Enrich your education with academic success coaching

Your success coach will help you 1-on-1 to navigate the next phase of your life at FLC.


Explore academic and career paths that match your unique skill sets. We'll teach you academic study, organization, and time-management skills. We'll help you set and attain academic and personal goals.


Discover your interests, passions, and motivations and how you can express them at FLC. We'll connect you with campus and community resources, opportunities, and communities.


Learn how to practice self-advocacy, empowerment, and accountability. We'll help you cultivate healthy mind, body, and spirit habits that foster resilience and emotional intelligence.

Students: How to get a coach

If a Success Coach hasn't contacted you yet and you want to learn more about partnering with a Coach, please reach out to: 

Michelle Bonanno
Phone: 970-247-7183
Email: bonanno_m@fortlewis.edu

Staff & Faculty: How to refer students to a coach

When you submit an academic alert, we will connect the student you refer with an Academic Success Coach or with a more appropriate service to support them.

Submit an academic alert

Meet our coaches

First-year and first-generation students

Michelle Bonanno

Michelle Bonanno, Director of Peer Education & First-Year Experience

Michelle Bonanno teaches Composition in the English Department and coordinates first-year programs and student support in the Academic Hub. She started working at FLC in 2005, but she was a student here before that! Michelle is a first-generation college student who graduated from Fort Lewis College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications in 2001. She then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning a Master of Arts in Communication in 2004.

As a student at FLC, Michelle met her future husband, Anthony, and they are now raising their two children, AJ and Mia. As a family, they love to camp (especially in San Diego), boat (especially at Lake Powell), and cross-country ski (especially at Vallecito).

Fun questions for Michelle:

  1. What is your usual order at a diner?
    Biscuits and gravy, especially at Durango Diner! I have many great memories of (late!) breakfasts at Durango Diner while I was a student at FLC.
  2. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for the rest of this year, what would it be?
    Heavy Wing by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I fell in love with RHCP thanks to my husband (a Chili Peppers concert with him was my first live show!), and we just went to see RHCP in Denver during their Unlimited Love Tour in the Summer of 2022.

Health Sciences

Jaymee Carozza Jaymee Carozza, Academic Success Coach

Jaymee graduated from California State University, Chico, with her undergraduate (1993) degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Health. After taking a year off school to figure out her next step, she returned to Chico State to complete her master's degree in Exercise Physiology (1996). Jaymee has lived in Durango for 23 years. She came to Fort Lewis College as the Head Women's Soccer Coach and Exercise Science Instructor in August of 1997. After 10 years of coaching and teaching, Jaymee decided to stay home for a few years to raise her children. She continued to teach a few classes a year as an adjunct until all 3 of her kids were in school. She has been in her role as a full-time instructor for the last 4 years.

Jaymee has been married for 19 years and has 3 children. She has 2 boys: Sam, who is 17 years old, and Owen, who is 14 years old. Her daughter Mia is 13 years old. Jaymee feels fortunate to be in a career that she loves. One of her favorite parts of the job is watching students grow from unconfident and unsure about who they are and their path into successful young adults.

Fun questions for Jaymee:

  1. Which year of your life would you like to relive? Why?
    It sounds odd, but I would return and relive our first few months of Covid. It was a time when it was just my family. No traveling to Albuquerque for soccer, no rushing kids from one place to another, family dinners every night, games in the backyard, etc... It made me realize we need to slow down and focus on the essential things in life...quality time with my family. Now that we are back in the hustle and bustle of life, I really miss US.
  2. What is your ideal weekend?
    Friday night movie night, Saturday-doing something active/watching my kids play any sporting event during the day, grilling, listening to music, and playing yard games in the backyard with family and friends, and Sunday-easy relaxing day getting myself organized for the week ahead. I am a planner, and my Sundays entail cleaning the house, doing laundry, grocery shopping, organizing, etc., and watching TV since our house always has some sporting event in the background.

