Spring 2018 Officers

  Cassidy Nolan President     United States Marine Corps              2008 - 2013      Major: Business Administration     " I was born and raised in the Bay area but call Napa my true home.  As a child my biggest heroes weren’t sport stars or industrial magnates, but more so of the people who were willing to give literally everything they had for the community and country.  I joined the United States Marine Corps soon after graduating HS in 2008 and trained as an Intelligence Analyst.   Separating from the service was the hardest decision to make however education would ultimately become my salvation.  I have been active in the veteran community for many years but the caliber of the men and women here at Cal in unapparelled to anything I’ve come across before.  The “tribe mentality” that exists here at Cal is what drew me in and continues to push me to ask “what else can I do to better the group?”  The Cal Veteran Group offers the platform in which veterans from all walks of life can get together, help each other and continue to create memorable experiences.  If your looking for someone to understand you, offer advice or guidance or simply a place to hangout then the CVG is the place for you.    Semper Fidelis!"

Cassidy Nolan
President

United States Marine Corps          2008 - 2013

Major: Business Administration

"I was born and raised in the Bay area but call Napa my true home.  As a child my biggest heroes weren’t sport stars or industrial magnates, but more so of the people who were willing to give literally everything they had for the community and country.  I joined the United States Marine Corps soon after graduating HS in 2008 and trained as an Intelligence Analyst. 

Separating from the service was the hardest decision to make however education would ultimately become my salvation.  I have been active in the veteran community for many years but the caliber of the men and women here at Cal in unapparelled to anything I’ve come across before.  The “tribe mentality” that exists here at Cal is what drew me in and continues to push me to ask “what else can I do to better the group?”

The Cal Veteran Group offers the platform in which veterans from all walks of life can get together, help each other and continue to create memorable experiences.  If your looking for someone to understand you, offer advice or guidance or simply a place to hangout then the CVG is the place for you. 

Semper Fidelis!"

  Johnny Merkley Vice President    United States Marine Corps              2008 - 2012    Major: Political Science    "I grew up in Sacramento, California where I eventually graduated from Bella Vista High School in 2008. Shortly after, I joined the Marine Corps at 18 years old and became a combat correspondent. During my enlistment I was attached to the Silent Drill Platoon in Washington D.C. where I traveled the states as they performed shows and ceremonies for various audiences. After completing this one year duty, I transferred to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. My active military service ended in 2012 where I began working and going to school in both Sacramento and Santa Cruz, eventually transferring to UC Berkeley as an International Relations major.   As the secretary, I will ensure proper recording of meeting minutes are documented. Clear communication and dissemination of information is key and I intend to continue the fluidity of this process throughout the semester."

Johnny Merkley
Vice President

United States Marine Corps              2008 - 2012

Major: Political Science

"I grew up in Sacramento, California where I eventually graduated from Bella Vista High School in 2008. Shortly after, I joined the Marine Corps at 18 years old and became a combat correspondent. During my enlistment I was attached to the Silent Drill Platoon in Washington D.C. where I traveled the states as they performed shows and ceremonies for various audiences. After completing this one year duty, I transferred to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. My active military service ended in 2012 where I began working and going to school in both Sacramento and Santa Cruz, eventually transferring to UC Berkeley as an International Relations major. 

As the secretary, I will ensure proper recording of meeting minutes are documented. Clear communication and dissemination of information is key and I intend to continue the fluidity of this process throughout the semester."

  Ronald Xiao   Secretary    United States Marine Corps                      2009 - 2017    Major: Political Economy    "I served in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2017. During my enlistment I served overseas in Japan, where I supported the humanitarian efforts during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. I was eventually transferred to Headquarters Marines Corps Office of Legislative Affairs where I assisted and supported the liaison staff in regards of congressional matters. Upon the completion of my active duty period in 2013, I transitioned into the reserves at 23rd Marines Regiment while attending community college before transferring to Cal.  I intend to continue to serve my community and give back as a finance officer for the Cal Veterans Group, which has provided a second home for veteran students at UC Berkeley."     

