Undergrad Ambassadors


Nicholas Alberson – Nicholas joined the Army in 2006 after graduating high school. He completed basic training at Ft. Benning and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. He deployed in 07-08 with 2-101. After ETS in 2009, Nicholas attended a local community college and then transferred to UC Berkeley in 2012 as a business major. Currently, he resides in Boston, MA after graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014.

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David Anderson – A thirteen year infantry veteran of the United States Marine Corps, David’s service included deployments to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station’s Rifle Security Company, to Iraq for combat operations in 2004/2005, and as the senior Infantry adviser on a NATO training team to the Afghan National Civil Order Police. He was accepted to Columbia University after returning from Afghanistan and completed his BA in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, in 2015. David continues to maintain a strong interest in foreign affairs and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Foreign Service, concentrating on Global Politics and Security, at Georgetown University. He has been a Presidential Fellow with the Center for Study of the Presidency and Congress and will be interning at the State Department in 2016.

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Michael Anderson – Michael is a Senior at Stanford pursuing a BS in Science, Technology, & Society.  He is the current president of the Stanford Undergraduate Veterans Association (SUVA), as well as a member of the South Carolina Air National Guard, having spent the past five years as a crew chief on F-16’s.  He looks forward to sharing his knowledge of the transfer process having formerly helped guide veterans to undergraduate admission at Yale, Columbia, Penn, Dartmouth, Amherst, and Williams.

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Nicholas Arnold – Nick is originally from Buffalo, New York. He received his commission in 2006 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Political Science and French. After receiving his naval flight wings in 2009, Nick spent five years with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 based out of Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina as an MV-22 Osprey pilot. He has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in tactics, operations, safety, and logistics, ultimately working as his squadron’s Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He transitioned out of the Marine Corps in 2015 to attend the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Nick can advise on applying to undergraduate institutions and to business schools.

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Alexei BastidasAlexei is a Junior at Stanford pursuing a BS in Computer Science. Originally from Ecuador, he served four and a half years in the US Marine Corps as an 0351-Infantry Assaultman with 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Bravo Company. Alexei did three deployments: aboard the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

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Jarred Berke – Jarett grew up in New Rochelle, NY and graduated with Merit from the US Naval Academy in 2004 with a B.S. in History. Jarett then served as a CH-53E Pilot, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Air Mission Commander with HMH-464 while based in New River, North Carolina. He completed a total of four combat deployments to areas including: Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and many locations throughout Africa and the Middle-East. After serving for six years in the Fleet Marine Force, Jarett completed a two-year tour in Patuxent River, MD and led acquisitions teams for a web-based mission planning system and CH-53 training systems. Jarett enjoys spending time with his wife Cailin and his three children, Arianna, Devon, and Max. He is planning on pursuing a career in general management or management consulting after graduating from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2017.

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Anthony Bunkley – After eight and half years as a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, Anthony separated from the Navy to pursue his career goal of becoming a Medical Doctor. Less than one month after separating from the Navy, Anthony was accepted to Columbia University.

Anthony’s Navy career consisted of two and half years of training with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Upon earning the title of Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, Anthony was sent to 3D Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa, Japan. Anthony deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and several multinational contingency operations. In 2011, Anthony deployed to Upper Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Company Leading Petty Officer and Platoon Corpsman. After returning home from deployment Anthony was given orders to be a High-Risk Instructor with the Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course and Diving Medicine for Medical Personnel Course. Anthony has attended several military schools and received several awards. He is most proud of earning a Navy Commendation Medal w/ Valor, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

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Alex Chivers – Alex graduated high school in New Jersey and served in the Army as a Non Commissioned Officer and Airborne Ranger. Alex has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan, and his military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge. In his free time, Alex enjoys hiking, rugby, scuba diving, and reading. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College.

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Chris Clark – Chris served for four years with the Marine Corps’ 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, during which time he conducted two combat deployments to Iraq. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. After departing active duty service, Chris graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 2012. After Stanford, Chris spent two years working on Wall Street for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, and continued to serve as a staff non-commissioned officer and team leader at 4th Force Reconnaissance Company in the Marine Corps Reserve. He has been president of multiple veteran organizations and is a Next Generation Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Chris is a founding member of Redstone Veteran Service Initiative, an international NGO that connects veterans with international aid projects across the globe. Currently, Chris is the Operations Manager for Orange County at a tech startup -DoorDash – that was founded out of Stanford University in 2013.

