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Welcome to WOU’s Veterans Connection Program. The Veterans Connection Program was developed to identify faculty and staff across campus who are interested in welcoming/mentoring students who have served in the military. You can make connections from the list below. If you are interested in joining the Veterans Connection Program, click the button and fill out the registration form.

Braa, Dean

Branch: Army

College/Department: Sociology

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: braad@wou.edu

Phone: 88270

Location: BELL 215

Statement: I advise many students with a diversity of needs. I am available to our veteran students as well. Many of my students do community service and practicums. So if veterans are interested in alternative forms of education with a focus on service, then I would be a serious asset.

Brannan, Deborah

Branch:

College/Department: Psychological Sciences Department

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: brannand@wou.edu

Phone: 14200

Location: TODD 330

Statement: I am an applied psychologist so my training and expertise works well with veterans/national guard. I teach Research Methods, Mental Health, Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Industrial/Organization Psychology. I am happy to assist our National Guard and Veterans in any way I can. On a personal note — I have multiple family members that are currently or have been in the military (i.e., Navy, Marines, Air Force) and I have had many students from all branches of the military. As a result, I have had personal experience with veterans and active duty military members. As a side note – my daughter was born at Fort Hood! I am here to help!

Brooks, Chris

Branch: Air Force

College/Department: Computer Science Division

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: brooksc@wou.edu

Phone: 89297

Location: ITC 302D

Statement:  I was an officer in the USAF and separated as a Captain in 1996. I worked on cockpit research at Wright Laboratory at WPAFB, Dayton OH. I also have a son that is currently an officer in the Army, assigned to 1st Armor Division in Fort Bliss, TX. I’m most interested in helping students that are considering careers in technology companies, even if they are not CS/IS majors. Veterans bring a unique perspective to organizations that need to innovate and execute on technology initiatives. I’m happy to mentor students to help them clarify and understand this perspective, and hopefully be able to communicate that to future employers.

 

Bullis, Loriann

Branch:

College/Department: Library & Media Services

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: bullisl@wou.edu

Phone: 88884

Location: HL 117G

Statement: Hi!  I’m glad you have chosen Western Oregon University.  It is a wonderful campus where we do everything in our power to ensure you have a fabulous and smooth educational experience.  For my part, I manage Hamersly Library’s Summit, Interlibrary Loan, Scan-and-Deliver (resource sharing) and mailing services.  If you have any questions about these services, I’m your person.   Please, do not hesitate to contact me.  In addition to my library work, I have personal experience obtaining my BS and all-but my MS thesis as an older-than-average-college student who worked half-time while raising three daughters.  In addition to my college experience, I have 20-plus years of personal and professional experience, and training providing support to military family members, friends, students who are or were active-duty, and may or may not be managing PTSD.  I also provide support to a family member who is a 30-plus year USAF civilian employee who has traveled the world providing support via Airmen and Family Readiness.  I am a great listener.  I look forward to meeting and chatting with you. 

 

Castellanos, Antonio

Branch:

College/Department: Financial Aid

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: castellanosa@wou.edu

Phone: 88682

Location: WC 140J

Statement: I’m a Bilingual Financial Aid Counselor in the Financial Aid Office. I currently apply Veterans Benefits like the Dependent Tuition Waiver and Yellow Ribbon awards to financial aid packages. To the many veterans and military members at our institution, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I’m happy to help any way I can.

Disney, Paul

Branch: Army

College/Department: Business/Economics Division

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: disneyp@wou.edu

Phone: 88546

Location: WEST 208

Statement: I served 29.5 years in Army Aviation and retired as a Colonel in 2010. I have served in Somalia, Germany, Korea, Hawaii and various places in-between. I am available to talk or provide assistance in anyway you need.

Dukes, Gary

Branch:

College/Department: VP Student Affairs

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: dukesg@wou.edu

Phone: 88221

Location: WUC 203B

Statement: Welcome to Western Oregon University! While I have never served in the military, I can lend support to veterans attending or interested in attending WOU. Our office serves as good starting point.

 

East, Aaron

Branch: Army

College/Department: Graduate Studies & Research

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: easta@wou.edu

Phone: 88792

Location: TH 104

Statement: I am a former Army Officer who was commissioned at Western Oregon after graduating in 1987. I served on active duty from 1987 to 1990 as a First Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. I was a part of the first group of five who helped bring ROTC from Oregon State to Western Oregon. Proud to be Wolf, proud to be a veteran and honored to be a resource for you!

