Area Advisory Council

Council Members

The College Area Advisory Council advises the college president on the long-term educational and employment training needed in the community and serves as a liaison between the college and area employers. The council is also liaison between the college and local school boards, county commissioners, city councils, other local elected officials.

Joni FriedmanJoni-Friedman

Joni Friedman is the director of the Larimer County Workforce Center (LCWC), a position she has held since 1994. Previously, she worked in a variety of roles at the LCWC, including assistant director, training counselor, and youth programs coordinator. Joni is very involved in the community and serves as board president of the Larimer County Foundation and board member for several organizations, including the Manaqua Center, the Murphy Center Homeless Day Center, and the Larimer Center for Mental Health. Joni has a B.S. in education from Northern Arizona University.

Patrick KellyPatrick-Kelly

Patrick Kelly is a senior associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). He also serves as director of the NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis. Before joining NCHEMS in February 2002, Patrick worked for six years at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Previously, Patrick was a research associate at the National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky. Patrick has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an M.A. in sociology and a Ph.D. in urban and public affairs from the University of Louisville.

Kay MillerKay-Miller

Kay Miller joined St. Anthony Hospital, a Centura Health level I trauma center, as vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer in 2013. Since 2005, she served as vice president and chief nursing officer at Medical Center of the Rockies. Kay began her nursing career in 1976. She joined Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) in 1981 as a staff nurse on the Orthopedics Unit. She became a head nurse for the Neurosciences Unit in the same year, and then a department director for PVH's Regional Neurosciences Center. Kay has a B.S.N. from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in nursing administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is certified in executive nursing practice through the American Organization of Nursing Executives and nurse executive board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Don OestDon-Oest

Don is a project executive within Technical Support Services in IBM’s Global Technology Services Americas group. He has held various management positions in his more than 34 years with IBM. He has served on the boards of directors of INROADS/Colorado Inc. and Junior Achievement/Rocky Mountain Inc. He is a past board chair of the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA. He teaches business and corporate responsibility in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Don has an associate degree in computer science from State University of New York-Farmingdale, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ramapo College, and a M.B.A. in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Sandra SteinerSandy-Steiner

Sandra is director of postsecondary and workforce readiness with Adams County School District 50. She works to align counseling and instructional resources to help students foster a career aspiration and the appropriate academic and workplace competencies. Previously, Sandra was executive director of the Adams County Education Consortium, executive vice president of Adams County Economic Development, and a division president for Prentice Hall Business Publishing, a division of Pearson Education. She is a member of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s Education Committee. She has a B.S. in education from the University of South Dakota.