• Jenny Allen

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    Administrative Assistant III
    Programs and Services
    303-541-0276
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  • Candy Allen

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    Senior Graphic Designer
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0262
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  • Erin Barber

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      Erin is the executive assistant to the president and to the WICHE Commission. She provides a wide range of support to the president and coordinates two commission meetings each year. Erin has been with WICHE since 2004. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a master of science in marital and family therapy from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. She is mom to two young boys and enjoys running, reading, and spending time outdoors in beautiful Colorado.

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    Executive Assistant to the President
    Office of the President
    303.541.0204
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  • Robin Berlin

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    Senior Accounting Specialist
    Accounting Services
    303.541.0281
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  • Peace Bransberger

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      Peace Bransberger is a senior research analyst with WICHE.  Prior to this she specialized in evaluation and applied research in the areas of workforce development, job training and postsecondary education for under-prepared adult students.  As a researcher with the Aspen Institute and as an independent consultant, Peace led participatory research, implemented program performance improvements, produced best practice guides and tools, and provided professional development for job training practitioners.  Before focusing on research in adult education, Peace managed federal program evaluations at Westat and another private evaluation firm in Washington, DC.  Peace is a licensed adult educator, and taught at an adult charter school and community college.  She earned her master’s degree from American University in Washington, DC and her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

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    Senior Research Analyst
    Policy Analysis and Research
    303-541-0257
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  • Joanne Brothers

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      Joanne Brothers is the Budget Coordinator at the WICHE Mental Health Program in Boulder, CO.  Joanne earned an MBA from the University of Colorado, in Finance and a BS in Psychology from the University of Colorado.  She has a background in budget analysis, finance and project management.  Joanne coordinates, analyzes, monitors, reports and forecasts the Mental Health budgets. 

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    Budget Coordinator
    Mental Health Program
    303 541 0312
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  • Margo Colalancia

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      Margo Colalancia directs the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s three Student Exchange Programs – the Professional Student Exchange Program, the Western Regional Graduate Program, and the Western Undergraduate Exchange – which provide a broad range of higher education options for some 35,600 students. Prior to her current position, she served as the associate project director of CONAHEC, a trinational consortium of Mexican, Canadian, and U.S. universities and colleges. She received her bachelor's degree in business French from the University of Colorado and the Université de Bordeaux III and holds a master's degree in international policy studies with an emphasis in intercultural communication from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Prior to her graduate studies, Colalancia spent seven years in Gabon in Central Africa, teaching English as a foreign language with the Peace Corps and on private contract with the Gabonese Ministry of Education.

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    Director of Student Exchange Programs
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0214
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  • Alan Contreras

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      Alan Contreras served for two years on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements drafting team before coming to WICHE to assist with SARA implementation.  He was director of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization for twelve years and also worked for the University of Oregon, Oregon Community College Association and Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.  He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and its law school. In September, 2014 he was appointed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

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    SARA Coordinator, National Council/WICHE
    Programs and Services
    303-541-0275
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  • Tamara Dehay

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      Tamara DeHay is a Research and Technical Assistance Associate at the WICHE Behavioral Health Program in Boulder, CO.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist and is certified as a Health Services Provider in Psychology by the National Register.  Dr. DeHay has obtained specialized training in collaborative healthcare, child and family psychology, program evaluation, and administrative psychology.  She earned a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Administration, Policy, and Program Evaluation through the University of Colorado Denver.  She additionally completed a certificate program in Primary Care Behavioral Health through the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. DeHay's research and clinical experience has included such areas as collaborative health care, pediatric health psychology, rural mental health policy, and evidence-based interventions.  Dr. DeHay co-led the development of a Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers, which has been launched  nationally.  She also led the development of a pre-doctoral psychology internship consortium in Alaska.  She is involved in multiple other projects addressing rural mental health workforce and training issues and is a certified Mental First Aid instructor. 

