Meet the Military & Veteran Services Team

The University of New Haven has staff that are dedicated to supporting our student veterans to assist them in their transition to campus and college life, help them navigate the admissions process, and navigate the VA benefits process.

Danielle Desjardins

Danielle Desjardins, M.A.

Veterans Representative and Coordinator for Transfer & Veteran Student Success
I work closely with all prospective and current service members from the time of recruitment until graduation. With our student veterans, I support them through the admissions process, applying for their VA benefits, acclimating to college life, and preparing for life after graduation. Additionally, I serve as the supervisor for our VA Work Study program and the liaison for the ROTC programs.

Maxcy Hall - 210D
(203) 931-2909
DDesjardins@newhaven.edu

John Casarella

John Casarella, Ph.D.

University Certifying Official
I ensure that all of the necessary VA documentation has been received and processed so that educational benefits are processed in an accurate and timely fashion. I also work closely with the VA to stay current on any policy changes that will impact our military/veteran students.

Registrar’s Office, One Stop — Bergami Hall
(203) 932-7388
JCasarella@newhaven.edu

VA Work Study

On-campus employment opportunity for military/veteran students and dependents/spouses. Students who participate in this program provide support to the Military & Veteran Services Team and serve as University representatives of the student veteran community.



Dave Garcia

Dave Garcia

USAF
I’m Dave and a Senior Electrical Engineering student. I’m on my tenth year as an Active Duty Air Force SOF Aircraft Technician. I started with the VA workstudy program in 2017 and look forward to helping veterans get excited about their life as a student. We have tons of exciting initiatives coming soon and can’t wait to bring the community together.



Beneda Litchmore

Beneda Litchmore

USN
I'm Beneda and I welcome you with open arms! I served as a Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman in the Navy for eleven years! I am now a Senior in the Health Science program, Student Ambassador for the school of Health Science as well as one of the Veteran Liaison for VA work-study! Initially attending school was scary for me as I had to learn to integrate back into college/civilian life. But, once the rubber met the road I jumped full on in and I am more involved than ever! It is so easy to get involved, meet people or so do nothing at all! There's something for everyone so you’re never alone. Don’t worry about being older than the rest of the students- our oldest student is 65!



Ryan Noonan

Ryan Noonan

USMC
My name is Ryan and I am a Marine Corps veteran here at the University of New Haven. I served 4 years as a Diesel Mechanic, Combat Marksmanship Coach, and Regimental Color Sergeant. 2019 will be my first year in the VA Workstudy Program and I look forward to helping veterans navigate through campus life and with university processes.



Military Veterans of the University of New Haven

A recognized chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization, the organization holds weekly meetings addressing military/veteran issues and planning University events and community outreach.