Meet the staff of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and learn a little more about them.
Outreach Team Member
Starbucks order: Java Chip
College Degree: Business Administration
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Collect experiences
Hobby: Weights, BJJ & Muay Thai
Best Trip I ever took: Exploring the great barrier reef in Australia
Biggest fear: Fake friends
Biggest accomplishment: Purchasing my first investment property
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Hawa, our nutritionist
School Certifying Specialist
Starbucks order: Decaf PSL-almost that time of year!!
College Degree: Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelors Women and Gender Studies. Both at ASU West Campus.
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Go to Jerome or Cottonwood, favorite place to eat is the Verde Lea Deli & Grill in Cottonwood.Hobby: Reading. I read 4-5 books a week, on average.
Best Trip I ever took: We go to Las Conchas in Rocky Point every year as a family, it's always a good day waking up and hearing the waves.
Biggest fear: Heights.
Biggest accomplishment: Finishing my degrees while raising two kiddos and working full-time.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Michelle Obama, she's an amazing woman.
Starbucks order: Iced Matcha w/ coconut milk
College Degree: Sustainability & Psychology
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hiking
Hobby: Reading, kayaking, & playing the ukulele
Best Trip I ever took: Irelandbr>
Biggest fear: insects
Biggest accomplishment: Staying Vegan
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Halsey
Business Operations Specialist
Starbucks order: I only drink Dunkin’s regular (coffee with two creams and two sugars). A regular is not black coffee!
College Degree: I am five classes short of my Bachelors in Family & Human Development degree.
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Visiting ancient sites has to be my favorite. I want to go see Wupatki up near Crater National and Canyon de Chelly. The sites that I have been to give me peace and my soul is touched with a profound reflection, I don’t think I belong living in concrete and asphalt. That needs to change.
Hobby: I have so many! Cooking, gardening, concocting herbal and essential oil potions and remedies, boondocking up north, genealogy and traveling.
Best Trip I ever took: June 1994, husband and I packed up our three kids in a 1974 purple conversion van with a shag rug, no A/C and drove down the East Coast, stopping in Virginia Busch Gardens, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Disney Fort Wilderness (only family in a tent), and Washington DC. Visited all the sites, camped for 3 weeks. I have been on numerous vacations, some really exotic and costly but this was and still is the best. My kids who are now 36, 34 and 32 still say it was the best vacation ever!
Biggest fear: Not being able to protect the people I love and cherish, and losing them.
Starbucks order: Large mocha frappe, extra whip, extra shot espresso.
College Degree: Business Management
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Desert Hiking
Hobby: Fishing and Golfing
Best Trip I ever took: Road trip I took with my mom in 2021 from Mesa to Memphis, New Orleans, Galveston and back.
Biggest fear: Being a disappointment.
Biggest accomplishment: To date, my biggest accomplishment has been serving my country in the US Army.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Ronald Reagan
Starbucks order: Pink Drink
College Degree: Business Management
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Enjoying the outdoors and exploring.
Hobby: Gardening, herbalism, and reading
Best Trip I ever took: Kauai, Hawaii
Biggest fear: Heights.
Biggest accomplishment: Not necessarily something I’ve done, but who I am raising.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Sebastian Maniscalco
Senior School Certifying Specialist
Starbucks order: I like to try whatever latte is new. So far, I’ve really liked the Pistachio and Butterscotch flavors but Peppermint will always be my favorite.
College Degree: I have a BS in Supply Chain Management and a MS in Logistics. Currently, I am working on my second BS in Accountancy
Favorite thing to do in AZ: I love antiquing and thrift shopping. AZ is home to people from all over the country so there is such a variety of interesting finds.
Hobby: I love all things puzzles. I’m obsessed with jigsaw, logic, nonograms, and crossword puzzles.
Best trip I ever took: I was stationed for a year in NAS Keflavik in Iceland and I absolutely loved it there! The black sand beaches, hot springs, and waterfalls were stunning.
Biggest fear: I have a strange fear of total darkness (probably because my mom let me read whatever I wanted as a child and I chose Stephen King).
