Barbara J. Wilcots, PhD. 

Barbara started in her role as Vice President of Student Affairs in July 2017. Prior to joining Regis, Barbara was a faculty member of the English Department at the University of Denver for 22 years and an administrator for the past 13 years. Most recently, she served as associate provost for graduate studies. Barbara took her doctorate in English at DU and holds a Master’s degree in English from Texas Woman’s University as well as a Master’s degree in Public Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Drake University. Her scholarly interests include 20th Century American literature, literature of the African diaspora, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In her administrative roles, Barbara has focused on crisis management, policy development, and equity and access, to ensure that all students have the environment and support they need to successfully navigate their academic experiences. Barbara can be reached at or (303) 458-4086.

Patrick Romero-Aldaz, MA.Ed. A native of Colorado, Patrick joined Regis as Associate Vice President & Dean of Students in June 2018. Prior to coming to Regis, Patrick served as the Dean for Student Engagement & Leadership at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Patrick has held positions in Student Leadership, Transition Program, New Student Orientation, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Residence Life at the University of South Florida – Tampa, Tufts University, Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado- Boulder, and the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque. Patrick is active in several professional associations, most recently having served as the Chair for Convention Special Events for the 2018 ACPA Convention in Houston, TX. Patrick earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, from Virginia Tech in 2001 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of New Mexico in 1999. In his administrative roles, Patrick has focused on Risk Management, Student Engagement, Leadership Development, and Social Justice and Equity issues. As a first generation college student, he knows all too well the challenges that face students and works to provide opportunities for all students to be successful in pursuing their goals and dreams. Patrick can be reached at or (303) 458-4086.
Susan Layton, Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Services
A Coloradan transplant, Susan welcomed the role of Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services in the Student Affairs Division, in 2017.  This role provides Susan with oversight for the majority of campus auxiliary functions; dining services, vending services, bookstore, Fan Zone, copy and print services, event services, summer conferences, mail services, and parking services.  Born and raised in North Carolina, she ventured to the University of North Carolina – Greensboro as a first-generation college student.  After six years of hard and dedicated work, Susan earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree and traveled to various states such as Michigan, Arizona, and Montana.  She finally landed in Denver, Colorado in 1998.  Her first 16 years at Regis University consisted of student services for the post-traditional and online student communities, management of the University ’s property, casualty, and auto insurance and oversight of the risk management program.  She also oversaw the design, facility management, and lease negotiations of nine extension campuses and approximately 24 offsite properties.  Now, after 19 years of living in Colorado, she has come to appreciate the rapidly changing weather as well as the unanticipated snowfall in May.  Susan currently serves on several professional organizations, but her favorite stress relief is playing in the dirt or gardening.  All of Susan’s decisions, both personal and professional, are guided by Regis University’s six core values, especially “Finding God In all Things, Cura Personalis, and Magis.  In 2016, Susan Layton graciously accepted the Regis University’s “Unsung Hero Award.”  Susan strives to offer affordable, sustainable, and excellent services to all who visit Regis University online or on campus. Susan can be reached at or (303) 458-1638.

Lance D. Jones, MLA-Hist., MSOT. Lance holds a Master’s Degree in History from the University of St. Thomas (TX), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Technology from the University of Houston, and a BS in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.  Lance most recently served as the Director of Security at Casper College in Wyoming from 2008-2018.  Prior to that he was a police chief at two departments in Texas and one in Kansas.  He also spent a year as a Homeland Security Regional Coordinator.Lance is a Museum Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), a Fellow of the Memorial Library (NYC), and a Fellow of the Holocaust Educational Foundation (Chicago, IL).  He earned a Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Georgetown University while attending the Jan Karski Institute in 2013.  Lance taught History at the college level from 2006 to 2018 and regularly presents at conferences and symposia on the Holocaust and other topics.  Among his scholarly interests are female perpetrators of the Third Reich, the Einsatzgruppen, and the British Army during the Victorian Era. Lance can be reached at or (303) 458-4122.

Brent Vogel, M.B.A., M.S. Brent joined Regis University in 2009 from Buffalo, NY, where he received a Master’s Degree from Canisius College in College Student Personnel Administration. Brent has worked at several institutions for various Student Life departments, including Residence Life at Regis University, the Career Development Center at Hilbert College in Buffalo, NY, Residence Life for Canisius College and the Office of Athletics, Academic & Student Development Services at the University at Buffalo. At every position, Brent has gained experience working closely with college students to develop and prepare them for campus life and beyond. Since joining the Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis, Brent has established programs targeting sophomores and student-athletes, in order to promote career and leadership development among those student populations. Also, in 2013 Brent earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Regis. Brent can be reached at or (303) 964-3653.

Jacqueline Kus, PhD. Dr. Kus (Jackie) joined the Division of Student Affairs at Regis University back in 2015 when she moved from northeast Ohio (previously Kent State University) to Denver, Colorado. Serving as the Assistant Director for Student Development and Living Learning Communities, Jackie continued her then 10 year career in Residence Life and Housing before completing her doctorate degree in 2016 and getting promoted to the Associate Director for Leadership at Regis University in the Office of Student Activities in 2017. In 2018, Jackie was selected as the successful candidate for the Assistant Dean of Students, Care and Community Standards, position which has proved to be a great fit given her dedication and commitment to Cura Personalis and service to others. Her passions for providing support to students in need or facing crisis, her commitment to restorative justice and partnering with students to grow their moral and ethical decision making skills, and her enthusiasm for towards providing a rich and educational learning experience for the students in and out of the classroom has been most useful in this role. Jackie hails from the Midwest and considers herself an avid athlete and outdoors person. As a former college student-athlete turned coach, Jackie received her B.A. from Hiram College and her M.Ed. from Kent State University. Jackie obtained her PhD in 2016 and completed her research on the career development of Division III female student-athletes. Jackie can be reached at or (303) 458-4086.

Sybenie Hernandez, B.S. Sybenie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. She began with Regis in 2014 in the Regis College, Office of the Academic Dean. In 2018, she became the Assistant to Vice President of Student Affairs. She currently chairs the Undocumented Students Resource Alliance and sits on the Regis Community Council. Her goal is to promote inclusivity for all students, staff, faculty and community members in and around Regis University. Sybenie can be reached at or (303) 458-4086.

Lauren Hernandez, B.S. Lauren started her role as the Administrative Assistant in Student Affairs in December 2018. Prior to joining the Student Affairs Staff, Lauren was an undergraduate student at Regis, where she earned her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Lauren was also a student-athlete on the softball team, a student senator, and a work-study in the legal department. Lauren's goal is to make an impact on each student she encounters by providing resources that will ensure an exceptional Regis experience. Lauren can be reached at or (303) 458-4086.