Our veteran MBA ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all active MBA Ambassadors.
Griffin is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He commissioned as an Army Field Artillery Officer and was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, with the 10th Mountain Division. Griffin deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served as a Fire Support Officer. He left the military as a Captain in 2017 and will be pursuing his MBA with the Class of 2019 at the Mendoza College of Business back at Notre Dame.
Drew enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002 as an Intelligence Analyst. He was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany with the 66 th Military Intelligence Group and Key West, FL as a member of the Joint Interagency Task Force South. In 2010, he earned a commission in the U.S. Coast Guard. His Coast Guard assignments include tours at the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center - Pacific in Alameda, CA and Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in Portland, ME. He holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service and a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Area Studies from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He is pursuing his MBA at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business as a member of the class of 2018.
Michael Klem graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and commissioned as a Marine Officer. He served as an infantry officer and was a Weapons Platoon and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune with both 1st Battalion 9th Marines and 2d Battalion 8th Marines. Michael has one combat deployment to Afghanistan and one deployment to Romania in support of the Black Sea Rotational Force. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as a member of the class of 2018.
Kevin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 with a double major in Mathematics and Chinese. After graduation, he branched Infantry and served as a Platoon Leader (OEF 13-14), Company Executive Officer, and Battalion A/S4 with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany. Kevin then served as the Battalion Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry in Fort Benning, GA. He currently serves in the USAR as an Operations Officer with G3, 7th Mission Support Command, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Kevin is pursuing his MBA at London Business School as a member of the Class of 2018.
Will graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Economics in 2011. After completing his infantry officer training at Ft. Benning, GA he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Will has served as an infantry platoon leader, aide-de-camp, and Division future operations plans officer. Will is currently serving with the 7th Infantry Division and will be pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School as part of the class of 2019.
Sam is a 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy where he received a B.S. in Economics and commissioned in the Infantry. Sam's first assignment was with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. Sam deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After the Maneuver Captain's Career Course, Sam was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. As a Rifle Company Commander, Sam deployed to Africa and Europe in support of Regionally Allocated Forces (RAF) missions. Sam will be pursuing his MBA at Duke's Fuqua School of Business as a member of the class of 2019.
Bennett graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a major in International Relations. Upon graduation, Bennett commissioned as an Infantry Officer and was stationed in Vilseck, Germany with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Staff Officer. He deployed once to Afghanistan and spent two rotations in Eastern Europe. Bennett will be pursuing his MBA at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business as a member of the Class of 2019.
Eiman Behzadi is a Program Analyst in the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Investment Security, which chairs the inter-agency Committee for Investment in the United States (CFIUS). While at Treasury, he also served as an Intelligence Specialist in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence focusing on Intelligence Operations. Eiman is also a former active duty Intelligence Analyst in Special Forces Group, utilizing his proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, and Dari to assist SOF missions in the Middle East and Africa regions. Eiman holds an M.S. in Terrorism and Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs at American University, B.A. degrees in Cognitive Psychology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Irvine, and an A.A. in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Eiman will begin his M.B.A. at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in August 2017.
Thomas (TJ) Root is a 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Economics. Upon graduation, he commissioned as an Aviation officer and attended flight school, becoming an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilot. Following combat deployments with the 10th Mountain Division and the 5th Special Forces Group, he assessed and was selected for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in 2010. Since that time, he has served as a MH-6M Little Bird (Assault) aviator. He is a fully mission qualified Little Bird pilot and served in a variety of Army SOF and Joint roles before commanding the assault Little Bird company. TJ deployed to combat six times, with tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas locations. He will depart the Army this summer to pursue his MBA as part of the Harvard Business School Class of 2019.
Peter Kozelka is a veteran of the US Navy, where he served from 2003 to 2014 as a Naval Flight Officer and Intelligence Officer. Peter did one deployment to the Persian Gulf on the USS ENTERPRISE as part of OIF, and two additional months in the Gulf on the USS HARRY S TRUMAN. He spent his final four years station in the UK at the Intelligence Analysis Center for US European Command. Peter has a Bachelors' of Arts in History from Georgetown University, an MBA from the University of Cambridge, a Masters' of Science in Finance from Washington University (in St. Louis) and a Masters' in Science in Technology Management from Columbia University. Peter lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter, enjoys reading about current events and history, and enjoys watching and discussing college sports. Peter is obsessed with the World Champion Chicago Cubs (and still thinks it a cruel joke every time he hears it said that way).
