Testimonial

"Due to MAF, I had a seamless transition to college after leaving the Army." - Trevor S. (2/75 Ranger) 

Our Focus

Jacob - U.S. Army Ranger who completed undergrad and grad school at Columbia University

We advise and assist veterans and active duty service members in their journey to gain admissions to top-tier universities. These services extend to both undergrad and graduate school. 

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We assist veterans in their job search. 

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We connect nonprofits to further strengthen the veteran community. 


Advisors


Rich Jones

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Rich is a former Army Ranger who served honorably in 1/75 and 10th Mountain as a squad leader. Now, Rich serves as Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for CBS Corporation. As the Company’s General Tax Counsel, he oversees worldwide tax planning, strategy, operations, risk management, litigation, government relations and legislative initiatives. Rich was a key part of the senior leadership team that separated Viacom from CBS in 2005. As the Company’s Chief Veteran Officer, Rich founded the CBS Veterans Network. He oversees and coordinates all veteran/military-related initiatives and programming for CBS. Rich received his law and business degrees from Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. He is also a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a Master of Laws in both corporate and tax law. Rich also received a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University. 

Brett leahy

An Afghanistan Combat Veteran and Notre Dame Graduate, Brett served for almost 5 years as an Army in

An Afghanistan Combat Veteran and Notre Dame Graduate, Brett served for almost 5 years as an Army infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division. Following his service, Brett worked on Wall Street for two years before Co-Founding  a micro-mobility company in California. Brett's mission is to advocate for and take action on behalf of all patriots and military men and women who were willing to put their life on the line for their country. 

Patrick Keith

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Patrick worked as an analyst at Clipper Capital from 2014 to 2019. Currently, he is the founder and CEO of Dunnottar Capital, a company that engages in raising capital for  various businesses.



Tom Pecora

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Thomas has over 27 years of experience in overseas security, crisis management, personnel and physical security, and counter-terrorism.  He is a seasoned protective operations veteran who retired after serving 24 years at the CIA as a senior security officer having managed large complex security programs in war zones. While at the CIA, Pecora received the Intelligence Star. Tom Pecora holds a Masters of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Marquette University. 

Joe gideon

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Joe served as a Team Leader in the 75th Ranger Regiment deploying five times in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Based on his leadership potential, Joe was selected for increased responsibility and commissioned as an infantry officer in 2011. Joe served in the 101st Airborne Division from 2012 to 2016 deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Mr Gideon has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his bravery and leadership during combat operations.

Upon exiting the military, Joe has led the merger of multiple acquisitions into a national property management company,  directed partnerships with teams and leagues ranging from the NFL to the UFC, and founded and sold a construction company specializing in capital improvement projects.

Joe currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Capital Works.


Mentors


ANDREW NGUYEN

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Andrew is a former Army Ranger who served in 1/75 as a team leader. Currently, he is an undergraduate at Yale. 

THOMAS BASSETT

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Thomas is a former Army Ranger who served in 1/75 as a team leader. Currently, he is an undergraduate at Harvard University.  

JONATHAN CAMPOLI

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Before becoming a Navy Seal, Jonathan received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University.  After leaving the military, he moved to Los Angeles.


Kevin price

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Kevin is a former Army Ranger who served in 3/75 as a squad leader.  He completed undergrad at Dartmouth College in 2014, where he majored in history. His senior year he walked on to the football team.  After he graduated from Wharton with an MBA in 2019, he went to work at Wells Fargo as an Associate in the Investment Banking Division.

DYLAN MCCRACKEN

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Dylan is a former Army Ranger medic who served in 2/75. He completed undergrad at Columbia University, and he has an MBA from the University of Texas. He has successfully coached numerous veterans through the admissions process into top Ivy League universities.

Marc Edun

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Marc is a consultant in the Strategy & Analytics practice out of the New York office. Before joining Deloitte, he graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics. During his time at school, he was a Jr. Investment analyst at a venture capital fund where he assisted with numerous tasks including due diligence, market research, and strategy and growth tasks. Throughout this time at the venture capital fund he dove into and explored technology and media startups with a consumer focus.


Zachary Fallon

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Zachary is a former Army Ranger who served in 3/75 as a team leader. Prior to service, he facilitated commercial real estate acquisitions for a high-value private equity portfolio. He will be attending Columbia University in the fall to pursue his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Zach Grob

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Zach is a former Army Ranger who served in 1/75 as a team leader. Prior to enlisting he worked in the financial industry as an institutional asset management analyst and as a professional athlete. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCONN and will be attending Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business this fall to pursue his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Jorge Pintado

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Jorge is a student veteran who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University, with ambitions of attending Law School. As a former Army Ranger, he gained five years of experience in team management and administrative accountability. He also developed practical problem solving and communication skills, which effectively enable him to work with and manage team members with diverse backgrounds. 


Mikey Hardin

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After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Texas in Arlington, Mikey Hardin joined the Navy to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Mikey created the nonprofit ClimbB4 to help veterans struggling with mental health issues. 

Ned Roche

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Upon graduating from high school, Ned enlisted into the Army and served in 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. After leaving the Army, Ned was recruited to work as part of a mobile security team that escorted the US Ambassador of Afghanistan throughout the Afghan theater for two years. From there, he returned to South Carolina to support a family-based textile business. In May 2019, Ned completed a Bachelor or Arts degree from Columbia University with Honors. 

Rob Ell

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Rob served with 1st Ranger Battalion from 2011-2015 where he served as a Saw gunner and Reconnaissance scout.  Rob served 4 combat deployments to Afghanistan and was honorably discharged in June of 2015.  

After his enlistment he worked Private Security for Gavin de Becker and Associates.  Unhappy with the work, he decided to go back to school to provide better opportunities for his future and family.  He has since graduated with a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.  He’s passionate about assisting Rangers and their families, and wants to help veterans by ensuring they maximize the opportunities available to them. 


Gerrick Williams

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After serving as a fire team leader in the 82nd Airborne Division and as a gun team leader in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Gerrick started working as a wealth management intern at Stifel. In Spring 2020, he will be attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he will major in International Political Economy.“

Daniel Rindone

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Daniel is a former Team Leader with proven skills in leadership and management at 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Having had the experience of three combat deployments, he departed the military in early 2018 and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Columbia University. With a background in critical thinking and problem solving, Daniel wishes to explore opportunities in the field of technology while also serving as a board member of an animal welfare Non-Profit Organization. He is eager to provide help to transitioning service members interested in pursuing higher education and success outside of their career in the military.

Sean Normand

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Dr. Sean Normand is a research scientist and program manager specializing in Army training and education. He holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of West Florida, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Florida State University, and a certificate in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University. Research projects in his portfolio center on improving education and training outcomes in Soldiers and small teams. Sean is an Army combat veteran and former sniper in the 75thRanger Regiment. https://seannormand.com/


Eric Fredericks

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Eric is a former 3/75 Ranger who is majoring in neuroscience at Columbia University. He is part of Phi Gamma Delta and Camp Kesem. 


Testimonial

"With MAF`s assistance, I was accepted to a graduate program in the Ivy League." - Enslin (1/75 Ranger)

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