Student Staff

About Student StaffCommunity Assistants

Each 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.

Jessica Briles Hometown: Monroe, OR CA Briles J

Jess chose to study at COCC for the small class sizes, residence hall and overall being a great college. Her freshman year in Juniper Hall was so much fun, and Jess made outstanding friends. She had many great experiences and hopes to help incoming residents do the same! Last summer, Jess worked at Elk Lake Resort and learned to paddle board.


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Steven Hartley Hometown: Redmond, OR   

Steven has been in the Army for more than seven years. He was recently deployed between 2014-2015 to Afghanistan. Raised back and forth in Hawaii and Central Oregon, Steven’s hobbies include food, sleeping, billiards, tae kwon do, and playing saxophone as well as piano.

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Danika Hendriksen Hometown: Silverton, OR

Dani moved to Bend for the hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking and to escape the rain. This is her second year as a CA and spent her the summer as a wildland firefighter. She continues to volunteer as a structural firefighter. Dani hopes to be able to connect with the residents and help make their stay in the hall great!


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Trudi Hill Hometown: Portland, OR

Trudi will be a sophomore and after earning her Associates, and she aims for a Bachelors in Bio-Chem to become a Naturopathic Doctor. As a CA, Trudi will maintain a safe and welcoming environment with educational and engaging programs for the whole community. She is excited to meet you and hopes to get to know everyone as the term progresses!


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Lauren Lapping Hometown: Portland, OR  

Raised in Portland, Lauren spent summers in the Prineville/ Powell Butte area and loved it. After switching majors, Lauren settled on Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood. Feel free to ask her about business too! Lauren loves playing soccer; having played for 10 years, she hopes to get some games together. Lauren is very excited to meet everyone and build a community together!


Paige-1617Community Assistant

Paige Leek Hometown: West Linn, OR 

Paige will be attending her second year at COCC. She wants to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is extremely excited to apply for the Nursing program at COCC in the spring. Paige grew up playing many sports and has recently started skiing. She also enjoys boating, hiking, traveling and meeting new people.


Meagan-1617Community Assistant

Meagan McGinnis Hometown: Gladstone, OR

Meagan is a sophomore at COCC this year and chose COCC   because she has always loved Central Oregon. Megan enjoys arts and crafts, spending time outdoors and discovering new restaurants to eat at. She currently is training her service dog, Oakley and plans to use her major to work in law enforcement training police K-9’s.

Taylor-1617Community Assistant

Taylor Montgomery Hometown: Noti, OR

Taylor enjoys camping, hiking and meeting new people. She also works as a COCC Student Ambassador leading campus tours and assisting with many campus events. She's excited to meet and get to know everyone in the residence hall.

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Braeden Sherrell   Hometown: Antelope, OR 

Braden grew up in the middle of nowhere at the Young Life Washington Family Ranch (look it up, it's pretty sick). He is going to school to become an animator, and his dream is to work at Disney or Pixar. Braeden loves fitness, art, and pretty much anything geeky. He plans to finish his  Associates and transfer to an arts school in California or Portland.

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Alexander Wright Hometown: Vashon Island, WA 

Alexander is from an island just off Seattle. Though island life is good, he moved to Central Oregon to escape the rain and pursue a degree in Structural Fire Science. The skiing in Bend is real, another reason Alexander moved to CO. He enjoys rafting, rowing, sailing, hiking, backpacking, skiing and  snowshoeing. Alexander is excited to break in a whole new building (not literally) with everyone!


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