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Meet the Community Consultants

The Community Consultants are a group of committed student leaders charged with helping new students adjust to life in college. They are a great resource for answers to questions, information about resources on campus and in the community and all around — these are students to know!

McKenzie Danzer

Hey y’all! My name is McKenzie Danzer, and I’m 19 years old and a sophomore. Currently, I’m majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in criminology. My hometown is Springfield, Mo., which is about two and a half hours southwest of Columbia. I’m the oldest of three children. I love sports and being active, which, of course, includes frequenting the rec facilities here at CC. Hanging out with my friends, being outdoors and relaxing are a must in my life. I enjoy basically anything that allows me to be outdoors. Columbia College is like a big family and I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I have. If you ever have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to email me at

Words of Wisdom: Get involved. Don’t be scared. It is okay to be different. Embrace those differences and use them to your advantage.

Jessica Houston

Hey everyone! My name is Jessica Houston, and I am a senior majoring in marketing and minoring in communications. I grew up in Mexico, Mo., where I was homeschooled along with my twin sister. When I’m not nerding-out over my textbooks or enjoying the clubs and events on campus or at my church, I am probably watching The Big Bang Theory, listening to music while pursuing my passion for dance or dreaming about getting another chance to go kayaking! Part of the reason I chose Columbia College almost four years ago is because I felt the students and staff here were genuinely excited to see me, and now that I’ve been a Columbia College Cougar myself for a while, I just want you to know that it is true — we are SO excited you are here! I made tons of new friends my freshman year, and I know you will, too. Be yourself and get involved, because that’s half the fun of college. I can’t wait to meet y'all! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at I can’t wait to meet you!

Words of Wisdom: Pope Paul VI said, "Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you came from; if you take ahold of the opportunities in front of you, you can do anything!  

Lauren Jaeger

Hi there! My name is Lauren Jaeger, and I am 19 years old and a sophomore here at Columbia College. My major is speech communication with a minor in elementary education. I hope to be a second grade teacher someday! I grew up in a small town named Clarksville. I have a younger brother and a dog who is basically another member of my family. I am pretty much smiling and happy all the time! I love to be with my friends as much as possible. Sports are one of my favorite things, especially basketball. You should know I am a huge Alabama football fan! I enjoy playing intramurals and disc golfing. I also enjoy any kind of craft project, board games and riding four-wheelers! I work in Financial Aid and am a member of CAST and SLATE. I love Columbia College because it is such a close-knit community, and Columbia is such a great college town. Everyone here is so friendly, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and get involved! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Words of Wisdom: Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine!

Alyssa McKenzie

Hey everyone! My name is Alyssa McKenzie, and I am currently a sophomore majoring in psychology and chemistry with a minor in biology. For the majority of my life I have lived in a small town called Callao, Mo. I work in Admissions and am involved in many clubs on campus. I love watching sports and hanging out with my friends when I’m not at work or studying. I can’t wait to meet you! If you need anything or just want to talk, feel free to email me at

Words of Wisdom: Last year I got the best advice from a professor: College is not just about getting a degree. A student can’t spend his or her entire time studying — you need to balance yourself and have fun while you are in college. Also don’t be afraid to talk to your professors, especially if you are nervous about an assignment or the class.

Brendon Meili

Hello, I’m Brendon Meili. I’m 18 years of age and am a sophomore here at Columbia College. I’m a science nut majoring in environmental science. I will use this to help me in my Air Force career as a pilot, Special Forces officer, a Security Forces officer or something else. After my military career, I want to go back to my high school and teach science. If I can’t be found in any of my classes, chances are I’ll be either in Southwell Gym lifting weights, in Dulany eating my own weight in food or at Mizzou fulfilling all of my ROTC duties. I love to do anything outdoors. This includes hiking, fishing, hunting, etc., but I also love my video games. Currently, I hold office in my own organization, Future Soldiers of America (FSA), and I’m on the AFROTC recruiting team. Soon, I hope to join the Endurance Team and Sabre Team this coming year. I look forward to meeting all of the incoming freshmen and assisting with anything you need. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at

Words of Wisdom: Don’t put things off. Complete assignments and tasks as you get them instead of doing them close to or on their due date. Study often, but make time to keep your sanity in check by having some fun.

Annalise Morrison

Hello, super Cougars! Annalise Morrison here. I am a junior studying criminal justice administration. I come from Columbia, Mo., and I'm 20 years old. I have a big family, and I like to spend time with them. I find myself having fun by going to the gym and by being involved as a Student Ambassador, Community Consultant, SAC member and serving on a student advisory committee for Dean Smith. I love the outdoors (fishing and hunting are my go-to good times) and eating a lot! Fortunately, I work at a Caribou Coffee off campus. There are a lot of fun places to go to and see in Columbia, such as Stephens Lake Park, downtown, the Columbia Mall and all sorts of festivals. The small-town people and the big-town feel is what I love about Columbia, and I know you will too. I can’t wait to see all of your shining faces in the fall. Email me at if you need anything.

