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Military & Veterans Services Bios

photoJay Favuzzi (Military & Veterans Services Manager)

Jay is the Manager of the Military & Veteran Services Dept. here at Columbus State. He is an Army Veteran of multiple overseas combat deployments and a current member of The U.S. Army Reserves. He earned a BA in History from The State University of New York at Potsdam and an MBA from Park University. He is also a graduate of The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, The U.S. Army Military Police School and U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He also holds a Masters Certificate in Stability, Security & Development in Complex Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School. Jay served four years with the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and later worked at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Leadership for four years prior to joining the Columbus State team. Jay is an avid high performance boater and enjoys coaching youth hockey in his free time. Jay is also a member of the National Association of 10th Mountain Division (LI), Disabled American Veterans (Capital City Chapter 3) and The European Paratroopers Association.

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."

— Ronald Reagan


photoNichole Lyday (Military & Veterans Advisor)

Nichole is the Military and Veterans Advisor here at Columbus State. She has been active in Higher Education for over eight years. Prior to Columbus State, Nichole worked at Franklin University as a School Certifying Official and Academic Advisor. She attended Saint Francis University on a volleyball scholarship and earned her BS in Sociology/Criminal Justice. Nichole spends most of her time following her three kids around to their sporting events.



photoJames Elliott (Military & Veterans Advisor)

James was previously employed in Financial Aid office at Columbus State for over ten years first serving as a Financial Aid Advisor and Veteran Certifying Official. Previously he Counseled children and families at CMACAO Head Start, Alcohol & Drug Counseling at Focus Health, Net Care, House of Hope, and Stevens House for troubled Teens. James also worked as a Foster Care Case Manager for Phoenix Human Services. He served as an Intake Coordinator for The Private industry Council where he assisted the unemployed and low income individual to return to college. James was also a Barrier Intervention Specialist./Job Developer for Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical schools. He worked as an Advocate for Clintonville Community Resource Center, working with the homeless. He worked in Long Beach California as an Emergency Response Recovery Advocate redirecting drunk drivers in the court system, also in Long Beach he served as an Animal Control Officer. James worked as an Independent Engineering Draftsman for Nuclear Reactors. James received his Associate of Science at Columbus State Community College, went on to complete his Bachelor of Science at Capital University and has his MSM from Ohio Dominican University. James started the first Male involvement initiative to promote male participation in their children’s lives. He was a member of Mayor Coleman’s mentor program. He was the first representative on the Long Beach Martin Luther King Parade Committee. James is the First successful Open –Heart patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and listed in The Centennial years of Children’s Hospital written by Mary McGary. James also ran in the 1984 Olympic relays in Los Angeles, and is a professional Drummer.

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