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Daniel Deitrick – Daniel enlisted in the Navy in 1998 and served in Hawaii as a Navy Diver. He commissioned through the STA-21 program in 2006 after graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He then served as a Surface Warfare Officer in San Diego and the Middle East to include a tour with the Army in Afghanistan. Daniel then transitioned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal and served as a Company Commander in San Diego. He currently works as a planning officer in the Middle East

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Alec Emmert – Alec graduated from the Naval Academy in 2005 with a B.S. in English. Selected for Nuclear Submarine duty, he endured a year-and-a-half of training prior to reporting to the USS Montpelier (SSN-765) in 2007. He completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf during his three years on the ship, after which he volunteered for an assignment as watch officer at Naval Forces Central Command Headquarters, Manama, Bahrain. This assignment saw him participate directly in the crisis response to the Arab Spring of 2011, and the subsequent civil unrest in Bahrain. He learned Arabic and began his Masters Degree in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. He then spent over a year working at Sixth Fleet Headquarters, Naples, Italy in which he traveled to Odessa, Ukraine, multiple times during his assignment in order to coordinate Naval exercises and partnership building with the Ukrainian Navy throughout 2012. Alec left Active Duty at the end of 2012 and took a break to work on the Daily Show in New York City, and next accepted a job as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Financial and Economic Development team. He was recalled to Active Duty from the Naval Reserve to serve in Bahrain for eight months from 2014-2015. Now back in the United States, Alec lives in Washington, D.C. and is continuing working for Booz Allen while studying at Georgetown’s McDonough Business School. His hobbies include traveling and mountain climbing. 


Pete Estridge – Pete Estridge graduated from The George Washington University in 2009 with a B.S. in Economics. Upon graduation from college, he received a commission in the United States Marine Corps through the NROTC program. He served for six years as a logistics officer and an officer selection officer. Pete is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Karman Forghani – After graduating High School in California, Kamran joined the U.S. Navy as a firefighter and Farsi interpreter. He served one tour in the Persian Gulf. After his military service he attended UC Berkeley and received his undergraduate degree at Haas School of Business in Business Administration. He worked at Deloitte as an Auditor, but after some brief training at Stanford decided to pursue his Masters in Business for Veterans from the Marshall School of Business and graduated in May 2015.


John Fought – John graduated from high school in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2003. After high school, he worked in golf course design for 4 years until February 2009 when he decided to join the Army at the age of 24. He worked as a parachute rigger supporting the 82nd Airborne Division as well as the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Ft. Bragg, NC. While in the military, John completed 2 years of community college. After 5 years of service, John transitioned out of the military in 2014 and earned a spot with the Posse Foundation and is currently attending Wesleyan University. He is studying Economics and Mathematics and is expected to graduate in 2018. John can help veterans looking to transition from community college to undergraduate universities and also the challenges of returning to school with a family.

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Bill Givens – Bill was a C-17 Loadmaster in the United States Air Force from 2006-2010. His time in the Air Force brought him to nearly 40 countries and a deployment to Iraq. After separation in 2010, he went back to school to earn his Petroleum Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. While in school, he served on the Veterans Advisory Council which gave important feedback about the veterans program to school administrators and professors. Bill is currently working as a production engineer in Wyoming and is beginning a masters degree in Computer Science with a focus on Machine Learning.

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Rob Henderson – Rob graduated high school in Red Bluff, California. At age 17, he enlisted in the Air Force as an electronic warfare technician and deployed multiple times to Kyrgyzstan and Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has spent the last three years stationed in Germany and traveling throughout Europe. Rob will begin his studies at Yale University in the fall of 2015, where he will major in psychology. He enjoys mixed martial arts, cooking, and writing. His college admission essay was published in The New York Times. He looks forward to assisting veterans who are applying to undergraduate programs.

