Meet the Staff
Veteran Services Office Coordinator
United States Army
Throughout my childhood, education was instilled in me and has served as a foundation
to my career. I was born and raised in Rocksprings, TX and after high school I attended
a catholic university for one semester before realizing the financial burden my education
was placing on me and my family. I left school and joined the United States Army in
2002. My sole purpose for joining the service was to earn my GI Bill benefits and
help me pay for my schooling.
After six years of honorable service as a Military Police Officer, I was discharged
from the Armed Forces so that I could begin my journey in academia. In 2008, I was
accepted to the University of Texas at San Antonio and in 2010 became the first person
in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree. I pursued a master’s of education with a
concentration in higher education from Angelo State University.
Transitioning from the military to the civilian life was overwhelming. Registering
and attending classes in the military was very different in comparison to a civilian.
It was then that I developed a passion to help my brothers and sisters in arms, and
their dependents in the journey from a military lifestyle to a university setting.
I hope to make your experience at the University of Houston-Clear Lake a memorable
School Certifying Official
United States Army
I enlisted in the Army during high school and left for boot camp after graduation.
After twelve years of honorable service with multiple deployments to Iraq/Afghanistan,
I decided it was time to come home and get an education. I had no idea how much work
was involved in registering for classes and I had no one to assist me. Now, I feel
personally responsible to help each and every veteran and dependent reach their educational
United States Marine
My name is Ted. I am originally from Alvin, TX, and graduated from Alvin high school
in 2000. Upon my senior year in 1999, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
I went into the Marine Corps in July 2000 at MCRD San Diego, CA, and graduated in
October 2000. I enlisted in the Marine because I wanted to be a part of the best fighting
force in the world, and wanted to serve my country as being known as one of the best
in the world. I served 6 years in the Marine Corps. In June 2004 I was deployed to
Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, and returned home in April 2005. In 2006
I decided that my time in the military was over, and wanted to pursue a higher education.
I enrolled into College of the Mainland, and completed my Associate’s Degree in 2008
in Petrochemical Process Technology. During my tenure at College of the Mainland,
I worked full time for the City of Galveston. Not being completely satisfied with
an Associate’s Degree, I wanted more and in November 2014, I decided to complete my
Bachelor’s Degree, and enrolled at UHCL.
Now that I’m almost finished with my Bachelor’s Degree, I plan to stay enrolled at
UHCL and pursue a Master’s Degree in Criminology. During my current enrollment at
UHCL, I’ve always wanted to help and continue to serve my fellow veterans by assisting
them in utilizing their benefits to achieve a higher education. Currently, I am a
work-study with the Captain Wendell Wilson Office of Veteran Services assisting veterans
with their education, and continue to serve members of the military, and veterans
of the armed forces.
United States Navy
I joined the U.S Navy two years after high school with the main goal of helping those
in need. One of the benefits is that they would pay for my schooling. After two years
of honorable service I came home and started attending UHCL as a freshman. I am majoring
in Art education, EC-12.
It has always been a passion of mine to help and teach those around me and as a work
study for the Veteran’s Service Office I get the opportunity to do just that.
United States Marine
A quick snap shot of how I got here. It began in the summer of my 8th grade year when
the judge sent me to a Young Marine boot camp. It was only two weeks but at the time
it was the longest two weeks of my life at that point in time. That experience made
me even more curious about marines in general and my family’s history. Because all
I got from that boot camp was just a little taste of what was to come and I knew when
I graduated as a (squad leader) I wanted to be a marine. I’m the 3rd generation of
marines in my family. I enlisted when I was a senior in high school and the day after
I graduated from high school I was on a plane to MCRD San Diego, CA. Did my four years
with 3rd battalion 4th Marines on multiple deployments to Iraq as a rifleman (03).
When I got out and back home it was hard for me to adjust to civilian life. I had
no clue what benefits I qualified for and let alone if I had any benefits at all.
That is why I am here at the VA office at UHCL so other vets don’t have to make the
same mistakes I did when I was enrolling and going through school. I look forward
to meeting and helping every veteran that comes to UHCL.