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Disability Resources and Services

  Lisa McGill, Director 

Lisa McGill, Dire​ctor

CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, CU South Denver

Lisa's worked in higher education and disability resources and services for more than 20 years. She oversees all aspects of our office including the provision of accommodations for qualified students with disabilities, referrals to campus and community resources, and advocacy and assistance in addressing any attitudinal and/or physical barriers.

 Lisa recieved her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University and is a nationally-certified counselor. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in both in-patient and out-patient psychiatric settings.    

 Lisa is the past-chairperson of the Board of Directors for Recording   for the Blind & Dyslexic and the past National Coordinator of the   Disability Concerns Knowledge Community for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.​

Gabe Nyrkkanen, Assistant Director

CU Denver

Gabe received his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2007 from the University of Arizona. Since, he has worked as a rehabilitation counselor serving veterans with disabilities who are receiving VA vocational rehabilitation services. Prior to coming to CU Denver in 2018, Gabe worked with students with disabilities at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

In his spare time, Gabe enjoys time with family, traveling and playing wheelchair rugby.

Elizabeth Danaceau, Coordinator

As a part-time coordinator, Elizabeth's responsibilities include meeting with students to determine eligibility for accommodations, facilitating accommodations between faculty and students, and making referrals to appropriate resources specific to student needs.

Elizabeth is our veteran liaison and works directly with the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) to streamline coordination of accommodations for veteran and military-related students with disabilities.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, Counseling Psychology Counselor Education program in May 2000. She's a Licensed Professional Counselor by the State of Colorado and a National Certified Counselor. 

Elizabeth began her career at the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) and operated a private counseling practice serving young adults with depression and anxiety as well as relationship issues. As a CU Denver alumna, Elizabeth is proud to represent the university and feels privileged to continue serving students with diasabilities.

Stephanie Robbins, Assistive Technology Coordinator

Stephanie joined our office in July 2016. She serves as the Assistive Technology Coordinator, managing the assistive technology computer lab in the suite and ensuring that the equipment in the lab runs smoothly. She also provides assistive technology assessments and connects students with technology accommodations. In addition, Stephanie is a member of the Auraria Library Accessibility Committee, providing support and training to library staff and patrons on accessibility and disability issues.
Stephanie has her Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from New York Institute of Technology and  a Masters of Education in Special Education, Concentration in Assistive Technology from George Mason University.
In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling, hiking, biking and spending time outdoors.

Kylene Lima, Coordinator

Glenda N Buscarello, Coordinator


Selim Özi, Assistive Technology Specialist & Accommodation Coordinator

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Selim, oversees the implementation and support of assistive technology, information technology accessibility for CU Anschutz students with disabilities. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and over 17 years experience with systems administration, application development, network, server, database administration and extensive user support experience within the information technology field. For more than a decade, Selim has focused on improving Information Technology accessibility for persons with disabilities. His current responsibilities include implementation and design of accommodations and support of assistive technology for students.

Selim has presented at numerous local and national conferences, seminars and workshops in IT systems management, IT, web accessibility, assistive technology and has consulted widely with school districts and higher education entities. Selim has been an active member with RESNA, ATIA, AHEAD and is currently a consultant member of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.

In his spare time, Selim enjoys, travelling, sailing, swimming and hiking.


Sherry Holden, Coordinator​

CU Anschutz Medical Campus​

Sherry has a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in the Independent Living Movement advocating for persons with disabilities. She's worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist on oncology, burn, brain injury and rehabilitation units for more than 20 years.

Sherry's published numerous articles in Programming Trends in Therapeutic Recreation on disability-related issues. In addition, she's a national speaker on disability rights.

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