Club Officers 2014
Matthew Smith worked in politics and newspapers before joining the U.S. Air Force in 2001, where he served for seven years. He trained on the T-6A at Moody AFB, followed by the T-1 at Laughlin AFB. After training he joined the 91st Air Refueling Squadron at MacDill AFB, flying the KC-135 on deployments to Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, and Djibouti. He also managed the squadron’s overseas mobility programs. After separating from the Air Force he moved to a small farm in upstate South Carolina for a few years, before moving to Raleigh in 2013 to go back to school. Matthew has a B.S. in Design from Clemson University. At NCSU he is pursuing a second Bachelor’s in Crop Biotechnology.
Sara is a junior at North Carolina State University, majoring in Psychology. She served in the Army for six years as an Animal Care Specialist. In 2005, her first assignment was to Fort Drum, New York as the only veterinary technician on post, managing the Army Veterinary Services Military Working Dog care, clinic, and stray facility. In 2007, she was assigned to the Laboratory Animal Medicine Department at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Her last assignment was to the 64th Veterinary Medical Detachment out of Kaiserslautern, Germany while residing in Heidelberg, Germany. Sara moved to Indiana after separating from the Army to attend Purdue University as Biology major. While attending school there, she worked as an Animal Keeper at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Upon moving to North Carolina to be closer to family, she fulfilled a work study position at the Greenville Vet Center. There, she was inspired to continue to work with veterans and is now working toward completing a Master of Social Work so that she can one day provide support to veterans with PTSD, as well as Military Sexual Trauma Victims. Until she finishes her degree, she is dedicated to volunteering as much time as possible to helping veterans.
Daniel is a junior at North Carolina State University and is majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. He Joined the Army in 2005 and was first assigned to the 3rd Squadron 6th Calvary Regiment at Camp Humphreys, Korea as a Power Plant Technician. Later, he was transferred to Ft. Campbell KY and assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he would later deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. After deciding to separate from active duty in 2011, Daniel had moved to Raleigh North Carolina to attend school at NC State. In addition to being a fulltime student, Daniels inspiration to help support and work with veterans has led him to work for the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs as a Public Relations assistant, where he promotes and assists the Division with their mission of “Making North Carolina the Most Veteran Friendly State in America”. His unique qualities and perseverance is greatly reflected upon by the success of the University’s Student Veteran Association, as he continues to positively back the Universities Student Veteran population.
Tina Maria Nelson is the Risk Assessment Case Manager/Program Director Violence Prevention and Threat Management Program at North Carolina State University. She facilitates the university's Behavior Assessment Team and ensures appropriate follow up on cases involving concerns related to potential campus/workplace violence. Ms. Nelson is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force who served as a military social worker. She was a military brat and is the first woman in her family to join the military and first officer. In 2007, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where she was the sole clinician providing direct care and crisis counseling assistance at forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Ms. Nelson is dedicated in continuing to provide support to individuals that have served in the military. She is the NC State Student Veterans Association Faculty/Staff Advisor. She looks forward to meeting all of you and working together as a team to enhance the experience of our student veterans at NC State.