Dr. Chris Meiers joined Washington State University Tri-Cities on February 1, 2014. As the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Meiers provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to our comprehensive services and programs in enrollment management and student affairs, including recruitment, retention, financial aid, registration, career services, counseling services, and student involvement.
Dr. Meiers has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education and is a passionate educator, leader, mentor, and student advocate. His administrative roles have included more than 10 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he served in many capacities working his way up to the associate vice chancellor and clinical assistant professor level. He also has had administrative roles at Fort Hays State University (Kansas) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Kansas. Dr. Meiers received his Master of Science in Educational Administration and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Meiers has served as an advocate for policies, practices, and programs that enhance the student experience, foster student learning and development, and encourage student involvement. Known as a national expert on student information systems, enrollment technologies, and quantitatively measuring student outcomes, Dr. Meiers has presented nationally and received a number of awards. Dr. Meiers has also had national/regional leadership positions among the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of American Medical Colleges, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
His wife Mysti also is a higher educator administrator and they have an adult son back in Kansas.
Jana Kay Lunstad has more than 20 years of experience managing people and projects related to academic advising, recruitment, communications, and admissions. She joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2005 as an academic advisor and then moved to the Chancellor’s Office. She has overseen undergraduate admissions and recruitment, worked in Academic Affairs to support faculty, and is currently the Campus Registrar. Prior to working at WSU Tri-Cities, she worked at Utah State University in financial aid and academic advising.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Utah State University. She is actively involved in volunteerism and civic engagement. She was in Leadership Tri-Cities Class IVX and served on the Kennewick Arts Commission. She’s a member of the Columbia Basin Badgers Club, serves on the Richland Public Library Board of Trustees, and is the President of Soroptimist International of Three Rivers.
Erika Kraus joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2017 as the International Student Coordinator/Advisor. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Community, Environment and Development with an option in International Development and specialization and minor in Arabic Studies.
During her time at Penn State, Erika studied abroad several times in Europe and North Africa and she speaks French and Arabic. Erika has been involved in hunger and poverty alleviation and youth and women empowerment through education programs. She also participated in many rural and urban community development projects in the West Virginia Appalachian communities, Pittsburgh, PA and Rabat Morocco.
Lydia Zalubil is currently the Program Coordinator in the Registrar’s office. With an accounting degree from the Czech Republic, she began her career at WSU Tri-Cities in 1991, working in the copy/mail center and soon advanced to the receptionist position where she assisted with many of the admissions and registrar’s duties. She became part of the Student Affairs department in 2003.
Rita Reinhardt joined Washington State University Tri-Cities on May 1, 2017. Prior to joining the EMSS team, Rita was a Career Specialist at St. Louis Community College-Meramec where she has served in many leadership roles advancing the career and professional development of the students at STLCC. Prior to working at STLCC, she gained career development experiences from Indiana University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Rita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Communications from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. Rita also has been extensively involved in her previous communities by providing services to organizations such as the Urban Artists Alliance for Child Development, Missouri History Museum, Deaconess Foundation, Women’s Empowerment Movement, and the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. It is her goal to provide a strategic plan and vision for career development while creating and implementing a comprehensive process that will allow students to gain access to occupational-related resources.
Jason Yi joined WSU Tri-Cities in October 2017. He holds a bachelor of science in social sciences and a minor in business administration from Portland State University. He has an extensive background in career and workforce development in the Portland and Kansas City areas where he focused on working with students on portfolio development for externship/internship opportunities. Jason is responsible for developing co-curricular internship and career-connected opportunities for students.
Aphrodite Beidler, in Counseling Services, is a licensed mental health counselor in Washington state. She received her M.A. in Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne College in NC, and her M.Ed. from the University of Edinburgh in UK. Her experience comes from working with diverse people with different concerns ranging from everyday life problems to more complex issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, body image issues, and other significant problems. Aphrodite practices from an existential-humanistic therapeutic stance, and works with her clients to set goals, and to determine duration, and method of treatment. She helps clients utilize their own internal resources, resolve internal conflicts, and restore emotional balance and health.
Jordyn Creighton came to WSU Tri-Cities in 2013 and is the Financial Aid and Student Services Coordinator. Jordyn previously worked as the Assistant Greek Advisor at the University of Idaho. She received her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho, where she also earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science. Jordyn has her Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate and is Stop the Hate trained. She currently serves as the Communications Committee Chair for the Washington Financial Aid Association.
Danielle Kleist joined WSU Tri-Cities in September 2014. Prior to joining the EMSS team, Danielle was the Director of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement at the University of Miami in Florida. She also previously worked for NASPA as the Assistant Director for Educational Programs & NASPA Foundation in Washington, DC. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University and her Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Danielle is a native of Kennewick and excited to be returning home to work with the campus community.
RJ joined WSU Tri-Cities in August 2015. Before moving to the Tri-Cities area he was the Intramural and Club Sports Intern at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. RJ received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Dubuque and his Master’s Degree from Lasell College.
Stassia Feltes is the TRIO Student Support Services Manager at WSU Tri-Cities. Living in almost every quadrant of Washington State, Stassia is a true Washingtonian – from Seattle, to Spokane, Pullman, Tonasket, Yakima, and now the Tri-Cities, she brings different views to every situation. Stassia spent the last 5 years within TRIO, starting out as a Program Coordinator for the WSU TRIO Upward Bound that served high school students in Oroville and Tonasket. She spent the last two years as the director of a TRIO Upward Bound Math Science program in the Yakima Valley. During this tenure, she secured a $250,000/year grant, developed STEM based leadership and job shadow programs, significantly improved program performance, and was recently elected as the president-elect of the Washington State TRIO Association. Stassia earned two Cougar degrees holding a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
Keri Lobdell graduated from Park High in Livingston, Montana and received her AA from Columbia Basin College where she was a participant of the TRIO program. She earned her BA in Social Sciences from Washington State University with a focus on Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and went on to earn her MS in Psychology with an emphasis in Sociology. She has worked for CBC and Washington State University Tri-Cities in the areas of student success, engagement and leadership development.
Maria Lopez graduated from Kiona Benton High School and received her AA from Portland Community College. She is a past participant in both CAMP and TRiO Student Support Services (Maria was part of the first TRiO cohort here at WSUTC). She earned her BA in Social Science from Washington State University with a focus on Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Anthropology. Prior to becoming TRIO’s Program Assistant, Maria worked with the Pasco School District as a bilingual para-educator.