SAHE Program Leadership

Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart

Professor, School of Education

SAHE Program Co-Chair

Pronouns: he/him/his, they/them/their, and/or ze/zim/zir<
d-l.stewart@colostate.edu

I am beginning my 17th academic year as a faculty member at Colorado State University, proudly serving as part of the leadership for the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) master’s program in the School of Education. In my research, I endeavor to be a critical and post-structural scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of marginalized groups in U.S. higher education institutions. My work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression. I am most interested in the philosophy and history of higher education, institutional transformation toward realizing equity and justice, and how higher education environments function within society and as a crucible for the learning and development of minoritized student, staff, and faculty populations.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Sociology, Kalamazoo College
  • M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • Ph.D. Educational Administration and Higher Education, The Ohio State University

Role in SAHE: Program Co-Chair, Professor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 673 – College Student Development Theory – Residential
  • EDHE 671 – Higher Ed Administration – Residential

Research Interests: Dr. Stewart’s research is focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of minoritized groups in U.S. higher education institutions.  Zir work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression.  Ze has focused zir research most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in zir research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation.

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Jen Johnson

Assistant Director, Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement

SAHE Program Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her/hers
jennifer.jo.johnson@colostate.edu

Dr. Jennifer Johnson is a Co-Chair in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Program at Colorado State University (CSU), mainly focusing her efforts on the Online Master’s and Certificate Programs. She teaches Student Development Theory in the Online SAHE program and the Leadership and Service workshop in the Residential SAHE program. Dr. Johnson also serves as the Assistant Director in the Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE) at CSU where she organizes community engagement opportunities for students. Her research interests include service-learning and campus food insecurity. In her free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys skiing and riding her bike with her partner and three children.

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor, Curriculum Committee
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 673 – Student Development Theory – Online
  • EDHE 590K – Leadership and Service Workshop – Residential

Research Interests: Service-Learning, Co-Curricular Community Engagement, Racial Attitudes

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Pamela Graglia

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Assistant Program Coordinator

Pronouns:she/her/hers
pamela.graglia@colostate.edu

Before transitioning to full-time faculty, Dr. Graglia began her 20+ year professional administrative career in Housing and Residence Life, eventually transitioning into roles focused on leadership training and development. She has worked in a range of institutional settings from small private to Big Ten, and in not-for-profit organizations. Courses she has taught over the past decade include Leadership Theory, Qualitative Research, Autoethnography, Social Privilege in Higher Education, and Student Development Theory.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • M.S. College Student Development, Western Illinois University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor, Curriculum Committee Co-Chair
Course Taught:

  • EDRM 698 – Reflective Practitioner I – Residential
  • EDRM 698 – Reflective Practitioner II – Residential

Research Interests: Leadership theory and development; Transformational change; Transformative learning; Whiteness and social privilege; Qualitative research methods; Postmodern representations

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SAHE Program Faculty

Josh Alvarez

Assistant Director, Support, Safety and Assessment

Pronouns: he/him/his

Prior to working at Colorado State University, Josh Alvarez worked as a Residence Director at New Mexico State University. Josh’s work with CSU’s behavioral intervention team and with students struggling with mental health and substance use concerns has lead him to pursue research in college student mental health in his PhD program.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
  • In Progress – Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 675 – Campus Crisis Management Workshop – Online

Research Interests: Student retention and persistence, crisis management, and mental health

Media Links: “The positive impact of higher education”, NASPA Region IV-W, 2017

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James H. Banning

Professor Emeritus, Instructor, School of Education

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • M.A. Psychology
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Student Affairs Administration

Role in SAHE: Faculty
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 674: Campus Ecology – Online and Residential

Research Interests: Campus Physical Environments, Campus Ecology, and Organizational Place Building

Ryan Barone

assistant Vice President for Student Success, Academic and Student Affairs

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Human Communication, State University of New York, College at Fredonia
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education, University of Denver

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 661 – Inclusive University – Online

Research Interests: Social Justice Leadership, Equity (emphasis on two-year colleges), Violence Prevention, Critical Qualitative Research Methods

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Kristina Binard

Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Front Range Community College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kris currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Colorado. FRCC is a public, two-year college that serves over 30,000 students annually in Westminster, Longmont, Fort Collins, and Brighton. While at FRCC, she held positions of Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Life/Longs Peak Student Center. She has worked for over 20 years in the Colorado Community College System and brings the community college perspective to the SAHE program.