Biggest accomplishment: I actually found a fellow Trekie who loves my weird and nerdy self and we’ve been married for almost 11 years!
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My favorite author is Neil Gaiman. I’d love to know where he comes up with his ideas – the perfect blend of science fiction, mystery and horror with a touch of classic British humor.
Starbucks order: My mother had a drip-feed of coffee all day, every day, and now even the smell of mocha ice cream makes me sick.
College Degree: Journalism and Mass Communication
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Avoiding ever being cold/wet at the same time.
Hobby: Aggressive Inline Skating
Best Trip I ever took: 30 day road-trip across both north and south islands of New Zealand.
Biggest fear: Never having told my loved ones how I truly felt about them before they're gone.
Biggest accomplishment: Surviving in the struggle every single day.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Dr. Cornel West.
VA Work Study
Starbucks order: Java Chip Frappuccino
College Degree: Supply Chain Management (BS)
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Spend a day/weekend in Sedona
Best Trip I ever took: My recent four-day trip to San Diego
Biggest fear: Heights
Biggest accomplishment: My time spent in the Army
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Julius Caesar
Senior Military Advocate
Starbucks order: Hot latte
College Degree: BA Interdisciplinary Studies from Chadron State College, MA (i.p.) Sociology from ASU
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hike!
Hobby: Love to cook!
Best Trip I ever took: I don’t think I have taken it yet!
Biggest fear: Being forgotten
Biggest accomplishment: Being a husband to a wonderful wife, a father to two amazing children and now a grandfather to 4 kiddos and of course writing a published book!
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: There are so many! I would love to sit down with Nelson Mandela for dinner.
Assistant Director for Veteran Services and Operations
Starbucks order: Venti Cappuccino
College Degree: BS in Engineering from the Air Force Academy, MBA from W.P. Carey
Favorite Thing to Do in AZ: Hiking in Sedona
Hobby: Woodworking and building Lego Technics
Biggest Fear: Falling from a cliff
Best Trip: Disney Cruise to the Bahamas with my family
Biggest Accomplishment: Serving 20 years in the Air Force and flying the C-5 Galaxy
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My German grandfather, who died while I was still very young.
School Certifying Specialist
Starbucks order: Cappuccino or Café Latte without sugar
College Degree: BS in Sociology
Favorite Thing to Do in AZ: Hiking and kayaking
Hobby: Hot Yoga, jigsaw puzzles, gardening, cooking, eating good food, and driving
Biggest Fear: Losing my loved ones
Biggest Accomplishment: My life and family I currently have. Raised two kids in America for ten years alone since 2007 as a new immigrant from Japan, then met my best supportive friend to marry.
Favorite Trip: There are two trips I evenly love. One is the trip my parents took me, my kids and husband on, to Hiroshima. Even though I went to Hiroshima more than 100 times, the great company made the trip special. The other is when I traveled all by myself in Europe without any plan when I was young. It was truly the biggest adventure.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My husband
Director of PTVC
Starbucks order: Venti black iced tea, unsweet
College Degree: BA History, MA National Security Strategy, MS Computer Information Systems
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Sit in the hot tub
Hobby: High school football official
Best Trip I ever took: 7-week backpack tour of Europe after college
Biggest accomplishment: Serving 25 years in the Air Force
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: George Washington—a prime example of leadership, objective perspective, tenacity, strategic clarity and professionalism
Starbucks Order: Caramel Iced Coffee or Vanilla Bean Frap with Chocolate Drizzle
College Degree: BA in Sports Business with a minor in Communications
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets
Hobby: Reading, swimming, taking naps, watching baseball, and spending time with my friends and family.
Best Trip I Ever Took: Went to Europe and explored Scotland and France. Scotland was my favorite, I cannot wait to go visit again. The Louvre was phenomenal and Disneyland Paris was amazing!
Biggest Fear: Heights, Bugs, Horror Movies, and Losing a loved one.
Biggest Accomplishment: Buying our first home and going to college.
