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President's Council

Apply for the President's Council:

President's Council Application 2014 

Please contact Caitlin Apigian at or (719)389-6710 for more information.

The President’s Council is a representative body of students that serves in an advisory role to the President of the college, and as ambassadors for the college. Members of the President’s Council will have the unique opportunity to make valuable connections with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and distinguished visitors at Colorado College. The Council will meet with the President and/or various college and community leaders at least once per block.

The members of the President's Council for the 2013-2014 academic year are:

Trevor Barron '15

Trevor expects to major in computer science. He was accepted for the 2012 Google Summer of Code program, working with Benetech to improve how text-to-speech software programs interpret complex mathematical equations. Trevor's athletic ability opened up global experience for him when he represented USA Track and Field in international competition ten times and has trained with fellow athletes in Italy and Colombia. He placed 26th of 56 competitors in the 20-km race walk at the London Olympics.

Rosa baum   

Rosa Baum ‘15

Rosa Baum is an International Political Economy major and Middle Eastern Studies minor from Boulder, Colorado. She has fostered her love of international affairs during her time abroad in Mexico, Costa Rica, Egypt, and Jordan and her interest in domestic policies while working with Colorado Legal Services, in the US Senate, and on President Obama's 2012 Campaign. Rosa is a Co-Chair for the Colorado College Young Democrats and a member of CC's women's ultimate frisbee team, Lysistrata's Tools.

Garrett Benisch

Garrett Benisch ‘14

Garrett is a Senior Studio Art major.  Aside from his work on the Presidents Council, Garrett teaches Batik in the Arts and Crafts department, and is a fitness instructor specializing in Slackline Yoga.  He also runs the Integrative Design Club, which seeks to bring more attention to design topics on the CC campus.  In his spare time, you can find Garrett out on the quad slack lining, rock climbing, and back country skiing in the Rockies during the winter.

Molly Brown

Molly Brown ‘14

Molly Brown is a senior Economics major/Spanish minor from Atlanta, Ga.  Outside of the classroom Molly is co-captain of the Women’s Swim and Dive team, president of Kappa Alpha Theta, and a co-president of the senior class committee!  In her free time Molly likes to run and after swim season is planning on training for her second marathon.


Sean Buck ’14

Sean is a senior LAS: Biology and Public Health major hailing from Englewood, Colorado. Outside of class, he volunteers at Taylor Elementary School and the SET Clinic. He competes each year on the cross-country and track teams, primarily to ensure that his exercise habits keep pace with his devoted intake of cured meats and cheeses. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching several seasonal TV shows, and climbing 14ers.

Michelle Cordell

Michelle Cordell ‘16

Michelle Cordell is from Olympia, Washington and is studying Economics, Environmental Science, and Spanish. She is very involved in the Office of Minority and International Students including being a student intern, the co-chair of BSU, a member of the Glass House, and the leader of the women of color group on campus- Mind, Body, & Soul. She is also a tri-chair of the charity knitting group Project Fuzzy and is an avid skier and sea kayaker.


Jed Doane ‘14

Jed is a senior Biology major/ Biochemistry minor from Salt Lake City with a diverse array of academic interests from conservation biology to public health and the biochemistry of cancer. Jed is a member of the varsity Ultimate team, serves on the Honor Council, works as a Tour Guide, and spends as much time as possible snowboarding in the mountains of Utah and New Mexico. After CC, Jed plans on going to medical school after a few years of research and travel.

Ana Dodson ’14

Ana is majoring in Cultural Anthropology and minoring in education. She was born in Cusco, Peru and adopted when she was a baby. Ana was brought up in Evergreen, Colorado where she learned to love living in the mountains. At eleven years old, she founded a non-profit organization called Peruvian Hearts to help orphans and other children living in poverty in Peru. Ana divides her time between her studies at CC, her passion for helping youth get involved in service and philanthropy and her work in Peru with the organization she founded.

Christopher Edmonds ’14

Chris is majoring in Political Science from Portland, Oregon. Over the summer, Chris worked as a Clean Energy Research Intern researching solar projects on higher education campuses for the small Portland non-profit Focus the Nation. He also worked as a Youth Planner for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability engaging underprivileged and under-serviced youth. On campus, Chris is a student representative on the Campus Sustainability Council and serves as a Research Associate to the Energy, Environment and Security Program.


Sarah Freeman ’14

Sarah Freeman is a sociology major and Spanish minor from Lincoln, Massachusetts. Before Colorado College, she took a year off to work in an HIV/AIDS clinic in South Africa where she developed a passion for global health. With this in mind, she founded the Globemed chapter at Colorado College this past year and hopes to go into medicine after college. She is also a member of the women's ultimate frisbee team, Lyssystrata's Tools, and an avid baker. 

