Meet the VRC Staff!
Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez
Interim Dean of Student Support Services
Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez has dedicated her career to helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs at Cypress College and also previously worked at UC Irvine as the Director of the SAGE Scholars Program and Community College Programs through the Center for Educational Partnerships. In addition, she has served as adjunct faculty at Santa Ana College and the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UC Irvine, Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education at CSU Long Beach, and doctorate in Educational Leadership at CSU Fullerton.
Student Services Specialist, full-time
Scott Thompson is motivated to continue promoting student veteran success at Fullerton College. He has been providing educational services for student veterans and students with disabilities since 2010. He is an 8 year United States Army veteran who served active duty from 2005-2009 and served in the reserves from 2010-2013 as a Cavalry Scout. Scott has worked in the Veteran Resource Center as well as Disability Support Services at Fullerton College and has a wealth of knowledge regarding campus and community resources. Scott has earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University and is currently working through his Master of Arts in Education with a specialty in Higher Education.
Certifying Official, full-timeTania McKeown has dedicated her career to working with students. She has demonstrated her passion and devotion towards education while serving in the Disability Support Services Office and transitioning into the Veterans Resource Center. She feels a strong sense of responsibility towards veterans as she has one son who served in the United States Marine Corps. She has a strong sense of responsibility toward students, which she has gained through her college career, personal experience, and work ethic.
Dr. Nick Arman
Dr. Nick Arman, has worked with our nation’s veterans in various capacities since 2000. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard, and is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. Before coming to Fullerton College, Dr. Arman worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a readjustment counselor with prior academic advising and counseling experiences at different levels of higher education such as California State University Northridge and Los Angeles City College. He is committed to providing his students with compassionate and quality guidance in their academic journey. Dr. Arman received his doctoral degree from Brandman University in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, and holds a Master of Science in Counseling degree from the California State University, Northridge.
MiaSarah Cesena, M.S.W.
MiaSarah has worked as a Counselor at various community colleges within the region. Her experiences range from working with Athletes to Articulation, and everything in between. MiaSarah started out as a Social Service Practitioner in San Bernardino County, focusing on case management and crisis intervention. As a result, MiaSarah offers a multitude of qualities that enable her to address a variety of student concerns. MiaSarah is invested in helping students excel academically, and is honored to contribute to the success of our Veteran population. MiaSarah earned her Baccalaureate Degree from Loyola Marymount University, and her Master’s Degree from California State University Fullerton.
Dr. Miatta R. Snetter
Psychologist - Outside the Wire, volunteer
Dr. Miatta R. Snetter is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, providing free mental health services on Fullerton College’s campus, in the VRC. As the OC Coordinator of the U.S. Vets, Outside the Wire (OTW) Program, she assists student veterans in pursuit of their academic goals, by helping them manage problems that sometimes “get in the way” of academic success. Free services are offered to veterans and their family and significant others, in a private and CONFIDENTIAL office in the VRC. A graduate of Pepperdine University, where she earned both her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees, Dr. Snetter is honored to provide free mental health services to our Nation’s Veterans. So, come by the VRC and join her and other vets at a monthly “Circle Up” or for individual or couples therapy. Until then, Be Well!
Veteran Work Studies
VA Work-Studies, part-time
Gio an East Coast native served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps as a K9 handler and trainer in Camp Pendleton, CA. Deployed to Afghanistan with his Military Working Dog, SSD Jony. Having enjoyed the beautiful California weather Gio decided to pursue his college career in Fullerton, CA. As of Fall 2013 he has been an active Hornet serving as a Veteran Work Study, Math Tutor, Veterans Club Vice President, and Veterans Club President. Fall 2016 will be his last semester and plans to continue his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in an emphasis in Accounting.
VA Work-Studies, part-time
Ana Reyes is currently a full-time student at Fullerton College, perusing a career in Computer Science. Ana served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, primarily out of Okinawa, Japan. Ana believes in giving back to the veteran community and is excited and proud to be able to do that through the Veterans Resource Center.
Russel Godoy Jr.
VA Work-Studies, part-time
Russ Godoy Jr. a 32-year-old man from humble beginnings. Born and raised in Southern California only to venture out for brief vacations and a tour in Iraq while serving in the Marine Corps. Has spent the last decade immersed in personal development, and is currently attending Fullerton College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. Has a passion for health and fitness as well as helping others any way possible.
Veterans Work Study, part time
Travis Mahaffey is a full-time student at Fullerton College majoring in Computer Information Systems. He joined the Army National Guard at 17, and has done deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. Travis eventually plans to transfer to a 4 year university to earn his Bachelor’s Degree and work in the IT field.
VA Work-Studies, part-time
Nathan Chin served in the Army as a medic for 4 years. He is currently a student at Fullerton College and is excited about being back home and being able to help veterans.
Veteran Work Study, part-time
Gabriela Benitez, is a highly motivated professional working and leading by example, always open to learn, grow and take the initiative under pressure. She is currently attending Fullerton college, and serving in the Army reserves. Her major in is administration of justice, and plans on working as a corrections officer. She envisions herself working hard and making a difference in others.
VA Work-Studies, part-timeAndrea Maciag is a full-time student at Fullerton College, pursuing a career in teaching, majoring in History. Andrea served in the Marine Corps as a Signals Intelligence Analyst primarily in Hawaii. She is originally from Michigan, but moved to Southern California to take advantage of the abundance of educational opportunities. She is excited for the opportunity to work with and assist fellow veterans at the Veterans Resource Center.
English Tutor, part-time
Kasandra is 21-years-old and currently attending Fullerton College where she received an Associates Degree in English and is also a Fullerton College Paralegal Studies student. She has recently been accepted into Cal State Fullerton where she hopes to pursue a B.A in English and then continue on to law school. On her free time Kasandra has a passion for writing poetry with the hopes of one day publishing her work.
Graphic Designer, part-time
Eli is a graphic designer who received his Associates in Arts from Fullerton College, and is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts at California State University Fullerton. He aspires to design for the movie or video game industry, and to eventually become a design instructor.