Our Dedicated and Experienced Team
Nathan D. Johnson - County Veterans Service Officer
Nathan currently serves as the Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer and the host of Veterans Voices a monthly live talk show featured on Contra Costa Television. His office assists Veterans and dependents in applying for federal and state Veteran’s benefits. His office is located at 10 Douglas Drive in Martinez. Nathan has been an adjunct faculty member at Golden Gate University since 2017. Nathan served in the Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst with 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton, CA. After September 11, 2001, Sergeant Nathan Johnson deployed to Pakistan with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines where he supported Operation Enduring Freedom, and again on January 17, 2003, where he crossed the border into Iraq with Regimental Combat Team 1 in combat operations to defeat the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Republican Guard, and the Saddam Fedayeen. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in August of 2003. Since his completion of duty in the Marine Corps, Nathan moved to the Bay Area and earned his BA in Communications at CSU Stanislaus and his MSW at UC Berkeley. And he has just begun pursuing his MBA at Golden Gate University. He is married and has two daughters, Olive and Violet.
Sidney "Bo" Jones - Veterans Service Manager
Bo was born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina by a military father and family who served in the Air Force. Bo also served in the Air Force as a Satellite Communications Technician Operator from March 1982 to November 1992. After discharge, he went to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Rating Specialist and Decision Review Officer from November 1992 to April 2012. Upon retirement from the VA, Bo joined Veterans Services as a Veterans Service Representative and is now the Branch Office Manager.
F. Michael "Hoff" Hoffschneider - Veterans Service Representative
Hoff is from Oakland, California and served in the U. S. Army from November 1966 to November 1969. He has a B. A. degree in Political Science from U. C. Berkeley and a Master of Public Administration from John F. Kennedy University. He retired as a Veterans Claims Examiner from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs in October, 2004 with 31 of service years. He has worked as a Veterans Service Representative with Contra Costa County Veterans Service since March, 2005.
Jill Martinez - Veterans Service Representative
Jill’s family has a long history of military service. Her Grandfather served in the Army in WWI, her father served in the Army in WWII, and other family members served in Korea and Viet Nam. Currently her son Brian is a LtCmdr in the Navy. Jill previously worked for social services as a clerk and eligibility worker. Jill started working in Veterans Service in October of 1986. She was the first female and non-Veteran to be a VSR. She retired from Contra Costa County in March of 2011 and continues as a volunteer VSR. We are very fortunate to still have her aboard.
Fred Schobert - Veterans Service Representative
Fred grew up in Lewisburg, PA, graduated from Mansfield State University and commissioned in the Navy as an officer of the unrestricted line (surface warfare). He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in September, 1994 and began working for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in December of that year. During this service he was a Decision Review Officer working on appeals, special interest cases, training and mentoring VSR’s and rating specialists until he retired in August, 2013. Fred is married to Teresita, they live in Pittsburg and have been blessed with two children, Fred and Sarah, who herself is a Navy Veteran.
Buck Carmichael - Veterans Service Representative
Buck joined the Veterans Service Office in October of 2016. His family has deep roots in the military service. Like his father, Buck served in the Marine Corps from 2001 through 2005. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004. His father was a Drill Sergeant during the Viet Nam War and his grandfathers were involved in the invasion & occupation of Europe during World War II. Buck resides in Brentwood with his wife and 2 children. Spending time with his family and golfing bring enjoyment to him.
Ben Yang - Veterans Service Representative
Ben joined the team in June of 2020 and has been helping veterans for quite a while. Before joining this team, Ben served as the Veterans Program Coordinator at SF State for over 5 years. Ben served in the US Navy on the CVN-75 from 02-05 as an AO. He and his wife live in Concord, CA, and have two wonderful boys. He is excited to be able to assist his fellow veterans obtain the benefits they so deserve within his own community! If you love fishing or golf, you may spot him out on the delta or at one of our local golf courses.
Carol Prell - Executive Secretary -
Carol joined Contra Costa County in April 2021 after working for Sentinels of Freedom. She grew up in Northern California’s foothills as a 5th generation Californian. Carol is a Blue Star mom, with a son who served as a Green Beret and is now in the National Guard, and is very active in the Blue Star Mom organization supporting active duty and veteran military members. In addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from San Francisco State University, she comes to our office with over 15 years of combined professional experience in human resources, program management, outreach, stakeholder engagement, and a long history of volunteer service.
Joshua Lang - Clerk Specialist
Josh joined the Veterans Service Office team in August 2015 and is the son of two Marine Corps Veterans. He was born at Balboa Naval Hospital and then moved to the East Bay after his parents discharged from the military. He is married and continues to reside in the Bay Area.
Ellena "Ellie" Pendleton - Clerk Experienced
Ellie joined the Veterans Service Office team in November 2021. She is married with two children and previously worked at Able Engineering and United Airlines.