Megan Kennedy works in UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions as an evaluator, public adviser, and transfer coordinator. She is a U.S. Army Reserve veteran who attended American River College in Sacramento until 2012. She transferred to UC Davis as a reentry and EOP student besides belonging to the transfer and veteran populations. While attending school she served as president of the Davis Student Veteran Organization (DSVO), advocated for veteran and military students on multiple administrative advisory committees, and sat on the Campus Judicial Board. She is a proud Aggie with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the College of Letters and Science. Megan began her career at UC Davis with student employment, and is on her second career staff position. She served on the inaugural board of officers for the staff Veteran Constituency Group (VCG), and is a member of the campus "Out List" identifying LGBTQIA faculty, staff, and graduate students. Megan is also looking forward to pursuing a graduate program in higher education and a law degree - both at UC Davis.
Melissa was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2007, she graduated from Hiram College, with a BA in Psychology and Gender Studies. She then attended Boston University School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Sciences program and earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. After working in both research and clinical settings, she pursued employment with the United States Air Force, working as an Intelligence Analyst. She has deployed to Afghanistan and Djibouti. Though still on active duty orders, she has advised many service members on both undergraduate and graduate school options and the application process. She firmly believes that Veterans offer a unique background to be desired by top schools and businesses and is passionate about helping others reach their educational and professional goals.
Joe is a Chicago native who served eight years as an infantry rifleman with 2nd Bn 24th Marines. His military awards include a Combat Action Ribbon, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. Joe also worked a government contract as a firearms instructor for the Navy at RTC Great Lakes, tasked with training new recruits. Joe is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics at Berkeley.
Jarett grew up in New Rochelle, NY and graduated with Merit from the US Naval Academy in 2004 with a B.S. in History. Jarett then served as a CH-53E Pilot, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Air Mission Commander with HMH-464 while based in New River, North Carolina. He completed a total of four combat deployments to areas including: Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and many locations throughout Africa and the Middle-East. After serving for six years in the Fleet Marine Force, Jarett completed a two-year tour in Patuxent River, MD and led acquisitions teams for a web-based mission planning system and CH-53 training systems. Jarett enjoys spending time with his wife Cailin and his three children, Arianna, Devon, and Max. He is planning on pursuing a career in general management or management consulting after graduating from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2017.
Joe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Economics in 2010. After his initial training as a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, Joe was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five in Santa Rita, Guam. During his time at Mobile Unit Five, Joe deployed to a variety of locations throughout the Pacific region to conduct humanitarian demining operations and support theater special operations forces. Additionally, Joe completed a M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy from the University of Maryland University College.Joe served as Director of Undergraduate Operations from November 2016 - August 2017. He is currently serving as an undergraduate ambassador while attending Columbia Business School to earn an MBA.
Josh was an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division for four years where he deployed once to Afghanistan attached to a 1st Special Forces Group ODA. Near completion of his contract he was selected as a finalist for the Posse Veterans Program to Vassar College. He is currently a freshman there and is pursuing a major in International Studies with a focus on Latin America. He eagerly looks forward to assisting fellow veterans with their transition to higher education.
Joshua is a Junior studying English at Stanford University. He was an enlisted Army Infantryman for four years and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the service he attended community college, an experience which he credits both for his transfer to Stanford as well as his transition to civilian life. Though originally a Political Science student, he moved to the humanities after studying abroad in Florence, another experience he credits for easing the shift from soldiering to studying. He looks forward to helping other veterans making the jump from service to school, particularly with their application essays.
Dilia Barboza is a MilVet student at the School of General Studies, Columbia University. This is her third year working toward her B.A. in psychology. Before joining the program, she was a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. During her time on active duty she realized how passionate she felt about advocacy and mentoring. Her experiences in the military allow her to see and understand the veteran and the complexity of the transition into civilian life.
Dominick is a Visiting Professor at the University of Hartford having completed his Ph.D in English from Emory University. He is also a former multiple award-winning instructor of Emory’s “Men Stopping Violence Course”—a community-engaged learning course which challenged undergraduates to interrogate male intimate partner violence against women from practical and theoretical perspectives. His interests include twentieth-century African Diasporic literature, online education, entrepreneurship and higher education leadership. A distinguished U.S. Navy veteran, Dominick served onboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as a radar technician. He is also a former regional veteran peer support specialist for the Virginia Veteran and Family Support program (VVFS) and a former youth counselor for the City of Charlottesville, VA from 2008-2010.
Dylan was a Special Operations Combat Medic in the 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Battalion. After four years in the Army and two tours in Afghanistan, he graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a BA in History and a Pre-Medical concentration.
Eric grew up in Philadelphia and completed his undergraduate coursework at Miami University where he studied Economics. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served as a Green Beret with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He transitioned out after 8 years of service and worked in consulting prior to attending Stanford Graduate School of Business. On the weekends you’ll find him working on his motorcycle and exploring the countryside by bike.
