CCAA Advisory Council

The CCAA Advisory Council is the leadership group of the Alumni Association and is made up of alumni volunteers who are committed to the success of the college. The advice given by this group is integral to the mission of CCAA, which is to foster lasting relationships with students, alumni and friends worldwide.

The council officially meet three times a year – traditionally, twice on main campus in Columbia, Missouri, and once virtually. Travel expenses for onsite board meetings are paid for by the college. Advisors communicate regularly with the Alumni Relations office to help increase alumni affinity with the college.

Applications are currently open for advisor positions beginning July 1, 2021. If you are interested in serving as an alumni advisor, please complete this online form by May 31, 2021.


Click on each representative's photo to learn more about them. View the honor roll of former presidents/chairs of the CCAA Advisory Board. For more information about the CCAA Advisory Council, contact Keith McIver.

Alumni Advisors

Allen Butler ’07
Columbia College-Lake County
Wheeling, Illinois

Debra Carnahan ’82
Vice Chair, 2019-2021
Columbia College Day Program
St. Louis, Missouri

Jonathan L. Dudley ’10
Chair, 2019-2021
Columbia College Day Program
St. Louis Missouri

Bill Johnston ’82
Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees
Columbia College Day Program
Columbia, Missouri

Whitney Jones ’16 ’19 & ’20
Columbia College-St. Louis
Dallas, Texas

Jeannie Lahman ’18
Columbia College Online Program
Centertown, Missouri

Bill Leeper ’04
Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Chris Lievsay ’09 & ’11
Columbia College-Kansas City
Blue Springs, Missouri

Nikki McGruder ’00
Columbia College Day Program
Columbia, Missouri

Joshua Muder ’99
Columbia College Day Program
Olathe, Kansas

Joe Nicchetta ’79
Columbia College Day Program
Chicago, Illinois

Ed Sasan ’11
Columbia College-Redstone Arsenal
Harvest, Alabama

Corbin Umstattd ’12
Columbia College Day and Online Programs
Germantown, Tennessee

Columbia College Staff Representatives

Suzanne Rothwell
Vice President, Advancement
(573) 875-7207

Keith McIver
Director, Alumni Development
(573) 875-7550

Keiyana Austin 
Administrative Assistant, Alumni Relations
(573) 875-2586

Carolyn Preul
Associate Director, Strategic Communications
(573) 875-7374