Colin G. Haines

Director, Veteran Resource Center

503-838-9246 | | WUC – room 108 | 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

I am the Director of the Veteran Resource Center here at WOU. I served ten years in the United States Army as an Combat Medic in several Infantry Battalions. I was stationed primarily in Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Lewis, WA where I served in every position from line medic to platoon sergeant. I deployed five times during my stint in the service, three times to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.

I reignited my college career in 2014, almost immediately after separating from the Army. As was the case with many of my peers, college was not always easy for me largely due to some of the unique issues faced by many student veterans. I have since dedicated myself to the initiation and development of veteran supportive services in higher education. I am currently in the final year of my Masters program here at Western.

Shane Follett
Shane Follett
Vet Center Work Study, Veterans Resource Center

503-838-9229 | | WUC – Room 108

I am a Computer Science major, and have been attending WOU since 2014 and am expecting to graduate in 2018. I served for 6 years in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician and was stationed at Naval Station Mayport with HSM-40 and at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island with VP-1.

As a student-veteran, I am the President of our Student Veterans of America chapter and have served our student body both as a student senator (ASWOU Senator of the Year 2015 – 2016) and as a member of the judicial board for the Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU). Upon graduating from WOU, I plan on seeking employment within the tech industry where I can utilize my degree and my experience as a veteran.



Noelle Jacobsen         Jerrard Kiko
         Vet Center Work Study, Veterans Resource Center

503-838-9229 | | WUC – Room 108 

I am an Exercise Science major and have been attending Western Oregon University (WOU) since Fall 2018. I have served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years as a Supply Admin and Operations Specialist stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 3D Battalion 2D Marine Regiment.

As a student veteran, I participate in intramural sports such as Volleyball and Basketball, attend the along with being a member of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) club, a member of the Justice Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU) in support of improving the community of WOU.






Dulce MarescoDulce Maresco
Vet Center Work Study, Veterans Resource Center

503-838-9229 | | WUC – Room 108 

I am a Visual Communication Design major, and this is my first year at WOU. I served for 4 years in the US Army as a Motor Vehicle Operator. I was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY with 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade: 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; 594th Transportation Company “Ghostriders”.

I separated in December 2017 to begin my college career. Upon graduating from WOU, I plan to return to active duty as an Aviation Officer.



Service Dog, Veterans Resource Center

My name is Kender and I have the unique ability to cheer you up if you are ever feeling blue.  I love to be fondled but make sure you ask Colin before engaging me in pets because I am a working dog and should not be distracted if he needs me.  Never ever give me any food. I may look like I want a bite of your sandwich but do not give me anything under any circumstances.

I have never served in the military myself but I have I great deal of respect for those who put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms I enjoy every day.


Staff Members In Uniform

Colin in his BDU uniform
Colin Haines, Army

Shane Follett in uniform
Shane Follett, USN

Kiko with two big guns
Jerrard Kiko, USMC

Dulce Maresco
Dulce Maresco, ORARNG