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; 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; Evan.Loy@nau.edu
Evan is originally from Tennessee but is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Counseling Student Affairs here at Northern Arizona University. Evan works individually with students providing college access materials and helps the NACRC stay organized with data collection and reporting. His favorite thing to do in Flagstaff is go hiking. His favorite part of working for the NACRC is helping students through the college admissions process.
College Access Mentor; Elena.Garcia@nau.edu
Elena is part of NAU’s class of 2022. She is a first-generation student and majoring in Social Work with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Throughout her school career she feels she has been helped immensely to reach her goals by advisors, counselors and mentors, and this help has reflected in her own passions. Her biggest passion is helping others feel empowered by believing in themselves. Being part of the NACRC family has been a great way to expand on her abilities to assist others. Her goal is for everyone to feel like they can accomplish anything they desire.
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; Dru.Forbes@nau.edu
Dru is a first-generation high school and college graduate. In May of 2019 she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Valencia Community College and is now pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Dru is the co-founder of More than Surviving, a mental health movement, and a published author of a children’s book on Autism. She wishes to continue her education in Health Psychology overseas. In the meantime, she is dedicated to showing the youth of Flagstaff their true potential through individual appointments and providing ACT and SAT test prep.