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Meet Our Community Ad​vocates

​​Jeffrey Brun

​​Office: Newark Campus

Service Branch: ​Marine Corps

Academic Program: Master of Social Work

Hometown: Newark, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I applied for the Advocate position to start the process of getting involved on campus and work with veterans at the same time. It was a chance to work with people who I could relate to on many levels and to maybe help a vet transition into student life easier.​"


Ryan Clark

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Office: Admissions and First Year Experience

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: B.A. in Arts Management, Minor in Nonprofit Studies and Design Thinking

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "What the Community Advocate Program has allowed me to do is not only work within a military community, but also pick up valuable skills such as budget spending, event planning and coordinating, and networking with other veteran related services. I feel these are valuable skills that will help bolster my resume all while I work towards my Undergraduate Degree. Through the position I have also come into contact with the Arts Coordinator for the Columbus VA and the Dublin Arts Council, both of which I plan on working with and hosting art related events for the student-veteran community in the coming academic year."


David Corbi

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​​Office: Fisher College of Business (Undergrad)

Service Branch: Army National Guard

Academic Program: B.A. in Finance

Hometown: Johnstown, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I applied to be a Community Advocate for the opportunity to be able to work with other military service members, with the goal of enhancing the experience student-veterans have at Ohio State. While also being able to become closer to the military community on campus."


​Kayla Dixon

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​​Office: School of Health and Rehabilitation Services

Service Branch: Navy

Academic Program: B.S. in Health Information Management and Systems

Hometown: Copperas Cove, TX

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I chose to become a Community Advocate because although I started an internship in my program of study I still wanted to be able to help my fellow student Veterans. I hope to be able to assist students in going to various workshops and seminars and help them create business cards so they may be able to network in their field of choice."


Sean Dupiano​​


Office: Off-Campus and Commuter Services

Service Branch: Air National Guard

Academic Program: B.S.B.A. in Finance

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I haven't had the opportunity to meet many military members from Ohio States and I felt I was neglecting that part of my community. Being an advocate, I hope to re-connect with other military members in my school."​



​​​Haelie Egbert

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​​Office: Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Service Branch: Air National Guard

Academic Program: B.S. in Mechnanical Engineering

Hometown: Fremont, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I decided to apply for the Advocate position because I wanted to help out veterans and military affiliated students who have already given so much to the community."


Ken Ellis

Office: Wooster Campus/ATI

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: B.S. in Animal Science


Dante Elia

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​​Office: Fisher College of Business (Grad)

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: Master of Business Administration

Hometown: Reading, PA

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "I chose Ohio State due to its strong reputation and relentless commitment to veterans."


Rodney Frederick

​​Office: Marion Campus

Service Branch: Navy

Academic Program: B.S. in Biology

Hometown: Marysville, OH

Biggest Tip for Transitioning Students: "My biggest tip for transitioning students is to seek help when feeling overwhelmed. It's a hard process and although many of us handle the transition differently, we aren't alone in this venture. If it's academic, financial, health, or even if you just miss the camaraderie of the military. Ohio State has assistance for all of it, you just have to ask."


Nate Garens

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​Office: Parent, Family, and Alumni Relations

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: B.S.B.A. in Accounting and B.A. in Chinese

Hometown: Akron, OH

Reason ​for Participating in the Advocate Program: "The first year transitioning out of the military can be difficult to manage. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by an extremely supportive Veteran community here. I just wanted to put myself in a position where I might be able to provide the same kind of support."  



Colin Golian

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Office: College of Dentistry

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Biggest Tip for Transitioning Students: "Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are countless resources available at Ohio State to help you succeed. Nobody made it through their military service alone, so why should college be any different?"


Ian Guttendorf

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Office: College of Engineering

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: B.S. in Civil Engineering

Hometown: Delaware, OH

Biggest Tip for Transitioning Students: "Get Involved! The size of OSU is very overwhelming. However, getting out and meeting new people and making ew connections will make the campus feel, not only smaller, but more like home."


Lonny Heft

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Office: Vets4Vets Student Veteran Organization President

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: B.S. in Business Administration

Hometown: Lancaster, OH

Most Influential Ohio State Experience: "My most influential experience at Ohio State has been getting involved in the veteran community at OSU.  Becoming a member of Vets4Vets and getting to know other student veterans has broadened my horizons and opened up numerous business and social opportunities.  Having such a broad and caring support network has been a boon to my academic and personal well-being.."


Dave Hibler

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​Office: ​College of Public Health

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: Ph.D. in Public Health - Environmental Sciences

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "My brothers and sisters in the armed forces have given me a lot, and the reason that I've taken on this advocate position is because I was to do my part in paying it forward.  After living through the difficulties that being a student-soldier can bring, and seeing first hand how help and support could have made things so much better, I want to try to give that help and support to the other military and veteran students around me and hopefully keep them from some of the difficulties that I had to experience.  I know student-soldiers will never be the same as "normal" students and we shouldn't be expected to be; but if I can help lighten the load that our military students have to carry and possibly give them a more traditional experience that will set them up for success after school, I want to."


Aaron Kaeser

Office: ​Disability Services

Service Branch: Air Force

Academic Program: B.S. in Health Sciences


Lili Kawasaki

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Office: ​Women Veterans Programming

Service Branch: Air National Guard

Academic Program: B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Circileville, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I wanted to participate in the advocate program to provide a helpful hand to those that may need it."


