Meet Our Staff

In the Transfer, Veteran, and Returning Adult Students Office, our entire staff shares a belief in empowering and serving students to make Gonzaga University a vibrant community.

Colleen Quinn Vandenboom

Assistant Dean, Student Involvement & Leadership

Currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Involvement and Leadership at Gonzaga University.  Throughout her tenure in student affairs Dr. Vandenboom has worked at a variety of institutions from large research universities to small private colleges. Her areas of expertise include student activities, student leadership, student government, volunteer programs, residence life, assessment, orientation, and fraternity and sorority life.  She has contributed to the field as a volunteer for the National Association of Campus Activities, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, and Alpha Phi Fraternity.In addition to her work experience, Dr. Vandenboom has taught and TA’d undergraduate courses at the University of California Los Angeles in Civic Engagement, and the Gender Gap in College. She holds a BA in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Washington, a MEd in Student Affairs from the University of Florida and a PhD in Philosophy specializing in Higher Education Organizational Change from UCLA.  Dr. Vandenboom currently serves as an adjunct lecturer in the MPS Higher Education Program where she teaches Introduction to Student Affairs and Higher Education Ethics. or 509-313-5606

Shelby Krug

Program Coordinator

Shelby is the program coordinator for the TVRAS office, she works to plan programs, events and the orientation for all Gonzaga transfer students.

Venette Melo


Venette is a retired Marine and graduate student at Gonzaga studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her position, Venette works with the National VetCorp Program and is a wonderful resource for students, faculty and staff at Gonzaga. Venette is currently working on helping Gonzaga become a more student-veteran supportive campus. She hosts veteran socials, boots projects, and other initiatives throughout the year.

Brenda Vogel

TVRAS Work-Study

Brenda is a retired Navy Hospital Corpsman and a transfer and returning adult student. In her position, Brenda is a wonderful resource for students, faculty and staff at Gonzaga.