Meet the Cowden staff

Get to know your Residence Hall Director and Resident Assistants.

Residence Hall Director

2015 Katie Chew - Cowden Hall
Name: Katie Chew
Phone: 928-523-3808

  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology - Colorado State University
  • Master of Arts, Higher Education - University of Denver

Why I chose NAU: Everyone I met on campus was friendly and welcoming. It's exactly the type of environment that I want to help create. The opportunity for outdoor adventures that Flagstaff provides was also an exciting factor. 


Cowden Resident Assistants

Name: Ashley Emans
Floor: 1
Major: Psychology
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Why I chose NAU: The campus and the people are my two favorite things about NAU! On campus, you are constantly surrounded by nature and the changing seasons, and I love the sense of community there is at NAU.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I want to help every freshman succeed and flourish in their first year of college, and give them the best experience I possibly can.

Name: Brynne Peters
Floor: 2
Major: Business
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I originally came to NAU for a tour when I was in 6th grade, I loved the campus and weather, and when the time came to apply to universities I applied to NAU first. Originally a science major I found myself switching to the business college and really enjoyed the W.A. Franke College of Business.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to help new residents and students adjust to college life. I ready for to make awesome new friends and assist my residents with any troubles that they may have.

Name: Jacquelyn Cook
Floor: 2
Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Year: Senior
Hometown: Temecula, CA
Why I chose NAU: I chose to attend NAU because of its wonderful location! A campus in the middle of the forest with all seasons is a perfect place for a nature lover like me!
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be a RA because I have the opportunity to aid incoming freshman with all the new experiences that come with moving onto campus for the first time. It is always wonderful to have someone there to help and I am excited to be that help!

Name: Raigan Williams
Floor: 2
Major: Communications – Creative Media and Film
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Why I chose NAU: NAU seemed like the perfect school where I can get a good education, while going on fun adventures. The Communications department has a wide spread of classes that I am excited about. Flagstaff is beautiful, it allows me a mixture of hot and cold weather that I get in both San Diego, CA and Gunnison, CO.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I love being able to connect with people and helping them any way I can. Whether it is just to talk them about their day or helping them transition into the lifestyle that college has, I am excited to work with a whole new group of students this upcoming year.

Name: Morgan Ellsworth
Floor: 3
Major: Biochemistry
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU for the beautiful scenery and the chance to see snow for the first time in years.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I'm excited to make new friends and try to help residents adjust to the difficulties of living away from home and starting their college career.

Name: Violet Hays
Floor: 3
Major: Social Work
Year: Senior
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it was far enough away from home without being too far and I felt immediately welcome on campus. It's a beautiful place and the best decision I've ever made.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I'm stoked to start my second year as an RA! I'm excited to get to work with students, help them transition into living on campus, and have the greatest year possible.