Meet our Staff
Welcome to campus! Welcome to your home away from home…our Residential Life Staff will be here for you to answer any concerns you might have…please remember to reference the Residential Life Handbook with questions but here will always be somebody in your hall to talk to in person.
Meet Our 2017-2018 Residential Life Staff
Tony Mitchell, Hall Director
This is Coach Mitchell's 9th year as a Hall Director and Assistant Football Coach at AWC. Coach Mitchell is originally from Chicago, IL and enjoys the sunny warm weather of Yuma! Coach Mitchell runs the Intramural Program in the spring.
Ariana Bowie, Resident Assistant
Ariana Bowie was born in Prescott, Arizona but graduated high school from Savannah, Missouri. She previously played two years on the Arizona Western College Women’s soccer team and served as Arizona Western College Student Government Association’s Vice President of Development for a semester. With an associates from AWC this is Ariana’s third and final year as a Resident Assistant as she finishes her Bachelors of Secondary Education - English with ASU - Yuma and hopes to move on to get a job as a high school English teacher. Ariana loves her cat, the color blue, and painting.
Fernando Leon, Resident Assistant
Fernando Leon was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has been an Arizona resident his entire life. He graduated from Antelope Union High School, a very small campus with less than 300 students. After graduation he was unsure if he wanted to work or attend college. Due to the support of his family Fernando decided to attend AWC where he was a part of the CAMP program his freshman year. Sophomore year came quick to him and he worked as a tutor mentor for freshman college students. Fernando worked two jobs and was a full time college student, thanks to his hard work he graduated with his associate’s degree in Administration of Justice Studies and will continue his education to obtain his bachelor’s degree through ASU-YUMA branch.
Mayra Rivera, Resident Assistant
Mayra Rivera Llanes, was born in San Luis Mexico. She grew up bouncing back and forth from San Luis Mexico to Yuma Arizona. When she started high school she moved back to Yuma and has been here ever since. She graduated from Cibola High School in the Class of 2015. She started at Arizona Western College in Fall of 2015. Mayra is a former College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) student, and currently a Keep Envisioning Your Success (KEYS) student. In the Fall 2016 she worked as a mentor for the CAMP Program where she grew more as a person, learning how to manage her time between school and work. This is her third year at Arizona Western College and she will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Emphasis in Spring 2018. In Fall 2018 she will transfer to NAU-Yuma seeking a Bachelor’s Degree. One of her favorite hobbies is to socialize and listen to people, as well as play board games and listen to music.
Rocio Napoles, Hall Director
Rocio Napoles was born in San Diego, California but raised in San Luis, Mexico all her life. She came to study in the United States at age 12 starting in middle school and graduated from San Luis High School. She moved on to attend Arizona Western College after graduation, she first worked as a Desk Attendant then got the job as an RA Fall13, and now works as a Hall Director. Rocio graduated in Spring16 from UA-Yuma with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development and graduated from AWC with an AGEC-A and Associates in Family Studies in Spring15. She likes reading, painting, and binge watching her favorite shows when she has the time. She hopes to get a masters in Counseling at some point.
Alfredo Aispuro, Resident Assistant
Alfredo was born in Porterville, California but raised most of his life in Arizona. He graduated from San Luis High School. After high school he went on to college with CAMP here at Arizona Western College and after graduating from the program he worked for them as a Tutor Mentor. He is now majoring in Engineering and plans to transfer to the U of A and obtain his bachelor’s. During his free time he really enjoys being physically active. During high school he became a Karate National and State Champion three years in a row, earning his first title at 15.
Aidaly Quintana, Resident Assistant
Aidaly was born in Yuma but raised in San Luis, Az. After graduating from San Luis High School she decided to attend Arizona Western College, where she is majoring in Biology and a degree in Honors. Once she receives her associates her plan is to transfer to NAU and study Public Health. She is a former Upward Bound and College Assistant Migrant Program student. This is her 2nd year as a Resident Assistant. Aidaly wishes to become a Physical Therapist, once she completes her studies. She hopes to work with kids with special disabilities. Some of her favorite hobbies include playing soccer, board games, spending times with friends and being involved with the community.
