Veteran Services Staff

The staff of the Veteran's Services Office are here to serve your needs as a veteran, and as a student. Here are some facts about our staff to help you get to know us better!

A picture of Michael Rutledge, Northern Michigan University's Coordinator of Veteran Services

Michael Rutledge:  The Coordinator

Michael Rutledge retired from the U.S. Army in 2004 as a Master Sergeant after 22 years of service; he began his second career in education teaching high school first in Taylor, MI, and then Traverse City MI, where he was also an adjunct at Northwestern Michigan College.   He holds undergraduate degrees in military history and history with teaching credentials from Cameron University and Eastern Michigan University, respectively, and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University in history and the humanities; he is currently a candidate for his second masters (completing his capstone project) at Northern Michigan University in Higher Education Student Administration.  He is currently the coordinator of Student Veteran Services at NMU.




A picture of Welles, Michael Rutledge's Service Dog.  Welles is a black Labrador Retriever.


Welles:  The Companion

Welles is Mike's Service Dog.  He is often seen accompanying Mike around campus and is always available for a friendly petting.  Stop by the office and say hello to him anytime you like!







A picture of Traci Dietz, a work study student in the Veteran Services Office.


Traci Dietz:  Work Study Student

Hometown:  Negaunee, Michigan
Major:  Bachelor of Fine Arts
Groups and Organizations:  Student Veterans of America
Best Advice for Incoming Students:  Try to stay as organized as possible, and submit your required documents in a timely manner.   





A picture of Chantel LaBlonde, a work study student in the Veteran Services Office.


Chantel LaBlonde:  Work Study Student

Hometown:  Scottsdale, Arizona
Major:  Bachelor of Behavior Analysis
Groups and Organizations:  Alpha Gamma Delta, Superior Edge
Best Advise for Incoming Students:  Be involved on campus, it makes the college experience much more enjoyable!