Steering Committee

Statewide Steering Committee:


Phil Larson, Program Director Veteran and Military Services, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Vice Chair

Kara Fields, Director of Veteran and Military Services, Macomb Community College


Chris Engle, Dean, Enrollment, Retention, and Registrar, Mott Community College


Billy Clayton, Military Advocate, Western Michigan University

Technology Chair

Robert (Bob) James, Associate Dean, School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development, Henry Ford College

Knowledge Community Chairs:

Academic Credit

Julie Lavender, Vice President of Instructional Services, Kirtland Community College

Post-Military Career Success

Steven Lipnicki, Assistant Dean of Students, Grand Valley State University

Outreach & Strategic Partnerships

Sarah Mellon, Veterans Services Coordinator, Michigan State University

SCO/School Certifying Official Support

Gail Bock, School Certifying Official, Henry Ford College

SVA/Student Veteran Organization Support

Eric Wuestenberg, Coordinator of Veterans Support Services, Oakland University.

SVA/Membership Coordinator

Vacant Position, Coordinator of Membership Coordinator.

SVA/Conference Committee Coordinator

Vacant Position, Coordinator of the Annual Conference Committee.

Ex-Officio Members:


Katie Giardello, Project Consultant, Michigan Center for Student Success, Michigan Community College Association


Sarah Mellon, Education Analyst, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency


Will Emerson, Director of Student Success Initiatives, Michigan Association of State Universities


Sarah Anthony, Deputy Director of Partnerships and Advocacy, Michigan College Access Network