Catherine Laskey has worked at CA since 1995 and has served as Director of Admission & Financial Aid since 1997. During her first two years at CA, Catherine also taught French and history in the Upper and Lower Schools. A highlight of Catherine's time at CA is assisting with Interim trips and, along with students, learning how to fly fish, how to lead hiking trips, how to practice yoga, and how to order a variety of poutine in Quebec.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Catherine graduated from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar, with majors in French and Political Science. Prior to CA, Catherine worked in admission at The Madeira School in McLean, Va. When she is not meeting with prospective families, Catherine enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with her family.
Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid 303-914-2572 Email Heidi
University of Colorado - Boulder - BS Trinity College - MA Harvard Law School - JD At CA Since: 2013
At CA since 2013, Heidi Chesley is the Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid at Colorado Academy. Before joining the CA community, she served as a Partner in the Boston office of the international law firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, and as a Partner in Gordon & Rees LLP in Denver. She has also worked as Director of Admission at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., and as a Director and Teacher for Citizen Schools Program, an after-school apprenticeship and mock-trial program for inner-city students in Boston, Mass. Chesley received her BS in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and her JD from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. Chesley is also a Boettcher Scholar.
Director of Lower School Admission 303-914-2549 Email Aidah
Colorado Academy alumna Aidah Clinton serves as the Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School. Prior to CA, she worked for a service organization that provides scholarships for children from low-income families to attend private schools. Clinton earned a BS in Urban Studies and Affairs, with a minor in Administrative Justice, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was also a member of the Varsity Soccer team. She has also served as a head coach for Mustang Sports Club, and attended CA in Lower and Middle School, as a member of the Class of 2006. Clinton is experienced in cultivating and managing strong relationships with students and families, qualities which serve her well in her engagement with prospective Lower School families at CA. She is excited to introduce new students to CA’s Pre-K-12 community as they begin their journey of lifelong learning.
Enrollment and Financial Aid Manager Upper School Service Learning Coordinator 303-914-2516 Email Lisa
University of Colorado - Boulder - BA Regis University - Master of Nonprofit Management At CA Since: 2005
Lisa Dean began working in the CA Admission Office in 2005. She manages the Enrollment and Financial Aid process and supports families. In 2017, Dean added service learning responsibilities as the Upper School Service Learning Coordinator. Dean earned her BA in Communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder and graduated with a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Prior to CA, Dean worked as a volunteer and special events coordinator for several area nonprofit organizations.
Assistant Director of Admission, Middle School / Spanish Language Liaison 303-914-2573 Email Abel
Assistant Director of Admission/Middle School, Spanish Language Liaison, and CA graduate, Abel Ramirez ’16 joined the Admission team in the summer 2022. He also teaches a Sixth Grade photography class. After graduation from Bates College, where he earned a BA in Rhetoric and Spanish with a concentration in Media Studies, Ramirez became a Senior Account Manager and then Senior Analyst with Accenture, where he managed a team of Digital Marketing Account Associates at a large social media platform, dealing with customer inquiries and maintaining effective client relationships.
Ramirez has held internships at several nonprofits, including KIPP Colorado Schools where he wrote successful grant proposals, and Aurora Community Connection where he was responsible for the written Spanish translation of online articles and also provided live Spanish interpretation and translation. Outside of work, Ramirez enjoys watching films and photographing Colorado’s great outdoors. He is excited to use his language fluency, community engagement, and digital media skills to introduce new families to CA.
Abel Ramirez, Subdirector de Admisión/Escuela Intermedia, enlace del idioma español, y miembro de la clase de graduados de 2016, se unió al equipo de Admisión en el verano de 2022. También enseña una clase de fotografía de Sexto Grado. Después de graduarse de Bates College, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en retórica y español, Ramirez trabajó como analista en Accenture, donde dirigió un equipo de asociados en una plataforma de redes sociales, consultando y manteniendo relaciones efectivas con clientes.
Ramírez ha realizado pasantías en varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluyendo KIPP Colorado, donde escribió propuestas de subvenciones exitosas, y Aurora Community Connection, donde fue responsable por la traducción al español del sitio web y también proporcionó interpretación y traducción en vivo del inglés al español. Fuera del trabajo, a Ramírez le gusta ver películas y fotografiar el hermoso aire libre de Colorado. Está emocionado de usar sus habilidades para presentar CA a nuevas familias.
Strategic Recruitment and Community Engagement Officer 303-914-2591 Email Miriah
University of Pittsburgh, BA Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA At CA Since: 2021
Miriah Royal is Colorado Academy's Strategic Recruitment and Community Engagement Officer, where she works hand-in-hand with Inclusivity Director Sarah Wright, divisional Inclusivity Coordinators, parents, and student groups to implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming. Previously, she worked as the Diversity & Inclusion Office Coordinator at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., working closely with other University offices of International Student Services, Multicultural Student Services, and LGBTQ Resources, among others.
Paige Siemers joined CA in the fall of 2014 as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Siemers worked in a similar capacity at Mullen High School and also as the Assistant to the Director of CA Summer Programs. She was a professional marathoner for nearly five years and coached cross-country, track and field coach. Siemers holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas.