Associated Faculty & Staff
Associate Director of Military & Veteran Student Services
Victoria Pridemore, Associate Director of Military and Student Services, has addressed throughout her career the diverse and ever-changing needs of veterans, military service members and families. Victoria has over 13 years in the Army and Virginia Army National Guard. She has deployments during both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently she is a Platoon Sergeant for the 29th Infantry Division in Fort Belvoir, VA.
After returning from Afghanistan in 2011, Victoria has been building relationships with national and local veteran services and military organizations in different roles. As Military and Veteran Outreach and Partnership Development Specialist for Excelsior College, she networked in the veteran community, and developed partnerships that boost enrollment among military, veterans and other specific demographics. Before joining Excelsior College, Victoria worked as Program Manager for the Veterans Innovation Center in Washington, DC. In this highly visible, volunteer role, she researched, managed and evaluated programs that supported veterans (and their families) returning from deployment.
In addition to her solid professional background, Victoria is committed to working side-by-side with other leaders and volunteers in the community to make a difference in people's lives. She is a co-founder and current president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit I in Washington, DC, and has worked with other veteran service organizations including Final Salute, Inc. and Team Red, White, and Blue.
Victoria is passionate helping about veterans, service members, and their families find personal happiness and professional success. For her work in veterans services and advocacy she was recently awarded “Shining the Light: Female Veterans Making a Difference” by Howard University and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American (CADCA)
Coordinator of Veterans Services
Devin Belzer serves in the Office of Military and Veterans Student Services as the Coordinator of Veteran Services. As Coordinator, Devin brings an analytical and comprehensive understanding of GI Bill Education Benefits to the GW community. In this role, Devin works closely with departments across the university to ensure GW VALOR students have a positive experience while receiving their education here at GW.
Devin received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Women’s Studies from the Florida State University before serving two years in Pittsburgh, PA as an Americorps VISTA member. In the Fall of 2011, Devin moved to the greater Washington area to earn her Master’s in Higher Education Administration at GW. It was while pursuing this degree that Devin began working with the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services as a graduate fellow. After graduating with her Master’s in May 2013, she was hired as Coordinator of Veteran Services to serve military and veteran students full-time. She has been recognized both by GW and the Department of Defense for her exemplary work on behalf of VALOR students.
Marva Gumbs Jennings
Managing Director, Interdisciplinary Career Services
Veteran Career Counselor
Marva Gumbs Jennings is the Managing Director within the Division of Student Affairs, Center for Career Services, where she leads the Interdisciplinary Career Services Initiatives. Marva is a proud military spouse and has worked with the GW military and veteran community for over 30 years. As a part of GW VALOR's extended staff, Marva supports the career services needs of VALOR students through the Veteran Career Initiative. Marva serves as GW VALOR's leader in providing our students with career transition support, career exploration and education, and employer connection through career fairs and social 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
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 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.
Chief of Staff - Office of the President
Faculty Advisor to GW Veterans
Barbara Porter serves as chief of staff to Dr. Steven Knapp, president of the George Washington University. In this role, Porter assists President Knapp in executing his vision for the institution and is a part of his senior leadership team. Porter joined GW in 1998 after a 25 year career in broadcast journalism. The proud granddaughter of an Air Force brigadier general, daughter of an Air Force captain, and mother of a Navy veteran, Ms. Porter is passionate about serving veterans making the transition from the military to the higher education environment and was instrumental in getting the support to start VALOR. She serves as the faculty advisor to GW student vets.
Ms. Porter began her career at GW as director of public affairs and university spokeswoman from 1998 – 2000. She then moved to the George Washington University Medical Center to serve as assistant vice president of communications and marketing. There she oversaw all communication programs for the Medical Center and managed such high profile events as the hospitalization of Dick Cheney, 9/11 homeland security, anthrax and SARS. Her crisis and risk communications expertise led her to develop a course in the Emergency Health Services program at GW for law enforcement, fire, emergency health services, and other health professionals.
She was also funded by the National Institutes of Health for her work in helping scientists translate complicated information for the media and helped write a guide for the media on weapons of mass destruction that was distributed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Prior to joining GW, Porter was an anchor and correspondent for NBC Radio, UPI Radio, AP Radio and USA Today. Her broadcasting career included assignments at the White House, on Capitol Hill and Wall Street.
Porter took a leave of absence from GW and served as vice president for communications and marketing at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon, from March 2006 through March 2007. At SOU, Porter managed all media interactions for the university and was the crisis communications adviser for senior leadership.