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Meet the Staff

Trisha RuizTrisha Ruiz
Veteran Services Office Coordinator
281-283-3071

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 one.

Jay HernandezJay Hernandez
School Certifying Official
281-283-3072

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 goals.

Maria SnodgrassTed Nugent

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.

Maria SnodgrassMaria Snodgrass

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.

David VigilDavid Vigil

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.

Location:
Student Services and Classroom Building third floor room 3.201.

Mail:
University of Houston-Clear Lake
CAPT. Wendell M. Wilson Office of Veteran Services
2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Box 177
Houston, TX 77058-1098

Phone:
(281) 283-3071

Fax:
(281) 226-7297

E-mail:
vso@uhcl.edu

Fall/Spring:
Mon-Fri
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer:
Mon-Thurs
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri
8 a.m. - noon

Last updated: 06/16/2016 UTC
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