Karen Hawkes
Karen Hawkes

Post-Secondary Counselor

Works with students last name A-K

970-300-2328 | 970.925.3760 ext 1102 khawkes@aspenk12.net

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Karen is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated from Milton Academy and received a BA in International Affairs and Russian from Colgate University; a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University; and an MBA from NYU Leonard Stern School of Business. Karen worked in corporate communications in New York City and lived in Aspen in 1993-1994, working in film production at American Adventure Productions. For the last 20 years, Karen has been living in the San Francisco Bay area where she co-founded 3 tech companies which innovated underwater vehicles for exploration and adventure. Karen received her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and in 2015, she founded College Concierge Pro, where she worked as an Independent Education Consultant to reduce stress related to the college process and find the best fit colleges for students. When Karen isn’t working, she’s traveling, visiting her own adult children, or outdoors hiking, biking, skiing or paddleboarding.

Brennan Dignan

Post-Secondary Counselor

Works with students last name L-Z

970-300-1900 | 970-925-3760 ext. 1100


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Brennan comes to Aspen High School with more than 17 years of professional experience as a college admissions counselor and as a high school college advisor. Brennan's college experience includes serving as the Associate Director of Admission for Bennington College in Vermont and as Assistant Director of Admission at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He has also served at the Associate Director of College Counseling at The Charles Wright Academy and as a College and Career Counselor at The Harbour School in Hong Kong.

Susanne Morrison
Susanne Morrison

Post-Secondary Counseling Administrative Coordinator

970-315-3657 | 970-925-3760 ext. 1108


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Susanne joined the Post-Secondary Counseling team in the fall of 2017. Susanne has lived in Aspen since 1989, working in the nonprofit sector - primarily at the Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Susanne graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 with a BA in Political Science. She manages the college counseling office and is responsible for office communication, scheduling, and local scholarships. Susanne handles all AHS college applications and subsequent reporting.