Staff Leadership

D. Wayne Robinson, President & Chief Executive Officer

WayneStaff Mr. D. Wayne Robinson served in the U.S. Army and rose to the pinnacle of enlisted ranks as a Command Sergeant Major. During his career he held many leadership positions in Artillery, Special Operations, and Recruiting and graduated from every enlisted leadership course offered by the Army.

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Angela Xhakolli, Vice President of Operations & Finance

AngelaStaffMrs. Angela Xhakolli joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in May 2013. She received her bachelor's degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 2006. Immediately following graduation, Mrs. Xhakolli answered the call to serve and joined the U.S. Army.

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Matthew Feger, Vice President of Development & Strategic Growth

MattStaff Mr. Matthew Feger joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in June of 2010. With a grandfather having served in WWII and an uncle in Vietnam, he is extremely passionate about supporting America’s veterans. Overseeing development, Mr. Feger is mainly responsible for fundraising and partnerships.

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Dr. Chris Cate, Vice President of Research

ChrisStaff Dr. Cate joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in September 2012. Having several relatives who served -- a great-uncle in World War II, father in the Marine reserves, uncles in Vietnam, and cousins in the Navy -- he grew up supporting and respecting servicemembers and veterans.

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William Hubbard, Vice President of External Affairs

Hubbard WillMr. William Hubbard joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in February 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in International Studies at American University. Post-graduation, he spent several years serving government agencies to include the Department of the Navy, Department of State, and the State of Indiana Department of Revenue in his role as a Federal Strategy & Operations Consultant.

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Emma Scherer, Operations Associate

EmmaStaff Emma Scherer joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in August 2012 and currently serves as the organization's Operations Associate. Emma studied at the University of California Santa Cruz and upon graduating in June of 2012, relocated to Washington, D.C. to serve as SVA's Outreach Coordinator under the auspice of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

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Kelsey Callahan, Development Associate

Kelsey CallahanKelsey Callahan joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America as Development Associate in January 2014. Kelsey graduated from American University in December of 2011, and she has since spent the last two years working as a finance operative for various political campaigns across the U.S.

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Walter Tillman, Program Manager

Walter TillmanMr. Walter Tillman joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America as Program Manager in February 2014. Walter graduated with a degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2013, where he served first as the Vice-President, and then the President, of the Tempe campus chapter. 

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John Kamin, National Veterans Center Program Manager

JohnStaff John Kamin enlisted in the United States Army in November of 2005.  He served with the 3rd Infantry Division, and deployed to Iraq in 2007 for 15 months.  After completing his active duty contract, John enrolled at Hofstra University and later transferred to American University in Washington DC. 

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Darren Phelps, National Veterans Center Program Coordinator

Darren PhelpsDarren enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in March of 2003. Attached to what was then H& S Co. 8th Tank Battalion, he deployed to Djibouti, Africa in support of operation Enduring Freedom. Darren holds a B.A. from the University at Buffalo and will complete a M.P.S. from the George Washington University in May 2014.

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Kelsey Hill, Communications Coordinator

KelseyStaffKelsey grew up in a military family and has been around active duty and veteran servicemembers his entire life. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Kelsey served one year of AmeriCorps National service before joining the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in August 2013.

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Tyler Wright, Outreach Coordinator

TylerStaffTyler Wright entered Naval service in 2008 and recently made the transition back into the civilian world in late 2013.  He served as a proud Hospital Corpsman and spent most of his military contract in the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) located in Bethesda, MD. 

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Alex Flower, Outreach Coordinator

AlexStaff2Alex Flower joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in November 2013 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Prior to joining SVA, Alex participated in numerous prestigious internships while attending Temple University located in Philadelphia, PA. 


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Jaime Martinez, Senior Counsel

IMG 3869xJaime joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in January 2014 and provides legal, ethical, and policy advise in support of its organizational mission. Born and raised in Chicago, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Martinez studied law and economics at the George Mason University School of Law.

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