Contact the Staff

Rolf Institute: 303-449-5903

Christina Howe,
Executive Director/Chief Academic Officer  
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Pat Heckmann,
Director of Operations & Systems Management
x 100
Stephanie Sherwin,
Director of Faculty & Student Services
x 101
Mary Contreras,
Director of Admissions & Recruitment
x 106
Samantha Sherwin,
Director of Financial Aid & Compliance
x 107

Clinic Services
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For questions regarding Membership, please email


Back row (left to right): Mary Contreras, Samantha Sherwin, Pat Heckmann, Christina Howe   
Front row: Stephanie Sherwin, Jeannine Lee

About the Staff

Christina Howe

Executive Director/Chief Academic Officer

Christina has worked in public education for over 30 years, including serving as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy for 12-years at the University of Kansas, Villanova and Beaver College. She served for 17 years as a P-20 Charter School founder and school principal and superintendent. Christina has been the Rolf Institute's Executive Director since 2015.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizational management
  • Board Relations
  • Strategic planning for the Institute

Pat Heckmann

Director of Operations & Systems Management

Pat has worked at the Rolf Institute since 2013, first in the Membership Department, and now as Director of Operations & Systems Management.

Responsibilities include:

  • System integration
  • Managing facilities and supplies
  • Basic accounting
  • Staff support
  • Distribution and organization of Publications orders
  • Front Desk and reception duties

Stephanie Sherwin

Director of Faculty & Student Services

Stephanie has lived in Colorado all of her life. She has three kids and has never been skiing, which is important to note as a native. She loves the mountains and gets outdoors as much as possible, typically to fish! Prior to working for the Rolf Institute, Stephanie spent time in higher education as a Career Services Coordinator and a Student Advisor.

Responsibilities include:

  • All things related to Faculty
  • Continuing education
  • Education team support
  • Enrollment reporting
  • Room rental inquiry and scheduling

Mary Contreras

Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Mary is a Colorado native and has been in the education/admissions field for over 20 years. She has a passion for helping people further their education or starting their career. With her background in education, she enjoys learning and spending time outdoors with her family.

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruitment
  • Admissions (Basic and Advanced programs)
  • Enrollment
  • Student support
  • Payments


    Samantha Sherwin

    Director of Financial Aid & Compliance

    Samantha has worked in Education for over 10 years, eight years working with Title IV. She has been with the Rolf Institute since 2017 as the Director of Financial Aid. She is a Colorado native.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Financial aid
    • VA School Certifying Official
    • Compliance
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
    • Department of Education IPEDS 
    • Process I-20s for International students