Ronald Xiao
Secretary

United States Marine Corps                      2009 - 2017

Major: Political Economy

"I served in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2017. During my enlistment I served overseas in Japan, where I supported the humanitarian efforts during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. I was eventually transferred to Headquarters Marines Corps Office of Legislative Affairs where I assisted and supported the liaison staff in regards of congressional matters. Upon the completion of my active duty period in 2013, I transitioned into the reserves at 23rd Marines Regiment while attending community college before transferring to Cal.

I intend to continue to serve my community and give back as a finance officer for the Cal Veterans Group, which has provided a second home for veteran students at UC Berkeley."
 

 

 
  Erik Ho Finance Chair     United States Army                                                      2012 - 2018    Major: Global Studies   "As an older, nontraditional transfer student, it's sometimes difficult to relate to my younger peers, and the Cal Vets Group has provided a space of support not only academically, but also the sense of camaraderie that many veterans miss from their time in service.  Because I've received so much from the group, I wanted to give back through providing service as a Finance officer. I am passionate about supporting my fellow Veterans and am proud to serve with such a great team in this endeavor."

Erik Ho
Finance Chair

United States Army                                                      2012 - 2018

Major: Global Studies

"As an older, nontraditional transfer student, it's sometimes difficult to relate to my younger peers, and the Cal Vets Group has provided a space of support not only academically, but also the sense of camaraderie that many veterans miss from their time in service.

Because I've received so much from the group, I wanted to give back through providing service as a Finance officer. I am passionate about supporting my fellow Veterans and am proud to serve with such a great team in this endeavor."

   Mallory Marie  Newman Public Affairs Officer    United States Marine Corps            2007 - 2014    Graduate School of Journalism    "I am honored to be a part of this group of accomplished academics. As PAO, I work to ensure clear communication of information so that veterans throughout the community know what services and opportunities are available to them.  The Cal Veterans Group is an inspiring group of individuals from many different backgrounds who all share a common experience. The group offers a space where those who have served can come together, share stories, laughs, and continue to develop in an inclusive environment."

Mallory Marie Newman
Public Affairs Officer

United States Marine Corps            2007 - 2014

Graduate School of Journalism

"I am honored to be a part of this group of accomplished academics. As PAO, I work to ensure clear communication of information so that veterans throughout the community know what services and opportunities are available to them.

The Cal Veterans Group is an inspiring group of individuals from many different backgrounds who all share a common experience. The group offers a space where those who have served can come together, share stories, laughs, and continue to develop in an inclusive environment."

  Eric W. Graham   Professional Outreach Chair    United States Air Force                                                 2001 - 2007    Major: Political Economy    "I served in the Air Force as a Communication Systems Engineer. During that time, I also deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. I am currently in the final year as a Political Economy major at Cal. As Professional Outreach Chair, my goals are to continue building the professional network for the Cal Veterans Group.  I am determined to provide the Cal veterans with the support and professional resources necessary in order to be successful in their professional endeavors."

Eric W. Graham
Professional Outreach Chair

United States Air Force                                               2001 - 2007

Major: Political Economy

"I served in the Air Force as a Communication Systems Engineer. During that time, I also deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. I am currently in the final year as a Political Economy major at Cal. As Professional Outreach Chair, my goals are to continue building the professional network for the Cal Veterans Group.

I am determined to provide the Cal veterans with the support and professional resources necessary in order to be successful in their professional endeavors."

  Laurina Sousa                                                                Social Media Chair    United States Air Force                                                 2004 - 2014    Major: Interdisciplinary Studies    "I served in the United States Air Force in several capacities, as a financial Management Technician, a Special Air Missions Flight Attendant and as a C-17 Loadmaster. I deployed to the Middle East in 2010 and worked with international military forces and dignitaries.   We are now living in a world where we are connected like never before. I intend to fully utilize this online presence and put student veterans at the forefront. I am extremely passionate about keeping the veteran community connected through social media. I hope to continue spreading awareness and sharing resources  through various innovative platforms. As social media chair, I aspire to promote the Cal Veterans group mission by improving connection and engagement opportunities. I am extremely proud to be apart of of this group   Aim High!"       

