GW Veterans Executive Board
Jesse Robinson, President
Jesse is a U.S. Navy veteran and an Air Rescue Swimmer/Tactical Helicopter Aircrewman. He enlisted out of Rhinelander, WI at the age of 17– he’s a Hodag (Google it)! In March 2016 and after six years of active duty, Jesse began pursuing his educational goals and is a junior studying Accounting in the School of Business.
Jesse's sea tour included four years at Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven One in San Diego, CA. During that time, he served as Search & Rescue Program Manager, Operations Leading Petty Officer, CPR Program Manager, and Defense Readiness Analyst. Jesse completed one eight-month deployment on board the USS John C. Stennis and USS Mobile Bay in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Jesse’s hobbies include being physically active, whether it’s playing baseball, basketball, and football, hiking, backpacking, and traveling to new places.
As President, Jesse is responsible for the organization as a whole. Jesse plans to work with administration and achieve priority registration for undergraduate veterans, continue providing career development opportunities, enable members every opportunity to succeed in the classroom with continuous resources, establish friendships, and bring the military community and general student body together!
Johnny Gadea, Vice President
SSgt Johnny Gadea was born in Jinotega, Nicaragua and moved to Miami, Florida when he was 9 years old. After high school, Johnny attended Florida International University and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 2011. After recruit training, Johnny reported to the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC.
Johnny completed the entry level Administrative Specialist course in August 2011. From August 2011 to December 2014, Johnny was assigned to 1st Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, CA where he was promoted to the ranks of Lance Corporal, (meritorious) Corporal, and (meritorious) Sergeant. Also holding the billets of S-1 noncommissioned officer in charge and Admin Chief.
Johnny deployed with Combat Logistics Company 153, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, I Marine Expeditionary Force from August 2012 to March 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In July 2014, Johnny reported to the Intermediate Administrative Specialist Course in Camp Johnson, North Carolina. Upon completion Johnny returned to his parent command, 1st Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
In January 2015, Johnny reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower Reserve Affairs, Quantico, VA. During this time Johnny served as an Action Officer for the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Branch under Manpower Plans and Policy Division, Manpower Reserve Affairs. In November 2016 Johnny was selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the Officer Candidate School in January 2017. Upon completion of OCS Johnny was admitted to the George Washington University where he began classes Fall 2017. He is studying International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Johnny is married to Rory Linehan; they have a puppy named Huckleberry and live in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.
James Hiebert, Treasurer
In 2008, James joined the National Guard out of Plainview, MN as a Medical Laboratory Technician. He began phase I of the 68 Kilo training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and phase II of his training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. During this time, he worked closely with other Lab Technicians to gain experience in each laboratory department: chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and the blood donor center. Additionally, James had the opportunity to assist with an autopsy, giving him a better understanding of human anatomy. This experience strengthened his aspiration of becoming a Medical Doctor.
When James was retired from the military in 2015, he enrolled at a college in Wilmington, NC to finish his degree. Upon completion, he received an associate’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from The George Washington University. The next semester, James enrolled at GWU so he could receive a B.S. in Biology. Currently, James is working on his degree requirements as well as the prerequisites for medical school, and has been involved in GW Veterans, where he created a successful ongoing fundraising initiative. James would like to attend medical school at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following med school, he hopes to specialize in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery or Pediatric Dermatology. James’ hobbies include frisbee golf, skydiving, and rock music.
As Treasurer, James is responsible for all financially related matters for GW Veterans. It is James’ responsibility to maintain accurate financial records and organizational transactions, submit monthly financial statements to the Executive Board, and send budget proposals to the GW Student Association and Student Veteran Association. As Treasurer, James attends all financial training and meetings that are required by the GW Student Association.
Nicole Serafino, Secretary
Nicole served as an active duty Field Radio Operator in the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of her service, she achieved the rank of Sergeant. Nicole was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 8th Communications Battalion (8th Comm. BN). Along with her unit, Nicole deployed to Germany for Operation Combined Endeavor. While deployed, she worked to streamline communications amongst 40 different countries.
