Deans and Directors

Divisional Leadership Team

Rochelle T. Dickey Rochelle M1

Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Life
(719) 389-6684


Rochelle T. Dickey is the dean of students and vice president for Student Life at Colorado College. She has previously served as senior associate dean of students, associate dean, director of minority student life, and director of minority and international students, also at Colorado College. Rochelle is honored and excited to lead the Student Life Division in bringing the College's values and mission to life through our ability to connect, integrate, and engage students.

Since 1990, she has worked to improve the lives of students by creating constructive conversations and building bridges. She received the Victor Nelson-Cisneros Award for her commitment to diversity and inclusion for all members of the CC community and an Urban League Service Award for her commitment to the welfare of minority students. Dickey received three awards from the NAACP; the Community Education Award, and Freedom Fund Award, and was recognized for the enduring support of civil rights and social justice. She also received the CC Student Mentor Award for five years, as well as Advising Awards from CCSGA Student Government, Blue Key, and Mortar Board National Honor Societies.

Rochelle has served on and chaired numerous campus and national committees, including the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Committee on Minority Concerns. She is very excited and honored to be a recent recipient of the Gresham Riley Award for making a difference in the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment, and accomplishment.

She also has been instrumental in outreach and partnership efforts that connect CC to the greater Colorado Springs community and has served on the African-American Youth Leadership Conference Board of Directors for several years. Her involvement in community projects has focused on enhancing education and access for youth so that they might have the kind of support she received as a first-generation college student.

The Rochelle T. Dickey Award for an Outstanding Event Contributing to the Empowerment of Communities of Color is presented by the Butler Center at Colorado College. She was a first-generation student at Colorado College and earned her BA in Drama from CC and a Master's in Education with a focus on Intercultural Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has directed and co-produced numerous theatrical performances at Colorado College over the years, performed professionally, served as assistant director of Mariachi Tigre, and is a member of the CC Choir. She is also a proud CC parent, as her son recently graduated from Colorado College.

Edwin Hamada Edwin1

Assistant Vice President for the Residential Experience
(719) 389-6725


Dr. Edwin Toshio Hamada started his role as Assistant Vice President for the Residential Experience at Colorado College in September 2020. Prior to joining Colorado College, he served as Associate Dean of Students/Director of Housing and Residence Life at Washington State University. He also has worked in various capacities at the University of Washington, the University of California - Irvine, and San Jose State University. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, an MS in College Student Personnel/Student Development from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.

He has served as a faculty mentor for ACUHO-I STARS College and values authentic, mentoring relationships. He looks forward to returning to a small liberal arts institution where he can get to know more students and staff. When he is not advocating for students and staff at work, he spends his time tinkering with a few classic cars and hiking with his wife, Sue, and their 2 dogs.

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Senior Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
(719) 389-6169


Rosalie comes to CC from Bucknell University, where she was most recently the director of multicultural student services. In that role she worked closely with students of color, advising, mentoring, and connecting students to resources. In addition, she developed and facilitated campus-wide programs to increase cultural awareness, understanding, and competence, and promoted the understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives including privilege and power relationships. She advised and supported multicultural student organizations.

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Director of Outdoor Education 389-8131


Ryan Hammes began working for Colorado College as the Director of Outdoor Education in 2012. Previously, he was the coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Program at Sonoma State University in northern California. He has taught courses in outdoor pedagogy and has been published for his work in adventure education and rock climbing. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Adventure Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His extensive outdoor certifications include technical rock climbing, avalanche analysis, backcountry skiing, and wilderness medicine. Ryan is active with the American Mountain Guides Association and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

Megan Nicklaus Megan Cropped

Director of the Career Center
(719) 389-6424


Megan Nicklaus began working for Colorado College as the Director of the Career Center in 2013. Previously, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Student Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience both with career coaching and campus recruiting programs. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of several professional associations including the National Career Development Association. When she is not helping students with their transition, you can generally find her enjoying the outdoors rock climbing, hiking, or trail running.

Amy Hill Amy Hill

Director of Campus Activities and Student Orientation
(719) 389-6326


As Director of Campus Activities & Student Orientation, Amy is responsible for welcoming new students and easing their transition to campus as well as overseeing many aspects of co-/extra-curricular student life such as student events and organizations. A product of the liberal arts, Amy values being a mindful, lifelong learner and strives to be a student-centered professional who values holistic development, recognizing the interconnectedness of students' experiences and identities. She enjoys checking out live music, cooking for large groups, practicing Yoga, and going on adventures in the local area, sometimes with her 17-year-old Chihuahua in tow, when not working. Originally from Texas, Amy attended college in Tennessee (at Sewanee) before heading to Ohio for graduate school (at Bowling Green State University) and most recently worked in Los Angeles, CA (at Occidental). Amy joined the Colorado College and Student Life team in July 2018 and is excited about helping continue to build and contribute to a supportive and inclusive campus community.

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Director of Campus Safety
(719) 389-6707


Catherine "Cathy" Buckley joined Colorado College in the summer of 2018 after 30 years with the City of Colorado Springs, the last ten as a police lieutenant. Cathy brings combined experience in law enforcement, emergency management, and firefighting to the college. Cathy has a BA in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She completed the FEMA Professional Development Series and possesses practical experience with floods, fires, and active assailant situations in operations, logistics and as a public information officer.  Having lived on three continents before high school, Cathy considers her passport a valuable possession because of the adventures it affords her. When not traveling she enjoys time in the country with her animals which include a pair of rescue donkeys!

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Director of Competitive Communications
(719) 389-6509


Sarah started at Colorado College in 2011. In addition to overseeing Competitive Communications: Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, and Model UN teams, she is the communications consultant to faculty, creates communications-based assessment training, and leads communication strategy sessions in the classroom. Additionally, she actively designs and leads sessions to department and campus affiliates including El Pomar Foundation, Athletics, Advancement, Campus Activities, SCORE, CSURF, Career Center, the CCE, Venture Grant Forum, and Global Scholars Symposium. Sarah is serving on the executive council of two national Speech and Debate organizations: International Forensics Association and American Forensics Association and enjoys tournament travel with Speech and Debate and MUN teams.

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Director of the Butler Center
(719) 389-6844


Christian Abigail Gonzalez (she/they pronouns) was born and raised on Chumash peoples land in Santa Maria, CA to immigrant parents from Guerrero and Guanajuato, Mexico. A first-generation college graduate, they earned their Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO.

Over the past 10 years, Christian has dedicated their career to working in higher education in various capacities including outreach, enrollment management, financial aid, student affairs, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The running river that ties their work together is advocating for educational equity for historically and presently marginalized students in higher education. Most recently, they advised and supported undocumented students at the University of California San Diego and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Their love for the undocumented community empowered them to work towards dismantling systems of oppression that prevent undocumented folks from opportunities for upward mobility. 

Christian is proud to be from the Montbello neighborhood in far northeast Denver and loves spending time with their family on the weekends, including their niece and nephew, Lupita and Jose.

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Director of Housing and Residential Experience
(719) 389-6819

Divisional Directors


Bill Dove

Director of the Counseling Center
(719) 389-6093




Bill Dove, Ph.D., is the Director of the Counseling Center and Psychological Services and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado. He is a CC graduate and received his doctorate from the University of Denver. He has a broad range of clinical experience and has worked at the Counseling Center for many years. Bill was previously the Director of Emergency Services for the local community mental health center and has been the clinical director of a number of different mental health programs in the Colorado Springs area. He has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice. He has done research on young adult cognitive development and complex decision-making.

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