Meet the Admissions Team

Kelly WattKelly Watt
Senior Director of Marketing & Admissions

Originally from central Illinois, Kelly earned a BM from Illinois State University and an MM from the University of Colorado. She is an active performer and has sung extensively throughout the Denver metro area in musicals, operas, and concerts. As a member of the Naropa University community since 2011, Kelly strives to create an inclusive space where students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed and heard. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, meditating, biking, and exploring Colorado's great outdoors with Annie, the world's best dog.


Karen WillsKaren Wills
Director of Admissions & Recruiting

Karen feels right at home within the Naropa community and loves the way that students, faculty, and staff take the time to honor and connect with each other every day. For much of the last decade, Karen has been working to help students realize their potential through higher education. It's most rewarding when she finds students who embody the tenets of Naropa University, for they are the dynamos, the positive forces that motivate others and accelerate change. If you don't see Karen on campus, just look outside. She spends as much time as possible skiing, hiking, gardening, and taking part in art and performance with her energetic family. 


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Assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions & recruiting

After studying performance at New York University, Teresa found her development as an artist and human being in full bloom during her studies at Naropa’s MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program. She is delighted to share her transformative experiences in contemplative education through the Office of Admissions. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Teresa has danced, sung, and performed works of her own creation in various cities while establishing herself as a slam poet, teaching artist, and community facilitator. Coming from a bicultural family, she is passionate about creating supportive spaces for intercultural growth and understanding. She knows that Naropa provides a unique invitation to make friends with your own mind and believes everyone deserves the opportunity to access this kind of education. She is excited to empower students as they become the change they want to see in the world. Teresa loves to climb mountains, meet people from around the world, and consume fine art and vegetarian food whenever possible.   

Matt PowersMatt POwers

assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions & recruiting

Drawn to Buddhist psychology while working in the stressful environment of Washington, D.C. politics – and increasingly convinced that our conventional approaches to meeting modern-day challenges are incomplete and inadequate – you could say that Matt and Naropa was always a match meant to be.

Like many who eventually find their place here, Matt arrived at Naropa through a non-linear path. He first fell in love with Boulder as an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado. After pursuing graduate work at Columbia University in the field of international relations, living and working in various locales in the U.S. and abroad in China, he found himself drawn back to Boulder by Naropa’s unique mission to help transform the world through a radical self-transformational approach to education.

Matt spends his free time reading, writing, laughing, partaking in the various wonderful offerings special to Boulder and Colorado, and trying to retain his serenity while following his favorite sports teams.


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Sarah ByrdSARah byrd
Admissions Counselor

Sarah Byrd received her undergraduate degree at Naropa in the Religious Studies and Contemplative Psychology programs, as well as holding a minor in Sanskrit. Sarah has continued to stay connected to Naropa and has cultivated a contemplative-based life through meditation and mindfulness practices.

Sarah's programs: MA Transpersonal Art TherapyMA Somatic CounselingMA Theater.


Marcia MinkeMarcia Minke
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions & recruiting

Marcia Minke is inspired and honored to work directly with passionate and committed future students as a graduate admissions counselor at Naropa. She believes the Naropa educational experience and community offers students the opportunity to explore and pursue their dreams and ideals, while making the world a kinder, more compassionate place for all. She earned a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies and Sociology from a small liberal arts college in WI and her MA in Adult and Community Education from Colorado State University. After her Peace Corps Jamaica experience, Marcia headed to Colorado and enjoys the ‘Boulder’ lifestyle: fitness, organics, activism, health, and travel. Almost all of her vacations are to beautiful tropical destinations to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, running, beach time, sand, and beauty.  

                                                    Marcia's programs: MA Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling; MA Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy;                                                                                           MA Resilient Leadership; MA Ecopsychology (low residency)

Marcia MinkeNomali Perera
Assistant Director of GRADUATE ADMISSIONS & recruiting

Nomali first came to Naropa many years ago as a student to earn her BA, and has now returned as a staff member since early 2016. Due to her experience as a Naropa student, Nomali has a strong understanding about contemplative education and has continued to nurture learning and development in self and others. Nomali has an interdisciplinary BA in Contemplative Psychology and Religious Studies (Naropa University), MA in Nonprofit Management (Regis University) and a professional coaching certification (Integral Coaching Canada).

Nomali's programs: MA Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology; MFA Creative Writing and Poetics; MFA Creative Writing (low residency); MA Religious Studies; and Master of Divinity.




Daniel Cantrick

Daniel Cantrick
Data and Operations Manager

Born and raised in Boulder, Daniel has always felt at peace in the shadow of the awe-inspiring Flatirons rock-formations that overlook the city. A nature lover at heart, the scent of coastal breezes drew Daniel away from the Rocky Mountains and out to Southern California where he earned his Bachelor's degree studying Music and English. After spending time in the Los Angeles community, the forces that be pulled Daniel back to his mountainous roots and into the wondrous world of Naropa. He is a passionate musician that struggles with the urge to dirty his hands in a garden, while protecting the tools that he uses to create. This type of struggle fuels his drive for a dynamic lifestyle that involves being present and open to all that life has to offer. He is thrilled to be in a community that values mindfulness and is thankful to contribute to it on a daily basis. 


Martha Husick

Martha Husick
Office and Events Manager

Martha has been at Naropa since 2010, serving as the Office and Events Manager (or cruise director, as her co-workers sometimes call her) for the Office of Admissions. With over twenty years' experience in the collectibles auction world, Martha left the humidity and mosquitoes behind and relocated from New Jersey with her husband (who was entering Naropa's MDiv program), discovering almost immediately that this is where she was meant to be! It is now her pleasure to welcome new and prospective students and their families to the Naropa community and to beautiful Boulder, Colorado. 


Carole Wellmann

Carole Wellmann

Communication and Administrative Coordinator

Carole was first inspired to join the Naropa community in 2013 after her passion grew for sustainable agriculture and holistic medicine. Now an alumnus of the Environmental Studies program, she shares her love of Naropa by showing prospective students the value of contemplative education and the impact it has for our unique self and outward. Carole has been in Admissions her entirety at Naropa, as she worked as a work-study helping prospective graduate students on their educational journey before her position as the Communications & Administrative Coordinator.

When she is not being the soccer mom of cat moms, she spends her time window shopping at the all bougie places of Denver, checking out new music, and getting lost in art museums.