The one person I would love to have dinner with: I actually have a huge list for this one, but my top three would be: Danny Kaye, Doris Day, or Robin Williams. Growing up I watched so many of their films.
Starbucks order: Cold pressed juice
College Degree: BA English (CSULA) and BA Geography (ASU)
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Exploring different hiking trails
Hobby: Playing guitar
Best Trip I ever took: Two weeks in Peru
Biggest accomplishment: Completing a full marathon
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Paul McCartney
School Certifying Official
Starbucks Order: Venti Iced coffee, half classic/half vanilla syrup, cream, & a shot of espresso
College Degree(s): Campbell University - Associate’s in Arts, General Education. University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire – Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Chippewa Valley Technical College – Associate’s in Mechanical Design
Favorite thing to do in AZ: TBD since I’m new to the area. I do enjoy hiking with my dog & Top Golf.
Hobbies: Woodworking/functional art, Chicago Bears/Cubs, painting, golf, anime, video games, ukulele, 3D modeling/printing, OneWheelin’
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Instead of returning stateside for R&R during my deployment to Iraq, I toured Germany.
Biggest fear: The Green Bay Packers getting another franchise quarterback
Biggest Accomplishment: Helping to raise two amazing young women
The one person I’d love to have dinner with: My Dad
Starbucks order: water light ice (not a coffee drinker)
College Degree(s): B.S. in Criminal Justice, M.S. in Justice Studies
Favorite thing to do in AZ: bicycling
Best Trip I ever took: A cruise from Nice, France to Rome, Italy
Biggest fear: Failure
Biggest accomplishment: Retiring from federal law enforcement at age 50
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Bobby Knight
VA Work Study, Director's Action Team
Starbucks order: "Hot" Cold Brew with 2 stevias, and steamed heavy cream
College Degree: Finance and Economics
Favorite Thing to Do in AZ: Ironically, sailing/boating in some of the lakes around here
Hobby: Baking--especially bagels and pizza
Best Trip: 12-day trip to Paris, London, and Edinburgh
Biggest Fear: Swimming in open water that I can't see under
Biggest Accomplishment: Securing my dream Wall Street internship
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Thomas Sowell
School Certifying Specialist
Starbucks order: Green Tea Latte
College Degree (received or in progress): BS, Business Administration from ASU
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hike in Grand Canyon or Sedona
Hobby: Walking my dog, swimming, cooking, refinishing furniture, and home improvements, hanging out with my family
Best Trip I ever took: Cruise in the Southern Caribbean (especially loved Barbados!)
Biggest fear: Heights (I don’t go near the cliff side in the Grand Canyon for sure!)
Biggest accomplishment: Marrying my best friend, and raising 3 great sons!
Outreach Team Member
Starbucks Order: Iced Guava Black Tea Lemonade Sweetened
College Degree: Biological Sciences with a Minor in Medical Studies
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Sunbathing and swimming
Hobby: Reading whenever I can!
Best Trip I ever took: My senior trip to Venice, Paris, and London
Biggest Fear: Being buried alive
Biggest Accomplishment: 3 months from graduating with my Bachelors in Science!
The one person I’d Love to have dinner with: Will Smith
PTVC School Certifying Official
Starbucks order: I don't drink coffee. The Ham and Cheese Croissant isn't bad though.
College Degree (received or in progress): BA Business Administration
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Spend time outside of Phoenix. I grew up in southern California. Even though I've been here for 12+ years, I still am not used to the heat. The winters are fine, but from May to November I want to be anywhere but the valley.
Hobby: Puzzles, cooking, and Catan. Also, all things Disney. I was at the park in line for Rise of the Resistance when they announced the shut down last year, 3 days prior to closing. I've been having withdrawals for the last several months at least.
Best Trip I ever took: Honeymoon in New Zealand. I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan so it was fun getting to see the country along with visiting some of the filming locations like Hobbiton.
Biggest fear: I don't really have any.
