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President's Office Staff

Caitlin Apigian
Special Assistant to the Board of Trustees caitlin.apigian@coloradocollege.edu

Caitlin is the primary staff liaison to the Colorado College Board of Trustees, strategizing on effective board governance and helping design engaging board programs.  Caitlin also works on behalf of the president regarding student and staff issues, particularly with the President's Council — a group of student ambassadors and liaisons between the college's administration and student body — and the college's Staff Council. Additionally, Caitlin supports the college's positive relations with the Colorado Springs community as the principal CC staff aide and representative of the president to the Colorado College Business and Community Alliance (B&CA). Caitlin graduated summa cum laude from Clark University with a bachelor of arts in social science.

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Michelle Beckmann
Executive Assistant to the President michelle.beckmann@coloradocollege.edu

Michelle has a strong background as an administrative professional as well as in marketing and communications.  Michelle comes to the President’s Office after almost two years in CC’s Advancement Division in the roles of annual giving direct marketing manager and, prior to that, operations coordinator to the assistant vice president.  A resident of Manitou Springs, Michelle spent more than 12 years as executive assistant to the president and publisher of The Gazette before coming to CC.

Michelle is originally from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where she held marketing and administrative roles at NordicTrack, and also at the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University.

Michelle sits on the Woman’s Educational Society Board of Managers, and is also involved in the activities of her twin daughters who attend Manitou Springs Elementary School.

Mary Frances Kerr
Special Assistant to the President
maryfrances.kerr@coloradocollege.edu

Mary Frances functions as the president’s primary liaison with the college community to support the vision and goals of Colorado College. She serves as the principal aide to the president, overseeing the day-to-day functions of the President’s Office, working closely with both the special assistant to the Board of Trustees and the assistant vice president for institutional planning and effectiveness. She acts as a resource to the faculty, the Cabinet, and their extended team of direct reports, and she represents the president on a number of other college projects and committees. She supports presidential communications and the President’s Office engagement with advancement and communications.

Mary Frances was associate director in the college’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for almost six years before joining the President's Office.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and religious studies from Agnes Scott College, and she did graduate study in American religious history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Mary Frances Kerr

Carolyn Madsen
Administrative Assistant
carolyn.madsen@coloradocollege.edu

Carolyn joined the CC family in August 2006. She provides administrative support to the special assistant to the president, special assistant to the Board of Trustees, and the assistant vice president for institutional planning and effectiveness, as part of a close-knit team ensuring that the day-to-day needs of the President’s Office are met. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was an administrative assistant in the Office of the President at the University at Albany in New York. Carolyn received her associate of arts degree in public administration from Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. She moved to Colorado to be closer to family.

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Ben Moffitt
Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

benjamin.moffitt@coloradocollege.edu

Ben coordinates institutional compliance reporting, including submissions to the National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Learning Commission, American Association of University Professors, Higher Education Data Sharing consortium and others. He supports the office’s mission to enhance the president’s ability to enact data-driven decisions, and provides data support for strategic planning and other campus projects. Ben has been with CC since 2007, previously supporting the college’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Prior to coming to Colorado College, he provided institutional research support for the Chattanooga branch of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Benjamin Moffitt

Lyrae Williams
Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

lyrae.williams@coloradocollege.edu

Lyrae assists the president in institutional planning, evaluation, and overall effectiveness.  She serves to enhance the president’s ability to develop and enact data-driven decisions in support of the college’s mission, values, and goals.  She also provides oversight for institutional data reporting, survey compliance, and the release of institutional data to the public.  She served as the college’s director of budget between 2007 and 2012, overseeing the Budget Office and the development of the college’s annual budget.  Prior to coming to Colorado College, Lyrae was at the University of Maine School of Law, Wesleyan University, and the University of Arizona.  Lyrae holds a master's degree in higher education finance and economics as well as a bachelor's of science in finance and accounting, both from the University of Arizona. 

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Debra Zarecky
Parent and Family Relations Program Director

debra.zarecky@coloradocollege.edu

Debra directs programs across the college that support and encourage positive relationships with parents and family members of prospective, current, and new students. Some areas of responsibility include Family Weekend, the parent and family components of New Student Orientation, strategic communication planning, and representing parent and family interests to senior leadership. Debra has worked at Colorado College since 2005 when she and her family moved to Colorado Springs from Pittsburgh, PA. A liberal arts graduate, she was drawn to the energy and vitality of campus almost immediately and worked for seven years in the Student Life Office before joining the Shove Chapel staff as chaplain’s office manager. She has a B.A. in English from Allegheny College with a double minor in theatre performance and music, and an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior work experience includes jobs as a traveling preschool teacher, advertising project manager, desktop publishing entrepreneur, and stay-at-home mom.

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