Member Organizations Welcome New Staff

February 22, 2016

With the new year came several new faces in collaborative services among the Coalition’s higher education member organizations. We are pleased to welcome these individuals to join us in our shared goals of leveraging the collective buying power of private colleges towards reducing operating costs, improving the efficiency of internal procedures and ultimately lowering the cost of delivering education.


Kimberly Brashears
Director of Member Services
Alabama Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (AAICU)

Kimberly joins AAICU, bringing experience in fundraising and other non-profit activities from her time with the River Region United Way. Prior to that, her career was in social work. The majority of Kimberly’s focus at AAICU will involve informing and educating their members about collaborative opportunities offered by the Coalition and discovering what cost-saving and innovative solutions are needed by their membership. 


Laura Bridges
Vice President for Strategic Collaboration
Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI)

Laura has worked for ICI for almost ten years.  Initially she administered the financial component of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, a statewide program overseen by ICI, before becoming the Director of Finance for ICI in 2012.  In her collaborative services role, Laura will continue to work on a major academic collaboration among ICI Members called Indiana STEM Teach, which is a state grant to ICI that seeks to improve STEM knowledge among K-12 teachers in Indiana.  Also, a priority for ICI campuses is working toward IT and Cyber Security structure, disaster recovery and other back office collaboration. In addition Laura will coordinate other projects that come from the affinity groups made up of ICI campus representatives.


Jesyca Hope Rodenberg
Director of Member Programs
Kansas Independent College Association & Fund (KICA)

Jesyca comes to KICA after working most recently with the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, and before that with the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, both times as a communications and outreach director.  Jesyca will be working directly on improving all the things KICA does to support collaboration and learning among their member institutions.  She will be the point person on events and programs like our various conferences and meetings.  Jesyca will also be working on further developing their work around cost-savings group contracts and as such, will be front and center for efforts to make sure Coalition opportunities are being taken advantage of by KICA members.


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