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President's Council

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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.

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Please contact Caitlin Apigian at Caitlin.Apigian​ or (719) 389-6705 for more information.

The members of the President's Council for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Mayss Al Alami '17

Mayss is an international student from Palestine and who grew up in Jordan and Dubai. Mayss is an Economics and International Relations Major and potential Non Violence Minor, interested specifically in the Middle East Region. On campus, Mayss is Vice President for Student Concerns on CCSGA, Campus Education Officer on Honor Council and Executive Officer on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). She is also part of The Economics Student Advisory Board, Tigers Athletic Department and Student Conduct Committee. In her free time, Mayss enjoys reading Arabic poetry and literature and running.

Rosa baum

Rosa Baum ‘15

Rosa 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.

Caroline Cary

Caroline Cary ‘16

Caroline is a junior Economics major and a Spanish minor from Evanston, Illinois. Outside of class, she is president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a member of the Women's Varsity Tennis Team, and works as a tutor at the Ruth Barron Writing Center. In addition, she is a member of Relay for Life Committee and CC Republicans Club. In her free time, Caroline enjoys reading, swimming, and biking.


Esther Chan

Esther Chan ‘16

Esther is from Diamond Bar, CA and is an Independently Designed Major in Visual Media and Social Change with a minor in Journalism. She is a Bridge Scholars Program mentor and loves giving advice, support, and hugs to her mentees. She is a photographer and videographer for the Communications Office and does a lot of photo work around the school as a photographer for The Catalyst and as co-chair of Photography Club. Besides photography, she is a co-leader of an extended format class called Youth Empowerment. In her free time, she likes to scooter around campus, watch a lot of TV, and eat Asian snacks that remind her of home.


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.

Jonah Goldman

Jonah Goldman ‘15

Jonah is a senior 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.

Micheal Greenberger

Michael Greenberger ‘17

Michael is a Sophomore Political Science major hailing from Highland Park, Illinois. Michael’s academic interests range from Arabic to contemporary Islamic societies. Michael is a member of the Colorado College club ultimate team and a DJ for the Sounds of Colorado College (SOCC). Michael tries to explore the beautiful outdoor surroundings the Rocky Mountains have to offer as much as possible. After spending his summer abroad in Europe, Michael is excited to be back at Colorado College to help make CC an even greater place for past, current, and future students.


Mac Gustafson

Mac Gustafson ‘16

Mac is a junior at CC, 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. He has worked as a swim coach and soloed in a Cessna 172. His crowning achievement is making it to Silver League on League of Legends.

Mac Gustafson

William Hannum ‘15

Will is a double Studio Art / Art History Major from Northampton, Massachusetts. Will has been spending most of his time over the past few years making artwork, splitting time between his downtown studio at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts and the Colorado College campus. In his sophomore year he studied abroad at the Glasgow school of Art and was given a solo show that summer at the A.P.E. gallery in Western Massachusetts. On campus Will is an FYE mentor for an art history class as well as an arts editor for the Leviathan.

Patrick Jurney

Patrick Jurney ‘17

Patrick is an Environmental Science major. He is from Saint Paul, Minnesota, but spent a majority of his childhood growing up on an island in the Caribbean: Dominica. He is heavily involved with the Colorado Springs Food Rescue as their volunteer coordinator for over 50 volunteers. He also works at Sacred Grounds. Along with that, he is a member of the Back Row, the all-male A Capella group, and is on the Class Committee of 2017. He is still able to venture out into greater Colorado as he is also an active leader for the Outdoor Recreation Committee.​​

Jacob Kirksey

Jacob Kirksey ‘15

Jacob is an Economics and Education double major and plans to pursue a PhD in Education Policy following graduation.  At CC, Jacob started the nonprofit organization, Kids Are Dramatic, a social justice theatre organization that seeks to increase emotional intelligence in youth.  Jacob is also a member of the speech/debate team and is the former president of Phi Gamma Delta.


James Lonergan

James Lonergan ‘16

James is a junior and Behavioral Economics major from Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the CC Men's Varsity Basketball team, as well as the Recruitment and Retention officer for Honor Council, a NSO leader, and a member of the Student Athletic Advisor Committee.

