About Us

Ombuds Officer

Steven D. Prevaux, USF System Ombuds Officer         

Steven is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner®  Steven joined the University of South Florida in 2003 serving as General Counsel until launching the USF System Ombuds Office in January 2016. His prior work experience includes the University of Florida, the Florida Board of Regents of the State University System and private legal practice. He serves as an elected Director of the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (FAPM) and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He is an active member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) and the Dispute Resolution Section (Ombuds Committee) of the American Bar Association. Steven is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a civil Mediator and Appellate Mediator. In 2015 he completed a Fulbright International Education Administrators scholarship program in France and is currently a Regional Peer Reviewer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. In 2017 he was approved by the Mediation Training Institute as a Certified Trainer in Workplace Conflict Resolution. He has completed the TKI training in Advanced Conflict Management with Kilmann Diagnostics.  Steven earned a B.A. in International Relations and also Psychology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.


Cheryl Lesko, Ombuds Operations Specialist         

Cheryl joined the Ombuds Office in August 2018 after providing administrative services in the SVP/Dean's Office of USF Health where she worked for 11+ years, with four of those years working concurrently with Office of Clinical Research negotiating clinical research trial agreements.  Cheryl obtained her Paralegal Certificate in 2012 and applies her administrative and legal experience to make the Ombuds Office a safe place to voice concerns, work through conflict situations, and brainstorm ideas to assist those seeking ways to constructively resolve workplace issues.