V2V - Veteran Advocates

Veteran Advocates (V2V)

NVC Veteran Advocates (V2V) provide students who are military members (current & former) with information, resources, and advocacy to help them succeed in higher education.

The goal of our services is to provide our veteran students with:

  • Information
  • Resources
  • Opportunities to connect with other veterans
  • Faculty and Staff Advocates (Fellow veterans in the list below, are also available to provide campus information, resources, and additional support.

Thank you for your service!

Meet your V2V Advocates:

For many veterans, the transition to college can be faced with challenges or questions. The NVC Vet to Vet program is designed to help our fellow veterans succeed. Our Vet to Vet advocates are faculty and staff members who are also veterans. They are here to support you and inform you about resources on campus and in the community. Meet your V2V advocate today by selecting  and contacting one of the them from the list below. We are excited about helping you with your journey here at NVC. 

Gary Bowling

V2V Advocate: Gary Bowling

Gary BowlingGary Bowling served in the Air Force from 1982 to 2003 retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. His permanent duty stations included Osan and Kunsan Air Bases, Republic of South Korea, Mather AFB, CA, Maxwell AFB, AL, and Lackland AFB, Tx. In addition to his duty stations, he was deployed many times throughout his career to various temporary duty stations including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Honduras. His final assignment was with the 7th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Dyess AFB, TX. At Dyess he served as the Operations Superintendent and Security Forces Manager (senior unit enlisted) for 300 person unit. He holds a BS in business administration from Golden Gate University and a MA in Adult Education from Troy University. His current position is Senior Coordinator for the Student Development discipline at Northwest Vista College. He has also taught as an adjunct history instructor at NVC since spring 2004.

For assistance or information please contact Gary at gbowling1@alamo.edu

Calvin Fogle

V2V Advocate: Calvin Fogle

Calvin FogleDr. Fogle is a faculty member of Northwest Vista College where he teaches Accounting and Business courses. Dr. Fogle spent 12 years in the military (Army), 4 active and 8 in the Reserves/National Guard - “Hooah”. Calvin has had assignments in Korea, 3rd Infantry Division, along with Transportation Corps assignments in Georgia and California. He spent time in contingencies, including supporting Iraqi freedom. Dr. Fogle credits his time in the Active Duty with helping shape his foundation for success.

Prior to joining the Alamo Colleges District, Dr. Fogle was a faculty member with Western Governors University - and with Strayer University where he was also Associate Dean. Dr. Fogle's education includes: a Doctorate in Business Administration; a Master of Business Administration; Masters in Accounting; and a Masters in Counseling.

His expertise is in supply chain management, cost accounting and organizational leadership, with an emphasis on corporate risk management. Professionally, he has 15 years experience serving in the capacity of staff and management in the corporate sector, 5 government agencies and, as a consultant to several organizations, providing services such as operational development, organizational needs assessment, business optimization, and program evaluation.

For assistance or information please contact Calvin at cfogle5@alamo.edu  

Patrick Fontenot

V2V Advocate: Patrick Fontenot

Pat FontenotPatrick Fontenot served some 20 years in the United States Air Force and retired from active duty in 1993 as a Master Sergeant. His assignments included Cannon AFB, NM, George AFB, CA, Lajes Field, Azores, and here in San Antonio at Randolph AFB and Electronic Security Command at Kelly AFB. Pat has served many roles in the last 12 years at NVC. These roles include instructor, program coordinator, and academic leader for all Business and Computer disciplines, and director of Information Technology and Communications. He feels that his current position as Dean of Workforce Education and Training has been the most satisfying because it impacts many lives and strengthens college partnerships. Under Pat’s direction, many students and local employers have benefited from NVC’s Business Solutions which provides businesses with customized training in leadership, teambuilding and strategic planning and other areas. Pat holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resource Management from Webster University. Pat is known for his simple and direct style that cuts through the chase. His advice to students is always the same: “Choose a career that will make you happy and that you will enjoy every day.”

