Veterans & Military Personnel

Meet Your Veteran Resource Center Staff

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Angie Louden | Ronald Pettigrew | Michael Hendrickson | Cory Booher | Sarah Kitch

Angie Louden - Program Assistant

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Angie Louden has been a long-term resident of Macomb. Outside of a short term in Vermont, she lives near the campus with her four children and husband, also a WIU graduate both completing her High School and WIU Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration here. Since coming to the Veteran Resources Center, she has been instrumental in assisting hundreds of Active Duty, Reservists, and Veteran students, along with their families; having served the longest of any of the current staff in the center, she is our institutional memory. In addition to working at VRC, she has previously worked in multiple other offices on campus such as the Centennial Honors College, Student Activities, Athletics, and Educational Studies. She enjoys skiing, biking and being outdoors with her family, and has been able to travel to China, Jamaica, and Canada.

Cory Booher - VA Work Study Student

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Cory Booher is a Junior majoring in Engineering Technology. He graduated from Quincy High School and is a bonafide military personnel. Cory is a Marine Corps Veteran who has a solid track record of being in mentoring, supervising, and management roles during his service in the military. Cory’s goal at the Center is to give back to the military affiliated students that serve and connect Veteran students with resources that will benefit them both in their academic and life journey. He aims to be a helpful administrator to effectively navigate the bureaucratic process military students go through when securing all the benefits that are due them. Cory is a native of Quincy, Illinois and has lived in various countries throughout his service in the military.

Michael Hendrickson - VA Work Study Student

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Michael Hendrickson is a Junior majoring in Agriculture Science. A Macomb, Illinois Native, Army Veteran and father of 5, who graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. Entering the military upon graduation, Michael had a successful 15-year military career in Military Intelligence Collection. A combat disabled veteran, Michael has served two tours of combat in Iraq with the EH-60 Platoon, A Co. 3rd Bn, 24th Aviation Regt from Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah Ga. As a work study employee of the veteran’s resource center Michael works to help veterans transition from the military to their educational careers by ensuring that they get the benefits they deserve and are entitled to.

Ronald Pettigrew - Center Director

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As Director, working within the Student Services Department, in collaboration with other University departments and community organizations, Ronald Pettigrew leads the Center in coordinating Western Illinois University services and resources in one centralized location to ensure all Veterans and service members are afforded the greatest opportunities for success.

Ronald also continues to serve in the Reserves as a military chaplain, with over thirty years of military experience. As a Chaplain and military officer, he has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, Near East and Pacific with multiple deployments and tours in combat or direct support of those serving in combat. From his military training and experiences, he is a certified trainer in Combat Operation Stress Control, Family Wellness and Critical Incident Stress Debriefings.

Ron previously served for close to ten years as an Academic Advisor at Western Illinois University within the General Studies Degree Program within the School of Global Education and Outreach, previously known as the School of Distance Learning and Outreach. Ron also worked as a Resident Hall Advisor and Director at previous universities he attended and served as a Graduate Advisor in the Multicultural Center and Provost's Office for the First Year Experience and also as a Peer Mentor Coordinator at Western.

Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California (1987), Master of Divinity in Urban Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois (1996), and Master of Science from Western Illinois University in College Student Personnel (2009).

In higher education and military arenas, he has taught or co-taught courses in Effective Communication, Career Development, Theology, African American Studies, Research, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Urban Ministry, Intercultural and College Student Personnel courses.

Ronald has immense passion for military affiliated students and all things related to the military for that matter. You will find him going the extra mile assisting students, and nothing frustrates him more than military students not fully taking advantage of the resources that are due them. He is a dedicated Reservist, Center Director, father, chaplain, mentor, son, and friend to the people around him. His signature question when he picks up the phone is "How can I be a blessing to you?".

Sarah Kitch - Office Manager

photo of Sarah Kitch Sarah Kitch has lived in the area her whole life and currently resides in Colchester with her two sons. She has worked in several offices across campus and is excited to bring her knowledge to the Veterans Resource Center. Sarah hopes to contribute to the success of all students that visit the VRC. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her boys.