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DSP Staff

 

Michele McCandless, Director

Michele McCandless

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.
Office: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 4th Floor, Room 444
Phone: 303-871-2278
Email: michele.mccandless@du.edu

 

Jessica Riley, Assistant Director

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Jessica began working at DU in June 2014. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and completed her Master's in Educational Counseling at National University. Her background includes work with students with disabilities in K-12 as well as postsecondary education. She takes a student-centered approach and most enjoys watching her students grow and learn.
Office: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 4th Floor, Room 442
Phone: 303-871-7432
Email: jessica.riley@du.edu

 

Jean Wittels, Academic Testing Coordinator

Jean Wittels

Jean coordinates academic testing accommodations for students in the Disability Services Program (DSP). She has been employed as the Academic Testing Coordinator in DSP since January 1998. Jean studied Sociology and Criminology while attending Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Junior College in Michigan. Jean finds the relationships made with faculty and students over the years very rewarding.
Office: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 4th Floor, Room 445
Phone: 303-871-4311
Email: jean.wittels@du.edu

 

Brenden Goetz, Assistive Technology Specialist

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Brenden started working at DU in September 2012. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Philosophy, and has worked in education in varying capacities, including instructing for Outward Bound, teaching Environmental Science and English abroad, and working for a private program for college students with developmental and learning disabilities. He is excited to help University of Denver students find solutions for their academic needs.

Office: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 4th Floor, Room 443
Phone: 303-871-2269
Email: brenden.goetz@du.edu