DSS Team Boulder County Campus

Boulder County Campus Disability Support Services (DSS) supports the vision and goals of the college which focus on the academic success of all students, with a strong commitment to diverse learners, an inclusive learning environment, robust support systems, and a reduction in barriers. Learn more about Disability Support Services.

Peggy Copeland

Peggy Copeland 

Boulder County Campus Director


Peggy Copeland is the Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) at the Boulder County Campus. She has been the Director of DSS for over 5 years at FRCC.  She has over 20 years of professional experience in higher education serving students in various roles - psychology instructor, retention specialist, academic success coach, and most recently in DSS, which she refers to as being “the best job ever.” With a master’s degree in educational psychology, her focus has been on identifying, developing, and managing breakthrough programs and resources to support students in achieving their academic goals. Peggy’s specialization in educational psychology gives her a unique focus on how learning disabilities impact students’ educational endeavors. Her expertise in identifying educational barriers presented by her students provides the framework to apply appropriate academic accommodations to reduce learning barriers so students have the opportunity to find academic success.  Peggy has been recognized for developing innovative learning interventions to support students across the college, and has won research awards for conducting a longitudinal study on Embedded Advising – a mechanism to meet students where they are “in the classroom.”  This program has since evolved in various ways across the college to connect students with academic support seamlessly.  Peggy has also been recognized as Master Teacher and Administrator of the Year.  Peggy herself is an alumna of FRCC and she will be the first to tell you she loves giving back to students in the same institution that gave her so much as a first-generation college student when she began her college journey with FRCC.

In her spare time, Peggy enjoys spending time with her family which includes her heroic 10 lb. canine companion, Thor (a Malti-peke-apoo).  Thor has earned his way to being Peggy’s personal service dog, so you may meet him when you visit her on campus.  To contact Peggy, email her or call 303-678-3643.

Matthew Hise

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Matthew Hise


Matt is the Intake Specialist and assistant to Peggy Copeland in the Disability Support Services office at the Boulder County Campus. Matt comes from a background in public service and a deep appreciation for serving those in need. After attending high school in Boulder, Matt become a certified firefighter and EMT and spent the subsequent years working as a professional firefighter. Now, Matt is working towards a degree in computer science and joined the DSS team in November of 2022. Matt is an advocate for education and social equality and believes that equal access to education is critical, especially for those who may face added barriers. As a native of Colorado, in his free time he can be found doing any number of outdoor activities including snowboarding, mountain biking, and climbing, or at home hanging out with his cat, Nessie.

Dustin Rain

Dustin Raiken


Dustin is an Assistive Technology Assistant at Boulder County Campus. He has been part of the Boulder County Campus Disability Support Services team for over four years, working in both administrative and A.T. roles. Dustin believes every FRCC student deserves the tools to learn, grow, and succeed no matter what barriers or challenges they may face. 

Dustin received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems from FRCC in May 2020 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is currently studying data analytics through Grow with Google and hopes to pursue a career as a data analyst. In his spare time, Dustin enjoys spending time outside, writing music, and overall being creative.

Catherine Stager

Catherine "Cath" M. Stager


Cath has specialized in assistive technology, universal design, web accessibility, and creating access to Academia and technology for over twenty years. She has worked with students, faculty, and staff at both Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder and has presented regionally and nationally on Universal Design, Accessibility, Assistive Technology, and Disability Rights, Responsibilities & Accommodations within Higher Education for Students with Disabilities

Cath is one of the founding members of the Assistive Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) and is a subject matter expert on Accessibility. She is a Certified Usability Analyst and a lifelong learner. 

Cath is a long-time supporter/presenter for the Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference. Cath currently is an Assistive Technology Specialist at Front Range Community College Boulder County Campus.

In addition to being passionate about accessibility, Cath loves to take walks, go hiking or camping, and spend time with family and friends!