Campus interviews announced for finalists for inaugural director of the University Ombuds Office

From: Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Members of the Virginia Tech campus community are invited to meet the finalists for director of the newly formed University Ombuds Office. Following a nationwide search launched in the fall of 2018 to identify candidates to serve as the inaugural director, the search committee is pleased to announce that four finalists have been invited to visit the Blacksburg campus for interviews.

As part of the interview and selection process for this important role, university and community members are encouraged to attend each candidate’s open forum presentation on “A Vision for the University Ombuds Office at Virginia Tech.” The open forum presentations will also be broadcast live online for remote participants, and recordings of the sessions will be available online following each.

Candidate CVs and survey links to provide feedback will be posted on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost website in advance of the visits. The search committee invites all campus and community members to submit feedback via the online surveys.

Feb. 12 – Roy Baroff
Baroff is currently the contracted ombuds for faculty and staff at NC State University. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in mediation, legal practice, ombuds work, and education. In addition to a Juris Doctor completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law, is a certified mediator through North Carolina’s Dispute Resolution Commission, holds membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators, and is a Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner (COOP).
Open Forum Presentation: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Holtzman Alumni Center. Reception to follow from 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Feb. 19 – Teresa Ralicki
Ralicki currently serves as the organizational ombuds at the University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to more than eight years in organizational ombuds roles, she brings extensive experience in community mediation as well as restorative justice and group facilitation. She holds a master of arts in dispute resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a graduate certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University, and is a Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner (COOP).
Open Forum Presentation: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Smithfield Room, Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Reception to follow from 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Feb. 26 – Dolores Gómez-Morán
Gómez-Morán is currently the ombudsman for the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization.  Prior to this, she served as university ombudsman for George Mason University, where she established and developed the Office of the Ombudsman. In addition to over 20 years of experience with ombuds work, she brings experience in staff professional development and diversity programs and services.  She holds a master of arts in counseling psychology for adolescents and adults from Boston College, is a certified mediator through the Judicial Council of Virginia for General District Court Mediation, and is a Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner (COOP).
Open Forum Presentation: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Holtzman Alumni Center. Reception to follow from 4:30 – 5 p.m.

March 5 – Mauricio (Reese) Ramos
Having most recently served as the corporate ombudsman for Sandia National Laboratories, Reese Ramos brings over 20 years of progressive experience in dispute resolution and organizational consulting, including 17 years as an ombudsman in higher education, government, and private settings. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, a Certificate of Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine School of Law’s Institute for Dispute Resolution, and is a Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner (COOP).
Open Forum Presentation: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Latham DEF, Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Reception to follow from 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Written by Amy Hogan