Rodolfo Alvarez, Resident Assistant
Rodolfo Alvarez was born in Yuma but raised in San Luis, AZ. He graduated from San Luis High School and continued his education at Arizona Western College. He is planning to transfer to ASU to complete his degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Rodolfo is happy to continue as a resident assistant for this upcoming year. He is excited for this semester and is expecting a year full of great experiences with the residents.
Zeke Mitchem, Hall Director
Zeke enters his 2nd year as Kino Hall Director and Assistant Baseball Coach at Arizona Western. He is from Nevada, Missouri and after graduating high school pursued his educational career by earning an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Brown Mackie College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tri-State University while playing collegiate baseball. After teaching for a few years he earned his Master’s Degree from Henderson State University at the same time starting his collegiate baseball coaching career. That baseball career has allowed him to travel throughout the country coaching at several different levels of college baseball; additionally, it lead to several years of international coaching experience across the globe. Also at AWC, Zeke will supervise the Fall intramural programming.
Jesus Landin, Resident Assistant
Jesus Enrique Landin was born in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to San Luis, Arizona when he was thirteen years old. He is in his 2nd year as a Resident Assistant. Landin is pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering and is very excited where this career will take him. He plans on contributing to the improvement of our college community and is excited to meet new people. “The unexamined life is not worth living” is his favorite quote which he presumes to be a reminder that experiences are the things that shapes us all and helps us define how we are.
Aaron Yepez, Resident Assistant
Aaron Yepez was born in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. He graduated from San Luis High School in 2015 and continued his education in bio-systems engineering with a minor in agriculture at college. He started his first year at college with the CAMP Program; his second year he became an ambassador. This year, Aaron is a Resident Assistant, and he is excited to interact with all of the residents. An interesting fact about Aaron is that at 12 years old he started practicing Karate, and in 2016 got his black belt.
Margarita Nolasco, Resident Assistant
Margarita Nolasco was born in Santa Maria, California but has lived most of her life in Yuma, Arizona. She graduated from Gila Ridge High School in the year 2016 were she was part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID). She had the amazing opportunity to complete her freshman year of college as part of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). She is working on completing her Associates degree in Business Administration and looking forward to transferring to U of A to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Business. She is excited to begin her involvement in the Honors Program and the Keys Program this year. Margarita is beyond happy to keep growing this year as a Resident Assistant. She enjoys playing soccer, drawing, travelling, meeting new people, and dancing.
As a member of the Matador family, there’s a lot to do on campus! Make plans to attend the many theatre and fine arts, athletic, as well as the numerous educational symposiums and forums…you can keep up to date by checking the online calendar and of course the Residential Halls have activities too.
Arizona Western continues to support our former Residential Life family as they grow and head out into the world to represent AWC and our family…see what some of our previous RA’s are doing now…
After playing volleyball for AWC for two years and earning my AA in General Studies, I became a RA, finished my A.S. in Business, then moved on to classes at NAU-Yuma. I was a RA in Garces from 2004-2005. The job was very different from what it is today, but one of my favorite memories as a RA was watching the sunset with a couple of residents every evening in the spring as I was working the front desk. They would come downstairs and we would sit on the benches and watch as the day ended over the farm fields. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true! The view from Garces is AMAZING! After completing one year as a RA, I moved to Flagstaff to earn my BSBA in Management and returned to Yuma in 2007. I then returned to AWC as an assistant Volleyball coach, which opened the door to become a Hall Director in 2008. I was a Hall Director for three years and had the opportunity to meet and work with many students from all over the world. In the fall of 2011, I became the Coordinator of Residential Life where I have truly learned many aspects of higher education. I work with different departments to plan, organize and provide a safe living and learning environment for our residents each semester. One of my favorite parts of my job is being a Co-advisor for RHA and spending time with the leaders on campus. I also truly enjoy commencement time and being able to celebrate our resident’s accomplishments. In the spring of 2015 I had the opportunity to walk along our residents as I graduated with my Masters in Education!
