About Us

Mission Statement

To provide Keys to Opportunities for students at Lake Region State College, through fundraising initiatives to support scholarships and other priority needs at LRSC, and through advocacy efforts to strengthen instruction, encourage enrollment, and access resources needed to effectively serve students and the community.

Students matter at Lake Region State College. LRSC promotes learning and growing both on campus and in the Devils Lake community. Our faculty and staff help students down the path of success in college and life.  We show support for our students’ continued success as they prepare for lifelong careers.  We motivate them to pursue excellence by raising dollars for scholarships and program support. Last year the CCF provided scholarships to over 400 students and support to fifteen excellent and innovative programs at LRSC.  That’s why we say at Lake Region State College, We Change Lives.

The Community College Foundation – a designated 501(c)3 charitable organization – remains dedicated to advancing LRSC. The board of directors is committed to good stewardship of donor gifts. Gifts to the Community College Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For more information please get in touch with the CCF office at lrsc.foundation@lrsc.edu or call 701-662-1520.


Laurence Arango, Executive Director

Laurence Arango is originally from Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Connecticut. Laurence is also the head baseball coach for the Lake Region State College Royals.


Ashlee Collison, Foundation Office Manager

Ashlee is the Office Manager for our Foundation Office. Originally from Sarles, ND, she took advantage of the Lake Region State Colleges Dual Credit Program where her dad is an Alumni. Her family has been in Devils Lake for ten years now, and they enjoy this community and everything it offers. Ashlee is currently finishing her Bachelor's in Business online at Mayville State University.


Natalie Miller, Administrative Assistant

She is a native of Petersburg and a 1999 graduate of UND-Lake Region, where she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in the Legal Assistant program. She was also a member of the Lady Royals basketball team during the 1997-1998 season. She earned her Bachelor of Science in the Legal Assistant program at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2002. Her husband, Brian, is a Devils Lake native and a 1999 UND-Lake Region's Simulator Maintenance Technician program graduate. They moved back from the Twin Cities area in 2021 with their son, Anthony, and live in rural Devils Lake.


Jessica Hawkes, Foundation Assistant

Jessica Hawkes, Foundation Assistant, is a New Rockford native and professional writer and editor. She graduated from NDSU with B.A. degrees in Spanish and French, including studies at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Jessica is currently a graduate student in the Global Cultures M.A. program at King's College London and is the director of a nonprofit animal sanctuary operating out of her family farm.


Community College Foundation  |  lrsc.foundation@lrsc.edu  |  1-800-443-1313  |  701-662-1520