Meet the staff of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and learn a little more about them.
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
School Certifying Specialist
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.
School Certifying Specialist
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
VA Work Study
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 fear: Heights
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