Alison Briggs is excited to be part of CSEC’s Advising Department as an Academic Advisor. Prior to joining CSEC in October 2014 as the Advising Department Assistant, she worked in a variety of professional settings across the country. Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications & Psychology.
Alison is married to her husband Evan who is an Active Duty military member in the United States Air Force. Over the past 10 years they have lived in Wyoming, Florida, California and currently enjoy calling Colorado Springs home.
Favorite Drink: Water, Diet Coke and Kombucha
Number of Countries visited: 5
Hobbies: Cooking, Hiking, Traveling
Music: Anything not heavy metal
TV Shows: Anything on Food Network or Travel Channel, Big Brother, The Amazing Race
Favorite Store: Williams & Sonoma, Trader Joe’s
Favorite Food: Mexican
Claim to Fame: Performing as a chocolate bar in the Sweetest Parade on Earth in Hershey, PA
Marcus Davis is a newly hired Academic Advisor for the CSEC Advising Department. Prior to joining the CSEC team Marcus worked for the Resource Exchange, where he served as a Case Manager for disabled adults and children. Marcus also worked with youth for The Boys and Girls Club and Griffith Centers for Children. As a Colorado native, he obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, majoring in Sociology. Marcus has recently become engaged to his fiancé Kasie in Jamaica. Together, they have their first born child Natalia.
Favorite Drink: Fruit punch or Arizona iced tea
Hobbies: Anything active, watching sports, going to the movies, skiing and playing video games
Music: Any and everything depending on the time of day
Pets: 6 year old black Labrador retriever Tali
TV Shows: The Walking Dead, 11.22.63, Better Call Saul, Fixer upper, Property Brothers and anything on Animal Planet
Favorite Store: Target and Hoyal
Favorite Food: Pasta! Pasta! Anything with noodles
Claim to Fame: Local commercial that aired on FOX for tobacco education awareness - https://youtu.be/-kt36ZqJXek
Joe has spent his entire adult life assisting people, first in church ministry, and more recently in the field of education. After graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS, with an undergraduate degree in Religion, he spent 16 years as a youth pastor and lead pastor, serving churches in New Jersey, Iowa, and Minnesota. Joe obtained a graduate degree in Communication from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. After moving back to Colorado, he has worked in and around education for the past five years. He taught high school English and literature in an urban, alternative school in Denver, ESL for adults in a college setting, substituted for a year in charter schools around Colorado Springs, and for the last two years served as an adjunct professor in Public Speaking at CSEC and at Pikes Peak Community College.
Joe has been married to Carol since 1987. Carol recently became a fourth grade teacher in Monument. Together, they have three children: Emilee, and her husband Elliott; Aimee, and her husband David; and Cole.
Favorite Drink: Unsweetened iced tea, coffee, the occasional Spicy Mocha from Jives Coffee Lounge
Number of Countries Visited: 3—This is about to increase, as my daughter recently moved to Germany.
Hobbies: reading, watching the Broncos, hiking
Music: Anything Rich Mullins or Norah Jones. Some jazz. Let’s face it, my radio is usually on a sports station.
Pets: I have a love/hate relationship with our dog, Sophie.
TV Shows: Does The Office still count? Otherwise, football and not much else. Do try to catch A Prairie Home Companion on the radio on Saturday evenings.
Favorite Store: I’m excited that the Springs is getting a Trader Joe’s.
Favorite Food: I love foods from all over the world, and will try anything once.
Claim to Fame: I have lived in 27 different houses or apartments in my life.
Laura Carter - Laura Carter is the lead advisor and supports students with the last names S-Z. CSEC has been her work home for over five years. The broad range of roles in which Laura has served, from academic assistant to Assistant to the Head of School and finally academic advising, have all enriched her perspective of how integral each area of a school support system is to a healthy work environment and student success. Laura believes valued teachers, staff and students build the basis of a thriving learning environment. It is from this foundation she embraces a collaborative team approach to serving the unique needs of the students and families attending CSEC. Laura prioritizes strong student-centered relationships, consistent advisor accessibility and detailed communication to maximize the opportunity for all students to explore, set and reach their desired goals. Laura’s initial involvement in education grew along with her children. When volunteering in her daughter’s kindergarten classroom transitioned to developing a sustainable eco-literacy program and then to full time employment in elementary & middle school programs, she knew working to help young people grow to their fullest potential would be the main focus of both her personal and professional life work. To date Laura is most proud of the growth and grit she has witnessed in all the students she has been privileged to support during their education at Colorado Springs Early Colleges.