MBA Ambassadors


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Benjamin Abeto – Ben received his B.S. and naval officer commission from The University of Texas in 2006. He has served as the officer in charge of multiple nuclear engineering divisions, as well as the Assistant Weapons Officer and Tomahawk missile Strike Officer aboard the USS TUCSON, a nuclear-powered attack submarine operating out of Pearl Harbor, HI. He was selected to join the Navy’s acquisitions community as an Engineering Duty Officer in 2010 and has since received his M.S. in Systems Engineering from The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Most recently he has served as a project manager for Strategic Systems Programs, the organization responsible for the technical program management of the US Navy’s TRIDENT II D5 missile system. Ben will be attending the MIT Sloan School of Management to pursue his MBA as a member of the class of 2017. 


Frank Aburto – Frank Aburto graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2004 with a B.S. in East Asian Studies & Mandarin Chinese and was commissioned in the Armor branch. He served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, and Squadron Logistics Officer in the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After leaving active duty he enrolled at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He will be working full time for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an investment banking associate in New York City as of the summer of 2012.


Brandon Bodor– Brandon is an Army Military Intelligence officer who recently returned from a 12-month deployment with the 10th Mountain Division to Kandahar.  A distinguished honor graduate of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2005, Brandon is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Action Badge for combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Ranger and Parachute schools.  Brandon is ready to devote some quality time to his beautiful wife, Alison, and 7-month-old son, Grayson, as he continues his career in Chicago and studies for an MBA at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


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Kyle Brengel – Kyle graduated from West Point in 2005 with a BS in International Relations, concentrating on terrorism studies.  A four-year member of the USMA SCUBA Team, he commissioned as an Infantry Officer. Kyle served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Air Operations Officer and deployed to the Philippines. Selected for Special Forces in 2008, Kyle served five years in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in positions ranging from Detachment Commander to the Group Assistant Operations Officer. Kyle will be attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the MBA class of 2017.


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David Burgio – David graduated the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Engineering Management. He served as a platoon leader, executive officer, company commander, and human resources officer during his five years on active duty. In 2010-2011, Dave was deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan as a rifle platoon leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dave Burgio is currently an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. He is eager to give back and assist other veterans as they transition from the military.


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Mike Castelli – Mike graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in Engineering Management.  He spent nearly 8 years as a UH-60L Blackhawk pilot.  Mike deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade.  He is currently transitioning from the Army with aspirations to find employment in the financial services industry while simultaneously pursuing his MBA through the Columbia Business School executive program.


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Mike Christman – Mike graduated from Columbia University in 2000 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2002.  He worked as an engineer for several years in Washington DC before leaving his job to join the Marine Corps, eventually becoming an AH-1W SuperCobra pilot and JTAC.  He served on the 31st MEU in southeast Asia and twice in Afghanistan.  In Afghanistan Mike flew attack helicopters and was later embedded with a battalion of soldiers from the Republic of Georgia while with 1st ANGLICO.   Mike  began his MBA at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the fall of 2014, and is a member of the 2014 Class of Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholars.


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Russell Cude – Russell enlisted in the Marines after high school and gained admission to the Naval Academy. He graduated with a B.S. in Economics in 2009 and served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard a guided-missile destroyer and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. He deployed three times to the Arabian Gulf, conducting counter-piracy operations, ballistic missile defense, Iraqi oil platform defense, and air support operations. After his sea tour, Russell served as a staff officer at Naval District Washington and was a member of the Crisis Action Team during the Navy Yard shooting. Russell is pursuing his MBA at Columbia Business School in the Class of 2017.


Jered DaCosta – Jered completed his undergraduate degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from the US Military Academy at West Point.  As an officer in the US Army he served as a platoon leader, and executive officer, and a ROTC instructor.  He  graduated from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business where he studied finance and investments.  He is currently an investment banking associate at Barclays Capital in New York.


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Michael graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2004 with a B.S. in Philosophy and was commissioned as an aviation officer. Throughout his eight years of service in the U.S. Army, Michael deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, flying cargo helicopters in support of multiple combat missions. He just recently completed his Company Command of the Army’s largest UAV training program.

