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About Us: Meet the Office of Student Affairs Team

The Office of 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, Office of Research and Doctoral Services, 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.

Office of Student Affairs

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 Director: Angie Lira

Angie Lira has been with Walden University since 2014. Prior to her work with technology and communications, she held positions in admissions, financial aid, academic advising and career services. Angie is also a faculty member who coordinates Walden University’s Experiences Abroad. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Communications and an associate’s in Web Design and Interactive Media, she holds a master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education.  

Angie Lira

Student Resolution and Judicial Services

Associate Dean: Gina Dyson, JD

Gina Dyson, Associate Dean of Student Resolution and Judicial Services, 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: Joe Underwood, MA

Joe Underwood, the Associate Director of Student Resolution and Judicial Services, 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 a 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 Resolution and Judicial Services, 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 the 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 Resolution and Judicial Services 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.

 

The Student Resolutions and Judicial Services team can be contacted at studentaffairs@mail.waldenu.edu
 

Student Life, Leadership & Engagement

 

Director: 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. 

Manager: Charity Adams, MBA

Charity Adams has worked at Walden University for over 15 years and joined the Office of Student Affairs in August 2017.  Prior to Student Affairs, Mrs. Adams worked on Walden's Business Development team as a Strategic Alliance and National Accounts Manager. Prior to the aforementioned roles, she led the Walden Southeast Education Sales Team as the Regional Manager with oversight of grassroots efforts in Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas.

Mrs. Adams earned a bachelor's in business administration from Georgia State University, a master's in business administration from Walden University as well as obtained Graduate Certificates in Applied Project Management and College Teaching and Learning from Walden and is a current student in the DBA program. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education, human resources, project management, sales, leadership, training, and development.


The Student Life, Leadership and Engagement team can be contacted at studentorgs@mail.waldenu.edu

Student Wellness and Disability Services

Student Wellness and Disability Services:

  • 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.

Student Wellness and Disability Services Staff

Director: Carolyn Roney

Carolyn Roney, Sr. Director of Student Wellness and 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 Student Wellness and Disability Services, has worked for Walden since 2010. Initially, she was hired as a Student Success Advisor; later joining Student Wellness and 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 Student Wellness and 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.      

Contact Information

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

Telephone:
800-925-3368 ext. 3121205
612-312-1205
Fax: 651-202-4466

Emaildisability@mail.waldenu.edu

Career Planning and Development

We provide the following resources and offerings:

  • A website featuring links to career exploration tools, job and internship opportunities, sample resumes and cover letters, networking and interviewing strategies, and career-related webinars and videos. 
  • One-on-one career advising for students and alumni focusing on building workplace and professional skills and achieving individual career goals. 
  • Online networking and drop-in advising events.
  • Interest-specific resources for students in Health Sciences, Social Behavioral Sciences, Education, and Management and Technology programs.
  • iGrad Job Search and GoinGlobal job and internship search tools with U.S. based and global listings.
  • Optional internships and volunteer sites to engage in experiential learning.
  • An OptimalResume career management system for students and alumni to build resumes, cover letters, career portfolios; and practice mock interviewing skills.
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook groups to connect Walden students and alumni for professional networking and share career-related information.
  • A blog to share student success stories and tips for proactive career management.

Career Planning and Development Staff

Associate Director of Career Planning and Development: Dina Bergren

Dina Bergren, Associate Director of Career Planning and Development, has been with Walden for over 14 years. She started as a Student Success Advisor in 2006 and transitioned into Career Planning and Development in 2008, assuming her current Associate Director role in 2015.  Prior to Walden, Dina Bergren held positions as an Assistant Director of Education, Career Advisor, and National Admissions Representative at two technical colleges.  Her experience also includes freelance partnerships with trainers and consultants on career-related projects. Dina enjoys helping adult learners build workplace skills, navigate career transitions, and find inspiration in their professional lives. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Grinnell College and a M.A. in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas.

Dina Bergren

Senior Career Advisor: Denise Pranke 

Denise Pranke, Senior Career Services Advisor, joined the Career Planning and Development team in 2011 after serving in the role of Student Success Advisor for four years. Prior to Walden, she held positions as a program coordinator, adjunct instructor, and academic advisor in public, private, and community-based adult education programs. Denise has an M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota.

Denise Pranke

Career Advisor: Katy Peper

Katy Peper, Internship Advisor, joined the Career Planning and Development team in October of 2017, but has been with Walden University since December 2019 when she joined as an Academic Advisor. Before coming to Walden, Katy worked within Career Services on other campuses, taught courses as an instructor, and worked in campus residence life. Katy has a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and recently obtained a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University.

Katy Peper

Contact Information

Visit the Career Planning and Development website at: https://careercenter.waldenu.edu

Contact our team at: careerservices@mail.waldenu.edu