Who We Are
Interim Director of Development
Susan Clough has stepped into the role of Interim Director of Development for the MCC Foundation. Although she is officially retired, her years as the MCC Vice President of Administration and Finance give her a unique skillset to lead the Foundation during this interim period.
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Farmers State Bank was built and officially reopened in 1930 from its original design in 1919. The bank during that time incorporated the most modern ideas of bank architecture and planning. The bank was closed in the 1960s when the Bloedorn Family decided to build a new Farmers State Bank off the corner State and Kiowa in Fort Morgan. A decade later, the first classes for Morgan Community College were held in the basement of the old Farmers State Bank on February 15, 1970. The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1990 and on April 20, 1998, was dedicated with its final name of “The Bloedorn Center for Community and Economic Development” to recognize the Bloedorn Family and Foundation for their many contributions and continual pride and interest in Morgan Community College and all the citizens of this area.
Robert (Bob) Sachs, President
Bob Sachs is a retired educator who spent the last seventeen years of his career as a high school principal in the Wiggins School District.
During his tenure as principal, he served on the Colorado High School Activities Board of Control, the CHSAA State Wrestling committee and was a presenter for new principal orientations for the Colorado Department of Education. Bob also served on the MCC Advisory committee for eight years. Prior to his career in education, Bob served in the U.S. Army as a heavy equipment operator from 1969 to 1971 and was deployed for one year in Vietnam. Bob was born and raised in Farmingdale, New York and moved to Brush, Colorado as a teenager.
Carrie Mobley, Past President
Director of Marketing and Client Relations, FMS Bank
Carrie Mobley currently works as a Personal Banker at FMS Bank.
She has been with the bank for 10 years where she continues to develop marketing ideas, develop customer relationships, and educate customers and staff on internet banking, bill pay and new products. Carrie has been involved with several local organizations including Morgan Community College Foundation Board, Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Hyperion Club. She has volunteered with The Alzheimer’s Association, The Boy Scouts, Ag Appreciation Days and Relay for Life. She supports The National MS Society, JDRF, and Fund The Fight. Carrie was born in Grand Junction Colorado and raised in Wyoming and California. She has resided in Fort Morgan since 1999 with her husband Kerry and their two children.
John Harris, Vice President
Founder and President of Paradigm Fresh, Inc. & Colorado Cold Connect
John Harris grew up in Fort Morgan, CO. He currently resides in Timnath, CO but came back…
…to the area to house his business, Paradigm Fresh, Inc. He takes a great amount of pride operating the companies out of Fort Morgan and enjoys being part of the community. John married his wife, Julie (Christensen) Harris from Weldona in 2004, who is the daughter of long time MCC supporters Larry and Jane Christensen. John and Julie have been married for more than 17 years and have 3 children Jackson, Reese and Malory.
Since creating Paradigm Fresh, John has expanded the company and added Paradigm Fresh Logistics company consisting of 6 trucks, and 20 refrigerated 53′ trailers to accommodate the distribution of cold product throughout the front range of Colorado. In 2020, Colorado Cold Connect was formed to take over the entire cold storage and distribution chain of the business which is the primary business function of the company today. Paradigm Fresh still remains and handles the brokerage side of the business of fresh vegetable sales and daily freight brokerage services. Three successful companies all based in Fort Morgan and employing nearly 40 people, consisting primarily of residents of Morgan County.
Jacob Beydler, Treasurer
Loan Officer, Bank of Colorado, Brush
Jacob Beydler is a loan officer with the Bank of Colorado in the Brush branch and has been with them for the last 9 months.
Jacob has been in the banking industry for almost 14 years. He worked with a local bank in Greeley and work in the finance department and helped with the management reporting for the bank and was there for three years. After that, he and his wife moved back out to Morgan County and for 10 years he worked for another local community bank. Jacob is the past-president of Morgan County Economic Development Corporation and is a past member of Sunrise Optimist Club. Jacob is looking forward to serving on the MCC Foundation Board because he knows what a great service the community college system gives to the community. Jacob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from the University of Northern Colorado. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and being outdoors.
Cameron Armagost, Director
Bank of Colorado, Branch President
Cameron Armagost is the current Branch President for Bank of Colorado, Fort Morgan.
Cameron joined Bank of Colorado in April 2011 serving as the Vice President of Lending in the Eaton location, became Bank President in Fort Morgan in 2013 and has been in the banking Industry since 2006. He is a member of the Fort Morgan Lions Club, CPMC Foundation Board of Directors and is the treasurer of the Morgan Community College Foundation Board. Cameron enjoys being involved in the community, and helping others. He joined the MCC Foundation board because he is a big believer in the community college system, it helped him attend school at an affordable rate his first 2 years. Also, he believes in giving back to the youth (future) of our communities. Cameron holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado. His hobbies include: being outdoors, boating, hunting, being with family and friends.
Robert (Bo) Chapin, Director
Private Attorney; City Attorney for City of Brush (Retired)
Bo Chapin has been a member of the MCC Foundation board of directors since February 2014.
In Brush, he practiced general law since March 1975 and was the city attorney of Brush from 1982-2020. He has been president and other officers of Brush Area Chamber of Commerce, Brush Rodeo Association, and Rotary Club of Brush. Locally, he currently serves as member of the boards of directors of Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center and its Foundation, and Morgan Community College Foundation, and in Greeley, where he now lives, on the Poudre Learning Center Foundation and the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Greeley. He has also been involved in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program since 1982. He has been married to Sandy Chapin since 1977 and has a son and two grandchildren. He has a sister who lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Deb Elrick, Director
Broker/Owner, Coates Realty Group
Deb Elrick is the Broker/Owner of Coates Realty Group in Fort Morgan. She has been in real estate for 18 years and received her real estate education through Morgan Community College.
