Whitney Pratz
Program Director
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Colleges/Universities Attended: Colorado State University

Favorite thing about the college(s) you attended? An affordable option with a beautiful campus – I loved when all the leaves were green and gold in the fall. I also was able to go to school and be close to my friends.

Hobbies: Yoga, being an aunt, reading, doing puzzles, and mellow nature walks.

Favorite Quote:  “Everyone you ever meet will know something you don’t.” – Bill Nye (my former boss)

Whitney Pratz

Peyton Deal
Office Manager, Academic Advisor
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Schools Served: Ignacio Middle School, Ignacio High School

Colleges/Universities Attended: Colorado Mesa University, Universidad de Murcia

Favorite thing about the college(s) you attended? My favorite part of CMU was the size of the university. It was big enough that something was always happening but small enough that it was easy to find your community. The smallness of the university made it easy to plug into/take advantage of opportunities that interested you, like studying abroad, joining clubs, and attending events. It also meant that class sizes were small, so I could develop strong relationships with my professors who have carried on past college.

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, running, traveling, yoga, spending time with loved ones, and anything that involves laughter and being in the sunshine.

Favorite Quote:  “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” -Jackie Robinson

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Fiona Rodebaugh
Academic Advisor
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Schools Served: Durango High School, Escalante Middle School, Big Picture High School

College/University Attended: Colorado State University

Favorite thing about the college(s) you attended? I loved how many things were going on around campus all the time. Boredom was never an option! I also loved the greenery and openness of the campus. Fort Collins felt like a home away from home.

Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and gardening

Favorite Quote: "The scariest moment is always just before you start" -Stephen King

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Amanda Vodicka
Academic Advisor
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Schools Served: Cortez Middle School, Montezuma Cortez High School

Colleges/Universities Attended: Fort Lewis College

Favorite thing about the college(s) you attended? My favorite part of Fort Lewis was the mountains and getting to know my professors.

Hobbies: Exploring nature, playing music, crafting, reading, and volunteering. I love to paint watercolor scenes of rivers I visit and am usually singing to myself or other people.

Favorite Quote:  “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” - Bertrand Russell

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Mary Quinn
Academic Advisor
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Schools Served: Pagosa Springs High School, Pagosa Springs Middle School, Montezuma-Cortez High School. Montezuma-Cortez Middle School

College/University Attended: Fort Lewis College

Favorite thing about the college(s) you attended: My favorite things about attending Fort Lewis College were the theater program, my professors, and the mountains. I am originally from Florida, so you could say I was shocked seeing the beautiful landscape of Durango, CO.

Hobbies: My favorite hobbies are Comedy, Writing, and Drag performances.

Favorite Quote: ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ - Theodore Roosevelt

Mary Quinn