Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Kofi BarkoMeet Kofi Barko, Assistant Director of the Titan Success Center!

Kofi Barko lives by the philosophy “If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together”. He understands that success is a result of collective effort by all stakeholders. As a student affairs professional his number one goal is to help students go farther and excel in their academics, careers and personal lives. He helps students build a strong foundation by providing them with resources they need, connecting them to relevant personnel and motivating them to persevere.

He enjoys working with students of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences as it challenges him to broaden his worldview. His interests in philosophy, psychology and sociology are fueled by a desire to understand inequity in society and how to address it through education.

On weekends and during breaks Kofi enjoys reading mystery novels, learning about art history and watching seasons –yes, seasons- of his favorite t.v. shows on Netflix.

To him, helping students develop the skills they need to be successful is the most exciting part of being the Assistant Director. Stop by and speak to him in the Titan Success Center.

To contact Kofi, email kbarko@iusb.edu


Erin BrownMeet Erin Brown, an Academic Success Coach in the Titan Success Center!

Erin is a Houston native and Indiana University South Bend alum who adores libraries, learning, and alliteration. She has worked as an English teacher in South Bend middle and high schools and for TRiO’s Summer Academy, and finds teenagers hilarious. When Erin was a student at IUSB, she worked as a peer mentor - advising fellow students in navigating campus, study skills and strategies, and financial and time management, and offered moral support.

In her free time, Erin is a homebody who revels in reading horror and thriller novels, cross stitching silly things, and just hanging out with her husband and two sons. When she does leave home, she likes to visit downtown South Bend and check out what’s new, or take the train to Chicago and explore the museums and people-watch.

Serving as an Academic Success Coach allows Erin to continue her mission to help students succeed and reach their academic goals. She looks forward to meeting as many Titans as possible.

Stop in and say hello and let us show you what the Titan Success Center can do for you!

To contact Erin, email ekpowers@iusb.edu


Araceli Lepe-MorenoMeet Araceli Lepe-Moreno, an Academic Success Coach in the Titan Success Center!

Araceli was born and raised in California. She moved to Indiana after finishing her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services in the school of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. Araceli has worked with helping students since she was a student worker in high school. For the past ten years she continued her work with students by working as the English Language Learner Advisor at Goshen High School(GHS). As the advisor at GHS she worked with students of different nationalities and cultures. She firmly believes that education is the key to success which is why she is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work degree.

In her free time, Araceli likes to spend time with her family that includes her spouse and two children, Naomi and Victor. She also enjoys reading and traveling to California and Mexico to visit family.

Araceli is excited to join the Titan Success Center as the new Academic Success Coach. She looks forward to continuing her work with students and is ready to help students reach their goal of earning their bachelor’s degree at IU South Bend.

To contact Araceli, email alepemor@iusb.edu