IVMF Continues Dedication to Military and Veteran Employment; Selects Dave Roddenberry to Lead Growth of Onward to Opportunity Program

Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families welcomes new Programs and Services Director

Dave RoddenberrySyracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave A. Roddenberry III as its director of programs and services. Dave’s responsibilities will primarily focus on performance and operational aspects of IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity initiative (O2O), one of the most transformative efforts underway in the nation addressing the transition needs of our military connected members and their families. O2O brings civilian career training to eligible service members up to six months prior to their transition date and any active duty military spouse, regardless of where their partner is in their military career. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships, and comprehensive career coaching and placement services to match program candidates with civilian job opportunities.

“Dave brings a wide range of experience to the IVMF team,” said Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) Jim McDonough, IVMF’s Managing Director for Programs and Services. “He is extremely passionate about serving Vets and his background in developing Veteran and military family focused programs in an academic setting which serves the military population is an important asset.”

Before joining IVMF, Roddenberry managed Veteran and military family programs at Duke University in Durham, NC. During his time at Duke, he oversaw the development of multiple programs designed to aid in military-to-civilian transition and improve access to and quality of mental healthcare for Veterans, transitioning service members and military families.

Roddenberry served in the US Army as an Infantryman where he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and later, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Roddenberry returned to Iraq as a civilian counterinsurgency advisor in 2008 where he directed research efforts, infrastructure development projects, and cultural outreach initiatives focused on economic activity, governance, and cultural mapping in the Sadr City, Taji, and Istaqlal regions.

Roddenberry has also worked an independent training consultant for Army and Marine Corps special operations forces as well as in Kenya as project manager for an international healthcare corporation.

Roddenberry holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and geography from Texas State University and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international conflict management from Norwich University. In addition, he serves on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Brian Injury Advisory Council Veterans Committee and is a member of the VFW, IAVA, and VMW. He currently resides in Durham, NC with his wife, Vanessa.

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