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Merchandising and Design, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Innovation, University of Colorado at Denver

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 670 – College Student Personnel Administration

Research Interests: Women in Higher Education; Succession Planning; Community Colleges

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Dwight Burke

Director, Support and Safety Assessment
Director, Title IX Programs

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Natural Resources Management/ Watershed Sciences, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Organizational Leadership, Chadron State College
  • Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: EDHE 675 – Campus Crisis Management – Online and Residential

Craig Chesson

Associate Dean of Students

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Hotel/ Resort Management, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Highe Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 678: Capstone in Student Affairs – Residential

Research Interests: African American Male/ Student Success

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Allison Dineen

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, College of Business

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • BA, San Jose State University
  • MSBSA Business, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: EDHE 660 – Financial Management in Student Affairs – Online and Residential
Research Interests: Fiscal Environment of Higher Education, Internal Controls, Business Ethics

Amy Dinise-Halter

Student Success Projects Manager, Division of Student Affairs

Amy serves as a thought leader and contributor to CSU’ Student Success Initiatives by overseeing the Academic Success Coordinator Network and working with Student Success technologies. In the classroom, Amy teaches the Student Affairs and Higher Education MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Capstone in Student Affairs and Higher Education, and Program Evaluation. When Amy’s not on campus, you will find her hanging out with her partner and two boys.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Liberal Studies and Human Services, California State Fullerton
  • M.S.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Advisor, Teach MOOC, Assistantship Coordinator
Research Interests: New Professionals in Student Affairs, Professional Identity Development, Graduate Student Transition, Student Success, High Impact Practices, Retention and Graduation Gaps, Advising Practices
Media Links: High Tech Touch, The Magazine, Fall 2017
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Jody Donovan

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Psychology/ Criminal Justice, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • M.A. Counseling and Educational Psychology (emphasis: College Student Development), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor, Curriculum Committee
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 673 – College Student Development Theory – Online
  • EDUC 696 – Global Perspectives in Higher Education and Student Services – Residential

Research Interests: Parents and Families of College Students, First Generation Students, Multiracial College Students, Internationalizing the Profession, Work/Life Rhythm
Additional Information:

  • Dean of Student Life, Semester at Sea, Spring 2017 Voyage
  • NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award Recipient
  • NASPA IV-W Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient
  • NASPA IV-W Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Mike Ellis

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Executive Director, Lory Student Center

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Social Ecology, University of California – Irvine
  • M.A. College Student Personnel, University of Maryland – College Park
  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Utah

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Research Interests: College Unions & Auxiliary Services, Organizational Change in Higher Education
Additional Information: NACAS Vice President

Oscar Felix

Associate Vice President for Diversity and Enrollment and Access

Pronouns: he/him/his

Previously, Dr. Felix worked in TRIO/College Access & Success programs for over 27 years, including EOC, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Bridge Scholars Program, and institutionally-funded programs with similar mission of creating pathways to college for first generation, low-income students. For over 20 years, he has served on state policy initiative efforts to increase college access and success for all students across Colorado. Dr. has previously served as Director of NASPA’s International Symposium, and faculty for the NASPA International Student Services Institute. As Chair of the Council for Opportunity in Education, the national association representing college access and success professional and the Federal TRIO Programs, Dr. Felix provided leadership in the development of the first ever College Access and Success Graduate Certificate Program offered through Colorado State University, and serves as instructor for the Foundations in Access and Success course.