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    Associate Director
    Mental Health Program
    303.541.0254
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  • Nathaan Demers

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      Nathaan Demers, PsyD, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He completed his internship at Wardenberg Health Center, an integrated primary care center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Demers has completed focus areas in trauma and administration. In addition, he has undertaken placements in college counseling, inpatient hospital, and community mental health settings, as well as working at a therapeutic boarding school for adolescents coping with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

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    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Mental Health Program
    303.541.0298
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  • Willie Dumaine

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    Senior Software Developer
    IT Services
    303-541-0300
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  • Laura Ewing

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    Administrative Manager
    Policy Analysis and Research
    303.541.0269
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  • John Fellers

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      John Fellers is the Web Design Manager for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). He is responsible for the design and maintenance of wiche.edu; nc-sara.org and other WICHE web properties. Previously he was a full-time digital imaging instructor at the Art Institute of Colorado, and part-time Web Development contractor. While at the Art Institute he taught classes in Adobe Creative Suite Software and Portfolio Web Design. John has a BS in Mass Communications from the University of Southern Colorado, (now Colorado State University-Pueblo,) a Masters in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and an associates in Interactive Media Design from the Colorado Art Institute.

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    Web Design Manager
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0289
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  • Annie Finnigan

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    Communications Manager
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0273
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  • Sherri Artz Gilbert

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      Sherri Artz Gilbert, Manager, Operations, has been with WCET since 1999. Her principal responsibilities include preparing and managing the budget, coordinating the membership effort, and database maintenance. Prior to joining WCET, she worked for the Reading Musical Foundation, a non-profit that promotes and facilitates music education and appreciation in order to preserve and develop musical experience and culture in Berks County, Pennsylvania. There she was responsible for donor management and administrator of the Blues in the Schools program. She received a B.S.B.A from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a major in Management and Marketing. Originally from Pennsylvania Dutch country, Sherri currently resides above 9200 feet in the Colorado Mountains with her husband and two dogs.

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    Manager, Operations
    WCET
    303.541.0209
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  • Alyssa Gilden

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      Alyssa Gilden is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the WICHE Mental Health Program. She earned a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2014. She completed a clinical doctoral internship with the psychological services department of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District outside of Houston, TX. Her research and clinical interests include child and adolescent clinical psychology, learning disabilities and special education, and improving access to education and mental health services. This year, Dr. Gilden will focus on learning more about administrative psychology, program and professional development, and mental health policy and advocacy in order to improve the delivery of educational and mental health services to underserved populations.

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    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Mental Health Program
    303.541.0287
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  • Lisa Greco

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    Communications Coordinator, NC-SARA
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0267
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  • Tara Hickey

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      Tara Hickey is the Human Resources Coordinator for WICHE.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Communications from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and has over 14 years of experience in human resource management.  Tara earned her PHR certification (Professional in Human Resources) in 2011 and is also certified in Mental Health First Aid.

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    Human Resources Coordinator
    Office of the President
    303.541.0292
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  • Marshall Hill

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    Executive Director, National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0237
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  • Kay Hulstrom

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    Administrative Manager
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0294
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  • Carl Krueger

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      Carl Krueger has an extensive background in education policy, with a focus on increasing postsecondary opportunities for all students. Prior to joining WICHE in 2008, he worked as the Research Director for Colorado Media Matters, a web-based information center that analyzed media coverage of political and public policy issues. Before that he was a policy analyst for the Education Commission of the States (ECS) where he worked with select state policymakers on their design and delivery of higher education, and also published numerous policy briefs on issues ranging from P-16, governance, teaching quality, and college access and completion. He has also helped Western states with the planning, implementation, and management of federal College Access Challenge Grants and tracked legislation and prepared policy briefs related to accelerated learning options, articulation and transfer, data and accountability, early outreach, financial aid, tuition and fees, and undocumented students through oversight and maintenance of WICHE’s State Higher Education Policy Database (SHEPD). Krueger received a master's degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002.

