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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.

Niki Latino

Niki Latino, Ph.D.

Interim Vice Chancellor / 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
Veterans Services
Access and Transitions
Cultural Center
New Student and Family Programs

Biography

Dr. Niki Latino is the Interim Chancellor/Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees at DU. Her PhD is in higher education teaching and learning, with specialties in inclusive leadership and inclusive excellence. She has taught at DU, at the graduate and undergraduate levels and serves on graduate student research committees. Her passion is creating inclusive learning environments and equitable access to learning for all students.

Michael J. LaFarr

Michael J. LaFarr, Psy.D.

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor / 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.

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