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The ELC Team

Tony Smith
Tony Smith has been with CU Denver’s Experiential Learning Center since 2010 serving as chief advocate for experiential learning.  Tony earned his PhD in Education at the University of Northern Colorado (2015).  He also holds a master’s in Education (2001) from Grand Valley State University and is a nationally certified career coach (CTACC).  He is passionate about creating success for students and making exper​iential learning part of that journey.  Tony feels that anyone entering the Experiential Learning Center should and will receive the best support & resources for their needs.  You can read more about Tony on his LinkedIn profile: 


Lesley Bishop
Assistant Director

Lesley Bishop brings over nine years of experience serving students, departments and faculty, and employers in internship coordination, experiential education, and career and professional development.  Previous to her current positions in higher education, Lesley worked in clinical mental health services.  Complimenting her work experience, Lesley has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health with an emphasis in Career Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certified Practitioner (MBTI), and a Strong Interest Inventory (SII) Certified Practitioner.  She is currently pursuing her LPC and is a member of NCDA, CCDA, CCSA, and NACE.  You can read more about Lesley on her LinkedIn profile:​ LinkedIn Lesley Bishop (​)





Rachel Wilcoxson
Office Events, and Assessment Coordinator
Rachel has been a staff member at CU since 2008. She supervises student staff, coordinates and plans ELC events, handles office logistics, manages procurement/budget administration, facilitates communication workshops, and wears many other hats in the ELC. Rachel holds a BA in Speech Communication from Colorado State University and a MA in Media Communication from Webster University. Before working at CU, Rachel worked with youth centered nonprofits managing volunteers and planning events. In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.

Paul Worthman

Internship Advisor


Paul Worthman is the Internship Advisor/Coordinator for students enrolled in the School of Business, and students who have the Economics major.  Paul earned his B.S. Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from CU Boulder.  He holds a master’s degree  in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching through the University of Texas at Dallas (2014) and is close to earning his coaching certification (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Prior to joining the ELC, Paul spent three years providing career and professional development programming for the 11-Month MBA Program in the Business School. Before that he served students through the Career Center on campus in both career advising and employer relations roles during his five years there.  Early in his career he gained experience in the business world in sales and management roles before transitioning to private sector career management industry. ​​​​​​​​​ 



Madison Marshall
Internship Advisor
Madison Marshall serves as the Internship Advisor/Coordinator in which she develops and coordinates high quality internship and experiential learning opportunities for students in the humanities and social science majors within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, undergraduate students in the School of Public Affairs, the College of Arts and Media, and the College of Architecture and Planning. Madison’s previous experience includes career counseling in higher education and mental health counseling in community and private practice. Complimenting her professional experience, Madison earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), and is currently pursuing her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Outside of work, Madison enjoys exploring new places, college football, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.   

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