Student Staff

Community Assistants

Housing and Residence Life StaffEach community of students has a Community Assistant (CA) who is selected and trained to assist with student concerns, be they personal, social, or academic, as well as general college and community needs. CAs work to develop programming that builds relationships between the students and promotes a sense of community throughout the residence hall. The CA team is "on duty" during the evening and weekend hours. Additionally, CAs are trained to handle emergency situations, enforce college and residence hall policies and regulations, as well as carry out general administrative tasks.


Destiny Ahrens

Hometown: Grants Pass, OR

Destiny is beginning her second year at COCC as a pre-nursing major.  She is very passionate about healthcare, theater arts and all things crafty. Destiny can be found studying, listening to music or going on late night T-Bell runs. In the future, she plans on becoming a nurse anesthetist and owning a dog.


Max Amundsen

Hometown: Portland, OR

Max is an Oregon native and moved to Central Oregon in 2013. He enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle that Bend has to offer. Max is currently dual enrolled at Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades where he is working on completing all the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology.


Megan Bolt

Hometown: Denver, CO

Megan moved to Bend three years ago. She loves to travel, snowboard, take photos, hike, eat burritos, pet cute dogs, and just be outdoors and adventuring around. Megan has spent the past two summers on an island in   Alaska, this past summer she worked as a fish cutter at a lodge.


Courtney Comilla

Hometown: Kane’, HI

Courtney is excited to be returning to COCC for her second year, pursuing her love of nursing. She moved to Central Oregon a year ago and enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, and exploring the beautiful scenery in Oregon. Courtney is thrilled to be a CA this year, and she is looking forward to all the fun activities!


Liz Forsling

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

This will be Liz’s second year as a CA in Wickiup Hall, and her second year living in Bend. She moved to Sun Valley, Idaho about four years ago. Liz chose COCC for the great location and varied academics. In her free time, she usually opts to be outside whether it be hiking, biking, swimming, or anything really. Liz enjoys traveling, being at the beach, and activities that involve good food. 


Alaina Gravenkamp

Hometown: Valley Springs, CA

Alaina is starting her second year at COCC, studying nursing with hopes of becoming a trauma nurse. She enjoys backpacking, hiking, fishing, camping, and  listening to music. Alaina has a large family with four brothers, two sisters plus two dogs, and she loves the perfect chaos made when they are all together. She is excited to grow and make the most of her next year here!


Kara Guttridge

Hometown: Canby, OR

Kara is a biology major. Enjoying her second year in Bend, she spends her time kayaking, hiking, climbing and road tripping through Central Oregon. Kara also loves to travel, paint, read and play outdoor games. She is excited to work as a CA within Wickiup Hall. Kara also enjoys serving her community and meeting new people along the way.


Taylor Hagan

Hometown: Laurel, MT

Taylor is a returning CA who moved to Oregon from Montana; she is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching. Most of the free time that Taylor has is filled with exploring, reading, eating, working, and watching cute animal videos on the internet. She is a Harry Potter super-fan and enjoys discussing the series as well as movies with fellow fans.


Anna Mallery

Hometown: Portland, OR

Anna moved to Central Oregon right after high school to study psychology at COCC. She is thoroughly involved with mental health advocacy and hopes to eventually work in a field related to psychology or mental health. Her hobbies including lifting, taekwondo, skiing, and reading.


Calvin Smith

Hometown: Vancouver, WA

At 16, Calvin joined his high school fire academy running start program. He became a volunteer firefighter for three years, earning his EMT-B. Calvin also served as a wildland firefighter, where he fell in love with aviation. He enlisted in the National Guard at 17. He enjoys working on anything mechanical and being outdoors. Calvin is majoring in Aviation.