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  • Profile picture of Tim Avery

    Tim Avery

    Tim is the fourth generation of his family to enlist in the Navy and the first to receive a commission. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 with a BS in English Literature. Over the course of 7 years he worked as a consultant with BearingPoint and Booz Allen in support of financial management IT for health services and the Department of the Navy respectively. Between consulting assignments he supported Navy logistics and intelligence and deployed in support of OIF. He is currently pursuing his doctorate of clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and, to that end, will complete his internship at the McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA.

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    Walter Haydock

    Walter Haydock works for PreVeil, a Boston-based cybersecurity company, where he interfaces with political campaigns, think tanks, and other government-facing clients. He previously served as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Homeland Security, and was a Ground Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Walter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and his Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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    Zach Freed

    Zach served for seven years in the Army. He is currently at the University of Virginia earning a Masters of Science in Technology Management and works as a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte.

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    Robert Ferry, Jr.

    Robert is a dedicated child advocate and native Texan. Robert attained his S.B. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale College in 1989. He graduated from medical school and completed residency training in pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). After fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Robert served full-time on the faculties of UCLA, then UTHSCSA (tenured in 2005), and most recently The University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis, where he attained the rank of full professor during 2010 (tenured 2009). Board-certified in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology, and disaster medicine, he is a prolific innovator whose research focuses primarily on diabetes.Robert deployed twice to Iraq as an Army field and brigade surgeon and conducted training missions in Italy and Chile. He also deployed thrice to Iraq as volunteer faculty with the US Department of State, providing professional development to Iraqi physicians. After a recent command tour, Colonel Ferry is now the State Army Surgeon for the Texas Army National Guard.

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    Sarah Grant

    Sarah is a member of the Harvard Law School Class of 2019 and a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, assigned to the Joint Staff J2. She previously spent five years on active duty as an Intelligence Officer. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2011 with a B.S. in International Relations and was the 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar from Washington, DC. She earned an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar. She interned in Vice President Biden's National Security Affairs Office before starting law school, and in the National Security Division of the Department of Justice after her 1L year. She will be spending her 2L summer at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, and will be clerking for Chief Judge Diane Wood on the Seventh Circuit after graduation.

  • Profile picture of Sarah Gerstein

    Sarah Gerstein

    Sarah graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics. She commissioned as a military intelligence officer and reported to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where she served as a platoon leader, executive officer, assistant operations officer, and battalion intelligence officer. While assigned to Fort Bragg, Sarah deployed once to Iraq in 2008 and once to Afghanistan in 2010-2011. She recently completed company command in Hawaii with the 25th Infantry Division. She is entering graduate school at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Following graduation, she will serve as an International Relations instructor in West Point’s Department of Social Sciences.

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    Rick Lang

    Rick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering. Upon graduation, he completed flight training and served as an F/A-18 pilot. Outside of active duty commitments, Rick completed medical school pre-requisites and was accepted to Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson medical school. Rick understands the challenges of being accepted to medical school as a ‘non-traditional’ applicant and looks forward to making that transition easier for those with similar pursuits. He is humbled to be amidst the 2015 class of Tillman scholars.

  • Profile picture of Richard Desmond

    Richard Desmond

    Richard graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a B.S. Business Administration and Human Resources. He received his commission as an aircraft maintenance officer and has had operational maintenance assignments at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA working in the A-10C Thunderbolt II and HH-60G Pave hawk Aircraft Maintenance Units. In 2010 Des deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the HH-60G “Pedro Maintenance” Combat Rescue Squadron performing Medical Evacuations for the Southern Helmand Province. Afterwards he served as a recruiting officer in San Antonio, Texas where he ran training, marketing, and Officer recruiting programs for 125 thousand square miles in southern Texas and west Louisiana. He is currently attending George Washington University as graduate student pursuing a M.A. in Human Resources Development.

  • Profile picture of Rachael Berkoff

    Rachael Berkoff

    Rachael graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 and was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer. Her first assignment was with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah, GA where she served and later deployed to Afghanistan as a Ground Maintenance Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for her Forward Support Company. Rachael finished her career in the Army as a Captain and Brigade Adjutant. She is currently in the Master of Industrial and Labor Relations Program at Cornell University, Class of 2018.

  • Profile picture of Patrick Randall

    Patrick Randall

    A Maine native, Patrick graduated from Tufts University in 2008 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. After attending the Infantry and Airborne Schools at Ft. Benning, GA, he received orders to Ft. Bragg, NC, where he passed Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Upon earning his Green Beret, he was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan. He served on an Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) for three years, deploying to Afghanistan and throughout the Asia-Pacific. He left the Army in 2014 to attend Simmons College, where he received a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. He now lives outside Boston and works for MITRE Corporation as an Information Analyst.

