Dr. Patricia Reily
CDR, USN (Ret.)
Patricia Reily is the director of San Diego State University’s Troops to Engineers SERVICE program (Success in Engineering for Recent Veterans through Internship and Career Experience.) The program’s goal is to create a clear path from active duty to a successful career in engineering for veterans through paid internships and other career experiences.
In addition to her work at SDSU, Dr. Reily teaches Organizational Behavior at the University of San Diego. She also writes and speaks about the effective use of story in organizations to teach, train, motivate, inspire and persuade. Her book on the leadership principles and practices of Navy Chief Petty Officers and the use of story in organizations was published in May, 2011.
A former senior naval officer, Patricia Reily’s Navy career encompassed a wide array of jobs in command, operations, human resources management, recruiting, program management, education and training. Subsequent to her military career, Patricia Reily managed the University of San Francisco’s Tutor Mentor Outreach program and was the Deputy Campus Director of Americorps*National Civilian Community Corps in San Diego, California.
Paul Contreras has spent fifteen years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. During this time, he has been stationed in Japan and San Diego, as well as deploying twice to Iraq: once with the Marines, and another with the Navy SEAL teams. On campus, Paul is active as the A.S. representative for the College of Health and Human Services, participating in numerous boards and committees. He was also nominated to sit on the 2012 SDSU Homecoming Court and the SDSU Presidential steering committee. Paul has an associate’s degree in Biology and is pursuing majors in Nursing and Psychology.
Keith Nelms is a native of San Diego and an Air Force veteran. Just over 10 years of service included duty stations at Hill AFB, Utah, Osan AB, South Korea, Aviano AB, Italy, and Hill AFB, Georgia along with a 2003 deployment to Qatar in support of OEF/OIF and two deployments to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2011. His specialization was aircraft weapons systems where he maintained the weapons systems of the F-16 Falcon and the A-10 Warthog, loaded bombs, missiles, and ammunition onto the jets, and performed other duties to include the training and evaluations of other weapons load crews. After an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, he returned to San Diego in 2012 to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at SDSU and has a projected graduation date of May 2015.
Matt Joseph is from Toledo, Ohio. Matt enlisted in the United States Navy in 2005 as a Logistic Specialist and spent 2 years in Norfolk, Virginia onboard the USS Cape St. George (CG-71), before shifting home ports with the Cape St. George to San Diego. During his active duty service, Matt reached the rank of Petty Officer Second Class and earned 2 Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals. Matt is majoring in Accounting with a minor in Finance and is the current Treasurer for the Student Veteran Organization.
T. J. Ortega
T.J. Ortega is currently a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Navy Reserve where he serves as a Mass Communications Specialist and deals extensively with public affairs, visual information, and journalism. With more than eight years of service, he has served aboard the USS Peleliu and the USS Nimitz, has performed shore duty at Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island, and deployed numerous times in support of the Global War on Terror.
Originally from Denver, Co., T.J. began his studies at San Diego State in the spring of 2012 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He is actively involved in many campus and community organizations to include the Student Veterans Organization, the United Veterans Council as the Student Veteran Representative, and as part of the VA Work-Study program where he was recognized as the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center “Work-Study of the Semester” for the summer 2012 term.
Erika Armenta served in the U.S. Navy for 7 years as a Hospital Corpsman. Her first duty station was at Naval Air Facility Atsugi and where she worked as a general duty corpsman. She got accepted to Physical Therapy Technician school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and finished her clinicals at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She served her last of her enlistment at Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan, where she got the opportunity to serve at Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait in 2009. She finished her Associates in Physical Therapy Assistant through Pueblo Community College. After leaving the Navy 2010, she joined the U.S. Navy Reserves and currently drills at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
She is pursuing her B.S. degree in Biology and plans to do research in bioinformatics. She is a member of the SDSU Snow Team and snowboards at Mammoth Mountain. She is also involved with numerous community service events that help with underprivileged children, women, and veterans.
David Fields served for eight years in the United States Marine Corps. His first duty station was Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as an ammunition technician with Fox Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment. In 2009 David performed a lateral move, became an intelligence analyst, and was sent to 1st Intelligence Battalion on Camp Pendleton where he deployed twice to Afghanistan. He separated from the Marine Corps at the end of 2012 as a Staff Sergeant and he is now pursuing a double major in Business and International Security and Conflict Resolution.
Canae Washington is a 3rd yr Political Science Major who finished the official year long program for Cultural Competency at SDSU under the Leadership of Dr. Tanis Starck and Dr. Valita Jones during her time as an Academic Mentor in Residential Education. She is now an SDSU Ambassador involved in Associated Students. The daughter of Retired Navy Veterans of 20 years of Service is a Yucca Valley, CA Native and gives back to her military family through culture, excellence, and service.
Raymond Corchado is from Orlando, Fl. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a Information Systems Tech. While serving on active duty Raymond deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Philippines with the U.S. Navy SEAL teams as a Tactical Communicator. Raymond has served over 9 years in the Navy and is currently an IT1 in the Navy Reserve attached to SEAL Team 17. Raymond is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science. His future plans include grad school and hopefully a career in federal law enforcement.