Staff of the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Jennifer Cole
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor

Contact Information:
Regent Administrative Center, Room 203
37 UCB


Cindy Pickett

Cynthia G. Pickett, CFA
Finance and Accounting Director
Undergraduate Education and ODECE

Cindy Pickett joined the University of Colorado Boulder in October 2009. She received her BS in Management and Finance from Truman State University, and her MS in Finance from Colorado State University. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Currently, she supports the Vice Chancellor for ODECE, the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, 13 University Departments/Programs, several federal grant programs, and a variety of other long-term projects for CU.

Cindy takes the missions of the programs that she supports very seriously and enjoys working on departmental strategy issues as well as budgeting and accounting questions. She spends significant energy working with others to identify ways to improve the campus and classroom climate for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Chancellor's Standing Committee on GLBT Issues.

Prior to joining the University of Colorado Boulder, her positions included Finance and Investments Officer at First National Bank Trust Division, Treasury and Risk Manager at Santa Clara University, and Business Manager at the National Business Officers Association. In her nonexistent spare time, Cindy sings with Resonance Women's Chorus of Boulder and has volunteered for a variety of organizations including Front Range Hippotherapy, the Kutandara Center, Boulder Valley Schools, SPAN, and many others.

Contact information:
Regent Administrative Center, Room 203B
18 UCB

Marshall Smith, Ph.D
ALEKS Program Analyst

Contact Information:
Regent Administrative Center, Room 203
37 UCB


Larry Bell
Executive Director, Office of International Education

Originally trained in Linguistics and ESL, Bell has degrees from Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he taught for two years. He also taught in and directed the Intensive English Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 12 years before moving into international education administration on that campus. All told, Bell's higher education international experience combines for a total of over 35 years on four campuses.

Bell has served NAFSA: Association of International Education in a number of positions. Most recently he served as NAFSA's Vice President for Policy and Practice (2005 – 07) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of International Educational Administrators (AIEA) (2009 – 2012). In addition, he has served in elected positions in TESOL and other professional associations; and, has served or is currently serving on the boards of several foundations and educational organizations. He also received a Fulbright for a program in Korea in 2000 and was recently awarded a Fulbright to India in 2014.

Bell developed his interest in international activities while serving as a draftee in the military in Viet Nam. After leaving the army, he studied Vietnamese language and linguistics (his BA is in Vietnamese Language from SIU, MA in Linguistics) and that started him on his international journey. That journey has taken him to more than forty different countries as a part of his higher education work

Contact information:
Campus International Center - Center for Community S355

Steve Dinauer
Director, Presidents Leadership Class
Colonel, US Marine Corps (Retired)

Steve Dinauer joined the PLC team in 2013 after a 27-year career in the US Marine Corps, the last stop of which was here at CU Boulder's Naval ROTC program as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science. A Wisconsin native, Steve earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in International Relations, and his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. An infantry officer by trade, he held a variety of command and staff billets. He led infantry and light armored reconnaissance units from the platoon to battalion levels, to include command during two combat tours. He also oversaw the operations and the school for the program that provides highly trained Marines to the Department of State for embassy security, and was the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton's Director of Security and Emergency Services. Steve served twice in the Pentagon first with the Joint Staff in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and later on the staff within the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a strategic planner and as the Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict.

While with CU's Naval ROTC, he taught their upper-division “Leadership and Ethics” course for three years. Steve also contributes here at CU as a Lead Appeal Reviewer for the Office of Student Conduct, and was the lecturer for the Honor Code Office's “Ethics and Integrity Seminar” for two years. In addition to being the Director of PLC, he is also the First-Year Lecturer for PRLC 1810, Ethical Leadership, and PRLC 1820, Community Issues in Leadership.