Amy, whom he met at West Point, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2005 with a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering.  As an engineer officer, Amy deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the 101st Airborne Division. After five and a half years of service, she transitioned to a sales and marketing role at PepsiCo and continues to serve in the Army Reserve.

Amy and Michael both joined the Wharton MBA Class of 2014. They are both excited to join Service to School and help transitioning veterans leverage their leadership and military experience into success in the business world.


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Drew DeWalt – Drew is currently the COO of Valhalla Energy, an energy infrastructure development company based in Santiago, Chile. He was nuclear submarine officer in Pearl Harbor aboard the USS CHEYENNE and was also an NROTC instructor at the University of Notre Dame. Drew received undergraduate degrees in Finance and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame and completed MBA and MPP degrees at Stanford University. He currently lives in the Bay Area and travels to South America often for work.


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Lance Dietz – After graduating from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Economics in 2008, Lance was commissioned into the Engineer branch and assigned to Alpha Company (Sappers) of the 173rd Special Troops Battalion in Bamberg, Germany. While with Alpha Company, he served as a RCP platoon leader during OEF X, an Assault & Obstacle platoon leader, and company executive officer. Currently, Lance is pursuing an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Lance is eager to give back and happy to help any veterans planning on making the transition.


Jamal Eason – Jamal attended the United States Military Academy (West Point) where he earned a BS in Computer Science. Upon graduation from West Point and commissioning as a Signal Corps Officer in the US Army, he served in a variety of leadership roles while stationed in Germany and Iraq. While serving in the US Army, he also earned a MS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland University College. Jamal then completed his MBA from Harvard Business School and currently works at a leading technology company in Silicon Valley. Jamal gained acceptance to a number of top-tier MBA schools and enjoys working with military veterans with their transition to school and into the civilian sector.


 

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Gavin Ellman – Gavin enlisted in the Army in 2005 as an artilleryman. Following a tour in Iraq, he received his commission as an Engineer officer through Officer Candidate School. During his career, Gavin has served as a platoon leader and executive officer for a Sapper Company deployed to Afghanistan, as an executive officer and commander for an engineer detachment in Fort Drum, and as the company commander for the Maneuver Captains’ Career Course at Fort Benning. He will transition from the Army in the summer of 2015 and begin his MBA at Harvard Business School in the fall.


 

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Kenneth Fenton – Kenneth graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2006 with a B.S. in Meteorology and served for eight years as a weather officer in the Air Force.  During that time, he held various operational and software development leadership roles while being stationed in Hawaii, Ohio, Nebraska, and Qatar.  Ken completed a M.S. in Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2011 and is currently pursuing his MBA as a member of the class of 2016 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He enjoys honoring his military roots by helping veterans transition to school and the private sector.


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Nic Fiore graduated USMA Class of 2007 with a Civil Engineering degree, served as an Armor officer in Germany and Texas, and decided to attend an MBA program for grad school so he could bring better management practices to the Army.  Nic will attend Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business this fall as part of the Class of 2017, then return to Operations for ILE at Fort Leavenworth.


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Jim Flanagan – Jim graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 2010 with a BS in Russian Language. He has spent five years in the US Army as an air defense officer stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. His experiences included exercises in Poland and Israel as well as spending a year in Turkey with a Patriot unit. In the fall, Jim will be pursing an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management.


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Michael Gonzalez – Michael graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology in 2005.  He then became an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps and was first stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  After a deployment with 1st Group to the Philippines, Michael returned to Fort Sill, OK to serve as a Fire Support Instructor.  After working as a staff planner at CENTCOM, Michael began his transition out of active duty. Michael is a member of the Kellogg School of Management’s class of 2017 and is a drilling reservist with 3d Civil Affairs Group in Great Lakes, IL.


 

Jack Guevara – Jack grew up in Southern California and graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 2007 with a BS in Political Science. He commissioned into the Marine Corps and served as an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter pilot, Aviation Safety Officer, and Weapons & Tactics Instructor. He deployed on the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Middle East, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and on the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan and the western Pacific. He is a co-founder and Director of Operations for The Wingman Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the families affected by aviation mishaps and a proud partner of Service to School. Jack is transitioning from the Marine Corps in the summer of 2015 and will be pursuing an MBA from Columbia Business School.


