We Are Not Invisible

There are roughly two million women veterans, making up ten percent of the veteran population and growing.
Yet they continue to face significant barriers and challenges in accessing health care and other services, while experiencing a lack of recognition. The I Am Not Invisible (IANI) project, developed in Oregon, aims to increase awareness and dialogue about women veterans, and open viewers’ eyes to the myriad contributions, needs, and experiences of women who have served in the military. In support of Women’s History Month 2019, this IANI exhibit celebrates and honors women Veterans who are still serving their community in Northern Nevada.

Michelle Grover  |  Deborah Gentry  |  Juanita Collins

Marlene Merck  |  Kari Erica Pastor  |  Francis Daronche

Michelle Milam  |  Marcey Logsden  |  Kristina Thuemler  |  Brenda Horton


Mr. Gene Russell serves as the primary photographer for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He is responsible for photographing the Secretary’s significant events as well as documenting leadership activities for a variety of uses. His accomplishments as a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) photographer include serving former VA Secretaries Robert McDonald, Dr. David Shulkin and the current VA Secretary, The Honorable Robert Wilkie. Acting Deputy Secretary Scott Blackburn, gave Mr. Russell the moniker of being “customer service obsessed.”

Mr. Russell honored Veterans in 71 cities, 49 states, as the principal photographer for the “I Am Not Invisible” (IANI) campaign. His photographs of more than 2800 Women Veterans involved with the campaign were transmitted to a national audience. He was also honored for his customer service as well as best portrait and best of show for works created at the VA 2019 Medical Media Art Contest.

He provides unparalleled support to the Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnership, by providing outstanding photographic support. His photographs from the 2018 Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Summit and VA’s partnership with Sanford Health, promoted the VA mission to a global audience of millions.

Prior to his service at VA, Mr. Russell owned portrait studios in Houston, Texas, and Northern Nevada. Mr. Russell served honorably with the 3rd Infantry Division in Wildflecken, Germany, and is a service-connected disabled U.S. Army Veteran.

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) at Great Basin College is comprised of a dedicated team of veterans who are committed to supporting academic excellence for our service-connected families.  At the Veterans Resource Center, we value and appreciate military service members, whether you are active duty, a veteran or a dependent of a veteran we can assist with navigating the world of college academics while providing support and resources. 

The staff of the VRC includes Jennifer Koopman, a United States Coast Guard Veteran, Coordinator and Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official (SCO) who serves as a liaison and advisor for GBC students using the GI Bill®  John Green, Assistant Coordinator is a Marine Corps Veteran who serves as an advisor and helps make the most of your education benefits by providing a single point of contact.  Jennifer and John are Certified Nevada Veterans Advocates, SafeTALK Certified along with numerous other certifications and trainings to ensure support and resource connection as needed. 

Additionally, the VRC is host to the Veterans Work-Study Program that employees Veteran students to work in the VRC while maintaining the scheduling flexibility needed to be successful in school.  The heart of the VRC is further witnessed in the volunteering of retired Veterans throughout the week who bring wisdom, support and camaraderie to all who enter. VRC is a safe and encouraging environment for study and socializing. With COVID pandemic restrictions, the daily bustle into the VRC has changed, but it has not affected the commitment to our U.S. military service-connected family. We are in office Monday through Friday 8-5pm and can be reached at 775-753-2310 or GBC. VRC@gbcnv.edu

Call us we can discuss all that GBC has to offer military connected students from Bootcamp Credits to student life – Battle Born Veterans Club or the numerous community events and fundraisers the VRC is a part of: Warrior in the Canyon, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner, Financial Planning Workshop (conjunction with Wells Fargo Bank) and the Veterans Writers Workshop held during Cowboy Poetry. 

All of us at the Veterans Resource Center and Great Basin College are here for you to grow, learn and be successful regardless of challenges of our current day. Visit www.gbcnv.edu and look for the Veterans Resource Center tab.

**GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Great Basin College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, or genetic information in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For inquiries, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (775) 753-2184 or gbctitleix@gbcnv.edu.