Our veteran ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all active Undergraduate Admissions Ambassadors.
Chris served over four years in the US Army as a Cavalry Officer. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas as a trooper in the First Cavalry Division. He deployed for two combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before being commissioned as an Army Officer, Chris attended Cornell University, where he majored in History. Chris currently works as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he continues to serve the veteran community.
Jae served over 11 years in the U.S Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 2003 to 2015. His duty stations include 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, and U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa. Throughout his career, he served as Company Line Corpsman, Emergency Medical Tech, Cardiovascular Tech, and Department Leading Petty Officer. During his deployment to Iraq in OIF II, he received Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor and Combat Action Ribbon. In 2015, Jae separated from Active Duty service and made a successful transition to a full-time college life at the University of Texas at Austin. He is double majoring in Sociology and Health and Society. Besides academics he is an avid runner, and has completed four full marathons in 2016. Jae looks forward to his first Boston Marathon in the spring.
Erik was in the US Navy from 2008-2013 as a Submarine Radio Operator and has been in the Army National Guard since 2013. The day after his terminal leave ended in January 2013 marked his first day at Columbia University, where he completed a B.A. in Sustainable Development in May 2016. Currently, he works at BridgeEdU-- a veteran-founded startup that helps students achieve their higher education goals-- and is also helping fellow veterans through Service to School!
Luke is from Coal City, Illinois. He enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Electrician (AE) in 2009. He served overseas in Japan at HSL/HSM-51 from 2011-2014. Luke then served on-shore in San Diego at HSC-3 from 2014-2015, where he completed his military career as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is the recipient of multiple awards and decorations to include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for the participation in Operation Tomodachi. During his time in the Navy, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Post University with an A.S. in Accounting. He is currently completing his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University. Upon completion, Luke plans on studying for his J.D. at law school.
Taylor Mauney was born in Daytona Beach, FL and raised in Louisville, KY. In high school, Taylor was a varsity athlete in Lacrosse and was a member of the school’s advanced program. After high school he went to Indiana University but quickly left to enlist in the Marine Corps as an Infantryman. In 2010, Taylor was deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. During this deployment he was wounded by an enemy bomb blast causing him to sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). While recovering Taylor was promoted to the billet of squad leader and redeployed to Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn during the Arab Spring uprising. In 2011, Taylor was selected to become an officer and attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Quickly memory issues were discovered and he was medically disqualified. In a fortunate turn of events he met a Marine Corps General who sent him to a TBI clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda and he was able to rehabilitate his injury enough to be allowed back into the Naval Academy. However, entering his junior year the doctors made the decision Taylor could not be commissioned and he was subsequently medically retired from the military. Shortly thereafter he enrolled at the George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College. While at NVCC he received an email about applying for a veteran’s scholarship through the Posse Foundation. Through a rigorous application process Taylor was chosen as one of ten veterans to receive a full scholarship to Dartmouth College. Currently, he is pursuing a major in International Affairs.
Ben joined the Marine Corps in 2012 as a machine gunner. During his time in the Marines, he was a team leader in First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, and a squad leader in First Battalion, Second Marine Regiment. Ben was admitted into Dartmouth College and received a Posse Foundation veterans scholarship. He is passionate about bridging the gap between service and academia, translating military service into civilian resumes, and instilling confidence in service members with longer gaps in their academic careers.
James was born and raised in California. He served in the United States Army and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While completing his military service, he concurrently pursued his associates degree, and upon his honorable discharge, transferred to the University of California in San Diego for his bachelors. He has continued to remain active in the veteran community, consulting for his brothers and sisters who wish to enter the finance and tech/startup industry.
David comes from a military family and lived overseas for most of his childhood. After graduating from high school, David enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked in cyber operations until 2011. In 2012, David matriculated at Amherst College, where he studied political science, concentrating in public policy and institutional development. David believes that when it comes to educational opportunities, knowing is half the battle, and that many veterans do not realize the breadth of opportunity available to them. He wants every veteran to be able to realize their potential and lead their best possible life.
Ronan McNulty is an enlisted Army veteran from Poland Spring, Maine. He attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate from 2005-2009, graduating with honors and a bachelor's degree in Geography. After a year as a cartographer, he joined the Army to attend OCS. OCS shed 50% of class 007-11 and Ronan was assigned a new position, Needs of the Army. He attended training to become a 68K, or medical lab tech. Afterwards he worked in malaria research in Silver Spring, Maryland. After leaving the military he started working for a commercial real estate data corporation and enrolled at Georgetown University for graduate school. He is available to speak about college admissions, GI Bill maximization and the Yellow Ribbon program.
Eric was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a non-traditional, Chinese-American household. He was immersed in highly diverse communities which helped him develop strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with diverse groups of people. He graduated from San Jose State University in 2010 with a B.S. In Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. Eric commissioned in 2013 through Officer Candidate School as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. His first assignment was at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX, where deployed to Bahrain with B/2-43, 11th ADA BDE. He currently serves as the Executive Officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. He plans on completing an MBA at either Stanford or McCombs (UT Austin) after transitioning out of the military in the summer of 2017. Eric's hobbies include cars, health and fitness, video games, and investing in the stock market.
