About

Welcome to the Foster Veterans Association!

The Foster Veterans Association is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Foster MBA students who have served, or are currently serving in the armed forces of their respective countries. We are committed to furthering the goals of our members through three areas:

  • Ease the transition of new veterans and help translate their unique and extraordinary experiences into meaningful careers

  • Strengthen the veteran network in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound

  • Grow and deepen the bonds between veterans and non-veterans in the program

Fundamentally, we are committed to enhancing camaraderie and esprit de corps through service to each other, the Foster School of Business, and the community in which we study and live.

Applicants for the Class of 2021 – Thank you for your interest in our incredible program! Consider attending a Class Visit or Shadow Day Event located on the Foster Admissions page. If you end up taking advantage of this, please reach out to us at the email below.

If you are a veteran thinking about business school – Foster should absolutely be on your list! Email us here for more information about how a Foster MBA/Vet succeeds in an ever-changing globalized economy. You can also listen to Foster Communities Veteran Webinar focused on informing admitted and prospective students.

 

Mission

Mission

The Foster Veteran’s Association will help prepare Foster student veterans to celebrate their service and translate their unique experiences into meaningful careers, while also allowing non-veterans to exchange ideas and perspectives in a way that will deepen the bonds between us. We will accomplish this by:

  1. Promoting the celebration of diversity among our student body by creating an environment where veterans and non-veterans can learn from one another.

  2. Educating the MBA community about the unique manner in which our veterans can add value to organizations.

  3. Providing resources to MBA student veterans to help their transition and career pursuits.

  4. Connecting Foster MBA students with veteran leaders in the greater Seattle area.

Leadership
PETER GILROY CO- PRESIDENT    Peter Gilroy is a native of Cottage Grove, Oregon and a graduate of Gonzaga University where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration degree and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 2007. His first assignment was in Vilseck, Germany, where he served as a Mobile Gun System Platoon Leader and Operations Officer. During this assignment he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following that assignment he was selected to serve as a Ranger Instructor at 6th Ranger Training Battalion located at Camp Rudder, FL. Peter then served as a Reconnaissance Troop Commander and Headquarters Troop Commander at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Following his time in command, he decided to exit the military to pursue his MBA at the Foster School, focusing on finance. He’s currently completing an internship in Investment Banking with the Wells Fargo Securities Technology Industry group in San Francisco, CA. Outside of the FVA Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He enjoys organized sports, hiking, and scuba diving.

PETER GILROY
CO-PRESIDENT

Peter Gilroy is a native of Cottage Grove, Oregon and a graduate of Gonzaga University where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration degree and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 2007. His first assignment was in Vilseck, Germany, where he served as a Mobile Gun System Platoon Leader and Operations Officer. During this assignment he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following that assignment he was selected to serve as a Ranger Instructor at 6th Ranger Training Battalion located at Camp Rudder, FL. Peter then served as a Reconnaissance Troop Commander and Headquarters Troop Commander at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Following his time in command, he decided to exit the military to pursue his MBA at the Foster School, focusing on finance. He’s currently completing an internship in Investment Banking with the Wells Fargo Securities Technology Industry group in San Francisco, CA. Outside of the FVA Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He enjoys organized sports, hiking, and scuba diving.

BRYAN YOUNG  CO-PRESIDENT    Bryan joined the military after high school and served in the US Army as an infantryman for five years. After leaving the military, he earned a bachelors degree in business administration and then went into the consumer packaged goods industry. There he took on roles in retail sales, data analytics and demand forecasting. Bryan is passionate about assisting veterans who are transitioning from the military, and is committed to growing the FVA’s ties with both UW and the Seattle business community.  Outside of the FVA, he loves spending time with his wife and two children(1&3). His interests include rock climbing, hiking, and disc golf. Bryan is excited to pursue a career in brand management, and he will intern this summer with The Hershey Company.

BRYAN YOUNG
CO-PRESIDENT

Bryan joined the military after high school and served in the US Army as an infantryman for five years. After leaving the military, he earned a bachelors degree in business administration and then went into the consumer packaged goods industry. There he took on roles in retail sales, data analytics and demand forecasting. Bryan is passionate about assisting veterans who are transitioning from the military, and is committed to growing the FVA’s ties with both UW and the Seattle business community.

Outside of the FVA, he loves spending time with his wife and two children(1&3). His interests include rock climbing, hiking, and disc golf. Bryan is excited to pursue a career in brand management, and he will intern this summer with The Hershey Company.

SKYLER BROWN  VICE PRESIDENT, RECRUITMENT OFFICER    Skyler Brown is a second year MBA student at the Foster School of Business. Skyler was born and raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 and commissioned into the US Army as a ballistic missile defense officer. Skyler successfully completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course in 2011 and earned the Green Beret in 2013. He deployed several times as a Special Forces Officer and subsequently left the Army to enjoy America full time. Skyler is pursuing a career in finance and taking advantage of Seattle’s rare sunny days.

