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AWARE|University Counseling Center

Meet Our Staff

Lena Newlin, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

Lena Newlin, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
AWARE Program Coordinator,
Assistant Director, University Counseling Center 
lnewlin@uwyo.edu 

  1. Where are you from? I'm originally from Riverton, Wyoming. I spent eleven years living in Corvallis and Salem Oregon, and have lived in Laramie since 2005.

  2. What do you like best about your job? I like working with so many different people. I get to work with students, staff, faculty, administrators, community members, and other  colleagues from across the country. I also like learning more about students' experiences at UW.

  3. Favorite things? There are a lot of things that I love to do. I am a competitive racquetball player and really enjoy teaching a PEAC racquetball class every semester along with coaching the UW Club Racquetball team. I also love to mountain bike, water ski, cross-country ski, play soccer, broomball, and just stay active.  Most of all, though, I love just hanging out with my husband, Nat, our daughter, Reyna, and our dogs. Finally, I am bilingual in Spanish and so I love traveling to Latin America and speaking Spanish.

Caroline Johnson

Caroline Johnson
Office Associate, Senior
cjohnson@uwyo.edu  

  1. Where are you from? I was born in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming when I was ten, I graduated from Riverton High School and attended the University of Wyoming.  I have worked at UW for over 30 years.

  2. What do you like best about your job? I enjoy helping young people to better themselves and to be part of that process however I can and maybe make the journey a little more enjoyable.

  3. Favorite things? My favorite things are family and that includes my community of friends.

Lynnda Oslund Burnison

Lynnda Lee Oslund Burnison
Office Assistant Senior
LBurni@uwyo.edu 

  1. Where are you from? I was born in Denver, CO and raised in Cheyenne, WY.

  2. What do you like best about your job? Helping the students.

  3. Favorite things? Spending time with my family.

Amanuel Haile

 

Amanuel Asfaw
AWARE Graduate Assistant
aware@uwyo.edu

  1. Where are you from? I was born and raised in Ethiopia.

  2. What do you like best about your job?  I enjoy working with students and contributing my share for their success. I also like this work for its opportunity to learn from the UW students and the AWARE staff.

  3. Favorite things? My favorite things are watching and playing soccer, riding, hiking, reading and chatting with friends.

Jude

Jude Austin
AWARE Graduate Assistant
aware@uwyo.edu   

  1. Where are you from? I was raised Scott, Louisiana. I attended the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas where I received my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees. I then applied and was accepted into the University of Wyoming’s Counselor Education & Supervision PhD program.

  2. What do you like best about your job? I love working with such a genuine and caring staff. The best part about my job is the variety of individuals I get to interact with. This job also gives me a great opportunity to be an agent for change in many areas around the UW community.

  3. Favorite things? A few of my favorite things are biking, running, working out, reading, spending time with my family and friends, and Arsenal Futball Club.

Jason Tyser

Jason Tyser
AWARE Graduate Assistant
aware@uwyo.edu

  1. Where are you from? I’m from Buffalo, Wyoming. I’ve lived in Laramie for the past 7 years while going to school as an undergraduate student and now as a graduate student.

  2. What do you like best about your job? I’m deeply invested in helping people achieve their potential. My job allows me to help people build healthy lifestyles which is a major avenue towards fostering growth in their goals pursuits and ultimately their potential.

  3. Favorite things? I enjoy engaging in a variety of activities including: spending time with family, weight lifting, playing basketball, and spending time in the mountains hunting and hiking.

Stephanie Bachtelle

Stephanie Bachtelle
AWARE Graduate Assistant
aware@uwyo.edu

  1. Where are you from? I was raised in Tustin, California.  I attended both UCLA and Chapman University for my undergraduate degree and spent a year and a half in Southern Utah for an internship.  I moved to Laramie in summer 2012 to pursue my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Wyoming.  
  2. What do you like best about your job? I enjoy helping students find balance within their current place in life.  By incorporating past experiences, navigating current obstacles or life changes, and working toward ultimate life goals and aspirations, I hope to help students not only realize but work towards achieving their full potential.  This job allows me to help others work towards living a happy and healthy life. 
  3. Favorite things? A few of my favorite things are baking, cooking, doing yoga, going to baseball games, making jewelry, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

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