Our People

Administrative Staff

Rohse, Corinna, Director
Welcome to SASC!  As you browse our website to meet our people and learn about our mission, we hope that you will feel a connection to our multicultural academic learning community and decide to join us.  Walk in, explore our space, meet us in person!  Our students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to your academic, personal, and professional success.  We encourage you to take advantage of our programs, courses, workshops, services, and events as a proven way to develop your academic excellence while enriching your campus experience.  We look forward to meeting you.

Willis, Julia, Assistant Director

I am a graduate of CU-Boulder with deep roots in the “drylands” in eastern Colorado. Both my parents are from ranching families, and they taught me the value of a hardworking community. I am proud to be part of SASC, where building a strong, multicultural community is the foundation of academic success.  SASC is a great place to work, play, and achieve your best destiny.

Scheible, Kat, HR, Finance & Budget Coord

 

Winn, Cindy, Admin Asst.
Cindy Winn is a Colorado native and alumna of CU Boulder (Hist. '87). After 25 years of administrative service to various CU departments, she retired as Office Manager from the School of Law in 2006. She provides overflow clerical assistance to SASC in the main office two days a week.

Lawlor, David, IT Coordinator
I used an Apple computer for the first time in 1980 to design graphic plots in 6th grade math class and have been loyal to the Macintosh platform ever since. I am a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango and the CU teacher certification program. I joined SASC in 2000 after working as coordinator for the Norlin Library outreach program.

Academic Excellence Student Support Services

Embry, Valerie, Program Director
Valerie comes from a low income and first generation urban background and is a person with a disability. She is the parent of two young, adorable children; a boy and a girl.  She completed her master’s degree in educational guidance and counseling while a single parent of two kinship children. She has also completed coursework towards a master’s in College Student Personnel Administration along with coursework in American Sign Language. Read more...
Naranjo, Debra, Assistant Program Director
Debra is a second-generation Colorado native. She is the youngest of ten children from a low-income family, and the first person to complete a college degree in her entire family. Her life experience led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, with a focus on Adolescent Development. Like many students from similar backgrounds, Debra chose to pursue a career in the private sector in order to earn a stable income. After several years of doing so that included a move to Minneapolis; she realized that following her passion for helping others and giving back to those like her were more important than money. Read more...
  Administrative Assistant
 
 

Retention Specialist
 

Academic Skills

Wyatt, Karen, Program Director: Academic Skills/Tutoring  

I really believe that variety is truly the spice of life. My professional experience list is varied: learning specialist, tutor coordinator, career counselor, employee recruiter, teacher, human resources, registered yoga teacher!  The common ground: helping people get to where they want to go.  My siblings and I were the first in our family to attend college; I have a Master's Degree in Counseling, Bachelor's Degree in Education, most of an MBA complete; I know what it is like to accomplish all of this on my own, as I financed it all by myself. I have two (yes, two!) college-aged students at CU. Elsewhere, you can find me in a yoga class, hiking, skiing, learning how to knit, and always open for a new experience. I have had the chance to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, hike the Alaska glaciers, ski to backcountry huts, and rock climb in the Rockies-all of these adventures I never ever dreamed of doing as I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin.  
“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 

ELL Staff

West, Dan, ELL Coord., McNeill Academic Coordinator
I am SASC's ELL Coordinator, and I have been working with non-native English speakers at the University for 18 years. Although I was born and raised in the hectic urban area of Alexandria, Virginia, I was never much of a city-boy. So, 28 years ago I took off to travel across the country and looked for a more laid-back area of the U.S.A. When I came to Colorado, I knew I had found place. While here I attended CU and received degrees in music history, education and English literature. I sometimes wonder if I will ever leave the CU campus.

