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.
Darlene Scrivner is the Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Services. Darlene started work at WSU Tri-Cities in 2006 as assistant to the Supervisor for Student Teaching and Office Assistant in the Education Department. In 2010 she became the Program Assistant for Professional Programs and moved to Career Development and the Undergraduate Advising Center as the Program Assistant in 2012. Darlene earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from WSU Tri-Cities and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership in May 2017.
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.
Prior to this position, Eadie worked as a Development Coordinator where she fundraised for the WSU Tri-Cities campus and its many initiatives, including scholarships. She also worked for WSU Pullman’s International Programs/Education Abroad for seven years, where she managed the study abroad and exchange programs for WSU. During this time, Eadie received the Distinguished Employee Excellence Award from WSU President Sam Smith. Eadie attended Lower Columbia Community College, graduated from Western Business College, and currently attends Washington State University.
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.
Brandon Fox joined WSU Tri-Cities in September 2015. Before that, Brandon was the Coordinator of Student Activities and an Adjunct Faculty Member in Graphic Design at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Brandon earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Kansas State University and his Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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.