VSC Staff

Veterans Support Center Staff

Paul Morgan, Director, Veterans Support Center

An alumnus of the U, Paul is the son of a Sailor, brother to two Marines, and father of a Marine. He retired from the Marine Corps after serving more than 20 years in the enlisted and officer ranks. As a “CommO,” he served in multiple Communications and Information Systems billets, as well as other assignments such as Aide de Camp, Recruiting Operations Officer, Commanding Officer, and Leadership Instructor at the Marine Corps University. After retiring, he worked as a defense contractor, middle school Algebra teacher, and senior administrator at a small private university. Paul earned a B.S. in Psychology from the U, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership from James Madison University. Paul is married with three children and two big dogs.

Carmen Gold, Career Coach

Carmen is a Utah native who grew up in an Air Force family.  She graduated from the U with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education and a Master’s in Education, Leadership and Policy, with emphasis in student affairs. Carmen loves to be outside whenever she can. She enjoys hiking, camping, being with family and friends, cooking and playing soccer! She is a Career Coach who provides student veterans with assistance in employment and further education, including cover letters, resume reviews, career exploration, job searches, internships, and graduate schools.

Alan Heal, VA Benefits Counselor

Alan is a Utah native. He has a BS in Psychology from BYU and a MA from the University of Northern Colorado in Rehabilitation Counseling.  He is also a licensed rehabilitation counselor.  Alan is married and has four children.  His father was a Veteran of the US Army in WWII and he has a son currently serving in the US Navy.    He comes to us as part of the Vets Success on Campus program sponsored by VA.  He is available to provide guidance and support to student Veterans using VA educational benefits.

Aaron Ahern, VA Health Counselor

Aaron was born in northern California. Although his family moved quite a bit during his early years, in part due to his father’s service in the Navy, he grew up primarily in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. He speaks Spanish fluently and has had the opportunity to live in two Spanish speaking countries. He completed his master’s 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.  He enjoys exercise, playing soccer and basketball, both listening to and playing music, and reading.

VA Educational Benefit School Certifying Officers

The VSC also hosts the Registrar’s School Certifying Officers, who certify the enrollment and changes in enrollment for students eligible for VA educational benefits at the U.  They can be reached at vetservices@sa.utah.edu or 801-581-6945.