Veterans Resource Center Staff 

Our mission

The Veterans Resource Center at California State University, Fullerton provides comprehensive services to military-connected students that support personal, academic, and professional success.

Our Core Values

  • Strengths-Based
  • Student-Centered
  • Purpose
  • Inclusion
  • Engagement (encourage connection that leads to engagement)
  • Community

Our Promise

"Our department is ready to support you, the student, in all facets in your time here at Cal State Fullerton. We provide assistance from the moment you first contact our office, as you move through your educational experience and as you start preparing to graduate. We are here for your success!"

- Lui Amador

Lui Amador

Lui Amador | Director

Lui Amador began his tenure at CSUF in May 2014; prior to his arrivat at CSUF, he was the Associate Director fo Student Life at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he oversa the development and coordination of their Veterans Student Programs office. A Veteran of United States Marine Corps, Mr. Amador is currently in his second year of the Ed. D. program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Long Beach.

Catherine ward

Catherine Ward, M.S. | Assistant Director

Catherine Ward has been at CSUF serving veterans for 7 years. In her role as the Assistant Director, Ms. Ward is a CSUF alumna and holds a Master's degree in Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Human Services. Ms. Ward serves as the onsite personal and mental health counselor for military affiliated students at the VRC, is a Human Services part-time lecturer, and in her second year of the University of Southern California's Ed. D. Program in Educational Leadership.

Fun Fact: Catherine enjoys reading on her free time.

Melissa Romo

Melissa J. Romo | Programs & Services Coordinator

Melissa graduated from CSUF with a B.A. in Communications and minor in Human Services. She started working with veterans as an intern and upon graduating she transitioned into a professional role at the VRC. Melissa now serves as the Programs and Services Coordinator and is currently pursing her Master's of Social Work at the University of Southern California.


Fun Fact: Melissa's leisure activities fall within the creative arts and gladly shares her graphic design skills to the VRC.

Shannen Allado

Shannen Allado | Certification Coordinator

Shannen graduated from UC Irvine with her B.A. in Public Health Policy with minors in Education and Asian American Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Shannen served the student veteran population as a VA Work Study student where she found her passion working with veterans. After graduation, Shannen transitioned into her career as the Certifying Official at Cal State Long Beach. Shannen is currently pursuing her Master's of Higher Education here at Cal State Fullerton.

Fun Fact: Shannen loves to collect Disney Tsum Tsums.

Shannen Allado

Malofou Sagiao | Educational Access Coordinator

Upon completion of his service in the NAVY, Malo enrolled at Cypress Community College where he and other students started the first Veterans Resource Center.  He recieved his A.A. in Human Services at Cypress and transferred to CSUF where he received his B.A. in Human Services. Malo is currently pursuing his Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Military Families at the University of Southern California. He has worked with the military- connected population for 13 years, working with Department of Veteran Affairs, Orange County VET Center and Cypress College Veterans Resource Center.

Fun Fact: Malo is one of 12 children in a family of 14. He has 8 sisters, 3 brothers, mom and dad and is of Samoan and Hawaiian heritage.

Tabatha Maddox

Tabatha Maddox | Administrative Support Assistant

Tabatha served active duty in the U.S. Army as Military Police and was stationed in Fort Campbell, KY. Native to North Carolina she decided to attend school in California. Tabatha gained admission to CSUF through the President Scholars Program where she served as the Veteran’s Affair Student Coordinator. She has been in California for about 5 years and since has earned a B.S. in Human Services while working with Graduate Studies for almost three years.


Fun Fact: Tabatha avidly enjoys daydreaming and reading books.