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John J. “Joe” Houser  – Joe has been a full-time DOD civilian since 2009, and a student at Georgetown University beginning in 2014.  Joe spent 11 years on active duty in the Marine Corps, which initially began in the Infantry before he transferred to the Intelligence field for seven years.  He has deployed to the Middle East and Africa several times throughout his career, and most recently he deployed as an Army Reservist to Afghanistan in 2012. He is married with three children and lives in the Washington D.C. area.  Joe has informally assisted several Military members transitioning to civilian life and looks forward to the opportunity to assist others.

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Keith Hollis – Keith attended the United States Naval Academy where he majored in quantitative economics and graduated in 2010 as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer.  He spent two years in Yokosuka, Japan before completing his nuclear power training in Charleston, South Carolina and Saratoga Springs, New York.  After completing training, he spent two years as a nuclear division officer on the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia.  He is transitioning out of the Navy in the summer of 2015 to attend The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Randall Holmes – Randall grew up in the Midwest starting his military career while at community college through the Army Reserves College First program. He served in the Army as a Human Intelligence Collector/Interrogator from 2005-2011, including one 15-month deployment to Ramadi, Iraq, as Team Leader for Human Intelligence Collection Team 800 in support of 1-6 AD, 2-37 AR, 5-7 Cav, and 3-69 AR. Randall was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his efforts, which included mentoring 7th Division Iraqi Army Intelligence Officers as part of a Bilateral Intelligence program. After redeploying, Randall studied Modern Standard Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and finished his enlistment with the rank of staff sergeant as an instructor at the Human Intelligence Joint Center of Excellence, Ft. Huachuca, AZ. In 2011, Randall transferred into Stanford University where he completed a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Atmosphere and Energy track. Randall has continued his education at Stanford pursuing a master’s degree in Energy Resources Engineering, and he hopes to complete a PhD through Stanford’s Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER).


Kate Hough – Kate is currently enrolled in the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care. After completing her Bachelor in Science of Nursing at The Catholic University of America, Kate was selected as a cancer nurse fellow at The National Institutes of Health. As a military spouse, Kate has had the opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical settings, lecture at community colleges and serve on hospital advisory boards. Throughout these experiences, Kate has developed a high professional standard, a strong commitment to life long learning and the value of mentorship. Kate is eager to help those interested in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

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Akhil Iyer – Akhil grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended Stanford University, where he graduated with a degree in International Relations and participated in the NROTC program. After receiving his commission in the Marine Corps, he became an Infantry officer and has been serving in 2d Battalion, 5th Marines. He has held the positions of platoon commander, executive officer, and rifle company commander. Aside from preparing for an upcoming deployment and enjoying the weather in Southern California, Akhil looks forward to helping those veterans who are applying to undergraduate programs.

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Andrew King – Andrew grew up in Maryland before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served five years as an intelligence translator and was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, CA. He completed two tours in Afghanistan, in 2010-2011, and 2011-2012, finishing his service as a Sergeant.  Andrew enrolled as a junior at Columbia University immediately following his military service in 2012, but got turned around and took the long road out, graduating in 2015. At Columbia, he majored in Middle Eastern Studies, and wrote his thesis on Islamic finance. He served two terms as the Treasurer for the Military Veterans of Columbia University and has participated in a wide number of veteran programs in New York. He is an active member of both Columbia Veterans, the Columbia veteran alumni group, and the GS Alumni Network, where he is a member of the outreach committee. His hobbies include blues dancing and beer drinking. He works as a consultant out of Oliver Wyman’s New York office, traveling widely.

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Lance Lenzen – Lance is from Dallas, Texas and attended Texas A&M University after graduation from high school. After three very difficult semesters he decided he needed a change and enlisted in the Army. He then was awarded his Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge and served in an EOD unit for 4 years deploying once in 2014 to Afghanistan for nine months where he was awarded a Combat Action Badge. After completing his term of service, he was admitted to Columbia University’s School of General Studies where he is now seeking an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics.

Lance can advise veterans who are seeking to make a second attempt at an undergraduate education and especially give help to those with a poor academic record from before the military. He can also answer questions on the finer details of their educational benefits and how to make sure applicants understand the process before going to a school.

