VETS Task Force

Veterans Education & Transition Services

In January 2014, as a result of the passion and support of Golden West College’s dedicated classified staff, faculty and administrators, a team of individuals stepped forward to lead the dialogue and direction of Veterans Services and the future of support services at Golden West College. The GWC Veterans Taskforce serves as a cross-divisional team collaborating amongst the Vice President of Student Life and Administrative Services, the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning, and the Office of the President.

Mission: Establish a task force among staff, faculty, administrators, and students to identify and strengthen support and connections for GWC Student Veterans across all different Veterans Support Areas including: Veterans Enrollment Services, Veterans Resource Center, and the Student Veterans Organization.

The GWC Veterans Task Force is an open membership opportunity for anyone–staff, faculty, administration, or student– who is passionate about collaborating to make a difference in the opportunities and services for GWC Veterans.

Task Force Members:

Carla Martinez – VETS Task Force Chair, Dean of Students
Heather Antunez – Counselor
Chad Bowman – Director, DSPS
Ava Burns – A & R Team Leader, School Certifying Official
Michael Carrizo – Facilities Coordinator (Marine Corp: 1986-1994)
Sonia Cazarez – School Certifying Official
Susana Castellanos-Gaona – SSSP/Student Equity Coordinator
Sheila Cox – Staff Assistant, GWC Foundation (Army: 1988-1990)
Karen Dickerson – Faculty, Counsellor
Andrea Garcia – Manager, Student Financial Aid
Christina Oja – Executive Assistant to the President
Nancy Nguyen– Counselor
Yvonne Portillo – Counselor
Stephanie Smallshaw – Staff Aide

For further information about upcoming meetings or questions regarding the VETS Task Force, please contact Carla Martinez at or 714-895-8966.