10 staff members posing around the Stanley Cup trophy

Our Team

Our Team

Nicholas OsborneNicholas J. Osborne
Director

Nick is a former Veterans Affairs (VA) employee and veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He completed 8 years of total service on active duty and in the Reserves and was enlisted prior to becoming an officer. Working in various intelligence and law enforcement capacities, Nick served throughout the west coast and completed a year-long deployment to the Middle East. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant (O-3). He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of California at Davis and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and books on topics related to veterans and higher education.

Ingrid Wheeler Ingrid Wheeler
Assistant Director
Behavioral Health Services

Ingrid serves as our Assistant Director and oversees the Center’s behavioral health services. She is a licensed clinical social worker and received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and her master’s degree in social work, with a specialization in mental health, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She has experience in helping individuals struggling with mental health challenges, psychosis, substance abuse/dependence, personality disorders, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, relationship conflicts, stress management and behavioral issues through individual, couple, family and group therapy. She has previously worked with children, adolescents, and adults on an inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient setting, as well as in a dual diagnosis and addiction treatment center. Ingrid grew up with her father in the Navy, who, after 20 years active duty, settled the family in the Champaign-Urbana area in 2000.

 

Dustin D. Lange, Ph.D.Dustin D. Lange, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Dustin is the Associate Director of the CWVHE and also leads our academic and career services. Prior to this appointment, he did a postdoc fellowship at the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago, where he currently is a Research Associate and a member of their steering committee. He is a three time alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, white papers, and is the lead author of the book titled Camo to Career: The Veteran’s Guide to Career Success. Dustin has also garnered numerous military honors from his 8-years of active duty service in the United States Marine Corps.

Jeni HunniecuttJeni Hunniecutt, Ph.D.
Visiting Research Specialist

Having recently completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Denver, Jeni centers her research goals on improving the well-being and quality of life for Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families. Jeni served from 2008-2014 in the Virginia Army National Guard and since separating, has found a way to continue her service through her community-driven work. Jeni served as Outreach Specialist for the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology at the University of Denver, has served as affiliate faculty in institutions in Colorado, Virginia, and Tennessee, and has presented numerous research projects at interdisciplinary national and international conferences.

Jason Abrams
Vet Success on Campus Counselor (VSOC)

Jason is a Vet Success on Campus counselor (VSOC) for the Department of Veteran Affairs. In this role, he assists veterans, dependents, and spouses with information about how to fully utilize their VA benefits and important resources. He also aids in the process of getting documentation that may be necessary for the VA, UIUC, and government agencies. Likewise, Jason provides vocational rehabilitation to student veterans that have service-connected disabilities. While his main focus is Voc Rehab, Jason can assist all veterans in areas such as tutoring, vocational testing, employment services, and issues that arise related to billing and financial aid. Jason is a great resource for anyone looking for information about how to navigate, understand, and keep track of their VA benefits.

Jason earned a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He attended DePaul University for his Bachelor of Arts and Northeastern University for his Master of Arts degree. Appointments with Jason can be made through his email or phone number listed below. He also accepts walk-in appointments when available.