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About Us

The IVMF is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families.

  • Who we serve: Individuals, organizations and communities
  • What we do: Program development & delivery, services and research, policy & evaluation
  • How we do it: As an innovative, high performing, efficient and effective organization

In Service to Those Who Have Served

The IVMF is committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families. Supported by a world class advisory board and public and private partners, our professional staff delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras. The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; and works with communities and non-profits across the nation to enhance service delivery for the 22.5 million veterans throughout the United States and their families.

Where We're Going Next


Syracuse University’s Historical Commitment To Veterans


J. Michael Haynie, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation; IVMF Founder & Executive Director
Maureen E. Casey Chief Operating Officer
Christine T. Tarnowski Senior Director | Operations
James D. McDonough Jr. Managing Director | Programs and Services
Joseph Torok Director | Information Technology
Misty Stutsman Director | Center of Excellence in Veteran Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A. Senior Director | Research and Policy
Raymond Toenniessen Assistant Vice President | Veterans Development


Abdiel Maldonado Camp Pendleton Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Adam (A.J.) James Florkowski Program Manager | Onward to Opportunity - VCTP
Aixa Escobar Camp Pendleton Program Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity
Allison Roth Advisor
Amy Taft Camp Lejeune Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Angenetta Lambert Joint Base San Antonio Program Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Anthony Bush Tri-Base Jacksonville Program Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity
Anthony Cosby Employer Outreach Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Benjamin Dufay Joint Base Lewis-McChord Program Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity
Beth G. Kubala Senior Director | Programs & Services
Bonnie Chapman, RN, MPH Director | Evaluation and Innovation
Daniel Bateman Director of Development
Daniel Piston Program Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity - VCTP
Dave Roddenberry Programs & Services Director | Onward to Opportunity - VCTP
David Sly Advisor
Deanna Parker Program Coordinator | EBV & V-WISE
Deborah A. Bradbard, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
Dennis F. Kulis Senior Communications Designer & Publications Coordinator
Edward Zaremba Enrollment Coordinator | Programs & Services
Elisabeth Rocha Joint Base Lewis-McChord Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Elissa Gibbs Advisor
Ellie Komanecky Communications Designer
Elvis Avdic Advisor | IVMF Post-Program Support
Gilly Cantor, M.P.A. Program Evaluation Manager
Ilario Pantano Senior Director | Community Services
Jacqui Buchanan, M.P.A. Program Evaluation Manager
James Powers Manager | IT Help Desk
James Schock Enrollment Coordinator | Programs & Services
Janice Kellish Executive Assistant to Dr. Mike Haynie
Jennifer DeLucia Senior Director | Community Services
Joanna Habermann Fort Drum Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
John Malfitano Hampton Roads Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Ken Mayes Fort Bragg Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Kicia Sears, M.P.A., M.A. Research Program Manager
Kimberly Keller Manager | Advising Services
Kimberly Lantry Administrative Assistant | Reception
Kristina Donzella Assistant Director | Center of Excellence in Veteran Entrepreneurship
Laura Cooper Director | Advising & Enrollment Services
Linda Euto, Ph.D., M.S. Associate Director | Research and Evaluation
Lisa DeJonge Program Manager | Community Services
Lyndsey Hodkinson Administrative Assistant | Programs & Services
Lyndy McLaughlin Functional Business Analyst
Maithreyee (Mai) Dubé Manager | Enrollment
Margaret Lambrecht Development Associate | Development and External Relations
Matthew Feldhaus Program Manager | Community Services
Melissa Reider Director | Development
Michael Bianchi Senior Director | Education & Career Training
Michael Schoeneck Distance Learning Manager | Onward to Opportunity - VCTP
Mike Schindler Program Manager | Community Services
Mubota (Moe) Watson Joint Base San Antonio Program Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity
Nadine Austin Director | Administrative Operations
Nyasha Boldon, M.A., M.P.H. Research Program Manager | Fellow
Patricia Piazza Tri-Base Jacksonville Installation Manager | Onward to Opportunity
Philip Chan Advisor
Renee Storrs Fort Drum Program Coordinator, Onward to Opportunity
Richelle Quigley Enrollment Coordinator | Programs & Services
Rosalinda V. Maury, M.S. Director | Applied Research and Analytics
Shane Murray Camp Lejeune Installation Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity
Tina M. Kapral Director | Development
Vanessa Marquette Web Specialist II
Veronica Sarantes Fort Bragg Program Coordinator | Onward to Opportunity
Vincent DelSignore Program Manager | Community Services

Advisory Board

Daniel A. D’Aniello IVMF Advisory Board Co-Chairman & Chairman/Co-Founder | The Carlyle Group
Matt Zames IVMF Advisory Board Co-Chairman, Chief Operating Officer | JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Brian Iglesias President and CEO | Veterans Expeditionary Media
Bruce E. Mosler Chairman of Global Brokerage | Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
Frank Bisignano Chief Executive Officer | First Data Corporation
Jill W. Chambers Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Founder | This Able Vet LLC
Kenneth O. Preston Former Sergeant Major of the Army, U.S. Army (Retired)
Linda J. Bilmes Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy | John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Melvin T. Stith Dean Emeritus | Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Richard L. Thompson Senior Counsel | Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Richard M. Jones Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel, Chief Veteran Officer | CBS Corporation
Robert B. Murrett Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Deputy Director | Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Professor of Practice | Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Thomas Foley President, TJF Advisors, Tully, NY