Speakers

Presenter: Dean Rudd

Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), University of Utah

M. David Rudd, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), University of Utah

M. David Rudd, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), University of Utah

M. David Rudd is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Utah and co-founder and scientific director of the National Center for Veterans Studies (NCVS). Prior to his transition to the University of Utah, Dr. Rudd held administrative leadership positions at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Baylor University and Texas Tech University. He also served on active duty in the U.S. Army, transitioning out of the service after the Gulf War. He has a twenty-year history of administrative leadership across a diverse range of institutions in higher education along with the unique background of having served in academic medical center settings for over a decade, with active medical center appointments throughout the entirety of his career. In addition to his extensive clinical work over the years, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with approximately 200 publications. He is currently conducting two clinical trials for suicidal soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado. His research has been recognized with awards both national and international. He speaks nationally and internationally on a range of issues regarding risk management, psychological assessment and treatment. In addition to his research and academic involvements Dr. Rudd has served as a consultant to many organizations nationally and internationally, including the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marines, the Department of Defense and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center.Dr. Rudd serves on a number of editorial boards, is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, past President of the Texas Psychological Association, past President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, past Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, and a previous member of the APA Council of Representatives.

Presenter: Julia O’Dell

Director, The University of Kansas Veterans Upward Bound

Julia O'Dell, Director, The University of Kansas Veterans Upward Bound

Julia O’Dell, Director, The University of Kansas Veterans Upward Bound

O’Dell works with the community and veteran agency partners in addition to managing day-to-day operations of the program and maintaining the database and records. She also hires, trains and supervises staff and manages finances. The program is located in Kansas City and is operated under the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service within KU’s School of Education. It provides basic skills, development, short-term remedial courses and resources connection to military veterans to help them successfully transition to postsecondary education. O’Dell has a long record of dedication to assisting low-income, first-generation college-going veterans to reach their educational and career dreams. She displayed optimum work performance in December 2010 when a colleague became ill in the midst of important preparation of a large TRIO grant proposal. O’Dell stepped in at the 11th hour to help with the writing of the grant and worked tirelessly to see that the proposal was excellent.

Presenter: Terry Schow

Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs

Terry Schow, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs

Terry Schow, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs

Terry Schow was appointed Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Jon M Huntsman Jr. on July 1, 2007 and was appointed as the Director of the Utah Division of Veterans Affairs in October 2001 by Governor Michael O Leavitt. He is a U.S. Army veteran whose service includes the 5th and 10th Special Forces Groups and the 25th Infantry Division and a tour of duty in Southeast Asia and has been active in veteran’s affairs locally and nationally for more than twenty-five years. Mr. Schow has served as the State Commander of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans and is now a member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rural Healthcare Advisory Committee, a member of the U.S. (SBA) Veterans Small Business Advisory Committee, and is a past President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs and serves on the executive committee.

Presenter: Aaron Ahern

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Coordinator

Aaron Ahern, Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership Coordinator

Aaron Ahern, Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership Coordinator

Aaron Ahern earned his doctoral degree in psychology at Utah State University. He is on the PTSD team at the Salt Lake City VA and coordinates the VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) program serving student veterans on college campuses. He is currently working with student veterans at the University of Utah, Weber State University, and Salt Lake Community College.

Presenter: Charles Chandler

Coordinator of Veterans Services at Weber State University

Charles Chandler, Coordinator of Veterans Services at Weber State University

Charles Chandler, Coordinator of Veterans Services at Weber State University

Charles Chandler earned his Masters of Science at BYU in Educational Pscyology then went on to earn his Masters of Science at Kansas State University in Human Development and Family Studies. He worked as a District Psychologist for Ogden City School District, prior to entering the army then went on to work as an army chaplain from 1979-2004. He was a military liaison for president Ronald Reagan’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. He is currently working as the coordinator of Veterans Services at Weber State University as well as helping out with the wrestling team as a coach and advisor. He has been a hosptice chaplain for Northern Utah, Bristol Hospice Services, a crisis counselor for the Weber-Morgan medical reserve team, and a trainer in the QPR Suicide Prevention Program. He is married has 5 children and 14 grandchildren.