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PPSC COSI Coaches provide Financial Literacy, Career Management, and Scholarship workshop events to develop student success skills in their academic, professional, and personal lives. 
Barbara Sandlin COSI Coach Lead

Barbara Sandlin

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Barbara Sandlin comes to Pikes Peak State College via Memphis, TN, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University.  Following several successful years working in human resources, Barbara returned to school at the University of Memphis to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

For the past 15 years, Barbara worked at Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC) in Memphis.  While at STCC, she worked in a variety of positions, ranging from a specialist for an early childhood grant, a scholarship program director, to a faculty member and program coordinator. After sending her only child to college in the fall of 2019, Barbara headed west to enjoy beautiful mountain sunsets and time with family.  

Contact Info

Office (719) 502-2446
Cell (719) 426-0840

Fern Daum

Hello to all! My name is Fern, and I am the newest member of the COSI Success Team! A bit about myself: I’m a Colorado Springs native who recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I have three pets – a dog named Winnie and two parrots named Pippin (center) and Pepe (right). In my free time I love to read (tell me about your favorite books!), hang out with my pets, watch anime, or play an occasional video game. Prior to joining the COSI Success Team, I was a math and biology tutor in the Learning Commons so you might have already seen me around campus. I’m also a Pikes Peak State College and COSI alumni, so I’ve been exactly where our COSI Scholars are and am all too familiar with the struggles they might be facing not only as a student, but also as a COSI Scholar. As a coach, I hope to support them in their endeavors both at Pikes Peak State College and beyond. I look forward to getting to working alongside everyone to help our students navigate this crazy experience called college!

Contact Info
Office (719) 502-3239

Fern Daum COSI coach


COSI Coach Chrystal Navarro

Chrystal Navarro

¡Hola! I'm your COSI Coach Chrystal Navarro. I am a Chicana from Dallas, Texas and have been living in Colorado Springs for about 10 years. Although I miss my family tons, I stayed for the growth opportunities and the mountains (surprise, surprise lol). My background is in aquatics, psychology, and counseling which has taught me to deeply value transparency, honesty, and communication.

As a first-generation college student, my family couldn’t teach me how to choose a career or navigate college life. I felt lost (A LOT), but they were able to teach me that education is worth the investment, treat others as family, have a quality work ethic, and never lose the drive to do my best. What is powerful about these lessons is that I have been able to use them for every path I have taken. My role as your coach is to do the same: to support, encourage, and teach you skills that can be applied in and outside the classroom.  

Many of us may feel alone or believe that struggling means we are failing. What a load of crap! I believe if we learn to ask for help, are willing to problem-solve, and most importantly give ourselves grace we can grow through the challenges we face. Please know that you are enough and NOT alone. I look forward to working with each of you 😊

Contact Info
Office (719) 502-3635
Cell (719) 640-1282