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Damon Vine

Director of Veteran Services

Damon M. Vine is a United States Navy Veteran of eight years. During his service, Damon deployed to the Persian Gulf on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with Naval Special Warfare Group II. After his service, Damon enrolled at Tidewater Community College (TCC) and began working in the Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) as a work-study. Soon after that, he was hired on as an instructor for the Communications Connectivity Technology Academy (CCTA) under the Military Contracts Program within the CMVE. He was then appointed as the Program Coordinator and managed four high visibility programs within the CMVE's Military Contract Programs Office. While working at the CMVE, Damon was admitted to Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA., where he majored in History with a minor in Latin.

Currently, Damon serves as the Director of Veterans Services at the University of Denver. He oversees the complete Veteran experience, from matriculation through alumni relations. He also serves as the Staff Advisor to the Student Veterans Association, and supervises the VA work study program. Damon is also heavily involved in the Colorado veteran community.  Since 2016, he's served as the Treasurer for the Colorado Advisory Council on Military Education.  This role allows him to both serve fellow Veterans at DU and have a state-wide impact on student-veteran achievement.

Jamie PlacensiaJamie Placensia

Product Manager

Jamie holds a B.A. in Spanish from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and an M.S. in Information & Communications Technology from the University of Denver. He enlisted as an Operations Specialist in the Navy from 2006-2012. He started his enlistment by commissioning the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) in 2007 out of Norfolk, VA. He also served on the USS Nassau (LHA 4) and participated in exercise Phoenix Express in Rota, Spain in 2007. He then transferred to San Diego mid-way through his enlistment and was stationed on USS Pinckney (DDG 91) for two Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments in 2009 and 2011 with the Nimitz & Stennis Strike Groups.

Jamie specializes in drafting student-veteran initiatives in support of DU Impact 2025.  His work involves designing DU's GI Bill web application, constructing GI Bill-affiliated proposals for DU's strategic purposes, and re-designing the university's GI Bill intake process to rely on automation and ease of access to ensure an optimal experience for both student-veterans and the staff that supports them.

Veteran support specialists

Sam Hickey

Sam Hickey

Sam is an eight year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Throughout his tour of duty, he served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion-8th Marine Regiment-2nd Marine Division. He has also deployed to Sicily, Burundi, Senegal, and Norway in support of various global contingency operations. Sam started his college career while serving on active duty through American Military University.

Sam is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Denver and plans to graduate in 2020. Upon graduation, Sam hopes to continue education by pursuing an M.S.in Forensic Psychology at DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.


Jacob MolnarJacob Molnar

Jake is a four year veteran of the United States Marine Corps serving from 2013-2017. During his service, Jake served with 3rd Battalion-2nd Marines as an 0311 and has deployed to Korea, Mongolia, and Cuba in support of various international operations. Following his service, Jake initially enrolled at Western Michigan University for the 2017-18 school year and transferred to the University of Denver the following year. Jake is currently pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences and plans to graduate in 2021. After graduating, Jake hopes to continue his education by pursuing an M.D. at the Uniformed Services University of Health.