Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment

Meet our Staff

Roman Ortega Jr.

Roman Ortega Jr

Lewis University has created the administrative department of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment as part of a continued effort to holistically support veterans and their families. The department will recruit veterans to Lewis, assist in their transition to academic studies, support them and work to retain veterans and their dependents. Roman Ortega Jr., who has served in the U.S. Army for more than 15 years and achieved the rank of Major, has been appointed Director of the new department.

“Lewis University has a long history of supporting our nation’s veterans through the Yellow Ribbon program and other support services. Roman Ortega Jr. will be a particularly fine leader for the new department that will be a valuable resource for veterans and their families as they transition from serving their country into academic life, obtain their education as Lewis students and make further contributions to society in their careers and as alumni,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC.

Ortega, who earned a MBA from Lewis University in 2013, brings an extensive knowledge of military service and higher education to the office. For the last four years, he served as the Director of Military Science for Lewis University and Olivet Nazarene University. The U.S. Army Major has combat arms and military intelligence experience, including a one-year combat tour as an infantry officer in Iraq. He currently serves as a Commander at Fort Sheridan, IL with the U.S. Army Reserve.

More than 553 Lewis University students are Active Duty military or veterans. Many of them participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program provides 100 percent of student tuition expenses, funded through Lewis University and the Department of Veteran Affairs. More information about the Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment is available at or 815-836-5339.

Marcu Perry

Marcus Perry
Assistant Director of Admission/Financial Aid Services & Veterans Certifying Official

He is an active supporter of the Office of Veterans Affairs. His duties and responsibilities include certifying student veterans to receive federal benefit credit from the VA, draft and administer financial aid packages for students, offer financial aid counseling to students, and coordinate financial aid options for students.

Marcus attended Benedictine University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008. He is an invaluable asset to the Office of Veterans Affairs. Marcus does not have a military service record, but he has dedicated himself to making education possible for many student veterans.

Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant is responsible for coordinating all assignments and objectives set forth by the supervisor to the student interns. The GA fulfills the role of general office manager and serves as the link between the supervisor and interns. The GA is also responsible for helping highlight Lewis University to Veterans, provide support services, work on retention initiatives, and assist in training workshops for Veterans, Faculty, and Staff at the University.

Work Study Intern
Federal work study interns are ROTC cadets and full time students on campus who work within the Office of Veterans Affairs as interns. They are real time students and officer candidates for the uniformed services.

Student Veteran Intern
VA interns are student veterans utilizing benefits from the VA who choose to aid their local VA office as a paid intern. They are full time students at Lewis who work among the office staff.