Senior Staff


Executive Director

Kim Hunter Reed

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed was confirmed as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education on March 7, 2017. Reed, a former Louisiana higher education official, most recently served in President Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, leading postsecondary diversity and inclusion work, supporting strong student and outcomes focused policies and aggressive national outreach efforts. She also led the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to serving in the administration, Reed was a principal at HCM Strategists LLC, a public policy and advocacy consulting firm in Washington, D.C., focused on advancing effective solutions in health and education.

Reed has extensive higher education and government experience. She chaired Louisiana's higher education transition team in 2015 and has served as Louisiana's state policy director. Reed previously served as chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System. Prior to those roles, she served on the faculty at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was executive assistant to the president and interim vice president of student affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Reed received a doctorate in public policy from Southern University, as well as a master’s of public administration and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University.

She has received numerous honors, including Louisiana Role Model, Baton Rouge Chapter of LINKS, Inc.; LSU Alumna of the Year, Public Administration Institute; and Mom of the Year, Jack and Jill of America, Baton Rouge Chapter. Reed has been featured in Daughters of Men, a national publication highlighting outstanding African American women and their fathers.

Reed is a wife, proud volleyball mom and relentless student advocate.

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Chief Operating Officer

Diane Duffy

Diane Duffy

Diane Duffy joined the Department on Aug. 18, 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and was later appointed to Chief Operating Officer.

Duffy spent eight years as Vice-President for Finance and Administration for the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions. Prior to her time with the Kansas Regents, she held budget and finance positions at University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

Duffy began her career working for the Kansas Legislative Research Department conducting fiscal and policy analysis. She was the state’s cash management specialist in the Kansas State Treasurer’s Office and served the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Secretary.

She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.


CEO of College Assist and CollegeInvest

Inta Morris

Angela P. Baier

Since 2009, Baier has been responsible for managing Colorado’s 529 College Savings program representing over $5 billion in assets under management and more than 330,000 families. In 2012, she was named CEO of CollegeInvest and of College Assist, a federal student loan Guaranty Agency representing over $11.5 billion in student loans. Baier brings over 25 years of senior level management, business development, and marketing expertise to her position.

Baier’s diverse career consists of 20 years in nonprofit leadership, including serving as CEO of The New York State Zoo and as a Vice President at the Denver Zoo. She served as a Hickenlooper Mayoral Appointee for the City & County of Denver – leading the first-ever city branding effort, was the youngest department head in Best Western’s Corporate history, led the nation’s largest retail sponsorship program at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, was a national nonprofit liaison for the Walt Disney Company, and has been host of her own TV and radio shows – appearing with live animals.

Baier is very active in the Metro-Denver community, serving on the Mayoral transition teams for both Mayor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock, and has served on a number of non-profit boards.

Baier earned her B.S. from the University of Kansas.

Chief Advocacy and Outreach Officer

Inta Morris

Inta Morris

As the Chief Advocacy and Outreach Officer, Inta Morris oversees external proposals and grants and helps to develop new directions and relationships for the department. She has been instrumental in promoting increased cooperation between the department and other state agencies, the business community and other organizations. She also developed and now runs StudyColorado, an initiative of the state, its institutions of higher education and the business community focused on promoting Colorado as a higher education destination to international students. 

Before joining the department in July 2007, she served as academic and political affairs officer for the Canadian Consulate General in Denver. In that position, she developed advocacy programs and strategies for advancing Canada’s positions with the political and academic communities in the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, Morris served as vice president of a Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental organization focused on fostering ties between the scientific and academic communities of the United States and countries of the former Soviet Union. Prior to that position, she served as director of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences and she worked in the International Affairs office of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (now National Academies). She began her career working for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, first as a campaign staff member and then as a legislative assistant in the congressional office.

Morris received her master's degree from George Washington University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado. She is multi-lingual and has traveled extensively in Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa. Morris is married and has two stepdaughters.

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Maestas

Richard Maestas

Richard Maestas joined the Colorado Department of Higher Education as Chief Financial Officer in January 2017. Working with more than half a dozen Colorado instutions over his career, Maestas brings a broad background in higher education leadership and financial management.

Recently, Maestas was the first Regional Vice President at Colorado Mountain College, overseeing the college’s locations in Aspen, Carbondale, Spring Valley, Glenwood Springs and Rifle. Prior to his time at CMC, Maestas was appointed Vice President of Finance & Administration for the Community College of Aurora and selected by Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia to serve on the state’s Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Committee. Maestas also held progressive budget/accounting roles for several Colorado institutions, including the Community College of Denver, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Community College System and Colorado College. In these positions, Maestas distinguished himself as a successful collaborator and student advocate.

Prior to his time as an education administrator, Maestas worked in private industry, taught as a college instructor and served with the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed in Pearl Harbor on a nuclear submarine.

A Colorado native and first-generation student, Maestas received his MBA from Colorado State University in Pueblo.

Chief Strategy and Research Officer

Beth Bean

Beth Bean

Beth Bean is Chief Strategy and Research Officer for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Before joining the department in 2011, Bean served in numerous roles in higher education administration at public and private institutions. She has over 10 years of experience, including expertise in institutional research, curriculum and instruction and coaching and advising. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.

Bean participates in numerous statewide initiatives including Degree Within Reach reverse transfer, the Colorado Statewide Longitudinal Data System, the Government Data Advisory Board, the GDAB Education Data Subcommittee and several institutional efforts. She specializes in bringing together people through data and advancing our understanding of educational trends in Colorado. Bean was the DHE Colorado Public Service Recognition Honoree in 2013.

She received her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Denver, her master’s degree from Saint Louis University and her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Indiana. She has two wonderful daughters and too many pets.

Chief Student Success and Academic Affairs Officer

Beth Bean

Kim Poast

Dr. Poast comes to the Department with a broad background in higher education and K-12 educational systems. She mostly recently served as Executive Director of College and Career Readiness at Denver Public Schools, working to ensure that all students are ready for the next step after high school. Previously, she served the Community College of Denver as Dean of Students and Vice President/Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. Before that, she was Deputy Director for DHE, overseeing the strategic planning that led up to the Master Plan process and providing overall leadership for student services and for statewide outreach divisions and activities.

Dr. Poast earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Lutheran University and Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director

Amanda DeLaRosa

Amanda DeLaRosa

Amanda DeLaRosa has served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director since June 2017. In this role, she supports Dr. Reed in the development and execution of CDHE’s strategic priorities and manages her day-to-day activities. During graduate school, she assisted the policy and advocacy operations of the department as the Legislative Intern under the Chief Policy Officer.

Before joining the department, DeLaRosa served as a Policy Specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Policy and Advocacy Manager at Scholarship America, and Legislative Director at the University of California Student Association. Her passion for higher education equity, affordability and success stems from her background as a student organizer and Student Body President in California.

DeLaRosa is a proud first-generation college graduate. She received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz. DeLaRosa spends her free time planning her upcoming September wedding in Lake Como, Italy.