Mark Beattie Mark Beattie, Academic Success Coach

Mark Beattie is an Assistant Professor of Sports Administration in the Department of Health and Human Performance, a position he has held since 2019. Mark grew up in Massachusetts and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Seton Hall University and a master's degree and Ph.D. in sports administration from The Ohio State University. His favorite part of faculty life is teaching, including planning class lectures and activities, interacting with former and current students, and reviewing student work.

Mark and his wife live in Bayfield with their young son Henry. They enjoy hiking, road-tripping, mornings at Lake Nighthorse, reading, and watching movies, and Mark hopes to get at least one of them on skis or swinging golf clubs soon. A lifelong sports fan, Mark supports the following teams (in no particular order): Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes, UConn Women's Basketball, Boston Red Sox, US Women's National Team (soccer), Las Vegas Aces, and Seton Hall Pirates.

Fun questions for Mark:

  1. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for the rest of this year, what would it be?
    Gwen McCrae – Rockin' Chair. Not necessarily my favorite song, but one that always makes me feel happy.
  2. What is your ideal weekend?
    Pizza on Friday night, listening to music at home or a bar. Something active and outside on Saturday morning and afternoon – lakeside, hiking, skiing, or golfing – and watching a big sports event Saturday night. Relaxing Sunday afternoons, drinking coffee, reading, and watching a movie.

School of Business Administration

Elizabeth Cartier Elizabeth Cartier, Academic Success Coach

Elizabeth A. Cartier, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. She joined the College in the 2018-2019 academic year. Before joining Fort Lewis, Dr. Cartier was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico and a Lecturer at Arizona State University Colleges at Lake Havasu City. Dr. Cartier's teaching focuses on organizational behavior, human resources, and decision-making. While pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she received the Isenberg Doctoral Teaching Award in 2015.

Dr. Cartier's research concentrates on tourism impacts, the critical aspects of power and control, gender and social inequality, and the relationship between discourse and power. Dr. Cartier's practical focused on her experience in the hospitality industry, where she worked in restaurants in Massachusetts, New York, and Colorado. When Dr. Cartier is not at the Fort, you can find her enjoying the north country of Durango, skiing, fishing, or hiking.

Lorraine Taylor Lorraine Taylor, Academic Success Coach

Dr. Lorraine Taylor joined Fort Lewis College in 2013. She teaches the Tourism & Hospitality Management concentration/minor and the Certificate in Ski Resort Operations. She previously enjoyed a career working in the hospitality industry for Walt Disney World, Marriott International, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. She served on the Board of Directors for Visit Durango for two terms. Her most current research relates to sustainable tourism and resilience from crisis events.

Lorraine's interest in Academic Success Coaching stems from the opportunity to mentor students without the pressure of grades that typically exists in the professor/student dynamic. Lorraine enjoys skiing and camping with her family when she is not on campus.

Fun questions for Lorraine:

  1. What would you title your autobiography?
    Life Below Five Feet
  2. Whom would you choose if you could have dinner with two public figures?
    Anthony Bourdain and Maya Angelou Society, Inquiry and Justice & Communication, Creativity and Aesthetics

Society, Inquiry and Justice & Communication, Creativity and Aesthetics

Ryan Dubas Ryan Dubas, Lead Academic Coach

Ryan was born in Colorado Springs and grew up in Central Nebraska and Northeast Kansas during his 10s and 20s. He earned a B.A. in English Composition at Hastings College and an M.A. in English/Cultural Studies at Kansas State University. He is interested in historical, cultural, and ecological influences on literature and composition.

For the first half of his 30s, Ryan left teaching to work in vineyards, orchards, and farms. His time in nature led him to consider the role of silence and simplicity in communication. As a professor and success coach, he is especially interested in balancing and integrating left and right-brained methods of inquiry and ways of knowing. In the writing classroom, he emphasizes place-based inquiry and works to incorporate indigenous research methodologies. His current studies explore the effects of written literacy on the psyche, mythologies, and cultures.

