Student Council

The Purpose of the SVA Student Council shall be to provide non-binding advice, recommendations, and guidance to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Student Veterans of America. Advice, recommendations, and guidance may pertain to strategic direction, technology, standards, infrastructure, administration, legislative policy or other matters deemed to be relevant to the overall mission of SVA in an advisory capacity only. Click here to view the Student Council Charter in .pdf form. Below are the current members of SVA's Student Council, who were nominated and confirmed by majority vote at the 2014 National Conference. They listed in alphabetical order according to last name.


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Abby Kinch served in the United States Air Force as an Airborne Chinese Cryptologic Linguist stationed at Offutt AFB, NE with the 97th IS. After separating from the Air Force, she worked in supply chain logistics, dealing directly with factories in China, and obtained her Associate degree from Tallahassee Community College...Read more about Abby Kinch
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Chris Hinds served in the United States Army stationed at Ft. Riley from 2007-2010 as a 19-D Calvary Scout, and completed his service with the Iowa National Guard from 2010-2013. He served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008-2009 with the 1st Infantry Division, 2 Heavy Brigade Combat Team,1- 63 Combined Arms Battalion...Read more about Chris Hinds
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John Schiffer served on active in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 to 2012. He worked primarily as a radio operator and completed deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and on board ship while with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit...Read more John Schiffer

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Michael Stack served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1997-2007, where he completed 4 deployments with the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and the USS McCampbell (DDG-85). Upon receiving an honorable discharge as an IT1(SW), he moved to Iraq where he worked as an IT contractor for 2 years...Read more about Michael Stack


To learn more about what it takes to become a student council member, check out our nomination page