Following her time with 8th Comm. BN, Nicole was stationed at Indian Head, Maryland with the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF). There she attended training that prepared her unit to respond with minimal warning to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive threat or event. Additionally, she received training from the Fire Department of New York at their academy. While at CBIRF, Nicole was assigned the duties of the Training NCO and later became the Platoon Sergeant.
Nicole was an instructor for the Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar held at CBIRF, and was directly responsible for the creation of the pilot course. As an instructor, she influenced many junior Marines by mentoring and engaging in discussions on leadership, self-resilience, ethics, morals, and societal issues.
As a transfer student from Woodbridge, VA, Nicole is currently a junior at The George Washington University. She was accepted into the Milken School of Public Health, where she is studying Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. She enjoys working out, being active outside, trying new foods, dancing, and playing fetch with her puppy, Mylah.
As Secretary, she will bring forward her leadership experience from the Marine Corps as well as the knowledge and skills she garnered at the Student Veterans of America’s 2017 National Conference (NATCON). Nicole will advocate for student veterans and help advance the military-affiliated community’s image at GW and the greater DC area.
As Secretary, Nicole is responsible for all external & internal communication for the organization, the tracking & maintenance of membership records, and recording minutes for General Body and Executive Board meetings.
Lauren Mouacdie, Director of Communications & Military Family Liaison
Lauren Mouacdie is a senior from Laguna Niguel, CA studying Communication, Human Services, and Social Justice. She initially became interested in veteran’s affairs because her boyfriend, Andrew, is a U.S. Marine officer and fellow GW alum. A consultant at the GW Writing Center, two-time participant in the GW Alternative Breaks program, and active member of both GW’s gender-inclusive community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Lauren is passionate about community involvement, service, and development, and intends to pursue a future career in nonprofit management while hopefully serving as a civilian Family Readiness Officer or assistant for military families transitioning into the lifestyle. Her hobbies include reading, writing, baking, running, and volunteering.
As the Military Family Liaison, Lauren’s role is to connect with DMV military and veteran families in the community and assist with events put on by GW Vets. A huge people person, Lauren is always excited to meet new friendly faces, so feel free to say hi to her at our next social!
As Director of Communications, Lauren oversees the daily maintenance of GW Veterans’ social media platforms and website, as well as the promotion of events.
Jorge Rios, Director of Operations
Jorge is a Marine Corps veteran from Tucson, Arizona. Jorge joined the Marine Corps following high school and served as a Military Police Officer. Jorge has deployed to multiple theaters of operation throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. His billets while in the Marine Corps included fire team leader, squad leader, and training NCO. Jorge is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at The Elliott School of International Affairs. His hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, long walks on the beach, shooting guns, and building model airplanes out of toothpicks. ِ
As Director of Operations, Jorge manages the Military Community Center, delegates tasks to other members to ensure the center operates efficiently, and advises the President and Vice President on matters related to the day-to-day functions and overall efficiency of the organization.
Emerson Jones, Director of Development
Emerson is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and former infantryman from Seattle, WA. While in active duty, he served in numerous positions, from Battalion Training NCO, and RBE Administrative Clerk to Machine Gun Team Leader, and Jump Platoon Vehicle Commander. Emerson deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, serving throughout the Asia-Pacific area. Following his honorable End of Service from the U.S. Marines in October of 2015, Emerson started classes at Bellevue College with an intended major in International Relations. While at Bellevue College, Emerson was heavily involved within the community in organizations such as Fourblock, Work of Honor, and Bellevue College Association of Veterans. Further, Emerson was endowed with the prestigious 2016 Veterans in Global Leadership Fellowship, and was a member of the Bellevue College Honor Society. His hobbies include scuba diving, hiking, cooking, working out, reading, and sailing.
After transferring to The George Washington University Elliott School in January of 2017, Emerson is currently a very active undergraduate student in GW Vets, serves as an NROTC Mentor, and continues his service to the community.
As GW Veterans Director of Development, Emerson oversees grant writing and assists with organizational development while working hand-in-hand with the rest of GW Veterans staff.
