MVP Program Specialists
Donald Lane, who goes by Donny, was born in North Little Rock Arkansas and then grew up in Newton Falls Ohio. In 2012, he enlisted into the Marines and trained as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter. His first duty station was in Okinawa, Japan for two years and then he traveled to the Philippines twice and also to Australia. After those two years in Japan, he was sent to MCAS Cherry point North Carolina until he was discharged in 2016. Currently, he is a sophomore at TTU for his Bachelors in Media Strategies in hopes to open his own business with his family. In his free time he bowls recreationally, enjoys lifting, cycling, distance running, and taking his dog to the lake and for runs as often as possible.
James was raised in the small town of Baird, TX, just outside Abilene. He joined the US Navy in 2006 as a Nuclear Electricians Mate. After 2 years of job specific training, he was assigned to the USS Key West (SSN-722), a Los Angeles class attack submarine stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI and Piti, Guam. There he served the majority of his 9-year naval career as a member of the engineering department, charged with the operation and maintenance of the on-board nuclear power plant. He participated in deployment during the Global War on Terror to the Pacific theater and local military operations in the Hawaiian Islands, including Pacific Rim joint exercises coordinated with many countries' militaries. He left the Navy in 2014, and is currently enrolled at TTU in pursuit of a BS in Physics.
In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and ultimate, skydiving, sci/fi and fantasy, gaming, and learning guitar.
Paige Johnson was born in Amarillo, Texas and was raised in Waynesville, Missouri having lived in multiple states including Oklahoma, California, and Arizona. She is a freshmen Biology major with a focus in nursing. Her father is serving his 15th year in the Marine Corps out of Arizona. Paige graduated out of Yuma, Arizona in 2018 in which she played softball, basketball, and threw shotput. In her free time she reads, does CrossFit, and watches college football.
Russell Gallegos was born in San Antonio, Tx where we would soon start a life full of frequent adventure. His dad being an active duty Army, brought him around to world alongside his mother and two siblings. During his youth, he has moved eight different times to places as far as Heidelberg, Germany to Seattle, Washington. Russell graduated from Vicenza High School in Vicenza, Italy in June of 2018 and is now working on a Biochemistry Degree from Texas Tech. In his spare time, Russell enjoys hiking, snowboarding in the winter and playing soccer with friends. Growing up a dependent alongside his father has given him a great understanding for veterans as well as a pleasure to work for and alongside them!
Monica Stinson is a transfer student from Nashville, TN studying Elementary Education focusing in Special Education. She calls Nashville home, however moved all over the world alongside her four siblings to include Georgia, Kentucky, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas and Germany. Her father served for 24 years in the U.S. Army, and her family currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up as a dependent she gained the skills to adapt quickly and enjoys continuing to help those who serve. After graduating, Monica hopes to relocate to Nashville and eventually be a SPED teacher in DoDEA. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
Matthew Knight was raised in Texarkana, TX (not Arkansas). Before his time in service he owned and operated a nutrition store for five years. Later, he served 3 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman from 2015 – 2018. He was assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Hood. During this time, he deployed to Afghanistan for 9 months during Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Matthew is now a junior student-veteran at Texas Tech University. He is currently majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Arabic. Matthew is dedicated to easing the transition to school for veterans and their dependents.
Angela Contreras is currently a junior at Texas Tech University, where she is a Public Relations major with a minor in Military Studies. Angela also serves in the US Army Reserves as a 25B (Information Technology Specialist) with the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion. Not only is she in the service herself, but her father served 15 years in the United States Navy, and served in Desert Storm 1. A few years after she was born in the beautiful city of San Diego, California, her father got out of the military, and her parents decided to make the return to the great state of Texas (smart move!). Angela graduated from Sabinal High School with a small class of 39 students in Sabinal, Texas, located 60 miles west of San Antonio and less than 30 miles from the Frio River. A small town girl with big city dreams, she hopes to find herself working somewhere out of state in a Public Affairs position for the US military/ government after graduating college and commissioning as an officer in the US Army. In her free time, Angela enjoys reading, being out in the sun, and enjoying a Fuzzy's margarita.
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." -Martin Luther King Jr.