Kathy Goudy, East Garfield County Trustee
After moving to Carbondale in 1999, her first exposure to Colorado Mountain College was as a student in several noncredit, continuing education classes. From the start, she embraced the idea of a community college that was designed to inspire and foster lifelong learners and introduce community members to new friends.
“A community college is for everyone, from high school seniors through senior citizens,” Goudy said. In that vein, her key goal as a trustee is to help CMC stay vibrant, strong and responsive to community needs, while keeping the cost of an education at the college affordable.
Goudy graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law with her J.D. in 1982. A practicing attorney for 28 years, she has argued before the state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court in 1987. She is currently an active trial attorney specializing in criminal defense and constitutional interpretation in the Colorado courts.
She was an adjunct professor at the Drake University Law School Legal Clinic (Des Moines, Iowa) and the executive director of Roaring Fork Legal Services in Aspen, as well as a practicing attorney in Lincoln, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Carbondale, Colo.
As the associate and bachelor’s degree programs expand, she is committed to ensuring that the college continues to offer all members of the community the courses they need and want to further their job skills, attain their degrees and certifications, and enhance their quality of life. “Especially when it comes to job retraining or GED classes, we need to keep costs affordable to help level the playing field.”
She is honored to join other committed citizens to help guide, strengthen and support Colorado Mountain College. “The front line people at CMC are some of the most responsive employees I’ve seen anywhere,” she said.