A Front Range Community College alumna now a Fort Collins economic development officer and a Denver attorney have joined the FRCC Foundation board of directors.
SeonAh Kendall and Ryan M. Tharp begin three-year terms this month.
Kendall, economic policy and project manager for the city of Fort Collins, received an Associate of Arts from FRCC and a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Colorado State University. She also is a former member of the business faculty at FRCC. She is the economic policy and project manager for the city of Fort Collins.
Kendall’s experience includes economic and talent development and recruitment. She serves on the Larimer County Workforce Investment Board and the Economic Development Council of Colorado. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the American Institute of CPAs.
Tharp is an attorney at Fairfield and Woods, P.C. He focuses on business, technology, and communications law. He earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in law school, Tharp interned at the Federal Communications Commission.
Before attending law school, Tharp taught English to Vietnamese students in Hanoi. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and a member at large of the Executive Council of its Technology and Communications Section. Tharp is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
“The two will bring great insight to the foundation as we strive to grow the scholarship program and endowment fund to benefit Colorado students and to support academic and other priorities of the college,” said Ryan McCoy, interim executive director of the foundation.
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships, grants, and program assistance to students, faculty, and staff members.
“Our scholarship applicants are working moms, dads, and single parents,” McCoy said. “They are veterans. Many are the first in their family to strive for a college degree. Most are in the workforce, balancing jobs, family, and their education. Two-thirds have an annual household income of less than $20,000.
“These students need our help,” McCoy said. “The skills and experience SeonAh and Ryan bring to the board will be tremendous assets as we strive to increase Foundation funding and award more scholarships to needy students.”
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.