Erckenbrack, Letitia

Branch: Air Force

College/Department: Student Enrichment Program

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: erckenbl@wou.edu

Phone: 88032

Location: AC 106

Statement: My father was an Army medic. My uncle was a fighter pilot, flying Sky-hawk jets on the USS Coral Sea. 18 years after he was shot down over the Vietnamese jungle, his remains were finally returned to my family. My husband also served in Vietnam for the Air Force. I am an Educational Adviser in the Student Enrichment Program and would be delighted to assist our student veterans in any way I can. Thank you for your service.

Griffin, Susan

Branch:

College/Department: Student Success & Advising Office

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: griffins@wou.edu

Phone: 89371

Location: AC 134

Statement: I have not served in the military although my Dad, Grandfather, Uncles, Sister, Nephew and friends have served in the Army and Navy. I look forward to supporting you as an adult returning to school. I work with the Interdisciplinary Studies Major and also with the WOU CERT Team. We are always looking for new members on our CERT team who want to help during unexpected events. Welcome to Western, I am so glad you are going to be part of the WOU family. You can find me in the Advising Center between the WUC and the Recreation Buildings!

Hall, Cm

Branch:

College/Department: College of Education

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: hallcm@wou.edu

Phone: 88731

Location: RWEC 143

Statement: I’m not a veteran but I started Veterans for Kerry when John Kerry ran for President and I worked closely with the veterans who served with John Kerry in Vietnam. Because of that work, I also have been to countless VFW and American Legion halls in my time. One of my dearest friends is a Vietnam vet, former US Senator Max Cleland. I also helped start a natl Veterans PAC in 2005.  

Hughes, Henry

Branch:

College/Department: English Studies Department

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: hughesh@wou.edu

Phone: 89494

Location: BELL 316

Statement: My father is a combat veteran of the Korean War, and many of my family members and friends have been in the military. Although I’ve never served in the armed forces, I often teach literature that deals with war, and I rely on veterans to help me better understand, to whatever degree possible, some of those experiences. As a civilian, I feel a great debt and responsibility to those men and women who have served this country. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of Veterans Connections at Western Oregon.

McDonald, David

Branch:

College/Department: Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: mcdonald@wou.edu

Phone: 88919

Location: APSC 412

Statement: My focus is on ensuring the WOU provides students access to the programs and services that support their success and graduation from WOU. I am grateful for the service and sacrifice made by veterans and their families.

Olsen, Mandy

Branch:

College/Department: Education & Leadership

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: olsena@wou.edu

Phone: 88471

Location: RWEC 163

Statement: I have never served in the military myself but my spouse is an Iraq War Veteran and I have the experience of supporting a soldier throughout the entire process of training, deployment and reentry. My husband was deployed for 21 months as an infantryman in the Oregon National Guard. While in country he fought with Special Forces in the Battle of Fallujah and Najaf and received The Purple Heart when his patrol hit an IED and came under heavy fire outside of Baghdad. His platoon was honored with the Presidential Unit Citation Award because of heroism during the Battle of Fallujah. I am a strong advocate for Veterans and their families and passionately believe in supporting this important community as much as possible. I am a former elementary school teacher and am currently an instructor in the education program and my husband and I are both graduates of WOU.

Plec, Emily

Branch:

College/Department: Communication Studies

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: plece@wou.edu

Phone: 88819

Location: BELL 114

Statement: I have had family members and dear friends serve in various branches of the U.S. military and I’ve always felt that WOU is the kind of university where they would feel supported and be successful. Nobody knows how to navigate bureaucracy like Veterans, after all! As a result of some education about Veteran communication and cultural history, as well as the “Veterans on Campus” training, I feel I have a good foundation for understanding some of the issues students with military backgrounds may face, as well as how to be a support person to help you achieve your educational goals. 

Scheck, Stephen

Branch:

College/Department: Biology

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: schecks@wou.edu

Phone: 88277

Location: NS 221

Statement: My father and all my (many) uncles and a fair number of cousins served in the military. But my most valuable experience with veterans was when I was a sophomore in college — contemplating dropping out of school. It was a handful of Vietnam veterans who pulled me into their group, mentored me and kept me going. I’ll forever be indebted to them.

Silbernagel, Darin

Branch:

College/Department: VP Finance & Administration

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: silbernd@wou.edu

Phone: 88176

Location: ITC 004

Statement: I am not a Veteran but have been on campus since 1989 and can help students navigate many issues that arise, be it financial or business services related or in just knowing who to direct students to, to get needed services. Don?t hesitate in contacting me.

Singson, Beeb

Branch: Air Force

College/Department: Earth/Physical Science

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: singsonb@wou.edu

Phone: 89274

Location: NS 113

Statement: I am the Lab Preparator for the Earth and Physical Science dept. I served as a mechanic in the USAF for 7 years and was stationed in Virginia, Korea, Germany and Utah with a little Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan for good measure. I am a WOU Graduate and am now WOU staff. I would be glad to provide any help I can to any of my fellow vets.