The Office of Veterans Services is located in Mandeville Hall, Room 206D.

Meet Our Staff

Ralph Galati

Ralph Galati received his Bachelor of Science degree froralph-galati-201x284m Saint Joseph’s University in 1970 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. As a member of the Air Force ROTC, he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, President of the Arnold Air Society, and recipient of the Saint Joseph’s University Dean’s Award.

Ralph attended USAF Flight Training in 1970, and received his Wings in 1971. He was a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, and was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand in the fall of 1971. On February 16, 1972 he and his pilot were shot-down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi. He spent the next 14 months as a Prisoner of War. Ralph was repatriated on March 28, 1973.

Ralph’s military awards include:

  • The Silver Star
  • The Bronze Star with Valor w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster
  • The Air Medal w/4 OLC
  • The Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC
  • The Purple Heart w/1 OLC

Ralph was hired by IBM in 1979, and retired in 2007 after 28 years of service. After his retirement from IBM, Ralph was employed by SAP Americas Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA.

Ralph has also served as a University Adjunct Faculty member from 1982 to 2013 and as the Veterans Liaison for Delaware County, PA from 2011-2013.

As Director of Veterans Services, Ralph is coordinating campus-wide programs for veterans, spouses, dependents and survivors. The office has also designed two Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans who want to start their own business.

Ralph can be reached at 610-660-3263 or rgalati@sju.edu.

Kevin Gelzhiser

Kevin is a resident of Broomall, PA.  He received his BA from Eastern University in 2001; an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002; a MLITT from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2006; and his PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva in Switzerland in 2016.Kevin Gelzhiser Photo

Kevin has worked for the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia; the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland; the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in Michigan; and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta – Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneve, Switzerland.  He is the recipient of the following recognitions: Shelby and Kathryn Davis Scholarship to the Graduate Institute, Geneva; Wilbur Fellowship at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in Michigan;  and Graduated with highest distinction for his master’s thesis at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard – First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, serving as an E-4 since 2012.He has also active in several community service projects: First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Museum Trust Committee; St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Broomall where he has trained high school volunteers of the National Honor Society; and the Order of St. John (Baliwick of Brandenberg) in Washington, D.C. providing services to Wounded Warriors and their families.

Kevin can be reached at 610-660-3329 or kgelzhis@sju.edu.