Fun questions for Ryan:

  1. Which year of your life would you like to relive? Why?
    I would go back to my 31st year, when I cut loose from work and life in the Midwest, moved to Eugene, Oregon, and lived in a Vedic spiritual community for two years. I gardened, meditated, read whatever I fancied, and opened to a new way of life, thinking, feeling, and a new culture. It was the most exciting and expansive time of my life. Also, my body was much sprier back then, so the relative youthfulness is an additional perk.
  2. What would you do if you won the lottery?
    I would buy land with a vineyard and orchard. I would make small batch wine and build a yoga/healing center that we would use for retreats and workshops. I would design a curriculum for a home school program rooted in pre-modern/classical liberal arts and Waldorf education philosophy... and rally a community to create a school.

Science, Engineering, and Math

Renee BeetonRenee Beeton, Academic Success Coach

Renee Beeton, Academic Success Coach Renee Beeton joined Fort Lewis University in 2021 and has taught chemistry to undergraduate students for over 15 years. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Renee is passionate about teaching and helping students succeed in STEM. Her research interests include culturally responsive science teaching, faculty development, and exploring the effects of racial and gender biases in the sciences. Off-campus, Renee enjoys all the outdoor activities that Durango offers (hiking, biking, skiing, paddle boarding), trying new foods, and traveling with her family. She has one son; her husband is also a professor at Fort Lewis.

Fun questions for Renee:

  1. Which year of your life would you like to relive? Why?
    The first year of graduate school. Moving to Colorado for the first time, meeting my husband, and falling in love; an exciting time of change.
  2. Whom would you choose if you could have dinner with two public figures?
    Barack and Michelle Obama - I love them. (Or the shallower side of me – William and Catherine Cambridge, because who doesn‘t want to meet an actual prince and princess?)

Daisy Matthews Daisy Matthews, Lead Academic Success Coach

Daisy moved to Durango in August 2014 to take a full-time visiting instructor position in the FLC's math department. She taught 100 and 200-level classes for 4 years before joining Durango High School, teaching sophomore and junior-level math classes in addition to SAT Prep (a college-preparation course) and Calculus III. Daisy earned her master's degree in Algebra from the University of Montana-Missoula in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and secondary education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004.

Daisy is currently a part-time lecturer in the math department at the Fort and a Lead Academic Success Coach. She has been teaching on and off for the last 16 years and loves helping students find ways to feel successful in their academic pursuits! She also enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and swimming.

Fun questions for Daisy:

  1. What is your ideal weekend?
    My ideal weekend would involve camping, mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and snowboarding in the San Juans.
  2. What would you do if you won the lottery?
    If I won the lottery, I would pay off my house and travel – I'd like to go to Japan, New Zealand, and Australia and travel via train through Europe.


Maggie Shields Maggie Shields, Academic Success Coach

Maggie Shields is the Academic Success Coach focusing on student-athletes. She loves working with the student population and helping to navigate the challenges of course mapping, time management, and stress reduction.

When not working with students, you will find her teaching nutrition classes or demonstrating how to make delicious food. Outside of FLC, Dr. Shields has a small farm with her husband and daughter and loves spending time building and creating.


School of Education

Mike Wagner Mike Wagner, Lead Academic Success Coach

Mike came to Fort Lewis in 2017 as an assistant field instructor for the Adventure Education Block Semester. In 2020, he transitioned to the Teacher Education department as an Adjunct Instructor. In addition to Mike's roles at Fort Lewis, Mike has served as the Staff Manager at Deer Hill Expeditions in Mancos, CO, since 2018.

He loves teaching and is incredibly passionate about human and community development. When Mike is not planning lessons and grading papers, he walks his 12-year-old Chihuahua, plays guitar and violin, is a competitive endurance athlete and avid river rat, and is a loving husband to his partner of 17 years.

Fun questions for Mike:

  1. Which year of your life would you like to relive? Why?
    2015 – I won the Salt Flats 100, was Field Staff of the Year for Big City Mountaineers, hiked the Colorado Trail with my wife and dogs, and went to Costa Rica for 8 weeks to sit on the beach and drink batidos. We both quit our jobs and ended our lease. It was worth it, but it took a lot of energy to recover.
  2. What is your usual order at a diner?
    Coffee, tomato juice, huevos rancheros, and tabasco.