Marc Castillo, Graduate Outreach Coordinator
Marc Castillo is an M.A candidate in the Latin American Hemispheric Studies Program with a focus on International Business and Brazilian Studies. He served as a U.S. Naval Officer for nearly seven years with experience at sea, both shore and forward deployed. Marc has interned at The Treasury Department in the Western Hemisphere Office (Washington D.C.) and has also interned at Global Urban Development in Porto Alegre. He has traveled profusely around Latin America and lived, worked, and studied in several countries throughout the region. Marc graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from the Virginia Military Institute in December, 2005. Marc is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Marc´s hobbies include reading, working out, running, acting goofy, eating, laughing, watching documentaries and adventure traveling.
Sydney Eskin, Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator
Sydney Eskin is an undergraduate student from Fort Myers Beach, Florida in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is majoring in Systems Engineering and minoring in Naval Science, attending GW on a full scholarship from the United States Navy in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. In addition to serving on the GW Veterans Executive Board, Sydney is very involved in campus life and outside organizations. For two years, she served as a Senator for the Student Association and held leadership positions on multiple committees. Sydney also provides oversight as a second-year Director to GW Dance Marathon, GW’s largest fundraiser for children's health, and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. When she graduates, Sydney will commission as an officer into the Navy. She hopes to be a part of the Surface Warfare community and potentially lateral transfer to work as a Judge Advocate General as well. Her hobbies include playing piano, running, singing, traveling, cooking, and reading.
As Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator, Sydney is responsible for representing and connecting with our undergraduate population of VALOR students as well as traditional students for various events and initiatives.
Charlie Spirtos, Fundraising Director
Charlie Spirtos is a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in International Affairs with a Concentration in Middle East Studies. Charlie is originally from the Rust Belt town of Youngstown, Ohio. The grandson of a WWII veteran and nephew of Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, Charlie is passionate about giving back to those who have given their lives to protecting our country. Charlie has experience volunteering with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and is the former chapter President of GWU Red Cross Club. In his free time, Charlie enjoys hiking, biking, hosteling, and theatre. Charlie speaks both Arabic and Greek, and has aspirations to attend Navy Officer Candidate School post-graduation.
As the Fundraising Director, Charlie creates and manages new fundraising events to support the cost of operating the organization and future programming activities. His responsibilities also include facilitating dialogue among various GW departments, donor outreach, and applying for grants.
Anthony Caliri, Navy ROTC Liaison
Anthony is a senior from Hanson, Massachusetts. He is an undergraduate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences studying Systems Engineering with a minor in Naval Science. Along with his studies, he is also a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and GW Veterans. When he graduates, Anthony will commission as an officer in the United States Navy. He hopes to be a pilot and go to Pensacola for flight school. His hobbies are long boarding, photography, running, and weightlifting.
As the Navy ROTC Liaison, Anthony serves as the formal representative to The George Washington Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. Both a NROTC student and a member of the GW Veterans Executive Board, Anthony provides a unique perspective and voices the concerns of Navy ROTC students at GW. Anthony is also responsible for facilitating communication between the two organizations to foster a stronger relationship and to provide coordination for events and varied initiatives.
Ryan Cast, Army ROTC Liaison
Ryan is an undergraduate at GW in the Elliott School of International Affairs from Lake Forest, IL. As a senior, Ryan is pursuing a B.A. of International Affairs with concentrations in Security Policy and International Economics. On an Army ROTC scholarship at Georgetown’s Hoya Battalion, he plans to commission into the United States Army as Field Artillery Officer. Ryan’s long-term plans include obtaining advanced degrees in the fields of International Economics and Security Studies and starting a business with the excuse to travel the world. His hobbies include traveling to new countries, hiking, reading history, and engaging with new people. Ryan is excited to be the conduit through which the HOYA Battalion and GW Veterans can engage more closely and effectively.
As the Army ROTC Liaison, Ryan serves as the formal representative to the Georgetown University’s Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Hoya Battalion program. Both an ROTC student and member of GW Veterans Executive Board, Ryan provides a unique perspective and voices the concerns of Army ROTC students at GW. Ryan is responsible for communication between the two organizations and fostering a stronger relationship by providing coordination for events and various initiatives.