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Garrett Haddad – Garrett graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2008 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following his commission as an Engineer Officer, Garrett was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and was stationed predominately in Hawaii. He served six years in the Army with experience in both combat and construction engineering units. He is currently completing his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (class of 2016).


 

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Patrick Hamel – Patrick graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2004 with a degree in Mathematics/Operations Research. Following graduation he served as an Infantryman with the 4th Infantry Division at Ft Hood, Texas; The 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Ft Myer, VA; the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; and his last assignment was as an ROTC Instructor. He is currently pursuing a joint MBA and Masters of Statistics (Financial Statistics/Risk Management) at Rice University and will graduate with the class of 2016. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, he is now pursuing opportunities in alternative asset management.


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Sophie Hilaire – Sophie grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and attended the US Military Academy, where she received a B.S. in Management and commissioned in 2009 as an Ordnance officer. In Afghanistan, she served as the logistics officer for Provincial Reconstruction Team Khost. She spent her nights on deployment as a Female Engagement Team Leader for 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division’s targeting platoon. She subsequently served as an Executive Officer for the three-star Commanding General of 8th Army in Seoul, Korea. She founded TCB CrossFit, a non-profit military affiliate, and is the current Guinness World Record holder for the Fastest Marathon in Full Military Uniform. Sophie is a member of Wharton’s class of 2017.


 

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Charlie Hymen – Charlie graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in Economics. After earning his commission, he served on two destroyers and deployed to Southeast Asia and the Middle East before working at the Pentagon as a White House / Congressional Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the Navy. Charlie will pursue his MBA at Harvard Business School in the fall of 2015.


 

Andrew Jensen – Andrew grew up in Littleton, CO and attended the United States Military Academy. He graduated in the top 10% of his class in 2004 with a degree in Engineering Physics and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. After graduating from Airborne and Ranger School, Andrew served for four years with the 101st Airborne Division, earning two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service for two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  After leaving the military in 2009, Andrew was admitted to the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. While there, Andrew focused initially on strategy and technology before accepting a position at a mutual fund. When not working, Andrew is an avid ultrarunner and has run seven marathons, six 50 mile ultramarathons, and one 100 mile ultramarathon. In addition, Andrew has co-founded a non-profit called Polar Vision that aims to raise awareness for visual impairment.


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Josef Kaplan – Josef grew up on Long Island, New York, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a B.S. in Leadership Studies and was commissioned in the Infantry. He served as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 101st Airborne, and Ranger Platoon Leader and Executive Officer with 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  Each of his four deployments for combat were to Afghanistan. Josef was the Executive Director of Service to School in 2014 and will be attending Columbia Business School this fall.  


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Lee Haney – Lee is a 2008 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he studied Political Science, Mandarin Chinese, and Econometrics.  He served for five years in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Officer, deploying to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010 as a team commander and to Iraq in 2011 as an advisor to the budding Iraqi Marine Corps in Umm Qasr. Lee grew up in Boulder, Colorado and spent a year at the University of Southern California studying Computer Engineering before he started at the Naval Academy. After completing an internship at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division as a participant in the Veterans Integration Program, Lee is pursuing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the Class of 2015.


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Bradley Hemmick – Bradley graduated from West Point in 2007 with a BS in Military History. He commissioned as an Infantry officer and graduated from Airborne School, Infantry Officer Basic and Ranger School. Bradley then spent three years at Ft. Hood with the 1st Cavalry Division as a platoon leader and company XO where he deployed to Iraq twice in 2008 and again in 2010. He then spent two years at Ft. Benning as an Infantry OSUT (basic training) company commander and brigade staff officer with the 198th Infantry Brigade. Bradley transitioned out of the Army in 2012 and moved to Indianapolis, IN where he worked for Dow Chemical for two years. Bradley established and then ran a new hire training program for Dow AgroScience’s global operations. He is currently in my first year at the Chicago Booth School of Business and focused on Marketing.