Jonah Goldman

Jonah Goldman ‘15

Jonah is a junior at CC majoring in political science. He believes strongly in the local foods movement and is passionate about the connections between politics, agriculture and environment.  The founder of J Street U at CC, Jonah is working to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and enjoys playing rugby and adventuring in nature during his spare time. He is currently experimenting with indoor gardening in his room and hopes to bring a farmer’s market to campus on Saturday mornings.



Isaac Green ‘14

Isaac is a History/Political Science Major from Chicago. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado College Student Government Association. He has worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Mike Johanns and at Organizing for Action, a non-profit social welfare organization created to advance the agenda of President Obama. He currently serves as the chair of the Student Conduct Committee. He is also a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, GlobeMed, the Honor Council, CC Concert Band, and the best intramural team: the Jazz Cats. 

Mac Gustafson

Mac Gustafson ‘16

Mac is attending his second year studying Political Science.  He’s looking forward to working with the Children’s Literacy Center, participating in the Asian Student Union, taking singing lessons, and jamming out on the keyboard, ukulele, erhu, or melodica with anyone who wants to join him.  Last summer he worked as a swim coach and soloed in a Cessna 172.  His most crowning achievement is making it to Silver League on League of Legends.


Will Harris '14

Will Harris is a senior Economics major and an Arabic Language Minor.  He is currently studying abroad in Amman, Jordan at the University of Jordan for the Fall Semester. He will be returning back to CC and the President's Council in January. Will is an active member of the CC Varsity Men's Lacrosse team and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is from Chicago, IL and loves everything about Colorado College and hopes to do his part in making CC one of the most fun and special Liberal Arts Colleges for current & future students and alums.

Kendra Haywood

Kendra Haywood ‘16

Kendra is a sophomore from Shelby, MS. She plans on majoring in education and she is pre-PT.  She works as a PT Aide for the school's sports medicine center. She is also employed as a tutor with the Children's Literacy Center. She is actively involved in BSU(where she serves as secretary), SOMOS, and NASU.

Gianina Horton ’14

Gianina was born and raised in Denver, Colorado with her family of six. She is currently a senior at CC, and is declaring her major for political science. Two important clubs that Gianina co-chairs are PeaceJam and SOMOS. PeaceJam is a non-profit that has had a lasting impact on Gianina’s life, and one she wanted to bring to CC. SOMOS is the Latino group on campus that discusses issue surrounding Latino communities domestically and internationally. 

Danny Keene

Danny Keene ‘14

Danny is a senior Economics major from Dallas, Texas. In addition to spending his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics, he worked in the valuation and business modeling group at Ernst & Young this past summer. Outside of the classroom, Danny is co-chair of the Young Republicans Club and is a proud member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He is excited to be back at CC for his senior year, and is especially ready to help the Fellowship of the Rim take home the intramural basketball title.

Maria Angelica Martinez

Maria Angelica Martinez '14

Maria Angelica Martinez (or Angel) is a senior majoring in Economics. Her upbringing in the Philippines and study-abroad experiences at the United World College (UWC) in Costa Rica, Colorado College, and at the London School of Economics (LSE) have sparked her primary interests on the interdependence between nations and acquiring international and intercultural understandings. Angel's recent service to the CCSGA's Student Conduct Committee inspired her decision to pursue further opportunities to serve the Colorado College community through the President's Council. Overall, her immersion in diverse cultures and unique learning methods, as well as her adventures as an international student honed her leadership abilities to serve and give back to different communities, groups, and individuals.

Chris Mayo-SMith

Chris Mayo-Smith ‘14

Chris is a senior Economics major from Weston, Massachusetts. He took a year off before attending CC and worked as a teacher in rural Uganda helping with the One Laptop Per Child group. He is a member of the CC Men's varsity basketball team. He is also an active member of CC's investment club. In his off time, Chris enjoys skiing, reading and being outdoors.

Chrissy Maruyama

Chrissy Maruyama ‘14

Chrissy is a Biology major from Wilton, CT.  She is the co-captain of the Women's Frisbee Team, Lysistrata's Tools, which has been her number one love and passion here at Colorado College.  While she enjoys all aspects of biology, Chrissy has always had a love for the ocean environment, and spent the fall of 2012 sailing from Maine to St. Croix studying plastic distribution in the Northern Atlantic.   In her free time, Chrissy enjoys skiing, playing beach volleyball, and cooking up exciting culinary feasts!

