Welcoming New CMC Leadville Staff, Part I

Welcoming New CMC Leadville Staff, Part I

Fall is an exciting time of year. There is a back-to-school buzz in the air and we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces on campus. There are several new staff members joining us this fall and a few staff members taking on new roles. We are excited to welcome them to the CMC Leadville community.

New CMC Leadville Staff: Brooke Larson, the assistant Coordinator of Student Life at CMC Leadville.
Brooke Larson, the assistant Coordinator of Student Life at CMC Leadville, is a CMC Spring Valley graduate.

Brooke Larson

Assistant Coordinator of Student Life

Though she may be a new face on the Leadville campus, Brooke is no stranger to Colorado Mountain College Residence Life. Brooke graduated from the CMC photography program in 2014, after spending two years as an RA at the Spring Valley campus. Originally from the Front Range, Brooke hasn’t spent much time in Leadville but is looking forward to living the mountain lifestyle and getting students involved in new activities.

“We have an amazing group of motivated RA staff this year,” says Brooke, “We’re planning fun activities based on what our students are interested in doing, like the Mountain View Olympics games and tie dye nights.”

In her free time, Brooke enjoys photography, rock climbing, traveling and exploring new places. She began rock climbing and snowboarding during her time at CMC Spring Valley and hopes to do as much climbing and riding as possible.

Brooke’s focus is to create a community on campus that is a safe and fun environment for students to enjoy and make the most of their time at CMC.

“Get involved and have fun!,” says Brooke, “You only get to experience college once. How you act and what you make of it will make-or-break your college experience; meet people, make friends, and do all the fun things!”

New CMC Leadville Staff: Kristen Voegtle, CEPA Coordinator for Colorado Mountain College Leadville
Kristen Voegtle, CEPA Coordinator at CMC Leadville, and her husband, adventuring in Leadville.

Kristen Voegtle

CEPA Coordinator

There is something about Leadville  a magnetism that pulls outdoor-minded folks back to the mountains. That’s the case for Kristen Voegtle, Colorado Mountain College Leadville’s new CEPA Coordinator, who lived in Leadville from 2007-2010 and returned to the Cloud City in June 2016.

“Before CMC I taught Social Studies to grades 6-8 in Kremmling at West Grand Middle School,” says Kristen, who holds a bachelors degree in History and Secondary Education licensure, specializing in Social Studies from Colorado State University, “After moving back to Leadville in 2016, I taught night classes to adult ESL students, was a substitute teacher in the Lake County school district and worked with middle and high school students through the 21st Century Project Dream program.”

Her experience with local high school students will help Kristen in her new role as the CEPA Coordinator. CEPA is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students to take college level courses for little to no cost.

“I am proud to be working with the great communities of Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida,” says Kristen, “and ensuring opportunities for our students to have the ability to graduate from high school with their associates degree.”

Like most Leadville locals, Kristen loves spending time in the outdoors with her family. They enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking, and escaping into the wilderness with their pop-up camper as often as possible.

New CMC Leadville Staff: Acacia Fike-Nelson, CMC Leadville Academic Advisor, pictures in Hawaii with the CMC Adventure Flag
Acacia Fike-Nelson, CMC Leadville Academic Advisor, in Hawaii with the CMC Adventure Flag.

Acacia Fike-Nelson

Academic Advisor

In the 9+ years that Acacia has worked for CMC, she has held 3 positions on 2 campuses. In her most recent role as the CMC Leadville Upward Bound Coordinator, Acacia introduced local first generation and low-income high school students to the TRIO college prep program. Her previous positions and experiences have made Acacia an invaluable resource to students, especially as she steps into her new role as Academic Advisor.

“For 9 years I have been working at CMC and have always been drawn to helping students achieve their educational and career goals.” says Acacia, who is originally from Peru, Nebraska, “I always take opportunities to learn and have completed numerous trainings. This past spring, I completed the National Career Development Association’s Career Development Facilitator training. So if you need some career guidance, I am here to help!”

In addition to various trainings and certifications, Acacia holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in Education, specializing in Leadership for Higher Education, from Capella University. She looks forward to working closely with students and helping them achieve their educational and career goals.

“One of my goals is to be present throughout the campus and not always stuck in my office.” says Acacia, “This might mean I am in the Multi Purpose Room in the Res Hall every now and then or in the cafeteria. I just want to make myself available to students.”

In her free time, Acacia loves to travel and she has visited all 50 states. Her next travel goal is to go to all the continents; she has 3 down and 4 to go! Acacia also enjoys golfing, snowboarding, gardening, and spending time her husband Dan and their dog Kenji. They have lived in Leadville for the past 4+ years, and have bounced back and forth between Lake and Summit County for the past 12 years.

“I love the atmosphere and cultural of both CMC and Leadville!” says Acacia, “I grew up in a small town, so I love the smallness of both the campus and the community. I also love the summers! I don’t do well in temperatures above 83 degrees, so Leadville is really the perfect place for me.”

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