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    Project Coordinator
    Policy Analysis and Research
    303.541.0263
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  • Patrick Lane

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      Patrick Lane joined the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in 2008 as a project coordinator. He coordinates the Adult College Completion Network and worked extensively on WICHE’s Non-traditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners project. Both projects focus on indentifying policy and practice solutions to help adults with prior college credit return to postsecondary education to complete their degrees. He also coordinates WICHE’s College Access Challenge Grant Network. He came to WICHE having spent several years working in education policy in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He received a master’s degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2007 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in public administration at the University of Colorado Denver. He can be reached at 303.541.0266 or plane@wiche.edu. 

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    Project Manager, Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange
    Policy Analysis and Research
    303-541-0266
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  • David Longanecker

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      David A. Longanecker is the president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado.

      Previously he served for six years as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, developing and implementing national policy and programs that provided more than $40 billion annually in student aid and $1 billion to institutions. Prior to that he was the state higher education executive officer (SHEEO) in Colorado and Minnesota.

      He was also the principal analyst for higher education for the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Longanecker has served on numerous boards and commissions and has written extensively on a range of higher education issues.

      His primary interests in higher education are: access and equity; promoting student and institutional performance; finance; the efficient use of educational technologies; and internationalizing American higher education. He holds an Ed.D. from Stanford University, an M.A. in student personnel work from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in sociology from Washington State University.

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    President
    Office of the President
    303.541.0201
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  • John Lopez

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    Director, W-SARA
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0277
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  • Holly Martinez

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    Administrative Assistant
    Mental Health Program
    303-541-0311
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  • Mimi McFaul

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      Mimi McFaul is a clinical psychologist and the director of the WICHE Mental Health Program where she coordinates and manages program staff and operations.  Mimi graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology, and completed both a pre-doctoral and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the Department of Psychiatry.  Mimi is a co-developer of a Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care providers and frequently conducts live trainings in primary care sites based on the toolkit.  Mimi completed the Primary Care Behavioral Health Certificate program from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her specialties include rural behavioral health, behavioral health workforce development, forensic psychology, and the integration of primary care and behavioral health.  She also co-developed the Alaska Core Competencies - a set of basic core competencies for direct care workers working in different service systems in Alaska.  She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is routinely involved in the facilitation of technical assistance and education projects for the public mental health system. 

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    Director
    Mental Health Program
    303.541.0288
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  • Mollie McGill

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      Mollie McGill serves as Deputy Director, Programs and Membership for WCET. She assists with the overall management of member services and communications that inform the e-learning community of relevant policy, practices and developments. She facilitates the advancement of several committee projects, such as those dealing with academic integrity and student identity authentication, student retention in online learning, institutional policies and practices for adjunct online faculty, and ownership of learning management systems. In 2009-2010, she has worked with the WICHE Policy Analysis unit on the Statewide Articulation and Transfer project, specifically to study state transfer web portals. Mollie spent nearly 20 years working for WICHE in the early part of her career and, among other accomplishments, was instrumental in founding WCET in 1989. Most recently she directed learning innovations and technology initiatives for the University of Colorado System and served in leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects. She received her education degree from Emporia State University. As the parent of twin teenage boys, she has first-hand experience with the technology and study habits of today's millenials.

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    Deputy Director, Programs and Membership
    WCET
    303-541-0306
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  • Demarée Michelau

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      Demarée K. Michelau is the director of policy analysis at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. In this role, she co-manages WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit and directs externally-funded projects related to adult learners, articulation and transfer, and college access and success. The author of numerous reports and policy briefs, she also has experience in a variety of higher education policy issues, including the Common Core State Standards, accelerated learning options, college affordability, and K-16 reform. Previously, she worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures as a policy specialist. Michelau received her bachelor's degree in public law from Northern Illinois University and her master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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    Director of Policy Analysis
    Policy Analysis and Research
    303.541.0223
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  • Craig Milburn

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    Chief Financial Officer
    Accounting Services
    303.541.0282
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  • Jere Mock

