Communication with the VSC August 18-31, 2022: Due to the high volume of phone messages, we ask that you contact the Veterans Success Center (VSC) via our email vaoffice@ucdavis.edu. Thank you in advance for your patience.

VSC staff tying yellow ribbons around trees on campus

Meet the Staff

Staff

Hope Medina

Hope Medina, Ph.D.

  • Director, Transfer and Veteran Services
  • Veterans Success Center

Student Assistants

Alicia

Alicia Dye

  • Peer Advisor

Alicia (Ali) is a second-year Cognitive Science (Emphasis in Neuroscience) major, and she is a dependent of an Air Force and Army veteran. She loves biking, spending time with her family, playing with her cat, and is involved in neuroscience research. Ali loves to drink coffee and tea, so you could find her at Pachamama in Davis. She is eager to assist all veterans and dependents that come through our doors.

 

Samantha

Samantha Martinez

  • Peer Advisor

Samantha (Sam) is a third year Marine and Coastal Science major, and a dependent of a Marine Veteran. Sam really loves getting out in nature whenever she's not studying or working. Some of her current favorite activities are going to the gym, hiking, getting boba, and trying new foods. She loves helping the veteran and dependent community any way she can!

Jelly

Angelee Rivera

  • Peer Advisor

Angelee (Jelly) Rivera is a first year Biological Sciences major and is combat medic for the US Army Reserves. She loves going on outdoor adventures and enjoys Filipino and Peruvian food.  She listens to a wide variety of music that ranges from: angsty emo, energetic k-pop, relaxing indie pop, and sad cowboy. Jelly is happy to help guide other veterans and dependents to success. 

Ari

Ari Tilles

  • Peer Advisor

Ari is a first-year Statistics major, and he is a dependent of an Army veteran. Ari loves singing, playing and writing music, and you can often find him watching and playing sports during his free time. He also loves traveling and telling lots of jokes. Ari is excited to help fellow veterans and dependents achieve their goals.