Contact Information:
Norlin S425

Joan Gabriele
Director, Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs

I've been at the University of Colorado since 1987, first as a graduate student and teacher of writing and literature, then as the SASC writing coordinator, and now as program director. As Director of SUEP I serve as the CU Boettcher Scholar mentor and oversee Norlin Scholars, Professional and Academic Conference Endowment and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Working with students and supervising instructors and staff over the years has crystalized my professional interests into a few key areas: human development and personal narrative, contemplative education, and inclusive excellence. I'm fortunate to work with exceptional staff who value creating and sustaining a healthy and balanced environment for ourselves and our students, and I find great joy in supporting the intellectual, social and personal growth of students, helping them achieve wholeness as human beings and emerging scholars and professionals.

Contact information:
Norlin Library Room S436
365 UCB
303-735-6677 (phone)
303-492-3851 (fax)


Colonel Michael J. Gough, USMC
Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science

Colonel Michael J. Gough is a graduate of James Madison University. After officer training and flight school, he was designated as an AV-8B Harrier pilot. He has served in several Marine Attack Squadrons, holding various leadership positions: Aviation Safety Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Detachment Officer-in-Charge, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. He has deployed numerous times to combat operations and as part of periodic unit deployments.

Colonel Gough has served as an exchange pilot with the Spanish Navy, a program officer at the U.S. Naval Academy, a special assistant to the Combatant Commander of U.S. Southern Command, and as Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 13. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, the Naval War College, and the Joint Force Staff College. His most recent assignment was as the Chief of Staff of I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Contact information:
374 UCB
303-492-8858 (phone)


Corinna S. Rohse
Director, Student Academic Success Center (SASC)

Hello! I am the Director of SASC, a multicultural learning community whose students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the academic, personal, and professional success of CU Boulder undergraduates. Trained as a teacher and scholar in literature and philosophy, I hold my BA from the University of British Columbia and my PhD from Harvard University. I have a 25-year record of teaching and administration in higher education that focuses on serving underrepresented and underserved learners, including first-generation, low-income, minority, non-traditional, and physically or learning challenged students. The SASC mission of inclusive excellence — access, equity, and success -- is meaningful to me, personally and professionally, and I am honored to be a member of Dr. Grant's team to foster the success of our extraordinary undergraduate community.

Contact Information:
Fleming 146

Student Academic Success Center
109 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0109
Tel 303-492-1416
Fax 303-492-3035

Aaron Roof

Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Roof
Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Roof serves as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Aaron was commissioned into the infantry in 1997 from the United States Military Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

LTC Roof first served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC, then later as a platoon leader and adjutant for 2nd Ranger Battalion at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Following the infantry captain's career course, Aaron served at the Joint Security Area in Panmunjon, Korea prior to commanding 2nd Infantry Division's Long Range Surveillance detachment. In 2004 Aaron transitioned to Army Special Operations – serving as a troop commander and squadron operations officer in USASOC.
In 2009 LTC Roof graduated from the Naval War College with a degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was then assigned to the Joint Staff – serving with the Deputy Director for Special Operations. In 2012 Aaron returned to USASOC in both operations and staff positions.

LTC Roof's military schools include the Naval War College's Command and Staff course, Free Fall parachutist course, SERE (both high risk and level C), advanced land navigation course and qualification course, long range surveillance leader course, mechanized leader course, command and service support school, infantry maneuver course, jumpmaster course, ranger school, airborne school, and master fitness trainer course.

LTC Roof's awards and decorations include a bronze star medal for valor, bronze star medal, purple heart, defense meritorious service medal, meritorious service medal, air medal, joint service commendation medal, Iraq campaign medal, Joint Chiefs of Staff identification badge, Ranger tab, combat infantryman's badge, expert infantryman's badge, military freefall parachutist badge and master parachutist badge.

Aaron has three children – a boy and two girls.

