About Us

Meet Our Staff

Larry Braue, Ed.D
Ed.D. Liberty University 2008
M.S. Central Michigan University 1996
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison  1986

Dr. Larry Braue served over 27 years in the United States Army retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2008. While in the service, he served in various leadership roles as an Infantry Officer and as a Quartermaster Officer. Dr. Braue has served as the Director of the Office of Veteran Success since January, 2010. He is committed to providing the best transition experience for veterans who have left the military to pursue their education.   


Jason Miller
Associate Director
M.S. Missouri University of Science & Technology 1999
B.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 1994

Jason served over 26 years in the Unites States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2016. While on active duty, Jason served as an Engineer Officer in a variety of units both stateside and overseas; most notably with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Jason deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (twice), and Operation United Assistance. As the Associate Director of OVS, Jason is responsible for all financial operations, including budgeting, purchasing, human resources, and veteran education benefits.

Jeanine Frederick, MHS, CRC, LMHC
Department of Veterans Affairs, VA VetSuccess on Campus
M.H.S University of Florida  1996
B.H.S. University of Florida  1995

Jeanine began her career with the VA in 1997 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. In 2001, she moved to the USF campus to start the first "VetSuccess on Campus" program. Jeanine's Dad served in Vietnam.  The program's goal is to conduct outreach and provide support services to veterans, veterans' dependents and active duty military members.

Steve Horton, M.Ed.
Veterans Support Coordinator
M.Ed. University of Georgia  1985
B.A. University of Georgia  1971

After retiring from USF as the Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance, Steve came to the Office of Veteran Success in January 2013. His primary areas of responsibility include brand management, development/fundraising, and the coordination of the USF's "Salute to Service" football game. In addition, Steve serves as the liaison to the Pat Tillman Foundation and its Tillman Scholars program.

Ken Nahrwold
Mentoring / Employment Program Coordinator
B.S. Trident University  2011

Ken recently retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Master Sergeant. His 22-year active duty service career included combat tours in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Bosnia. Ken is responsible for the administration of the mentoring and employment programs, matching USF student veterans with community mentoring and employment opportunities.

Shaina Gonzalez, M.Ed.
Academic Enhancement Coordinator
M.Ed. University of South Florida
B.A. University of South Florida

Shaina began working with veterans as an undergraduate, in 2007 as a dependent work-study student. Her father is a Vietnam Era Navy Seal.  After completing her M.Ed., she worked first as an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and later as the Academic Support Coordinator for Tutoring and Learning Services, where she taught classes and workshops on study skills and academic success. In 2015, Shaina returned to the USF Office of Veteran Success to help veterans succeed academically through course planning, academic coaching, and assisting with the Veterans' Success course.

Brad Gilkes
VA Certifying Official
B.S. University of South Florida (Current Economics Major)

Brad is an eight year Navy veteran, having served in numerous European duty stations. As the Office of Veteran Success' VA Certifying Official, he is responsible for insuring USF student veterans receive their educational benefits. Brad started with the OVS in 2015 and is also currently pursuing a B.A. in Economics at USF.

Dan McNeill
Dan McNeill
Office Manager
B.A. University of South Florida

Dan was hired as the office manager for the Office of Veteran Success in 2016. He has two B.A.'s from the University of South Florida. Dan served in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Airman with two deployments. His role within the Office of Veteran Success is to ensure all aspects of day to day operations continue to run as efficiently as possible and to coordinate our staff of student workers.