Meet the Cowden staff

Get to know your Residence Hall Director and Resident Assistants.

Residence Hall Director

2014 Nicole French
Name: Nicole French
Phone: 928-523-3808


  • Bachelors of Science, Sociology, minor in photography from Northern Arizona University

Cowden Resident Assistants 

2013 Danielle_McWittiams_RA
Name: Danielle McWilliams 
Floor/Wing: 3rd floor southwest
Major: Biology and Secondary Education in 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.  

2013 Aryana_Good_RA
Name: Aryana Good
Floor/Wing: 3rd floor northwest
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.  

2013 Jeremiah_Gloria_RA
Name: Jeremiah Gloria
Floor/Wing: 1st floor west
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!  

2013 Destanee_Reckeweg_RA
Name: Destanee Reckeweg
Wing: 1st floor central
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. 

2013 Rchael_Stoor_RA
Name: Rachel Stoor
Floor/Wing: 1st floor east 
Major: Earth Science Secondary Education with a Biology minor
Hometown: Fountain Hills, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I love how close it is to home and the environment of the town that surrounds campus. I was ready to become a part of NAU's excelling education program.

Why I'm Excited to be an RA: I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to guide students to find who they want to be and accomplish for their next four years at NAU. I am excited to share my stories and attempt to give back all that NAU has given me. I have loved my experience and I cannot wait to complete my last year watching my residents fall in love with Flagstaff too.

2013 Matt_Kovarik_RA
Name: Matt Kovarik
Floor/Wing: 2nd floor west
Major: Finance
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because of the atmosphere, small class sizes, and the weather.

Why I'm Excited to be an RA: I'm excited to meet all of my residents and work with them to create memorable and positive experiences in their Freshman year at NAU! 

2013 Daniel_Morris_RA
Name: Daniel Morris
Floor/Wing: 2nd floor south central
Major: Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I really wanted to stay in state because of my friends and family, and NAU felt like the most inviting in-state colleges! All the amenities of a big-city with a small town feel.

Why I'm Excited to be an RA: I love working with and meeting new people, and I think that being an RA will be a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills! 

2013 Olivia_Marion_RA

Name: Olivia Marion
Floor/Wing: 2nd floor east
Major: Women's and Gender Studies, minor in music
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Why I chose NAU: Flagstaff weather is unparalleled! The campus is beautiful, the city is charming, and I am only two hours away from home. I have been able to use my in-state scholarships earned in high school while feeling as though I had gone out of state.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I enjoy meeting new people and want to help students transition into college successfully. I love being apart of campus life and want to make my senior year at NAU fun and memorable. 

2013 Tyler_Simpson_RA
Name: Tyler Simpson
Floor/Wing: 2nd floor north central
Major: English with a Minor in Psychology
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I liked the fact that I was far enough away from home to feel independent, but close enough that I could drive home. I also loved the fact that being a Valley grown boy that Flagstaff had all 4 seasons instead of just cool and blazing hot.

Why I’m Excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA to meet new and diverse people as well as help people out in my community with the new adventure known as college. 

2013 Kathryn_Cruze_RA
Name: Cathryn Kruse
Floor/Wing: 3rd floor east
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Cathedral City, CA

Why I chose NAU: NAU had everything I was looking for in a school! It has an excellent Nursing program and I wanted a change of scenery from the desert and the green mountains were extremely inviting. The first time I visited I felt at home and I didn't want to leave.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: My RA my freshman year was incredible and I want to have that sort of an impact on someone else. My first year was tough but she made it easier because she was so kind and wanted to help me. I can't wait to help freshman adjust to the new and exciting journey college presents.