Tom Sullivan is a junior at Georgetown School of Continuing Studies. He served in the U.S Army for seven years as a satellite communications operator, network controller, and planner. He provided contractor support to the Department of Justice in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and works as a subject matter expert and consultant in the field of satellite communications. He is a graduate of the Warrior-Scholar Project, and serves on the board of directors of the GUSVA as the School of Continuing Studies Liaison.
Tony grew up in Cape Cod, MA. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2010-2016. After graduating from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, he was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia where he served various corners of the intelligence community as an Arabic Language Analyst. As a Staff Sergeant, he performed Mission Manager duties which involved strategic posturing of several agencies in response to evolving threats in the Middle East and safeguarding millions in assets, awarding him the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Technician of the Year. Tony wants to broaden his scope of the world and is pursuing a B.A. at Yale University in Global Affairs ('19). He looks forward to empowering veterans by helping to bridge the gap of understanding between military accomplishments and civilian potential at elite institutions.
Stephanie is currently pursuing a degree in Biochemistry with a concentration on Pre-Health and a minor in Women’s Studies at Hawaii Pacific University. She enlisted in 2009 as a Health Care Specialist/Combat Medic and was stationed in Ft. Riley, KS and Schofield Barracks, HI. She deployed twice during her military career, once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. She works as an Emergency Room Technician at the Kaiser Hospital in Honolulu. She volunteers as an online mentor on icoulbe.org, an online community that provides at-risk middle and high school students a way to connect with professional mentors; a Big Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i; a Wish Granter in Make a Wish Hawai’i; a Job Coach in YWCA O’ahu, and tutors on a regular basis. She looks forward to helping veterans have a smooth transition back to school.
Sung was an administrator in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 to 2014. He served as a manpower assistant at Marine Forces Reserve and completed his service at an infantry company in New Jersey. Recently graduated from St. John’s University and currently preparing his application to Columbia Business School. Sung is looking forward to help veterans further their education and assist with finding internships/jobs.
Taylor Mauney was born in Daytona Beach, FL and raised in Louisville, KY. In high school, Taylor was a varsity athlete in Lacrosse and was a member of the school’s advanced program. After high school he went to Indiana University but quickly left to enlist in the Marine Corps as an Infantryman. In 2010, Taylor was deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. During this deployment he was wounded by an enemy bomb blast causing him to sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). While recovering Taylor was promoted to the billet of squad leader and redeployed to Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn during the Arab Spring uprising. In 2011, Taylor was selected to become an officer and attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Quickly memory issues were discovered and he was medically disqualified. In a fortunate turn of events he met a Marine Corps General who sent him to a TBI clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda and he was able to rehabilitate his injury enough to be allowed back into the Naval Academy. However, entering his junior year the doctors made the decision Taylor could not be commissioned and he was subsequently medically retired from the military. Shortly thereafter he enrolled at the George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College. While at NVCC he received an email about applying for a veteran’s scholarship through the Posse Foundation. Through a rigorous application process Taylor was chosen as one of ten veterans to receive a full scholarship to Dartmouth College. Currently, he is pursuing a major in International Affairs.
Thomas graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a Bachelor of Science in Honors Political Science as a Marine Corps Burke Scholar. First Lieutenant Payne was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 2012. After graduating TBS, he reported to the Infantry Officers Course (IOC), and was designated as an infantry officer upon completion of training. Upon completion of IOC in June 2013, he was transferred to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a rifle platoon commander and deployed to the Western Pacific under the Unit Deployment Program supporting military exercises in the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia. He is currently deployed in support of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) as the executive officer for Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. His long term goal is to start his own business.
Phillip "Pip" Jones graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a Bachelor of Science in History as a Marine Corps Burke Scholar. First Lieutenant Jones was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 2012. After graduating TBS, he reported to the Infantry Officers Course (IOC), and was designated as an infantry officer upon completion of training. Upon completion of IOC in June 2013, he was transferred to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a rifle platoon commander and deployed to the Western Pacific under the Unit Deployment Program supporting military exercises in the Philippines and Mongolia. He is currently deployed in support of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) as the executive officer for Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. He plans to pursue a MBA in the fall of 2018.
Ronan McNulty is an enlisted Army veteran from Poland Spring, Maine. He attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate from 2005-2009, graduating with honors and a bachelor's degree in Geography. After a year as a cartographer, he joined the Army to attend OCS. OCS shed 50% of class 007-11 and Ronan was assigned a new position, Needs of the Army. He attended training to become a 68K, or medical lab tech. Afterwards he worked in malaria research in Silver Spring, Maryland. After leaving the military he started working for a commercial real estate data corporation and enrolled at Georgetown University for graduate school. He is available to speak about college admissions, GI Bill maximization and the Yellow Ribbon program.
In 2007, Ryan received his B.A. from Colgate University with a degree in mathematics and a minor in history. After Colgate, Ryan was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a flight contract. Graduating flight school in 2010, Ryan was permanently stationed at Camp Pendleton where he began flying AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters. After deploying on the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2012, Ryan returned to Camp Pendleton and was selected to attend the Fall 2013 class of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course. Following graduation, Ryan returned to the light attack community and spent the next two and half years teaching Marine aviators tactics and advanced flight leadership skills. Ryan will be attending University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in the Fall of 2016.
