Veterans Program

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Veterans Program Team

University Staff


Advisory Council Members




University Staff

uploaded 12.6.12         Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education
Phone: (312) 261-3126

 ‌‌‌‌‌‌         Ramon Prieto
Director of Veteran Student Coordination
Phone: (312) 261-3262
David SanFilippo, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor for Student Veterans of America, NLU Chapter
Phone: (407) 673-3773
Christopher Heftka
School Certifying Official (Veterans' Finance)
Phone: (847) 947-5861
Jonah Wine
Veteran Services Coordinator
Americorps VISTA
Phone: (312) 261-3241



Advisory Council Members


Steven Goodwin


Steve Goodwin is the President of the NLU Veterans Program Advisory Council. He Vice President and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley in Chicago. He currently serves as Chairman for the NLU Veterans Program Advisory Committee, as well as Treasurer of the 17th Infantry Regiment Association, Chairman of the General Quinn Scholarship Fund and mentor for American Corporate Partners. He is also a member of American Legion Post 758, sitting on their financial advisory committee, and is recognized as a Distinguished Member of the U.S. Army 17th Infantry Regiment, having served with the unit in the '80s. During his military service Steve was both assistant and team leader of a scout sniper team assigned to HHC 4th Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment. Steve attended Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of Oregon and is an active member of the Union League Club of Chicago and their military affairs council.



Paul McConville

        Paul McConville is the Secretary of the NLU Veterans Program Advisory Council, and President and Founder of Quincy Capital Partners, LLC Quincy Capital Partners is an independent distribution consulting firm serving financial services businesses, staffed by professionals who have decades of experience in all distribution channels, market cycles, and product types.


Bridget Altenburg

        Bridget Altenburg is a proven executive with 18 years experience in the military, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, including turnaround situations. Highly regarded leader and team player with unrivaled ability to build consensus and cohesion and inspire results. Mrs. Altenburg is highly organized and process-oriented problem solver with significant experience creating systems to improve accountability and efficiency in diverse organizations from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profits.


Victoria Bruner


Victoria Bruner has been a subject matter expert, researcher, and clinician in combat related Post Traumatic Stress, Post Deployment Adjustment, Military/Veterans Family and community services and programming for the last 14 years with the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence (DCOE) for Psychological Health in Washington DC.  Recently, she relocated to Chicago to be closer to family. She is now serving as a consultant to several non-profits serving service members, their families and communities.


Kevin Cajas


Kevin Cajas works with other senior managers and executives to provide direction, formulate policies, and coordinate operational activities. He also directs or coordinates financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, and increase efficiency. Mr. Cajas confers with company officials or staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, or resolve problems.  Mr. Cajas directs, plans, or implements policies, objectives, or activities to ensure continuing operations, to maximize returns on investments, or to increase productivity.


Kelly Demers


Kelly Demers is a recent Private Client Mortgage Banker at Chase Bank. She is also an advisory member for the Veterans Advisory Committee at National Louis University. Kelly has more than 12 years' of experience in real estate and banking while being an alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Not only is she a math genius per her degree, but she also was a 4-year Varsity Soccer player, team captain, and an Academic All-American. She has been stationed in Germany as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.


Jan Donatelli


Jan Donatelli is a Regional Director, Veterans, and Military Family Democrats in the Democratic National Committee for about five years now. She has obtained an B.B.A. in Finance and Art History from the College of William and Mary. She holds many different experiences that are all relating to veterans/military committee projects.

George Hollingsworth

George Hollingsworth enjoyed a successful 39-year career in medical sales with Becton Dickinson and Company, working with hospitals and clinics in the Midwest. Prior to that, he served four years with the Army, which included one tour of duty in Vietnam, and attained the rank of Captain. George holds a B.S. in Food Administration from Tuskegee University and an M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development from NLU.

Michele Jones

Michele S. Jones is a Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserve, serving as the principle representative of the enlisted ranks and adviser to the chief of the Army Reserve while initiating solutions to enlisted personnel resource problems. She was the first woman in the U.S. Army Reserve to attain her current rank and was at one time the highest-ranking African-American female enlisted person in any branch of the military, as well as the highest-ranking enlisted African-American in the Army Reserve. Michele served state side on active duty assignments during the Kosovo War as well as during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and in the Global War on Terrorism.


Doreen Levy


Doreen Levy is a marketing, sales and business development professional, she has focused her recent efforts on coaching job seekers to identify, market and sell their unique expertise, develop their “personal brand” and grow their network so they can find rewarding careers quickly and efficiently. In addition to her work on the Advisory Council and as a career coach with Dress for Success, she consulted as the Program Director for the National Louis University Veterans Initiative, where she developed a program to assist veterans with the transition from serving in the military to academia and eventually to finding careers in the civilian workplace. She now serves on the NLU Veteran's Program Advisory Board.


Michael Matura

        Michael Matura is an experienced financial operations manager at the Northern Trust Company. While he comes from a background of leadership, he is a person who manages day to day operations to grow enterprise value. Mike completed his degree in economics from University of Illinois - Champaign. His volunteer experiences include creating and being a leader of the Northern Trust Military Appreciation and Assistance business Resource Council. He cares highly about the Hines VA Hospital.

Jim Mukoyama


Jim Mukoyama, a retired U.S. Army Major General, leads Military Outreach Greater Chicago (MOGC). In his travels across the country, he became aware of the need to assist military families in receiving the aid and benefits they had earned. Jim believed community churches could play a key role in this, which lead him to found MOGC. In his military career, he served five years on active duty, including two combat tours in Asia, and returned to Chicago where he joined the Army Reserve. Jim continued to serve 25 years in this capacity, including being mobilized for Operation Desert Storm One, commanding an Army division and training the Army’s infantry recruits. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Virginia Narsete

Virginia Narsete works for the Environmental Protection Agency as a public affairs officer and assists in strategic exercise planning and disaster response. In addition, she is on the board at the Pritzker Military Library, Daughters of the American Revolution and consistently volunteers in veterans programs. She has also served as subcommittee chair of the Books for Troops program at the Union League Club of Chicago. Ginny is a 30-year retired Air Force Master Sergeant, having served in public affairs during the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, earning multiple citations. Her last deployment was during Operation Enduring Freedom, where she was assigned to the crisis action team. Ginny holds a B.A. in Communications from Columbia College and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Marsha Watson

Dr. Marsha Watson is Vice Provost of Institutional Research and Accreditation at NLU. She has published and presented widely on assessment of learning in higher education and is Co-Founder and President of the board of directors of the Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education. Over the years, Marsha has also assisted the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in numerous roles, including peer reviewer, AQIP facilitator, assessment mentor, and as mentor and admissions panel member for the HLC’s Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. She is a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy veteran and earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.A. in English and B.S. in Mathematics Education at Northern Illinois University after her Navy service.

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