Orlando hails from Tampa, FL and is a 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He is an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, he served as an Airborne Infantry Officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy.
Erin is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to Duke, she served on active duty (Army) for ten years. She received her commission through ROTC at Villanova University where she received a B.A. in Humanities and Augustinian Traditions with a Concentration in Peace & Justice. Erin served as a Transportation Officer at Fort Bragg, NC for three years prior to assessing into the Civil Affairs Regiment. Upon conclusion of the Civil Affairs Qualification Course and language training (Arabic), she was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Fort Bragg) where she focused on stabilization efforts on the Middle East. Her policy interest is national security, and she currently serves as a reservist at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School.
Jeff retired from the Air Force in 2007 after 20 years of active duty service, including four years of enlisted service. His commissioned service included assignments in space system development, special operations, and nuclear treaty compliance. In 1993, Jeff was sponsored for graduate education and completed a Master of Science degree in Applied Math at North Carolina State University. Upon completing his graduate degree, Jeff taught in the Math Department and coached baseball at the Air Force Academy for three years. In 2017, he completed a doctoral degree in Business Administration at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Jeff continues to serve the Air Force in a civilian capacity at the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick AFB Florida and recently completed his 20th year of adjunct teaching in math, statistics, and decision science.
Mitchell Motlagh served as an Information Systems Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard on active duty for six and a half years and has served in the reserves since leaving active duty in July of 2015. He served on the East Coast, the West Coast, and in Sitka, Alaska. After receiving command approval to end his active duty contract early, Mitchell enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College. While attending NVCC with the intent to transfer to Georgetown University, he was selected for the Posse Veterans Program to attend Wesleyan University as a member of the Class of 2020. Mitchell is pursuing an interdisciplinary major in Wesleyan's College of Social Studies; this entails rigorous study in the fields of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.
Ryan attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison from 2008 through 2012 and double majored in History and Political Science. He was commissioned through the NRTOC program in the United States Marine Corps and is still currently serving as a Field Artillery Officer. Ryan's first duty station was Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines. While stationed at Camp Lejeune he completed two Unit Deployment Program deployments, one as a Forward Observer and the second as a Battery Executive Officer. He is currently stationed in Arlington, Virginia at Headquarters Marine Corps.
Dustin grew up in New York City and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics and concentrations in Financial Economics, and Corporate Strategy. He is currently serving as a Field Artillery Officer at the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Gil Barndollar served as a Marine infantry officer for seven years, with deployments to Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia, Guantanamo Bay, and Bahrain. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Bowdoin College and Masters of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in history from the University of Cambridge.
Dan is passionate about veteran advocacy, education, and opportunity. He believes that veterans have unending potential, and seeks to help connect them with opportunities where they can nurture and exercise it. Originally from a small town in Upstate New York, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Navy directly after high school where he spent five years working in various physical security roles while stationed on the West Coast. After his enlistment, he attended Pennsylvania State University - graduating with a B.S. Industrial Engineering. Currently working for GE Transportation in their Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP), he strives to be an advocate, and an example, for the value of a veteran in the workplace.
Jer graduated from Colorado State University in 2008 with a major in Middle East and North African Studies. Upon graduation, Jer commissioned and was stationed with Air Force Special Operations Command. He has since served at the squadron, group and staff level as an Analyst, Staff Officer, and Executive Officer, deploying on multiple occasions to Afghanistan, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Jer will be pursuing his MBA at Duke University along with an MA in International Relations from American University.
Jacob is a former USMC infantryman. He spent eight years with five infantry units and deployed four times, to include two combat tours in Afghanistan, from 2007 - 2015. After his time in the Marine Corps, Jacob attended Saddleback College. During his last semester at Saddleback, he took on the role of Director of the Veterans Student Council. Taking on this responsibility provided him with an excellent opportunity to lead a team of service members once again. Jacob attended Princeton University this summer as part of their WSP inaugural class and learned of the opportunity to join Service to School. He transferred to Columbia University for the Fall 2017 Semester to complete his undergraduate degree in Economic Philosophy and looks forward to helping other veterans follow their path to higher education.