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Jeff Lyon – Jeff was born in Texas, raised in Maryland, and received a BA in Economics and Psychology from Williams College in 2008. Following graduation, Jeff worked as a management consultant for The Parthenon Group in Boston, MA. After three years there, he joined the Marine Corps, serving as an artillery officer with 1st Battalion, 11th Marines and deploying with BLT 1/4 on the 13th MEU. Jeff will be transitioning out of the Marine Corps in the summer of 2015 and believes that this current generation of veterans, like those before it, is capable of extraordinary things. He is looking forward to assisting those who are applying to undergrad programs.

Sebastian Magraner – Sebastian attended the University of Houston where he majored in Public Relations/Advertising and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 2009 through the Naval ROTC. He was designated as an Artillery Officer, and after subsequent training, he was assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines. He deployed to Afghanistan as a fire direction officer, and upon returning, he held the positions of platoon commander and executive officer. Sebastian currently serves as the Officer Selection Officer for San Jose and the Pacific Territories. He also serves on the Board of Directors for a Bay Area non-profit, the Wine Country Marines. He is married to his wife Rachael and will be attending Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in the fall of 2016.

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Alexander McCoy – Alex served six years in the Marine Corps, including deployments as an embassy guard to Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany. After transitioning out of the military in 2013 at the rank of Sergeant, he was accepted to Columbia University in New York City, where he currently serves as the Communications Director for Milvets, the largest student-veteran organization in the Ivy League. Alex studies political science and international relations, and has worked on the staff of a political campaign, and as an intern at the think tank Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. House of Representatives. His writing has appeared on Task & Purpose, Foreign Policy, and the Journal of Political Risk. He is a passionate advocate for increasing the representation of veterans in top undergraduate programs.

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Dani Molina – A native of south central Los Angeles and the first in his family to pursue higher education, Dani enlisted in the U.S. Army after turning 17. He served from 2000 to 2004 and was honorably discharged as an active duty Specialist (E-4). While in the military, Molina participated during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-1). Dani is currently Senior Program and Research Manager at the American Council on Education (ACE) based in Washington, DC. He studies post-9/11 veterans and their higher education experiences and manages a portfolio of projects to build upon the resources and support available for veterans and other military-connected individuals to pursue higher education. Dani earned his BA in Latin American and Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Higher Education from UCLA.


Waylon Munson – Waylon is a full-time student at New York University in the MPA Public and Nonprofit Program specializing in International Management and Policy. Presently he forms part of the Executive Board for Wagner’s veteran student organization, WagVets, and has actively participated in initiatives to address veteran issues at NYU. Prior to Wagner, Waylon served in a multifaceted U.S. Air Force career of 12 years. Living and working abroad for many years in several different countries, Waylon developed a deep passion for civic engagement and shaping communities through leadership development and mentorship. While living in Portland, Oregon, Waylon achieved a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Civic Leadership at Portland State University, worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, and served as an advising member on the Oregon Air National Guard’s Diversity Council. He is interested in policies and public-private partnerships that lead to addressing the many issues veterans and youth face. In his off time he enjoys exploring the New York City, traveling, and engaging in many outdoor activities.

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Michelle Neveu – Michelle was born and raised in Boise, ID. She graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2007 and earned her commission into the Air Force through ROTC the same year. During her active duty time, she was stationed at Nellis AFB, NV and Lackland AFB, TX. Michelle deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. She is currently a Air Force Reservist stationed at McConnell AFB, KS, where her husband, a KC 135 pilot, is also stationed. They have a busy 3-year-old son and a giant Goldendoodle puppy. Michelle is currently working as a PACU nurse at an outpatient surgery center in Wichita, KS, while also pursuing her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Saint Louis University in hopes of becoming an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.

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Ben Nussbaumer – Ben is a native of Portland, Oregon.  Following high school, he served four years as an infantry rifleman in the US Marine Corps with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines.  He deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2010 and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2012.  After separating from the Marines, he attended Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.  He graduated with BS in economics and political science.  He was selected as a VFW-SVA Student Legislative Fellow in 2015 and met with members of congress to advocate on behalf of veterans.

