Hello, hola! My name is Stephanie Cuevas and I am a Retention Specialist in the Academic Advancement Center and also serve as the Thrive-Grad Coordinator. I am a proud Latina from Los Angeles, California, and refer to myself as a city girl at heart. I am a first-generation student from a low-income background, who graduated with a B.A. in psychology and minored in Education from UC Santa Barbara. I am also a proud CSU Ram and received my master’s in Student Affairs and Higher Education in 2019. I’ve learned to navigate systems of higher education through the help of my community and hope to pass along the learning that has been passed down to me by mentors, teachers, and friends. I believe in the work of TRIO and hope to make an impact for future generations of students. In my spare time I enjoy powerlifting, eating good food, traveling, being outside, and caring for plants.
Audrey Herron, Retention Specialist & Arrive Coordinator
Hello! My name is Audrey Herron (she/her), and I am thrilled to join the Academic Advancement Center as a Retention Specialist. I grew up in Southern California and am excited to be closer to nature and experience all four seasons here in Fort Collins. I received my B.A. in History from UC Santa Barbara in 2013 and later earned my Social Science Teaching Credential by completing the Post-Baccalaureate Credential Program at California State University, Long Beach, in 2019. I have had the pleasure of working with students of many ages from diverse backgrounds as a public middle and high school History teacher, a summer camp instructor, and a volunteer mentor. Although I entered the world of education with a passion for teaching history, I fell in love with the supportive role that I played in my students’ lives and became deeply committed to supporting equitable access to education and social justice. I am honored to now be working with and supporting the AAC community at CSU. Outside of work, I enjoy camping, hiking, dancing, watching football, and spending time with loved ones and my pup Elmer!
I am thankful to be in a space such as the AAC where I get to advocate and provide support for under-represented students at CSU. My work is deeply rooted in my own experiences as a first-generation Mexican-American womxn from Colorado. I graduated from CSU in 2015 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. I later attended the University of San Francisco where I received my Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2019.
My journey has led me back here to serve students from the AAC because I believe in TRIO and I am deeply passionate about advocating and supporting students in higher education. I am dedicated to continue my growth and challenge myself to broaden my social justice lens that will guide my work. I am beyond excited to be working with this community at CSU and I would love to connect with students and families so don’t hesitate to stop by. Hablo español.
In my spare time I love playing outside (biking, tennis, walks, hiking, skiing), cooking, and traveling.
JUAN RIVAS, RETENTION SPECIALIST & SENIOR COORDINATOR FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Juan Manuel Rivas, graduate of Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU Bachelor of Science in History 2007, Master of Fine Arts in Communication 2016).
Juan is a proud alum of the ENMU TRIO Upward Bound (2002) and Student Support Services (2007) programs. He has worked for the Collaborative for Student Achievement for 5 years as the Collegiate Success Coach for Outreach and Support programs assisting students facing academic challenges and previously served the TRIO Upward Bound program at ENMU. Juan has a passion for learning, connecting with students, and developing ways to be successful in college; he is a father of three children wonderful kids, enjoys hiking, playing basketball, an advocate for TRIO programs (hosts the Let’s Talk TRIO podcast), a semi-retired gamer, avid reader (history, biographies, sci-fi), and a fan of all things Marvel.
TIM KEFALAS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR ADMINISTRATION & ASSESSMENT
Prior to working at the AAC I spent the previous seven years in business management and I’m excited to apply that skillset to an office dedicated and committed to helping students from under-represented backgrounds.
Outside of the office, I am very happy to be able to spend time with my wife and new baby daughter (born June, 2017!). I’ve also been the head coach of the Men’s Ultimate (frisbee) team here at CSU for the past ten years and work diligently within the Ultimate community as a volunteer.