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Kimberly Jung – After receiving her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2008, Kimberly was assigned to 54th Engineer Battalion in Bamberg, Germany, where she served as a horizontal construction platoon leader.  In 2010-2011, she served as a route clearance patrol leader in Ghazni and Wardak provinces. Kimberly is a member of the Harvard Business School class of 2015 and founded Rumi Spice, a for-profit social enterprise connecting Afghan farmers to international markets through saffron. She spends her free time coaching, playing volleyball, cooking, and enjoying food.


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Karl Kadon – Karl graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and History, and served four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 2007-2011. As a ground intelligence officer and civil affairs officer, he deployed to Al Qa’im, Iraq as an intelligence advisor to the 28th Brigade Iraqi Army in 2009, and to Sangin, Afghanistan from 2010-2011 as the civil affairs team leader for 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Karl is currently a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve, and an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC, where he consults for a range of government clients and leads business development for an international anti-recidivism service offering. He joined Chicago Booth School of Business Class of 2015.


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Daniel Lee  Dan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He deployed as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 10 and Operation New Dawn 10-11. Dan has completed Masters degrees in Applied Economics and Engineering Management from Johns Hopkins University and Missouri University of Science & Technology, respectively, and is now pursuing his MBA at the London Business School and Graduate Certificate in Communication Systems from Stanford University.


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Dave Lewis – Dave graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a BA in Economics, and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer through UVA Army ROTC. Assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Dave deployed to Southern Afghanistan as an Infantry Platoon Leader from 2011-2012. He subsequently served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Division’s Deputy Commanding General for Operations. Dave transitioned out of the military in the summer of 2013 and joined ID.me Inc., a veteran-founded technology start-up, where he worked on operations and business development. He began his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the fall of 2014, and is a member of the 2014 Class of Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholars.


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Blake Lindgren – Blake grew up in southern California and graduated from Cornell University in 2009 with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management.  He received his Air Force commission as a Distinguished Graduate of Cornell’s ROTC program.  Assigned to the Space and Missile Operations career field where he served as a Missile Combat Crew Commander, he was responsible for the command and control of nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.  Blake held a variety of leadership positions to include serving as an executive officer and flight commander.  Blake is a member of the Class of 2017 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


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Nick Lingenfelter – Nick enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17 and served at various Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons and the Southwest region’s Fleet Readiness Center during his 13 year tenure. He graduated #1 of 331 with a BSBA in Management and is currently a Class of 2015 MBA candidate at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is also the founding CFO of a nascent drone company and is very passionate about helping connect veterans and active service members to the education and business opportunities they deserve.


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Andrew Long – Andrew graduated from the UW-Madison in 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology. During college Andrew was a prior enlisted Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and deployed as a Scout Sniper for a combat tour in Iraq in 2008. After receiving his commission he served as an infantry officer in 1st Battalion, 5th Marines for deployments to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Marine Rotational Forces – Darwin. After 11+ years in the military he is pursing his MBA at the Yale School of Management.


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Evan Malanga – Evan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2010 where he received a BA in Political Science. He was a 4-year Army ROTC scholar, commissioned as a 2LT, and branched Infantry. Evan was first stationed at Fort Richardson, AK, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), and deployed for one year to Paktya, Afghanistan as a Rifle Platoon Leader. After completion of RASP II, Evan was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader and conducted three more deployments in support of the GWOT. Evan will leave the Army a Captain after four deployments and more than 5 years of Active Duty service to pursue his MBA at Columbia Business School (Class of 2017).


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Victoria Matus – Victoria graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Humanities. After receiving her commission through ROTC as a Chemical Corps officer in 2009, she was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood Texas as a chemical reconnaissance platoon leader. She deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division in 2011 to Babil Province, Iraq, conducting base security and escort missions throughout the region, and then, later, worked as a Battle Captain and operations officer. Following her deployment, Victoria transitioned to Military Intelligence and currently works as an intelligence planner in her brigade’s S-2 shop. She will soon be pursuing her MBA at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, and is excited to be able to share her experiences and offer advice to those planning to transition out of the military into business school.


