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September 2022 Co-Team Leader of the Month: Jim Desmond, Mt. San Jacinto College

Mt. San Jacinto Co-Team Leader of the month, Jim Desmond

From Terry Russell, Veterans Resource Center Director, Santa Ana College: “Jim Desmond takes ownership of our Summer Bridge Program here at the Veteran Resource Center at Mt. San Jacinto College. Jim works hand-in-hand with the Peer Advisors and coaches them on the best practices when it comes to building a working relationship with the new incoming veteran-student population. Jim’s personal approach to building rapport with his Peer Advisors sets the tone for what is expected of these new Peer Advisors. Jim’s leadership by example is the key to success here at MSJC.”

From Jim Desmond, Co-Team Leader: “Our team of Peer Advisors and Team Leaders have spent countless hours helping each other, fellow veterans, and their dependents. Day in and day out, we are all here to answer the call and provide our brothers and sisters with the resources they need to succeed. Our combined leadership skills, experiences, and ability to solve problems is what makes our team unique and capable of accomplishing the mission. I remember the feeling of being a new student who had just separated from the military and so I can relate to others in the same position. It was overwhelming to adjust and make that commitment. Now, I feel a sense of fulfillment when given the opportunity to give back and make a difference.”