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Office Hours Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 4pm

CCHE Staff are available outside of office hours by appointment (email or call). Need a place to study after hours? Ask us about our 24/7 access option!

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Doing the research for going back to school can be difficult and time-consuming – that’s why the Student Services Coordinator position exists. I wish the community knew that and took advantage of this FREE resource!

lenna steverLenna Stever, Student Support Coordinator

I wish that more people knew that CCHE applies for funding and requests donations to help provide college scholarships to those that want to stay and learn in our community. Each year we give out over $40,000 in college scholarships!

Adrea Beres, Administrative Assistant

I wish more people knew about the program scholarships. No one should let finances be a barrier in attending workshops and events at CCHE.

Kelsey Rogers Kennedy, Program Director

I wish more people knew that CCHE supports and encourages members of our community to teach at our facility. If you are an expert in a field or have a passion to share, we can help create a class or workshop for you to lead.

karen blackburnKaren Blackburn, Executive Director

I wish community members knew that CCHE will work to find them a tutor in any subject they need help in. From high school students to lifelong learners it’s an amazing resource!

Carly Puch, Outreach Coordinator
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Karen Blackburn
Executive Director

director@myCCHE.org

The Executive Director role runs the gamut from changing lightbulbs to testifying at the Minnesota State Legislature. As Karen sees it, her job is to keep the organization running smoothly: secure funding, lead the fantastic staff, make the hard decisions, maintain the campus, manage the financials and interact with the Board of Directors. Ms. Blackburn has worked for CCHE since 2017. No two days have been the same and she loves each iteration!

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, and Friday 9am – 4pm

Education: B.S. Economics, Yale University; Blandin Leadership Graduate; Upper Iowa University distance learner

Previous work: Controller at Lutsen Mountains for 10 years, Financial Coordinator at Cook County for 3 years, and private bookkeeping for local non-profits and businesses for 17 years.

Other: Karen’s goal each summer is to sleep in a tent for 20 nights. She also loves to act, sing and dance and can occasionally be found on the stage of a Grand Marais Playhouse Production.

Kelsey Rogers Kennedy
Program Director
CCHS Graduate

programs@myCCHE.org

Kelsey works with businesses and the community to help assess programming needs and wants, then develops events, workshops, and classes based on those requests. She continually looks for ways CCHE can offer you the education you want where you live! Ms. Rogers Kennedy has worked for CCHE since 2012.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm

Education: B.A. Social Marketing, Northern Michigan University; M.S. Organizational Leadership, St. Mary’s University; and a Blandin Leadership Graduate

Previous Work: K-12 substitute teaching for 2 years; former administration assistant/registrar, career services advisor, and career development instructor at Rasmussen College for 7 years.

Other: On the weekends you can find Kelsey at her store Picnic and Pine in Downtown Grand Marais or fitting in quality time with her family. She is often caught excitedly sharing about the services provided by CCHE.

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Lenna Stever
Student Support Coordinator
CCHS Graduate

support@myCCHE.org

Lenna focuses on making school accessible. This means something different to everyone, but it can include FAFSA assistance, researching online courses or programs, choosing a major, editing essays, paying back student loans, and more. Whatever challenge you are facing as a student or potential student, Lenna is here to assist you. Ms. Stever has worked for CCHE since 2019.

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:30am – 5pm, and by appointment

Education: B.A. in English Literature, University of Minnesota.

Previous Work: English as a foreign language to adult learners both abroad and in the U.S.

Other: In 2011 Lenna founded the Cook County Dance Program, where she delighted in sharing the joy of dance with her community. She brings this passion for both education and her community to CCHE.

Carly Puch
Outreach Coordinator
CCHS Graduate

outreach@myCCHE.org

Carly networks with other organizations to promote CCHE services to their clients, helps students find mentors for courses, and presents during College Knowledge month. Ms. Puch has worked for CCHE since 2019.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Education: B.A. Sociology & Women’s Studies, Augsburg College; M.S. Social Responsibility, Saint Cloud State University.

Previous Work: Carly brings experience working on a college campus as an advocate for trauma survivors and an enthusiasm for higher education to CCHE.

Other: Carly also teaches yoga in town and loves to write about healthy, sustainable living on her site, Consciously Carly. She loves working to connect people with resources that allow them to find their passion on this journey.

Adrea Beres
Administrative Assistant

office@myCCHE.org

Adrea is usually the first face you see when walking into CCHE. She registers students, helps with events, manages all of CCHE data, and helps keep things afloat. Ms. Beres has worked at CCHE since 2019.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, and Friday 9am – 4pm

Education: B.S. Health Education, Touro University; M.S.W. Multicultural Clinical Social Work, Augsburg College.

Previous Work: Most of Adrea’s previous experience is as a clinical social worker in community mental health in Minneapolis working with adults experiencing chronic homelessness and serious and persistent mental illness.

Other: She is also an herbalist, and artist that creates sterling silver jewelry and handmade pottery.

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