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Our Team

  • Iris Ayala-Swindell

    Iris Ayala-Swindell

    Program Manager

    In her role, Iris manages programs, collaborations, and initiatives to support the success of our military-connected students.

    Iris started supporting the military community while in the military herself. She served 10 years in the U.S. Navy — 4 years on active duty as a Logistics Specialist and 6 years on reserve duty as a Unit Career Counselor, where she managed the Career Development Program. Since 2008, Iris has held multiple advising and teaching roles at the university and community college level, supporting the success of military-connected students.

    Outside of work, Iris navigates life with her husband and rediscovers the world through the eyes of her two young sons. She enjoys reading, meditation, connecting with family and friends, and spending time outdoors soaking up the sun.

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Military Connection: Veteran, U.S. Navy

    Email: iayalaswindell@ucsd.edu

    Phone: (858) 534-5460

Program Specialists

  • Diana Slade

    Diana Slade

    Program Specialist

    In her role, Diana coordinates the daily operations of the SVRC, supervises our student staff, and assists with events.

    Diana served in the U.S. Army from 2010–2013 as an Automated Logistics Specialist. Since 2015, she has supported the military-connected student population through advocacy, mentorship, and advisement.

    In her free time, Diana enjoys weight lifting, dancing, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Military Connection: Veteran, U.S. Army

    Email: dslade@ucsd.edu

    Phone: (858) 534-5140

  • Jenn Henline

    Jenn Henline

    Program Specialist

    In her role, Jenn coordinates our Peer Navigator Program, co-advises the Student Veterans Organization and supports SVRC projects and events.

    Jenn graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Communication before going on to pursue her M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership & Student Affairs at San Diego State University. Being raised in a Marine Corps family, Jenn attributes much of her own success to the opportunities provided to her by her father's service. She is passionate about giving back to the community that raised her and supporting the success of other military-connected students.

    In her free time, Jenn enjoys relaxing at the beach, trying out different coffee shops, rollerblading around San Diego's beautiful parks and spending time with her friends and family.

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Military Connection: Dependent, U.S. Marine Corps

    Email: jhenline@ucsd.edu

  • Maria E. Zuniga-Bel

    Maria E. Zuniga-Bel

    Program Specialist

    In her role, Maria coordinates our signature events, supports in-center programming, and assists with daily operations.

    She was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Human Development and a minor in Education Studies. Maria feels very fortunate and privileged to serve student veterans and the military-connected community.

    In her free time, Maria enjoys exercising, taking dance classes, and spending time with friends and family.

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Military Connection: Spouse, U.S. Navy

    Email: m1zuniga@ucsd.edu

Student Staff

Student veterans and ROTC students can connect with certain student staff members for peer support. Visit our appointments page and choose a meeting with a Peer Navigator.

If you're interested in becoming a part of the SVRC student staff team and are currently using benefits, please email us at svrc@ucsd.edu or stop by the SVRC for an application.

  • Angelica Bradley

    Angelica Bradley

    Peer Navigator

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    College: Muir

    Major: Marine Biology

    Military Connection: Air Force

     

  • Jesley Dionsio

    Center Operations

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    College: Sixth

    Major: Structural Engineer

    Military Connection: Marine Corps Dependent

     

  • John Gong

    Center Operations

    Pronouns: He/him/his

    College: Revelle

    Major: Molecular Cell Biology

    Military Connection: Navy ROTC

     

  • Heather Gorman

    Center Operations

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    College: Marshall

    Major: Political Science-Public Policy

    Military Connection: Navy Veteran

     

  • Angel Hernandez-Cole

    Center Operations

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    College: Sixth

    Major: Music

    Military Connection: Dependent

     

  • Brandon Mariano

    Brandon Mariano

    Peer Navigator

    Pronouns: He/him/his

    College: Marshall College

    Major: International Relations

    Military Connection: Marine Corps

  • Michael Wagner

    Center Operations

    Pronouns: He/him/his

    College: ERC

    Major: Masters in Public Policy

    Military Connection: Marine Corps