Dr. Felix’s dissertation studied success factors of under-prepared students attending an institution with selective admissions standards. The research on first generation, low-income students who came to Colorado State University through nontraditional pathways revealed the need for connectedness throughout the college experience. Successful students were fortunate to come across pockets of support, typically provided by a faculty member who took a particular interest in the student’s success. The study findings suggest that these accidental encounters of support may leave many students without such support, leading to a lack of college completion. The students in the study also exhibited a high degree of resiliency that can be nurtured through key institutional interventions and faculty engagement.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. International Relations, United States International University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 590J – Access and Opportunity Workshop

Additional Information:

  • 2013 Chair-Elect for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE)
  • 2014-15 Board of Directors Chair for the COE
  • Former Director of NASPA International Symposium

Media Links: 

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Karen Gardenier

Assistant Director, Global Academic Initiatives

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Art History, Oberlin College
  • M.A. Art History, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. Educational and International Development Studies, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Course Taught:

  • IE 692 – Critical Issues in International Education Workshop

Research Interests: Education Abroad, Internationalizing the Curriculum, and Intercultural Communication

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Paul Giberson

Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations and Conference Services, Western Colorado University

Pronouns: he/him/his

Paul was born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado, and started my skiing career at age 2! Skiing is Paul’s passion and carried him to Western State Colorado University where Paul earned a degree in Kinesiology while competing on the cross country ski team. Currently, Paul works at Western State Colorado University as the Associate Director for Residence Life and Conference Services. Paul loves the outdoors and spends free time on the side of a mountain with two wonderful Miniature Australian shepherds, Zumi and Dayton.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Exercise and Sports Science, Western State Colorado University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 698 – Reflective Practitioner I, II, and III – Online
  • EDUC 686A – Practicum – Online

Research Interests: Higher Education Policy, Transfer Students, Social Media

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Laura Giles

Associate Executive Director, Housing and Dining

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Mathematics and Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College
  • M.A. Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 678 – Capstone in Student Affairs – Residential

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Lea Hanson

Assistant Professor, Independent Consultant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Psychology, University of North Dakota
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Organizational Performance and Change, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 502 Human Relations in Higher Education – Residential and Online

Research Interests: Organizational Development, Generations in the Workplace, Leadership, Organizational Values, Organizational Branding

Blanche Hughes

Vice President for Student Affairs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Physical Education, Earlham College
  • M.Ed. College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Sociology, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Course Taught: EDHE 671 – Higher Education Administration – Residential
Research Interests: Higher Education, Diversity and Inclusion, Athletics

Bobby Kunstman

Senior Associate Director for the Carolina Union, UNC Chapel Hill

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Social Sciences, Florida State University
  • M.S. Leadership Development, North Central College
  • Ph.D. Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • Student Affairs in Higher Education MOOC

Research Interests: Racial identity development, sexual identity development, leadership development, and sense of belonging

Zach Mercurio

Instructor, School of Education

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Print Journalism/ Cultural Communication, James Madison University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • In Progress – Ph.D. Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 676 – Organizational Behavior in Student Affairs

Research Interests: Organizational culture, employee engagement, work motivation, meaning in work, meaningful work, purposeful organization design

Teresa Metzger

Assistant Director for Outreach, University Housing

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Toledo
  • M.A. College Student Development, Appalachian State University

Role in SAHE: Co-advisor for SAHE Journal, Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • MOOC on Graduate Writing

Research Interests: APA, Graduate Writing, Student Success and Retention. Curriculum Development

Janinne Mohr

Associate Legal Counsel, Colorado State Univerity System

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A., Colorado State University
  • J.D., University of Denver

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 677 – Law in Student Affairs – Residential and Online

Research Interests: Constitutional Law

Kelly Nolin

Senior Associate Director, Office of Admissions

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. English and Philosophy, University of Redlands
  • M.A. English, Old Dominion University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, University of Denver

Role in SAHE: Advisor

Research Interests: Student character development, recruitment and enrollment management

