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divisional leadership Team

With the Vice Chancellor, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence's divisional leadership team provides administrative, strategic, and organizational leadership.

Tracey Adams Johnson

Tracey Adams Johnson, MA

Executive Director
Culture, Access and Transitions
Email: Tracey.E.Johnson@du.edu

Departments

Access & Transitions
Cultural & Spiritual Life
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Veterans Services

Biography

Tracey is a proud native of Denver, Colorado. In her role at CME, Tracey is responsible for student success programs and leadership development opportunities for all undergraduate and graduate students on campus, as well as within the state and across the nation. Tracey's work is to underscore the academic, social, leadership and personal development of the students at the University of Denver as it relates to Inclusive Excellence and diversity. Tracey is dedicated to the Denver community and works tirelessly to increase the awareness and involvement of communities of color in pre-collegiate preparation and access.

Niki Latino

Niki Latino, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor
Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence
Email: niki.latino@du.edu

Departments

Academic Resources
Crisis Assessment Risk Evaluation (CARE) Behavioral Intervention Team
Parent & Family Engagement
Student Outreach & Support
Student Rights & Responsibilities

Biography

Dr. Niki Latino is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver. She earned her doctorate in teaching and learning in higher education with a cognate in Diversity from the University of Denver in 2010 and her Master's Degree in College Student Development from the University of Denver in 2003. Her passion is creating inclusive learning environments and equitable access to learning for all students.

Michael J. LaFarr

Michael J. LaFarr, Psy.D.

Executive Director
Health & Counseling Center
Email: michael.lafarr@du.edu

Departments

Administration
Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment
Collegiate Recovery Center
Counseling Services
Health Promotion
Medical Services

Biography
  • PsyD Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2010
  • MA Higher Education Administration, University of Denver, 2008
  • BA Education, Johnson State College, 1993

Professional Interests: Health care disparity & access, health and wellness, college mental health, differences in learning, grief counseling, giftedness, psychodynamic treatment, sexual therapy, non-majority sexual orientation & transgender mental health.

Professional Experience: New member of the DU HCC May 2017. Former Executive Director of Health and Wellness at Brandeis University. Former Director of Student Affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health. Education and Health Promotion, Peace Corps of the United States, served in Mali, West Africa.

Kent Lebsack

Kent Lebsack

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Budget & Planning
Email: kent.lebsack@du.edu

Biography

Kent is a native of Sterling, Colorado. He earned his AA degree from Northeastern Jr College (Sterling, CO), his B.A. in Economics from Colorado State University, and his MBA from Texas Tech University. He served as the Executive Vice President of statewide non-profits in Colorado, Connecticut and Washington state from 1991-2001. Kent came to DU in 2006 after serving nearly five years at the University of Colorado at Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Kent is the chief budget, financial, human resources and risk management officer for the division. While reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, Kent also has dotted line reporting to the Business and Financial affairs division.

Tonnett Luedtke

Tonnett Luedtke

Executive Director
Academic Resources
Email: tonnett.luedtke@du.edu

Departments

Academic Advising
Disability Services Program
Learning Effectiveness Program

Biography

As a first-generation college student, Tonnett knows firsthand the power of good advising in student retention and persistence. Tonnett believes strongly that engaging students in meaningful conversation helps them better connect with resources, identify their strengths, and move toward their goals.

Tonnett enjoys sharing her passion for holistic student development, regularly presenting on topics including having difficult conversations, developing resiliency, academic coaching, and inclusive excellence in academic advising. Most recently, her co-presentation "Helping Students Develop Bounce! Cultivating Resiliency" received the NACADA 2015 Best of Region award.

Originally from Texas, Tonnett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston and Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver. In her life outside of DU, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys. She is an avid runner, having completed one marathon and several half-marathons. Tonnett also enjoys spending time outdoors in Colorado's natural beauty.

Heidi J. Perman

Heidi J. Perman, M.A.

Executive Director
Career & Professional Development
Email: Heidi.Perman@du.edu
(dual report with University Advancement)

Departments

Undergraduate Career & Professional Development
Graduate Career & Professional Development
Alumni Career & Professional Development

Biography

Heidi develops strategy to engage more students and alumni in Career & Professional Development activities. She also develops partnerships across campus to integrate career services into the student experience. Overall, Heidi's main goal is to ensure that there are quality services available to students and alumni of all backgrounds. She am passionate about helping others to be successful and she has a special passion for supporting diverse and first-generation students.

During her free time, Heidi enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. She's also a big fan of football and the Minnesota Vikings. Heidi has a B.S. English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Career Counseling & Higher Education from the University of Minnesota.

Carrie Ponikvar, EdD

Executive Director
Housing and Residential Education
Email: Carrie.Ponikvar@studentlife.du.edu

Departments

Communication and Community Relations
Housing Operations
Residential Education

Biography
  • B.A. in Psychology/Minor in Law from the University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University
  • Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

Favorite place in the City: Pearl St in Denver

Hobbies and Interests: International Travel, Reading and Watching the Premier League

Rudy Trejo

Rudy G Trejo

Director
Student Engagement
Email: Rudy.Trejo@du.edu

Departments
  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Graduate Student Activities
  • Spirit, Traditions, and Hallmark Programs
  • Student Event Services (formerly Driscoll Center)
  • Divisional Marketing & Communications
  • University of Denver Programming Board (DUPB)
  • Registered Student Organizations
  • Divisional Graduate Assistant Professional Development
Biography
  • B.A. in Political Science from St. Edward’s University
  • M.Ed. in Educational Administration from University of Texas at El Paso

Prior to Rudy’s arrival at DU, Rudy served as Associate Director of Student Involvement at Washington State University while prior to that, Assistant Director of Student Activities at the University of Arkansas, and before that, as Program Coordinator for Teen Leadership at the nation’s largest YWCA, the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region. In addition to his DU role , Rudy is active in the student affairs field, serving on the national board of directors for NASPA’s Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP), and previously serving on the regional board of directors for the NASPA Region V Board. Most recently, Rudy and his team received the Outstanding Leadership Program of the Year Award from the NASPA Student Leadership Knowledge Community for his work in establishing Washington State University’s Leadership Center’s Three Tier Leadership Program. At DU, Rudy works in spreading Crimson and Gold pride, while promoting dynamic and innovative programming that provides a transformative student experience.