SKYLER BROWN
VICE PRESIDENT, RECRUITMENT OFFICER

Skyler Brown is a second year MBA student at the Foster School of Business. Skyler was born and raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 and commissioned into the US Army as a ballistic missile defense officer. Skyler successfully completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course in 2011 and earned the Green Beret in 2013. He deployed several times as a Special Forces Officer and subsequently left the Army to enjoy America full time. Skyler is pursuing a career in finance and taking advantage of Seattle’s rare sunny days.

 
ANDREW PEPPLER  VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS    Andrew commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army out of the ROTC program at the University of Florida in 2006 where he studied Anthropology. Over the next ten years, he served in various roles, progressing from a platoon leader to a company commander, and deployed three times to Afghanistan. In 2014, he left active duty and found a program management role in Amazon’s Corporate Security & Business Continuity department in Seattle, directing their strategic planning and budgeting processes for two years. In 2016, Andrew returned to school at the University of Washington to pursue a dual Master’s of Public and Business Administration.  For independent study, Andrew co-founded the Speak Freely Podcast—a UW student veteran-led media project seeking to elevate trans-partisan politics and policy messages from credible, trusted, and diverse voices. He enjoys staying active through soccer, ultimate frisbee, and running, and getting into the outdoors in the Pacific NW—hiking, camping, and skiing (poorly). He also has an 8-year-old Australian Cattle Dog (Rusty) who joins him for many of these adventures.

ANDREW PEPPLER
VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS

Andrew commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army out of the ROTC program at the University of Florida in 2006 where he studied Anthropology. Over the next ten years, he served in various roles, progressing from a platoon leader to a company commander, and deployed three times to Afghanistan. In 2014, he left active duty and found a program management role in Amazon’s Corporate Security & Business Continuity department in Seattle, directing their strategic planning and budgeting processes for two years. In 2016, Andrew returned to school at the University of Washington to pursue a dual Master’s of Public and Business Administration.

For independent study, Andrew co-founded the Speak Freely Podcast—a UW student veteran-led media project seeking to elevate trans-partisan politics and policy messages from credible, trusted, and diverse voices. He enjoys staying active through soccer, ultimate frisbee, and running, and getting into the outdoors in the Pacific NW—hiking, camping, and skiing (poorly). He also has an 8-year-old Australian Cattle Dog (Rusty) who joins him for many of these adventures.

JENNIFER FRANCIS  VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH OFFICER    Jennifer Francis graduated from University of San Francisco with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Nurse Corps Officer in 2007. She began her career as a medical-surgical and PACU nurse, and now specializes as a pediatric perioperative nurse. She has served as a Division Officer overlooking seven surgical specialties and Department Head of Sterile Processing Department aboard the USNS COMFORT. She looks forward to working with Seattle Children’s Hospital this summer and heading to her utilization tour post Foster. Jennifer is enthusiastic about the Foster program and is passionate about helping others in any way she can. Outside of FVA, Jennifer enjoys her free time with her husband (Joseph), three girls (Paige, Claire, and Grace), and welshie (Marley). She loves exploring the PNW and different eateries, working out via running and tennis, and being challenged with goals.

JENNIFER FRANCIS
VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH OFFICER

Jennifer Francis graduated from University of San Francisco with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Nurse Corps Officer in 2007. She began her career as a medical-surgical and PACU nurse, and now specializes as a pediatric perioperative nurse. She has served as a Division Officer overlooking seven surgical specialties and Department Head of Sterile Processing Department aboard the USNS COMFORT. She looks forward to working with Seattle Children’s Hospital this summer and heading to her utilization tour post Foster. Jennifer is enthusiastic about the Foster program and is passionate about helping others in any way she can.
Outside of FVA, Jennifer enjoys her free time with her husband (Joseph), three girls (Paige, Claire, and Grace), and welshie (Marley). She loves exploring the PNW and different eateries, working out via running and tennis, and being challenged with goals.

DAN DANG  VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH OFFICER    Born and raised in Suquamish, WA, Dan attended Washington State University, majoring in Chinese, Asian Studies, and Philosophy before commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army. He served a variety of roles, serving as a route clearance platoon leader, logistics officer, and an operations officer – deploying once overseas for the West African Ebola Outbreak as a civil engineer. He decided to pursue a dual degree in an MBA (for practical purposes) and an MPA (for idealistic purposes) at the University of Washington. He will be doing his MBA internship at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His long-term goal is to develop and build effective governance overseas, so that countries can improve the health and well-being of their citizens. He is dedicated to global business and environmental policy, where he hopes to incorporate systems thinking as common practice within business and public policy.  Dan is also the Co-President of the Global Business Association club (which you should all join!) and Vice President of Social Impact Engagement for Net Impact (which you should also join!). In his spare time he’s constantly trying to get back into shape, reading The Economist, eating expensive Japanese omakase/kaiseke, and singing John Legend’s “All of Me”.

