About Us

UCSF Student Veteran and Military Support Services fosters a welcoming environment for anyone who is a current or former member of the active duty military, the National Guard, or Reserves regardless of deployment status, combat experience, legal veteran status, HPSP student, or dependent. It is our goal to help military-affiliated students navigate UCSF and provide them with mentoring, guidance on educational benefits, and tools to succeed academically and personally. We value the experiences veterans bring to the UCSF community and are committed to helping them achieve their goals and aspirations


Staff

Alece AldersonAlece Alderson
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life
Student Veteran and Military Support Services Coordinator
[email protected]
(415) 502-5377

Alece Alderson is thrilled to be supporting the veteran and military population at UCSF. She is dedicated to building community, mentorship programs, and advocating for the military population. Prior to UCSF, Alece spent three years working at Virginia Tech with the Corps of Cadets—a 24/7 military leadership program. Alece welcomes students to visit her at the Student Success Center or make an individual appointment.

 

Christine ColemanChristine Coleman
Veteran Education Benefits Certifying Official
[email protected]
(415) 476-4185

Christine Coleman has served as the VA Certifying Official at UCSF for the past 10 years in her dual role as a Budget Analyst in the Student Financial Aid Office. She finds this to be the perfect balance of assisting students directly and indirectly while also satisfying her need to crunch numbers! Christine is committed to helping students, residents, and fellows navigate their VA Benefits throughout their journey at UCSF.


Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors are representatives from each school or division at UCSF. They act as a point of contact for veterans or people interested in the military. These representatives, or any of the staff serving veterans, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about UCSF, transitioning to UCSF, or general inquiries.

 

Graduate Division

Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson
Army, Veteran
[email protected]

 

 

School of Dentistry

Molly O'Hare

Molly O’Hare
Air Force, HPSP Recipient
[email protected]

 

 

School of Medicine

Justin Solarczyk

Justin Solarczyk
Army, Veteran
[email protected]

"My personal and professional experiences have led me towards a career focused on creating meaningful change in national and global healthcare. Raised in an economically challenging environment, I identified early on with those struggling through difficult circumstances. When I first heard the motto of the Green Berets–“De Oppresso Liber,” meaning, “To Liberate the Oppressed”– I felt an immediate kinship with the regiment and its mission, joining its ranks immediately following college.

During multiple combat deployments as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, I came to love medicine. As a soldier, I fought against political oppression, protecting indigenous and allied personnel from harm. As a Medical Sergeant, I used equally potent tools to fight the physical, psychological and emotional oppression wrought by illness. Continuing in the spirit of the regiment’s motto, I continue to work towards improving and expanding quality healthcare delivery to underserved communities throughout the country and the world."

 

Gavin Sowa

Gavin Sowa
Navy, Veteran
[email protected]

 

 

 

School of Nursing

Ezra Kinzer

Ezra Kinzer
Navy, Veteran
[email protected]

 

 

Amanda Egloff

Amanda Egloff
Navy, Retired
[email protected]

 

 

School of Pharmacy

Doug Woods

Doug Woods
Navy, Veteran
[email protected]

 

 

Physical Therapy

Justin Hong

Justin Hong
Army, Veteran
[email protected]

"I'm a Student Physical Therapist in the joint DPT program at here at UCSF/SFSU. I am an Army Veteran, having served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Operations Officer for 4-31IN (Polar Bears!), 10TH MTN DIV (Climb to Glory!). I decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy because it combines my interests in exercise science, coaching, patient care, and service to others. So far, I've loved the process of gaining the skills and knowledge required to help people move better and live healthier, more fulfilling lives. I really enjoy talking to prospective student PTs and Veterans so please reach out if you have any questions!"