years in the Financial Services Office as the executive assistant. Jessica is currently pursuing her MA in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of the Rockies.

Performance Excellence Coordinator
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  • Excel@CC Programming
  • Employee Relations
  • Performance Excellence (Performance Reviews)

Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver joined CC’s Human Resources department as the Talent Acquisition Manager in July 2019. Prior to relocating to Colorado Springs, she worked in several HR capacities including as a Corporate Legal Recruiter as well as a Campus Recruiter for the Walt Disney Company. Her expertise in Talent Acquisition spans over 13 years. Jamie holds a B.S. in Finance from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Jamie is also an active member of the Society of Human Resources.

Talent Acquisition Manager
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  • Leads Talent Acquisition Strategies and Initiatives
  • Recruitment Support and Process Development
  • Applicant Tracking System Management
  • New Employee Onboarding

Renae Stewart
Renae came to Colorado College in 2017 as an Employment Specialist. Renae provides support to the talent acquisition team working with Banner, the college enterprise-wide database.  Renae performs daily entry for new hires, terminations, salary, and status changes.  Additionally, she provides verifications of employment. Renae previously lived in Colorado from 1991 to 1998.  She returned to Colorado Springs in 2015 from the Washington, DC area, where she worked in Human Resources since 2000.  Renae has BA in English from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Talent Acquisition Specialist
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  • New employee paperwork and onboarding
  • New hire data entry and status changes
  • Employment verifications 
  • Job postings
  • Background checks
  • Paraprofessional appointments

Laurie Mozingo
Laurie came to Colorado College in 2014 after having served as Vice President of Compensation & Benefits at Junior Achievement in Colorado Springs. Her expertise in benefits spans over 15 years. Laurie has a BS in Sociology from Lamar University and a MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, Laurie holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Certified Compensation Professional and a Certified Benefits Professional.

Assistant Director of Total Rewards
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  • Benefits Administration
  • Workers Compensation
  • Retirement
  • Wellness Programming
  • Leave Administration

Pam Butler
Pam’s career in HR began in 1988 with Walter Drake and Sons where she managed payroll and benefits processes, employee relations, policy development and communications, served as editor of the employee newsletter, and led the implementation of an automated time and attendance system. Pam joined Colorado College in 1998 as an Employment Specialist. In this role, Pam was instrumental in the college’s conversion to the Banner enterprise-wide database. Pam’s current role includes oversight of the HR module of Banner and supporting the salary administration, job classifications, and talent acquisition functions. Pam attended the Detroit College of Business and has participated in numerous HR professional development seminars with Mountain States Employers Council.

Total Rewards Specialist, Compensation
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  • Workforce Analytics
  • Job Classification
  • New Hire Paperwork
  • Employment Verifications
  • Compensation / Salary Changes

Gina Lujan
Gina began her career at CC in 2006 as the Office Coordinator in Human Resources and now provides expertise in the benefits area. Prior to CC, Gina worked at Hawaii Pacific University for 13 years where she served in support roles to the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and the Director and Dean of the Military Campus Programs. Gina has a BA in Human Services and a MA in Human Resource Management.

Total Rewards Specialist, Benefits
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  • Worker's Compensation
  • New Employee Benefits Orientation
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Separation Process

Matt Cherry
Coming to CC in 2013, Matt provides technology support across all HR functional areas (HRIS, Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Performance Excellence). Prior to CC, he worked for the Colorado Springs School District 11 and George Mason University in the HR department where he supported the recruitment and onboarding programs. Matt has BS from the University of Northern Colorado and an MS in IT Management from Regis University.

HR Systems & Analytics Manager
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  • HRIS Administration
  • HR Reports 
  • HR Website