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Lindsey Melki – Lindsey graduated from West Point in 2004, and commissioned into the Army as an Aviation officer.  Over the subsequent seven years, Lindsey served in Korea, Iraq, and various duty stations in the southern US.  She left active duty in 2011, and took a much enjoyed and needed year off before returning to school in pursuit of her MBA and MPA at NYU.  After graduation, she will begin a full-time position with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Public Finance banking group.  She is a Tillman Military Scholar, a board member for the Warrior Scholar Project, and a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council.  


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Courtney Miller – Courtney graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2009. While in the Army she served in 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard.” As a logistics officer Courtney deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. She will be joining the Class of 2017 at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. 


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Charles Mullenger– Charles is a 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he studied French, Spanish, and Civil Engineering. He served for five years in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer, deploying to Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, in RC South as a M777A2 Howitzer Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer. Charles grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated high school in Tampa, FL where he trained as an international tennis competitor. Upon separating from the military, he interned with a mining and construction company in Nashville, TN. Charles will pursue an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the class of 2017.


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Patrick Murphy – Patrick graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and was commissioned as an Air Defense Officer in 2002. He served as a Bradley Platoon Leader in Tikrit, Iraq and an Automations Officer in Giebelstadt, Germany. After leaving the Active Duty Army he stayed in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Psychological Operations Officer and deployed twice to Afghanistan as an Assistant S-3 and as a PSYOP Detachment Commander in Helmand Province. Patrick has worked in personal finance and for an Internet – Startup that focused on online video contests. He will pursue his MBA in the Class of 2017 at the University of Colorado – Boulder (Leeds).


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Gary Ng – A Singaporean native, Gary came to the United States for his undergrad after serving two years of military service in his home country as a combat signaler. He attended Connecticut College, right across the street from the Coast Guard Academy, on a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in mathematics and economics in 2011. After a two-year stint with Deutsche Bank as a market risk analyst, Gary moved to Chicago to pursue his M.B.A. at Booth. He will be joining L.E.K. Consulting in Boston upon graduation.


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John Oh –  John grew up in Mill Creek, Washington and received a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Finance Corps, he served as a detachment executive officer, budget officer, and executive officer to a two-star general. He has served as a plans and operations officer and left active duty in August 2013 to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School.


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Derek Oliver – Derek graduated from United States Naval Academy in 2000. He accepted a commission in the Marines and flew F/A-18s during two deployments out of MCAS Miramar, CA. After his second deployment, he received orders to be a company commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. He finished his active duty career as an instructor pilot flying T-45s in Meridian, MS. In 2012, Derek entered the United States Marine Corps reserves and now flies KC-130s in Newburgh, New York. In 2014, Derek graduated from MIT Sloan School of Management and is currently a management consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, Massachusetts.


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Steven Panagiotou – Steven graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2002 with a BS in Business Administration. In 2004 he enlisted in the U.S. Army following initial entry training he served as an artilleryman as a member of the 1st Armored Division in Idar Oberstein, Germany. In 2007 Steven was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, which he then graduated from in 2008. Immediately following the Q-Course he became a part of an ODA in 5th Special Forces Group where he has served for 6 years as Special Forces Weapons Sergeant and Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant. Steven has twice been deployed to Northern Iraq and once to Northern Afghanistan. Steven transitioned out of the Military in the summer of 2013 and is pursuing his MBA at Rice University as member of the class of 2016.


Jeff Payne – Jeff graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Upon graduating from the Naval Academy, Jeff attended MIT, where he earned a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering in 2006.  After graduate school, Jeff spent a year and a half completing the Navy’s nuclear power training program.  After graduation, he reported for duty onboard the submarine USS Rhode Island, home-ported in Kings Bay, GA. Over the next three years, Jeff served as the officer in charge of the ship’s electrical systems, radiological controls, and power plant chemistry. He completed a total of six strategic deterrent patrols before reporting for duty on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff at the Pentagon. While there, Jeff managed a budget of over $100 million across multiple lines of operations in the areas of submarine rescue, Navy diving, and arctic submarine operations.  He also served as U.S. deputy head of delegation at NATO’s Submarine Escape and Rescue Working Group and helped negotiate several submarine rescue agreements with foreign nations. Jeff separated from the Navy in August 2012 and joined the Wharton School Class of 2014.


