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Michele McCandless

Michele McCandless, Director

Ruffatto Hall #444

About Michele

Michele started at DU in November 2000. Her background includes work in journalism and non-profits. She completed her Bachelor's in Journalism from Colorado State University and her Master’s in Social Work at DU in June 2005. As Director of DSP, Michele works with all DU students who have documented disabilities. Her favorite part of working in DSP is watching students as they realize that they have the power to create change, not only for themselves, but for others with disabilities.

Alice Ordover

Alice Ordover, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #442

About Alice

Alice Ordover graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Educational Policy Studies. She has worked in nonprofit services for more than twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz and New York. The programs she managed, developed and /or provided direct services, served people living with HIV Disease; psychiatric, cognitive, medical, physical and sensory disabilities; and addiction. Her passion for civil rights/social justice for the disability community was ignited when she began her work at Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, where she had oversight of housing, assistive technology, benefits, employment, transportation, information and referral, peer counseling, and Chinese and Latino services. The agency embraced Independent Living philosophy – supporting consumer education, decision making, and management of one’s own resources. She has also provided training and technical assistance to HIV housing services providers in New York during her tenure at the Center for Urban Community Services.

Jeremiah Rex

Jeremiah Rex, Assistive Technology Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #445

About Jeremiah

Jeremiah began working at DU in June 2012. He graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and completed his Master's in Higher Education at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. His background includes working in academic advising, approving accommodations for students with disabilities, and helping create the JETT Program for the Learning Effectiveness Program..

Mary-Beth Rose

Mary-Beth Rose, Academic Testing Coordinator

Ruffatto Hall #442
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About Mary-Beth

Mary-Beth began working as the Academic Testing Coordinator in October 2014 after spending one year as the administrative assistant in DSP. 

Jessica Riley

Beth Cartwright, Administative Assistant

Ruffatto Hall #441

About Beth

Beth graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communications, Broadcast News. She moved to Colorado 22 years ago and started worked for Janus Funds, settling domestic and foreign trades. After her son, Jack was born, she stayed home for a time until she started working as a preschool teacher at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool, in Highlands Ranch and worked there for 15 years. Two years ago she started working as an Admissions Counselor for Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree programs. What she enjoyed most was working with students from all different walks of life and helping them in achieving their goals and dreams of getting their undergraduate degree. Beth loves to read, practice yoga, and loves spending time with her family and friends. Her son attends DU and is a Junior this year.

Kait Pysno

Kait Pysno, Accommodations Outreach and Support

Ruffatto Hall #441

About Kait

Kait graduated with her BA in Psychology in 2012 and is currently attending DU as a graduate student of social work with a concentration in children and youth. She has been working at DSP since February 2016. Kait’s background involves working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to sing and play the ukulele, and she reads as often as possible!