Meet our team
Program Manager; Megan.Dales@nau.edu
Megan Dales started working for the NACRC in 2013 as the Media Liaison. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Journalism from NAU in 2015, Megan was hired as the full-time Program Coordinator for the NACRC, tasked with facilitating the Helios College Knowing and Going Initiative. In this role, Megan provided individual advising to students, facilitated school and community workshops for students and families, and coordinated professional development opportunities for school officials. Megan received her Master’s in Education in 2018, determined to explore educational opportunity and policies within the higher education sector. Megan continued serving students by becoming an NAU Academic Advisor, familiarizing herself with college success. In 2019, she returned to the NACRC as Program Manager. Megan is committed to providing accessible solutions for students pursuing post-secondary education. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time in the Flagstaff wilderness with her husband and dog.
Program Coordinator, Sr.; Alexis.Knapp@nau.edu
Alexis started with the NACRC in 2020. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from NAU in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations from NAU in 2020. She has a background in college access, as well as volunteer management. She loves being able to support students as they explore all of the ins and outs of their postsecondary options. Alexis was born and raised in the beautiful city of Flagstaff and loves being outside, enjoying the wonderful place she calls home.
College Access Mentor; Rohan.Jayaprakash@nau.edu
As a College Access Mentor, Rohan is committed to helping high school students transition to postsecondary education. Rohan began his time with the NACRC in 2020 and currently works with students at Flagstaff High School through the AmeriCorps AdviseAZ initiative. An undergraduate NAU student, Rohan is familiar with the college admissions process and seeks to provide resources to students for everything related to college and career readiness, the FAFSA, scholarships, and exam preparation. Outside of the NACRC, Rohan enjoys hiking, climbing, and exploring the great outdoors in Flagstaff with his dog.
College Access Mentor; Cheyne.Lowry@nau.edu
As a College Access Mentor, Cheyne works with high school students in the Winslow area assisting them in preparing for college. Cheyne is a bright and enthusiastic mentor who helps students with the FAFSA, scholarships, college applications and other areas of college access. Cheyne is currently attending Northern Arizona University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Cheyne was born and raised in small town Winslow Arizona, her experiences give her hope that she can help other students further their education and make a difference in their community.
College Access Mentor; Zoe.Nelson@nau.edu
Zoe enjoys student mentoring as much as her infinite love for dogs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is currently completing her master’s degree in Counseling-Student Affairs at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She will be a double alumnus from NAU, meaning that she will have graduated from this university twice! In high school, Zoe was a part of a college preparatory program that guided her to better understand the college application process and transition. The experience to be provided with the tools and support in making her decision after high school was impactful, and Zoe hopes to continue this service and knowledge to her community.
College Access Mentor; Cynthia.Oldham@nau.edu
As an English Education major, Tia is passionate about education and her work at the NACRC. She works as the main test prep instructor and coordinator, also occasionally helping to design curriculum. She also works one-on-one with students, specializing in scholarship and college application essay writing. Besides being a student worker and full-time student, she actively engages in the community- volunteering with local non-profits and charity events, as well as co-organizing and hosting a local poetry slam.
College Access Mentor; Caitlyn.Peed@nau.edu
Caitlyn is a junior at NAU, majoring in History with minors in Anthropology, Humanities, and Museum Studies. She is from the lovely state of Colorado, and works on campus as a Resident Assistant in McConnell Hall. Caitlyn is an AmeriCorps member working with the NACR helping to increase access to higher education in Arizona. Outside of her two roles on campus and being a full time student, Caitlyn likes to read, work on art, and hang out with her two year old nephew.
College Access Mentor; Adriana.Rodriguez@nau.edu
As a College Access Mentor, Adriana works with high school students in the Flagstaff area assisting them in preparing for college. Adriana works at the NACRC in Flagstaff, but previously worked in the Prescott Valley location. Adriana is a Spanish speaking mentor who helps students in the FAFSA, scholarships, college applications and other areas of college access. Adriana has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Behavior from Northern Arizona University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in School Counseling from NAU.
College Access Mentor; Brisa.Tapia@nau.edu
Brisa Tapia is one of the AdviseAZ AmeriCorps College Advisors for the NACRC. She is a sophomore at NAU majoring in Biomedical Science and Modern Languages. Brisa is also minoring in Ethnic Studies. Brisa has always enjoyed helping her peers with their college going process such as helping with FAFSA or helping them enroll in classes. Brisa is excited to work with the NACRC because she thought it would be an amazing experience to help others at a professional level. She is very excited to work with students and to help increase college going culture at her schools!
College Access Mentor; Tashauna.Stewart@nau.edu
Tashauna is from Jamaica and Las Vegas, Nevada. She previously received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is now completing her master’s degree in Counseling, Student Affairs. Tashauna has been working at the NACRC since Summer 2020 as an intern college access mentor for experience in the field. Besides school and working at the NACRC, Tashauna also works for Residential Life at NAU where she guides and supports student leaders within various roles. Tashauna is a first-generation college student who is passionate about guiding and assisting students as they transition out of high school and into college.
College Access Mentor; Amy.Wright@nau.edu
Amy Wright is a College Access Mentor at the Prescott Valley location. As a former teacher, Amy believes in empowering students in pursuing their goals, and is dedicated to helping students to be successful in and out of the classroom. Amy is excited to be working with students and parents from Yavapai County schools, such as Bradshaw Mountain High School and Prescott High School. She lived in New Jersey prior to moving to Arizona, and has been enjoying the Arizona weather and the beautiful trails in and around Prescott and Prescott Valley. In her spare time, Amy enjoys cooking, singing with her church choir, hiking and taking walks with her husband and dog, Tico.