Meet Our Staff

If you have any questions regarding the CHE Program please contact us. Our main office number is (970) 351-1905 and/or email Marina Orozco at Marina.Orozco@unco.edu


Shawanna Kimbrough
CHE Director
(970) 351-1925
Shawanna.Kimbrough@unco.edu

sKimbroughMy name is Shawanna Kimbrough and I am the director of
the Center for Human Enrichment (CHE)/TRiO Student
Support Services (SSS) program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). I am a TRiO/SSS alumna, and I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication
and my Masters of Science degree in Student Affairs in
Higher Education (SAHE) at Colorado State University
(CSU). Supporting and advocating for first-generation and
limited income students has been my lifelong dream! Before joining the CHE family, I served as the Assistant Director for Retention at the Academic Advancement Center, TRiO/SSS program at CSU. I thoroughly enjoy working with TRiO students, and draw strength from their passion, dedication and perseverance as they work toward earning their bachelor’s degree from UNC. I have an amazing son, who keeps me on my toes! He is my joy and I spend most of my free time with him. I enjoy reading in my spare time and love cooking with my mother. Family is so important to me, and I look forward to working my CHE family. I look forward to meeting each and everyone one of you, be sure to stop by and say hello!

Adam Alirez
DSF Academic Coachchestaff
(970) 351-1933
Adam.Alirez@unco.edu

Conducts academic coaching for target populations such as first generation, independent youth, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF), and Daniel's fund Individualized academic advising for students exploring majors. Responsible for policy clarification and advising for students on academic probation and referral to appropriate campus resources. Answers questions about Fresh Start, Grade Forgiveness, academic probation, and academic suspension.

Kyle Castro

CHE Academic Coach
(970) 351-1901
Kyle.Castro@unco.edu

I enjoy things like my pitbull Zeus, going for a run-jog-walk, watching the Lakers and Yankees beat everybody they play, fantasy footbacastroll, movies, traveling, listening to music, art, reading, or taking a night to relax and enjoy my time with friends and family.  For me, these are the moments that matter most.  During my time here at UNC, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many cultures and meet some very special people.  From this, I’ve learned to enjoy the beauty in life as I recognize my opportunities as a gift that I don’t plan on wasting.  As an alumni of CHE, I have come to understand the importance of education and the future it creates for those who are willing to put forth an effort. I believe possibilities are endless as long as I continue to knock on new doors, pursue new adventures, and step into the unknown.  If I fail, at least I’m reminded I’m alive!

Cathy Heise

CHE Tutoring Coordinator, and Academic Support and Advising
(970) 351-1906
Catherine.Heise@unco.edu

I joined CHE as tutoring coordinator in July 2010 and have a joint appointment with thheisee Academic Support and Advising Tutoring Center.  I hold an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Delaware.  My primary mission within CHE is to support the academic growth and success of our students through tutorial services.  I especially enjoy designing curriculum and supporting students as they develop their skills in English literacy and composition.  Before joining CHE and ASA, I worked on UNC’s Challenge Ropes Course from 1997-2010 and continue to weave aspects of experiential education into my work.  With my family, I enjoy outdoor activities, music, and spending time with friends.

Dr. Lee

Counseling Center
Office: Michener L16 (office across from CHE computer lab)
( 970) 351-2496

In partnership with the UNC Counseling Center, CHE provides free, on-site individualized personal counseling for all our student participants who choose to seek out this service. All information is kept confidential! Individualized personal counseling provides students with a helpful environment to explore personal and family issues that can often get in the way of students having a successful academic experience. Dr. Lee is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 -4:30 PM. CHE students may schedule a one hour appointment with him by calling the Counseling Center at 351-2496. When making an appointment please let them know you are a CHE student.

Lori L. McKellar

CHE English Instructor
(970) 351-2080
Lori.McKellar@unco.edu

I began my undergraduate career as a first-generation college student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and finished my Bachelor ofstaffpic Arts degree in English (minor in English Writing) at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. I followed that with earning my Master of Arts degree in English at the University of Northern Colorado. I have a background in tutoring English/writing and enjoy helping others understand the subtleties of writing and style. Unlike many English majors, whose love is for literature, my passion is composition and rhetoric. I have believed, for as long as I can remember, that the written word holds great power in this world, and my dream has been to help students learn how to harness that power in order to achieve greatness in their own lives. I have realized my dream by joining the CHE family here at UNC and look forward to working with all of the wonderful people who come through our doors. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets; nature photography; reading; learning; and watching far too many TV shows.

Marina Orozco

CHE Coordinator, Advising and Programming
(970) 351-1387
Marina.Orozco@unco.edu

“Hold fast to dreams!”  This is the first line of one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes.  I’m Marina Orozco, Academic Coach for CHE and CHE / Cumbres alum.  I’ve come full circle:  I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from UNC and taught in Brighton for 4 years.  CHE has always been a part of my heart, and I now have the privilegemOrozco of working with talented UNC students and staff whose warm hearts and big dreams inspire me.  Education, mentorship, and leadership are a huge part of my life, and just like others have helped me see my aspirations through, I am looking forward to all the conversations I get to have as an advisor!  I believe in a well-rounded life, and am always doing something!  Tennis, volleyball, hiking, visiting with familia and friends, taking my dog on adventures, escaping to the mountains, and traveling are all on my permanent to-do list!  I am also active with Denver-based Latin American Education Foundation and the Circle of Latina Leadership.

Flora Powells

CHE Academic Coach
(970) 351-2393
Flora.Powells@unco.edu

I am a proud product of TRiO. I joined Educational Talent Search in the 6th grade and was an active participate until graduatistaffpicon. I attended Colorado State University as a first generation student and joined the Academic Advancement Center (AAC). During my time with the AAC I worked as a Peer Retention Specialist. I am delighted to say I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology Fall 2010. To date, being the first in my family to graduate college is my biggest accomplishment. After college graduation I happily joined the Educational Talent Search team as an Academic Advisor. It was a wonderful position because I was able to give back to a program and community that helped me succeed. I am currently an Academic Coach for the CHE office and could not be more excited. I enjoy supporting students along their academic journey and I cannot wait to see what this academic year has to offer.

Berlinda L. Saenz

CHE Coordinator of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment
(970) 351-2996
Berlinda.Saenz@unco.edu

I joined the CHE team January 2011 and in my current position I oversee CHE’s technology lab, research and program assessment needs.  My personal story began in El PbSaenzaso, TX where I was born and where I have lots of family. My immediate family later moved to Tucson, AZ where I completed my K-12 education. My academic journey as a first generation student lead me to Virginia where I earned my B.A. degree in Human Services from the George Washington University; and two other degrees from Virginia Tech. Consequently, I've worked in several capacities as a youth counselor, trainer, computer tech support, instructional designer, and as a faculty member. I enjoy listening to people’s stories, mentoring and empowering others to rise to their potential, while providing the necessary support and services. When I can find the time I love traveling, walking, hiking, and biking.


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Center for Human Enrichment
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street
Campus Box 85
Greeley, CO 80639

(970) 351-1905 (office)
(970) 351-2697 (fax)

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Michener Library, Room L116