A corporate attorney and an attorney in private practice have joined the Front Range Community College Foundation board of directors:
Jan Rodriguez is assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Ball Corporation, headquartered in Broomfield.
Rick Samson is founder of Samson Law Firm in Longmont.
“Jan and Rick not only bring financial and legal experience to the board, but also a demonstrated commitment to the community,” said Ryan McCoy, foundation executive director.
At Ball Corporation, Rodriguez provides legal assistance for various business groups throughout the company.
She graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in accounting. She received her law degree from the University of Tulsa.
“Jan began her studies at a community college and is very sensitive to the unique needs of some of our students,” McCoy said.
Samson has long placed great value on public service, donating time and expertise to a broad spectrum of non-profit, educational, and community organizations. He was a member of the St. Vrain Valley school board for eight years and spent three years on the board of directors of Bethany College.
Samson has received the Ron Porter Community Service Award from the Boulder County Bar Association, the Lee Shepard Memorial Volunteer of the Year awarded from Partners of Boulder County Inc., and the Larry Nelson Community Service Award from the Longmont Twin Peaks Rotary Club.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College, majoring in history and political science, and graduated from Washburn University Law School.
“The Foundation’s 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. “The addition of Jan and Rick to our current caring and dedicated board will advance the foundation’s goals of providing scholarship recipients a path to reach their dreams.”
For two decades, donations to the foundation from individuals, corporations, and organizations have established a much-needed scholarship program and endowment fund to benefit Colorado students and support priorities of the college.
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.