Our veteran ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all other graduate school (non MBA and Law School) Ambassadors.
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.
Katie graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Engineering Management in 2010 and spent four years with the 4th Engineer Battalion serving as a Route Clearance Platoon Leader, Company Intelligence Officer, Executive Officer and Battle Captain (including two deployments to Afghanistan) and one year with Army Community Service, Fort Carson as the Operations Officer. Katie is a member of the class of 2017 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
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 Signal Intelligence Analyst course. While serving as an intelligence analyst 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. Specifically, Jarrett studies clinical social work, and he aspires to curb recidivism among reintegrating offenders through the provision of mental health and advocacy services.
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.
Sarah graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 2011 with a B.S. in International Relations and commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. She was a 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar and completed a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar. Sarah is a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Officer and is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. She has served as a CI/HUMINT platoon commander and all-source intelligence platoon commander at 3d Intelligence Battalion and as the Production and Analysis Officer-in-Charge for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. She also fulfills duties as a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival and as the Command Equal Opportunity Representative. Sarah will transition to the Marine Corps Reserves in May and begin law school in the fall of 2016.
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.
Liz graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 with a B.S. in Political Science. She received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the aviation branch, and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, qualifying as an AH-64D Apache Pilot. Liz deployed twice to Afghanistan: in 2009 with 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade as a Platoon Leader, and again in 2013 as a Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division. Following graduation from Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, she will continue to serve the Army as an American Politics, Policy, and Strategy instructor in West Point’s Department of Social Sciences.
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.
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.
Chris graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Chemistry. Following graduation from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2012, he returned to active duty and is currently a fourth year resident in orthopaedic surgery at Naval Medical Center—San Diego. His specific clinical interests include musculoskeletal oncology and orthopaedic trauma and he has research experience in clinical research, basic science and health policy.
Stoney Portis graduated from West Point in 2004 with a BS in International Relations. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Stoney and his Reconnaissance Troop are featured in Jake Tapper’s New York Times Best Seller, The Outpost, which tells the story of Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan, Afghanistan. Stoney is currently a graduate student at Dartmouth College, and after completing Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, he will return to teach in West Point’s Department of English and Philosophy. At West Point, Stoney captained the Army Powerlifting Team, and at Dartmouth, he plays rugby with the Tuck School of Business. A co-founder of the Dartmouth Graduate Veterans Association, Stoney is dedicated to helping veterans pursue paths in higher education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David commissioned through the NROTC program at the University of Michigan and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History. He was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines where he served as a platoon commander, the assistant operations officer, and the operations officer. David is currently serving with 3rd ANGLICO as a Firepower Control Team Leader and will be pursuing his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business upon completion of his service.
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.
Scott retired with over 26 years of active Army service as an Engineering Officer. During his Army career he served in a variety of troop leadership and teaching assignments at Ft Bragg, NC, Germany, Korea, West Point, and Afghanistan. He spent over 9 years on the faculty in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point. He graduated with a BS from the US Military Academy, a MS in Civil Engineering, a MS in Engineering Management, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (a Yellow Ribbon school). While in the Military he graduated from Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Ranger schools and is a mater parachutist. Currently, he is Director, Graduate Professional Development in the Graduate School of Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Dave served in the Air Force for 9 years as a navigator and combat systems officer on the RC-135 RIVET JOINT and was stationed at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. He deployed 7 times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and reconnaissance operations in the Horn of Africa. He separated in September 2014 as a Captain. Dave attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied Environmental Biology and Biochemistry. Following his time in the Air Force he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and earned a Master of Science in Project Management. Dave is currently working on his Project Management Professional certificate and will begin working on A+/S+/CompTIA IT certifications in December to position and market myself as an IT Project Manager in the Colorado Springs/Denver area.