Donor Profiles


Helen Hess and Chris Petersen

COA Faculty Members

Helen Hess and Chris PetersenWe give to COA for the same reasons we also give to other organizations like Sierra Club and Doctors Without Borders and our local library.  We want to help make the world a better place, and we both strongly believe that education is key to a better future.  Having both come from large public universities we love the small liberal arts model of education, and think COA does it in a powerful and unique way.

We also give as an acknowledgement of the work that others do and the support that the college receives from so many people. A financial gift is a way to express our commitment to COA and our connection to our community.  Our work with students and colleagues serves COA’s mission in one way; our financial contribution serves the College in another.