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.
Alicia Weiss, Disability Services Coordinator
Alicia Weiss is the Coordinator of Disability Services. She works with students with disabilities who qualify for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, guides students through the process of establishing eligibility, and provides a variety of supports and services throughout the semester. In addition, the Coordinator of Disability Services acts as resource to staff, faculty, and administration staff on matters of disability awareness, equity, accessibility, and other aspects of ADA compliance. Her philosophy and practice is best characterized by, "Nothing About Us Without Us," a slogan broadly adopted by the disability rights movement, which affirms people with disabilities as experts about their needs and hence rightful participants in decisions that affect their lives. Alicia brings to Naropa a background in Neuroscience, and Neuropscyhology. She taught at the postsecondary level for nearly two decades at several institutions and served as an academic administrator for five years at Goddard College in Vermont. She also served as a legislative advocate and community educator as the Executive Director for the VT Coalition for Disability Rights. She is passionate about facilitating a heightened awareness of disability, an essential component of campus diversity and the richness of human experience.
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.
Amy Soehngen, Residence Hall Director
Amy L. Soehngen, when not becoming entirely too invested in a board game, planning her next traveling catastrophe, or convincing herself that she will someday learn to play the piano, can be found at Snow Lion as the new Residence Hall Director. Amy looks forward to the opportunity to work in further depth with students to help them maximize their Naropa experience and hopes her "go big or go huge" motto will motivate students to strive for their best. Amy has been working at Naropa University since fall 2011 for Student Administrative Services, having been previously employed at Teach For America, the University of Colorado, and Colorado Mountain College. As a Peace and Justice Studies Graduate of Regis University with a minor in Spanish, she is so excited for this opportunity to be an advocate of contemplative education outside the classroom.
Contemplative Practice Coordinator
The Contemplative Practice Coordinator can provide students support for spiritual aspects of their education and development, by providing them with a meditation instructor/mentor and giving referrals for mentors in many of the world wisdom traditions. At the University-wide level, the Contemplative Practice Coordinator coordinates Community Practice Day each semester and does programming that reflects the various spiritual traditions that are available in the area.