Meet the Cowden staff

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Cowden Resident Assistants

2014 Rachel Dineff - Campus Heights
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.

2014 Emilio Espinoza - Cowden
Name: Emilio "Emmy" Jesus Espinoza
Floor: 2nd 
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.

2014 Caitlin Fagan - Cowden
Name: Caitlin Fagan
Floor: 3rd
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!

2014 Kellie Gillman - Cowden
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. 

2014 Ingrid Herrera - Cowden
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.

2014 Matt Kovarik - Cowden
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!

2014 Ailish Nakiso - Cowden
Name: Ailish Marie Nakiso
Floor: 1st
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.

2014 Anthony Veglia - Cowden
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!

2014 Emily Webster - Cowden
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.

2014 Jesus Bravo - Cowden BW 
Name: Jesus Bravo
Floor: 1st floor
Year: Sophomore - Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Fontana, CA

Why I choose NAU: I love the small town feeling here at NAU, everyone is so friendly.  I think it is great how close to nature NAU is and that is what makes it so different from other universities. 

Why I am excited to be an RA: I had a great experience with my RA last year and I want to pass that on to my residents.