Meet the Military & Veteran Services Team
The University of New Haven has staff that are dedicated to supporting our student veterans to assist them in their transition to campus and college life, help them navigate the admissions process, and navigate the VA benefits process.
Danielle Desjardins, M.A.
Veterans Representative and Coordinator for Transfer & Veteran Student Success
I work closely with all prospective and current service members from the time of recruitment until graduation. With our student veterans, I support them through the admissions process, applying for their VA benefits, acclimating to college life, and preparing for life after graduation. Additionally, I serve as the supervisor for our VA Work Study program and the liaison for the ROTC programs.
John Casarella, Ph.D.
University Certifying Official
I ensure that all of the necessary VA documentation has been received and processed so that educational benefits are processed in an accurate and timely fashion. I also work closely with the VA to stay current on any policy changes that will impact our military/veteran students.
Director of Enrollment and Military Affairs
After graduating with my Bachelor's degree I enlisted in the military. I am currently in the Army National Guard, with almost 14 years of service completed. I have worked in higher education for approximately nine years in various capacities, mostly with military and veteran students. I started working in admissions in 2016, and I have just joined the University of New Haven in 2019.
VA Work Study
On-campus employment opportunity for military/veteran students and dependents/spouses. Students who participate in this program provide support to the Military & Veteran Services Team and serve as University representatives of the student veteran community.
I’m Treyvon, a Sophomore Business Management Student. I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve, and have served for 13 years. This past spring semester was my first at the University of New Haven, and this summer I joined the VA work study team. It was the best decision I have made since I arrived on campus. It was a great way to meet other vets, shadow how the program works, and ease into the student lifestyle. I look forward to welcoming all incoming veterans to the university, and helping them transition into the student lifestyle.
I served in the Marine Corps as a Diesel Mechanic and ended my time of service in 2015. Since then I found my way back to civilian life by working and attending some classes at Northwestern Community College. I wanted to further my education and transferred to University of New Haven to obtain a major in Business Management and a minor in Marine Biology. I have always loved the family feeling that the military offers and the veterans community at University of New Haven gives that same feeling. I’m eager to be a part of this growing population where we are evolving and learning together.
My name is Ryan and I am currently a National Security major and I am a Marine Corps veteran here at the University of New Haven. I served 4 years as a Diesel Mechanic, Combat Marksmanship Coach, and Regimental Color Sergeant with two deployments to Iraq in 2007 and 2009. We have a lot of exciting events planned this year and we look forward to growing our community both on and off campus. I look forward to helping veterans navigate through campus life and with university processes.
Military Veterans of the University of New Haven
A recognized chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization, the organization holds weekly meetings addressing military/veteran issues and planning University events and community outreach.