Biggest accomplishment: None of my accomplishments can be attributed to my efforts alone, so I don't like to claim ownership of them. Right now, I am just thankful to have gotten this far through COVID while working remotely full-time, parenting a toddler full-time, and taking coursework for my Masters.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My husband, it may seem weird since we have dinner together all the time, but I always love being able to sit down, reconnect and intentionally get to spend time with him at the end of each day.
School Certifying Official Supervisor
Starbucks order: Pumpkin Spice….look forward to this every year!
College Degree: Masters of Science in Leadership
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Bike Rides
Hobby: Reading, Fitness & Fantasy Football
Best Trip I ever took: 2 Favorites: 8 week sabbatical RV Trips. One up the East Coast, and one up the West Coast with my husband and 3 boys. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be the one that the RV didn’t crash and burn.
Biggest fear: Scorpions, when we moved into our house we had a ton of them!
Biggest accomplishment: Helped secure funding for child abuse prevention programs in the state of Arizona via Child Abuse Prevention License Plate.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My mom’s mom. She died before I was born and everyone says I look like her.
Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement
Starbucks order: Grande Hazelnut latte with oat milk
College Degree: BA in Religious Studies (it’s a long story, lol)
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hiking in time to see the sunrise or sunset. Love to hike. Recently hiked Flat Iron, it was pretty tough but man the view, so worth it!
Hobby: Poetry, photography, running, working out and volunteering
Best Trip I ever took: This is a hard one to answer since I love to travel. I would say the trip I just went on to La Paz and Todos Santos in Mexico, is right up there in the best trip ever. I went with 3 of my favorite people and we got to see whales!
Biggest fear: Being completely alone
Biggest accomplishment: Still working on it
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: I want to be selfish and say a dinner party with my grandparents. They are no longer here and I wish I could just talk and learn from them. Honestly, I just want to hug them.
PTVC Outreach Team member
Starbucks order: Salted caramel cream cold brew
College Degree: 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Systems, BSE student
Favorite thing to do in AZ: I love hiking in Arizona!
Hobby: I enjoy hiking and baking
Best Trip I ever took: Visiting Crete, Greece and hiking the 10 mile Samaria Gorge trail with friends.
Biggest fear: Losing those that I love
Biggest accomplishment: Where I am now: engineering student at ASU, research assistant for the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions, and PTVC military outreach ambassador. I have accomplished so much more than anticipated after leaving the military. I'm grateful for the opportunities I have come across and I look forward to the future.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Neil deGrasse Tyson!
Assistant Military Advocate
Starbucks order: Cappuccino
College Degree (received): MS in Nutrition (Dietetics) in May 2020
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hiking
Hobby: Painting/charcoal drawings & doing 1000+ piece puzzles.
Best Trip I ever took: Right before joining the military when I was 23 yrs old, I saved up a bunch of money and went to Hawaii for 2 months. I went skydiving, swam with a dolphin, and hung out at the beach almost every day.
Biggest fear: Being alone, with no friends or family nearby.
Biggest accomplishment: Getting a master's degree. School has always been a struggle for me.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My mom. She lives in Michigan, & I have not seen her in about 3 years.
Starbucks order: Hot Chocolate
College Degree: BS in Allied Health
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hiking and enjoying sunrises and sunsets
Hobby: Baking chocolate chip cookies, Photography, Traveling and going to the Gym to work off those cookie calories
Best Trip I ever took: Ireland during St. Patrick’s Day celebration
Biggest fear: Not living up to my truest potential
Biggest accomplishment: Serving active duty in the greatest military in the world and participating in a mission trip to Jamaica
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My late grandparents
PTVC Outreach team member
Starbucks order: Caramel macchiato
College Degree (received or in progress): received MA Global Security
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Sedona/Salt River Tubing
Hobby: Listening to/making music
Best Trip I ever took: Costa Rica
Biggest fear: Drowning
Biggest accomplishment: Getting a MA in one year and by 23
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: President Barack Obama
PTVC benefits team member
Starbucks order: Americano
College Degree: Social Work
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Eat everything
Hobby: Gym and video games
Best Trip I ever took: Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Biggest fear: Losing a loved one
Biggest accomplishment: Eight years Air force
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Sade
School Certifying Supervisor
Starbucks order: Chestnut Praline Latte
College Degree: BS Business Administration with a concentration Human Resources
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Spending time with my husband and daughters
Hobby: Antiquing, gardening and hanging with my dogs – Nena and Sadie
Best Trip I ever took: When my husband was on mid deployment leave from Afghanistan, we took all 4 of our kids to stay in San Diego at a beach house. It was an amazing trip.
