Meet the Staff

Jon Baldessari

Director, Student Affairs Program

(305) 284-8719
Jon is the inaugural director of the Veterans Resource Center, which includes overseeing all aspects of programs and initiatives for the academic and professional success of veteran and military-connected students. Additionally, he advises the Veteran Students Organization (VSO) and works with a representative advisory board to support veteran...

Student Staff

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Marisa Ewing


Marisa is currently a 2L at the UM School of Law where she is the Vice President of the Veteran Law Student Society, Vice President of the Disability Law Students Association, a member of the Honor Council, and a Student Ambassador. Originally from Massachusetts, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Boston University and earned a commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army. She served four years in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Adjutant General Officer and was accepted into the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) to attend law school as an Active-Duty Captain. Upon graduation and passing the bar exam in the spring of 2026, Marisa will serve as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer.

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Sofia Noonan

Student Assistant

Sofia is an undergraduate Student Assistant in the Veterans Resource Center in her second year on staff. Sofia is originally from Miami and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. She will be graduating from the University in the spring of 2026. She is currently working on her B.S.C. in Media Management at the School of Communications, with two minors in Business Law and Marine Policy. She is involved in the pre-law community, Student Government, and environmental awareness organizations at UM. Following her undergraduate career, she plans to continue her higher education and study law.