Oregon Tech Veterans Association (OVA)

OVA Officers

Tyler Pinson, OVA Director

B.S. Civil Engineering

US Air Force 2009-Present


Tyler (23) was born on Ellsworth Air Base located in South Dakota. He joined the Air National Guard in 2009 as a Munitions Inspector. He is currently still in the Air Force Guard as a Senior Airman (E-4) and still finds time to attend Oregon Tech as a full time student.

tyler military

He is currently in his Junior year as a student in the B.S. Civil Engineering program. Along with getting his B.S., Tyler is also working towards a minor in resource management.

Tyler is the current Director after serving as the Public Relations Officer during his sophomore year but started off as the campus representative. He is dedicated to serving the OVA and the veterans of Klamath Falls because of what the military has offered him.

nigelNigel Bliss, OVA Assistant Director

B.S. Electrical Engineering, 
M.S. Renewable Energy Engineering

US Marine Corps 2010-Present


Nigel (26) was born in Eugene, OR and joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 2010 as a Generator Mechanic. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and is still serving in the USMCR as a Sergeant (E-5).

Nigel is finishing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and taking graduate courses in Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Tech and specializing in power distribution. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and has been involved in the OVA for over a year.


amber1Amber Duguay, OVA Events Coordinator 

B.S. Biology – Health Science

US Army 2004 – 2007



Amber (28) was born in San Pedro, California. She joined the Army as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist. Shortly after boot camp, Amber was sent to Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina & Rita search and recovery of the deceased.

Amber is a full-time, wife, mother, student and the secretary of the Health Science Club at OIT. She is currently in her junior year as a student in the Biology – Health Science major at Oregon Tech.


OVA Treasurer (Vacant)