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

Our Leadership, Staff, and Board



J. Michael Haynie, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation; IVMF Founder & Executive Director; Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship ivmfdirector@syr.edu

Raymond Toenniessen

Assistant Vice President | Veterans Development rmtoenni@syr.edu

Joseph Torok

Director | Information Technology jitorok@syr.edu


Joe Aldaz

Joe Aldaz

Fort Carson Program Manager | O2O jvaldaz@syr.edu

Elvis Avdic

Advisor | IVMF Post-Program Support eavdic@syr.edu

Daniel Bateman

Director of Development dtbatema@syr.edu

Michael Bianchi

Senior Director | Education & Career Training mabianch@syr.edu

Danielle Bootes

El Paso/Fort Bliss & Hawai'i Pacific Region Program Coordinator | O2O dcbootes@syr.edu

Gilly Cantor, M.P.A.

Program Evaluation Manager gscantor@syr.edu

Bonnie Chapman, RN, MPH

Director | Evaluation and Innovation brchapma@syr.edu
angie roatry

Angela Condon

Navy Region Northwest Program Coordinator | O2O agroarty@syr.edu
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Neil Connors

Website Content Specialist | Communications neconnor@syr.edu
Karen Douglas

Karen Douglas

Fort Campbell Program Coordinator | O2O kvdougla@syr.edu

Kayla Eberhardt

Program Coordinator | Entrepreneurship kjeberha@syr.edu

Linda Euto, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Director | Research and Evaluation lmrougea@syr.edu

Priyantha Fernando

Enrollment Coordinator psfernan@syr.edu
Karen Francis

Karen Francis

O2O Program Coordinator | National Capital Region kesantia@syr.edu
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Joseph Geraci, M.A.

Research Associate jcg2123@tc.columbia.edu
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Keoki Hansen, M.A.

Research Associate keokihansen@yahoo.com
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Matthew Hidek, Ph.D., M.S.

Research Associate mahidek@syr.edu
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Lyndsey Hodkinson

Program Manager | Community of Practice lhodkins@syr.edu

Janice Kellish

Executive Assistant to Dr. Mike Haynie jtkellis@syr.edu

Beth G. Kubala

Senior Director | Programs & Services egkubala@syr.edu
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Dennis F. Kulis

Senior Communications Designer & Publications Coordinator dfkulis@syr.edu

Margaret Lambrecht

Development Associate | Development and External Relations mlambrec@syr.edu

Kimberly Lantry

Administrative Assistant | Reception kslantry@syr.edu
rachel linsner

Rachel Linsner, M.S.

Doctoral Research Fellow rklinsne@syr.edu
Katrina Lusk

Katrina Lusk

Fort Carson Program Coordinator | O2O kmlusk@syr.edu
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Chiara Maggiore-Alkhateeb

Program Coordinator | EBV & V-WISE chmaggio@syr.edu

Rosalinda Vasquez Maury, M.S.

Director | Applied Research and Analytics rvmaury@syr.edu

Lisa Murray

Program Manager | Community Services lmdejong@syr.edu

Ilario Pantano

Senior Director | Community Services igpantan@syr.edu

Deanna Parker

Program Manager | EBV & V-WISE dkparker@syr.edu
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Jarod Perkioniemi

Manager | Advising Services japerkio@syr.edu
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Michael Quitania

Hawai'i Pacific Region Program Manager | O2O maquitan@syr.edu

David Robison

Emerald Coast Program Manager | O2O drrobiso@syr.edu
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Kicia Sears, M.P.A., M.A.

Program Evaluation Manager kksears@syr.edu

Colleen Shuster

Camp Pendleton Program Coordinator | O2O cjshuste@syr.edu

Sandra Smith 

National Capital Region Program Manager | O2O sgsmith@syr.edu
Rachael Volpe

Rachael Volpe

Mid-Atlantic Region Lead | AmericaServes rlvolpe@syr.edu

Kathryn Warren

Camp Pendleton & San Diego Program Manager | O2O kwarren@syr.edu
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Larry Wasser

Salesforce Solutions Architect | Data Analytics and Business Intelligence ljwasser@syr.edu

Bart Womack

Pittsburgh Program Manager | O2O bewomack@syr.edu
Cliff Yager

Cliff Yager

Fort Campbell Program Manager | O2O ceyager@syr.edu

Advisory Board


Daniel A. D’Aniello '68

IVMF Advisory Board Co-Chairman & Chairman/Co-Founder | The Carlyle Group
David Owen

David Owen

Managing Director Head of Wholesale Digital & IVMF Advisory Board Co-Chairman| JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Brian Iglesias G'14

Head of Sports | Verizon Entertainment

Bruce E. Mosler

Chairman of Global Brokerage | Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
Frank Bisignano

Frank Bisignano

President, Chief Operating Officer and Director | Fiserv, Inc.

Howard Bromberg

Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Integrated Air and Missile Defense | Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jill W. Chambers

Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Founder | This Able Vet LLC
John Donnelly

John Donnelly

Vice Chairman and Advisor to the Chairman & CEO | JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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 G'73, Ph.D.'78

Dean Emeritus | Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Richard L. Thompson G'67, H'15

Senior Counsel | Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Richard M. Jones '92, G'95, L'95

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

Robert P. Taishoff ’86

CEO | Annapolis Yacht Sales and Service

Sean O’Keefe G’78

University Professor and the Howard and Louise Phanstiel Endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership | Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Robert A McDonald

The Honorable Robert A. McDonald

8th Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Tom Foley

Thomas Foley G'81

President, TJF Advisors, Tully, NY

Matt Zames

President and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management