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Contacts and Staff Bios

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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

Matthew Watkins

College-wide Manager of Veterans Affairs
561-868-3132
watkinsm@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: VSC 105

Photo of Matthew Watkins

 A five-year U.S. Air Force veteran, Matt was stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland where he worked as a signals intelligence collector for the National Security Agency. Matt started his VA benefits career at the University of South Alabama Veteran Affairs Office as a VA educational assistant. He worked for four years at the university assisting veterans with their GI Bill® benefits and eventually provided training to all the South Alabama VA Work-Study students. In 2014, Matt accepted the veteran affairs officer position at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama. He expanded the office to include two additional officers, started a VA Work-Study program, and ran an additional office assisting veterans with community resources. In January 2017, Matt was hired as the district level coordinator of the Veteran Affairs department for Palm Beach State College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Mobile and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Alabama.

DeAnn E. Greenawalt
Student/Career Development Advisor
561-862-4383
greenawd@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Boca Raton
Office: AD 124

 Photo of DeAnn GreenawaltDeAnn is the former director of Pathways for Success, a TRIO-funded student support services program at Allegany College of Maryland. The majority of DeAnn’s career has been within the area of student services, assisting veterans, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve academic success. Her professional achievements include president of the Maryland Executive Council for Educational Opportunities, where she focused on advocating for educational programs that serve underrepresented and underserved individuals. DeAnn obtained her B.A. degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. During her husband’s enlistment in the United States Air Force, DeAnn earned her M.S. in education counseling from California State University in Sacramento. In the fall of 2016, DeAnn joined the Advising Department of Palm Beach State College, specializing in academic/career advising for veterans and their dependents using VA benefits.

 

Ashton Davis
Student Development Advisor II, Veterans
561-207-5354
davisa@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Office: BR 129.5

Ashton Davis

Prior to coming to PBSC, Ashton C. Davis served as the Veteran Services Advisor/School Certifying Official for Hodges University, as well as an adjunct professor with Barry University. He served 6 years as an U.S. Army JROTC Senior NCO Instructor for Lee County School District and 23 years of active duty service in the United States Army. His awards and decorations include two combat tours in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom. The Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Silver & two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, The U.S. Army Recruiter Gold Identification Badge with three Sapphires, the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Badge and the Drivers Badge.

Richard Hunter, MSM
Student Development Advisor II, Veterans
561-868-3052
hunterr@palmbeachstate.edu
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: VSC 106

Photo of Richard HunterRichard is devoted to helping veteran students make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Even with more than 10 years of experience in higher education, his work experience has more flavors than a bag of Skittles, and he uses that experience to guide students on every aspect of life and career choices. Richard comes from a military family and is the proud father of a career naval officer. He is also a member of the Veteran’s Mental Health Advisory Council at the West Palm Beach VA Hospital. “I view the work that I do with veterans as my way to serve those who have served and sacrificed so much for this country,” says Richard. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in human resource management at Kaplan University. “The rest I learned at the School of Hard Knocks.”

 

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.

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