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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


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 443
Phone: 303-871-7432


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 445 
Phone: 303-871-2269


Mary-Beth Rose, Academic Testing Coordinator

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Mary-Beth began working as the Academic Testing Coordinator in October 2014 after spending close to one year as the administrative assistant in DSP. 
Office: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 4th Floor, Room 441
Phone: n/a