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 SCHOOL CERTIFYING OFFICIALS

Moises Pena
Veterans Services Analyst

561-868-3380 or 561-868-3406
penam1@palmbeachstate.edu

Violet Galloway
Veterans Specialist

561-868-3507
gallowav@palmbeachstate.edu

 

 VETERANS SERVICES STAFF BIOS

Luis Torres
Veterans Services Manager (Collegewide)
561-868-3132  |  torresl@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: VSC 105

 Photo of Luis TorresLuis is a veteran of the U.S. Army with deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan as an airborne combat engineer. He was wounded in Afghanistan during a route clearance mission when two rocket-propelled grenades struck his Humvee. After the ambush attack, he was evacuated from the theater due to his wounds. His service spanned seven years of active duty and three years in reserve. He understands firsthand the many challenges student veterans face when transitioning back to civilian life and attending school.

Luis’ passion for helping student veterans began when he was hired as a VA work-study student during his first semester of college in 2010. His work-study opportunity put him on a path to securing a part-time position and eventually full-time employment. His previous roles include coordinator of veterans services at Broward College, veterans academic advisor at Palm Beach State College (Palm Beach Gardens campus), and assistant director for the Military and Veterans Student Success Center at Florida Atlantic University. He holds an Associate in Arts degree from Broward College and bachelor’s degrees in public management and criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University.

Moises Pena
Veterans Services Analyst/School Certifying Official
561-868-3406  |  penam1@palmbeachstate.edu 
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: VSC 107

Photo of Moises PenaMoises is a Palm Beach State College alumnus who obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. Early in his career, he discovered he had a passion for higher education and made it his career path. In 2012, he joined the financial aid department at a higher education institution and became a Veterans Affairs school certifying official in 2013. Moises joined the Veterans Affairs Department at Palm Beach State College in October 2016, and he continues aiding veterans as a veterans financial aid advisor and veterans affairs school certifying official.


Violet Galloway
Veterans Specialist / School Certifying Official 
561-868-3507  |  gallowav@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: VSC 108

Photo of Violet GallowayViolet is an honorably discharged Post-Vietnam Era disabled veteran of the U.S. Army with more than seven years of active duty. A Palm Beach State College alumna, she was a PBSC student worker in the Veterans Resource Center, which led to her current full-time position. Violet’s passion for her fellow veterans enables her to meet students where they are in the college process and support them to meet and often exceed their goals.

 

 

 LIBRARIAN STAFF FOR VETERANS

Damian Chacon
Librarian/Associate Professor
561-868-3705
chacond@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: LL 201.5

 Photo of Damian ChaconDamian is a U.S. Army veteran who served four years of active duty with one deployment in Iraq. After his service he personally experienced the difficulties that veterans can sometimes face in understanding and using their benefits. From his experiences he wishes nothing more than to help student veterans succeed as they transition to civilian life. Damian was previously a part-time librarian, and a part-time English/writing learning specialist at the Loxahatchee Groves campus. As a librarian he is ready to help student veterans with all of their research needs as they face an exciting new world of possibilities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

Raychell Harris
Librarian/Associate Professor
561-868-3712
harrisrr@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: LL 201.3

 Photo of Raychell HarrisRaychell joined the PBSC community in 2017, but first experienced what we have to offer as a dual enrollment student in high school. Although she has not served herself, she comes from a family of servicemembers and has personal experience dealing with VA dependent benefits. It was while she was working in the library as an assistant, that she realized the need for library services catering to veterans and their family members. She’s honored to be a partner with Veterans Services and looks forward to working with our students to best aid them in their college careers, imparting skills to help them succeed beyond graduation. Her focuses include Public Safety, Social Sciences, and technology, but she’s always ready to help with a question – no matter the subject area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Florida Atlantic University, and her Master of Science in Information from Florida State University.

 

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