Upon graduation from high school, Ryan enlisted in the military. He served twelve years in the Navy, predominantly within the field of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and has deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan with various units including SEAL and Army Special Forces teams. In 2014, he left active duty in order to pursue a traditional liberal arts education, and applied to the Eli Whitney Students Program while attending community college in California. Ryan is currently a Political Science major at Yale, and is interested in the study of strategic and theoretical frameworks as they apply to complex phenomenon like war and political violence. Outside of the classroom, he is co-captain of Yale’s competitive powerlifting team, a member of the rock climbing team, and also continues to serve in the Naval Reserves.
Michelle was born and raised in Boise, ID. She graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2007 and earned her commission into the Air Force through ROTC the same year. During her active duty time, she was stationed at Nellis AFB, NV and Lackland AFB, TX. Michelle deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. She is currently a Air Force Reservist stationed at McConnell AFB, KS, where her husband, a KC 135 pilot, is also stationed. They have a busy 3-year-old son and a giant Goldendoodle puppy. Michelle is currently working as a PACU nurse at an outpatient surgery center in Wichita, KS, while also pursuing her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Saint Louis University in hopes of becoming an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.
Nicholas joined the Army in 2006 after graduating high school. He completed basic training at Ft. Benning and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. He deployed in 07-08 with 2-101. After ETS in 2009, Nicholas attended a local community college and then transferred to UC Berkeley in 2012 as a business major. Currently, he resides in Boston, MA after graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014.
Nathan Eckman was an Marine infantryman (0351) with Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment. During his service he toured on the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and deployed to Southeast Asia. Now Nate is a student of the Middle East and the Persian language at Columbia University. He intends on pursuing a career as a journalist covering international affairs.
Murphy Costigan grew up in the Washington D.C. area, and graduated from Bishop Ireton high school. In 2013 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years stationed in San Diego, California. He spent 22 months deployed all over Southeast Asia working in navigation for the USS Green Bay. Inspired by his leaders in the military he quickly valued the importance of a college education. While stationed in California, he spent most of his off duty hours studying to raise his standardized test scores. He took four SAT's and three ACT's while being tutored in math at the University of San Diego. He joined S2S as an applicant in 2015 while deployed in the Philippines. Murphy will begin his undergraduate career at Columbia University School of General Studies in January 2017.
Moses Cho grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated from Lynbrook High School. He served in the Marine Corps from 2010-2014, where he was an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Technician. He deployed to Okinawa, Japan through the Unit Deployment Program, and then deployed to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment. Upon completion of his military service, Moses returned home to San Jose, and attended De Anza Community College. With the help of Service to School, he has been accepted to Yale as an Economics major, and will begin attending Fall of 2016.
Originally from Wisconsin, Michael served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps as a combat engineer and later as a Sapper Leaders Course Instructor for 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, CA. Michael left the Marine Corps in 2015 to pursue a degree in International Relations. He attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA before transferring to Brown University. Michael also attended the Warrior-Scholar Project, 2-week course at Yale University. He is interested in International Law, particularly Space Law. Michael feels a strong obligation to pass on his knowledge of navigating the application process of highly selective schools and helping veterans be educated consumers of their VA education benefits.
Kayla graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering. She then attended the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, earning a Master of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering in 2011. Following her initial training as a Submarine officer, Kayla was assigned to the USS Maine (SSBN 741)(GOLD), where she completed three strategic deterrent patrols. Kayla is currently the Flag Aide to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Killjan “Kill” Anderson currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as the Command Chief (senior enlisted advisor) for the 10th Air Base Wing at the United State Air Force Academy, retiring in 2014 after almost 22-years of active duty service. His career spanned stateside assignments in California, Colorado and Arizona and overseas tours in Korea, Japan and England. Additionally, he’s deployed in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM, most recently embedding with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne to perform Police Transition Team duties in Tikrit, Iraq in 2007. Kill’ received his B.S., Management/Government from the University of Maryland University College in 2003 and with the help of Service to School, recently gained admittance and is currently attending Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business Executive MBA Program in Chicago, IL.
Luke is from Coal City, Illinois. He enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Electrician (AE) in 2009. He served overseas in Japan at HSL/HSM-51 from 2011-2014. Luke then served on-shore in San Diego at HSC-3 from 2014-2015, where he completed his military career as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is the recipient of multiple awards and decorations to include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for the participation in Operation Tomodachi. During his time in the Navy, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Post University with an A.S. in Accounting. He is currently completing his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University. Upon completion, Luke plans on studying for his J.D. at law school.
Matt Draheim graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Economy in 2009. He attended Officer Candidate School and received a commission in the U.S. Army in 2010. He completed training as an Infantry officer in 2011 and was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He served as both a platoon leader and executive officer while deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment. In 2013, Matt assessed for and was accepted to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He served as the platoon leader for the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon. Following his second deployment, Matt attended the Maneuver Captains Career Course. He currently serves as a brigade operations officer in the 1st Cavalry Division. Matt plans on pursuing a MBA in 2017.