Originally from central Illinois, Kelly earned a BM from Illinois State University and an MM from the University of Colorado. She is an active performer and has sung extensively throughout the Denver metro area in musicals, operas, and concerts. As a member of the Naropa University community since 2011, Kelly strives to create an inclusive space where students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed and heard. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, meditating, biking, and exploring Colorado's great outdoors with Annie, the world's best dog.
Karen feels right at home within the Naropa community and loves the way that students, faculty, and staff take the time to honor and connect with each other every day. For much of the last decade, Karen has been working to help students realize their potential through higher education. It's most rewarding when she finds students who embody the tenets of Naropa University, for they are the dynamos, the positive forces that motivate others and accelerate change. If you don't see Karen on campus, just look outside. She spends as much time as possible skiing, hiking, gardening, and taking part in art and performance with her energetic family.
Drawn to Buddhist psychology while working in the stressful environment of Washington, D.C. politics – and increasingly convinced that our conventional approaches to meeting modern-day challenges are incomplete and inadequate – you could say that Matt and Naropa was always a match meant to be. Like many who eventually find their place here, Matt arrived at Naropa through a non-linear path. He first fell in love with Boulder as an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado. After pursuing graduate work at Columbia University in the field of international relations, living and working in various locales in the U.S. and abroad in China, he found himself drawn back to Boulder by Naropa’s unique mission to help transform the world through a radical self-transformational approach to education. Matt spends his free time reading, writing, laughing, partaking in the various wonderful offerings special to Boulder and Colorado, and trying to retain his serenity while following his favorite sports teams.
Meredith received her Business of Bachelors Administration majoring in Finance at Emory University. After working a couple years in Washington, D.C., Meredith found herself looking for a new path that explored more of her passions and ended up in Boulder, Colorado. She found her home at Naropa both as staff and as a graduate student in the Ecopsychology program. Meredith is now exploring our human connection with nature looking at how we can reframe our environmental movement to be more sustainable and help find balance in the natural world. She also loves working at Naropa University where she gets to talk about the incredible benefits of the contemplative approach to education. In her free time, you can find Meredith hanging out with her dog and cat, snowboarding, hiking, and studying for her classes.
Marcia Minke is inspired and honored to work directly with passionate and committed future students as an admissions counselor at Naropa. She believes the Naropa educational experience and community offers students the opportunity to explore and pursue their dreams and ideals, while making the world a kinder, more compassionate place for all. She earned a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies and Sociology from a small liberal arts college in WI and her MA in Adult and Community Education from Colorado State University. After her Peace Corps Jamaica experience, Marcia headed to Colorado to enjoy the ‘Boulder’ lifestyle: fitness, organics, activism, health, and travel. Almost all of her vacations are to beautiful tropical destinations to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, running, beach time, sand, and beauty.
Jaime has called Boulder, CO her home for the past 16 years. After graduating with a B.A in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she made her way out West and graduated from Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2004. Her passion for the outdoors and the mindful lifestyle that Boulder has to offer, has grounded her in this beautiful city. Naropa has been on her radar for years, and she is finally pursuing her Graduate Degree in Mental Health Counseling as part of the Hybrid Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal program. Jaime loves talking to prospective graduate students, encouraging them to follow their heart and fulfill their dreams.
Growing up in Colorado, the natural landscape of the mountains just west of Boulder gave rise to Joel’s interest in environmentalism, and spirituality—the intersection that would eventually lead him to Naropa. Joel has traveled extensively, working intermittently along the way. He worked on an organic farm in Croatia, and managed hostels in both Puerto Rico and Sri Lanka. He eventually found his way back home to Colorado, to start school and a family. After studying philosophy and exhausting the eastern religion classes offered at a state college, Joel made the transition to Naropa’s BA in Religious Studies, where eastern wisdom is taught as a primary focus. Moved by the transformational process in his own life and unique approach to pedagogy offered at Naropa, Joel was determined to stay connected with the University, this time in a role sharing the amazing potential of a Naropa education with others—the most rewarding part of his job.
Martha has been at Naropa since 2010, serving as the Office and Events Manager (or cruise director, as her co-workers sometimes call her) for the Office of Admissions. With over twenty years' experience in the collectibles auction world, Martha left the humidity and mosquitoes behind and relocated from New Jersey with her husband (who was entering Naropa's MDiv program), discovering almost immediately that this is where she was meant to be! It is now her pleasure to welcome new and prospective students and their families to the Naropa community and to beautiful Boulder, Colorado.