Matt Nadel ’15

Matt is a junior at Colorado College.  He’s from south of Denver in a little city called Centennial.  During his first year at CC, he was part of the men’s swim team and qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He was elected as an At-Large Representative for CCSGA and volunteered for the CC Soup Kitchen most Sunday mornings.  Matt loves CC for the classes, the professors, the location and all of the people that make it the best college to attend in the world.

Alejandro Salazar

Alejandro Salazar ‘16

Alejandro is a Political Science major from Aurora, Colorado. He currently serves as the Vice President of Finance of the Colorado College Student Government and is the student representative for the Budget Committee. Over the summer, he was a fellow at New Era Colorado, a local nonprofit that works to get youth involved in politics. Alejandro is also an active member of Honor Council, SOMOS, BSU, NASU, and is an RA in Slocum.


Rachel Seto-Templeton

Rachel Seto-Templeton ‘14

Rachel was born and raised in Taos, N.M. where she developed her deep appreciation for the Rocky Mountains. She is a religion major and a senior at Colorado College. She has a passion for ceramics and she teaches a beginning wheel throwing adjunct for the Arts and Crafts Center at Colorado College. She has previously worked as an RA, she is a co-chair for PeaceJam, and she also currently works as an assistant for the events team in the Advancement Office. Upon graduation, she plans to continue to pursue her love of travel and her passion for learning and education. 


Aradhya Sood '14

Aradhya is a senior mathematical economics major from Shimla, India. In her free time, she likes to take the arts and crafts classes that are offered at CC. These include jewelry making, knitting, and silk painting. She also likes to volunteer at different locations in Colorado and New Mexico through different breakout trips and alternative springs break. Currently, she is studying abroad at University College London for the fall semester.

Davis tutt

Davis Tutt ‘15

Davis serves as a member of the CC Honor Council, is President of the Young Republicans on campus, and was previously an At-Large Representative for the Student Government Association, serving on the finance and endowment committees. He also played on the men’s DIII basketball team. Outside of college, Davis works as an intern at El Pomar Foundation and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He also acts as student director of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s Youth Grants Board.

thamanna vasan

Thamanna Vasan ‘14

Thamanna is a Mathematical Economics major at CC and has studied Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is the co-chair and founder of the CC chapter of PeaceJam, Artistic Director of the student theater group (Theatre Workshop), and co-chair of CC's biggest music and art festival (Llamapalooza). In addition, she has stage managed several student shows, is a member of the CC Chamber Chorus, and works heavily with student groups and events as an intern with Campus Activities. Thamanna also works for Rocky Mountain PBS as an investigative journalist focused on data driven journalism. In her free time Thamanna pursues her love for photography and non-profit work. Following graduation she hopes to combine her various passions by joining the NGO/civil society sector.   

jake walden

Jake Walden ‘16

Jake is a sophomore who is majoring in mathematical economics or political science. He was a delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program, the National Youth Science Camp, and the State Department’s Youth Leadership program in Cambodia. Last summer, he worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures at a Public Interest Fellow. He is involved in Honor Council, the Writing Center, the Community Engaged Leadership Program, Speech and Debate, and the CC Choir. Jake’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, playing piano, and reading good books.

Alli Weibel

Alli Weibel ‘14

Alli is a History/Political Science and Spanish double major from Indiana. Throughout her time at CC , she has worked as an intern at the El Paso County Courthouse, as an RA, and as a Campus Activities intern. She has participated as a member of the CC Women's Club Soccer team, Relay for Life, Outdoor Recreation Committee, CCSGA, and more. She is so thankful that her experience has been painted with such fabulous friends, supportive staff,  inspired faculty, righteous recreation, and fruitful community engagement.

Emma WHitehead

Emma Whitehead ‘16

Emma is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado studying Political Science and Spanish. After a studying abroad in Central Europe this summer, she was excited to come back to CC and lead a New Student Orientation trip. Emma currently works as the intern in the Financial Aid Office, sings in Room 46, CC’s co-ed a cappella ensemble, and is an active BreakOut volunteer. She is a mountain girl at heart and is excited to get further involved in the wonderful CC community! 

David Wright ’15

David is from Denver, Colorado. Due to a fascination with Greco-Roman studies, as well as the department's professors at this college, he has chosen to pursue a major in Classics. He has been or will be a part of Sacred Grounds (a student run coffee shop in Shove Chapel), FIJI, giving tours for prospective students, managing the Men's basketball team, serving the CC soup kitchen, singing in a musical production on campus, and leading new student orientation.