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Jason Peyer – Jason graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2009 with a degree in Engineering Management. He commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery and was stationed at Fort Carson after spending time as a Graduate Assistant at West Point. Jason spent five years in the Army including a deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Columbia Business School.


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James Phelan – James is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he studied Political Science and French. He completed a Master’s Degree in International Security and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2010. James deployed as the Supply Officer for 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines to Afghanistan in 2012 and on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2013. Subsequently, he deployed in 2015 as the Supply Officer for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command. He will be pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School with the class of 2018.


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Charles Ragland – Charles graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009, where he received a B.S. in Economics and was commissioned in the Infantry. He served as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 101st Airborne Division, and as a Ranger Platoon Leader and Executive Officer with 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  He deployed four times to Afghanistan. Charles will pursue his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management as part of the Class of 2017.


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Pete Reiser – Pete graduated from Yale University in 2008 with a B.A. in History. After attending Officer Candidates School, he received his commission in the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantry officer from 2008-2012. He deployed twice with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines – first as a Platoon Commander on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and then as a Company Executive Officer in Helmand Province. Pete is a member of Columbia Business School’s Class of 2015. After graduation, he will be joining Deloitte Consulting’s New York office.


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Edward Reynolds – Ed graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a BA in Economics. He was commissioned as an Engineer Officer and served with the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, GA. With 3ID, he was deployed for 14 months in Babil Province, Iraq from 2007-2008, performing route clearance. He separated from the Army in 2009 and worked at a hedge fund in Chicago before starting at Columbia Business School in 2014.


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Pete Rispoli – Pete grew up in Naples, FL and spent a majority of his childhood competing nationally in tennis.  After graduating from Northwestern on an athletic scholarship, Pete became an officer in the United States Marine Corps through the OCC program.  Deployed to Okinawa for two years, Pete held a variety of roles in the Marine Corps, from communications officer to interpreter.  Having just used Service to School as a transitioning veteran, Pete is more than happy to repay the favor and help any service member through the MBA process.  Pete will be matriculating at Harvard Business School in the Fall of 2015.      


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Michael Robison – A southern California native and 2006 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Michael served eight years in the Marine Corps as an artillery officer. He deployed to Iraq with 2/11 as a Civil Affairs Team Leader and to Afghanistan with 1/11 as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. In his his last assignment, as an instructor at the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course, he successfully instructed 180 Army and Marine Corps Lieutenants on Fire Support. Michael currently works for a global leader in flexible plastic packaging as a Tactical Marketing Manager while also attending the University of Chicago Booth part time, and he expects to complete his MBA in summer 2017.


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Dallin Rosdahl – Dallin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2010 with a B.S. in Economics. While at the academy he was a varsity athlete on the Cross-Country and Track teams. After graduation Dallin was commissioned as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps where he served in the 173rd Airborne out of Vicenza, Italy and deployed to Wardak, Afghanistan. Dallin will pursue his MBA at Harvard Business School in the fall of 2015.


 

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John Searls – An Ohio native and a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Theater magna cum laude, Joel served 7 years on active duty as a Low Altitude Air Defense Officer (Stinger) in the USMC. He served in multiple leadership billets throughout his time in the Corps at the Platoon, Battery, and Battalion level along with serving as an Executive Assistant for a USMC 3 Star General. He completed one tour to Afghanistan during 2011 in Helmand Province at Camp Leatherneck with the 2D Marine Air Wing. He is currently completing his MBA at UCLA Anderson’s School of Management and still serves in the USMC Reserves at Camp Pendleton. Joel currently works in the entertainment industry at the production level.


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Mark Seelen – Mark graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Human Geography and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer, subsequently leading platoons in Iraq and Afghanistan. He then served as a Platoon Trainer and logistics officer at the U.S. Army Ranger School. Mark will attend Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business as a member of the Class of 2017.


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Chris Shaw – Chris is from upstate New York and commissioned as an Army officer from Cornell University. He spent eight years flying the Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopter with two deployments to Afghanistan, most recently as the head of his squadron’s intelligence department. He is currently pursuing his MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business.


