Leadership Team

Head of School – Dr. Jay Egger

Jay Egger

Dr. Jay Egger is the Head of School for Colorado Early Colleges—Inverness. One of Jay’s core beliefs is: each student matters. Jay believes that education is responsible for dedicating every resource to student exploration, achievement and growth, both academically and personally. He knows that academic institutions must be firmly committed to preparing students to enter an ever-changing, complex and competitive world with confidence—having mastered the skills needed to make positive contributions in their communities.

Dr. Egger’s 23 years of academic, student-centered experience—as a former university professor and department chair, business owner, executive director for a non-profit, high school sports' coach, and as a veteran—have prepared him for the institutional commitment necessary to build and sustain the opportunities that students can be excited about and challenged by. His experience has further prepared him to provide students with equitable access to relevant learning materials, support an engaged faculty and staff, build and sustain meaningful relationships with students, families, teachers, and community, and provide a safe and inclusive culture that is both engaging and vibrant.

Director of Academic & Career AdvisingWendy Rhodes
Wendy RhodesWendy Rhodes joined the CEC team in 2017 working at Colorado Early College Aurora.  As the Director of Academic and Career Advising, Wendy incorporates her experience and passion in workforce development to support students in discovering their strengths, interests and skills to be better prepared for college and the workforce.   Wendy has worked in career development for over 10 years and has worked with a variety of individuals and groups of all ages, from helping high school students apply to their first job to supporting adults re-entering the workforce who have faced barriers such as homelessness, incarceration and mental illness.  Wendy has taught workshops to both small and large groups on over 30 topics such as Resume Writing, Career Exploration, Etiquette, and Degree ROI.  She is a Strengths Finder Coach and certified Myers Briggs Administrator and enjoys working with students in helping them learn more about who they are and how they relate to the world around them. She is a First Generation college student and believes in supporting students at each step who are working on their Associate degree or certificate program while at Colorado Early Colleges.  She also enjoys learning how technology will impact the future of the workforce and higher education and how to prepare our students for what’s ahead. Wendy holds a BA in Religious Studies at Benedictine College and an MA in Counseling Psychology at Regis University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and will earn her license in School Counseling in 2020.

Director of Health and Exceptional Student Services– Dr. Betsy Basch
Dr. BaschDr. Basch is a licensed clinical psychologist, an independently licensed counselor, a Nationally Credentialed Counselor, and a credentialed school psychologist. She's been working in a variety of areas of mental health & education for 20 years. She has overall interests in delivering and developing culturally competent, culturally aware and inclusive social-emotional environments, training, therapeutic interventions and assessment and has presented on topics such as neuroflexibility, culture and mental illness, disability and sexuality, disability and identity, cultural components of community health and inclusive culturally competent programming and measurement. She works to facilitate conversations on intersectional topics that are inclusive of disability, and finds engagement to be a fascinating and terrifying process!

Dr. Basch has a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in sport coaching and a concentration in philosophy. Her master's & doctorate's are in Clinical Counseling, and Clinical & School Psychologist from Argosy University-Phoenix. She is also a professional athlete, and plays for the Arizona Sidewinders.