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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.