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College Boards & Councils

State Board for Community Colleges and
Occupational Education System


4th District, (D)


Joe Garcia





Otero College Advisory Council

The Otero College Advisory Council serves as a liaison between the College and the College's service area communities. Members bring forth insight, ideas and recommendations to be considered by the College administration for implementation. The Council approves and has oversight over the College’s annual budget.


Yolanda Avalos, La Junta

Andrew Huffman, Las Animas

Jack Johnston, La Junta

Margaret Grasmick, Rocky Ford

Robert Oquist, La Junta



Otero College Foundation Board

The Otero College Foundation is a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for Otero College. The Foundation was formed to provide the College with the opportunity for long-term growth and financial strength by supporting needs that cannot be met by the State or other financial resources. The Foundation also partners with donors to support and strengthen the College's role in serving the educational needs of the community.

The Otero College Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization: # 84-1472517


John Knapp, Rocky Ford - Board Chair

Jonathan Fox, Fowler - Board Vice Chair

Betty Velasquez, La Junta - Board Treasurer

Matt Heimerich, Olney Springs - Board Member

Seth Franzman, Phoenix, AZ - Board Member

Sharon Kolomitz, La Junta - Board Member

Roberta Calkins-Mendoza, La Junta - Board Member