Meet Our Team

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Dr. Patricia Reily

| US NAvy Veteran

Principal Investigator

A former senior naval officer, Patricia's Navy career encompassed a wide array of jobs in command, operations, installations management, human resources, recruiting, program management, education and training. It was her vision and tireless advocacy that brought VTEC to life. 

Previously, Patricia was the director of the Troops to Engineers Program at SDSU and project director of SDSU’s partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to engage student veterans in Energy System Evaluation Program (ESTEP) projects. She was also an Adjunct Professor in the Colleges of Business and Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of San Diego (USD), and is currently the Director of Veterans Services at California State University San Marcos.

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Ericka Paez, M.S.W.

| 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

Communication and Outreach Manager

Shin Ae is the new Communication & Outreach Manager for Veteran’s Services and VTEC (Veterans To Energy Careers). She is a California State University- San Marcos alumni as a MECEP (Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program) student. While she attended CSUSM, she was a running athlete and active in the Veteran’s steering committee. Shin Ae served 7 years in the Marine Corps as a driver and an additional 4 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.  Shin Ae most recently taught English to students in Korea for 2 years. As a veteran, CSUSM alumni and active member in the community, we welcome her to the VTEC team.

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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 as an officer in the US Coast Guard for 9 years. During this time Josh was an Assistant Chief Engineer and helped oversee the daily operation of the engineering plant onboard the ship and also navigated the ship as a Deck Watch Officer. Additionally, Josh spent 5 years stationed in New Orleans, LA as the Lead Regional Port Engineer in charge of overseeing contract repair work for many ships throughout the Southern and Midwest United States. He is our specialist in engineering and master in STEM terminology for our 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, Class of 2012, with his degree in Social Sciences with a Philosophy minor. Moses has been working with veterans since 2008 in a variety of capacities, but has concentrated on professional development since 2012, first in the non-profit space and now in higher education. Moses served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Financial Management Tech, Graves Registration Specialist, and Civil Affairs Specialist with 2 deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006.  He is our resident expert in LinkedIn and all things networking.


Jamie Rangel

| US NAVY Veteran

Data Analyst 

Jamie Rangel is our Data Analyst for Veterans to Energy Careers. She is a proud California State University – San Marcos alumni from the College of Business Administration. While Jamie attended CSUSM, she not only worked as a Business Administration intern for VTEC, she was active in both the Management Information Systems Society and Student Veterans Organization. Jamie served 6 years in the Navy as a missile system technician and deployed 3 times to combat zones. She has lead the way in Salesforce and a strong member of the VTEC team.