Board of Directors
Christopher A. Marconi, Chairman
Bio Coming Soon
Richard I. Behr, Jr.
MS, Finance, University of Colorado with an emphasis in securities analysis; CFP,College for Financial Planning; BS, BusinessFinance, St. Francis College. Postgraduate studies with the Wharton School of Economics. Part of the “Best Practices”consulting group to Fidelity Investments for registered investment advisors. Mr. Behr is founder and managing partner of Investment Management Consultants, Ltd. and 401K Squared.
LL.M in Taxation, University of Denver; J.D., University of Georgia; BS University of Nebraska. Mr. Jahde is a co‐founder of Anderson & Jahde, P.C. His practice is primarily focused on a combination of international income and estate tax planning, asset protection planning, foreign life insurance planning and defined benefit pension planning. He assists international clients with offshore trusts and international tax planning structures, and is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, the American Bar Association – Tax Section, and past president of the Centennial Estate Planning Council.
Dr. Sage Ann Scheer
PhD, Human Organizational Development with an emphasis in Marketing and Systems Design, The Fielding Institute (Santa Barbara, California); MA, Communication (Negotiation and Arbitration), University of Minnesota; BA, International Communications. Dr. Scheer is Vice President of Strategic Sales for EDmin.com, Inc., an educational technology company specializing in assessment and accountability role-based decision support systems. She heads up national account sales and is responsible for developing state and federal Department of Education accounts.
Dr. James R. Schoemer
EdD, MA, Higher Education Administration, Indiana University; BA, Business Education, University of Wisconsin; Dr. Schoemer is retired. He has had senior vice president positions at Colorado State University, Regis University, the Auraria Higher Education Center, and New Ventures of Regis University. He also served as interim president at a number of universities, including RMCAD. In addition, Mr. Schoemer was Executive Director of P@GE (Partnership for Accelerated Global Education) New Ventures, Regis University. He is a past president of the Community College Advocacy Fund and has served on a number of non-profit boards.
Mark M. Steele
BFA, Boston University. Mr. Steele is a nationally renowned illustrator, producing work for publications including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Fortune, Business Week, and others.
JD, University of Kansas; BA in History and Political Science, University of Kansas. Mr. Woody is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Elgin Energy LLC., a privately held energy company. Mr. Woody served as Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce from 1969 – 1973, and has had a prestigious career in law that continues today, as well as leadership in many philanthropic efforts.
Fred Murrell has served as Chair & co-Chair of Communications Design and is currently Design Ambassador and Professor in the Department of Graphic Design at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Previously he has worked for Sapient, a global consultancy, as Vice President of Experience Design and has held positions as Director of Design Worldwide at Texas Instruments, Corning Incorporated and Tenet Healthcare, where he designed and implemented integrated communications programs, interactive web experiences, information design environments and design thinking initiatives. Fred has also taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Alfred University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Fredonia and was the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor & Head of the school of Design at Kansas City Art Institute. He served in Executive Board positions for AIGA National, Design Management Institute, Cumulus International Association of Universities & Colleges of Art, Design and Media, AIGA Educators Forum, and currently is on the Board of the Denver Art Museum’s Design Council. Fred has been recognized for his design and teaching in, Communications Arts, Print, AIGA Competitions and in 2011 was awarded the AIGA Fellows Award for his innovative work that focuses on the strategic collaborations in education, technology, design, art, digital media, and business.
Dr. Maria Puzziferro
PhD, Administration, Leadership and Technology, New York University; MA/MLS, Government and Politics, St. John’s University; BA, Political Science, Adelphi University. Dr. Puzziferro has 16 years of experience in higher education administration and teaching. She has held executive academic leadership positions at notable public and private institutions, such as Colorado State University’s Global Campus, New York University, and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Dr. Puzziferro is widely published on higher education administration, online learning, and faculty development topics.
Jim Christian, Ex Officio
B.A. Williams College. Mr. Christian is a Board Member and Executive Vice President of RMCAD. He has 32 years experience in private equity, venture capital, corporate finance, management, and Board governance; and has spent a considerable part of his career working in Europe and Asia. Prior experience includes Anschutz Investment Company; Paribas (now BNP Paribas); Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. (now UBS); and Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank). He has served in a variety of positions in the Society of Alumni of Williams College and currently a member of Western State Colorado University Foundation Board.
Executive Vice President
SVP of Campus Operations
SVP of Business Development
Dr. Kiki Gilderhus
Provost + VP of Academic Affairs
Director, Campus Admissions
Director, Online Admissions
Director, Human Resources
Dr. Samuel Helms
Dean, Online Education
Chair, Online Education | Director, Student and Alumni Galleries | Director, CLI
Director, Registrar + Advising
Gretchen Marie Schaefer
VASD Program Coordinator
Director, Student Learning Center
Senior Director, Finance
Associate Dean, Curriculum + Assessment
Accreditation + Compliance Specialist
Director, Student Affairs
Manager of Facilities
Director, Philip J. Steele Gallery
Manager, Career + Alumni Services
Director, Online Initiatives
Director, IT Operations
RMCAD's Strategic Plan
This is a plan by and for our diverse college community, and represents months of information gathering, research, analysis, discussion, and careful thought by our many stakeholders. The intent of this plan is to set a vibrant pathway to our future. At RMCAD, we believe that the future of higher education is about change. We know we must always look beyond our beautiful campus and reflect on how the world around us is evolving. Our job is to prepare our students so that they can navigate the complexities of modern life and become effective forces of change in our nation and world.