VMSS Staff

Joshua Salois

Program Specialist/School Certifying Official

Joshua has been serving students at Shoreline since 2017, starting as a VA work study in the Veterans' Resource Center, and moving to positions in Student Accessibility Services and the Counseling Center before landing back in VMSS. As a Shoreline AA-DTA graduate, he successfully went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Washington. Joshua is also a US Army/Washington Army National Guard veteran, driven to foster an environment where military-connected students can not only succeed, but thrive. Hobbies include tinkering with old computers, drawing, retro video games, and tabletop RPGs.

Fernando Sanchez

Intake Specialist

Fernando is glad to be at VMSS after spending 23 years working in property management in Seattle. He served as an infantryman in the US Army and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while serving at Fort Lewis. He comes from a family of firemen with a generational tradition of service, and learned early on the value of fellowship and helping others. Fernando was raised in Santo Domingo and came of age in New York City and spent a year living in Europe and loved every minute of it. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Seattle University and is a professional actor. He enjoys spending time with family, working out, traveling with his girlfriend, live jazz and playing music.

Rosemary Whiteside

Military Advisor

Rosemary serves as the Academic Advisor for military-connected students at Shoreline. Rosemary has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to a US Navy veteran (retired) and currently has one daughter serving in the US Navy and one daughter in college. When she’s not at work, Rosemary enjoys hiking, camping, photography, reading, and listening to live music. Rosemary is a Got Your 6 Ally and looks forward to helping you take your next steps at Shoreline!

Derek Levy

Dean of Student Support & Success

As the Dean of Student Support & Success, Derek is responsible for strategic direction and daily operations for Student Support Programs, including Veterans Programs, Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Assessment and Testing Center, Tutoring Services, and the Community Employment Program (CEP). Derek earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Master of Arts in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. A son of a Korean War veteran, Derek is passionate about supporting military connected students and has had the opportunity to open Veteran Centers at two previous schools. Derek and his wife have three boys and numerous pets. He is also active each spring and summer as a Little League umpire.


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