  • Profile picture of Nerea M. Cal

    Nerea M. Cal

    Nerea graduated with honors from West Point in 2006 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics. She was commissioned as an Aviation officer and attended flight school, receiving her rating as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. She has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. While stationed in South Korea, she also designed and implemented the Iron Brigade’s Women’s Mentorship Program, a mentorship program designed to encourage positive social and professional relationships among female Soldiers in the Brigade. Most recently, she commanded an Air Assault Blackhawk Company in the 82d Airborne Division and was awarded the MacArthur Leadership Award. Currently, Nerea is a Master’s student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs focusing her studies in International Relations, Security, and Development. After completing her studies, she will be assigned as an International Relations instructor in West Point’s Social Sciences Department.

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    Mitch Leestma

    Mitch graduated from Iowa State University with a B. A. in Political Science and commissioned into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant in the summer of 2010. After his initial yearlong training period, Mitch was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon his arrival in California in September 2011, he immediately deployed to join Regimental Combat Team 5 in Afghanistan. Following his return from deployment, Mitch was assigned as a platoon commander of Combat Engineers and again deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Mitch left active duty after his initial contract in the summer of 2014 but remained in the reserves as a Civil Affairs Marine while being employed as a project engineer at a construction firm. Mitch is currently enrolled in his graduate education at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

  • Profile picture of Martin Martinez

    Martin Martinez

    Originally from California, Martin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2005 and commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. His first assignment was to Germany where he served in a variety of leadership and staff positions working missile defense initiatives with regional partners. Upon returning to the states, Martin was assigned to work in the Office, Chief of Air Defense Artillery where he served as the Proponent Officer for the branch. Currently, Martin is working towards a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

  • Profile picture of Jonny Kim

    Jonny Kim

    Jonny Kim, MD, is a resident physician at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Jonny found his calling in medicine during his service as a Navy SEAL medic in the post-9/11 wars, where he was inspired by the skill and devotion of the doctors who saved his teammate’s lives. Following his service, he attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in mathematics in 2012 and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2016.A proud Tillman Scholar, Jonny understands the impact military veterans can have as future leaders in healthcare, and is committed to helping veterans reach that potential. He is intimately familiar with the medical school application process and is passionate in mentoring veterans and undergraduate students who wish to pursue a fulfilling career in medicine. Jonny has helped numerous veterans successfully transition to a career in medicine. He is also an advocate for veteran’s health care, one of many populations he feels is at high risk for health care disparities. He continues his passion for healthcare, education and veteran advocacy at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency.

  • Profile picture of Kalohi Clark

    Kalohi Clark

    Kalohi graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 with a B.S. in English, received a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2010, and is pursuing a M.P.A. at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.  An active duty Naval Flight Officer, he has deployed in the air and on the ground in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (3), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2), and Operation New Dawn (1).  He is a former instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center and a former senior policy analyst and National Security Council liaison in the Executive Office of the President, The White House.

  • Profile picture of Karim Farhat

    Karim Farhat

    Karim received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His research focused on modeling technical risk and economic uncertainty in modern energy systems and industries. A Lebanese native, he originally moved to the U.S. for college education. In 2009, he received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. While at Stanford, he received an MS in Energy Resources Engineering in 2011, and he interned at multiple energy companies, both locally and abroad. Next year, he will be joining The Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant in the Washington, DC office. After meeting many great friends in the U.S. Armed Forces over the years, Karim is eager to help vets transition successfully from service to school or to the private sector.

  • Profile picture of Ken Hockycko

    Ken Hockycko

    Ken graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000 with a B.S. in Economics. As a Naval Aviator, he has flown the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Super Hornet throughout multiple combat deployments aboard U.S. aircraft carriers in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College via a Navy-sponsored program, graduating with an MBA in 2012. As part of his curriculum, Ken participated in an exchange semester studying international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and national security policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ken remains on active duty, currently serving as speechwriter to the Secretary of the Navy. 

  • Profile picture of Kenny Sholes

    Kenny Sholes

    Kenny grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Following graduation from West Point with a B.S. in Economics, he served as an officer in the United States Army and deployed to Iraq twice. Having completed his military commitment, his interests in transnational terrorism led him to a job in the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). In his most recent positions, he served as the NCTC Director’s daily intelligence briefer and has worked within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to help pilot the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Kenny is currently working towards his Masters in Public Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Outside of professional pursuits, Kenny enjoys time spent with his wife and young son, as well as running ultramarathons and playing tennis.

  • Profile picture of Kevin M.A. Nguyen

    Kevin M.A. Nguyen

    Kevin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics and Mandarin Chinese. He commissioned into the military intelligence branch and served in 1st Brigade “Iron Horse,” 1st Cavalry Division as a platoon leader, targeting officer, HUMINT/CI team chief, and brigade AS2. After a successful tour is Iraq and Kuwait, along with training missions in Germany and Poland, Kevin decided to explore more effective ways of training and development using educational technologies and design. He recently completed the IGNITE entrepreneurship certificate program out of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and is finishing up his M.A. in Learning, Design, and Technology at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Kevin is keen on helping transitioning service members focus on meaningful career exploration and viable transitions into the civilian world.