Professional Staff

I am so excited about joining the Academic Advancement Center team and continuing to help support students here at CSU. I grew up in northern Colorado after my parents emigrated here from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico when I was three years old. As a first generation college graduate who grew up with a low-income and undocumented background, the work that the AAC does is deeply personal, and my advocacy for underrepresented students in higher education is rooted in love. I attended the University of Northern Colorado and received my BA in Spanish Education and my MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies- Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. I have worked in higher education since I became a student at UNC in 2004 and have dedicated my career to working with historically underrepresented students. I understand the importance of programs like this and am committed to helping increase access and equity in higher education. I am thankful to those who paved the way for me and on whose shoulders I stand on, and hope to hold others up on their journeys here at CSU. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, eating, traveling, watching TV, and cheering for my daughter at all her gymnastics meets. 


Sarah received her Master of Arts in Deaf Education from the University of Northern Colorado. In her previous role as the Associate Director for the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity & Stryker Institute for Leadership Development, she oversaw programs serving underrepresented women in higher education, facilitated leadership development workshops, and mentored students from their arrival at UNC through graduation. She has current and previous experience working with populations similar to those in TRIO Student Support Services and is a proud product of TRIO herself. Her deep commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through her entire career as well as in her current role advocating for students with marginalized identities.


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.


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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!  


Hello! My name is Ricky Guzman and I joined the AAC Staff in Spring of 2017 as a Retention Specialist and Coordinator for Events and Programs. I received my B.A. from Fort Lewis College in Humanities with focuses on Philosophy, Anthropology, and Psychology and double Minors in Religious Studies and Music.

As a Fort Collins native, I am glad to join the Ram Family and work on the CSU campus. Before the AAC, I was at the Office of the Vice President for Diversity working on projects such as the annual Diversity Symposium and Diversity Conference. As a first-generation college graduate and social justice advocate, I am excited to be working with AAC students to reach their academic goals.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, movies, games, and lots of music and concerts.


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.


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.





Mary Ann Lucero (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director for STEM SSS. Previously, Mary Ann worked at Aims Community College for the TRIO programs and Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Mary Ann is a first-generation, woman of color, TRIO alumna, and social justice advocate who centers their work in deconstructing the assumptions of minoritized communities and reimagining student success from a critical lens Mary Ann graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with her B.S. in Psychology and Religious Studies; followed by her M.A in Higher Education Leadership at University of Northern Colorado. Currently, Mary Ann is a Ph.D. student in Higher Ed Leadership program at CSU.

Aside from work and classes, Mary Ann enjoys gardening, fishing, crocheting, watching all things sports, and spending time with family.





As a new staff member (as of December 2017), I am thrilled to be a part of the Academic Advancement Center and TRIO. I received my undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. I largely work behind the scenes at the AAC, doing my best to keep the office running smoothly and taking care of administrative problems as they arise.

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.