Presidential StaffMelinda Cook, Chief of Staff
Melinda Cook is the Chief of Staff at Fisher College, serving as a senior adviser on college-wide policy and programmatic matters. Joining the College in 2008, Ms. Cook manages projects and contributes to a variety of initiatives. As a member of the Administrative Council, Ms. Cook is involved in all aspects of the operations and planning for the College. Prior to joining the team at Fisher College, Ms. Cook was a Program Manager and the IT Director for the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC). Prior to joining CTC, Ms. Cook spent four years working with Medimetrix Consulting as an Associate with their Strategy & Networks practice where she developed strategic planning and implementation initiatives for health systems/hospitals through portfolio analysis, market analysis, financial modeling, merger analysis and scenario development, budget forecasting and reconciliation, and extensive database development. Ms. Cook holds an M.B.A from Northeastern University, a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in English from The Colorado College, and is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) candidate at Northeastern University, with a focus on Higher Education Administration.
Caroline Rende, Office Manager
Caroline Rende is the Office Manager for the Office of the President at Fisher College. Ms. Rende is responsible for managing the operations of the Office of the President and serving as the primary administrative contact and liaison for internal and external constituents. Ms. Rende serves on the President's Administrative and Executive Council, represents the president on key college committees and in external events, plans and executes presidential events, and coordinates visits and meetings of the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining Fisher College, Ms. Rende functioned as the Graduate Assistant in the Graduate Office of Admissions at Boston University's School of Education. While at Boston University, Ms. Rende's responsibilities included counseling prospective students, strategically identifying and attracting a diverse student body, serving as a liaison between the Graduate Office of Admissions and the School of Education, and representing the School of Education at recruiting events. Ms. Rende earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Sociology from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. In May 2012, she earned her Master of Education degree from Boston University in Policy, Planning and Administration with a focus on Higher Education Administration.