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Military Advisory Council

The Military Advisory Council (MAC) is a committed partner of the University.  Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education to the well-being of society, and a commitment to the University’s mission of student success and social mobility. 

The Military Advisory Council is charged with the following:
  • being knowledgeable of the issues of public higher education in California and nationally.
  • support CSUSM military affairs efforts.
  • provide leadership in support of CSUSM’s mission and initiatives.
  • provide expertise and advice regarding the regional military institutions, community, and educational success of enlisted and veteran CSUSM students.


  • Paul Cevolani, Vets Beyond the Uniform
  • Dan Epstein, Con-Am Group 
  • Ron Gerevas, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Jim Gruny, Colonel, USMC (Ret.), Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
  • Ingo Hentschel, Cox Communications
  • Emilie Hersh, Accelerate Cloud Solutions
  • Anthony Jackson, Major General, USMC (Ret.)
  • Gloria McKearney, Community Partner
  • Terry McKearney, San Diego Military Advisory Council Foundation
  • Ed Musgrove, City of San Marcos
  • Tony Teravainen, Support The Enlisted Project (STEP)
  • Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing Co.
  • Colonel Daniel Whitley, USMC, Camp Pendleton
  • Kyle Williams, San Diego Military Advisory Council Foundation

University Members

  • Ellen Neufeldt, President
  • Jessica Berger, Vice President, University Advancement
  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, Chief Community Engagement Officer
  • Viridiana Diaz, Vice President, Student Affairs 
  • Godfrey Gibbision, Dean, Extended Learning 
  • Mike Helé, Director of Development, University Advancement 
  • Johsua Loop, VTEC Technical Programs Manager, Veterans Services
Support Staff: 
Melinda Jones, Executive Affairs Specialist