Academic Advising

As a complement to faculty mentoring and part of the Mines@150 strategic plan, CASA is transitioning to a four-year advising model where professional advisors will advise undergraduate students from entry through graduation. CASA advisors will provide generalized advising for first-year students and specialized, major-specific advising for continuing students through a close and active partnership with academic departments.

One of the main reasons we are moving to a four-year advising model is to enhance faculty mentorship for all students at Mines. We encourage all students to have an active relationship with faculty from the moment they start at Mines and will continue to support students developing and maintaining faculty mentoring relationships. We see four-year advising in CASA as an added benefit, as students now have one more person who can assist with understanding academic requirements and to encourage success at Mines.

We now have two advising teams, one for first-year students and one for upperclass students confirmed in majors. CASA first-year advisors will work with all incoming first-year students by last name and upperclass advisors will work with upperclass students by major. Our two Associate Directors will also work with transfer, returning, and upperclass students.

As part of the restructure, CASA recently moved to Aspen Hall. We’re anticipating opening on Monday, August 24th  for limited in-person appointments and will continue to provide remote support via chat, email, phone, or Zoom from our website.

All incoming students are assigned an Academic Advising Coordinator in CASA by last name. This Coordinator will advise students until they confirm their major at the end of their first year or the middle of their second year and transition to a CASA Major Advisor and faculty mentor/advisor. 

How Can My Advisor Help?

Your advisor can help with the following…

  • planning upcoming semester’s courseload,
  • deciding a new major, minor, or Area of Special Interest,
  • assistance with transfer credit,
  • assistance with AP/IB credit,
  • individual assistance with coursework,
  • and much more…
But I'm Already Declared?

Students entering the university HAVE NOT declared a major. Any major noted within your Trailhead Account is merely an interest. Students are encouraged to explore each of the disciplines at Mines.

This interest is helpful in properly planning your projected academic path.

Students will complete a Declaration of Major Form with their academic advisor. Most students will complete this declaration half-way through their sophomore year. Your advisor will assist with this process. Students with many advanced credits or transfer credits may petition to declare early.

How Do I Connect with My Advisor?

So easy! You can call or email our office and we can help you set up an appointment with your assigned advisor. You are welcome to come into CASA during normal working hours and we can help you set up an appointment at that time. We offer walk in appointments twice a year–all other times you must make an appointment to meet with an advisor.

How Do I Change My Classes in Trailhead?

Follow these instructions to change your classes in Trailhead.

How Do I Receive My PIN to Register?

Students with a CASA advisor may have a Registration PIN. Those who have PINs will be proactively emailed by their academic advisor. Those who do not have PINs are still encouraged to connect with CASA and utilize their numerous advertised advising sessions. This PIN is obtained via your Academic Advisor.


CASA is operating virtually and staff are working remotely Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. We are providing options for telephone and virtual advising appointments.

For immediate assistance during normal working hours (M-F, 8am-5pm):

  • Chat with us at (bottom right)
  • Call ‪720-260-4674 (staffed business hours)
  • Fill out the contact form at bottom of page
  • Please contact us with questions.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time there will be a 24 to 48-hour response time for all inquires.

First-Year Advisors

Sadie Downs | FIRST-YEAR Students with last names A-F


  • BA, English & Spanish – University of Northern Colorado
  • MA, College Student Personnel – Bowling Green State University


  • Advises students with last name: A-F
  • Coordinates Bounce Back Class

Although I moved around a lot growing up, I’ve continued to bounce around Colorado for the last 13 years, settling at Mines in 2017.  Before joining the CASA team, I was the Residence Life Coordinator of the Traditional Halls, and I have loved getting to be a part of the unique and incredible Mines community! I enjoy assisting people in figuring out what they value, what goals they have, and how they can move forward to accomplish those goals. In my spare time, I like hiking in the Colorado sunshine, losing track of time in bookstores and libraries, skating in a local roller derby league, and over analyzing which Hogwarts houses fictional characters belong in. I also love learning new things and random trivia, so when you stop by, tell me the weirdest or most interesting fact you know! I can’t wait to meet you soon!

Lisa Anderson | FIRST-YEAR Students with last names G-O


  • BS, Petroleum Engineering – Colorado School of Mines
  • MA, Leadership, Concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education – University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


  • Advises students with last name: G-O
  • Coordinates Peer Advising Program

I am a Colorado native and a Mines alumna. I love being back here at Mines helping students through this amazing institution.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, food, naps, craft projects, reading, funny videos, travel and exploring whatever I find interesting.  I encourage you to ask questions and explore what your heart pulls you to while you are here.  Push beyond your comfort zone a little and try something new.  You never know what you may find. I also keep snacks in my office in the cupcake cookie jar on my desk (and candy in my candy dish), so stop in if you need a quick snack!

