Associated Faculty & Staff
Director of Military & Veteran Student Services
Dr. Andrew "Andy" Sonn, Director of Military and Veteran Student Services, has worked at GW's student affairs division for over 18 years, and in higher education for over 20 years. Dr. Sonn was one of the founders of GW's centralized Office of Military and Veteran Student Services in 2008 and was the chair of GW's Yellow Ribbon Program Working Group. Dr. Sonn teaches as a visiting professor in GW's Higher Education Administration program in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and earned an educational doctorate from GW in 2010 in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Sonn has published articles on student veteran support and training, assessment, residential life topics, and family orientations. Dr. Sonn enjoys reading military history, touring Civil War battlefields, hiking, Colonials basketball, Washington Nationals baseball, cycling, fly fishing, and watching his kids' sports games.
Program Coordinator for Veteran Services
Kellis Robbins serves in the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services as a Program Coordinator for Veteran Services. In this role, she works to provide exemplary assistance to all VALOR students regarding GI Bill certifications and related student services.
Kellis received her Bachelor’s degree from GW in Communication, during which time she spent two years as a Veterans Affairs work study before joining VALOR in her current capacity upon graduation. She is presently pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Management.
Marva Gumbs Jennings
Managing Director, Strategic and Interdisciplinary Career Initiatives
Veteran Career Coach
Marva Gumbs Jennings is a Managing Director within the Division of Student Affairs, Center for Career Services, where she leads Strategic and Interdisciplinary Career Initiatives. Marva has worked at GW for over 30 years and with the GW military and veteran community since the inception of GW VALOR. As a part of GW VALOR's extended staff, Marva supports the career services needs of VALOR students through the VALOR Career Services Initiative. Marva serves as GW VALOR's leader in providing our students with career transition support, career exploration and education, and employer connections through career fairs, employer site visits, targeted education programs and networking events. Her office helps to facilitate resume writing, interviewing techniques, internships and networking opportunities, and numerous other professional development opportunities. In addition to supporting VALOR students (military, veterans, and dependents), her office also supports distance students, students with disabilities, and alumni. Use this link to access details on VALOR Career Services.
Staff Clinician and Military Service Coordinator
Jen is a Staff Clinician and the Military Service Coordinator working to ensure all students associated with military services at GW can access mental health resources within the GW community as well as within the surrounding areas.
In addition to Jen’s clinical role at GWU, she also serves in the Army Reserves as a Military Police Captain and is currently assigned to the 200th MP Command at Fort Meade. CPT Mostafa has served the Army in various capacities to include tours to both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She has also taught military tactics at both Officer Candidate School and the University of Mississippi’s ROTC program.
In 2015, Jen received her master’s in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi and is now a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in D.C. She works with clients to bring balance into their lives by utilizing a variety of techniques such as Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness and a reality-based approach that encourages self-acceptance and insight. Additionally she has considerable familiarity in working with Veterans and their families and currently provides clinical serves under the supervision of Chris Davis, LPC at the GW Counseling Center.
Laura Ferraro, M.Ed.
VetSuccess on Campus Counselor
As a VetSuccess on Campus counselor, Laura aims to help Veterans, Servicemembers, and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the workforce. She grew up in Western MA and attended Western New England College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, then earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative and Disabilities Studies with a concentration in psychiatric diagnosis and substance abuse counseling at Springfield College. She is a member of Psi Chi – The National Honor Society in Psychology and Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International.
Laura worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a vocational rehabilitation counselor before moving to DC Metro area in 2011. She worked as vocational rehabilitation specialist for the State of Maryland for a year. She has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs for almost 4 years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, working with Veterans with disabilities to gain skills and seek employment. In 2015, she was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to work with wounded, ill and injured service members as they transition out of the service and into their next career. She is very excited to continue her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs and utilize the knowledge working at the DC Office and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to assist the Veterans at GWU to finish their programs and transition into a great career.
Assistant Program Coordinator
Anna Hertlein is the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services. She assists with the certification process for students using the GI Bill along with other operational functions in the office.
Originally from Western New York, Anna has been in the DC area for over five years, with experience working in government, non-profits, and in the private sector. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at GW. Her brother is currently serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. In her spare time, Anna enjoys running and works at a local fitness studio.
Sam Schaller began working in the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services in August 2017 and assists the office with a wide array of duties. She began by spearheading the department review of the office and now is running the social media pages, maintain the website content, coordinating GW Valor events, and adapting new initiatives for the office.
Sam is an Illinois native and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Psychology. She is currently nearing the end of her Master’s degree in GW’s Higher Education Administration program, focusing on Student Affairs.
Assistant Director, Student Involvement and Greek Life
Staff Advisor to GW Veterans
Anne has been with the George Washington University since 2008, leading marketing and communications efforts at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development before joining the Center for Student Engagement in January 2014 to work with GW’s student organizations. In addition to her role with the CSE, Anne is a member of GW’s Sexual Assault Response Consultative team and a Staff Justice. Prior to her time at GW, Anne conducted foundation development, stewardship, and fundraising activities with National Public Radio and contributed to marketing efforts at The Advisory Board Company. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Villanova University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the George Washington University.