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Sean O’Grady – Sean is a son of the ‘Windy City’ where he attended Lincoln Park High School. He is an OIF/OEF Veteran and has served in various capacities within the Psychological Operations Community including PSYOP Team Leader, PSYOP Assistant Team Leader, Unit Logistics Coordinator, Weapons and Ammunitions Specialist, Instructor, and as a PSYOP Observer-Controller-Trainer. He graduated with an A.A. from Wilbur Wright College (City College of Chicago) with highest honors in the Great Books Program. After his last deployment to Helmand Province, Sean transferred to Stanford University, where he is currently majoring in Classics and working on an area specialization in South America (with specific emphasis in Brazil). He is actively engaged with the Stanford Military Service Network as well as the Stanford Undergraduate Veterans Association.

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John Powell – John is currently a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. After graduating with a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served for over four years as a Marine Infantry Officer and completed two tours to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He has also worked as a consultant, and is excited to mentor applicants to undergraduate and graduate programs. His research and career interests include U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, cyber-security, and counter-terrorism.

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Dominick Rolle – Dominick is one of the Provost’s Pre-doctoral Fellows for Excellence Through Diversity based in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently a doctoral candidate in English at Emory University, he is also a former multiple award-winning instructor of Emory’s “Men Stopping Violence Course”—a community-engaged learning course which challenged undergraduates to interrogate male intimate partner violence against women from practical and theoretical perspectives. His interests include twentieth-century African Diasporic literature, online education, entrepreneurship and higher education leadership. A distinguished U.S. Navy veteran, Dominick served onboard the U.S. Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as a radar technician. He is also a former regional veteran peer support specialist for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program and a former youth counselor for the City of Charlottesville, VA from 2008-2010.

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Jared Smith – Jared served five years in the Army as a member of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying to Afghanistan multiple times. After leaving the military, he attended the University of Oregon for a year before transferring to Yale, where he majors in History. He was named to the inaugural class of Take Point Fellows at the Atlantic Council. He is passionate about bridging the civil-military divide through education and increasing veteran’s access to top schools.

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Joshua Stanley – Joshua is a Junior studying English at Stanford University. He was an enlisted Army Infantryman for four years and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the service he attended community college, an experience which he credits both for his transfer to Stanford as well as his transition to civilian life. Though originally a Political Science student, he moved to the humanities after studying abroad in Florence, another experience he credits for easing the shift from soldiering to studying. He looks forward to helping other veterans making the jump from service to school, particularly with their application essays. 

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Sarah Starr –  Sarah is a current second year undergraduate at The University of Chicago studying math and political science. Sarah enlisted in the Army in May 2012 as a 42A Human Resource Specialist. She served as company S-1 and S-6 section leader as well as Unit Public Affairs Representative. She is currently an actively drilling reservist with a quartermaster unit in Elwood, IL and also participates as a Cadet in Army ROTC. On campus, Sarah currently works as a Student Visit Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and is interested in veteran applicants and outreach.

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Andrew von Kuhn – Andrew grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Dartmouth College. After completing his undergraduate studies, Andrew served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion as a Platoon Commander and Executive Officer.  Upon separating from the Marine Corps, Andrew moved to Boston and is currently an Associate at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank. Andrew continues to work with several organizations at Dartmouth College, and Veterans Legal Services – a non-profit legal organization that provides legal services to homeless and low-income veterans in the Boston area.

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Dennis White – Dennis is originally from Wharton, West Virginia. He earned his GED at 21 and joined the US Army at 22 in 2006. He became an infantryman and deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. After leaving the active duty Army he attended Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. In 2014, he earned a spot with the Posse foundation to attend Wesleyan University and will pursue a degree in Government with the class of 2019. Dennis can advise non-traditional students how to best maximize their education benefits and on transferring from a community college to a four-year university.

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Erik Wittreich– Eric grew up in Philadelphia and completed his undergraduate coursework at Miami University where he studied Economics. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served as a Green Beret with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He transitioned out after 8 years of service and worked in consulting prior to attending Stanford Graduate School of Business.  On the weekends you’ll find him working on his motorcycle and exploring the countryside by bike.