Elliot Mamet

Elliot Mamet ‘15

Elliot is a senior at Colorado College and majors in Political Science. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Elliot serves as the student member of the Colorado College Board of Trustees, where he sits on the Committee on Investment. Elliot spent his junior year abroad as a general course student at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  Elliot is a keen clarinetist, serves on the board of the ACLU of Southern Colorado, and is particularly interested in prisons and prison reform.

Matt Nadel ’15

Matt is a senior 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.

Christine Odegi

Christine Odegi ‘15

Christine is a current senior studying Mathematics and Economics. She is a Davis United World College Scholar from Nairobi, Kenya. Her passion for her continent lead her to found Ubuntu, the only African interest group at Colorado College. She is also the Student Assistant to the President's Office. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, singing and choreographing East and West African dances.

Gabby Palko

Gabriella Palko ‘16

Gabriella is a junior Environmental Policy major from Barrington, Rhode Island. At home, she enjoys writing and is heavily involved in fundraising and raising awareness for ALS. On campus when she’s not studying or in meetings, she enjoys backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and hiking. Her love for the outdoors sparked her passion for protecting the environment, and studying abroad with CC in the Himalayas further solidified her dedication to environmental law and science. She is the advertising manager for The Catalyst and the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Intern in the CC Office of Sustainability. Gabriella is adamant about capitalizing on the ample opportunities provided at CC and is excited to make it an even better place by serving on President’s Council.

Sergio Portesan

Sergio Portesan ‘15

Sergio is a senior from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has turned his love of all things America into a major: American History-Political Science. Sergio is a Tigers Hockey super fan, and you can find him at all home games wielding his trademark neon yellow signs. When he's not cheering the Tigers to victory at the World Arena, you can find Sergio leading tours around campus, tutoring in the Writing Center, working as an RA in Loomis, and hanging out with his FIJI brothers.

Sam Saccomanno

Samantha Saccomanno ‘17

Sam is a sophomore and expected International Political Economy major and Feminist and Gender Studies minor. Aside from her work on the Presidents Council, Sam is an RA and works at the Worner Desk. Additionally, she is an active member of Dance Workshop and enjoys boxing off campus. In her spare time, you can find Sam outside slack lining or trail running.

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.

Molly Snell

Molly Snell ‘16

Molly is a junior Sociology major from Lincoln, MA. She is a Co-President of GlobeMed, CC’s global health club that connects university students with international global health non-profits. She also works in the athletic training room as a student athletic trainer. This year she has enjoyed being an FYE mentor and watching the first-year students acclimate to life at CC. She also loves making and eating great desserts, as well as playing board games.​

Caitlin Taber

Caitlin Taber ‘17

Caitlin is a Film and New Media major. In addition to the President's Council, Caitlin is Vice-President of Communications for CC Film Union, a member of CC Productions and Salsa Club, as well as an avid CC hockey fan. During the summers, Caitlin helps out with the various camps for young kids that CC hosts. In her free time she enjoys being creative, learning French and attempting to play on the Women's Club Hockey team.


Breana Taylor

Breana Taylor ‘17

Breana was born in Columbus, Georgia but raised in different states courtesy of her father’s military career. She is a feminist and conveniently a Feminist and Gender Studies major hoping in to minor in Anthropology. Last year, Breana served as Historian of the Black Student Union, which she is still a current and active member. She is also a member of SOMOS and Mind Body and Soul. Few things consume her life outside of her studies, but those that do would be her relationship with her brothers and sisters and her love for film soundtracks. Breana is a strong believer in being an active member of her environment and hopes to do just that as a member of President’s Council.

Davis Tutt

Davis Tutt ‘15

Davis is a senior Art History major from Colorado Springs. Along with President’s Council, Davis is a member of the Honor Council, an FYE Mentor, President of the Colorado College Republicans, and Co-President of Mortar Board. He also serves on the Student Conduct Committee and Senior Class Committee. Outside of Colorado College, Davis has worked as the Collections Manager and Registrar’s Intern at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, as well as the Archives Intern at the United States Olympic Committee.

jake walden

Jake Walden ‘15

Jake is a senior 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.

Emma WHitehead

Emma Whitehead ‘15

Emma is a senior 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! 

Not pictured above:

Samantha Buxbaum, Russell Clark, James Daudon, Evalyn Grant, Connor Haney, Erik Laitos, Marissa Maurelli, James Terhune, Alice Xiang