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      Jere J. Mock is vice president of Programs and Services at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado. She oversees WICHE's regional student exchange programs that expand access to higher education at some 200 institutions for more than 30,600 students and help develop the West's workforce. The programs include the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), and Internet Course Exchange (ICE). She also directs externally-funded regional initiatives that foster college and university collaborations to enhance students' educational opportunities, increase institutional effectiveness, and enable institutions to reduce their administrative costs and offer expanded services to students. In addition, she directs WICHE's electronic and print communications. Prior to joining WICHE in 1988, she was executive director of a regional telecommunications company's corporate philanthropy through the seven-state Mountain Bell Foundation, headquartered in Denver, and earlier she worked in public relations and government affairs at Mountain Bell. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a master's of public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver; and a master's of business administration from Regis University. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

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    Vice President
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0222
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  • Dennis Mohatt

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      Dennis Mohatt is the Vice President for Behavioral Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). He directs the WICHE Mental Health Program and the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research. Dennis has over 30 years of public mental health services. His work has included direct clinical care, clinical supervision, and CEO tenure in a rural CMHC serving Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Additionally, he led an effort in the early 1990s, funded by HRSA, to successfully integrate mental health and primary care in multiple rural family practice settings. During the late 1990s, Dennis served as the Deputy Director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a position where he also served as the state's commissioner of mental health. His duties included executive management of multiple state HHS divisions including: child welfare, juvenile justice, public health, mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, services for the older adults, public assistance, Medicaid, services for the visually impaired, and public institutions. Since 2001, Dennis has led WICHE's efforts in behavioral health. He has served as a member of the National Rural Health Advisory Committee, and led many national efforts relating to rural mental health including his role as the Chief Consultant to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He is actively engaged in efforts focused on improving services to Veterans, Guard, and Reserve as well as their families; rural mental health policy; workforce development, and increasing adoption of integrated approaches to behavioral and primary care practice. His graduate training was supported by a NIMH Fellowship and focused on rural community-clinical psychology. 

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    Vice President for Behavioral Health
    Mental Health Program
    303.541.0256
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  • Nathaniel Mohatt

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    Research Scientist
    Mental Health Program
    303.541.0224
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  • Cali Morrison

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      Cali Morrison, Manager, Communications, has responsibility for WCET's communications strategies and keeping our members connected to the cooperative. Cali holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University, a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education from Montana State University, an online graduate certificate in Women's Studies from Western Kentucky University, and is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate (Ed.D) in Higher Education Administration . Prior to joining WCET, Cali worked at Montana State University in various positions for over seven years. Cali lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband, daughter and dogs, where she is active in the community, especially with the CAP mentoring and Girls for a Change programs.

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    Manager, Communications
    WCET
    303.541.0234
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  • Kim Nawrocki

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    Administrative Assistant III
    Programs and Services
    303-541-0270
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  • Ken Pepion

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    Director, Bridges to the Professorate
    Programs and Services
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  • Michelle Perez-Robles

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    Office Support Manager NC-SARA & W-SARA
    Programs and Services
    303-541-0283
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  • Russell Poulin

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      As Deputy Director, Research and Analysis for WCET, Russ Poulin organizes information-sharing activities among WCET's members and edits WCET's Frontiers blog.  Recently, Russ has lead national responses on new federal distance education regulations. Russ coordinates WCET's research on the management of online learning, works on elearning consortia issues, and consults on WICHE's Adult College Completion Network. Previously, Russ coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's in Statistics and Research Methodology from the University of Northern Colorado. Contacts: @RussPoulin or rpoulin@wiche.edu

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    Deputy Director, Research and Analysis
    WCET
    303.541.0305
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  • Brian T. Prescott

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      Brian T. Prescott is the director of policy research at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). In this role, he co-manages WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit, with primary responsibility for obtaining and analyzing education and workforce data with public policy relevance. He is author of the two most recent editions of Knocking at the College Door, WICHE’s widely-used projections of high school graduates by state and race/ethnicity. Additionally, he manages grant- and contract-funded projects and authors occasional policy briefs, chapters, and research reports. Prescott has experience working directly with states on issues of access, success, affordability, accountability, workforce development, and data systems development. Currently, he is managing WICHE’s Gates Foundation-funded project to develop a multistate longitudinal data exchange. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Prescott earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia. He also holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the College of William and Mary.

