Brian.headshotBrian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator

Brian provides leadership in the Veterans Center, including recruiting students and identifying new ways that Vanguard can better serve the veteran population. He also serves as the  primary contact with elected officials and civic organizations.

Brian comes to Vanguard  University after a successful career as a Veteran, having served more than 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, most recently as the Operations Chief at Camp Pendleton.  Brian currently serves in the Men’s ministry at his Assemblies of God Church in San Marcos, California.

Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University. Brian’s strong relational skills and dedication to serve our Veterans will be a great asset as Vanguard continues to engage in the process of transforming the lives of our Veteran students.


Jose PortilloJose Portillo
Operations Specialist and VA School Certifying Official


Jose is Vanguard’s VA School Certifying Official. He is tasked with processing all documents and education benefits for Vanguard’s veteran population. He is eager to meet and counsel any veteran or current service member interested in using VA educational benefits. He has worked in higher education since 2011 with an emphasis in VA educational benefits. With experience and knowledge in student financial aid advising and repayment, he comes to Vanguard as a well-rounded administrator. Jose currently holds his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westwood College. He is committed to making Vanguard University a veteran friendly place. When not in the office you can find him hiking the Orange County and Los Angeles trails, reading, or watching movies.



Chris Kupitz
Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Counselor

Chris is not just an admissions counselor, but a Vanguard Alum (Psychology 13’), and an Army veteran. In his eight years of military service he completed two combat tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service in a combat environment. Since receiving his degree Chris has become passionate about helping prospective Professional Studies and Veteran students navigate the application and acceptance process to completing their own degree. When not in the office you can typically find Chris studying for his graduate degree, leading a Bible study, or playing soccer. If you are a veteran interested in learning more about what Vanguard has to offer please feel free to reach out to Chris at any time; he loves, and is energized by helping his fellow veterans find success in their own lives.




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