Contact information:
Folsom Stadium 215, Gate 3
370 UCB

Ann Scarritt
Director, Leadership Residential Academic Program (RAP) comprised of the Chancellor's Leadership Studies Program (CLSP) and the Ethnic Living and Learning Community Leadership Studies Program (ELLC)

Contact information:
Kittredge Central, Room S170
406 UCB

Colonel Bradley P. Thompson
Commander, AFROTC Det 105, and Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies

Colonel Bradley P. Thompson is the Commander, AFROTC, Detachment 105, and Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies, University of Colorado Boulder. As commander, Colonel Thompson is responsible for developing AFROTC cadets into becoming the best Air Force leaders and citizens of character dedicated to serving our Nation.

Col Thompson entered the Air Force in 1988 after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He was a Minuteman ICBM instructor crew commander for four and one-half years before becoming a Special Tactics Officer (STO). He also served as a group commander, deputy group commander, flight commander, assistant operations officer, director of operations, squadron commander, and strategic planner. He is a military qualified static line and free fall parachutist and a U.S. Navy qualified combat scuba diver. Prior to assuming his current assignment, Col Thompson was the chief, operations division for Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Contact information:
Stadium Gate 5
371 UCB

Deborah Viles
Director, Office of Top Scholarships and Assessment Coordinator

Deborah Viles works in the Office of Undergraduate Education as Assistant to the Vice Provost and Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor, where she has two primary roles. In her role as Director of the Office of Top Scholarships, Deborah works with students applying for nationally prestigious scholarships, like the Rhodes, the Truman, the Goldwater, and others. She advises students through the process from beginning to end, from identifying and publicizing opportunities, to providing feedback on application essays, to conducting practice interviews. Our students bring an amazing wealth of experience and achievement to the process.

As Assessment Coordinator for the Boulder campus, Deborah works closely with the Assessment Oversight Committee to encourage every campus department and unit to improve their programs through good assessment practice. The university is committed to making sure our students have the best experience possible while they are here, and assessment helps ensure we're providing just that.

Deborah came to the Office of Undergraduate Education from the Program for Writing and Rhetoric, where she taught for many years and then moved to the administrative side as the Program Assistant. She's worked on campus for more than 25 years. She earned her M.A. from CU in English Literature, Creative Writing.

When she's not working you might find Deborah singing in Resonance Women's Chorus, playing her clarinet, hiking, reading almost anything, or baking something decadent in her kitchen.

Contact information:
Norlin Library Room S429
365 UCB

Col J. Scott Walsh, USMC
Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science

Col “Vapor” Walsh attended the University of California, Berkeley and received his commission in 1985 via the Platoon Leaders Course as the Honor graduate and recipient of the Commandant's Trophy. He completed The Basic School as an Honor graduate and earned a regular commission via meritorious augmentation. He earned his Wings and proceeded to MCAS Cherry Point, NC for training in the AV-8B Harrier.

Col Walsh served two tours in Cherry Point as a Harrier pilot in VMA-542 and VMA-231 for a total of nine years. During these years he participated in deployments to WestPac, the Mediterranean, and SW Asia for Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait/Iraq, Joint Guard in Bosnia, Silver Wake in Albania, and Guardian Retrieval in Congo/Zaire. He has served two tours at Headquarters Marine Corps; one tour in the Officer Assignments Branch and another in the Aviation Requirements Branch as the AV-8B Program Coordinator. His overseas assignment was in Okinawa as the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Operations Officer.

Col Walsh commanded Training Squadron SIX at NAS Whiting Field and later returned to assume the duty as the first Marine Commodore of Training Air Wing FIVE in Whiting Field where he led the introduction of the new T-6B Texan II as the primary flight trainer aircraft.

Most recently Col Walsh conducted his Joint assignment as the Chief of Current Operations in US Central Command followed by a year in command of the Counterinsurgency Advisory & Assistance Team in Afghanistan. He currently serves as the Professor of Naval Science at the University of Colorado.

Col Walsh has earned two Masters Degrees from attending both the US Navy War College where he graduated with Distinction when a Major, and from the Air War College where he graduated with highest Distinction when a Lieutenant Colonel. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V", Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Air Medal with Bronze Star, Combat “V”, and Strike numeral “3”, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Contact information:
374 UCB
O: 303-492-8858

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