From left to right, top row: Mark Mastalski, Tarecka Payne, and Patrick Fredricks, Front left to right, bottom row: Kendra Gallegos Reichle and Elizabeth Calagias
MARK MASTALSKI - Director
Hometown: Minocqua, Wisconsin
Bio: Mark moved to Durango from Madison, WI and has been the Director of the Leadership Center since August 2007. He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in Technical Communication. A passionate leadership educator, Mark serves as a Co-Lead Facilitator for "LeaderShape", where he has facilitated week-long programs for students all over the country. One of Mark's favorite quotes is "Live life on the edge and it will redefine your center" and he believes this is one of the best attributes of higher education - pushing yourself to learn, think differently, and use those new skills to change communities. He is an avid mountain biker, whitewater kayaker, and enjoys spending his time with his wife, dog, and family and friends. His Strengths are: Adaptability, Arranger, WOO, Strategic, and Self-Assurance.
ELIZABETH CALAGIAS - Assistant Director
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bio: Elizabeth is a Fort Lewis College alumna and serves as the Assistant Director of the Leadership Center. In this role she supervises our student staff, works directly with Registered Student Organizations, and coordinates New Student Orientation. She loves welcoming students to their new home at FLC! Outside of her career, Elizabeth loves to dance, camp, cook, read and learn about graphic design. She also loves a good joke so please feel free to stop in for a good laugh or start planning the next best event on campus. Elizabeth's Strengths are: Positivity, Learner, Achiever, Relator, Strategic.
PATRICK FREDRICKS - Leadership Programs Coordinator
Hometown: Grand Haven, Michigan
Bio: Patrick graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management and from Western Carolina University with a Masters of Education before joining the Fort Lewis community. He is responsible for planning and implementing Strengths-based leadership initiatives, advising student organizations, supervising the Leadership Programs Staff, and running the Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) program. Patrick enjoys watching/playing sports, volunteering for his fraternity (Sigma Alpha Epsilon), hiking, golfing, swimming, listening to a variety of music, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He loves listening to music and sharing influential quotes so stop by and suggest music and share your favorite quotes with him! Patrick's top five strengths are: Relator, Responsibility, Consistency, Adaptability, and Belief.
KENDRA GALLEGOS REICHLE - Coordinator of Student Wellness Initiatives
Hometown: Belen, New Mexico
Bio: A proud Fort Lewis College alumna (graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology), Kendra is grateful to be back on campus working in the position of Student Wellness Initiatives Coordinator. She received her Master's degree in mental health counseling from Walden University in 2009 and worked in the public health field for several years before coming back to FLC. Kendra helps promote healthy choices and lifestyles through educational programming. She works closely with students through the Wellness Peer Advisory Council and is passionate about building strengths, meeting people where they are, and collaborating on campus and off to ensure our students are connected with resources and are as healthy and successful as possible. Kendra loves to travel and has visited 19 countries! She also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, boating, and just taking advantage of the beautiful environment that we live in. If she ever finds spare time, she likes to read books and be creative through some kind of arts & crafts like sewing and painting. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs - any time with them is time well spent. Kendra's Strengths are: Strategic, Empathy, Communication, Individualization, and WOO.
TARECKA PAYNE - Union Programming Coordinator
Hometown: Killen, Texas
Bio: Tarecka graduated from William Peace University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Liberal Studies and the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters of Education before joining the Fort Lewis community as Program Coordinator. She will be overseeing the SUP, Student Union Programming, team and Union Programming. Tarecka encourages students to “take chance, make mistakes, and get messy,” – The Magic School Bus, meaning; always try, learn from failure, and be involved. Tarecka enjoys, reading, baking, swimming, listening to all music, cosplay, and all things Disney. Tarecka’s top five strengths are: Strategic, Communication, Input, Context, and Woo.