Dan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Harvard College where he received an A.B. in Economics and commissioned from Army ROTC in 2009. He then attended the UC Berkeley School of Law, focusing on business law. He graduated with a J.D. in 2012, passed the California bar examination, and was selected for the Army JAG Corps. He practiced government contract litigation and procurement law in the Army Corps of Engineers' Military Honors Program in Washington, D.C. and served as a White House Social Aide. He left active duty in February 2017 and is a member of Wharton's class of 2019.
Austin McKinney is currently a second-year MBA student at Harvard Business School, where he proudly studies as a Tillman Scholar. He is also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he works to develop and field advanced intelligence systems for the military.Austin served for six years in the active duty Air Force. As an acquisitions officer, he partnered with the U.S. defense industry and international allies to develop and upgrade military weapon systems to support global security. He served as the Program Manager leading the modernization of the Upgraded Early Warning Radar system, a major ballistic missile defense radar shared by the United States and the United Kingdom. He also completed several international assignments, including serving as the Executive Officer to the senior U.S. Air Force operations planner in the Middle East, advancing defense cooperation with the Colombian Air Force from the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, and facilitating a large-scale humanitarian assistance mission in Honduras.Austin graduated academic valedictorian of his class at the U.S. Air Force Academy and studied as a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics. He is also fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. To continue his passion for community development, Austin serves on the Board of Advisors for the YMCA of Boston’s Chinatown.
John Rice is from the D.C. area and studied political science at Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation he commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Armor Corps and trained at Fort Benning Georgia. Once his military schooling was complete he was posted to Schofield Barracks Hawaii. He first served as a reconnaissance platoon leader and later as a troop executive officer. In this later position he was given the unique opportunity to stand up a new company. Over 1 year he built systems, teams, and equipment to generate the first dismounted reconnaissance troop in the history of his brigade. During this period John was accepted into Wharton's MBA program. He retired from the Army as a captain and will begin at Wharton this fall.
Mike graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and commissioned an Army Infantry Officer. Mike’s first assignment was with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Battalion Rear Detachment Commander and G-3 Battle Major deploying to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2011. After attendance at the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, GA he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX where he served as a Battalion Operations Officer, Mechanized Company Commander, and Brigade HHC Commander. Mike was selected as an FA49 Operations Research & Systems Analyst (ORSA) and serves on the Army Staff in Washington, D.C. Mike sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Veteran’s Association. He holds an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and will be pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management as a member of the Class of 2019.
Originally from Southern Illinois, Ryan Fritsch was a US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician for 10 years. He was stationed at operational units in Guam and San Diego, where he deployed throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Ryan finished his Navy career at the Navy’s EOD school in Florida, teaching bomb disposal techniques to military personnel from the US and 96 additional countries. Joining immediately after high school, Ryan finished his degree while serving active duty from Southern Illinois University in Business. Having a love for travel, he decided to attend IESE in Barcelona, Spain, where he attends to pursue consulting post-MBA.
Alex Carlton is a 2012 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Engineer officer and attended Engineer BOLC at Ft. Lenard Wood, MO. Following a combat deployment as a Platoon Leader with the 92nd Engineer Battalion out of Ft. Stewart, GA, Alex was selected for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in 2014. Since that time he has served as the Battalion Engineer and the Logistics Operations OIC for 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. Alex has deployed to combat three times, with tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas locations. He will begin his MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in August 2017.
Frank graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011, majoring in Political Science. After commissioning into the Marine Corps in 2012, he served as an artillery officer in Camp Lejeune, NC. In 2014, he deployed to PACOM with 2d Battalion, 9th Marines. Frank continues his service in the Marine Corps Reserve and currently works in the 2d MarDiv Fires Cell in Camp Lejeune, NC. Frank will be pursuing his MBA at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business as a member of the class of 2019.
MaShon graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 with a major in Economics and a minor in Systems Engineering. After graduation, he branched Field Artillery and served as a Rifle Platoon Leader (OEF 12-13), Firing Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion A/34 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Grafenwöhr, Germany. MaShon then served as the Far West Outreach Admissions Officer for the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. His last assignment in the Army was as the Engagement/Operations Officer in the Field Artillery Proponent Office, Office of the Field Artillery Commandant in Fort Sill, OK. Before business school, he interned at Wells Fargo in Technology Investment Banking in San Francisco, CA. MaShon is pursuing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua Business School as a member of the Class of 2019.
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.
Originally from upstate New York, Whit graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 with a B.S. in International Relations, and flew the MH-60R “Seahawk,” The Navy’s newest multi-mission strike helicopter. He deployed to the Persian Gulf and South China Sea, and served on board destroyers and aircraft carriers. Whit said goodbye to the cockpit in 2012 when he was selected as the aide to the 3-Star Admiral in charge of the Navy’s global network of 70 bases. He also led the Navy’s efforts to promote absentee voting, and attended the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA. Whit is excited to help transitioning vets (he loves reading MBA essays, which he freely admits is unusual) and will be joining the class of 2018 at UVA’s Darden School of Business.
Vivek Ahuja is a 2008 USNA Graduate, Nuclear Submarine veteran, and UC-Berkeley Haas MBA Alum. While at UC-Berkeley he interned at The North Face and served as the VP-Admissions for the Haas Veterans Club, where he individually assisted dozens of transitioning veterans in developing their MBA applications. While at Haas and after graduation he co-founded and grew a payments company in Indonesia called Xendit. He currently works in the Risk team at Affirm, a growing FinTech startup in San Francisco
Vicente graduated from the University of Delaware in 2007 with a B.S. in Finance. He served in the Army for seven years, deploying to Iraq as a Recon Platoon Leader and Afghanistan as a Troop Executive Officer. Vicente transitioned out of the military in 2014, and is currently an MBA Candidate (Class of 2016) at the University of Notre Dame.
Valerie Rivera enlisted in the Air Force as a linguist after high school in 2000. It took her over a decade to earn her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and Military Studies from Hawaii Pacific University as she juggled moves, a deployment, and the birth of twin boys. She separated from the Air Force with 15 years of service to chase her dream of earning an MBA from Stanford. After graduation, Valerie plans to open her own culture consulting firm to help organizations become places where people can thrive.
Turner graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 where he received a BS in Economics and commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer. His first assignment was with the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas where he deployed to Afghanistan first as a Human Intelligence Platoon Leader and again as a Multifunctional Team Leader. After three-and-a-half years with the 504th, he moved to the 1st Cavalry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion where he served as the S2. Now that he has completed his active duty obligation, Turner will be pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management as a member of the Class of 2018.
Travis enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2000 and deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom before graduating with a B.S. in Broad Field Social Studies Education in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Following graduation, Travis commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Lieutenant. Travis was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division as a Company Fire Support Officer and deployed to Afghanistan for the second time. Upon return, he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in a firing battery before becoming a Basic Officer Leader Course Instructor. Most recently, he has served as a Battery Commander for an MLRS Battery. Travis has been selected as an instructor of management and leadership for the Behavioral Science and Leadership at the United States Military Academy. He is pursuing an MBA and will graduate from the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College) in 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.
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.
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.
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.
Taylor Mosera graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a degree in Systems Engineering and was commissioned as an Army Intelligence Officer. Taylor served in the Army for five years and specialized in Signals Intelligence with the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC. He later served as a Battalion and Brigade intelligence officer and Aide de Camp for the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA. He has started his civilian career as an intern at Goldman Sachs and is currently an MBA candidate in Harvard Business School’s Class of 2019.