Vice Provost

Rovy Branon is the vice provost for University of Washington Continuum College. In this role, he oversees all UW Professional & Continuing Education programs and staff.

Previously Branon was the associate dean for online learning and the executive director of the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison.

Prior to his work in higher education, he led an instructional design team at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. He has more than 20 years of instructional media and learning technology development experience in corporate, higher education and not-for-profit settings.

Branon holds a Master of Education in Instructional Systems Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, and a minor in human-computer interaction, from Indiana University.

Rovy Branon

Rovy Branon

Vice Provost, Continuum College

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Executive Council

Sandra Janusch


Assistant Vice Provost, International & Academic Programs

Sandra Janusch, a California native, has lived internationally for most of her professional career, teaching and coordinating programs in China, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Indonesia. An expert teacher herself, her experience includes training teachers of English as a second/foreign language. Janusch came to the UW from the University of Montana, Missoula, where she was director of the English Language Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Calgary; her master’s of education in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Holy Names University; and a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Erik Bansleben

Erik Bansleben

Senior Director, Program Development

Erik Bansleben leads a team of directors, assistant directors and program managers who guide a wide range of programs — from degrees and credit certificates to a large portfolio of noncredit offerings as well as UW Summer Quarter and UW in the High School. Prior to joining the University, he was a database consultant focusing on the public sector and also taught hundreds of workshops and courses for Duke University Continuing Studies. Bansleben holds a master’s in information technology as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in Germanics, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Marlon Buchanan


Senior Director of Technology & Data Services

Marlon Buchanan has over 20 years of combined experience as an IT director, software developer, analyst and college instructor. In his current role, he leads the IT and project management office teams to deliver key technology solutions, services and support for UW Continuum College staff and students. Prior to joining UWC², he spent 13 years at Casey Family Programs, most recently as director of business solutions. While there, he led the replacement of the organization’s HR and payroll system, general ledger system, case management system and its nationwide foster care data and reporting system. He has a bachelor’s in computer science and engineering from MIT and master’s degrees in business administration and software engineering from Seattle University.

Jennifer Buck

Jennifer Buck

Senior Director, Administrative Services

Jennifer Buck is a senior certified professional through the Society for Human Resources Management. She leads employee relations and works closely with UW Continuum College’s finance team. Her specialties include employment law, legal and policy compliance, conflict resolution and professional development. Buck previously led human resources for Pharmacy OneSource. She has higher education experience from roles at Butler University, Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Texas. Buck earned her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Butler University.

Risa De Gorgue

Risa De Gorgue

Senior Director, Marketing & Enrollment Services

Risa de Gorgue is a veteran marketing leader who has introduced and managed successful product lines, led integrated marketing campaigns and built brands for multinational corporations, including Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser and 3M. Over the past 10 years at the UW, she’s led an experienced team of professionals with expertise in UW branding, web development, digital marketing, marketing analytics, design and storytelling. Today, through the combined efforts of this team, the UWPCE website receives over a million visitors and over 10,000 leads per year and is the single largest referral site to most UW fee-based degrees. In 2016, she formed the new enrollment services team to guide working adults in selecting the optimal certificate program for their career development. 

Andrew Hoover

Andrew Hoover

Senior Director, Program Strategy

Andrew Hoover leads strategic initiatives to expand UW Continuum College’s certificate and degree programs, serving more than 10,000 students each year. Serving in various program management roles, Hoover has partnered with campus leaders, community practitioners and UWC²  team members to initiate, develop and launch dozens of educational programs. In 2004, Hoover left Microsoft, where he was a senior director, to join the UW, bringing with him a decade of experience in strategy and program management. A global traveler, Hoover holds a Chinese language certificate. He also has an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in art from Macalester College.

Danielle Allsop

Danielle allsop

Interim Senior Director, Academic Programs

Danielle Allsop leads multiple teams at Continuum College, including Academic Excellence, Academic Programs Operations and Conference Management. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and professional and continuing education — including more than 10 years of experience in online education. Allsop has led the development and management of more than 75 online courses, served as program manager for the launch of the Integrated Social Sciences online bachelor's completion program and led the creation of UWC²'s Instructional Excellence team in 2016. She holds a Master of Public Administration and bachelor's in International Studies from the University of Washington.  

Kim Mapes

kim mapes

Executive Assistant

Kim Mapes is executive assistant to the vice provost and assistant vice provost, helping them stay organized and on track from behind the scenes. She’s also the lead for UW Continuum College’s internal communications, helping to develop and disseminate messaging to inform and connect staff. Before UWC², Mapes supported UW Marketing & Communications and developed many connections across campus during the 2014 launch of the brand marketing campaign and the public phase of the Be Boundless fundraising campaign. Mapes has a bachelor's in English with a minor in psychology from Seattle University and more than 20 years of administrative support experience.