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About Us: Meet the Student Affairs Team

Student Affairs reports to Walden’s Vice-Provost and is organized to support an equitable and positive learning environment and experience for all students.  We provide direct and indirect assistance in processing student appeals, complaints, and grievances; or, assist students with connecting to individuals within the University who can help with specific issues.

We directly partner with key individuals and units within the university to support students and ensure their concerns are addressed including: the Ombudsperson, Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Enrollment, Admissions, Student Success Advising, Student Success Team, Career Services, Center for Academic Excellence, Center for Research Quality, Residencies, Disability Services, and Military Services.

Finally, the Student Affairs office is proud to assume support for the diverse array of Walden student groups that serve as ambassadors of positive social change within their professional and local communities.

Student Affairs Staff

Dean: Dr. Rochelle Gilbert

Dr. Ro has over a decade of administrative and leadership experience at Walden University.  She joined the Walden family in 2010 and previously served as Sr. Director of Academic Residencies.  Dr. Ro has also served as a Positive Leadership Champion, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee member, and President’s Council for Student and Alumni Employees member. She has served as an advisor for Walden’s chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Divine Nine Alliance and a member of Chi Sigma Iota and Golden Key Honor Societies. However, she is most proud to be a Walden Alumni Ambassador, where she can share the exceptional experiences of being a Walden Student. Dr. Ro earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisiana Monroe and a Master’s in Administration & Supervision.  She also earned an Executive MBA from Walden University.

Associate Dean & Title IX Coordinator: Gina Dyson, JD

Gina Dyson, Senior Director of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator, has worked for Walden for over 17 years. Prior to Student Affairs, Gina served as a manager in Customer Care with responsibilities that included New Student Orientation. Gina earned her Masters’ in Education Technology from Georgetown University and her JD from the University of Baltimore.

Director, Student Organizations, Planning & Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Julie Ogren, MA

Julie Ogren joined the Office of Student Affairs in May 2015 as Associate Director of Student Affairs.  Prior to Student Affairs, Ms. Ogren spent 3 years a Student Success Advisor for Walden University. Ms. Ogren earned a master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy and has over 12 years of experience in higher education.  Prior to higher education, she taught 9th-12th grade Creative Writing in Sydney, Australia. 

Associate Director: Joe Underwood, MA

Joe Underwood, the Associate Director of Student Affairs, has proudly worked at Walden for eight years.  Prior to Student Affairs, he served as an Associate Director for Customer Care, an HR Manager, and an Student Success Advisor.  Prior to Walden, he worked in the Human Resources industry for 10 years and focused on employee relations.  He graduated from Claremont Graduate School with a MS in Human Resource Management and a MS in Cognitive Psychology.  

Associate Director: Dennison Peters, MBA

Dennison Peters, the Associate Director of Student Affairs, has worked for Walden for over 7 years. Prior to Student Affairs, Dennison served as a Manager of Services and Operations and thereafter a Financial Aid Manager with responsibilities that included providing frontline customer and financial services support in addition to an oversight of student accounts and financial aid processing. Dennison earned his Bachelor’s in Finance in 2009 and his Master’s in Business Administration in 2010 from Andrews University. Dennison has over 14 years of experience in higher education and customer service.

Student Affairs Manager: Joseph Kvamme, MA

Joseph Kvamme, Student Affairs Manager, has worked for Walden University since 2013 first in Student Success Advising and now in Student Affairs.  Prior to working for Walden University, Joe spent over 10 years working with individuals with disabilities helping them to be as independent in their communities as possible.  Joe earned his BA in Psychology from Hamline University and a Master’s degree in School Counseling in 2010 from The Adler Graduate School.


Student Affairs Coordinator: Charity Adams, MBA

Charity Adams joined the Office of Student Affairs in August 2017 as Coordinator of Student Affairs.  Prior to Student Affairs, Mrs. Adams spent 11 years on the Business Development team for Walden University. Mrs. Adams earned a master’s degree in business administration from Walden and is a current student in the DBA program. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education.  

The Student Affairs team can be contacted at
The Student Organizations team can be contacted at

Office of Disability Services

The Disability Services Office:

  • Reviews your explanation of how disability or health issues impact you at Walden.
  • Determines appropriate accommodations based on your explanation and the medical documentation you provide.
  • Communicates with faculty and other university offices on your behalf in a confidential manner.
  • Arranges for accommodations online and at residencies or other face-to-face events.
  • Manages medical documentation submitted by students for any purpose in a confidential manner.
  • Collaborates with other university offices to optimize accessibility of all program and course components.
  • Advises members of the university community about assistive technology and other resources to support the needs of people with disabilities in the academic environment.

Office of Disability Services Staff

Director: Carolyn Roney

Carolyn Roney, Sr. Director of Disability Services, has worked in the field of disability and higher education for 30 years. She’s been in her current role at Walden University since August 2005 and held a similar role at a Minnesota state university for 12 years prior to that.  She has worked as a sign language interpreter in college settings, as well.  Her Master’s degree is in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota.  Ms. Roney is active in Disability Studies and still teaches a college course in the History of the Disability Rights Movement.  

Associate Director: Amy Bailey

Amy Bailey, Associate Director of Disability Services, has worked for Walden since 2010. Initially she was hired as an Student Success Advisor; later joining Disability Services in 2011. Amy manages the classroom accommodations. She has a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgia Southern University. 

Manager: Carl Schlesser

Carl Schlesser, Manager of Disability Services, has worked for Walden University for over 11 years and has worked in Higher Education for 14 years including roles as Student Success Advisor, advising manager, and career counselor.  Prior to working for Walden, Carl worked as a school counselor and directed a gifted and talented student program.  He also coached a variety of high school sports and was a personal trainer along with teaching courses such as Kinesiology and Anatomy.  Carl earned his Master’s degree in School Counseling in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is currently writing his Dissertation in the  Health Psychology doctoral program here at Walden University.      

Administrative Support: Gao-Jai Yang

Gao-Jai Yang, Documentation Specialist Student Affairs and Disability Services Specialist, has worked in the field of higher education at Walden University for 7 years.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Crown College.  She is currently involved in a community outreach program for at-risk children and mentors high school and college girls.  


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Attn: Director of Walden University’s Disability Services
100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 1210
Minneapolis, MN 55401

800-925-3368 ext. 3121205
Fax: 651-202-4466