Advisory Council

The OJC Advisory Council exists to advise the college president and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education on the long-term educational needs of the area served by the college.

OJC's Advisory Council consists of community representatives from the service area of Bent, Otero and Crowley Counties. Council members serve as advisers on the long-term educational needs of the area and promote the college's programs and services among the communities in its service area. In addition, the Council serves as liaison between the college and area employers, local school boards, county commissioners, and other local officials and groups to facilitate identification of employment, training and educational needs of the community.  

 
Andrew Huffman
Andrew HuffmanAndrew Huffman was appointed to the OJC Advisory Council in March 2019. He is a Vice President of First National Bank of Las Animas in charge of Audit and Compliance. He has worked at the bank since 1998, bringing a strong business background. Huffman has served on a variety of committees and boards throughout his career representing Las Animas and Bent County.
Jack Johnston
Jack JohnstonJack Johnston has been a member of the OJC Advisory Council since May 2015. He is Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Colorado Power / SECOM and brings a strong background in economics and management. Johnston has served on many committees and boards throughout his career, including the Advisory Council for Pueblo Community College.
Lorene Nelson
Lorene NelsonLorene Nelson, retired director of Nursing for the Otero County Health Department, has been a member of the OJC Advisory Council since February 2002. A long-time advocate for community health, Nelson brings years of healthcare experience and many community connections to the Council. She has served on numerous boards, many of them focused on children's health and education.
Robert Oquist
Robert OquistRobert Oquist has been a member of the OJC Advisory Council since September 2012. He is co-owner of Valley Plumbing and Heating, a family business established in La Junta in 1961. A strong advocate for education and the Arkansas Valley community, Oquist has served on many local committees and boards throughout his career.
Tracy Pepper
Tracy PepperTracy Pepper was appointed to the OJC Advisory Council in January 2012. He is vice president of First National Bank of Las Animas and brings a background in management and technical service to the Council. Pepper has served in a variety of volunteer roles in the Arkansas Valley community.
Yolanda Avalos
Yolanda AvalosYolanda Avalos is from Durango, CO where she has had her Accounting Business for over 38 years. Her profession and objection is as a consultant and provides businesses with all their financial/accounting responsibilities. Currently she is working as a Consultant with the Small Business Development Center to aid in the growth for the community in the small business sector. Ms. Avalos is a born native of La Junta, CO, she is fluent in the Spanish language and attended OJC. As a member of the Advisory Council she is looking forward to helping the future of Otero Jr College. She is excited to be back near her family that reside in the area and looks forward to helping the community has a whole.