Ross is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2017 and is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was raised in the small town of Silsbee, Texas. He earned his B.S. in History at USNA and and is now completing his Masters in Global Affairs with a concentration in Economics and Business at the Schwarzman Scholars program in Beijing, China. 2ndLt Gilchriest believes that pursuing education and seeking challenging opportunities are fundamental to living a fulfilled and meaningful life. He hopes that by devoting a portion of his time, he may help others realize their potential and devote themselves to living a life of purpose.
Morgan is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, in which he served as an enlisted musician for twelve years. Originally from the Midwest, Morgan now calls the Greater Los Angeles area home, and lives there with his spouse and two children, ages fourteen and ten. After his EAS in 2013, Morgan attended Citrus College in Glendora, California, where he earned his Associate's for Transfer in the field of Kinesiology. Then, in the fall of 2016, he transferred into Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he is beginning his junior year as a Public Policy Analysis: Politics (PPA/POL) major. Morgan's goal in studying PPA/POL is to work toward providing hard evidence to folks with policy-making influence who can effectively stop the Congressional budget cuts in veterans’ care.
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 is currently pursuing his MBA at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business as a member of the class of 2019.
Denver graduated from The University of Chicago in 2013, where he was Captain of the Varsity Swim Team and President of the Men's Athletic Association, with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. Following his commissioning, he was assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he served as a Logistics Officer in the 721st Aerial Port Squadron. After two years in Europe, Denver transferred to the 921st Contingency Response Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, where he served as a Flight Commander and deployed to Syria in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and supported humanitarian relief efforts in Puerto Rico following devastating hurricanes in 2017. Prior to his military career, Denver worked in various roles for UChicago, including time in the undergraduate admissions office. He is looking forward to connecting veterans with top tier universities.
Eric is a graduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in security studies. He served as an Army armor officer while stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Over the course of four years, he worked in leadership and staff positions at multiple echelons ranging in size and scope from small teams to 100+ person organizations. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with honors on an Army ROTC Scholarship.
Derek graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a degree in Systems Engineering. He was selected as a Global Grants scholar, allowing him to complete a Master of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering at University College London. Upon completion of his MSc program, Derek attended flight school where he was qualified on the UH-60 Black Hawk as well as the King Air 200. He later deployed to Afghanistan with 206th MI BN, serving as a TF ODIN Battle Captain, Kandahar liaison officer, and RC-12X Guardrail pilot-in-command.
Jakob is originally from Turlock, California, but spent much of his childhood in Salem, Indiana. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 19 as a Reconnaissance Marine, and served 5 years with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion before transitioning to the Marine Reserves. Jakob is currently an undergraduate at Indiana University Bloomington, studying Economic Consulting and Chinese.
LTC (ret.) Evan H. Wollen was commissioned in 1994 as a Field Artillery officer upon graduation from Amherst College in Amherst, MA and the ROTC program at the University of Massachusetts. He served in a variety for Field Artillery assignments over his career, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Evan trained as an academic World War I Historian and served as a Professor of History at the United States Military Academy and Deputy Director of the U.S. Army’s Combat Studies Institute. A native of the great state of New Jersey, he was the 35th Professor of Military Science at Claremont McKenna College before retiring in October, 2016. Evan currently runs the Claremont McKenna College Sponsored Experiences Program and is also a World Rugby Board Licensed Rugby Educator.
Mark graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 and majored in History. After graduation, he branded Armor and started as a Platoon Leader in the 25th Infantry Division located in Hawaii. He spent a training rotation in East Asian training the armies of Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines. Mark recently left the military and is pursuing his MBA at London Business School.
Devin Wenzel was raised in Goddard, KS and is currently an active duty Navy Supply Officer. He has spent a total of six years on active duty, including two deployments to the Fifth Fleet AOR. Devin intends to transition out of the military this year and pursue an MBA. He has applied to a range of schools from Harvard Business School to the University of Michigan. He understands the level of effort required through the application process, and wants to help other veterans further their education and pursue their passions.