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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-AndersonWayne, 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-AtteberryDarin 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.

Joni Friedman

Joni-FriedmanJoni 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 Kelly

Patrick-KellyPatrick 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.

Don Oest

Don-OestDon 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 Steiner

Sandra-SteinerSandra 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.