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Dr. Hilary Miller

Hilary MillerDirector, Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center (VMFC)
Contact: hilary.miller@mtsu.edu | 615-904-8347

Dr. Hilary Miller is an active member of the Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee State University communities. She attended Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University. Much of her professional career has centered on the idea of transition. Initially this inquiry concentrated on the transition from high school to college, but she now focuses primarily on student-veterans and the move from military to college.

As the Director of the VMFC, Dr. Miller works to ensure the five goals of the Center are being met. These goals include: 1) Promoting and facilitating enrollment at MTSU among veterans and their family members (Enroll); 2) Providing a comprehensive support structure to assist student‐veterans in their transition to college life and improve their persistence and completion rates (Encourage); 3) Developing MTSU and community partnerships to assist with career placement (Employ); 4) Providing training and educational opportunities to MTSU faculty, staff, and students on military and student‐veteran needs (Educate); and 5) Researching, validating, documenting, and disseminating best practices in student‐veteran higher education (Expand).

Please contact Dr. Miller if you have a question about the Veterans and Military Family Center or a concern that falls within the above goals.


Mr. Ray Howell

Ray HowellSchool Certifying Official
Contact: ray.howell@mtsu.edu | 615-898-2601

Mr. Howell’s primary job is to assist veterans in getting their GI Bill benefits started at MTSU.  However, he has many other duties such as monitoring the veterans’ classes, changes in majors/minors, adjusting student-veteran’s certified hours, terminating certifications, processing the Selective Service program, reporting tuition & fees (including flight lab fees) to the VA, conducting workshops for new/transfer veterans, and helping veterans with the Tuition Assistance Program.

Ray has either been in the Air Force or working with veterans most of his life. He is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 23 years, and almost 14 years at MTSU’s Veterans Affairs office.


Ms. Shannon Brown

Shannon BrownTechnical Clerk
Contact: Shannon.brown@mtsu.edu | 615-898-5040

Ms. Brown assists the School Certifying Official in certifying the enrollment of MTSU’s student-veterans with the VA so these student will receive their educational benefits.  This involves reporting tuition and fees for qualified students (including flight lab information).  She ensures the VA is kept up-to-date on items such as students’ hours of enrollment, programs being pursued, and any changes that may occur during the semester.  Shannon also assists in conducting CUSTOMS orientation for new and transfer student-veterans.

Shannon spent 4 years in the US Army in the Signal Corps, to include Desert Shield and Storm.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from MTSU, and worked at the VA hospital in Murfreesboro as a work-study student, as well as the VA Regional Office in Nashville processing disability claims.


Mrs. Heather A. Conrad

Heather ConradCounselor, VetSuccess on Campus
Contact: heather.conrad@mtsu.edu | Heather.CONRAD@va.gov | 615-898-2974

Ms. Heather Conrad has been working with veterans in a professional capacity since 1994.  She was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia.  She attended West Virginia University (WVU) where she graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.  Her undergraduate degrees are in Community Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Heather has committed her career to working with veterans and their families.  She has been employed with Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) since early 1997.  Most recently she has managed and directed VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) at Middle Tennessee State University.  MTSU was the first school in the state of TN (04/02/2012) and the 12th nationally to partner with the VA to adopt this program.  Today, there are now 96 VSOC counselors across the country.  The mission of VSOC is to ensure veteran success through supportive services, benefits counseling, vocational training, and outreach.

Heather loves her work and the gratification of being able to assist veterans and their family members in becoming successful in this phase of their lives.  Heather was awarded the “VetSuccess on Campus Counselor of the Year” award in 2014.  MTSU was instrumental in providing Heather the necessary support she needed to be nationally recognized as VSOC of the year.  Heather is married and has two wonderful sons, Will Conrad (age 15), and Ethan Conrad (age 13).  She enjoys outdoor sports, working out and spending time with her family and friends.


Ms. Betty Struzick

VA - Clinical Social WorkerB.Struzick-Headshot
Contact: Betty.Struzick@va.gov | 615-898-2540

Ms. Betty Struzick has been providing therapy services to individuals and families for over 40 years. Having a licensed clinical social worker from the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System available at the Veterans and Military Families Center demonstrates the commitment that both the VA and MTSU have to providing campus-based access to services that meet the needs of student veterans.  Whether the student veteran needs just to talk over a troubling situation or needs more in depth help with personal or family issues, Ms. Struzick is available to assist.  She is pleased to be a part of the team at the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center.

Betty was born in Tennessee and is happy to be returning to her home state to begin the next phase of her career working with the men and women student veterans at MTSU.  She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alabama (UA) and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB).  She has worked in medical and mental health positions at UAB, UA, and Auburn University.  She chose to apply for her current position with the VA because she wanted specifically to work with the men and women who chose to serve their country through their military service.
 

Many of Betty’s professional experiences have been in programs that were the first of their kind.  She finds being a part of a team with creative new ideas to be both challenging and gratifying.  Her door is open and if there are ways you think she can help or programs that you believe might be useful please let her know.  Your unique experiences as veterans make you the most qualified to make suggestions of things that might assist you and your family to make your time at MTSU successful and rewarding.


Mrs. Kathy Creel

MTSU Career AdvisorCreel Headshot
Contact: Kathy.Creel@mtsu.edu | 615-494-7862 | KUC 328

Ms. Kathy Creel started at MTSU as a full-time student in January 2012 as a single mother after a 17-year hiatus from college.  In August 2012, she connected with the Career Development Center and accepted a Peer Career Advisor position.  She got married and tripled her family size the following May!  Then in December 2013 she graduated with a degree in Business Education: Training and Development concentration, and graduated again in December 2015 with her MBA after serving as a graduate assistant to the Career Development Center.  She considers career counseling a personal calling, and was appointed as a permanent staff Career Advisor in April 2016.

Kathy has a special interest in coaching veterans who are re-careering.  “It is my honor and duty to faithfully assist the men and women who chose service to our country as their vocation.  This is the least I can do.”  When she is not on campus, Kathy spends most of her time as a wife to Tim and mother of three teenage boys, two rescue dogs, a cat she adores, and another cat she simply tolerates. 


Mr. Scott Hurt

Asst. Director of Admissions
Contact: Scott.Hurt@mtsu.edu | 615-898-2457 | MT One Stop

Mr. Hurt has worked at Middle Tennessee State University since 2001 and started as a recruiter in southern middle Tennessee. His role in Admissions changed over the years and he began assisting students seeking in-state classification, evaluating military transcripts, and supervising student workers. In 2015, Scott transitioned from Admissions to the MT One Stop. In addition to conducting military transcript evaluations, he assists veterans seeking in-state tuition through Section 702 of The Choice Act. He also guides non-veteran students through the in-state classification process.

Mr. Hurt graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He was an active member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, serving as Worthy Master during his senior year. He is originally from Wartrace, Tennessee and enjoys soccer, vacationing in Las Vegas, and drawing. Scott’s dad is a Vietnam veteran, his grandfather was a veteran of World War II, and his great aunt worked in a military air plane facility, repairing and preparing planes for missions during World War II.

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