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Meet the people of the Veterans Resource Center

Micaela Black, M.Ed., CRC, QRC, LMHC
VetSuccess on Campus Coordinator

Micaela is a counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She works on campus at RIC to assist student Veterans in pursuing all areas of their academic and career goals. Micaela provides guidance and support with VA education benefits and strives to ensure that Veterans (or their family members) understand the process. She can also link Veterans to other VA resources, including healthcare and benefits information. Additionally, Micaela can work with student Veterans to set up school support services. If you are a student Veteran, please consider checking in with Micaela to make sure you are aware of all the benefits and services you are entitled to utilize.

Neal Yeatman
Gunnery Sgt USMC Retired
RIC VA Work Study

Neal spent twenty-two years in the United States Marine Corps. His first tour was as an Air Traffic Controller while stationed at MCAS Tustin, California, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, which included a six month tour of Korea in support of Operation Team Spirit, and MCAS El Toro, California. Not satisfied with the challenges offered in the air traffic control field, Gysgt. Yeatman transferred to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, India Company, Weapons Platoon and retrained as a machine gunner and assumed duties as the Machinegun Section Leader for that unit. He held similar billets in 3rd Battalion 6th Marines and 3rd Battalion 8th Marines. Gysgt. Yeatman has taken part in combat operations in Central and South America as well as Africa and West Asia. Gysgt. Yeatman also did an eighteen month tour as a Combat Water Survival Instructor in NWTTC Naval Base in Coronado, California and three years as a Marine recruiter in the 1st Marine District Recruiting Command. Neal has been married to Diane M. Yeatman (Miller) of Cranston, Rhode Island for twenty-two years and they have two sons.

Scott D. Bjurman
Retired US Army
RIC VA Work Study

Scott spent a combined service time of 8 years in the military. Initially serving in Active Duty Army then transferring to serve full time in the National Guard. Scott started his military career in the aviation field where he worked as an Apache Helicopter Mechanic working on the Hell Fire Ballistic Missile System for the Longbow Apache (AH-64). Realizing he wanted to do more Scott switched his MOS to Infantry where he served as a Mountain Infantry Soldier in various parts of the globe. Upon returning, Scott became a Criminal Investigative Analyst alongside FBI, DEA, and RISP on a Counter Drug Task Force. Since his completion of service, Scott has enrolled in the Bachelors of Social Work Program here at Rhode Island College and plans on attending the Masters of Social Work Program. His goal is to work with veterans on a clinical basis at the VA.

Tina Federici
Masters of Social Work student
VRC Graduate Assistant

Tina Federici is currently pursuing a Masters degree in the field of Social Work here at Rhode Island College. She hopes to have a career working with Veterans at the VA. Tina’s passion to work with Veterans stems from a life long commitment to her husband, who is currently serving in United States Army National Guard. Tina brings to the VRC a first hand working knowledge of military benefits for dependents. She is very eager to help assist all Veterans and their dependents on campus to ensure a successful completion of their educational goals.​

Addison Bergmann
Former U.S. Army
RIC VA Work Study

Addison spent a little over 4 years in the United States Army. He served his time with the 82nd Airborne Division. He attended a year and half at Community College of Rhode Island then moved to Boise, Idaho and transferred to Boise State University. After almost 2 years in Idaho, he moved back to Rhode Island and is attending Rhode Island College majoring in Environmental Studies.

Jennifer Cifuentes
English Master’s Program
RIC VA Work Study

Jennifer spent a total of 8 ½ years in the Air Force serving both active duty and reserves as a Security Forces member. After working as a juvenile probation officer in San Diego, CA she decided quit and go back to school to earn her English degree. Jennifer is currently getting her masters degree in English while tutoring on the side aspiring to eventually teach writing in a college or university setting.


Page last updated: November 16, 2017