President: Jonathan Bohannon
Born and raised in Houston Texas, I always had a desire to help others. In 2006, I decided to take a leap of faith and enlisted in the Army as a Combat Medic. I deployed to Iraq in 2007 and to Afghanistan in 2011 where I was able to obtain my Combat Medical Badge. After returning, I struggled with PTSD and decided to not re-enlist. I was honorably discharged in August 2012, and right away enrolled at Houston Community College. I obtained my Associates Degree and after, decided to pursue a degree in Psychology. In August 2015, I enrolled at University of Houston where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I am currently a graduate student at Houston Baptist University and will continue to obtain my PhD. My call to serve has expanded to other veterans who are struggling after being discharged. I have been married to my beautiful wife Enereyda for 9 years and have 3 handsome boys, Jonathan Jr. (9), Jason (5), and Jadon (2).
Vice President: Jose Betancourt
I was in the Army for 8 years with a deployment to Afghanistan with 1-6 field artillery regiment, 1st infantry division out of Fort Knox, Kentucky from 2010-2011. After returning home, I decided to enroll in college in 2015. I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Business Management and was part of the original founders of the Husky Veterans Association. In 2017, I decided to take a business trip to Afghanistan and provide assistance through my experience and knowledge. After returning from my trip, I am completing my degree and continue to serve with HVA. As a veteran organization, I believe that we must foster an environment to welcome and guide veterans and families alike, through their academic and spiritual journey at Houston Baptist University. As the Vice President of HVA, I strive to provide and nurture our environment to help with the needs of our veterans and their families.
Chaplain: Cody Harrington
I am a native of Louisiana and moved to Rosenberg, TX during the summer of 2018. After graduating high school, I joined the United States Army in 2005 and served 7 years as a route clearance mechanic 4/25th BSTB combat engineer company in Fort Richardson, AK. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of OIF and OEF operations during my enlistment. Finishing my service, I reached out to ManTech International recruiters and got hired as a FSR maintaining route clearance equipment. After 3 years of contracting, operations in Afghanistan minimized and I came back to the States to pursue further opportunities. My life culminated the week I was discharged from the U.S. Army when I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then immediately enrolled in Liberty University to pursue a degree in Christianity. My greatest passion is sharing Christ with others and teaching Christians how to become transformed by the renewing power of the gospel. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and desire to attain a Master of Divinity from HBU. My interests include discipleship, singing in the choir, playing sports, being a great husband and father, and fulfilling the Great Commission.
Treasurer: Robert Miller
I was born and raised in Cadillac, Michigan where most of my time while growing up was spent in the woods hunting, fishing, and camping. In 2008 I dropped out of high school (big mistake) and after realizing how far off track I had gotten I received my GED and joined the Army as an infantryman in January of 2010, where I was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. I deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November of 2010 then PCS’d to Fort Hood, Texas with 1st Cavalry Divison. After five years I separated from the Army, and after a little difficulty adjusting back to the real world, I enrolled into Houston Community College where I received my Associates degree in Government. I am currently enrolled here at Houston Baptist University as a legal studies major and hope to go on to law school in 2020. My ultimate goal is to help other veterans realize their full potential, shatter stereotypes concerning veterans, and assist as many vets as I can with navigating the VA’s complex system.
Sergeant at Arms: Ivan Aguirre
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the States with my family when I was twelve. I served ten years in the United States Army and it was my proud honor to serve my country. I am happily married to my beautiful wife and I am a father to four great grown kids. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and soul and being a soldier in his Army is even a greater honor. I am a graduate student at HBU going for my Masters of Divinity and my goal is to preach the uncompromised Word of God for His glory and his kingdom. I look forward to being of service in any way possible and pray that our students’ experiences at HBU are blessed and full of learning.
Secretary: Bradley Lopez
I was born in Provo, Utah, the 4th of 5 kids. My family later moved to Texas where we lived in several different areas, some of which were really hard to live in. I became the first in my family to go into the military when I joined the United States Navy, and was medically discharged after a year and a half. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. Because my older brother graduated from HBU, I am considered a legacy student here. I enjoy helping those coming home from the military to get in school and to meet new people.