Meet the Staff

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Director

David Merson    617.287.5874

David S. Merson joined the program in March 2016 bringing a wealth of program management experience, deep familiarity with Veterans issues and experience which intersects high education and career development. A US Navy Veteran, David holds a law degree from Cornell Law School, BA from Brown University in History & Biomedical Ethics, and has completed his graduate coursework in a Masters in Counseling from Rhode Island College.

Arriving from Suffolk University's Office of Professional & Career Development, David has also worked at Northeastern University as an Instructor and Advisor, at Rhode Island College's Veterans Resource Center as well as the Rhode Island Board of high Education as a Coordinator for Veterans Affairs.

As a practicing Attorney, David was a Partner in a two immigration law firms for over 10 years and also worked for the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service in Boston as a Trial Attorney. Prior to that, he served as a Navy Judge Advocate on active duty for 3 years and 2 years as a reserve attorney.  He completed his service having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Summer Instructor

Gabriel Sanchez    617.287.5873

Gabriel joined the program in October of 2015.  He is an Army veteran, serving in Fort Leavenworth, KS.  After his discharge, he went on to work at a community college as a Veterans Representative while graduating from Bunker Hill Community College and UMass Boston with a BA in Philosophy.  He is currently working on a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling with licensure and specializes in college advising and veterans education benefits.