Meet Our Team
Debra Crosby, M.A.
Debra provides leadership and oversight to the MVP department. Debra is the liaison between the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the state's approving agency-the Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Tech University.
Debra has over 32 years of experience in the collegiate setting, 25 of which are in veterans' education. She has served as President on the board of the Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran Program Officials (TACVPO). She currently serves as 2nd Vice President on the board of the Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (WAVES). She is a founding member and serves as the Vice President of the Military & Veterans National Alumni Chapter. Her educational background includes an Associate of Arts from South Plains College, a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University.
Debra enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jordan, their bird, Baretta and cat, Ivy. She loves to watch movies and Texas Tech football. She is honored to serve those who keep America safe and free!
Bernice Flett has been a dedicated TTU employee since 1994. She currently serves as Assistant Director in the Military and Veterans Programs Department. Ms. Flett can assist with Federal and State of Texas educational benefits. Bernice's father served 21 years in the Air Force. She has personal experience in transition issues and can relate to veterans and their family members transitioning to civilian life.
Ms. Flett is involved in leadership, community partnerships and mentors others. Bernice is currently serving as Past President of the Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran Program Officials. She served on the TACVPO Board as 1st Vice President 2013 – 2016. TACVPO was created over 40 years ago to help educate staff members at educational institutions across the state of Texas who provide assistance to veterans and their family members that are using Veterans Benefits from the state of Texas or the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Ms. Flett is a Charter member of the Texas Tech Military & Veterans National Alumni Chapter. Texas Tech has a tradition as a military and veteran-friendly campus and has gained national recognition for providing a campus-wide support system for those who have served and their families. This alumni chapter encourages an ongoing Red Raider connection for our military and veteran graduates as they go on to future success. Bernice has personally and professional mentors friends and colleagues.
Ms. Flett's personal life is full of exciting activities. She has been a registered licensed massage therapist since 2003 specializing in Swedish massage, Hot Stone Therapy, and Deep Tissue massage. She has clocked over 300 hours of massage instruction and is currently pursuing training in additional massage modalities and interests. Bernice is an Ordained Minster by Universal Life Church Monastery. Bernice lives a life of intention. She focuses on positive thinking & actions. Academically, Bernice plans to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science in University Studies concentrating in Human Development & Family Studies, Organizational Leadership and Sociology at Texas Tech University.
Luke Stone, B.A.
Luke Stone served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 2009 to 2014.
His first duty station was the Marine Corps School of Infantry, where he served as
a Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor for the Infantry Training Battalion and
the Scout/Sniper Program. He was then transferred to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a
Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, where he was the Petty Officer in Charge of
the Emergency Medical Response Team and a member of the Medical Training Team. He
also cross-decked to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to assist with a deployment to the
Persian Gulf during that time. He has a BA in Archaeology with a minor in History
from Texas A&M University, where he also worked at the Nautical Archaeology Research
and Conservation Laboratory helping to conserve the remains of 17th and 18th century
Luke is a proud West Texan and is thrilled to join the MVP team. He is dedicated to helping any veteran, or family member, utilize their benefits and time at Tech to their maximum potential.
In his spare time Luke enjoys being with his wife Rebekah (an Alumna of Texas Tech), daughter Etta, and son Beckett. He is an avid student of history (especially nautical history), which he plans to pursue a doctorate in at Tech. His dream is to one day be a professor of history here on campus.
Brian Conkin, B.B.A.
My name is Brian Conkin. I grew up and went to school in Springlake-Earth, Texas. I have a Bachelor from Texas Tech in Marketing, and I am currently working on a double major to include Management. My goal is to attain my Masters through the Rawls College of Business MBA for Working Professionals Program. I served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2014 in the medical field. I have a five-year-old daughter named Hannah, and we both attend Trinity Church. I officiate football and basketball part-time, and, in my free time, I volunteer at the Trinity Outreach Center and enjoy watching the four major sports. I look forward to helping veterans and their families understand their federal and state educational benefits.
Graciela Guerra, B.B.A.
Graciela Guerra is excited to join the Texas Tech MVP Team! Military service members and their families have a special place in her heart because she has experienced first-hand the hardships military families must endure. While supporting her husband during his 28 year military career & 13 military moves under her belt, she had the privilege of working with various military organizations throughout the U.S.A., Germany, & Spain.
In 1998, Mrs. Guerra received a Bachelor's of Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. In 2003, she was awarded the Shield of Sparta-Heroine of the Infantry Award and in 2017, she was conferred with the Yellow Rose of Texas Award.
With 25 years of experience as a military spouse, she knows that a military career is about service and sacrifice! Therefore, Graciela is proud to assist Veterans and their families to understand their federal and state educational benefits.
In her spare time, Graciela enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, listening to music & travelling.
Ikaika (Kai) Iuta, B.A.
Senior Business Assistant
Ikaika Iuta was born and raised in the state of Hawaii. After graduating in 2007, he attended Menlo College in Atherton, CA where he played football. After a year at Menlo College, he moved back home to Hawaii where he attended community college in Maui and the Big Island. In 2010, Ikaika joined the United States Army as a Motor Transport Operator (88M). He was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA where he was assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He was deployed for one year to Kandahar, Afghanistan, attached to the 10th Mountain Division and 82nd Airborne Division. Ikaika separated from the Army in 2014 where he continued his education at Green River Community College. He graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in December 2014.He then moved to Texas to attend Texas Tech University. Ikaika graduated from Texas Tech University in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.