Fa'a Taupa'u, Director, Veterans Support Center
Fa'a was born in Western Samoa and raised in Hawaii. He has served more than 23 years in the enlisted and officer ranks of the United States Army. As a Field Artillery Officer, he served in multiple assignments such as Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer, Company Commander, Brigade and Battalion Fire Support Officer, and Deputy Mission Crew Commander. Fa'a is currently serving in the Army Reserves as the Brigade Fire Support Officer and has been working at the U since 2018, starting as the Associate Director of Dining Management. Fa'a earned a BS in Criminal Justice from Southern Utah University and an MA in Management and Leadership from Webster University. When not in the office, Fa'a enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and two dogs.
Angela Brink, Office Manager
Angela, the daughter of a WWII veteran, was born in Virginia and raised in Michigan. She moved to Utah with her son to begin working at the U with the National Center for Veterans Studies in 2019 and joined the VSC team in 2020. As a non-traditional student, Angela earned a BS in Business Administration - Management from Emory & Henry College and an MBA in Management and Leadership from Milligan College. She brings with her many years of administrative experience within the academic arena with faculty, staff, and students which also includes experience working with veterans as well as active duty military. Angela is an action movie connoisseur who also enjoys traditional board games, cooking, and singing (in her car and karaoke).
Brittany Lambert, Program Coordinator
Brittany was raised in Minnesota and moved to Utah in 2013 after serving as a Persian/Dari Linguist in the Airforce. A U alum, Brittany earned her undergraduate degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and History as well as her Master of International Affairs & Global Enterprise degree right here at home. Brittany loves living in Utah, especially the mountains and the people. She thoroughly enjoys spending time with her awesome kids and amazing partner outside in the mountains and inside playing games and watching movies.
Jason Carter, VA Benefits Counselor
Jason is a Utah native. He has a BS in Psychology along with a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Utah State University. He was worked for the VA for more than 12 years as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, and joins us as part of the Vets Success on Campus program sponsored by the VA. He started out working in Colorado Springs, CO and returned to Utah in 2013. Jason is married and has four children.
Brett Gaffney, Career Coach
Originally from Houston, TX, Brett graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with her BA in English and holds a MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University. She works as a Career Coach for the U's Career and Professional Development Center and the VSC. Off campus she can be found watching horror movies, making art, and exploring the mountains with her family and their enthusiastic puggle, Ava.
Aaron Ahern, VA Health Counselor
Aaron was born in northern California, and although his family moved quite a bit due to his father's service in the Navy, he grew up primarily in Virginia Beach, VA. He attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish, which he speaks fluently. He completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Utah State University. He has experience working in a wide variety of clinical settings including the VA hospital. He is excited to serve veterans at the U by providing counseling and facilitating access to VA health programs, including the VITAL program at the VSC. He enjoys exercise, playing soccer and basketball, listening to and playing music, and reading.
VA Educational Benefit School Certifying Officers
The VSC also hosts the School Certifying Officers (SCO) from the Office of the Registrar. They certify enrollment and changes in enrollment for students eligible for and utilizing VA educational benefits at the U.