Words of Wisdom: Be yourself and get involved. Putting yourself out there is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It makes everything memorable!

Emily Pry

Hey, guys! I am Emily Pry and am a junior from Cassville, Mo. I am currently majoring in biology with a minor in education. I hope to eventually teach high school anatomy, but I want to start out with middle school science. On campus, you can usually find me in the gym because I love to run. It is my way of escaping the world and ridding myself of stress (Hint: if you ever want someone to go the gym with you, find me. I will not turn down an offer to play basketball or run around). During the school year, I work in Enrollment Management and over the summer I work at a wonderful summer camp located in southwest Missouri. Columbia College has tons of clubs and organizations to join, many of which I am a member of myself. I would love to help you find what you best connect with when you arrive on campus. Columbia College is a wonderful place, and I hope you love it as much as I do. Email me at if you have any questions.

Words of Wisdom: Do not pass up opportunities to try something new. It is okay to get out of your comfort zone. Actually, I encourage you to do so. You never know when you will learn something you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

Logan Rackers

Hello, there! My name is Logan Rackers. I am 21 years old and a junior. My major is environmental science. I am looking to become a pilot in the United States Air Force or possibly become a field agent for the Department of Conservation. I am from Jefferson City, Mo., which is 32 miles south of Columbia. I am currently an off-campus student living in Columbia. I enjoy being active by going hunting, fishing, playing sports (mainly baseball), going to the gym and hanging out with my family and friends. In addition, I am a Student Ambassador and work at Mail and Print Services on campus. I hope everyone has a great first year. If you have any questions, feel free to come up to me any time and ask. You could also email me at

Words of Wisdom: Try out everything you can, at least once. If you didn’t like it, then don’t do it again, but if you enjoyed it, continue doing it.

Mike Richardson

What up, Cougars? I'm Mike Richardson and am a sophomore at Columbia College. I am majoring in business administration with an emphasis in management! In my sparse free time, I watch, read about and play pick-up games of football. If you couldn’t guess, I can talk about football for hours. If you ever have an idea for campus, let me know because I am a member of SAC and SGA, and I am the Homecoming Committee chair. I also love to hit the sticks and play Xbox. I am very outgoing, so never be afraid to come up and say hi! Feel free to reach me at

Words of Wisdom: College is a great time for expanding comfort zones and learning skills such as conflict resolution. Most importantly, do not over-commit yourself.


Pandaree Sahatsarangsee

Hey, guys! My name is Pandaree Sahatsarangsee, but most people call me Panpan. I’m 18 years old and a sophomore at Columbia College. I am majoring in chemistry and forensic science. I’m from a very small city in Thailand called Nonthaburi. Thailand is a small country in Southeast Asia (it is smaller than Texas). In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, attending church activities, shopping and reading mystery fictions. I also love to sing, mostly musical theatre and country songs. I am very excited to meet everyone. You will enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Columbia College. I hope you have a great time at Columbia College like I do! If you need anything, please email me at

Words of Wisdom: One should not have regrets for the things they did, but rather regret for the things they did not do. Therefore, you should not be afraid to get involved.

Jamie Smith

Hey! My name is Jamie Smith, and I am a sophomore majoring in communications with a minor in marketing. I grew up in St. Louis, and I love to travel. I have been twirling for as long as I can remember, and I have been coaching for the past six years. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing tennis, painting my nails and listening to all types of music. My time at Columbia College has been amazing. I am excited to meet all of you! If you need anything, feel free to email me at  

Words of Wisdom: Your four years at Columbia College are what you make of them: Get involved, meet new people and have a blast!  




Mitchel Smith

Hey Cougars! My name is Mitchel Smith, and I am a junior here at Columbia College! I am 19 years old and majoring in criminal justice. Right now, I work for Mizzou’s police department and am hoping to become a police officer after I graduate! I love watching our athletic teams compete and just getting the crowd excited for our school! At the basketball national tournament last year, I painted my whole upper body and ended up being in the newspaper for it! I do almost every intramural sport our school offers, so if you want to start a team, just ask me. I rock climb at Capen Park, give tours, hang out with my friends, go to the Columbia Mall, swim, ride my bike and everything else CC and Columbia has to offer! I can’t wait to see all of you guys at Columbia College! Give me a shout out at WE ARE CC! 

Words of Wisdom: Try out the new things this campus has to offer, and never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone to get involved!


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