Meet the Cowden staff
Get to know your Residence Hall Director and Resident Assistants.
Residence Hall Director
Name: Nicole French
- Bachelors of Science, Sociology, minor in photography from Northern Arizona University
Cowden Resident Assistants
Name: Rachel Ann Dineff
Floor: 1st East
Year/Major: Junior - Special & Elementary Education
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I love the campus, the weather, my program, and the people.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA again because I love getting to know my residents, and being able to help in any way that I can.
Name: Emilio "Emmy" Jesus Espinoza
Year/Major: Sophomore - Social Work
Hometown: Fairfax County, VI
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I enjoyed the amazing atmosphere of people.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I wanted to be an RA because I felt connected to mine. I felt heard, understood and loved. I saw the feeling of pride and wonder on my RA's face whenever I told her something good happening in my life. Going through the hiring process I realized that I wanted that; to feel like they need to tell you, like in some way they're here partly because of you. If I can get one resident to say "Emilio, you inspired me to...." than I know im doing my job right. I know I'm changing lives.
Name: Caitlin Fagan
Year/Major: Sophomore - Undeclared
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I loved that Flagstaff had a culture all its own! I fell in love with the the four seasons, the genuinely friendly people, and the plethora of opportunities available at NAU!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I had an amazing Freshman year just last year, so I can't wait to share my experiences and help incoming Freshman make the best of this new adventure!
Name: Kelli Gillman
Floor: 3rd North
Year/Major: Senior - Psychology/Sociology
Hometown: Allen, TX
Why I chose NAU: I fell in love the minute I got here! I love the 4 seasons!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I get to help freshman start their college careers off right.
Name: Ingrid Herrera
Floor: 3rd South West
Year/Major: Senior - Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Goodyear, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I wanted the most out of state, but in state experience.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because of my residents! I love creating bonds with people and creating a sense of community within a hall.
Name: Matt Kovarik
Floor/Wing: 2nd North Central
Year/Major: Senior -Finance
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU for the small class sizes and the campus.
Why I'm Excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I cannot wait to meet my residents and work with them to have an awesome year!
Name: Ailish Marie Nakiso
Year/Major: Senior - Hospitality Management
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why I chose NAU: The HRM program is amazing. It is one of the top 15 in the country. I also love the the size of the campus and town, I feel like I know everyone around me and nothing is ever too far away.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm really excited to help the incoming students. The transition to college can be tough, so having someone around who's been through it all can help a lot.
Name: Lucas Pergiel
Year/Major: Junior - Biomed
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Why I chose NAU: I needed to escape the cold but most places are too hot.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: Freshmen are so excited to start college and it is awesome and inspiring to be part of helping them.
Name: Anthony Veglia
Floor: 2nd West
Year/Major: Junior - Biology
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Why I chose NAU: For the Physical Therapy program.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: To form a tight bond with a big group of hard-working people!
Name: Emily Webster
Floor: 2nd East
Year/Major: Junior - Philosophy, Politics and Law
Hometown: Tempe, AZ
Why I chose NAU: It has a nice community feel and is close to home.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to help freshman get adjusted to college and to be an instrument for positive social change in my community.