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Current Mentors

Adam LoCascio

I am from Huntington, WV and in my third year as a law student at the WVU College of Law. I interned at the Public Defender’s Office in Baltimore before spending three years as a creative writing teacher in Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles. Since commissioning in the Marine Corps in the summer of 2011, I have started a criminal justice reform group that teaches local teenagers about their constitutional rights during police encounters and lobbies the State Assembly to reduce prison overcrowding in West Virginia. You can contact me at alocascio@gmail.com

Alexis McMillen

As Program Coordinator here at the WVU Center for Civic Engagement, I coordinate all service-learning initiatives that promote academic enrichment for students and positive outcomes for the community. I also coordinate the Community Partner program here which, coupled with many years of non-profit management, puts me in a great place to be very knowledgeable of local organizations and what they can offer, as well as aware of how to best connect students where they are needed and can get the most rewarding experiences. I’ve worked at WVU since March 2011, and since then have become involved with Veterans initiatives specifically, including the WVU Veterans Committee and the WV Veterans Employment Initiative group. My educational background includes a BS in Political Science with a minor in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration degree. In addition to being resourceful, I feel that I can assist veterans best by helping you build relationships with others on campus and in the community that can help you further your academic goals and continue to make a difference as you already have through your military service. I’m also a great listener, and love making new friends. You may contact me at alexis.mcmillen@mail.wvu.edu.

Bob Pirner

A Navy veteran, I have spent 24 years in Morgantown working to help people with disabilities find independence. First, I was the Development Officer at SteppingStones and worked to develop recreational programming including a state of the art facility at Mylan Park. I also worked with Rotary to construct Miracle Field, a completely wheelchair accessible baseball field, the second of its kind in the United States. In June, 2009 after recovering from cancer, I joined PACE Enterprises as Director of Development. I am also a co-founder of Operation Welcome Home. Originally from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I am one of 6000 living fluent speakers of the Sioux language. In addition, I am also an instructor in Native American Studies at West Virginia University. You can contact me at bpirner@paceenterprises.org

Brandon Smith

I am a Senior Political Science student here at WVU and currently the President of the Veterans of WVU student group until our December 2012 elections. I served in the Infantry as a Marine Corps Reservist for 7 years and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other stints on Active Duty while in school here at WVU. The back and forth transition between Warrior and Student can be taxing on one’s life to say the least. If anyone out there finds themselves looking for help in the transition process, I can be of help as a student peer and as an Alumni after I graduate. You can contact me at bsmith60@mix.wvu.edu

Brenda Everett

I have been employed by the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Morgantown Vet Center who offers Readjustment Counseling for Combat Veterans since 2006. In my 9 years of military service in the Army National Guard I served in 3 tours in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Jump Start Border Patrol. After many deployment setbacks I received my Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 2012 and am currently enrolled as a Graduate student in the M.A. Counseling Program. I am also the spouse of a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. I know first-hand the struggles of reintegrating back into civilian life to include trying to receive a higher education. Please do not hesitate to contact me at Brenda.Everett@va.gov

Brian Popp

I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry since 2011, so I am a relative newcomer to Morgantown. As an educator and researcher in a core science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) discipline, one of my primary career objectives is to foster greater interest and engagement in the sciences throughout the WVU student body and with student veterans in particular. The STEM fields offer rewarding career opportunities, but student veterans may have unique needs that make STEM programs of study challenging. I believe that we have a responsibility to provide guidance and support for those who have served our country, and I am here to help them navigate university life. You can contact me at Brian.Popp@mail.wvu.edu

Craig Foster

I am a first year doctoral student in counseling psychology. I work as a graduate teaching assistant in the First-Year Seminar & Instructional Support Office. Prior to enrolling at WVU I was an academic adviser and aided in the transition of active and retired military students. I would love to continue to serve military students in this new role at WVU. You can contact me at trfoster@mix.wvu.edu

Janet Armistead

As Assistant Dean I have worked in Admissions and Student Affairs at the WVU College of Law for 25 years. I have also taught English and Humanities on the undergraduate level and worked as an academic advisor. I have done many presentations on “How to Apply to Law School” and have taught University 101 and counseled law students as they go through the three years of law school. You can contact me at Janet.Armistead@mail.wvu.edu

John Mullins

I am a veteran of the United States Navy where I worked with the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System for three years. I am a 6th generation West Virginian from Oak Hill. I graduated from West Virginia University in 2005 with a Bachelor in History and again in 2009 with a Masters in Educational Leadership. Among my numerous interests are colonial American history, landscape photography and I enjoy woodworking. Currently I work in the Financial Aid Office at West Virginia University. You can contact me at John.Mullins@mail.wvu.edu