Franklin Nash enlisted in the Marine Corps to earn money while figuring out what he wanted out of life. Serving 5 years as a 2844/2841 radio technician, he was stationed in Okinawa, then Pendleton, and was deployed to Afghanistan to support the HIMARS of 5/11, where he was promoted to Sergeant. When he successfully helped 6 Marines use a ketogenic diet to "get swole", he saw an opportunity to pursue health and fitness after his imminent EAS. He attended Cal State LA so that he could have the most flexible science degree offered in southern California and developed a broad foundation of knowledge including biochemistry, neuroscience, endocrinology, genetics, and hematology. He applied to medical school prior to finishing the recommended prerequisites during his junior year and was accepted to WesternU's osteopathic medicine program, beginning in August of 2016.
Grant enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2004 and served for eight and a half years. He served as a Marine Scout Sniper and deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with First Battalion First Marines, eventually obtaining the billet of Scout Sniper Team Leader. In 2008, Grant reported to the First Marine Division Scout Sniper School in Camp Pendleton, CA to serve as a Sniper Instructor, where he remained until he separated in 2012. Grant began attending community college at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA in 2013 and transferred to UCLA the following fall. Grant graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in anthropology in the spring of 2016 and is currently a law student at the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.
Jae served over 11 years in the U.S Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 2003 to 2015. His duty stations include 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, and U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa. Throughout his career, he served as Company Line Corpsman, Emergency Medical Tech, Cardiovascular Tech, and Department Leading Petty Officer. During his deployment to Iraq in OIF II, he received Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor and Combat Action Ribbon. In 2015, Jae separated from Active Duty service and made a successful transition to a full-time college life at the University of Texas at Austin. He is double majoring in Sociology and Health and Society. Besides academics he is an avid runner, and has completed four full marathons in 2016. Jae looks forward to his first Boston Marathon in the spring.
Jaime is a first generation college student from Missoula, Montana. She joined the United States Navy in an effort to serve her country, break the familial cycle of poverty, and pursue higher education. Her enlistment was short-lived because of medical complications, but her passion to continue to serve was ignited. In conjunction with her active duty and family outreach as a Navy spouse, she navigated the complex structures of college admissions at community colleges, private institutions, regional state institutions, law schools, and top research institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. During her time as a student and collegiate administrator, she worked to assist transitioning veterans with acclimation to campus life, empowering students to rebuild their sense of self after military service, career and academic advising, and demilitarizing resumes. She currently works as the Assistant Director of Industry Education & Experience at the University of Florida where she will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. She earned dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Economics and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida after transferring out of state from California.
Bill was a C-17 Loadmaster in the United States Air Force from 2006-2010. His time in the Air Force brought him to nearly 40 countries and a deployment to Iraq. After separation in 2010, he went back to school to earn his Petroleum Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. While in school, he served on the Veterans Advisory Council which gave important feedback about the veterans program to school administrators and professors. Bill is currently working as a production engineer in Wyoming and is beginning a masters degree in Computer Science with a focus on Machine Learning.
Dennis is originally from Wharton, West Virginia. He earned his GED at 21 and joined the US Army at 22 in 2006. He became an infantryman and deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. After leaving the active duty Army he attended Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. In 2014, he earned a spot with the Posse foundation to attend Wesleyan University and will pursue a degree in Government with the class of 2019. Dennis can advise non-traditional students how to best maximize their education benefits and on transferring from a community college to a four-year university.
David comes from a military family and lived overseas for most of his childhood. After graduating from high school, David enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked in cyber operations until 2011. In 2012, David matriculated at Amherst College, where he studied political science, concentrating in public policy and institutional development. David believes that when it comes to educational opportunities, knowing is half the battle, and that many veterans do not realize the breadth of opportunity available to them. He wants every veteran to be able to realize their potential and lead their best possible life.
A thirteen year infantry veteran of the United States Marine Corps, David’s service included deployments to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station’s Rifle Security Company, to Iraq for combat operations in 2004/2005, and as the senior Infantry adviser on a NATO training team to the Afghan National Civil Order Police. He was accepted to Columbia University after returning from Afghanistan and completed his BA in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, in 2015. David continues to maintain a strong interest in foreign affairs and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Foreign Service, concentrating on Global Politics and Security, at Georgetown University. He has been a Presidential Fellow with the Center for Study of the Presidency and Congress and will be interning at the State Department in 2016.
Chris served over four years in the US Army as a Cavalry Officer. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas as a trooper in the First Cavalry Division. He deployed for two combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before being commissioned as an Army Officer, Chris attended Cornell University, where he majored in History. Chris currently works as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he continues to serve the veteran community.