Tony Smith is the Director of the CU Denver Experiential Learning Center. Tony holds a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance, and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs Leadership. He is finishing his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. His dissertation is examining how GLBT students make meaning of their sexual identity while experiencing negative political rhetoric.
Tony came to CU Denver from the University of Northern Colorado where he developed the current internship program and worked extensively with the development of many successful Experiential Learning programs and initiatives. His administrative and research passions are focused on providing resources and opportunities to students on the local and national stages. Tony's is a published author and is a Nationally Certified Life and Career Coach (CTACC). His private coaching practice, Centersmith Coaching and Development, LLC allows him to work closely with professionals developing their life, career and transition strategies.
Lesley Bishop is the Internship Advisor/Coordinator for CLAS majors including Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability, Social Justice, Public Health, Health and Behavioral Health Studies, Social Sciences, Pre-Health, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, GIS, Environmental Science, Anthropology, and Economics at the Experiential Learning Center. Lesley has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Career Counseling. Prior work experience of Lesley's includes career counseling and job placement in the non-profit sector. As an Internship Advisor/Coordinator, Lesley assists students, employers, and the university community by providing resources and coordination of internships for the above mentioned areas.
Ellen joins the CU Denver Experiential Learning Center team from a background in education, arts, and non-profit sectors including teaching, advocacy, performance, student affairs, internship supervision, and most recently, career counseling. She holds a Master of Education with an emphasis in Career Counseling from Colorado State University, from which she also holds a B.A. in English Education. Ellen’s current role as Internship Advisor/Coordinator serves students, faculty, and employers by providing internship resources and coordination for all majors in the College of Arts and Media and the following majors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: English, English Writing, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy, and Political Science. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys engaging in the arts and spending time with her husband and two cats.
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. Rachel is currently working on a Masters in Media Communication. In her spare time Rachel enjoys participating in sprint triathlons, reading, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Nelson serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator. He holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Northen Colorado, and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the same institution. Prior to joining CU Denver, Nelson spent several years as a social justice educator and community organizer in Greeley, CO. He has worked with students, faculty, and community members to create opportunities that enhance academic learning, through program coordination around social and political issues, civic engagement, and leadership development. Nelson serves as a resource for students seeking volunteer opportunities, and faculty interested in Service-Learning. He is passionate about facilitating student engagement and developing collaborative partnerships with community organizations.