About Us

School Certifying Officials (SCOs)

School Certifying Officials (SCO) are Seattle University staff.  Are the liaisons between Seattle University and the VA.  They make sure students appropriately certified to receive their VA educational benefits.  The SCO’s receive regular training and updates from the VA and are advocates for their students.  If you have questions about your benefits or need assistance please contact the SCO’s at va@seattleu.edu

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Gabriella Santos

Student Financial Services Counselor
Veterans Certifying Official

Phone: 206-296-5879

Building/Room: USVC 105

Gabriella Santos works in Student Financial Services as a Financial Aid Counselor.  She is one of the VA SCO’s on campus and works primarily with Student Veterans and Student Athletes.  Growing up in the Seattle area, Gabby completed her undergraduate work at Washington State University, before working in the baseball industry.  Eventually finding her way back to Seattle; she began working at Seattle University in March 2006.  She received her Master in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University.  She feels truly blessed to assist our students as they work toward their academic and career goals.

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Kristina Kelyn

Financial Aid Counselor
Veterans Certifying Official

Phone: (206) 296-5833

Building/Room: USVC 105

Kristina Kelyn is a Financial Aid Counselor and Veteran’s School Certifying Official who joined Seattle University in 2015. Ms. Kelyn has worked in financial aid since 2002, both in Southern California and Washington State. As a financial aid counselor, she assists students and families in the financial aid process. She earned her BA in Psychology from Western Washington University, and her MA in Public Policy from the University of Washington, Bothell campus. Her favorite aspect of her job is to help students achieve their academic goals.

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Jenna Sanders

Athletic & Veterans Certifying Official

Phone: (206) 296-5871

Building/Room: USVC 103

Jenna Sanders is the Veteran and Athletics Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar and Operations. She has lived in the Seattle area her whole life, growing up in Redmond on the Eastside and living in Seattle since moving for her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. With a B.A. in Economics and Law, Societies & Justice, she worked as a paralegal until she returned to the world of higher education at Seattle University in November 2016. She thoroughly enjoys working with Seattle U’s veteran and student-athlete populations to help them achieve their goals at the University and beyond. Go Redhawks!