Staff & Services for Online/Low Residency Students
Bob Cillo, Dean of Students
Bob Cillo is the dean of students and has been at Naropa since 2001. He believes in creating a campus environment that supports the academic mission of the university and enriches the quality of student life. Bob collaborates with the director of the Center for Student Excellance and Engagement to provide academic support services and co-curricular activities with the goal of improving student retention and success. Bob manages the Office of Student Affairs, acts as an ombudsmen for students, advises students on conflicts and handles disciplinary issues. Bob likes working at a college such as Naropa where he feels he can have a part in creating positive changes for students. He encourages students to stop by his office to speak their mind.
Tashi Browder, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students & International Student Advisor
Tashi Browder has been at Naropa since 2000 as the administrative assistant to the dean of students. She is an ethnic Tibetan raised and schooled in India, where she also taught elementary school for 5 1/2 years before coming to America in. In addition to English, she is fluent in Tibetan, Nepali, and Hindi. Tashi also assists the International student advisor in working with the International students on campus. What Tashi most enjoys about working in Student Affairs is her constant interaction with a diverse range of students and visitors. She is the point person when students come to ask questions.
Sarah Steward, Coordinator of Career Services and Community Engagement
I am originally from the great state of North Dakota and have most recently studied and worked in both Iowa and Ohio. In May 2008, I graduated with a MA in higher education administration from Miami University and made the transition to beautiful Colorado and Naropa University. As the coordinator of the Career and Community Engagement Center, I can help you explore your values, interests, skills, and talents as they relate to your career, academic, civic engagement and volunteer pursuits. From choosing a major to planning an internship to serving in your community to preparing for employment or graduate school, I am here to assist you.
Jennifer Hinton, International Student Advisor
Jennifer brings her experience as a foreign student in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and six year-long expatriate experience to her position as Naropa's International Student/Scholar Advisor. She has mired through her own immigration challenges both here and abroad. As avid traveler in her "younger" days, Jennifer has had the great privilege to have visited different countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Central America. Jennifer is also a graduate of Naropa's Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program and held the position of Academic Advisor in that same department. As the international student advisor, Jennifer advises students on visa and regulatory matters, assists students getting settled in and acclimating to Boulder, and offers support and resources to students experiencing difficulties adjusting to the culture. Feel welcome to drop in and visit any time.
Anne Cowardin, Director of the Counseling Center
Dr. Cowardin earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, BA in Education and MEd in Counselor Education at the University of Virginia. At the University of Wyoming she has served at first as a Staff Psychologist, then as Training Director and Associate director in the Counseling Center. She has also served as Director of the Counseling Center at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2001, she came to the University of Colorado as Psychology Training Director in the Department of Psychological Health and Psychiatry. She was appointed Manager of the Department and Chief Psychologist in 2003. She served in that position for five years. She left in January of 2011 to accept a position with Semester at Sea and traveled around the world working in her field on its floating campus. Dr. Cowardin holds a license as a Psychologist in Colorado, a certificate as an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist and is a member of the Heart Centered Therapies Association. She teaches hypnotherapy to other mental Health workers through her affiliation with the Wellness Institute in Issaquah, Washington. She has held a certification as a group psychotherapist and is a member of the Boulder Psychotherapist Guild.
Stephanie Small, MSW, Crisis and Outreach Coordinator
Stephanie is available for crisis intervention, drop-in therapy sessions, community outreach, psycho-education, referrals to community resources and suicide intervention trainings. Stephanie received her BA from Yale University and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. In keeping with her holistic approach to healing, she also holds a Certificate in Holistic Nutrition from Bauman College. She believes the mind, body, and spirit must all be engaged and supported in order for transformation to occur. Depending upon the needs of the client, her clinical interventions may involve a blend of psychotherapeutic approaches, Earth-based healing techniques, and coaching around nutrition and exercise.
