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Experiential Learning Center

Meet Our Team

The 2015-2016 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 experiential 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 six years of experience serving students, departments and faculty, and employers in experiential education and internship programming including internship advising and coordinating.  Previous to her current positions in higher education, Lesley worked in clinical mental health services.  Complimenting her work experience, Lesley has a masters 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.
As a true product of experiential learning, Lesley is driven to help others find deeper purpose through active exploration, "trying out" professional and career identities discovering along the way how values, interests, personality, and meaning intersect with various forms of work and life. She serves as a strong advocate and educator in career, professional development, and experiential education and strives to collaborate and support students, faculty, and employers
development. The specific majors that Lesley works with are Biology, Chemistry, Public Health, Psychology and Bioengineering.  Lesley thrives with developing and maintaining high quality programming and services to internal and external constituents.

Rachel Wilcoxson
Office Events, and Assessment Coordinator
Rachel Wilcoxson grew up in Denver and received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Colorado State University. Before coming to the University of Colorado Rachel worked with youth centered nonprofits managing volunteers and planning events. She has been a staff member at CU since 2008.  

Rachel supervises student staff, coordinates and plans ELC events, handles office logistics, manages procurement/budget administration, facilitates communication workshops, and wears many other hats for the office.

She is currently completing her thesis for a Masters in Media Communication. In her spare time Rachel enjoys participating in sprint triathlons, reading, hanging out with dogs, and spending time with friends and family.   


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. ​​​​​​​​​



Stephanie Vannucci
Internship Advisor
   Stephanie is a University of Wisconsin alum with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sociology, and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling here at CU Denver. Her prior work in higher education includes career development and student support; she also has experience with business management. Stephanie likes to cook, snowboard, mountain bike, and enjoy the outdoors with her dogs. Here in the ELC, Stephanie supports Engineering students in their internship process and professional development excluding Bioengineering. Stephanie also works with majors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences including Anthropology, Geography, Environmental Science, GIS, Mathematics, Physics and Sustainability.  

Lauren Leighton
Internship Advisor
Lauren is a University of Georgia alum with a Bachelor of Arts in Magazine Journalism and a minor in Spanish. After working in publishing for a few years, Lauren quickly realized that helping others was a passion of hers and she could do so through the world of counseling. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. Before joining the team at the ELC, Lauren worked in an inpatient facility for eating disorders and currently volunteers at an animal assisted therapy program here in Colorado. Lauren enjoys spending time with her pug Lulu, being outdoors and cooking. Here in the ELC, Lauren supports students in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Public Health majors.


Kelli Rapplean
Internship Advisor
Kelli is an alum of the University of Missouri (Mizzou) with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She holds a Masters in Education Foundations, Policy, & Practice from the University of Colorado- Boulder (2015). Kelli comes to the ELC with higher education experience in new student programs, student involvement and career counseling. In her free time, Kelli enjoys running, reading and spending time in the Colorado outdoors.
Kelli serves the College of Arts and Media, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Education and Human Development, the College of Architecture and Planning, and majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences including Communication, English, History, Humanities, Social Sciences, Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Spanish/all modern languages, individually structured majors, Sociology, Social Justice, and International Studies. 

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