Student Access Staff
Amy Culwell, Student Access
Coordinator of Testing, Technology, Digital Accessibility, and Starfish Administration
Joseph Hunter, Student Access
Coordinator for Academic Support
Dave Kobel, Student Access
Director of Access
I have been a member of the TU family since 2003. I received my Bachelor’s in Accounting from The University of Tulsa. I have worked as a Work-study Student, Administrative Assistant, and currently as Coordinator for Student Access throughout my time at TU. Having experienced both the student and administrative sides of Student Access, student success became my passion. It is my belief that all students can be successful and deserve equal access to do so. It is an honor to be a part of the process.
Tawny Rigsby, Ph.D., University Compliance and Risk Management
Director of Campus Accessibility and ADA/504 Coordinator
Holden Trainer, Student Access
Coordinator of Student Success, Pathfinders, and Accommodations
I realized I wanted to work with college students while serving as a Resident Assistant and then Hall Director. Students are an incredibly fun population, and partnering with them as they navigate college and learn how to be successful academically and in life is an amazing purpose that has strongly called me. My bachelor’s degree in English prepared me to think critically and capitalize on written communication in my work, and my master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel afforded me internship and practicum opportunities to provide individual and group counseling to college students at the University Counseling Center. I received my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Therapy from Oklahoma State University. These experiences helped me better understand student development as well as academic and life skill-building.
For five years, I served as the Student Conduct Officer at OSU, which gave me opportunities to help students change behaviors that were not serving them well, and learn about their roles and responsibilities in a community. While working full time, I completed my Ph.D. program, and this gave me a real understanding of the struggles students can face in managing competing priorities.
At TU, I had the pleasure of serving as Director of the Center for Student Academic Success and served students through coaching, tutoring, and accessibility/accommodations for 10 years. I have felt especially called to help in ensuring equity and access for all people, and am a certified professional educational therapist (ET/P).
In 2018, I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and really experienced the family that is TU. Compassion and empathy guide my work–most everyone you encounter either just finished facing difficulty, is currently facing difficulty, or is about to face difficulty in some way. Community is essential to well being, and colleges are communities that can either support members in thriving, or create atmospheres where people are just surviving. TU is a community that rallies around all its members, and we pride ourselves on being there to cheer when people succeed and also being there when people inevitably face challenge.
In my current role in University Compliance, I serve as the University’s subject-matter expert on requirements and compliance with the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, and continue directing efforts for accessibility across campus, determining eligibility for accommodations, and conducting educational programming and initiatives. I am committed to helping and serving wherever I can, and it is a true honor to play a part in supporting people at TU.