Tim Garger graduated from Marist College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. He then enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served aboard the USCGC Reliance, deploying on multiple marine conservation and drug/migrant interdiction patrols. Following that tour, he qualified as a boat coxswain at Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, where he led boat crews charged with law enforcement and waterways security missions and on-scene response for search and rescue cases. Tim will be attending New York University’s Stern School of Business in Fall 2017 as a Fertitta Veterans Program Scholar.
Justin is originally from North Augusta, SC. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2011, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Trident University International while on active duty service. Justin deployed to the Al Dhafra, AB in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he also served a tour of duty at Osan AB, Korea, and his latest assignment was at the 509th Bomb Wing where he was Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of B-2 Bomber Inspection Operations. He plans to join Goizueta Business School's MBA program as a member of the Class of 2019.
Kyle Eberly graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Information Technology and commissioned as an Aviation Officer. He is a fully qualified UH-60L Blackhawk pilot. He served as a UH-60L Flight Platoon Leader, Battalion S-4, UH-60 Assault/Lift OC/T Team Chief, and Battalion S-1. He has been stationed at Fort Rucker, Fort Drum, and Fort Hood. Kyle has one combat deployment with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade to Afghanistan. After leaving the military and prior to his MBA he started his civilian career as an intern at Goldman Sachs. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business as a member of the class of 2018.
Steven Stringfellow graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a BS in Military History. Upon graduating, he commissioned as a Field Artillery officer with the 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson, CO, with whom he participated in multiple overseas deployments. His last military assignment was as a Budget Officer for the 4th Infantry Division Artillery Brigade, designing annual budgets and controlling all accounts payable and receivable. In his free time, Steven is the owner and landlord of a multifamily property in Colorado, conducting repairs and improvements to provide tenants with affordable and enjoyable homes. Steven is excited to return to California and join the UCLA Anderson class of 2019 in the fall.
Ryan graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a B.S. in Military History and Comparative Politics. He commissioned as a Transportation Officer, serving as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 7 th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) and an Operations Officer in the 82 nd Airborne Division. Ryan has one tour in Afghanistan during which he managed cargo distribution at Bagram Airfield. Ryan is now working on his own venture and will pursue his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a member of the Class of 2019.
Bryan Musk is originally from Dover, New Hampshire. He graduated from West Point in 2012 with a degree in Systems Engineering and commissioned as an Engineer Officer in the US Army. Bryan spent five years in the Army serving in various positions within the 4th Infantry Division located in Fort Carson, Colorado. His military career included a variety of leadership assignments and technical roles to include serving as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Senior Liaison Officer, and Battalion Logistics Officer. Recently, Bryan made the decision to transition out of the military and will attend Cornell University to pursue an MBA and Masters in Systems Engineering. Bryan will utilize his graduate experience at Cornell to continue improving his skill set as a leader and an engineer. He intends to serve as a Senior Program Manager within Logistics or Engineering for a large-scale company upon graduation.
Steve is a 2009 Honor Graduate from West Point with a B.S in American Politics. He commissioned as an Aviation Officer and completed the AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopter Flight Qualification Course. Steve has completed three deployments to Afghanistan while assigned to the 10 th Mountain Division and then the 3 rd Special Forces Group. He will leave active duty service this summer to start an MBA at Harvard Business School.
Mike is currently a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business MSx program. He has completed over 14 years of active-duty service as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, leading in the air and on the ground in global operations, international relations, strategic planning and product integration. During this time, Mike led high-performance organizations in the conduct of various missions from complex global logistics providing humanitarian relief in Myanmar, to performing dynamic flight demonstrations and developing an international brand as a Blue Angels pilot. He is passionate about helping veterans transition into civilian life in a way that pursues their goals and meets their full potential, changing the world we live in for the better.
Gerald graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Management and Minors in Marketing and Finance. After working in corporate finance for two years, Gerald left the private sector and commissioned as a Marine Officer in 2011. During his time with 1st Intelligence Battalion aboard Camp Pendleton, California, Gerald served in Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer billets. Gerald has one combat deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He transitioned from Active Duty to the Marine Corps Reserves in 2017 and will pursue his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a member of the Class of 2019.
Tom Balough was born in Melbourne, Australia and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a degree in Economics with Honors. Tom served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 10th Mountain Division with a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XIV. He later served in the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in Washington, D.C. Tom is pursuing an MBA as a member of the Class of 2019 at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.