University of Minnesota
The UMN-TC Gopher Battalion Staff is comprised of a highly dedicated team of current and former US Army Officers and NCOs, both past and present, and could not run as effectively as it does without the strong dedication from its top-notch administrative and support staff members.

Gopher Battalion Faculty & Staff

The UMN-TC Gopher Battalion Staff is comprised of a highly dedicated team of current and former US Army Officers and NCOs, both past and present, and could not run as effectively as it does without the strong dedication from its top-notch administrative and support staff members.

MAJ Melissa Hoaglin

Professor of Military Science

MAJ Melissa L. Hoaglin enlisted in the Army’s Signal Corps in 2000. She then commissioned into the Adjutant General Corps as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Campbell University ROTC in 2005, where she also received her BA in Accounting. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Human Resources from Webster University. MAJ Hoaglin has completed multiple deployments and most recently served as the J1 director of the Joint Interagency Task Force in Washington, DC. She currently resides in Woodbury, MN with her family.

MAJ Chad Leitzke

Executive Officer

MAJ Chad Leitzke enlisted in the Army in 2003 as a Counterintelligence Agent (97B). After two years of being an enlisted Soldier he completed Officer Candidate School and commissioned in 2006 as a Military Intelligence Second Lieutenant. MAJ Leitzke holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Point Loma Nazarene. His previous assignments include USARE EUCOM JAC BN S3 as well as BN XO. MAJ Leitzke resides in Woodbury, MN with his wife and 2 sons.

MSG Troy Hill

Commandant of Cadets

MSG Hill is originally from Rhinelander, WI. He enlisted in the Army in 1999 as a 19K Armored Crewman (Tanker). His assignments include Hohenfels and Vilseck, Germany, and Fort Benning. His deployments include two tours to Iraq and an Operational deployment to Israel, Jordan and Palestine. MSG Hill comes to the program from Fort Hood, TX where his duty titles included First Sergeant of Berserker Company. He is married (Ashley) and has an 8 year old daughter (Abigail).

CPT Andrew Addis

Assistant Professor of Military Science/Operations Officer

CPT Addis enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard in 2002 as a 15R, Apache Crew Chief. CPT Addis received a BS in History from Lander University in South Carolina. He commissioned in 2010 as an Adjutant General Officer branch detailed Armor. He has deployed to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. CPT Addis comes from Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Division G1 Plans and Operations Officer. He currently resides in Maple Grove with his wife Kendra.

CPT Matthew Cordell

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Cordell is originally from Marvin, SD and is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Sioux Tribe. He received a BS in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He commissioned in 2010 as a Transportation Corps Officer. He has deployed once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, twice in support of Operation Spartan Shield, and once in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. CPT Cordell comes from Fort Riley, KS where he served as a Maintenance Company Commander. He currently resides in Champlin, MN with his wife Naneva, and son's Declan and Mark.

SFC Travis Baldridge

Training and Operations NCO

SFC Travis Baldridge joined active duty in 2006, trained at Fort Benning, Georgia and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 3/187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He has served with the 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas and has performed duties as a Drill Sergeant in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He recently served with the 1/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

SFC Baldridge has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Cameroon in support of our nation. He currently resides in Otsego, MN with his wife and two children.

SFC John Wilson

Military Science Instructor

SSG Wilson enlisted into the military in March 2002, he is a 31B Military Police. He has served as the Combined Arms Center Operations NCO at Fort Leavenworth, a Protective Service Agent in the CENTCOM AOR, a road patrol supervisor, Squad Leader in Schofield Barracks, and Provost Sergeant in Fort Gordon. SSG Wilson was deployed for 22 months in Iraq in support of Enduring Freedom. SSG Wilson is originally from Montana, he is married and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

MR. Alberto DeJesus-Gonzalez

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Alberto (DJ) DeJesús came to the Department of Military Science from the University of Minnesota Air Force ROTC where he was the Executive Officer & Admin Assistant. He has served in every Light Infantry duty position from Riflemen through Platoon Sergeant. He was previously the SMI at UW-LaCrosse. DJ also served in many positions for the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion. He has participated in 3 combat deployments. Mr. DeJesús and his family reside in Bloomington, MN. 

CPT Brook Vance

Minnesota National Guard Liaison/Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Brook Vance joined the AZ ARNG in 2012 and commissioned in February 2013 as a Quartermaster officer. CPT Vance has served as a Forward Support Company (FSC) Distribution Platoon Leader, Maintenance Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. She has also served as the Aide de Camp to the 34th Infantry Division Maneuver General. CPT Vance has a BA in nternational Business and Spanish and is currently working on her MBA. In addition to being an APMS, she is also the National Guard Liaison.

Shanna Young

Human Resources Administrator

Shanna is a native of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and lived in many cities throughout her childhood thanks to her parents, who both served in the Army. She joined the Army Reserve in 2002 and went Active Duty in 2003. In 2005 Shanna began working at the University of Minnesota as a Government Civilian, providing personnel administration for cadre and managing the contracting and commissioning of cadets.

John (JJ) Joyner

Principle Accounts Specialist

Mr. Joyner, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, entered the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1969. Throughout his career he held numerous supply positions before retiring as SFC after 30 years of service. He has been making sure our Gopher Battalion cadets are properly outfitted and our cadre well-equipped since 1999. Mr. Joyner has two daughters, Jenny and Heather, and two grandchildren.

Ms. Maggie Marchesani

Administrative Specialist

A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Maggie completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business in 2009 and her Master’s in Human Resource Development in 2013. She joined the AROTC team in 2013 as a University employee.