Matt Peterson, Director of Student Leadership
& Engagement and Title IX Coordinator
Matt Peterson is the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement. In this role, he is responsible for setting the direction of student development for the out-of-the-classroom curriculum, utilizing experiential learning support of students' spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth. Matt earned his MS in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his BA in Spanish from Western Michigan University. In addition, he has training in conflict analysis and resolution through the U.S. Institute for Peace and the Athens Area Mediation Services. Prior to joining the Student Affairs department at Naropa, Matt served as Residential Coordinator at Ohio University, providing advising to students on academic, career and personal issues. Within this role, he worked to develop programs and activities that built academic success strategies, citizenship and intercultural skills. His work in student leadership development is extensive. He has consulted numerous leadership development and diversity initiatives, and has presented on these topics locally and nationally. His focus of leadership development philosophy is a blend of servant leadership and reflective practice, wherein students work introspectively and interpersonally to create positive and lasting social change. Matt is available to meet with students regarding leadership development, student groups, and engaged citizenship, or just to chat! Matt is also Naropa University's Title IX Coordinator. In this capacity, he is responsible for ensuring university compliance with policies regarding sex and gender discrimination, and pursuing investigations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sex/gender discrimination. If you need more information, or need assistance in a case, please email him.
Derrick Jones, Residence Hall Director
Derrick comes to Naropa with an eclectic background, most recently serving as the Assistant Director of the Arts Village Living Learning Community and Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. He previously earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film at Ohio University and continues to direct and produce award-winning documentaries in his "spare" time. He has also spent a great deal of time as a self-published poet and independent hip-hop artist. As an artist/activist/"insert here" Derrick has worked with several campus and community based groups in pursuit of stronger community. In residence life, Derrick has been a Hall Director at the University of Akron and BGSU where he also earned a BAC and MA in Theatre. Derrick sees Snow Lion as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for living and learning and aims to help students further develop their potential outside the classroom
Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
The Contemplative Practice Coordinator supports students' spiritual growth by providingthem with mentorship and instruction in areas of spiritual interest. Naropa has meditation instructors and mentors from diverse wisdom traditions available to meet with students upon request. Drawing on her experience in contemplative practices and inter-religious dialogue, as well as her passion for religious pluralism, Giovannina coordinates Community Practice Day and other programs that bring diverse spiritual traditions to Naropa.
Giovannina is a senior student of Naropa's founder, Trungpa Rinpoche; a graduate of
the MA Religious Studies program in Indo- Tibetan Buddhism and Contemplative Religions;
and an ordained Buddhist minister in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition (Upadhyaya).
She supervises Naropa's Mindfulness Instructor Training. She also brings her training
as a Dharma artist to Naropa's rituals, celebrations and ceremonies for the purposes
of healing, inspiration and community building. She is active in the Denver metro
area volunteering and speaking on mediation and contemplative pedagogy.
Deanne Grant, El Centro Coordinator
Deanne Grant is grounded in diverse educational experiences with a master's degree
in International Studies from the University of Oregon and a second master's degree
in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. She also studied abroad
in La Rochelle, France and Prague, Czech Republic.
As the El Centro de la Gente coordinator, Deanne is responsible for overseeing the diversity and resource center. She meets with students to discuss diversity and inclusivity topics, as well as resource needs based on individual needs. Students come with a range of needs, such as how to become an ally to historically marginalized groups and how to connect with other people who share similar identities. El Centro is a safe and supportive environment for all Naropa students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The center's pulse is dictated by student activity and engagement, which Deanne encourages through supporting current and new student groups, as well as ensuring that the center maintains a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.
Joy Redstone, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor
Joy Redstone isa licensed clinical social worker and addiction counselor who most recently was the Executive Director of Bridge House for 7 years. She loved the work and the clients but resigned due to health concerns and is now volunteering there and elsewhere in the community. An advocate and local writer, Joy lives in Boulder and has two children.
Joy has years of experience with dually diagnosed clients and homelessness as well as extensive experience in working with mentally ill ex-prisoners. She began her work at the Bridge House in Oct. 2004 and concluded in Dec. 2011. During her tenure the BH expanded its budget 10-fold, added many new services for clients, and won several awards for excellence in service delivery.