Advisory Council

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.

Wayne L. Anderson

Wayne Anderson PhotoWayne, senior executive leadership coach and founder of the Leadership Science Institute LLC, is a Certified Master Coach (CMC). He has been a part-time business instructor for FRCC and is a Certified Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). A Navy veteran and author of four books, Wayne is a co-founder of the VetEquity Corporation, a non-profit organization that helps newly released veterans to start and operate successful businesses. He holds degrees in organizational leadership, information technology and business finance. He is a former city council member and county commissioner for the City and County of Broomfield.

Darin Atteberry

Darin Atteberry PhotoDarin is the Fort Collins city manager, a position he has held since December 2004, previously serving as assistant city manager for eight years. Darin has led the city government through a time of transformational change, moving the organization from a "trust us" model to one that uses a data-driven, performance-based approach. He is an advocate for community collaboration and has built strong relationships with both public and private sector partners. Darin holds a Bachelor of Science in city and regional planning from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., a master's degree in city planning and a Master of Science in civil engineering, both from Georgia Tech.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly PhotoDr. Patrick Kelly has recently been a research consultant at Exelencia in Education and was previously Vice President at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). He leads many projects applying research and policy analysis to link higher education with the critical needs of states and their residents. Among these are: overall strategic planning to improve higher education policy, finance and outcomes-based funding, system-wide and institutional accountability, and linking postsecondary education to workforce needs and economic development. Patrick has led many of the analytical efforts to set educational attainment goals across the nation, including those for the Obama administration, the Lumina Foundation, and many of the states that have followed suit. He presents his work to a variety of audiences including state policymakers, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEOs) and their staffs, higher education researchers and policy analysts, and a variety of other stakeholders.

Don Oest

Don Oest PhotoDon 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.

Elvira Ramos

Elvira RamosElvira brings more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, planning, development, grantmaking and community relations. She recently left from her position as Vice President of Programs and Inclusive Leadership at the Community Foundation Boulder County where she served for 10 years and “downshifted” to a part-time role running the Foundation’s Leadership Fellows programs.

Elvira has volunteered for – or served on the boards of – numerous local and national organizations, including the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, The Learning Source, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Committee and U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership; she also served on the Komen for the Cure National Multicultural Advisory Council. Elvira is an experienced trainer and facilitator, and continues to consult with nonprofits and lead workshops in board and leadership development, diversity and inclusivity, volunteer management and strategic planning. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, she has lived in Colorado for many years. Identifying as she/her/hers, she calls herself a Tejana-once-removed in recognition of the hundreds of years of deep roots her family has along what is today the border of South Texas.

Sandra Steiner

Sandra Steiner PhotoSandra 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.