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Veterans Advisory Council

The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) was created in November 2008 to bring together faculty and staff who had an interest in assisting student veterans at Texas State as well as combine efforts and resources to better serve our students. The council became a recognized group in August 2009 and reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Our Mission:
Provides advice and support for services and programs designed to facilitate the smooth transition of military veteran students to college and to promote veteran student success.


Dr. Sherri Benn, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs/Director, Co-Chair (T)
Ms. Melissa Hyatt, Associate University Registrar, Office of University Registrar, Co- Chair (R)

Ms. April Buentello-Srock, Case Manager, Office of Disability Services (R)
Mr. Anson Davis, Coordinator, Veteran's Benefits, Veteran Affairs/Office of University Registrar (T)
Ms. Kama Davis, Staff Attorney, Dean of Students (R)
Ms. Teresa Donnell, Graduate Degree Audit Specialist, Graduate College (T)
Mr. Burel Ford, Student Development Specialist, Student Diversity and Inclusion (T)
Ms. Alyssa Kroeker, Student Development Specialist, Round Rock Campus (R)
Mr. Carlos Laird, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions (R)
Dr. Milton Nielsen, Special Assistant, Information Technology (T)
Dr. Hillary Jones, Senior Psychologist, Counseling Center (R)
Dr. Katherine Selber, Professor, Social Work (R)
Mr. Jesse Silva, Assistant Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion (T)
Ms. Rebecca Swindal, Supervisor, Applied Arts Advising Center, Advising Representative (R)
Dr. Carl Van Aacken, Assistant Director, Student Learning Assistance Center (R)
Ms. Nina Toomer, Financial Aid Advisor, Financial Aid and Scholarships (R)
Mr. Ross Wood, Career Advisor, Career Services (R)
To Be Named, Representative, Faculty Senate (R)

Student Members:

Ms. Maria Bernal Mora, President, Veteran's Student Alliance (T)
To Be Named,  Student Government (R)

The VAC supports the Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) and Family and Friends of the Military at Texas State. 
VATS website:
Family and Friends of the Military website: