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 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.
Colorado Academy alumna Aidah Clinton serves as the Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School. Prior to CA, Aidah was the National Alumni and Family Engagement Manager for ACE Scholarships, a Denver-based 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.
Before joining the CA community in 2018, Karen Chavez served as a college counselor at KIPP Colorado Schools, where she guided low-income, minority, and first-generation college-bound students through the college application process. Continuing her passion to give back to her Southwest Denver community, she has served as a lead teacher for Horizons at CA during its summer enrichment program. Chavez has also worked as a Selective Mutism Program assistant at the Child Mind Institute in New York and as a team leader at NYU Jumpstart, a program that serves young children in low-income communities. She received her BS in Applied Psychology from New York University and is fluent in English and Spanish.
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.
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.