The office is staffed by a full-time employee and VA work-study students who have worn—or are still wearing—the uniform.
Sammi Z. Conner is the Director of Veteran Services and School Certifying Official for the VA. She has been with the University since 2007 and has a wide range of experience including financial aid counseling and academic advising. Sammi holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's in Business Administration from UL Lafayette.
Andrew Eller joined the Veteran Services office in the Summer of 2015. He joined the U.S. Navy in July 2005 and was stationed onboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76), based out of San Diego, CA, deploying 5 times to the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. In addition, he served onboard the USS Gridley (DDG101) in 2009 in support of drug interdiction/anti-piracy operations near Gulf of Oman and the Horn of Africa. After his honorable discharge, Andrew proudly joined the Ragin' Cajun family in the Fall of 2012 and is currently pursuing a degree in Athletic Training.
Siobhan Frain has been a student worker since the summer of 2016. She served honorably in U.S. Air Force from 2010 to 2016 as an Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operator. While stationed at Hurlburt Field, FL from 2012 to 2016 she deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Overseas Contingency Operations. Siobhan is now pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher for UL Rec Sports at Bourgeois Hall.
Dustin Bird began working with Veteran Services in the Spring of 2017. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 and was honorably discharged in 2008. He served as an Electrical Equipment Repair Specialist. During his enlistment he was deployed to Al Taqqadum, Iraq in 2004 and Al Asad, Iraq in 2008. He was also stationed in North Carolina, California, and Okinawa. He joined the Ragin' Cajun family in Fall 2016 as a General Studies major with a concentration in Applied Sciences. On top of working in our office, Dustin also serves as a personal trainer and GroupX instructor for UL Rec Sports.