Meet the Sooner Jump Start Staff

One of Sooner Jump Start's best assets is its staff. SJS students have access to an exemplary staff with an abundance of knowledge, experience, and devotion. Read about the program's staff below.


Frank Rodriquez - Director, Operations and Student Support, Interim Director English Language Learner Programs

Phone: (405) 325-1247

Frank Rodriquez

Elle Shroyer


portrait of SJS Director Elle ShroyerMy name is Elle and I am the Director of Sooner Jump Start. I joined the Sooner Jump Start team in early 2017, but I've been a part of the Sooner family since 2012. I started my OU career in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment where I developed my experience and skills in international recruitment, enrollment strategy and management, foreign credential evaluation, intercultural communication and, translation and interpretation skills. I have a B.A. in Spanish and International Business from Georgia State University and over fifteen years of immersion in both European and Latin American cultures, fluency in several dialects of the Spanish language, and professional experience in teaching and curriculum development at the adult and young adult levels. I have more than ten years of experience in advising students in academic and social development, as well as overseeing and maintaining admissions and admission records including interviewing and integration processes. I am very excited to be a part of Sooner Jump Start, where I can work towards enriching the lives of our students and prepare them for a successful educational career at the University of Oklahoma.

Heather Arnett


Heather ArnettI am a Program Development Specialist for Sooner Jump Start. I oversee the new student application process, recruitment and marketing efforts, as well as arrival services and programming activities for new students in their first semester of Phase One. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts in French with minors in Spanish and Japanese. I love learning languages and learning about different cultures, which is why I love working for SJS and the University of Oklahoma! When I’m not working, I enjoy dancing salsa, going to local art shows, traveling, and reading a good book.

Susan Dissette


SUSAN DISSETTEI am a Program Development Specialist for Phase 2 of the Sooner Jump Start Program; which includes: managing programming, scheduling events, corresponding with instructors, and advising students during their first semester of coursework at the University of Oklahoma.  I also handle financials for the Sooner Jump Start Program including: refund processing, verifying tuition payments, reconciling SJS accounts, supplies and materials acquisitions, assisting with budget and operating plans,  processing inbound and outbound invoicing, and many other financial functions.  I joined the Sooner Jump Start family in 2011 but I have been a full time staff member of OU since 2009.  I am currently a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) student at Oklahoma City University.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Philosophy and History from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.  I love working with our students and the University of Oklahoma community!

Kexuan Wu (Kathy)


Kathy WuHello everyone! This is Kexuan (Kathy) Wu. I’m currently an international graduate student from China and my major is World Language Education. Living and studying in Oklahoma for almost three years, I have been acquiring profound knowledge about Oklahoma and American college life. Being an international student and an English Language Learner in the U.S., I understand the expectation, excitement, and challenge of our SJS students. Majoring in education, I have developed a sense of caring and a sense of empathy for diverse students. I serve as a graduate assistant for Sooner Jump Start. My job is to facilitate personal development, provide academic supports, as well as plan special events and field trips for SJS students to face challenges, transition into college and adapt to American life smoothly and successfully. Boomer Sooner! It is so exciting to be a part of SJS team!


Cicily Riggs


portrait of SJS graduate assistant Cicily RiggsHello everyone! I am a graduate student here at the University of Oklahoma and I serve as a graduate assistant for Sooner Jump Start. I received my Bachelor’s degree in French and I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. I am quite familiar with anything and everything OU and I also understand the international student experience. As someone who has studied abroad twice (France and Italy), I understand the challenges many college students face while abroad. I strive to be a resource to our SJS students and aid them in their academics, English language learning, and cultural experiences. I am excited to assist in any way I can when it comes to advising students and program coordinating. I know that working at SJS will give me the opportunities to advance my career in Student Affairs. When I find breaks in between working and studying, I enjoy playing with my cats, playing video games, and binge watching every show on Netflix. I am so excited to be here at Sooner Jump Start!

David Louden


David LoudenHello! I am the Social Media Specialist here at Sooner Jump Start. My job entails maintaining our social media accounts, keeping students updated with weekly programming information as well as other activities, and helping out my staff members whenever possible! I am majoring in Russian and international studies while simultaneously pursuing my master’s in international studies. I hope to one day have a career that allows me to help or educate people. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to/creating music, learning just about anything, and crafting. I love working at Sooner Jump Start because I am able to interact with a diverse range of students on a daily basis. I am very excited to continue my work with Sooner Jump Start and learn as much as possible from my coworkers and our students!