Kari Kueterman

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Office: ​Career Counseling and Support Services

Service Branch: Army Reserve

Academic Program: B.S. in City and Regional Planning

Hometown: Versailles, OH

Most Inflential Ohio State Experience: "My most influential experience at Ohio State was participating in the OSU Football Veteran's Appreciation Game. I really enjoyed holding the American Flag at the pre-game show and spending the day with a great group of Veteran students."


Aaron Kuck

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Office: Student Legal Services

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: B.S. in Architecture

Hometown: Wapakoneta, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "Service to others has been a large part of my life. I saw this advocacy as a new chapter in my story. At SLS I'll endeavor to continue the successful programs others pioneered while exploring infographic means to connect student veterans to the resources available to them at Ohio State University."


Emma Larson

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Office: Recreational Sports

Service Branch: Army National Guard

Academic Program: B.S. in ​Health Sciences

Hometown: Lakewood, OH

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "Don’t be afraid to join something or to try something new. Ohio State students are very welcoming and there’s a group for everyone to be a part of. It’s a great way to make friends and build connections. Get up, get out there and get involved!"


Christine Lorenz

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Office: Buckeye Careers

Service Branch: Army National Guard

Academic Program: B.A. in Communications

Hometown: Hiliard, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I wanted to participate in the Advocate Program because I wanted to help other veterans find what they are looking for on campus, whether it be a community or a resource offered. "


David Mathes

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Office: ​Medical Community At-Large

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "When you leave the military, there is a real void that develops. That void stems from the relationships and shared experiences with the Marines to your left and right. I applied for the Advocate position because it seems like a constructive opportunity to meet fellow Buckeye veterans and fill the void from military life. As the Advocate for the medical community at-large, I plan to bridge the gap between the medical professional schools by creating networking events. Additionally, the professional medical community at OSU can provide undergraduate veterans with aspirations of becoming physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, etc. a great resource. In this regard, creating a network of peer “mentors” for undergraduate veterans focusing on medicine as a potential career field is another goal as an Advocate."


Michael Mayo

Office: ​Recreational Sports

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: B.S. in Sustainable Plant Systems

Hometown: Athens, TN

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "Take part in student organizations. If you don't join any clubs, you're missing out on the easiest and most fun part of the college experience."


Shayne Reynolds

Office: ​College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: B.S. in Construction Systems Management


Christian Schafer

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Office: ​Athletics - Fan Experience

Service Branch: Army Reserve

Academic Program: B.A. Japanese

Hometown: Hillsboro, OH

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "My Biggest Tip for student veterans is to make time for events. They are fantastic for networking, you will open so many doors by going to events."


Emilie Sheridan

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Office: Student Activities

Service Branch: Army National Guard

Academic Program: B.A. in​ Political Science

Hometown: Fort Recovery, OH

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "Get out of your comfort zone and try to get involved in at least one group on campus. It is so easy to keep to yourself and do things you're used to doing, but the amazing thing about this university is that is has such a diverse campus that it is impossible to not find at least one place where you fit in and still are challenging yourself. It will help you feel more connected to campus and make friends much more easily."


Terrence Shumate
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Office: ​Wellness Center

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: B.S. in Exercise Science


Nick Siegrist

Office: Lima Campus

Service Branch: Navy

Academic Program: B.A. in​​​ History

Hometown: Fort Loramie, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "My first semester transitioning out of the military was rough. I want to help people who had a rough first semester like I did. I want to help my veteran brothers and sisters as they transition from the military to a classroom.​"​


Eric Sowers

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Office: College of Social Work (Graduate)

Service Branch: Army

Academic Program: Master of Social Work

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "The reason for me to participate in this advocacy program is because it will offer me another avenue to giveback and help the veteran community in and around Central Ohio. The best advice I have for a new/transitioning student(s) is to establish active lines of communication with a Veteran Community Advocate and the Military & Veteran Services office as soon as possible. We are here to help. Take advantage of the mentorship and camaraderie you will receive. I am always available to any veteran in need. Go Buckeyes!"


Scott Sparks

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Office: Mansfield Campus

Service Branch: Air Force

Academic Program: B.S. in Aviation Management

Hometown: ​Monroeville, OH​

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I applied for the Advocate position, because I had a long career of taking care of my troops. I am able to continue to take care of our veteran and military student to ensure they are taking advantage of all veteran and student benefits, and to ensure they are being treated as a valued member of the less than 1 percent of the population that serves this GREAT COUNTRY!"


​​​​Tom Wike

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​​Office: College of Social Work (Undergrad)

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: B.A. in History

Hometown: Ashland, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I struggled with my transition from military to civilian to college student. To have a successful transition we must help veterans find their new purpose in life and a tribe that they can belong to. This will stop them from isolating themselves and allow them to achieve their future goals."


​Elizabeth Williams​

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​​Office: Suicide Prevention

Service Branch: Army National Guard

Academic Program: B.S. in Neuroscience

Hometown: Ostrander, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I was excited to apply for the suicide department role as that issue is one that hits close to home with me. I want to make an impact on my campus, and particularly in the veteran community."


​​​Devin Zeisset

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Office: ​​​​Athletics - Fan Experience

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Academic Program: B.S. in Operations Management

Hometown: Brunswick, OH

Reason for Participating in the Advocate Program: "I applied for the Advocate position because I thought it would be a great way to become more engaged with the student-veteran community. I like the idea that I can help enhance the student-veteran experience while meeting a lot of great people."