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    Director of Policy Research
    Policy Analysis and Research
    303.541.0255
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  • Megan Raymond

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      Megan Raymond, Manager, Events and Programs, has been with WCET since 2007. Her primary responsibility is the coordination of the program and logistics for WCET's Annual Conference. Prior to joining WCET, she was the Assistant Director of housing and conference services at Fort Lewis College, a small liberal arts college in Durango, CO. Megan oversaw a successful conference services program and supervised 22 student staff members and two full-time professional staff. She also adjudicated resident discipline cases and coordinated staff development programming. Megan received a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Fort Lewis College and a Masters in Nutrition and Health Education from Hawthorn University. Running, biking, and trail marathons help Megan burn off stress and occupy her spare time.

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    Manager, Events and Programs
    WCET
    303.541.0233
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  • Sarah Ross

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      Sarah Ross, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a senior program and research associate with the WICHE Mental Health Program in Boulder, CO. Ross received her doctorate degree in school psychology from North Carolina State University in August of 2012. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Texas at Austin with placements at the Texas Child Study Center and Dell Children’s Hospital. She completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School with placements at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research and clinical interests include pediatric health psychology, rural mental health policy and practice, school-based mental health services, and bridging the research to practice gap. Ross is currently involved in psychology internship and doctoral program development initiatives to expand the mental health workforce in rural and underserved areas.

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    Senior Program and Research Associate
    Mental Health Program
    303-541-0285
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  • Sue Schmidt

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    NANSLO/CHEO Project Coordinator
    Programs and Services
    970.876.1937
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  • Kris Schwarz

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    Jr. Network Administrator
    IT Services
    303-541-0301
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  • Noe Sekimoto-Cole

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    Accounting Specialist
    Accounting Services
    303.541.0280
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  • Pat Shea

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      Patricia (Pat) Shea directs three membership-based academic leadership and innovation organizations for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).  These are the WICHE Internet Course Exchange, the Western Academic Leadership Forum, and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders. In addition, she directs WICHE’s involvement in three regional collaborative projects: the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO), the Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO), and the Interstate Passport Initiative. Prior to serving in this position, Shea served as the assistant director of WCET, also based at WICHE, for which she conducted research in best practices in student services online. Before joining WICHE in 1996, Shea held several positions in Alexandria, VA, including Manager for Special Projects, Technology Division, the National School Boards Association; Director for Information Services, the Association of Telemessaging Services International; and Executive Director, the Alexandria Bar Association. She holds a M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from George Mason University.

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    Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives
    Programs and Services
    303.541.0302
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  • Peggy Stevens

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      Peggy Stevens, Technical Services Coordinator for WCET, is responsible for content management for the WCET website and is involved with creation of and data input for WCET's wikis. Peggy is tasked with information organizing, meeting arranging, and communications for the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) awards. She works on various projects with Russ and Mollie, including editing and proofing of the news digest. Peggy assists with the Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework project, which is a collaborative multi-institutional data-mining project. With PAR, she is the technical support person for the collaboration software, processing contracts and invoices, and build-out of the PAR web sub-site. Peggy has served as the WICHE Accounts Payable Specialist from 2007 to 2012 in addition to her role with WCET. Peggy has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Secretarial Technology with Administrative Emphasis and has over 25 years experience in the secretarial and accounting field for diverse Colorado and Nebraska companies. She enjoys participating on volleyball and softball teams.

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    Office Support Manager PAR Framework
    WCET
    303.541.0268
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  • Mimi Windemuller

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    Project Manager
    Mental Health Program
    303.906.2702
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  • Jerry Worley

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    Chief Technology Officer
    IT Services
    303.541.0299
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