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Adam Slepian graduated from West Point in 2004 with a BS in American Legal Systems. A four year member of the USMA SCUBA Team, he was Commissioned as an Infantry Officer and deployed with the 4th ID to Iraq’s Sunni Triangle as a Platoon Leader and Assistant Operations Officer. Following the deployment Adam moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD where he served as the founder and director of the APG Pre-Ranger Course and as the Operations Officer for the 61st Ordnance Brigade Tactical FTX.

In 2008 Adam was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, which he then graduated from in 2010. Immediately following the Q-Course he served as an ODA Detachment Commander in 3rd Special Forces Group for over two years, including a 12 month deployment to eastern Afghanistan. Adam is currently an SF Company XO that has been admitted to multiple MBA programs including Washington University St Louis (Olin), Georgetown (McDonough), Duke (Fuqua), and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). He transitioned out of the military in the summer of 2013.

Adam enjoys training for and competing in endurance events and spending time with his wife Lauren, their two daughters, and two dachshunds. Adam encourages anyone interested in applying to MBA programs, especially those from a Special Operations background, to reach out.


 

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Brian T. Smith – Brian received a B.S. in History from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.A. from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2007. After his initial training as a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, Brian was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three in San Diego, California. During his time at Mobile Unit Three, Brian deployed to Afghanistan twice as well as to a variety of locations throughout the Middle East during the 2011 Arab Spring. Following his time at Mobile Unit Three, Brian was assigned to the staff at Naval Special Warfare Command. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School.


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Tim Stephenson – Tim graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2004 with a B.A. in Journalism. In 2006 he enlisted in the Army under the 18X program. After being selected for and attending the Special Forces Qualification Course, he graduated as an 18C in 2008. He received his orders to 5th SFG(A) and served there for the next 6 years until he transitioned out of the military in June 2014. While assigned to 5th Group, Tim deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, and Jordan. He is currently enrolled at Rice University in the Jones Graduate School of Business pursuing a career in the energy industry with a planned graduation date in May 2016.


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Drew F. Thomas – Drew grew up in Lantana, Florida. Drew graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and a Language Minor in French. He is a P-3 pilot by trade, deploying to the Middle East, Europe, Central America, Africa, and Asia.   He also served tours as a Flag Aide and as a Shooter. He is currently a member of the MBA Class of 2016 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


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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.  He will join Harvard Business School’s Class of 2017 this upcoming fall.


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Steve Weiner – Steve graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Economics. After completing the nuclear officer training pipeline, he reported on board USS Connecticut (SSN 22), as Seawolf-class fast attack submarine in Bremerton, WA. While on Connecticut, Steve served in a variety of division officer positions and deployed to the Western Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Upon completing his sea tour, Steve was selected to be the Flag Aide to the Naval Inspector General, a 3-star Navy admiral in charge of investigating fraud, waste and mismanagement in the Navy. Steve transitioned from the military in 2014 by way of Goldman Sachs, where he was an intern in Securities Division and conducted market analysis on the digital currency industry. Steve is currently a full-time MBA Candidate at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Co-Founder of Wharton FinTech, the first student-led initiative dedicated to promoting and sharing ideas for financial technology innovation and investment.


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Chris Westrom – Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy at WestPoint in 2008 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He commissioned in the Quartermaster Branch and was stationed in Hawaii, where he served in the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. As a Support Platoon Leader, he led several teams across multiple functional areas and deployed to Tikrit, Iraq. After the deployment, he moved to Fort Sam Houston, TX, to work as an aide-de-camp for the Commanding General of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. He is currently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan with the same General, who is now commanding the CENTCOM Joint Theater Support Contracting Command. Chris is pursuing his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He would be happy to help any veterans planning on making the transition.


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Steve Wolf – Steve graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in finance and then commissioned as an Armor officer in 2007. Steve served with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan, and the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq. After transitioning from the military, Steve earned his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. 


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Max Wunderlich – Max graduated from the US Military Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in International History and Arabic and was commissioned as an Armor officer. He served as a Scout Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, Troop Commander, and Squadron Assistant Operations Officer in the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS and deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2011. He then served as an Observer/Controller Team Chief with 1st Army at Camp Shelby, MS before joining the Class of 2016 at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.