Laurina Sousa                                                              Social Media Chair

United States Air Force                                               2004 - 2014

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

"I served in the United States Air Force in several capacities, as a financial Management Technician, a Special Air Missions Flight Attendant and as a C-17 Loadmaster. I deployed to the Middle East in 2010 and worked with international military forces and dignitaries. 

We are now living in a world where we are connected like never before. I intend to fully utilize this online presence and put student veterans at the forefront. I am extremely passionate about keeping the veteran community connected through social media. I hope to continue spreading awareness and sharing resources  through various innovative platforms. As social media chair, I aspire to promote the Cal Veterans group mission by improving connection and engagement opportunities. I am extremely proud to be apart of of this group

Aim High!"

 

 

   Angel Sherlyn Patrice Wilson  Community Outreach    United States Air Force                                                  1998 - Present (Reserves)    Major: Social Welfare & African American Studies   "My goal is to serve the veteran community as the liaison between the residents and the agencies that provides social services in our community. I will like to build a stronger involvement for future student's and gain visibility of what the Veterans group here at CAL have to offer; from volunteering services to partnership with these agencies and earning careers by creating a positive rapport.   Cal Veterans Group has allowed me to bond with other military members of other branches. It has given me support group and a relationship with individuals who have served our country with pride, and honor. We share the same life experiences no matter what our cultural backgrounds are, we are family.   GO BEARS!"    

Angel Sherlyn Patrice Wilson
Community Outreach

United States Air Force                                                1998 - Present (Reserves)

Major: Social Welfare & African American Studies

"My goal is to serve the veteran community as the liaison between the residents and the agencies that provides social services in our community. I will like to build a stronger involvement for future student's and gain visibility of what the Veterans group here at CAL have to offer; from volunteering services to partnership with these agencies and earning careers by creating a positive rapport. 

Cal Veterans Group has allowed me to bond with other military members of other branches. It has given me support group and a relationship with individuals who have served our country with pride, and honor. We share the same life experiences no matter what our cultural backgrounds are, we are family.

GO BEARS!"

 

  Rachel Davis                                                                 Event Coordinator    United States Marine Corps                                        2010 - 2015    Major: Society & Environment    "I transferred to Cal from Oceanside California where I was still surrounded by the Marine Corps even upon receiving my DD-214.  So when I moved up to the Bay Area I felt alone and away from both the culture and people I had grown accustomed to, where I felt I belonged.  However, once at Cal I began to partake in the Cal Veterans Group meetings and events.  Through these I found the camaraderie I had lost, and began to feel more at “home.”  The Cal Veterans Group is a place for fellow veterans and family members to connect and gain a familiar support system we experienced during our service.   My goal as the event coordinator is to help fellow veterans and family members to both gain the same connections as myself, as well as enjoy (in a non-class setting) their time here.  I commit myself to this position in the manner that I did while I was a United States Marine, to work dutifully and relentlessly to ensure “mission” success.  Even if that goes beyond a planned group event, and calls for me to be a sister for anyone needing help or an ear to listen."

Rachel Davis                                                                 Event Coordinator

United States Marine Corps                                        2010 - 2015

Major: Society & Environment

"I transferred to Cal from Oceanside California where I was still surrounded by the Marine Corps even upon receiving my DD-214.  So when I moved up to the Bay Area I felt alone and away from both the culture and people I had grown accustomed to, where I felt I belonged.  However, once at Cal I began to partake in the Cal Veterans Group meetings and events.  Through these I found the camaraderie I had lost, and began to feel more at “home.”  The Cal Veterans Group is a place for fellow veterans and family members to connect and gain a familiar support system we experienced during our service. 

My goal as the event coordinator is to help fellow veterans and family members to both gain the same connections as myself, as well as enjoy (in a non-class setting) their time here.  I commit myself to this position in the manner that I did while I was a United States Marine, to work dutifully and relentlessly to ensure “mission” success.  Even if that goes beyond a planned group event, and calls for me to be a sister for anyone needing help or an ear to listen."