Meet the Staff

Roman Ortega Jr.

Roman Ortega Jr
Executive Director

Lewis University has created the Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment as part of a continued effort to holistically support veterans and their families. The Office 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 18 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel leads the charge along with his sizeable team.

“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 office 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 then President Brother James Gaffney, FSC.

Ortega, who earned an MBA from Lewis University in 2013, brings an extensive knowledge of military service and higher education to the office. For four years, he served as the Director of Military Science for Lewis University and Olivet Nazarene University. The U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel has combat arms and military intelligence experience, including multiple overseas tours ranging from Iraq to China. He currently serves as a Commander at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Most recently he was named President and CEO of Student Veterans of America-Illinois. The mission of SVA-IL is to rally, equip, and empower the 35,000 student veterans and student veteran organizations throughout Illinois. For his efforts, he became a finalist for the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award with the Executives’ Club of Chicago. This award recognizes an individual or company for outstanding contributions to the Chicagoland community in areas such as the environment, education, veterans’ initiatives, workforce development, or governance.

Scott M. Inskeep
Scott M. Inskeep

Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs & Recruitment

As the first point of contact for incoming students and the Leader of the Military Education Resource Center his duties and responsibilities include assisting military connected students with education benefits, community outreach, liaison to flight billing and operations for Veteran flight students, and processing and certifying student veterans and military connected students to receive federal benefit credit from the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense education programs.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Utah University in 2018, and is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Professional Communication. He relocated to Illinois in 2019 with his family from Cedar City, Utah. He is an invaluable asset to the Office of Veterans Affairs. Scott served with the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and has been assigned to Camp Pendleton, CA. and Portsmouth, VA. duty stations.

More than 500 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 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

More information about the Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment is available at or (815) 836-5428.

School Certifying Official

Cesar Ceron
Cesar is responsible for the coordination and processing of all Military related education benefits. Cesar served with the Army National Guard and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Illinois University in 2006. You can contact Cesar directly for any questions/concerns about using your Military Education Benefits at 815-834-6451 or via email

Graduate Assistant

Rosendo Garcia Jr.
As an Army Veteran and current Air National Guard member Rosendo is experienced and familiar with the G.I. Bill and its recipients. Rosendo is responsible for coordinating all assignments and objectives set forth by the Assistant Director to the student interns. Rosendo 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.  Rosendo earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University in 2022. He now attends Lewis University Aviation and Transportation Master program.

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.