Meet the Cowden staff
Get to know your Residence Hall Director and Resident
Residence Hall Director
Name: Chelsae Currie
- Bachelors of Science, Major Sociology from Eastern Michigan University, 2010
- Masters of Arts, Major Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration from University of Nevada, Reno, 2012
About Chelsae: I’m new to NAU and Flagstaff but super excited to be here and get to know more about my new home. I’m excited to be working in Cowden Learning Communities because I’ve seen firsthand how beneficial a Learning Community can be. Also I have a passion for freshmen students and their specific issues around transitioning to college. I have no doubt this year will be one of growth and discovery for both myself and the Cowden Learning Communities residents.
Cowden Resident Assistants
Name: Andres Gonzalez
Floor: 1st floor west, Rooms 110-132
Year/Major: Sophomore-Chemistry, Emphasis Health Pre-professional
Hometown: Somis, CA
Why I chose Northern Arizona University:
The prices were much better here than schools in California and I heard a lot of good things about the campus.
Why I'm excited to be an RA:I am really excited to get the chance to help incoming freshmen adjust to college life and make their first year here an easy one.
Name: Danielle McWilliams
Floor: 1st floor east, Rooms 158-181
Year/major: Junior-Secondary Education in biology and general science
Hometown: Patterson, CA
Why I choose NAU:I really wanted to go to an out of state school that had a small town feel.
Why I am excited to be a RA: I am excited to be a RA because I get to meet new people and help freshmen transition into college. I am also looking forward to making an impact peoples lives.
Name: Aryana Good
Wing: 1st floor central rooms 135-155
Major: Elementary and Special Education with a Spanish minor
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I wanted to stay in Arizona but be far enough away from home to be independent. I love living in a place that has four beautiful seasons!
Why I'm excited to be an RA:I love helping people and being creative. I want to be a role model and leader on campus, and I cannot think of a better way than to work with freshman daily.
Name: Kevin Bekemeyer
Wing: 2nd floor west, Rooms 212-233
Year/Major: Senior - Biomedical Science (minor- Chinese, Asian studies, Spanish, Chemistry, Biology)
Hometown: Harbin, China
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because the geographical features such as the mountains remind me of home. Also, the weather is phenomenal up here. Snow has always been a huge part of my life that I see it as almost essential. Finally, I love the atmosphere and that the community is very close-knit.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I have loved to help people ever since I was little and it is my dream goal to contribute to society. So I am looking forward to meet all my residents and help them with any obstacles they face in either life or academics. No one is alone in this community!
Name: Irene Pallardy
Wing: 2nd floor east, Rooms 258-280
Year/Major: Junior-Elementary and Special Education
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU for the tight knit community, the awesome people, the wonderful education program, and the beautiful scenery.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be going into my second year as an RA! I can't wait to get to know my new residents, and share my love of NAU and Cowden Learning Community with all of them. I look forward to being a part of a close community of residents in my hall!
Name: Adam Kehl
Wing: 2nd floor north/central, Rooms 201-210, 234-246
Hometown: Blythe, CA
Why I Chose NAU: I love the way the campus blends into the city and seems like one unit, the forestry program is top of the line, and my mom came here for her degree.
Why I am excited to be an RA: This will be my second year as an RA here, and I learned so much about what it means to be an RA last year. I am excited to bring this experience from last year to help make this year a great year for all of my residents!
Name: Jeremiah Gloria
Wing: 2nd floor South/Central rooms 248-256, 281-290
Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Why I chose Northern Arizona University: It's far away from home, but not too far away!
Why I'm excited to be an RA: Hanging out with my Residents and fellow RAs!
Name: Molly Kisner
Wing: 3rd floor east, Rooms 358-380
Year/Major: Sophomore - Modern Languages (French emphasis and Japanese minor)
Hometown: Midland, TX
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because we offer the combination of my major-minor choice (French and Japanese) – and I’d heard great things about the program. I also feel really at home in Flagstaff, the climate here is wonderful and really similar to Colorado where my grandparent’s live.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I cannot wait to meet all my residents and have an amazing year with them! I’m also really looking forward to hanging out with Cowden’s awesome staff. 2012-2013 is going to be great!
Name: Jenny Beal
Wing: 3rd floor northwest, Rooms 301-323
Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management, minor in Business and a Certificate in Accounting
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose Northern Arizona University because I love it here! The weather is awesome and the environment felt like home. I love the the classes are small and after visiting I just felt like Flagstaff was where I was meant to be.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA in Cowden because Cowden is the best place ever! Everyone on staff is like my second family and the residents are one of a kind! It is a very fun, outgoing, and welcoming environment and I am very excited to be a part of it!
Name: Destanee Reckeweg
Wing: 3rd floor south west rooms 325-333, 381-390
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Major: Studio Art
Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because I love the cold, I love the environment and because it was the perfect distance away from my home--not too far to make it difficult to come back, but far enough to push me into making new experiences and developing new relationships on my own.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I'm excited to make new friendships! I want to help influence young individuals positively and help make their freshman year experience memorable.