PAVE Program

Peer Advisors for Veterans Education (PAVE) is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans on college campuses with student veterans who are trained as Peer Advisor who can help them navigate college life, address challenges they may face, refer them to appropriate resources on and off campus, and provide ongoing college support. 

UIW was selected as one of 18 schools in the nation to join the PAVE program in Fall 2020.

Meet the PAVE Team

Phillip Rangel headshot photoPhillip J. Rangel

Pave Team Leader

Phillip is a retired Air Force veteran. He is currently a student at the University of Incarnate Word, in the Ph.D. program, studying Organizational Leadership and Adult Education. Two-time graduate of UIW having earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice/minor Sociology in 2017 and M.S. Organizational Development and Leadership in 2018. His last ten years in the USAF, he was assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Inspector General (NORAD/USNORTHCOM). Phillip is on the UIW Alumni Association Board, and a member of UIW Student Veterans America (SVA).

Jessica Ledlow PAVE peer memberJessica Ledlow

Peer Advisor

Jessica Ledlow is a MSgt in the United States Air Force for the past ten years. She is an Independent Duty Medical Technician and has been deployed once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a combat medic with the Army and once to Honduras. Jessica completed her masters degree in Healthcare Administration and now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration here at UIW. 

Omar Ozuna PAVE photoOmar Ozuna

Peer Advisor

Omar is a retired Navy veteran. He joined the military in 1994 and retired in July 2019, with over 25 years of service. During his active duty, he deployed to several countries, serving in various capacities. His tours in the U.S. primarily consisted of leadership roles overseeing regional recruiting efforts. Omar is currently pursuing a BA in Organizational Development from UIW, with an expected graduation date of December 2020. After this, he plans on pursuing an MBA. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and exercising.

Jeff Neal headshot imageJeff Neal

Peer Advisor

Jeff is a retired USAF veteran with 24 years of service. He is a survivor of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Jeff is on the UIW Alumni Board and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at UIW. He is also an Arkansas native who enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and two boys.

Daniel Forney PAVE peer memberDaniel Forney

Peer Advisor

Daniel is a native of San Antonio and an Army veteran. He joined the Army as a Cavalry Scout following in the footsteps of his grandfather and was retired in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and is currently pursuing his Master of Education in Student Services. He hopes to make a lifelong career of helping veterans. Aside from being a Peer Advisor, Daniel volunteers in the local community and is currently the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Chapter at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Robert Greener headshot photoRobert Greener

Peer Advisor

Robert Greener is a prior enlisted Captain in the United States Army with twenty years of service. He has served in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and on Active Duty. He is a Physician Assistant and has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and various humanitarian missions to include Haiti. Robert has a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies and is in the Ph.D in Education program at UIW studying Organizational Leadership.