Rebecca Campbell, Director

Rebecca Campbell, Director


I have been at NAU for 18 years and working with first-year students for more than 20. I hold a BS in Secondary Education, BA in Chemistry from New Mexico State University and an MS in Science Education and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  My interests focus on the transition from high school to college, student success and the common reading program (NAUreads). I serve on the Editorial board for the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition and the First-Year Common Reading Advisory Board for Random House.  When I’m not working, I likes to go to live music or manically knit.  

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin


Betsy Buford

Betsy Buford, Lecturer, Coordinator


I am a Coordinator for Academic Transition Programs, and the lead faculty for Study Skills and College Success for International Students. In the coordinator role, I train, supervise, and lead a team of staff and peer coaches who support at-risk students in the first year. I hold an appointment as a University College Faculty Fellow, and teach and develop curriculum for a first year seminar course for international students.


Michelle Gardner, Program Coordinator


Howdy! I joined ATP in September 2013 and am so thankful to be back at my undergraduate institution. I am from Rancho Cucamonga, CA where my family still lives. I have three sisters, two dogs, a niece and another niece/nephew on the way. I came to NAU in 2004 where I pursued a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations. While here I was an Honors student, started the Creative Director position/team at The Lumberjack newspaper, served as Sales Director of The Lumberjack newspaper and as worked as an Orientation Program Assistant/Orientation Leader. After graduating in 2008, I moved to Texas and became an Aggie at Texas A&M University. I earned my Master’s degree in Student Affairs where I focused on social justice education, diversity and GLBT identity development. After graduation I was offered a job in Student Activities where I served as an Advisor to various student organizations and as Vice President of Aggie Allies, a safe zone organization dedicated to educating people about the GLBT community. I worked there for three years and then moved back to Flagstaff.

In my personal life I love cooking, reading, crafts, Pinterest, playing with my two bull dogs, hiking and anything involving me meeting new people.

“The question isn’t ‘were you challenged’, the question is ‘were you changed’”.- Leonard Ravenhill


Kaitlin Hublitz, Lecturer


Born and raised about 30 miles outside Manhattan, I consider myself a true New Yorker. I also credit my proximity to the bustling city with my love for the arts. It was this love that eventually brought me to James Madison University in Virginia, where I completed my B.A. in English. After graduation I returned to New York where I spent time evaluating what I wanted in career and eventually decided on a future in education. I was lucky enough to attend the Teachers College at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. in English Education. It was there that I began to grasp what a tremendous impact my teachers had had on my life, and there were I decided that teaching was my way of paying back all that I had been given. After graduation I made my way westward, settling in Flagstaff, where I taught both middle and high school English for 5 years and eventually transitioned to NAU.

For me, being an educator means that I get to make everyday count. I feel lucky that I have a job that offers me the chance to impact the lives of others in a meaningful way. 

Tina Gemoets, Instructor


I'm a two-time alumnus of NAU. I came to NAU as a First Generation college student. I received a B.S. In Health Education, and an M.Ed. In Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Currently, I am a full-time Instructor in Academic Transition Programs through the University College.  I teach NAU 120-Study Skills and College Success during the Fall semester and NAU 130-Back on Track during the Spring semester. Additionally, I am a Student Success Coach and work one on one with a few students throughout the year. Prior to teaching in Academic Transition Programs, I was an Academic Advisor at the Gateway Student Success Center. Besides advising students, I taught UC 198- The "Major" Decision, a course for students undecided on a major. I have also worked for the Office of Student Life, Student Support Services, and Orientation.


Cody Buchanan, Senior Program Assistant


I am a senior at NAU studying Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice. I have worked for Academic Transition Programs for about a year and half as a Senior Program Assistant and more recently a Coach for NAU 130 Back on Track. I lacked the opportunity of having someone help me in my transition into college and that has helped me realize the tremendous impact peer leaders can have on incoming freshman and other struggling students. I believe students connect better with other students compared to administrators and other University staff. I enjoy outdoor activities in my spare time and am currently training to run a marathon. 



Charysse Bartels, Program Assistant


I am a senior at Northern Arizona University majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology.  I just applied to the Physical Therapy Graduate program at NAU with the end goal of becoming a pediatric physical therapist at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  I have been with the Academic Transitions Program for three years now and have been lucky enough to be both a NAU 120/130 Academic Success Coach and a NAU 100 Peer Instructor. I chose NAU to experience a different climate and take advantage of all of the great opportunities that NAU has to offer. I feel as though my life has been changed for the better by getting to work with first year students, and it has only confirmed my passion to join a helping profession.

 “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


Casey Hester, Program Assistant


I am a senior at Northern Arizona University majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry.  I came to NAU from Palm Desert, California, and have had to adjust to the cold and snowy winters I did not experience in the desert.   This is my third year working as an Academic Success Coach and I love my job with the Academic Transition Programs.  Right now I am deciding where and what I want to study in graduate school, but will for sure end up doing something in the medical field as my passion is to work with and help people (most likely a Physician’s Assistant or Speech Therapist).  Outside of school I enjoy cooking, baking, hiking, reading, and especially spending time with friends and family.  I also love animals and aspire to one day own a micro or pot-belly pig because they are cute and very intelligent.