Cheryl Barbour has served Naropa University for more than twenty years. She first started at Naropa as a financial aid counselor. In her current role she oversees the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, tuition payment, and student affairs. Cheryl came to Naropa with several years of previous higher education experience with Syracuse University and SUNY at Buffalo. Cheryl's interest is in providing access to education for those who could not otherwise afford it and in ensuring student success.
Prior to coming to Naropa in August 2013, Janet Cramer served for 16 years in faculty and administrative positions at Florida Atlantic University and the University of New Mexico, including Associate Provost for Assessment and Instruction, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Women's Studies, Director of the Preparing Future Faculty Program, and Professor in Communication and Media Studies. In addition, she has 15 years of professional experience, including nine years as Director of Communications for the Sisters of Saint Francis—a spiritual community working internationally in the areas of education, health care, peace and justice, and ecology. Janet holds a PhD in Mass Communication, with a minor in Feminist Studies, from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Kelsch brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education operations and administration. Prior to joining Naropa, Tyler served as the Vice President for Administrative Services at Northeastern Junior College, as the Vice President for Finance and Operations at Carlow University, and as the CFO and Vice President for Finance at Becker College. He is a Colorado native, and received his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Regis University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Regina Smith, MFA, MA, is a spirited educator committed to serving the Naropa community in a way that is inspired by poetic vision and grounded in heart-and-body-centered clarity and compassion. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.
Joy Valania has served as the Special Advisor to Naropa President Chuck Lief since 2012. In that role, Joy works closely with the President and outside counsel regarding legal and quasi-legal matters. She also works closely with faculty and staff on issues related to risk management and compliance oversight. Joy holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Prior to joining Naropa University, Joy worked as an Associate Attorney at The Law Offices of Hudson Voltz in Downingtown, PA.
The purpose of the President's Cabinet at Naropa University is to be an executive management body that provides informed, effective and responsive leadership for the university. The cabinet shall advise the president on such matters as university-wide policy, establishment of priorities, and the evaluation and creation of institutional objectives on matters of broad significance and strategic relevance to the university. The cabinet's responsibility also includes the following:
The cabinet reports to the president, who has the ultimate decision-making authority. The cabinet's ultimate purpose is to further the mission of the university. The cabinet serves as an advisory body to the president on all areas related to the university programs and operations. The cabinet provides a forum for discussing institutional strategy and issues. The cabinet reviews the University's progress in meeting articulated goals.