Colorado Christian University
Advancement Team

Advancement Team

Get to Know our University Advancement Team

Eric Hogue portrait

Phone: 303-963-3093

Eric Hogue

Vice President of University Advancement

Eric Hogue joined Colorado Christian University as the vice president of Advancement in January 2018. In this role, he oversees all university fundraising efforts including campaigns for annual, capital, endowment, planned gifts, alumni, parents, and athletics. Prior to joining CCU, Eric served for six years as the chief development officer (CDO) of William Jessup University in Rocklin, California, where he successfully tripled WJU's endowment fund and navigated two separate and successful campus capital development campaigns. He is also known for his roles as a former political candidate; practicing theologian and pastor; and long-tenured radio, television, and media professional. Eric enjoys stewarding relationships toward biblical generosity for Christ-centered higher education. His hobbies include watching sports and documentaries, reading good books, cooking, and running. Eric has been married to Tammy Hogue for more than 32 years and together they are the parents of two wonderful adult daughters, an amazing son-in-law, and two brilliant grandchildren.

Braden Randall

Senior Director of Major Gifts

Braden Randall joins the CCU Advancement team as the senior director of major gifts. Braden brings a blend of experience to the team. He spent 15 years in corporate America in high-end building materials sales. More recently, he spent seven years with a national nonprofit men's ministry, Man in the Mirror, where he served in several roles including as regional director and director of development. Braden earned a master's degree in Christian ministry from Liberty University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Mid-America Nazarene College. He has been married to his wife for 22 years. Together, they have four children and one on the way in November 2020. Braden loves hiking with his wife and kids, watching the NFL, and running.

Mark Heckelmann

Director of Major and Planned Gifts

Mark Heckelmann joined Colorado Christian University as the director of major and planned gifts in August 2019. His role is to connect with those seeking to advance and support the mission of CCU and develop and launch the Harwood Legacy Society. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Kansas State University. Prior to joining the Advancement team, Mark served for four years as the annual fund manager at Valor Christian High School. Mark has been married to Ty for 31 years who serves as the executive assistant to the president of Denver Seminary. Both are passionate about Christian education. They are parents of two sons, one daughter-in-law, and one amazing grandson. Mark is an active member of Wellspring Englewood and in his spare time loves to ski, play tennis, golf and garden.

Kara Johnston

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Kara Johnston brings more than a decade-and-a-half of experience in higher education to her role at CCU. She previously served as the director of development and alumni relations at the Denver campus of Johnson and Wales University for eight-and-a-half years. Kara also spent seven years as the director of alumni relations and annual giving at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Kara spearheads several projects intended to deepen bonds between alumni, students and their families, and the University. She has been tasked with establishing a comprehensive and professional parent relations department for the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). For the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS), Kara is developing an overarching effort to better connect CAGS alumni to their alma mater.

Nancy Engel portrait

Phone: 303-963-3079

Nancy Engel

Director of Foundation Relations

Nancy recently joined the CCU Advancement Team as director of foundations and scholarships. Originally from Ohio, Nancy received her B.A. in History and International Studies from Thomas More College in Kentucky and her M.A. in International Studies from George Mason University. While living on the East Coast, she was the assistant director of the international division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Nancy received her grant writing certification from Arizona State University and served as the grant administrator for Emmanne Ministries in Centennial, Colorado. She has been married to Steve Engel for 20 years. They have two daughters and one son together, and volunteer for children's causes whenever possible.

Carrie Anne Newton portrait

Phone: 303-963-3358

Carrie Anne Newton

Assistant to the President for Board and Donor Relations

Carrie Ann Newton recently joined the CCU Office of the President and Advancement team as the assistant to the president for board and donor relations. Carrie Ann brings recent experience as the director of development at the Independence Institute in downtown Denver, years of experience in IT, and extensive skill in customer service. Carrie Ann is an optimistic, detail-oriented, technologically savvy servant leader who will be a natural liaison and strong communicator with the populations she will serve. She is fully aligned with CCU's mission and Strategic Priorities. Carrie Ann is married to Jason Wayne Newton and they have a blended family with seven children, five daughters and two sons, ages 12 to 26. They are active members of Fellowship Community Church in Centennial and are engaged in worship, hospitality, and security ministries.

Matt Rummel portrait

Phone: 303-963-3269

Matt Rummel

Data Architect

Matt Rummel has been with CCU since the late summer of 2014. During his time at CCU he as assisted with a few different departments (University's Dual Credit program, Admissions department for the College of Undergraduate Studies, and the Office of University Advancement). In February 2018, Matt joined the Office of University Advancement where he assists the team in database administration and reporting. Matt obtained a bachelor's degree in mathematics, a minor in athletic coaching, and a master's in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. He enjoys the beauty of our state and participates in many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, running, cycling, and camping.

Mikayla Kakihara portrait

Phone: 303-963-3197

Mikayla Kakihara

Project Coordinator

Mikayla Kakihara joined the Colorado Christian University Advancement team in August 2019 after graduating from CCU with a Communication degree. She is originally from San Diego, California, so she misses the beach. But, she considers Denver her second home. As project coordinator, she improves Advancement's operations by supporting fundraising procedures, assisting assigned team members with tasks, and contributing to periodic special initiatives. Mikayla is stoked to be working at CCU full time and to be supporting the Advancement team. She also enjoys going to Colorado Avalanche games, getting coffee with friends, shopping, and volunteering with her church's youth group.

Jill Sneed portrait

Phone: 303-963-3330

Jill Sneed

Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Jill Sneed joined the Advancement team in April 2019. Jill brings experience from Life's Options Pregnancy Center a nonprofit in Evergreen, Colorado, where she served as executive director for 12 years prior to coming to CCU. Jill received a degree in sociology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Jill's passions lie in mentoring, leadership, and community. Jill is married to her husband, Dave, and has three adult children and one daughter-in-law. She enjoys photography, skiing, hiking, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Phil Nelson, Athletics Advancement Coordinator

Phone: 303-963-3392

Phil Nelson

Athletics Advancement Coordinator

Phil Nelson joined the Advancement team in his role as athletics coordinator in 2019. Additionally, he serves as the head women's golf coach and as an assistant men's golf coach. He graduated from CCU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Before Phil entered the coaching profession, he spent five years as a member of the PGA instructing golf and working as a club professional in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Prior to his time as the head women's coach, Phil helped coach the men's team to four straight NCCAA National Championships and multiple NCAA Tournament appearances. Phil lives in Denver with his wife, Nancy, also a CCU alum, and their daughter.

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