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Our Mission: To empower military affiliated students by providing superb student-centered service, practical and appropriate resources, and an inclusive community of support.

 

Veterans Services Staff

 

Dan Turnbeaugh

Dan Turnbeaugh

Director - USN Veteran / Alumni

Dan served seven years in the Navy before receiving his Bachelorís degree in Literature from Ozark Christian College and then continuing his education with a Masterís in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Dan loves to have fun, play hockey and enjoy the outdoors especially hiking, mountain biking and fly fishing. His greatest joy is spending time in the mountains with his wife and their three boys.

 

 

 

David Bissell

David Bissell

Cultural / Campus Liason - USMC Veteran

David is a former Combined Anti-Armor Team (CAAT Platoon) crew member from 3/8 WPNS Company in Camp LeJeune. He was also stationed in downtown London, England for over a year working security. David is currently embedded in the civilian family sector and proudly studying Communications and Human Services at UNC.

 

 

 

 

Katy LaFary

Katy LaFary

Mentoring Program Coordinator - ANG Member/ USAF Veteran

Katy served in the USAF as a 1C371, aka Command and Control. She was stationed at Wright - Patterson AFB and spent time in Italy as well. She graduated in May 2015 with her undergraduate degree from UNC and is continuing to pursue her doctorate in Educational Psychology. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her 5 pets.

 

 

 

Hadley Lessard

Hadley Lessard

Activities Coordinator - USAF Veteran

Hadley served as a Security Forces Member in the USAF. She was stationed at Warren AFB during her enlistment and decided to pursue her degree in Dietetics at UNC. She enjoys spending time in the fresh air along with everything Colorado has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Paloma Mier

Paloma Mier

Training Coordinator - NG Member

Paloma is a Colorado native and currently serves in the Army National Guard as a Supply Specialist. She is attending UNC to pursue a bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences at the Monfort College of Business. When not at UNC, she can be found studying or working at her second job.

 

 

 

 

Aleks Nehajenko

Aleks Nehajenko

Events Coordinator - USN Veteran

Aleks served as a Damage Controlman in the US Navy. He is currently pursuing a degree in Sports and Excercise Science. Aleks hails from Latvia and loves the great outdoors. He enjoys getting away and exploring new places when not at Veterans Services.

 

 

 

 

Al Pirila

Al Pirila

Social Media Coordinator - USMC Veteran

Al served as a squad leader in Lima Company 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines out of 29 Palms, California. Following his time in service, he attended Arizona State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. He is currently working on his master's degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in the Social Psychology. When not studying or working in the cottage, Al can be found inside the gym, outside with his dog or listening to live music.

 

 

 

Joyce Wilson

Joyce Wilson

Office Coordinator - USA Veteran

Joyce served in the US Army as a medic and and was stationed at Ft Bragg. She is currently studying Art here at UNC. She enjoys the tactical advantages of Nerf marksmanship and battles with her husband and kids.

 

 

 

Office of Veterans Services

University of Northern Colorado
1815 8th Avenue
Campus Box 65
Greeley, CO 80639
veterans.services@unco.edu
970-351-1403

Hours: Monday - Friday 0800-1700 (5pm)

VA Certification Official

Marissa Boston
Office of the Registrar
marissa.boston@unco.edu
970-351-1841

 

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