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Coming to college can raise lots of questions. What you thought you wanted to study when you applied may change as you learn about other fields. Or, maybe you’re curious about student clubs or community organizations related to your major. Maybe you’ve begun to think about the career options your major sets up. Maybe you want to set goals for your time at FLC. Academic Success Coaches are faculty who help you explore these and other questions.
Academic Success Coaches can help you:
Make an appointment to meet with an academic success coach.
When you submit a referral form, the student you refer will be connected with an Academic Success Coach, or else connected with a more appropriate service to support them.
Meet our coaches
First-year and first-generation students
Michelle Bonanno is a Senior Lecturer of English and Director of First-Year Experience and Peer Education. She started working at FLC in 2005, but she was a student here before that! Michelle is a first-generation college student and 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 where she earned 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).
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 of school to figure out her next step, she went back 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 she decided to stay home for a few years to raise her children. She continued to teach as an adjunct a few classes a year 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 job is watching students come to Fort Lewis College not certain who they are and what they are supposed to do and then watching them grow into successful young adults.
School of Business Administration
Elizabeth A. Cartier, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in the 2018-2019 academic year. Prior to 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 experience was focused in the hospitality industry, where she worked in restaurants in Massachusetts, New York, and Colorado. When Dr. Cartier is not at the Fort, she can be found enjoying the north country of Durango skiing, fishing, or hiking.
Society, Inquiry and Justice & Communication, Creativity and Aesthetics
Since joining Fort Lewis College's Art and Design department in 2017, the opportunities to work one-on-one with students in the areas of bilingual typography and web design have been some of the most rewarding for me. I've enjoyed working closely with students in the studio, engaging them as teaching assistants and collaborating with them in the Go Code Colorado competition. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time hiking and fishing with my family and wrenching on our Jeep between trips over the mountains.
Ryan Dubas, Lead Academic Coach
Ryan was born in Colorado Springs and then 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 taught 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 integrate indigenous research methodologies. His current studies explore the effects of written literacy on psyche, mythologies, and cultures.
Science, Engineering, and Math
Dr. Cathy Hartney is an Academic Success Coach for SEM (science, engineering and math) students. She is a veterinarian who is third in the line of family members who have worked and taught at FLC for the last 30 years, following her mother and her sister. Dr Hartney is the human anatomy instructor and has taught physiology, histology, molecular biology labs, various Comp courses, and Honors courses. She loves reading about math, physics, geology, and languages; spends as much time as possible outside; and really enjoys helping students explore how they learn.
Dr. 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 Fort Lewis College, Dr. Shields has a small farm with her husband and daughter and loves spending time building and creating.
Dr. Lorraine L. Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration. She teaches courses in the Tourism and Hospitality Management concentration and the certificate in Ski Resort Operations. She previously enjoyed a career in the resort industry and worked for Walt Disney World, Marriott International, and the Five Star and Five Diamond rated Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. She also worked as an inspector for the luxury hotel guidebook, Condé Nast Johansens. Dr. Taylor’s research interests are in tourists’ motivations, decision making, and behavior. She is on the Board of Directors for Visit Durango and is a member of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators. Her passions are travel, photography, swimming, and skiing. In her free time, she enjoys camping with her husband, two daughters, and their rescue dog.
Earth, Culture, and Adaptation
Dr. Tune is originally from a small town in rural Tennessee. He went to Middle Tennessee State University, where he first heard of anthropology while searching through a list of courses to take. After taking a course called World Prehistory, he became fascinated by the fact that there is an entire field of study devoted to understanding what it means to be human. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, he applied to graduate school and his life changed forever. Through studying anthropology and becoming a professional archaeologist and professor, he’s been able to travel and see things he never thought possible. He lived in Washington D.C., where he completed a Master’s degree at American University. He then moved to College Station, Texas, where he earned a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Since 2015 he’s been teaching anthropology here at Fort Lewis College.
He is a prehistoric archaeologist and specializes in studying ice age human migrations and adaptations 20,000-10,000 years ago. His research focuses on investigating the relationships between humans and our environments – specifically how humans adapt to new or changing environments and resources. His current research involves documenting the early human occupation of the Colorado Plateau, investigating ice age-period stone tools in the Southeast United States, and studying how humans dealt with environmental change and sea level rise in Northern Europe at the end of the last ice age.
School of Education
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, he has served as the Staff Manager at Deer Hill Expeditions in Mancos, CO since 2018. He loves teaching, and is especially 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, avid river rat, and a loving husband to his partner of 17 years.