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President's Office Staff

Heather Fedesco
Mellon Pedagogy Researcher

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Heather conducts pedagogical research on the Block Plan. Through quantitative and qualitative research designs, she gathers data at Colorado College in an effort to identify features of the Block Plan that contribute to improved student outcomes. Prior to Colorado College, she worked at the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue where her work focused on the ways in which interpersonal communication can influence motivation and behavior change in education, healthcare, and close relationship contexts.


Lori Hamacher
Executive Assistant



Mary Frances Kerr
Assistant Vice President - Special Assistant to the President Office of the President

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 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.

Carolyn Madsen

Georgina Mburu
Research Assistant

Georgina Mburu '16 conducts research and data analysis for the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, and supports the Mellon Pedagogy Researcher Heather Fedesco. Her work focuses on alumni surveys. She also supports the college’s developing relationship with the Fine Arts Center. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Georgina studied economics and mathematics at Colorado College.


Ben Moffitt
Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

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

Jaxon Rickel
President’s Fellow

Jaxon Rickel '16 supports the Strategic Planning committees and the college’s developing relationship with the Fine Arts Center, as well as documenting best practices in the office. He also serves as an aid to the President during college events, campaign activities, and travel. Jaxon graduated from Colorado College with BA in biology and worked in the Office of College Events before joining the Office of the President.


Jake Walden
President’s Fellow

Jake Walden '16 serves in both the Office of the President and the office of the Vice President of Student life, enhancing the college's relations with the Colorado Springs community. Jake also works on behalf of the president with President’s Council— a group of student ambassadors and liaisons between the college's administration and student body, and in supporting President Tiefenthaler and Special Assistant Mary Frances Kerr in their work with the Board of Trustees, including researching best governance practices and planning. He crafts speeches, reports, and copy for Vice President and Dean of Student Life Mike Edmonds. Jake is from Larkspur, CO, and studied political science and philosophy at Colorado College.


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

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. 

Lyrae Williams