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GW Veterans Executive Board
Ryan Welch, President
Ryan is an undergraduate student in GW's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he is currently studying Mechanical Engineering. Before arriving at GW, Ryan served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-17 Globemaster. Ryan has served at Travis AFB, NAVSTA Rota, Spain, Joint Base Charleston, Balad AB, Iraq, and Incirlik AB, Turkey.
Currently, Ryan works for the Department of the Navy as a Mechanical Engineer Intern in the Aerospace field. He aspires to continue his education beyond undergraduate and obtain a M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2020.
As President, Ryan is responsible for the organization as a whole. Ryan plans to continue providing career development opportunities, build membership, build opportunities for members to succeed in the classroom, and continue to strengthen the relationship between the military community and general student body.
Colin Pate, Vice President
Colin is an undergraduate student from Fairfield, Connecticut studying Aerospace Engineering at GW on scholarship from the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. In addition to ROTC, he is a member of the GW Rocket team, which competes against universities all over America in designing, manufacturing, and launching rockets. Colin also competes on GW’s Model United Nations team, which placed sixth this year out of hundreds of other universities. This year Colin also serves as the Deputy Squadron Commander of the Andrew D. Turner Chapter of Arnold Air Society, which is a professional service organization advocating the support of aerospace power. Upon graduating, Colin will commission as an officer in the United States Air Force, and hopes to work as a Space Operations Officer to oversee space surveillance, space lift, space warning, and satellite command and control. His hobbies include hiking, camping, running, and playing basketball.
Quinn Kilrain, Secretary and Social Media Coordinator
Quinn is an undergraduate at GW in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Quinn is a Sophomore with a Concentration in Security Policy as well as a minor in Russian. She is originally born in Houston, TX, but as the daughter of two naval officers, she has lived throughout the world, living in many different states and countries. Her hobbies include going to the beach, traveling, and doing anything with her friends. Quinn is excited to work with GW Veterans as the Secretary and Social Media Coordinator as the organization helped her a lot in her transition as a freshman into college life and information her GI Bill benefits.
As Secretary, Quinn conducts record keeping and organizes E-board meetings. In addition, she publishes facebook and org sync events to ensure members are aware of the various that GW Vets are participating in. As both Secretary and Social Media coordinator, Quinn is able to let our members know what they need to know as soon as possible.
John Nam, Fundraising Coordinator
John was born in Fort Worth, Texas. As of 2018-2019 he is a sophomore studying International Affairs. His hobbies include basketball, soccer and playing the saxophone. Currently serving, John enlisted in the Navy Reserve out of high school. He graduated boot camp in September 2016 and trained to become an Electronics Technician while stationed in Illinois. Now, he trains with his Expeditionary Communications unit every month. John’s allegiance to America is attributed to his uncle, a Vietnam veteran.
As the Fundraising Coordinator, John aspires to further GW Veterans’ mission to give back to our community. He works with fellow members to ensure that the organization’s mission is properly funded
Melissa Donaldson, Undergraduate Outreach
Victoria Pridemore, Graduate Outreach
Yannick Baptiste, Alumni Relations Coordinator
Yannick, a GW Class of '17 alumni from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and Mechanical Engineer. While on active duty, he held positions working with the Department of State, United States Secret Service, and various NATO countries throughout the European Command (EUCOM). Yannick left active duty, joined the Army Reserve, enrolled at GW, and moved to DC after living in Europe for three years all in August 2013. In his transition, Yannick relied on GW Vets to meet peers in the DC area, played on the GW Vets softball team, helped tutor other members, and coordinated events before joining the Executive Board. He also worked for the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services assisting students with their benefits questions and led the Transition Assistance Guidance and Support (TAGS) program.
In his junior year, Yannick became the President of GW Veterans holding the position for two consecutive terms. During his tenure, he expanded the operating budget, increased membership by 300%, started an affinity group on LinkedIn, oversaw new logo branding, coordinated and/or executed 120+ events, initiated various fundraising efforts, and developed the GWVeterans.com website including the addition of a roommate finder and an online merchandise store. Upon taking the position, he spearheaded the Military Resource Center Initiative to place a centralized and dedicated space on the GW campus for VALOR students. His efforts led to the creation of the GW Military Community Center (MCC) located at 2035 F St. NW. Yannick finished his term furnishing and renovating the MCC by raising $9,500 through the Colonial Crowdfunding program and private donations.
Upon graduation, Yannick transitioned to a career as a federal employee and later become a DOD contractor. He continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a Weapons Technical Intelligence Analyst for his drilling unit at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
As Alumni Relations Coordinator, Yannick is responsible for connecting with graduates of The George Washington University who are interested in continuing their involvement and passing on their experience to the next generation of GW just as he continues to advise the GW Vets Executive Board.
Avani Sihra, Veterans Awareness Coordinator
As Veterans Awareness Coordinator Avani focuses on issues that affect Veterans. This includes ensuring members are aware of various mental health services at GW as well as working to bridge the gap between civilians and student veterans on campus. As a non-veteran member of the GW Veterans Executive Board, Avani hopes to serve as a different voice within the community, bringing in new perspectives. She is excited to get started!
Avani is a sophomore from Houston, Texas studying history, biology, and psychology. Her hobbies include exploring new places, baking, volunteering, spending time with friends, and many other things. As the daughter of a military servicemember, Avani has grown up with an appreciation for the military and cares deeply about issues facing the military community.
Jessica Martinez, Civic Engagement Coordinator
As the Civic Engagement Coordinator, Jessica finds opportunities for GW Vets to volunteer and reach out to the local community. This past summer, Jessica was instrumental in organizing tickets for 110 members, friends, and family to attend 2 baseball games at Nationals Ballpark.
Caroline Procak, Army ROTC Liaison
Caroline is an undergraduate at GW in the Elliott School of International Affairs from Wilmington, DE. As a sophomore, Caroline is pursuing a B.A. of International Affairs with a concentration in International Development. On an Army ROTC scholarship at Georgetown’s Hoya Battalion, she plans to commission into the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Her hobbies include traveling to new countries, meeting new people, hiking, cooking/baking, and spending time with friends. Caroline is excited to work with GW Veterans and the HOYA Battalion, so that they both can engage more closely and effectively.
As the Army ROTC Liaison, Caroline serves as the formal representative of Georgetown University’s Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Hoya Battalion program. Both an ROTC student and member of GW Veterans Executive Board, Caroline provides a unique perspective and voices the concerns of Army ROTC students at GW. Caroline is responsible for communication between the two organizations and fostering a stronger relationship by providing coordination for events and various initiatives.
Grady Wells, Navy ROTC Liaison
Mylah, Official Mascot
Mylah is 1 1/2 years old and was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She has a passion for service, and loves to make others smile, laugh, and relieve them from stress. Playing fetch with her is a way to her heart! Mylah also enjoys walks, spending time with her grandpa, and snuggling after a long day. She is proud to be a member of GW Veterans and looks forward to meeting everyone!