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Our Staff

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 VA benefits. 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.

Erasto Padron, Jr. began working as a student worker in Veteran Services in the Summer of 2013. Prior to enrolling in school he served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Administrative Specialist for over 10 years. He was deployed once, in 2011, to Afghanistan. Erasto balances his roles as husband and father while pursuing his degree in Informatics.

Whitney Utter has been a student worker since Fall 2014. He joined the U.S. Navy for active duty in the fall of 2006 and served until 2013 as an administrative Yeoman. During that time he served onboard USS Kitty Hawk in Yokosuka, Japan, Helicopter Antisubmarine Warfare Squadron Four in San Diego, and the Office of Naval Intelligence in Naples, Italy. He is a Mass Communications major and can be found at pretty much any UL sporting event. Geaux Cajuns!

Andrew Eller joined the Veteran Services office in the Summer of 2015. In July 2005 he joined the U.S. Navy 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. Andrew proudly joined the Ragin' Cajun family in the fall of 2012 and is currently pursuing a degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science.