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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.

    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.

    Military Connection: Veteran, U.S. Army

    Email: dslade@ucsd.edu

    Phone: (858) 534-5140

  • 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.

    Military Connection: Spouse, U.S. Navy

    Email: m1zuniga@ucsd.edu

    Phone: (858) 246-1671

  • Jenn Henline

    Jenn Henline

    Project Coordinator

    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.

    Military Connection: Dependent, U.S. Marine Corps

    Email: jhenline@ucsd.edu

  • Caitlin Lamar

    Caitlin Lamar

    Graduate Assistant

    Caitlin LaMar is the 2020 Graduate Assistant for the Student Veterans Resource Center. She is currently a first year MA student through the Post-Secondary Educational Leadership, Specialization in Higher Education, at San Diego State University. In her role she assists the Student Veterans Resource Center in helping serve military-connected students as they make the transition from military life to student life at UCSD. 

    Caitlin grew up in a military family with her father being a Retired Corpsman in US Navy and her brother being an Officer in the US Marine Corps. She also worked with Active Duty Servicemembers, and their dependents, through National University. She has a passion for working with military personnel, and their dependents, no matter where they are in their educational journey, and plans to bring this passion to the military-affiliated student at UCSD.

    Caitlin is a proud theatre nerd and enjoys the art form as much as she can in her free time. She also enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family and friends, especially her Black Labrador, Groot.

    Military Connection: Dependent, U.S. Navy

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

    College: Muir

    Major: Marine Biology

    Military Connection: Air Force

  • Bella Cobarruvias

    Bella Cobarruvias

    Center Opterations

    College: Marshall College

    Major: Marine Biology

    Military Connection: Navy ROTC

  • Alyson Fruchey

    Alyson Fruchey

    Center Opterations

    College: Sixth College

    Major: Aerospace Engineering

    Military Connection: Ally

  • Brandon Mariano

    Brandon Mariano

    Peer Navigator

    College: Marshall College

    Major: International Relations

    Military Connection: Marine Corps

  • Kelly Wun

    Kelly Wun

    Center Opterations

    College: Muir College

    Major: International Studies

    Military Connection: Dependent, Army

  • Zachary Young

    Zachary Young

    Peer Navigator, Lead

    College: ERC

    Major: Philosophy

    Military Connection: Coast Guard