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Professional headshot of Jayetta Rodgers.Jayetta Rogers, Director of Student Veteran Strategic Initiatives

“As a Tennessee native, I have enjoyed working with students at the University of Tennessee for over 20 years. Working with our military students and their families is very rewarding, and our office staff is committed to embodying the true volunteer spirit in serving those who have served.”

CliftonStrengths: Context, Consistency, Belief, Empathy, Responsibility

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Professional headshot of Thomas Cruise.Thomas R. Cruise, Program Director

“As a former student veteran, I understand the experiences of our veteran population. It is an honor and privilege to serve this community and aid in their success at UT. We were volunteers then, volunteers now, and volunteers forever.”

CliftonStrengths: Strategic, Individualization, Adaptability, Maximizer, Futuristic

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Professional headshot of Vickie Clark.Vickie Clark, Coordinator

“I started working with veterans when I was younger than most of them and came to have the utmost respect for their integrity and service to our country.  I find this job to be the most rewarding and “feel-good” job I have ever had.

CliftonStrengths: Developer, Includer, Responsibility, Harmony, Woo

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Professional headshot of Kianna Zolkiewicz.Kianna Zolkiewicz, Veterans Academic Coach

Kianna’s motto that she lives life by is: “Impossible is in the dictionary of fools”; if you set the right intention, you can accomplish anything.

CliftonStrengths: Relator, Empathy, Responsibility, Learner, Woo

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James Angel, VA Benefits Coordinator

“The transition from the military to college was a challenge for me. I use what I learned in that challenge to help guide veterans to success.”

CliftonStrengths: Context, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, Includer

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