About Us

Meet Our Staff

Larry Braue
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.  Dr. Braue is the professor for SLS 3308 Veteran Job Search.   

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 internal operations, financial operations, budgeting, purchasing, human resources, and veteran education benefits.  Jason is the professor for SLS 3407 Strategies for Veteran Success.

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, who is a daughter of an Army/Vietnam War Veteran, began her career with the VA in 1997 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. As part of the partnership between the VA and USF, she became the VetSuccess on Campus Counselor in 2010 to help Veterans, Service-members, and their qualified dependents succeed in their educational and career endeavors. Jeanine is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Steve Horton
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.

A CarpenterAimee Carpenter
Operations Manager
M.P.A. University of South Florida (currently enrolled)
B.S. University of South Florida 2017

Aimee served six years in the United States Air Force and separated as a Staff Sergeant in 2015. She has been employed at the Office of Veteran Success since August 2015 as a VA Work Study, VA Certifying Official, Admissions and Benefits Coordinator, and currently holds the position as the Operations Manager. As the Operations Manager, Aimee is responsible for coordinating and marketing office events, developing training programs, managing the VA Work Study program, as well as many other daily operations for the department.

Ken Nahrwold
Career Support Coordinator
B.S. Trident University  2011

Ken served more than 21 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2010. While on active duty, Ken served in combat communications with a variety of both Joint and Air Force command assignments. Ken deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Fervent Archer, and Operation Southern Watch. Ken is responsible for the administration of the mentoring and career readiness programs, matching USF student veterans with local community mentors and helping veterans with their career readiness. Ask Ken about an "Industry Recon".

Shaina Gonzalez
Academic Enhancement Coordinator
M.Ed. University of South Florida  2011
B.A. University of South Florida  2009

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.

Admissions & Benefits Coordinator

This position assists prospective veteran and dependent students in the USF Admissions process as well as organizes the Veterans Orientation sessions, the Out of State Waiver program, and is also a VA certifying official.

Brad Gilkes
VA Certifying Official
M.P.A. University of South Florida (currently enrolled)
B.S. University of South Florida 2018

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 ensuring USF student veterans receive their educational benefits. Brad started with the OVS in 2015 and is also currently pursuing a graduate degree at USF.


Rachel Jones
Certifying Official
B.S. University of South Florida 2018

Rachel is a Florida native and veteran USAF Reservist.  She began working with OVS as a work-study benefits counselor during her first term of study at USF in 2017.  She is now the Assistant Certifying Official, responsible for ensuring students utilizing VA education benefits receive timely and efficient processing.  She is currently enrolled in the Business Analytics graduate certificate and expecting to graduate in August 2019.


C MosserChris Mosser
Lead Benefits Counselor
B.S. University of South Florida 2018