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Meet the Staff
Director, Military and Veterans Program
As Director of the Military and Veterans Program at San Diego State University, Todd oversees the services provided to all military-connected students at the University. This includes the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center which serves as the hub for all military-connected student support services on campus. Additionally, it includes all aspects of the military benefit programs for SDSU's undergraduate and graduate veterans, active duty military, reservists, and dependents.
Todd came to SDSU following a 22 year career in the United States Marine Corps and completed his undergraduate degree in History (summa cum laude) in 2016. He is a past president of the Student Veteran Organization at SDSU; maintains involvement in a number of volunteer and philanthropic ventures; and stays committed to the overall academic success, professional development, and personal growth of today's military and veteran students. He is completing his master's degree in Anthropology where his research involves the identity and perceptions of the military and veteran community.
Vanessa started working in the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center in fall 2016 where she assists San Diego State University veterans, active duty, reserve and military spouses/dependent students achieve their educational goals and plans various campus based military-related functions and events. She comes from a military family - father Retired Senior Chief in the US Navy and brother a former US Marine Corps Sergeant, and is passionate about her work assisting all military connected students. She is currently pursing her undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Vanessa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 594-0496.
Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center Assistant
Jose Esparza has served in the United States Navy from 2002 to 2008 and is currently a Naval Reservist stationed at Naval Air Station, North Island. During his active duty enlistment, he served as a Master-at-Arms performing a variety of military law enforcement functions while stationed overseas in Sasebo, Japan and aboard the USS Ronald Reagan ported in San Diego, CA. Following his separation from active service, Jose attended the University of California at San Diego completing his bachelorís degree in Sociology in 2014. Jose began working at the Baron Veteranís Center in 2015 where he assists San Diego State University veterans, active duty, reserve and military dependent students with their education benefits available through both the US and California Departments of Veteran Affairs.
Troops to Engineers Program Coordinator
Brittany is the Troops to Engineers program coordinator at SDSU. Her mission is to provide internship opportunities for current and graduate students in the engineering field, support for students in transition from military to civilian/student life, and support with resume and cover letter writing. Her goal is to place all student-veterans that are seeing career assistance into paid internships throughout their schooling and full-time jobs upon graduation. Brittany is a Navy veteran, serving from 2007 until 2011, and graduated with her undergraduate degree in Communications in May 2015. She can be contacted at email@example.com or (619) 594-5849.
Troops to Engineers Program Coordinator
Elisa is the Troops to Engineers program coordinator at SDSU. Her mission is to provide a successful transition from military service to higher education onto civilian careers by providing employer-led professional development workshops, tours and hiring events. Her goal is to provide support to 100% of SDSU student veterans seeking career assistance into career-enhancing paid internships and full-time employment upon graduation. Elisa is an Army veteran and an alumna of SDSU.
VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Ryan graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelorís Degree in Psychology and from Fresno State University with a Masterís Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2007. While attending Fresno State, he was a member of the Chi Sigma Iota international honor society for professional counselors and completed an internship in Fresno Stateís Workability IV program. Ryan started working for the U.S. Department of Veterans in February 2008 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and conducted transition assistance at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton from 2009 through 2011 for service members medically separating out of the military. For his efforts, he was recognized with the Employee of the Quarter Award within the VA San Diego Regional Office in 2010. Ryan also worked as an IDES Counselor at Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2011-2016 where he provided transitional services to those service members that were medically separating. He was assigned as the VetSuccess on Campus counselor aboard San Diego State University in early 2016 where he assists the campus' military affiliated students with navigating their benefits, options, and opportunities.