Board of Directors

Dr. James R. Schoemer, Chairman

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.

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.

Alan Jahde

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.

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.

Robert Woody

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

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.

Executive Team

Dr. Sage Ann Scheer
Interim President

Chris Mincheff
SVP of Operations

Leadership Team

Robb Fladry
Dean, Instructional + Faculty Services

Neely Patton
Dean, Program + Curriculum Development

Dr. Samuel Helms
Dean, Compliance + Accountability

Marc Abraham
Director, Admissions

Carrie Brancheau
Director, Human Resources

Julie Puma
Director, Student and Alumni Galleries
Director, CLI

Gretchen Marie Schaefer
VASD Program Director

Lisa Spivak
Director, Student Learning Center

Yves Navant
Director, Student Affairs

Regan Headrick
Manager of Facilities

Erik Lomo
Director, Online Initiatives

John Melton
Director, IT Operations

Hugh Thurlow
Director, Library

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.

The 2014-2018 Strategic Plan can be downloaded here.