Arvin Pamplona is a former United States Navy Corpsman with eight years of experience in program management, advising, and emergency medicine. After graduating from MOS School and Field Medical Training Battalion, he served in the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Emergency Department for two years. In 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan under the N.A.T.O Training Mission-Afghanistan as a Medical Advisor for 1/1 "Kandak" Afghan National Civil Order Police. From 2013–2015, he held leadership roles in the 2nd Battalion 10th Marines, 3rd Battalion 10th Marines, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, and Naval Operational Support Center Washington D.C. In Fall 2016, he matriculated to the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies to pursue a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in International Relations. He looks forward to assisting fellow veterans and aiding their path to higher education.
Megan Kennedy works in UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions as an evaluator, public adviser, and transfer coordinator. She is a U.S. Army Reserve veteran who attended American River College in Sacramento until 2012. She transferred to UC Davis as a reentry and EOP student besides belonging to the transfer and veteran populations. While attending school she served as president of the Davis Student Veteran Organization (DSVO), advocated for veteran and military students on multiple administrative advisory committees, and sat on the Campus Judicial Board. She is a proud Aggie with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the College of Letters and Science. Megan began her career at UC Davis with student employment, and is on her second career staff position. She served on the inaugural board of officers for the staff Veteran Constituency Group (VCG), and is a member of the campus "Out List" identifying LGBTQIA faculty, staff, and graduate students. Megan is also looking forward to pursuing a graduate program in higher education and a law degree - both at UC Davis.
Franklin Nash enlisted in the Marine Corps to earn money while figuring out what he wanted out of life. Serving 5 years as a 2844/2841 radio technician, he was stationed in Okinawa, then Pendleton, and was deployed to Afghanistan to support the HIMARS of 5/11, where he was promoted to Sergeant. When he successfully helped 6 Marines use a ketogenic diet to "get swole", he saw an opportunity to pursue health and fitness after his imminent EAS. He attended Cal State LA so that he could have the most flexible science degree offered in southern California and developed a broad foundation of knowledge including biochemistry, neuroscience, endocrinology, genetics, and hematology. He applied to medical school prior to finishing the recommended prerequisites during his junior year and was accepted to WesternU's osteopathic medicine program, beginning in August of 2016.
Kevin grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Upon graduating high school in 2007, Kevin joined the Marine Corps as an Aviation Computer Systems Specialist. After 5 years and a deployment to Afghanistan, he went back to school at Colgate University. Kevin graduated Colgate in 2016 with a double major in Geology and Geography. He now works as a wildland firefighter and is pursuing graduate schools.
Auston Marineau grew up in Saugatuck, Michigan and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in History in 2014. He attended Officer Candidate School and received a commission in the U.S. Army in 2015. He completed training as an Infantry officer in 2016 and was assigned to 3d Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Hood, Texas. He is now serving as a Platoon Leader getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan.
Nathan Savage is a senior Political Science major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is planning to study Industrial Relations at the graduate level. He enlisted in the Air Force after high school and served as an Intelligence Analyst. He continues to serve part-time as an analyst for the Air National Guard.
Dylan was a Special Operations Combat Medic in the 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Battalion. After four years in the Army and two tours in Afghanistan, he graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a BA in History and a Pre-Medical concentration.
Tahlia Burton is senior at Columbia University where she studies Political Science and Human Rights. She is also a staff writer for Task & Purpose, the Human Rights Advisor for The War Horse news and journalism community, and serves on the Columbia University Senate. Tahlia spent six years in the U.S. Air Force as a Chinese, French, and Pashto Cryptologic Language Analyst. She was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area for most of her career, where she served as a dual-language subject matter expert, translating enemy attack plans in order to safeguard the lives of coalition forces abroad. During her military service, Tahlia was named Airman of the Year at the squadron and group levels. In 2013 she received the Air Force Achievement Medal for intercepting and interpreting a time-sensitive enemy attack plan that safeguarded the lives of 75 Navy SEALs and other Special Forces operators. She hopes to help female and other minority service members & veterans who want to pursue their undergraduate education at a top-tier university.
Nathan Eckman was an Marine infantryman (0351) with Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment. During his service he toured on the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and deployed to Southeast Asia. Now Nate is a student of the Middle East and the Persian language at Columbia University. He intends on pursuing a career as a journalist covering international affairs.
Melissa was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2007, she graduated from Hiram College, with a BA in Psychology and Gender Studies. She then attended Boston University School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Sciences program and earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. After working in both research and clinical settings, she pursued employment with the United States Air Force, working as an Intelligence Analyst. She has deployed to Afghanistan and Djibouti. Though still on active duty orders, she has advised many service members on both undergraduate and graduate school options and the application process. She firmly believes that Veterans offer a unique background to be desired by top schools and businesses and is passionate about helping others reach their educational and professional goals.