DAN DANG
VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH OFFICER

Born and raised in Suquamish, WA, Dan attended Washington State University, majoring in Chinese, Asian Studies, and Philosophy before commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army. He served a variety of roles, serving as a route clearance platoon leader, logistics officer, and an operations officer – deploying once overseas for the West African Ebola Outbreak as a civil engineer. He decided to pursue a dual degree in an MBA (for practical purposes) and an MPA (for idealistic purposes) at the University of Washington. He will be doing his MBA internship at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His long-term goal is to develop and build effective governance overseas, so that countries can improve the health and well-being of their citizens. He is dedicated to global business and environmental policy, where he hopes to incorporate systems thinking as common practice within business and public policy.

Dan is also the Co-President of the Global Business Association club (which you should all join!) and Vice President of Social Impact Engagement for Net Impact (which you should also join!). In his spare time he’s constantly trying to get back into shape, reading The Economist, eating expensive Japanese omakase/kaiseke, and singing John Legend’s “All of Me”.

JAMES ROBINSON    VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH OFFICER    James commissioned into the Navy through George Washington University’s NROTC program. He completed the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Training Program before reporting to the USS Hampton, SSN-767. During his division officer tour James deployed to the Western Pacific and Arctic. He is passionate about building the veteran community at Foster and sharing the FVA’s perspective with our civilian classmates. James and his wife are active members of the Foster community and enjoy supporting Seattle’s sports teams, sampling new breweries, and hiking throughout the region. James is interested in a career in finance and will intern with Vicis Sports Technology this summer.

JAMES ROBINSON
VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH OFFICER

James commissioned into the Navy through George Washington University’s NROTC program. He completed the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Training Program before reporting to the USS Hampton, SSN-767. During his division officer tour James deployed to the Western Pacific and Arctic. He is passionate about building the veteran community at Foster and sharing the FVA’s perspective with our civilian classmates. James and his wife are active members of the Foster community and enjoy supporting Seattle’s sports teams, sampling new breweries, and hiking throughout the region. James is interested in a career in finance and will intern with Vicis Sports Technology this summer.

NATHAN LEWIS  VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS    Nathan was born in Mt Vernon, WA and raised in Edmonds, WA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2006, and served in the Asia-Pacific Region as a military paralegal before entering the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and completing his undergraduate study at the University of Washington. Upon commissioning, he served as a Logistics Officer with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and 5th Marine Regiment Headquarters, deploying multiple times in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Persian Gulf. He left active duty in 2016. During his time at Foster, he completed a Summer Internship with KPMG Strategy in the Bay Area and is pursuing a career in strategy consulting.

NATHAN LEWIS
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Nathan was born in Mt Vernon, WA and raised in Edmonds, WA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2006, and served in the Asia-Pacific Region as a military paralegal before entering the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and completing his undergraduate study at the University of Washington. Upon commissioning, he served as a Logistics Officer with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and 5th Marine Regiment Headquarters, deploying multiple times in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Persian Gulf. He left active duty in 2016. During his time at Foster, he completed a Summer Internship with KPMG Strategy in the Bay Area and is pursuing a career in strategy consulting.

 
Events

Previous Events

May 8th, 2018 – Doing Business as a Veteran Abroad

January 25th, 2018 – Veterans Resume Workshop with Dodi Briscoe

January 16th, 2018 – Special Screening of “The Long Road Home”

January 5th, 2018 – Zillow Company Visit

November 21st, 2017 – Ruck it 5K

November 19th to 21st, 2017 – MBA Veterans Conference in Chicago

November 11th, 2017 – Husky Alumni Veteran Watch Party

November 8th, 2017 – Experiencing Foster Program

November 2nd, 2017 – Foster School Centennial Leadership Dinner

September 28th, 2017 – Veteran Transition Success Workshop

Alumni

Alumni: Your time as an MBA candidate may be over, but there are numerous ways to stay connected and continue contributing to the Foster veteran community.

As a veteran or veteran ally, you understand there are many unfamiliar aspects of the civilian job search, particularly for those who have recently transitioned. The different firms and job functions, basic networking etiquette, and even cultural fit can surprise those who have just left the military. If you are willing to offer assistance to transitioning veterans as they navigate through the Foster School of Business, please sign up using the Mentor Registration Form.

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