For assistance or information please contact Pat at pfontenot@alamo.edu  

Jason Futrell

V2V Advocate: Jason Futrell

Calvin FogleJason Futrell is the Veterans Support Specialist with Student Life here at Northwest Vista. In May 2015 he obtained a B.A. in Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Communication Arts.

He served in the United States Navy from August 2006 to August 2015 achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He was a Navy crypto-linguist stationed primarily in San Antonio, Texas, though he spent more than a year deployed on U.S. Navy surface combatant ships in support of operations in the Eastern Pacific. He looks forward to assisting NVC's veteran population in his current role.

For assistance or information please contact Jason at jfutrell2@alamo.edu  

Edward Giese

V2V Advocate: Edward Giese

Edward GieseEdward Giese teaches BCIS as a Full-Time Instructor and has over 25 years teaching experience at Northwest Vista, St. Mary’s University, Hallmark Institute, the Army NCO academy, the Army Pathfinder School, the 5th and 6th Army’s MTU (marksmanship training unit) and the Army’s VII Corps Communications Class in Bad Tölz, Germany. He spent 21 years in the Army Rangers and fought in three wars. His last position was Company 1SG for the HQ, 44th Signal Bn in Germany. He received his BS in Telecommunications Management from DeVry Technical Institute in Pomona, CA and MBA and Telecommunications management from the University of Phoenix in San Antonio. He has been married for 24 years and has a daughter and step-daughter. He enjoys swimming, skydiving, and horseback riding and has gentled / trained his own wild Mustang that he keeps at Ft. Sam.

For assistance or information please contact Edward at egiese@alamo.edu

Dennis Gittinger

V2V Advocate: Dennis Gittinger

Dennis GittingerDennis Gittinger served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969.  His duty stations include yet are not limited to Ft. Polk, LA, Ft. Sill OK,Ft. Carson, CO, and Vietnam.  His combat zone experience from 1968 to 1969 was Tank Battalion, 1/77 Armor, deployed in Quang Tri, near the DMZ in Vietnam.  Due to injuries sustained in Vietnam, Dennis Gittinger had to medically retire.  From 1972, he has been teaching Mathematics for the Alamo College.  He holds a BA, mathematics from St. Mary’s University, MS, mathematics, from St. Mary’s University; and Ph.D., mathematics education, from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is married and has three children.  Favorite Quote: None of us can solve all of the problems of the world, but all of us can make a huge difference in the lives we are able to touch.

For assistance or information please contact Dennis at dgittinger@alamo.edu  

Jesse Harbert III

V2V Advocate: Jesse James Harbert III

Jesse HarbertJesse James Harbert III is a retired Air National Guard Officer, Major. He is a pony Office rising the ranks for non-commissioned to commissioned officer after completing his AAS degree at San Antonio college and BAAS degree at Texas State University in San Marcos Texas, formally Southwest Texas State. He completed his Master’s degree in management before retiring at AT&T as a corporate Manager Customer Service.

He has had a multifaceted career, jet engine mechanic, radio communications, and lastly Intelligence Office at the 149th FAC Fighter Group in San Antonio, Texas (F-16s).He has been at NWV college for 7 years in the Math department as an Adjunct Instructor. He now encourages students through his additional position as a Math Advisor. Additionally, here at NWV he is Founding Advisor for the social group “Open Ranks”. This organization helps veterans adjust to become successful in civilian and college life.

He has been married for 37 years with two adult sons and 4 grandchildren. He loves playing basketball in his spare time.

For assistance or information please contact Jesse at jharbert@alamo.edu

Daniel Johnson

V2V Advocate: Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. While in the Air Force, he served in the following positions: Police Officer for his first four years, Recruiter for five years, and an Education Specialist for 12 years. He also served as the Non-Commission Officer in charge for education offices at 4 different military bases. Daniel has had tours in four countries and four state-side bases. He is most proud of his 2 year degrees from the Community College of the Air Force and from St. Phillips College. He relates to our veteran students since after serving in the military, he too attended community college. He then went on to earn his Bachelor and Master degrees. He has been at NVC for 10 years and currently serves our college in the following roles: NVC Coordinator of Recreation Sports, Adjunct Instructor for Student Development classes, and the Women’s Basketball team coach. He is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is an avid mystery reader, plays and gives Saxophone lessons, and is a personal fitness trainer.

