Meet Our Team


Geoffrey Gilmore, PhD


Principal Investigator

Dr. Geoffrey Gilmore is the Associate Vice President for Student Academic Support Services (SASS) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). He is currently our VTEC principal investigator.

Dr. Gilmore has been a leader in campus efforts to support student success since he joined CSUSM in 2007. Throughout his transitions on campus, he has been instrumental in improving the proficiency rates and services for incoming students and campus remediation rates, particularly in math. Dr. Gilmore led the development of the Personalized Academic Support Services program for students at CSUSM who experience extenuating circumstances adversely impacting their academic success.

He is an alumni of Washington State University where he earned a B.A. in Social Sciences and a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Education Administration, and a Ph.D. in Education Administration.

Ericka Paez, MSW

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| Us army Veteran

Associate Director

Ericka provides direction and oversight for the Veterans to Energy Careers program. With her background in social work, she provides the theoretical framework from which the team and program operates: strengths-based and focused on the whole person.

Her passion for connecting the veteran community to resources and helping them define success stems from many years navigating the often difficult VA systems. Through her encounters with VA education, healthcare, and benefits and compensation, she has built up a strong network of individuals who are ready to assist student veterans in the most efficient way possible.

"My goal is to alleviate the suffering of others through information sharing, resource brokering, and mentoring other veterans through transition to civilian life." 


Sin “Shin Ae” Kook

| US Marine corps veteran

Communications and Outreach Manager

Shin Ae is the Communications & Outreach Manager. She is a California State University- San Marcos alumni as a MECEP (Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program) student. Shin Ae served seven years in the Marine Corps as a driver and an additional four years as a public affairs officer. She then moved on to be a career coach at Easter Seals – Veteran Staffing Network in the DC area helping veterans, military spouses and their family members find meaningful careers.  Shin Ae most recently taught English to students in Korea for 2 years.

Shin Ae is our expert in communication and laying the foundation of trust to potential partners and supporters.

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Joshua Loop, M.S.

| Us Coast Guard Veteran

Technical Program Manager

Josh Loop is the Veterans to Energy Careers Technical Program Manager. He is an alumnus of the United States Coast Guard Academy and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied mechanical engineering at both institutions. Josh served in the US Coast Guard for nine years. During this time Josh was an Assistant Chief Engineer, a Deck Watch Officer, and a Lead Regional Port Engineer.

Josh is our specialist in engineering and master in STEM terminology. Through his expertise, we are able to cultivate and build our government and private sector partnerships.


Moses Maddox

| US Marine Corps Veteran 

Veterans Retention Counselor 

Moses Maddox is our Veterans Retention Counselor. He is a proud California State University San Marcos alumni, with his degree in Social Sciences with a Philosophy minor. Moses has been working with veterans since 2008 but has concentrated on professional development since 2012. Moses served eight years in the Marine Corps as a financial management tech, graves registration specialist, and civil affairs specialist where he went on two deployments to Iraq. 

He is our resident expert in LinkedIn and networking.


Stephanie Trevino

| US marine corps Veteran

Student Support Specialist 

Stephanie Trevino is our student support specialist . She is a proud California State University – San Marcos alumni with her degree in Psychology. While Stephanie attended CSUSM, she was the President of the Student Veterans Organization and the lead mentor for the professional development program in VTEC. Stephanie served eight years in the Marine Corps as a supply admin and operations specialist. She deployed two times to combat zones.

She is leading the way in training and shaping our student veterans and becoming our expert in Salesforce.