Yonas Hagos | First-Year Students with last names P-Z


  • BS, Applied Communication Arts & Science – University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • MA, Leadership, Concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education – University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


  • Advises students with last name: P-Z
  • Coordinates Tutoring and Core Review Sessions

Yonas is passionate about helping students think critically about their academic and personal journey, creating short and long-term goals, and providing academic coaching. Yonas received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master’s in Leadership with a Concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

In his free time, Yonas loves to cook, play basketball, spending time with his family, go on an adventure with his partner and Naughty Nala the dog, and live a healthy and active lifestyle. On an average weekend, you’ll find Yonas reading books, spending time outdoors as possible and play basketball.

Major Advisors (upperclass)

Geological Engineering
Geophysical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering



Chemical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Jamie Bachmeier




  • Advises majors declared into Geological Engineering | Geophysical Engineering | Mining Engineering | Petroleum Engineering


Jennie Gambach


  • BA, Political Science – Macalester College
  • MA, College Student Personnel Administration – Canisius College


  •  Advises students declared into Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering

I grew up in Springfield, IL and have lived in St. Paul (MN), Rome, Chicago, Buffalo (NY), State College (PA), rural southern Illinois, Trenton (NJ), and now Littleton, CO. I’ve loved all of the places I’ve lived, so if you have a connection to one of these spots please let me know! Before entering higher education, I worked at non-profits, including a really cool documentary film company. Within the world of higher education, I’ve worked in areas ranging from ed-tech software consulting to career services. I’ve been in advising for a while now and my favorite part is answering student questions and learning more about your academic journey. I have two little boys (and an old man dog) who occupy pretty much all of my free time these days!

Ben Moore




  • Advises students declared into Mechanical Engineering

I am born and raised in Colorado. My work passion is helping students reach their educational goals and I am proud that I have been able to do that over the last ten years as a college Admissions Counselor, Financial Aid Counselor and Academic Advisor. I particularly enjoy working with the students at Mines, as they teach me engineering and science concepts on a daily basis. In my personal life, I love being a dad to two daughters and experiencing the outdoors; particularly on my mountain bike.

Applied Math & Statistics

Electrical Engineering


Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Materials & Metallurgical Engineering

Computer Science

Economics & Business

Taylor Hase




  • Advises students declared into Applied Math & Statistics | Electrical Engineering | Physics

Personal: Coming soon!

Stephen Green


  • BS, New Media Communication – Indiana University Kokomo
  • MS, Student Affairs in Higher Education – Colorado State University


  • Advises students declared into Civil Engineering | Environmental Engineering | Materials & Metallurgical Engineering

I grew up in Central Indiana, but I am no stranger to Colorado’s Front Range. Having previously lived in Fort Collins, I am so happy to be back in this beautiful state. Before Mines, I worked for colleges in Rhode Island and the Chicagoland area. Up to this point, I have primarily worked in the areas of Residence Life and Student Activities, however my higher education career began as a Peer Advisor during my undergraduate years. I spend most of my free time tending to my rapidly growing houseplant collection, trying out new vegan recipes, and hanging out with my talkative cat, Laurel.

Colleen Maroney


  • BA, Human Development and Family Studies
  • M.Ed, Higher Education in Student Affairs


  • Advises students declared into Computer Science and Economics & Business

I am passionate about helping students create and attain their educational goals and develop a sense of self.

I grew up in Massachusetts and worked in the mental health field for 5 years prior to entering the higher education advising world. I have been loving life in Colorado for 3 years now and in my spare time I am typically hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, taking spontaneous weekend trips or getting creative and artsy. I love hearing about people’s unique interests, hobbies and quirks so please share! I look forward to meeting you!


Associate Director

Associate Director


Katie Ludwin


  • BA, Psychology – University of Puget Sound
  • MA, Educational Leadership: Higher Education Student Affairs – University of Northern Colorado


  • Advises Transfer students and students returning to Mines
  • Oversees first-year advising team

I have been on the Mines campus since the fall of 2015. Before joining the CASA team as an Associate Director, I served in a contractual capacity as a project manager for Career Day, as a part-time advisor in CASA, and as the Director of Disability Support Services at Mines. I am continually impressed with the tenacity, passion, and kindness of students on this campus and am humbled to work with them as they tackle their educational pursuits. Away from work I enjoy being outside with my family, including the newest addition, Alma, a beautiful bernedoodle pup! Come by CASA to have a chat or to get some information about navigating Mines. We’re here for you!

Dr. Karla Perez-Velez




  • Advises Mechanical Engineering students and provides additional major support

Personal: Coming soon!

Jen Drumm




  • Advises students declared into Computer Science | Economics & Business

Personal: Coming soon!

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