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, 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, 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 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..

Shaina Gonzalez, M.Ed.
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.

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 ensuring 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.

Bradley Hawkins
Operations Manager
B.A. Purdue University  2006

Brad is a retired Marine. He is responsible for daily operations and outreach for the Office of Veteran Success's.