She believes in giving back to the community and is currently serving as the Co-President of the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce, is an active member of the Sunrise Optimist Club, serves on the Business Advisory committees for both the Fort Morgan High School and Morgan Community College, has been a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels the past 16 years, served two terms on the Historic Preservation Board for the City of Fort Morgan, and is a new Board Member of the Morgan Community College Foundation Board. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, gardening, and spending as much time as possible with her three grandchildren.
Dr. Curt Freed, Ex-Officio Director
President, Morgan Community College
Dr. Curt Freed became the ninth president of Morgan Community College in April 2017.
Before coming to MCC, Dr. Freed worked for over twenty years in community college roles, including as a tenured human services faculty member, dean for career and workforce development, dean for health sciences, and vice president for instruction at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington. He served as vice president for instruction at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington prior to his appointment at MCC.
Dr. Freed holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State University (WSU), a master’s degree in counseling/guidance from Heritage University, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from WSU. He believes that success comes from the ability to help the college and community feel well-cared for in an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and growth of others.
Wes Sailsbery, Director
Senior Vice President, Farmers State Bank of Brush
Wes Sailsbery is the Senior Vice President for Farmers State Bank of Brush. Wes also serves as a director on the Farmers State Bank Board of Directors.
He joined Farmers State Bank in September 2012 as Vice President and has taken on many of the responsibilities that include agricultural, commercial, and consumer lending, security officer, CRA officer, website development, and advertising. Wes began his career in banking in 1998 at the Farmers State Bank of Fort Morgan as a teller and in bookkeeping. He continued to work at banks while attending Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Economics. Wes and his wife KC are also very active with Fort Morgan real estate with a collection of many rental properties as well as KC’s real estate sales career. Wes has served and participated on many local boards and organizations over the years such as the Morgan Community College Foundation, Morgan County Economic Development Corporation. Brush Chamber of Commerce, Fort Morgan Young Farmers, and Morgan County CSU Alumni Association. Wes is very much a proponent of Morgan Community College because the degrees that can be obtained to enter the workforce with and the learning foundation that can be obtained in small affordable setting prior to transitioning to a large university. Wes was born and raised in Morgan County on a farm north of Fort Morgan. Wes and KC could not be happier to raise their three girls here in Fort Morgan. The Sailsbery family enjoys a variety of sports throughout the year as well as boating, camping, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
Geoff Taylor, Director
Owner/Agent, Taylor Insurance Agency, Inc.
Geoff Taylor is the owner of Taylor Insurance Agency, a second-generation insurance agency located in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
Geoff began his insurance career in 2001 and became the agency owner in 2007. He is the President of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Agents Association and is also a member of the CPMC Foundation and Governing boards. Geoff is involved in many youth sports programs as a coach and finds those experiences to be very rewarding. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Real Estate from Colorado State University. His interests outside of work include basketball, golf, travel, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Adrianna Nickell, Director
Assistant Principal, Fort Morgan High School
Adrianna Nickell is a third generation educator, CSU alum, 2004 Boettcher Scholar, and proud mother of two.
She has been a part of Fort Morgan High School since 2010. Adrianna earned a B.A. in Mathematics – Actuarial Science from Colorado State University and an M.A.E. in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education from Regis University.
The Foundation began not long after Morgan Community College was established. Early donors included Carl and Virginia Johnson, who contributed their dairy farm, where the first College President lived for several years. Helen Williams began her history of scholarship donations around this time period.
Originally, the Foundation met once a year for the annual meeting and the fundraising efforts included a Greater Gifts Committee that sponsored a scholarship fund drive. Today the Foundation has six board meetings a year with eleven members and three ex-officio members.
$50,000 scholarship trust fund was established by HB Bloedorn, Chairman of Farmers State Bank of Fort Morgan. The Clark¬-Feather buildings were donated to the Foundation and used for a number of years for Adult Basic Education, the truck driving program, etc. Not much later these buildings were sold.
Under college President John McKay and Foundation President Mike Berryhill, the Foundation expanded significantly and became more formalized. The first annual fundraising campaign was held in, raising $147,000.
The first Gala was hosted. Recent accomplishments include funding the construction of Cedar Hall, which houses the current Adult Basic Education programs, and raising $600,000 to equip and furnish the health/science wing remodeling and expansion. The Foundation received a $1.65 million pledge from the A.F. Williams Family Foundation to endow a chair for Radiologic Technology, making MCC the first community college in Colorado to have a university-model endowed chair position.
The Foundation receives a $2.275 million pledge from the A.F. Williams Family Foundation to endow the college’s second endowed chair for the Bachelor in Science in Nursing Director position, making MCC the first and only community college in Colorado to have not only one, but two university model endowed chair positions. The Foundation celebrated its 20th annual gala. Held at Wickham Tractor Company in Fort Morgan, the foundation raised over $100,000, with over $20,000 going towards our Capital Campaign for the Poplar Hall Agricultural Center for Innovation and Technology. The 21st Gala was held at Paradigm Fresh for the 50th Anniversary of MCC. The college also completed the Poplar Hall building which the Foundation was a part of from the beginning to the end, with the Poplar Hall Dedication in September 2020.