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Katie Wurzbach – Katie graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Engineering Management in 2010. Katie spent four years with the 4th Engineer Battalion serving as a Route Clearance Platoon Leader, Company Intelligence Officer, Executive Officer and Battle Captain and deployed twice to Afghanistan.  Katie is currently assigned to Army Community Service, Fort Carson as the Operations Officer and will begin her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a member of the class of 2017. 


Matt Yacco – Matt completed his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force through the ROTC program in 2005. He served several years at the Air Force’s Space & Missiles Systems Center in Los Angeles before separating to pursue his MBA. Matt graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business and now works in Washington DC at a prominent public sector consulting firm. In his spare time, Matt volunteers for multiple pro bono consulting engagements in support of nonprofits.


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Evelyn Zhang – Evelyn graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 and served in Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012. Most recently, she completed her career as a signal officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. With a lifelong passion for pop culture, Evelyn is currently studying under the Entertainment, Media, and Technology specialization at NYU Stern School of Business.


Patrick Grumley – Patrick is an MBA Candidate and Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow at Cornell University – Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is leveraging his military experience in personnel management, leadership, and operational planning to pursue a career in strategy consulting.

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Applied Economics and B.A. in Political Science in 2010, Patrick worked as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. After completing Officer Candidate School with distinction in January 2011, he reported as the Strike Officer aboard USS SHOUP, a guided missile destroyer in Everett, WA. During his tenure on USS SHOUP, he managed multiple divisions and warfare areas including Tomahawk missile operations, engineering programs, safety, and shipboard morale to name a few. In 2013, he deployed for 313 days to the Sea of Japan and Persian Gulf in support of maritime security, theater cooperation, and contingency operations.

Patrick concluded his military career as the principle Naval Surface Fires Liaison to I Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, CA. In this role, he was regarded as the subject matter expert for naval planning and fire support coordination to the United States Marine Corps, and helped develop new procedures for improved Navy-Marine Corps integration.


Tina Chong – Tina graduated the United States Military Academy in 2006 with a B.S. in Sociology. She went on to fly Black Hawks and serve as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Detachment Commander, Maintenance Test Pilot and assistant Operations Officer with tours in Iraq and the Sinai. She’s now a member of the Class of 2016 at The Wharton School and enjoys CrossFit, meditation and taekwondo and considers herself a world-class karaoke singer of rap songs.


Chris Ross – Chris graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2008 with a B.S. in Bioengineering: Pre-medical. In 2009 he enlisted in the US Army under the 18X program. He was selected for and attended the Special Forces Qualification Course, and graduated specializing in Korean and Mandarin Chinese as an 18D. He then served with 1st SFG(A), deploying on missions in Malaysia, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Chris transitioned out of active duty in 2014 and joined the National Guard as an 18D with 19th SFG(A). He is now pursuing an MBA at Yale School of Management as a member of the Class of 2017.


Martin Peters – Martin received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004. Commissioned as an Infantry officer, Martin served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Italy and Afghanistan (two deployments) and with the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood and Iraq (two deployments). Martin concluded his time in the active army as a Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander. In 2012, Martin transitioned into the Army Reserves and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014. Martin currently works with the Boston Consulting Group in their Detroit office and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and three dogs.


Jimm Spannagel – Jimm is a native of NY and attended the United States Military Academy. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in Sociology and English and was commissioned as a Military Intelligence Office, branch detailed to the Armor branch. Jimm served for three years with the 1st Infantry Division in Germany as a Tank Platoon Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, and Scout Platoon Leader, earning a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service for a tour of duty in Ramadi, Iraq. Upon graduation from the Defense Language Institute as an Arabic linguist, Jimm deployed to Iraq in 2010 serving as a special advisor to the Deputy Commanding General for US Forces – Iraq where he earned a second Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He concluded his military career with the 3rd Infantry Division, where he served as a Squadon and Brigade S-2 and Company Commander. After leaving the military in 2013, Jimm was admitted to the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University Class of 2015. He now works at a top global management consulting firm.


Sam Yi – Sam is a MPP/MBA joint-degree candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton School. Prior to his graduate studies, Sam had the privilege of serving in the Navy and supporting a non-profit organization. He looks forward to helping other vets making the transition.