I was an RA at AWC back in 2010 and graduated in 2011. In my time as RA, my favorite memory was the May Day/Water Day celebration. It required so much work and energy, as with anything Res Life related, but it was so rewarding to see the students all commencing the year together. It was a great way to include all of the students in our year-end celebration, and something I’m still so proud to be a part of. Most of the residents I’m still in contact with remember that day like it was yesterday. After leaving AWC in 2011, I continued with my Bachelors in Psychology at Azusa Pacific University (APU), where I was also a RA for a year. After completing my BA, I did a certificate in Gender/Women’s Studies from USC, and completed my Masters in Organizational Leadership from APU May 2015. I currently live in Claremont, CA and work for Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Shortly after I graduated with my BA, I was Manager of Short Term Programs for International Admissions at APU, and recently transitioned into the Assistant Director of Admissions role at CGU.
I recently graduated from Paul Smiths College in New York. I was an RA up here too and had 4 other jobs. l was the senior class president for 2014-2015, supervisor for phonathorn, note taker for financial decision making, alumni office assistant ever since October 2013. My favorite memory is the day to day life dealing with residents and finding out where they were from and about them. I loved doing programs. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in hotel resort tourism management with a minor in business administration.
My favorite memory of being an RA was going to the RA meetings every week .RA meetings were always fun because we had fun activities, and I learned how to be a better RA and leader after every meeting. After graduating from AWC, I moved to Oklahoma and got my Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. I am currently working for Halliburton as a graphic designer. I live in Houston, Texas.
Edgar and Alma recently married in December. They were both RAs at AWC, Edgar from 2011-2012 and Alma from 2012-2013. They are both attending Texas A & M - Commerce and are both living in Commerce, Texas. Edgar continued to be an RA and graduated in May, 2015, with a bachelor's in Finance. Edgar recently received a position at Bank of America, as a small business sales consultant. Alma worked with Magnuson Hotel since she transferred from AWC and is now focusing on her summer and fall internship with Adult Protective Services. Alma will be graduating in December with a bachelor's in Social Work and will continue pursuing her Master's at A & M. They will both be living in Dallas, Texas to be closer to their jobs. Edgar's favorite memory was going to the river with the RAs, SGA, and international students. He enjoyed playing volleyball and football with everyone else in the water. One of Alma's best memories of being an RA was when she and other RAs used to play basketball and volleyball with the residents. She enjoyed organizing and being involved in the programs that all RAs had.
I graduated from AWC in 2013 and I transferred to ASU that following Fall semester. Although I was only an RA for one semester, I can honestly say I had the best time during that semester. I made incredible friends whom with I am still really close with. Some of my favorite events/memories as RA was Water Day and Margarita/Karaoke Nigh. I really enjoyed seeing all of the residents involved! But honestly, my favorite of them all is tie dying shirts with the residents! I really hope this is still going on! So a little about myself, I currently live in Tempe, AZ and I just graduated from ASU with a BS in Animal Physiology and Behavior. Class of 2015! Woo. I am currently working on applying to veterinary school either in Washington or Davis, CA, so wish me luck. But in the meantime I am hoping to get a job either at a vet clinic or at the zoo! Imagine how much fun that'd be? Anyways, that's just some brief info of "where I am now" but if you guys would like to know more or need some "after AWC" advice I'd be more than happy to help. Go Devils!
I was a Resident Assistant from 2013-2015, without doubt those were the best years of my college life! I made many fun memories while being an RA like developing activities for the residents to encourage them to be part of the community. I enjoy doing arts and crafts; therefore decorating the halls with the other RAs was something I looked forward to. I enjoyed talking to the residents because I learned about their cultures, and I made a lot of friends because of that. Consequently, I got the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills. The Hall Directors were very supportive and excellent role models. Now I am at The University of Arizona, and will graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development. The skills I learned from being an RA will definitely help in the career path of becoming a counselor in the future. ResLife4Life!
I was a Resident Assistant from fall 2014 to spring 2015. The best part about being a Resident Assistant were the people I got the opportunity to meet and work with. There are a lot of memories I cherished in my years as a RA like the trip to Flagstaff, the RA meetings, Water Day, and participating in the haunted house I and other coworkers pulled together for the residents where I had the chance to scare some of them. I can go on and on about my experience as a Resident Assistant, but I am going to end up writing an entire novel if I do. My year working for Residential Life at AWC will always be one of my best years. Once a matador, always a matador! Furthermore, I graduated AWC in spring 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in Business and transferred to New Mexico State University that following fall semester. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in International Business with a minor in Marketing and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. I also have been working as a Community Assistant since I transferred to NMSU.