VETS Program Staff

Photo of Terence NelsonTerence Nelson is the VETS Program Coordinator. The Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Program at Saddleback College opened its doors in August 2009. Before his current role, Terence held the position of Dean of Transfer, Career and Special Programs at the college. Prior to coming into administration he worked as a general, ESL, transfer, and athletic counselor, a learning center coordinator, the Teacher Preparation Pipeline counselor, a grant writer, and track coach. Terence currently serves as the past president of the Region 8 Veterans Program Directors Consortium covering 20 colleges from Mission Viejo to Glendora. He also serves on the Southern California Army Advisory Council and Orange County Legislative Task Force. As a California community college graduate, he has first hand experience as to the opportunities our state's public higher education system offers.

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Kolin Williams served in the U.S. Army as a M1A1 Main Battle Tank Crew member from 1995-1999. After an honorable discharge, he began his transition to the civilian world.  He began using his GI Bill at the local Community College and, although he made many mistakes, he also learned how to be successful. In 2005, he graduated California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Humanities, and in 2008, he graduated with an M.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. In 2008 Kolin was as hired as a counselor by the Disabled Student Programs and Services office at American River College.  During his time as a Counselor at ARC, he worked in Special Services, General Counseling, and CalWORKS. He was also the Advisor for the ARC Association of Student Veterans, which he created in 2008. He has presented to the Academic Senate, Board of Governors, and facilitated Faculty training on issues specific to disabled veterans.  As the Veterans/ Generalist Counselor at Saddleback College, Kolin teaches the COUN 40, Boots-to-Books class, advisor for campus clubs, and participates in college wide committees.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three little girls, fishing, golf, professional sports, and music.

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Frances Smith, M.S.
Veterans Counselor, PT





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Brooke Sauter, M.S.
Veterans Counselor, PT





Phil Sanchez
VETS Program Counseling Office Assistant