Kyle graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant after participating in Army ROTC. Kyle was stationed in Vilseck, Germany and served as a Stryker Infantry Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and as the Squadron Logistics Officer. Following five years of service and deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, he completed the postbaccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University and is currently enrolled at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Lisa is pursuing her master’s in Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health at Yale School of Nursing. She is a mother of four and wife to a recently retired enlisted Marine. Lisa is a proud Tillman Military Scholar and she believes veterans and military families are uniquely poised to make a difference in the world. Following graduation she hopes to open a freestanding birth center serving at-risk populations and participate in international birth work.
Meaghan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics. She commissioned as a quartermaster officer and reported to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where she served as an aerial delivery officer and became a platoon leader. After successful completion of Jumpmaster school and the Joint Airdrop Inspector course she was selected to command an aerial delivery detachment and led the unit in Afghanistan. Currently a second year graduate student, Meaghan will graduate with her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University this summer. In the Fall Meaghan will begin her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Meaghan is a Tillman Military Scholar, a two-time Noble Argus scholarship recipient, and a National Military Family Association scholarship recipient.
John commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in 2007 after graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. He served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team deploying twice to Afghanistan. In 2011, he transitioned to Military Intelligence and was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he deployed to the Philippines. In the spring of 2016, John completed his MBA at Saint Martin’s University. Currently, John is pursuing a Master of Science degree at Columbia University.
Jonathan is a first-generation college graduate who comes from a low-income environment in Southern California. After high school, he attended the University of California Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree studying Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. After college, he enlisted in the USAF as a Pararescueman. He completed 5 years of active duty service in the USAF and 1 year in the Reserve. During this time, he completed a single deployment to Afghanistan with further deployments prevented by minor training injuries such as broken bones. After separating from active duty, Jonathan taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics for one year in San Antonio while applying to medical school. He began medical school in 2012 with graduation pending in 2016. Jonathan is now applying for a medical residency in the field of anesthesia with the long-term goal of continuing to serve veterans in the VA system.
Jason enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005 right out of high school. He was trained in signals intelligence analysis and worked at various field sites around the world. In 2009, Jason deployed to Iraq where he served as a team leader for a unit responsible for conducting kinetic missions to capture high valued targets in eastern and southern Baghdad. In 2011, he separated from the military and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a B.Sc. in microbiology. In 2015, he became an M.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine class of 2019. Jason's current areas of medical interest include emergency medicine and infectious disease. He is currently conducting a historical clinical analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder and its recognition as a treatable psychiatric illness.
Jarrett grew up in Texas and enlisted in the Army as a Korean linguist and intelligence analyst at the age of 22. After completion of basic training, Jarrett attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, where he graduated from the Korean course with an Associate of Arts degree in Korean. Jarrett completed his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts through Excelsior College while attending the Signals Intelligence Analyst course. During his service at the National Security Agency, Hawaii, Jarrett completed a MS in Criminal Justice. Jarrett transitioned out of the military in 2016, and has since been pursuing additional graduate education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Jarrett is a graduate researcher at the Smart Decarceration Initiative, where he studies at the intersection of criminal justice and social work. Jarrett also does mental health work at a nonprofit social service agency.
Jared grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and joined the United States Marine Corps in 2006. He spent three years as a logistician and five years within the intelligence community, transitioning from the military in August of 2014. Throughout eight years on active duty, Jared completed his BA in Psychology and an MBA. Jared is pursuing his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University as a member of the class of 2018.
Originally from Massachusetts, Jared graduated from Tulane University in 2012 and was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence officer. Jared led teams on deployments to Iraq and the Philippines and served as the CI/HUMINT staff officer at the First Marine Division. After leaving the military, Jared will pursue a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Jared graduated from Norwich University with a B.S. in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis in 2014. Jared is a Special Forces combat veteran with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon and recently exited the US Army in the summer of 2013. Jared is a graduate student at American University School of International Service in Washington DC. He is extremely committed to aiding transitioning combat veterans as well as helping fellow veterans discover and accomplish their dreams in academia.
Jared French is a US Army Special Forces “Green Beret” veteran with five combat tours and is currently working for an applied analytics company based in the Washington D.C. area. Jared completed his undergraduate degree at Norwich University with a B.S. in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. In 2015 he graduated from American University’s School of International Service with an M.A. in International Service. More recently, Jared has been accepted into the prestigious Executive MBA program at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (class of 2018). Jared is passionate about educating veterans on the power of graduate and post-graduate studies, moreover aiding veterans in the transition process from service to school.
