Meet the VRC Team

Wilfred Cotto
Wilfred Cotto joined BMCC in spring 2013 as the Student Life Specialist for Veterans Services in Student Affairs. Mr. Cotto comes to us most recently with experience from Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as a Program Specialist. He was the former Director of Veterans Affairs at the City University of New York. Mr. Cotto served on active duty in the U. S. Navy from July 1977 to September 2005. His last tour of duty was onboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as a Senior Enlisted Advisor and Retention Program Manager. During his career in the Navy he made several combat deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He holds his Master of Arts from Chapman University.

 

Matt Benefield
Matt Benefield is returning student veteran in his third semester at BMCC. He is a Computer Science major, member of Phi Theta Kappa and a peer mentor for the Veterans Resource Center. Matt was a parachute rigger in 3 Special Forces Group (Airborne) and was deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2002.

 

Gerri Connaught
Gerri Connaught is a graduate student social work intern for the Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE) Program at BMCC. In May 2013, she graduated from Brooklyn College with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. Gerri currently attends the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where she will be receiving her Master of Social Work in May 2015.

 

Daryl Griffin
Daryl Griffin graduated from BMCC in 2013 with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at John Jay. While at BMCC he served as president of the student veteran club and was a peer mentor for veterans. Daryl has a strong commitment to helping veterans and understands the challenges faced. Daryl served in the Marines from 2004-2008 and was deployed twice to Iraq.

 

Adam Hudson
Adam Hudson is in his second semester at BMCC majoring in Liberal Arts with a focus on History and Political Science. As a peer mentor in the Veterans Resource Center, he is committed to helping returning soldiers integrate into civilian and college life. He served in Air Defense Artillery units in the Army from 2008-2012, being deployed to the United Arab Emirates and South Korea.

 

Rosalie Knecht
Rosalie Knecht is a graduate social work intern with the Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE) at BMCC. She has a BA from Oberlin College and is now a first year Master of Social Work student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

 

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