Biggest fear: Spiders, do not like spiders.
Biggest accomplishment: Giving birth to my two daughters
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Always my husband
PTVC Outreach team member
Starbucks order: Caramel Frappe
College Degree: Business Sustainability
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Top Golf
Hobby: Reading and learning about the stock market
Best Trip I ever took: When I studied abroad in Spain
Biggest fear: Spiders and snakes
Biggest accomplishment: My impact in Afghanistan
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My grandpa
PTVC Tempe School Certifying Official
Starbucks order: Grande Hot Peppermint Mocha, 2 pumps each, No Whip
College Degree (received or in progress): Business Administration in Progress, graduating in December, finally!
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Watch the sunsets
Hobby: Running, traveling, volunteering, pumping iron
Best Trip I ever took: Hands down, Japan! I must go back.
Biggest fear: Regret and Guilt
Biggest accomplishment: Buying a car and house on my own.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My Nana
Starbucks order: I used to work at Starbucks! I would get a Green tea with lemonade no sweetener and 2 shots of espresso (don't knock it until you try it) to get through my shifts!
College Degree: (received or in progress) On track to graduate May 2021 with a Bachelors in Information Technology and a minor in Sociology.
Favorite thing to do in AZ: In Arizona, I like to travel to different cities/towns and eat all of their food.
Hobby: I like everything about technology and seeing how it all works but I also like to travel whenever I can.
Best Trip I ever took: Best trip I ever took was to Austria. Austria had such amazing views with great food!
Biggest fear: SNAKES. Keep them away from me! seriously...
Biggest accomplishment: Honestly, getting this far academically and making moves to pursue graduate school.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: George Lucas. I have so many Star Wars questions.
PTVC Outreach Team Member
Starbucks order: Don't really drink Starbucks
College Degree: Currently working on Bachelors in Psychology
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Going out with friends
Hobby: I like watching scary movies
Best Trip I ever took: Australia
Biggest accomplishment: Getting into the Army.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: Brad Pitt because he seems like a chill, laid back, fun guy.
Starbucks order: Mango dragon fruit refresher (I don't drink coffee)
College Degree: Supply Chain Management (I graduate this December)
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Go Camping with family
Hobby: Anything outdoors
Best Trip I ever took: North Shore in Hawaii
Biggest fear: Waking up to a scorpion on me
Biggest accomplishment: Following my dad's footsteps and getting a degree at ASU and having 2 good looking and smart kids
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My dad (he passed away from cancer a few years ago) or for a person who is alive I think it would be fun to have dinner with Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock
Starbucks order: I don’t drink coffee
College Degree: Received, BA Business from ASU; In Progress, MAEd from NAU
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Hike
Hobby: Playing guitar and fitness
Best Trip I ever took: Combat deployment(s) to Afghanistan
Biggest fear: Being successful beyond measure
Biggest accomplishment: Becoming and holding the title, United States Marine. Further, given the opportunity to promote to be a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer(SNCO) and be able to teach, mentor, and lead junior service members as well as peers and other leaders.
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: General James “Mad Dog” Mattis
VA Work Study
Starbucks order: Tall Vanilla Latte w/ Almond Milk
College Degree: Received: AS in Computer Information Systems; In Progress: BA in Filmmaking Practices
Favorite thing to do in AZ: Exploring the beautiful scenery AZ offers
Hobby: Traveling, Filmmaking, Photography, YouTube Content Creator
Best Trip I ever took: NYC with my brother
Biggest fear: Working 9 to 5 in an office
Biggest accomplishment: Creating my own company
The one person I'd love to have dinner with: My grandmother