Bill Peden, Enrollment Coach
Bill believes that higher education is unique in its ability to empower individuals to unlock what the author Frederick Buechner defines as vocation; namely, “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” He sees coaching as a tool that helps students articulate their passion and put it into action, and is excited to work with universities cultivating new ways to meet the needs of students in today’s world.
Bill holds a BA in Religious Studies from Belmont University’s School of Religion. He deeply appreciated the relationships he formed with the faculty and staff during his time as an undergrad, and was able to experience a wonderfully different culture through a summer study abroad program in Angers, France in 2006. With the thirst for knowledge unquenched, Bill moved to Boston to attend graduate school at Boston University School of Theology and complete a MTS in Narrative Theology and Popular Culture. These studies took him to Cuba to study differing expressions of faith traditions in a postcolonial empire, as well as focus on liberation narratives found in some of today’s popular music. After nearly 3 years in Boston his journey returned him to Nashville, TN to focus on supporting students outside of the classroom, and completed Vanderbilt University’s Higher Education Administration graduate program.
Bill has worked with traditional and adult and professional enrolled students for the past three years. Prior to his current role, Bill was a Student Coach and Academic Support Specialist at Belmont University, as well as a member of a Student Leadership Development taskforce at Vanderbilt University. His transition to Roosevelt is an exciting opportunity to grow in his love for student success and vocational discernment!
In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys, and dog Sherpa, fly fishing, wood working, and playing darts with friends.n.
Patrick Boye, Enrollment Coach
Patrick believes coaching is an effective tool for breaking down intangible goals into smaller, manageable steps towards success. Prior to joining the Coaching team, Patrick worked as a bank manager and enjoyed implementing new processes, which has lead him to enjoy working with universities who are changing the way they meet the needs of adult and professional students.
Patrick holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication where he focused on non-profit public relations. Patrick also served as the Student Senate Vice President and as one of the five student members to the Faculty Senate. He worked as vocal advocate within the university and in the state capitol on student issues like poor housing conditions, departmentalization of the Ethnic Studies major, and reappropriation of athletic spending to reinvest in student programs.
In 2008, Patrick led a team of 12 Oregon students to Washington D.C. in collaboration with the United States Student Association. Students met with US representatives and senators to talk about how upcoming votes on the DREAM act and the changes to the federal student aid structure would impact under-represented students in Oregon. From this experience, Patrick found that his passion was to work as an ally for students by carving out spaces where their voices could be heard.
In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking with his dog, going to the gym and cooking with his partner.
Maddie Combs, Enrollment Coach
Maddie believes that the key to student success is the ability to connect with a purpose and motivation toward long term goals. Coaching has enabled her to connect with many prospective students from varied backgrounds on their core values around learning. She specializes in working with adult learners.
Maddie attended the University of Oregon where she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Crime and Deviant Behavior. She spent a term abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Universidad Catolica Argentina and was a member of the university women’s soccer team. While abroad, she learned Castellano (dialect of Spanish used in Spain and Argentina) and embraced a new culture, which ultimately expanded and heightened her passion for studying Sociology.
Prior to coaching, Maddie volunteered in her community by tutoring at after school programs, camp counseling at the YMCA, and co-organizing a non-profit soccer camp for underprivileged youth in San Francisco, CA. Her love of connecting with and helping people made a transition to coaching a smooth and exciting one!
In her free time, Maddie enjoys socializing with friends and family, dancing, playing soccer, singing karaoke, comedy shows and international travel.