Heather Novak

Research Manager, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Anthropology, Colorado State University
  • M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Research Methodology, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 662- Trends, Issues, and Assessment in Higher Education – Residential
  • EDHE 666 – Program Evaluation – Residential

Research Interests: Undergraduate Student Success – Focuses on Historically Underrepresented Students

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Kyle Oldham

Director of Workplace Inclusion and Talent Management, Housing and Dining Services

Pronouns: he/him/his

Kyle has fifteen years of higher education experience in residence life, with specific intersections of diversity education and programming, student leadership and engagement and training. His professional interests include housing, diversity education and training, assessment and critical reflection and analysis as a method of self-development.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Speech Communications, Baldwin Wallace University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ed.D. Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor, Curriculum Committee
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 698 – Reflective Practitioner I – Residential
  • EDRM 698 – Reflective Practitioner II – Residential

Moises Padilla

Assistant Director, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • In progress – Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Higher Education

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 670: College Student Personnel Administration – Online

Research Interests: 

  • Access, adjustment and success of underrepresented students
  • Higher education administration

Karla Perez-Velez

Assistant Director, University Housing

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Sociology, Coastal Carolina University
  • M.A. Education (Emphasis: Counseling and Student Affairs), Western Kentucky University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 600 Research Methods – Online and Residential
  • EDRM 666 Program Evaluation – Online
  • MOOC on Graduate Writing

Research Interests: Social Justice as Competency, Women in Higher Education, International Issues in Higher Education, Latina/o/x College Completion and Academic Support, and Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, & Gender in Academia

Shirl Portillos

Assistant Director, University Housing

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Spanish and Latin American Studies, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Educational Psychology and Counseling, Northern Arizona University

Role in SAHE: Co-advisor, Practicum Coordinator
Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 686A Practicum – Residential

Andrea Reeve

Educational Consultant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. Education, Western Kentucky University
  • ABD Adult Learning & Postsecondary Education, University of Wyoming

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: EDHE672 – Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs
Research Interests: Educational Access in Higher Education, Student Persistence and Retention, CAS Standards, Professional Global Competencies, Learning Strategies, Freshman Seminars

Barb Richardson

Associate Director, Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, Career Center

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Barb has fifteen years of higher education experience focused in the career services functional area. Her previous roles include Assistant Director/Career Liaison to the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU, Alumni Career Programs Coordinator at University of Vermont, and Career Counselor at University of Vermont. Her professional interests include assessment, student success outcomes, and demonstrating the value of higher education.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. History, Colorado College
  • M.S. College Student Personnel, Miami University

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Curriculum Committee
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 662 – Trends, Issues, and Assessment in Higher Education – Residential
  • EDHE 590E – Career Services Workshop Residential

Media Links: 

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Carmen Rivera

Talent Manager for Organizational Development, Division of Student Affairs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Spanish & Hispanic Studies, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Co-advisor, Curriculum Committee
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 672 – Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs – Residential
  • EDHE 590J – Access & Opportunity Workshop – Residential

Research Interests: LatCrit, Interstectionality, Tesitimonios & Platicas, Chicana Feminist Epistemology, Leadership in Higher Education
Additional Information: Faculty Member, Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), Co-Lead Facilitator, LeaderShape

Kathy Sisneros

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Communications, Eastern New Mexico University
  • M.S. Counseling – Student Personnel, Northern Arizona University
  • Ed.D. Education Policy and Leadership, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor, Curriculum Committee Co-Chair
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 661 – Inclusive University – Online and Residential

Research Interests: Students of Color at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs); Inequities in Policies and Practices within Higher Education; Critical Race Theory within Higher Education

Kerry Wenzler

Director, Orientation and Transition Programs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degree Background:

  • In progress – Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University
  • B.S. Psychology, Colorado State University
  • M.A. Student Personnel Services, University of South Carolina

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 670: College Student Personnel Administration – Residential

Lance Wright

Director, Campus Activities

Pronouns: he/him/his

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Social Work, University of Kansas
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 661 – Inclusive University – Residential