Josh Henderson

I finished my undergraduate work at WVU in May, 2009 when I earned my BA in History, with a GPA of 3.41. Shortly after, I was admitted into the Political Science MA program here. From Sept.2010-Aug. 2011 I was deployed with the Army National Guard to the Middle East, where I served a non-combat tour of duty. Since my return, I’ve finished my Master’s with a 3.92 GPA and accepted a fully-funded PhD fellowship in the same field. You can contact me at jhender4@mix.wvu.edu

Kimberly Richardson

I am a 22 year old student completing my senior year as a Political Science student with a tentative graduation date of May 2013. I am currently serving in the WV Army National Guard in the Special Operations Detachment Europe unit as a Legal Specialist. I intend to go to law school after I complete my degree, possibly at WVU. As a veteran and nontraditional student, I can hope to help a prospective mentee with military related issues, time management skills, and any other daunting undertakings of making the transition from soldier to student. If you have any further questions please contact me at kimberly.richardson37@gmail.com.

Lee Fuell

WVU alum (1980); USAF officer (1980-1984); Air Force civilian (1984-2014). Former Technical Director for Force Modernization & Employment, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASIC is the Air Force and Department of Defense Center of Excellence for providing all-source air and space intelligence to Air Force, joint and national operational, acquisition, and policymaking customers as part of the national intelligence community. Provided strategic direction and oversight to intelligence assessments of foreign air and space force modernization, employment, denial & deception, and intent, as well as tailored intelligence application products in support of air and space operations, force modernization and strategic analysis. I Retired June 28, 2014. You can reach me at fuell@mindspring.com

USAF Official bio: http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/108014/donald-l-lee-fuell.aspx

L.G. Corder

I’m a three tour Iraq veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division from 2000-2004 as a mechanic. I was recalled from the IRR in 2006-2007 and served as a Motor Sergeant in the 260th MI BN and the 504th MI BDE. It took me ten years to knock out my undergrad even though I was only in the classroom for four. I finished with a 4.0 in International Studies focusing on National Security and Intelligence at WVU. I worked as an Outreach Worker for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to provide services to GWOT veterans before returning to WVU to attend law school. I graduated in 2012 and began providing free legal services to low income veterans at the Veterans Legal Project. I’m very approachable and am interested in your success as a student. It’s easy to get lost in college. I don’t want that to happen to you. You can contact me at lgcorder@gmail.com

Melissa Foster

My name is Melissa Foster and I’m a second year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at WVU. My research interests are in military psychology and undergraduate military education. My plan is to commission into the military as a psychologist upon graduation. I would love to serve as a mentor. I worked in academic advising professionally for two years prior to beginning my doctoral program. Given that I grew up in a military home and my sister is currently serving, I would be especially honored to serve as a mentor. You can contact me at mnfoster@mix.wvu.edu

Nathan Harlan

I am the program coordinator with the Adventure WV program at WVU. I coordinate adventure learning experiences for WVU military veterans such as kayaking, rafting, ziplines etc with the goal of building connections, promoting a successful transition into WVU and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow veterans and service members. I am proud to serve those who have served our country! You can contact me at nathan.harlan@mail.wvu.edu

Phillip West

I am a seven year veteran of the West Virginia National Guard. I hold three undergraduate degrees from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV and am currently working towards a Masters Degree in Social Work from WVU. I am employed by Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown as a crisis intervention specialist where I assist clients over the phone that are in crisis or are struggling with suicide. My goal in life is to assist veterans with PTSD or TBI as a clinical social worker as well as help with reintegration. If you feel that you need assistance in anyway as a recently separated veteran or currently serving, please feel free to contact me at pwest@mix.wvu.edu!

Steve Riffon

I began my military career as an E-1 coming out of boot camp. I reached NCO status through a below-the-zone promotion and later received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. I retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Captain. I obtained years of experience as a supervisor, operator and instructor for the Minuteman II ICBM nuclear missile force. My undergraduate degree is in education and my Master’s Degree is in Quality Management. I am currently the Assistant Director of Financial Aid. You can contact me at Steve.Riffon@mail.wvu.edu

Timothy Morrell

Between 2002 and 2007 I was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, returning after my enlistment to receive my B.A. at WVU in 2012. My undergraduate studies were composed of Political Science, Journalism, and Philosophy concentrations and I am currently in the process if preparing for graduate studies. You can contact me at tsmorrell@zoho.com

Tracy Bivens

I am a senior at West Virginia University majoring in Multi Discplinary Studies and my three minors are Communications, Child Development and Family Studies and Sports and Exercise Psychology. I am excited to graduate from West Virginia University and put my degree to work. I currently serve the United States Army Reserve with the 1/80th En Bn out of Kingwood, West Virginia. I am currently on the promotion board for my E5 and looking forward to forwarding my career in the military. Just let me know any questions you have in regards to anything, I am here to help! You can contact me at tbivens@mix.wvu.edu

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