Director of the Veterans Center, Central Washington University
Ruben Cardenas was born and raised in the Yakima Valley (Grandview), WA. He enlisted in the Washington Army National Guard in 2004 and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008-2009. He attended Eastern Washington University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Shortly after completing his degree, he moved to Ellensburg, WA and in 2012 he started a career at Central Washington University within the Veterans Center. Currently, he is the Director of the Veterans Center and is also pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Craft Brewing. He believes in lifelong learning and that a person’s values can help them get through adverse situations. He’s an introvert living in an extroverted society, but finds comfort in spending time with his cat, Griffey. Smoking meat is a new passion that he finds intriguing and he’s working to improve his skills for family gatherings.