Staff

Duan Copeland
Student Director

Duan Copeland is a current student veteran pursuing a Doctorate in Microbiology at the University of Arizona  He is currently the Graduate Assistant and Student Director of the Veterans Education and Transition Services, and is committed to providing avenues by which his fellow student veterans can achieve academic success as they transition from military service.  Duan served 12 years in the Army Reserves; 4 of which were on active duty as a medical laboratory technician in support of the Armed Services Blood Program.

Catharina Aiton
SUMC Student Lead

Catharina Aiton or Cat, was born and raised in Torrance, California. Cat joined the Air Force at the age of seventeen. She served for just over six years on active duty as a member of Security Forces at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. She completed two deployments in the Middle East to Iraq & Afghanistan. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Nursing at the University of Arizona. 

Dinorah Jaime
AHSC Student Lead

Dinorah Jaime, or DJ for short, was the first of child of her Mexican immigrant parents to be born in the United States. DJ was raised on the South side of Tucson, her dedication to service compelled her to join the United States Air Force at only the age of seventeen. She served for ten years on active duty as a member of the USAF Security Forces, and continues to serve an Air Force Reservist at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Public Health at the University of Arizona and later hopes to attend College of Medicine.

Cody Nicholls
Assistant Dean of Students, Military & Veteran Engagement

Cody is the Assistant Dean of Students for Military and Veteran Engagement at the University of Arizona. Cody is a nine and a half year veteran of the Army Reserves and Wyoming National Guard. During his tenure in the Reserves he completed two deployments to the Middle East, Iraq (2004-2005) & Kuwait (2008-2009) and one state side mobilization, in the National Guard, immediately following 9/11 (2001-2002). Cody is currently ABD in Higher Education with a major concentration in Organization & Administration in the College of Education and a minor concentration in Entrepreneurship from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He currently serves as a member of the steering committee for the Southern Arizona Military/Veteran Community Network. He serves as an executive board member of the Association of the United States Army Tucson Chapter and is a member of the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations. Cody is a founder and investor of POST.BID.SHIP headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Dr. Michael Marks
Professor of Practice in Psychology, Program Director of the Supportive Education for Returning Veterans

Dr. Marks is currently a Professor of Practice in Psychology and Program Director of the Supportive Education for Returning Veterans at the University of Arizona.  Previously, he served as Lead Psychologist at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. Dr. Marks was co-founder of Vietnam Veterans of Montana and has received the Disabled Americans Veterans Humanitarian Award. He was selected as the 2012 “Outstanding Clinician of the Year” by the American Psychological Associations Division 18, VA Section. He is also co-developer of the Supportive Education for Returning veterans (SERV) program, which is a cohort based curriculum designed to help veterans transition from military to academic life. The SERV curriculum has been cited by the Veteran’s Administration (VAOIG) as a best practice and is part of the VA’s “Strong Practices Project.”  Dr. Marks has been recognized by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations  “for his distinguished career as an educational leader in the VA and his field.” 

Regina Dowell
Veteran Services Coordinator & lead Certifying Official

Regina Dowell is the Veterans Services Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar. She is the lead VA School Certifying Official and subject matter expert for GI Bill and VA Education Benefits. She joined the Veterans Services team in March 2008.