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.



VU-Staff-12-093Shenise Hollis
Financial Aid Compliance Officer and VA Certifying Official


Shenise is Vanguard’s V.A. Primary Certifying Official. She processes all paperwork for students receiving V.A. Education Benefits, offers one-on-one benefits counseling/advising. Shenise completed her BA in Communication Studies from Vanguard University and is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Counseling Program at the University of Redlands. She is passionate working with this population to help them achieve their goals. In her spare time, Shenise enjoys playing board games, reading, and watching movies.



Mia headshotMia Grajeda
Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Counselor, Veteran Student Population


Mia tracks and follows up with prospective Professional Studies and Veteran students through the application process and is responsible for student recruitment at college fairs and corporate events.  Mia also interviews and guides students through the steps necessary to starting the Professional Studies program by performing comprehensive education counseling and providing transcript evaluations. Mia has earned her BA degree in Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California.



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