Howard is a retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SOCM) who served 22 years conducting military operations in over 30 nations. Tours of duty included time in South American, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He will be attending the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College in Fall 2014.
Freddy graduated high school in 2001 and immediately enlisted in the Army as an active duty Infantry soldier. While on active duty, he completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and currently holds the rank of Sergeant First Class. He has served over 15 years and has completed four yearlong deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 4th Infantry Division, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Infantry Division. He served as an Infantry Drill Sergeant for two years at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He graduated from the U.S. Army Sniper School, as well as the U.S. Army Airborne School. He led soldiers in numerous intense combat operations as an Infantry Fire Team Leader, as well as serving as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in his latter deployments. He is a Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) alumnus (Harvard 2016), a WSP Ambassador and was recently accepted to the Masters of Social Work program at Columbia University. Freddy aspires to gain acceptance into law school upon retirement with a concentration in constitutional law.
Albert is an Air Force veteran and actively drilling Army Guardsman. In the Air Force, Albert served as an aerospace control and warning systems operator in support of OIF, ONE, and the SOUTHCOM counterdrug mission. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Neurobiology, he matriculated into the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine’s class of 2018 and also accepted a commission in the Army National Guard as a medical student officer (00E67).
Allan graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2007 and was commissioned a Surface Warfare Officer. While on active duty, he served aboard USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG-56) in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan and USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) as part of Joint Task Force 151 deployed to East Africa on anti-piracy missions. On his shore tour, he was a staff inspector at Engineering Assessments Atlantic. After leaving the military, Allan returned home to pursue a public policy degree at The University of Texas at Austin. He currently works at General Motors, and will be starting his MBA at University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Class of 2018.
Amy, as part of a military family, was raised in Germany, Korea, and the United States. She attended nursing school at Pacific Lutheran University and commissioned in the United States Army as an Army Nurse with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Her first assignment was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. During her first deployment to Iraq, she found inspiration in the Provincial Reconstruction Teams who were building medical capacity in the city of Tikrit, and made a career switch to become a Civil Affairs Officer. On her next deployment, she managed development projects in Afghanistan and worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA) Civil Affairs officer to assist with women’s rights initiatives in Baghlan Province. She is interested in civil-military cooperation in areas of instability and is a current student at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is working towards her Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) with a concentration in National Security and Global Policy. In her free time she enjoys running, outdoor activities, and traveling.
Andrea N. Goldstein served as a Navy Intelligence Officer from 2009-2016, and continues to serve in the Selected Reserves. She deployed three times, serving on HADR missions in Japan, a routine WESTPAC on the USS Peleliu, and in support of contingency operations based in the Gulf States. She is currently enrolled in the MA in Law and Diplomacy Program (MALD) at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she studies Gender Analysis and Human Security. She is proud and humbled to be a 2016 Pat Tillman Scholar.
Audrey Hsieh completed a eight-year career in the U.S. Army in 2012 where she served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN) and Psychological Operations officer. As a CBRN officer, she deployed with 7th Special Forces Group to Kandahar, Afghanistan to establish a new Forward Operating Laboratory for captured materiel in raids. As a PSYOP officer, she led small teams in Iraq and Yemen. She misses the Airborne community tremendously, but recognizes her knees thank her for retiring that lifestyle. Following ETS, she began graduate studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and earned her Master of Arts in Security Studies in 2014. Through graduate school, she earned a competitive Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) to work at the Department of State and has been blessed to fulfill a second career in public service. Through the PMF program, she has worked on detainee resettlement issues at Guantanamo Bay, weaseled out nefarious transactions in US munition commercial sales and seen diplomacy up close while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. A New Jersey native, she received her BA in International Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2004
Charlie is a 2004 graduate from the United States Military Academy. Commissioned in the Field Artillery, he served from Fire Support Officer to Company Commander with 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, including 26 months deployed to Bayji and Mahmudiya, Iraq. From 2012 to 2015, MAJ Lewis taught American Politics and Public Policy in the Department of Social Sciences at USMA, serving as Department Executive Officer his last year. In May 2015, he became a Cyber Operations Officer. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Ranger Tab and Combat Action, Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and Combat Diver badges. Charlie holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. He is currently the Chief of the Cyber Leader College at Fort Gordon and is married to the former Marie Cicerelle, also a 2004 USMA graduate.
Chris served in the Air Force as a Special Operations Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) with several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently a second-year student in Georgetown Law's evening J.D. program and works during the day in DOJ's National Security Division (NSD) as a paralegal. Chris also has an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in psychology from American Military University.