Phone:
(810) 762-3073
Email:
smkowals@umflint.edu
Student Veteran Resources Center

Sarah Mellon

Student Veterans Resource Center Coordinator

Position: I work as the Student Veterans Resource Center Coordinator for the Student Veterans Resource Center. I handle all veteran, spouse, and dependent applications to UM-Flint. As part of the application processing, I review all AARTS/SMART transcripts for transfer credit and work with faculty to determine transferability of military training. I am also the point of contact for all DoDEA schools. I travel throughout the United States to participate in education support events for service members and veterans. My areas of interest are transition, student satisfaction, retention,  and attrition trends for veterans in higher education. 

Credentials and Experience: I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Siena Heights University in 2006. I then went on to finish a Master of Education in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Toledo in 2010. While doing my graduate work, the topic of veterans’ services in higher education became my focus and there was no questioning that it was going to be my career focus moving forward. I will continue my education in the fall of 2012 in the M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling program at Michigan State University.

Favorite part of working in the SVRC: I enjoy working with such a dynamic group of students. Many times I begin working with students via email while they are still on active duty. It’s great to finally meet someone face-to-face that I’ve been working with for several months from across the globe.

Advice for student veterans: Please do not hesitate to ask questions. We are here to provide you with resources and answers. I would also encourage you to connect with your fellow veterans on campus. Having a peer connection with someone that has been through the transition to UM-Flint will be very beneficial.

 

Phone:
(810) 424-5391
Email:
hjbudd@umflint.edu
Student Veterans Resources Center

Helen Budd

Veterans Certifying Evaluator

Position:  Veterans Certifying Evaluator

Credentials and Experience: Dedicated and knowledgeable professional, providing assistance to student veterans and their families with VA/Department of Defense benefits, coordinating student services, and providing support to the UM-Flint Student Veterans of America Chapter. More than eight years as a VA Certifying Official, serving in the Registrar’s Office at Cleary University before moving to UM-Flint in May, 2013.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC: Counseling students on the various VA education benefits that are available and assisting in the resolution of benefit payment issues.

Advice for student veterans: Take the time to know your benefits. After all, you earned them! Meet regularly with an academic advisor to ensure that you are on track toward graduation, and attend and pass your classes. 

Phone:
(810) 762-3380
Email:
wandmach@umflint.edu
Student Veterans Resources Center

Stevens Wandmacher, Dr.

Faculty Coordinator

Position:  I have been the Faculty Coordinator for the SVRC since it was created and I both teach in and am currently the Chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Credentials and Experience: As a faculty member I hold degrees in philosophy from Wayne State University (MA 1994) and Michigan State University (Ph.D 2003).  I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan (BGS 1992) and was a Boatswain’s Mate in the United States Navy (BM3).

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC:  I get great satisfaction out of developing and maintaining systems to insure that our veteran population gets the support and guidance they need and have earned.

Advice for student veterans: Stay in school until you graduate; there is no obstacle to your education that you can’t navigate. 

Phone:
(810) 762-3073
Email:
mickeele@umflint.edu
Student Veteran Resources Center

Michael Keeley, Student

Web Administrator

Position: I am the website administrator for the Student Veteran Resources Center. Please inform me of any and all issues you encounter while utilizing the website.

Credentials and Experience:  I served 8 years in the United States Army as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. My areas of experience include working on multiple us.army.mil websites to include building and maintaining personalized unit websites for the various units I have been in.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC:  My favorite part of working in the SVRC is the chance to make an impact on the accessibility of information for Veterans. It is my firm belief that information should be easily obtained, and it is my goal to make that happen.

Advice for student veterans: Ask questions! If you are unsure about something any of the staff members in the SVRC are more than willing to help you. Get involved in programs and find out what other benefits are out there, trust me, there are a lot!