Math Program

  Maung, Yi, Instructor, McNeill Academic Coordinator
Piper, Everett, Instructor, McNeill Academic Coordinator

McNeill Academic Program

Low, Sophie, Program Co-Director
Wahl, Loretta, Program Co-Director

Transitions are a natural part of life. Between the beginning and the end of our lives are numerous transitions; some great, others small. Some that will bring insurmountable joy and some that may cause doubt. My goal is to support students' successful academic and cultural transitions to the university during their first year, through graduation and beyond. My aspiration, throughout my life and especially during my career in human service and education, has been to guide and support others to reach their full academic, personal or professional potential. I am honored to be a member of the SASC-McNeill team and I look forward to meeting you.

Levit, Zoë, McNeill Academic Coordinator

I was born and raised in Boulder by parents who always thought "outside the box".  I was the first in my family to go to college and walked into it blindly.  It seemed like another language was being spoken; I couldn't rely on my parents for guidance, but luckily I was placed in a program for first generation college students that mentored me throughout my undergraduate experience.  I'm not the kind of person that will let things deter me, they instead fuel me and I become somewhat relentless.  Now I see that same determination in my children and my focus is to encourage or ignite that same spirit in the students I get to work with in the McNeill Program. I spend a lot of time doing art projects with my kids, reading, cooking and going to the mountains.  My husband would say that I also love shopping and sleeping late... and he'd be right. My role in McNeill is to bring resources and opportunities to our students via our campus and community, work with students one on one, and plan events.  I feel very lucky to work with a team that is so gifted and hardworking -  your best interests are at the forefront of all that we do.  We are committed to supporting a community that values diversity, individuality and academic excellence.

STEM

Becca Ciancanelli, SASC STEM coordinator
I am really excited to join the SASC team! I have been teaching chemistry co-seminars since 2003 when I finished my doctoral work at CU. While I have done other work in teaching and industry over these years, working with the McNeill program has been my all-time favorite job. This program provides the most amazing opportunities for growth, community support, sharing your passions and sweet connections. One of my life goals is to discover and develop methods to inspire all learners to explore chemistry, and to help students of all ages to feel capable and confident approaching all areas of science. In my chemistry co-seminars, we work on gathering coursework and organizing it in a notebook so that it is easily accessible for studying. We focus on learning problem solving skills, and we practice by teaching each other. I am passionate about the power of co-seminars as a support system for McNeill students as they take on their journey at CU Boulder. I also enjoy playing Zimbabwean music with my afro-pop band, speaking Italian, cooking and dreaming about owning my own café, and hanging out with my amazing kids, Luca and Mimi.

Tutoring

Wyatt, Karen, SASC Tutor Coordinator, Academic Skills Specialist

see above

White Antelope Memorial & First Nations Scholarship Programs

  Lentz, Sue, Program Coordinator

Writing Program

Altman, Cat, Writing Program Director

I took a long time to recognize myself as a writer. In college, I declared dramatic arts as my major, but it wasn't until senior year that I realized I'd taken so many writing classes I could declare English as a double. After college, I fell into publishing for a couple of years, then decided to set out and find my own story. I sold everything I had, bought a backpack, and walked from Georgia to Maine. It took me six months. I came back determined to attend graduate school and write a non-fiction account of one woman's walk through the woods. My thesis ended up a children's novel - a magical account of a girl who follows an ancient trail for two thousand miles in search of a fruit with three seeds: one for love, one for wisdom, one for truth. At the end of my grad program, I had told my story but hardly in the traditional way I'd planned. When I finished, I felt I'd lost my community and my sense of exploration. And then I found SASC. I started off teaching one section of first-year research and writing in the basement of Norlin Library. Now I'm a writing instructor, a writing tutor, the IA supervisor, and an editor for sub-scribe magazine. I am also the owner of the most cushy couch and the most powerful space heater in the department. Currently, I'm working on two writing projects: a non-fiction book about my time in Thailand documenting Theravada Buddhist nuns' fight for ordination rights, and a collection of magical realist short stories.

Oshetski, Shane, Instructor, McNeill Academic Coordinator

Shane teaches 1080 and sometimes 3100 here at SASC. Outside of class, he writes fiction and is working on a collection of stories. Despite his love of creative pursuits like teaching and writing, he finds it difficult to write clever and interesting bios that reflect his skills in these areas.