Veteran Peer Advisers
Analisa Smith (USN)
I graduated from Kirby High School in Memphis, TN in 2002. I served 5 years of active duty from 2006 to 2011 as a Hospital Corpsman. I was stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton for my enlistment and gained experience in post partum and post anesthesia settings. I’m working towards transferring to a 4-year college so that I can ultimately get a degree in nursing.
Mina Martinez-Rivera (U.S. Army & National Guard)
My name is Mina, I am from Oaxaca Mexico, but I was raised in the Golden State(California) in the city of Oceanside. I joined the Army , two years after graduating from El Camino High School. I served four years active duty and three years with the California National Guard. I have been attending MiraCosta for two and a half years now. I plan to get my degree in Forensic Science for Criminology. I like helping out my fellow Vet's, if you have any questions, I look forward in helping you.
Tom Sudnick (USN)
Hello, my name is Tom Sudnick. I am originally from Massachusetts where I graduated high school in June 2004 and went off and enlisted into the Navy a month later. I served in the Navy for four years active duty and four years reserves. After the Navy I attended MiraCosta College for two years where I received associates in Criminology and Justice Studies. I transferred to Cal State San Marcos where I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. I plan on using this degree to obtain a job as a Massachusetts State Trooper or Probation Officer. I love working with Veterans, so if you have questions come on by the Veteran Information Center and I would be glad to help you.
Carlos Rivera (USMC)
My name is Carlos Rivera and I graduated from El Camino High School in 2002. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps from 2003-2007 with two combat deployments in an infantry unit. I’m a current student at MiraCosta College and a Veteran Peer Adviser at the Veterans Information Center. Some of my hobbies include camping, hiking, helping fellow vets with the application process and spending as much time as I can with my wife and two year old daughter. Close to base, family, and this great school I couldn’t ask for anything else.