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 Veteran

Web Administrator & IT Professional

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!

Phone:
(810) 424-5589
Email:
mewebste@umflint.edu
Student Veteran Resource Center

Melvin Webster II, Student Veteran

Office Assistant (Front Desk)

Credentials and Experience: My responsibilities include assisting current students with questions regarding educational benefits, and providing them with the proper contact information of all Veterans Affairs agencies. I also provide office personnel with assistance in regards to scheduling, paperwork, and special projects related to the Student Veterans Resource Center.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC:  Meeting current and future student veterans.

Advice for student veterans:  It’s easy to get discouraged in this environment.  Stay motivated, set goals, and accomplish them.

 

Phone:
(810) 424-5589
Email:
zstimson@umflint.edu
Student Veteran Resource Center

Zech Stimson, Student Veteran

Veteran Advising Assistant

Credentials and ExperienceUpon graduation from Lapeer East High School in 2008, I served four years in the Marine Corps in a combat logistics battalion as a motor transport vehicle operator with two tours to Afghanistan. I have been a student here at UM-Flint full time since 2012. My major is Business-Operations Management with a second bachelors in Health Science. I am happy to assist any fellow student veterans with anything including transitioning out of the military and help with specific courses and general academic concerns.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC: Working in a veteran friendly atmosphere where everyone around shares common interests and experience is very encouraging.

Advice for student veterans: Come to the Student Veteran Resource Center frequently and get involved. There are a lot of good people that will help you with anything you need, and there are many benefits available to you that you may not know about yet.