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President's Office Staff

Hanna Bautz
Special Projects Coordinator, Office of the President                            

Hanna directs the President's Council, facilitating communication between the student body, President, and other members of college leadership. She is a member of the President’s Office team, who are committed to supporting and advancing CC's Strategic Plan. Additionally, Hanna manages special projects for the President, such as the 50th Anniversary of the Block and CC's Day of Service. Prior to joining the staff team in the President's Office, Hanna received her BA in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Colorado College.


Lori Hamacher
Executive Assistant, Office of the President

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 and the Board of Trustees. She serves as the principal aide to the president, overseeing the day-to-day functions of the President’s Office. She acts as a resource to the Board, the faculty, the President's Cabinet, and their extended team of direct reports. In addition, she represents the president on a number of other college projects and committees. She is responsible for the president's executive and strategic communications, working closely with both advancement and communications.

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

Mary Frances Kerr

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

Madelene Travis
Paraprofessional, Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness  

As a member of the President’s Office, Madelene works to support the college’s vision and strategic plan. Specifically, she assists the office in survey administration and analysis, institutional research projects, and data mining and reporting for external entities and internal audiences. She also serves as the President’s Office representative for the college’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Board. Prior to joining the staff team in the President’s Office, Madelene received her BA in Sociology with a thematic minor in Nonviolence from 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

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.