For assistance or  information please contact Daniel at djohnson84@alamo.edu

Brooke Lee

V2V Advocate: Brooke Lee

Brooke LeeHello! I'm originally from South Korea, where I attended grade school, and then I emigrated here. When I emigrated into this great country, the United States of America, I decided to join the U.S. Army. This wonderful experience taught me a lot about this country and I have been extremely grateful - I feel privileged for the opportunity to have served in the military. I served for over 12 years, including the ROTC Program and the Reserves. I was stationed in El Paso, Texas when I was on active duty, however, I was struck with illness and had to become inactive. As fate would have it, I became a math instructor. I enjoy serving students here at NVC and helping students achieve success in and out of the classroom experience. I have been teaching mathematics for over a decade now. I have proudly served my country and now I'm honored to serve our NVC students and our fellow veterans.

For assistance or information please contact Brooke at blee@alamo.edu

Bill Loftus

V2V Advocate: Bill Loftus

Bill LoftusBill is a retired LTC (United States Army Reserves). He spent eight years on active duty and twenty-two years in the Active Reserve. His last reserve assignment was as the Adjutant General of the 90th Army Reserve Command in San Antonio. He received a Regular Army commission through the ROTC program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. His first two years of service (his detail branch) was as an Armor officer at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He then spent the remainder of his service in his “regular Army” branch – the Adjutant General Corps where he held a variety of positions, completing his active duty as an instructor at the Adjutant General school. Bill received his master’s degree upon leaving active duty also at Ohio University. Most recently he was the President of the Society of Alumni and Friends of the Army ROTC program at Ohio University. In 2014 he returned to San Antonio, and is an adjunct instructor in speech.

For assistance or information please contact Bill at billoftus@yahoo.com

Crystal Manboard

V2V Advocate: Crystal Manboard

Crystal ManboardCrystal Manboard has been teaching English at Northwest Vista since January 2010 and while still on active duty, she also attended Northwest Vista as a student. She retired after serving 23 years in the Air Force and began her educational journey immediately upon retirement. Her husband is also a veteran who proudly served and also continued his education upon retirement. Throughout their journey, much insight was gained but the biggest insight was that which came from other students/veterans who had similar backgrounds and experiences. She looks forward to offering any help or guidance needed to her fellow veterans.

For assistance or information please contact Crystal at cmanboard@alamo.edu

Lake Stith

V2V Advocate: Lake Stith

Lake StithBorn and raised in St. Louis Mo.

Graduated from Charles Sumner High St. Louis Mo. 1958

Received a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Univ of Missouri Columbia Mo in 1963.

Received a MBA degree in 1975 from the Univ of Nebraska Lincoln Neb in 1975.

Worked for 3 years as an Electrical Engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co.

Served 27 years in the USAF and retired in 1992.

Worked for 15 years as a Program Manager in Corporate America.

For the past 7 years to the present working as a Part Time Math Professor at Northwest Vista College, San Antonio Texas.

God gave me the gift of understanding Math and he is using me to share my gift with my students.

For assistance or information please contact Lake at lstith@alamo.edu  

Miguel Munoz (In loving memory)

V2V Advocate: Miguel Munoz

(In loving memory of our fellow veteran and friend)

Miguel MunozMiguel Munoz was an Assistant Professor in Economics here at NVC. He was a Vietnam veteran who served with the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, While serving in a tour from 1965-1966, he was wounded twice from combat related actions. Some of his citations include the Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star, and 2 Purple Hearts. After returning from Vietnam he was stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg and at Ft. Benning for Ranger School. After leaving the Army, he was a Counselor with the Veterans Administration (VA). After leaving the VA, he transferred to the Department of Transportation (DoT) as a Special Agent in charge of investigating traffic accidents. Proceeding this, he moved over to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) and was an auditor, investigating Savings and Loans in and around San Antonio. Once he left the FHLBB he became an Owner/Operator with McDonald's owning 3 restaurants.