Colin Pate, Air Force ROTC Liaison
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.
As the Air Force ROTC Liaison, Colin serves as the representative to the Howard University’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Detachment 130. An AFROTC student and a member of the GW Veterans Executive Board, Colin provides a unique perspective, and voices the concerns of the Air Force ROTC students at GW. Colin is responsible for facilitating coordination for events and varied initiatives, and hopes to establish and grow a relationship between Detachment 130, Arnold Air Society, and GW Veterans.
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) holding the roles of Training NCOIC, Operations NCOIC, and Platoon Sergeant. In August of 2013, Yannick left active duty, joined the Army Reserve, enrolled at GW, and moved to DC after living in Europe for three years. 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 prior to joining the Executive Board. He also worked for the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services assisting students with their benefit 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 in an effort 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.
Yannick currently works for the Department of the Navy where he does aerospace-related work and serves in the Army Reserve as a Weapons Technical Intelligence Analyst for his drilling unit at Aberdeen Proving Ground. His hobbies include snowboarding, wakeboarding/tubing, driving anything with an engine, playing softball/baseball, eating, and traveling.
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.
Tommy Elms, Director of Strategic Engagement
Tommy Elms is a recent GWU graduate from Arlington, VA who majored in Geography with minors in GIS and Public Health, and will also be continuing his graduate studies at GW. He served in the US Navy for four years as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. His hobbies include playing guitar, writing music, and skateboarding. In addition, he makes music under the moniker of Our Kansas.
As the Strategic Engagement Advisor, Tommy works alongside the President, Vice President, and Director of Development to engage partnerships to grow the organization and increase the organization's development.
Tore Capriglione, Executive Aide
Salvatore Capriglione is an undergraduate student from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy and minoring in Naval Science. Salvatore attends GW on a full scholarship from the United States Navy in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. In addition to serving the GW Veterans Executive Board, he is also on the executive board of the Italian Cultural Society. When he graduates, Salvatore will commission as an officer into the Navy. He aspires to join either the Nuclear or Surface Warfare community. His hobbies include Netflix, working out, reading, wrestling, and traveling.
As the Executive Aide, Tore is responsible for registering and documenting GW Veteran’s events, as well as assisting the Executive Board in numerous capacities.
Adam Micciche, Civic Engagement Co-Coordinator
Adam Micciche is a sophomore from Winchester, MA at The George Washington University in the School of Business. He has yet to declare his major, but is interested in a concentration in Information Systems and Technology Management. Elsewhere on campus, Adam was recently initiated into the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and just finished a successful season with the club ice hockey team. He comes to GW veterans with a good attitude and an outside perspective. While Adam is not directly affiliated with the military, he has a passion for volunteering, and hopes to bring the outside community closer to GW Veterans. His hobbies include ice hockey, spikeball, cooking, and hammocking.
As Civic Engagement Co-Coordinator, Adam coordinates and oversees GW Veterans' philanthropic and volunteer events and acts as a liaison to the GW Veteran Service Initiative.
Ryan Bethke, Civic Engagement Co-Coordinator
Ryan is a sophomore from Latrobe, PA currently majoring in Political Science. He is also on a full scholarship as a cadet in the Georgetown University’s Army ROTC Hoya Battalion. In addition to GW Vets and Army ROTC, Ryan is an active member of Greek life as the Vice President of the Kappa Alpha Order. In the future, he would like to branch Aviation or Field Artillery. Ryan is very excited for his new position, and looks forward to helping the organization grow. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sports, and hanging with the boys.
As Civic Engagement Co-Coordinator, Ryan coordinates and oversees GW Veterans' philanthropic and volunteer events and acts as a liaison to the GW Veteran Service Initiative.
Chris Lee, Operations Assistant
Having dropped out of school at an early age, Chris was tremendously dispirited and felt hopeless. However, in 2011, he fulfilled his childhood dream by enlisting in the U.S. Army, which fundamentally altered the course of his life.
He went on to serve four years in active duty with the 1st Infantry Division stationed in Fort Riley, KS. Upon his discharge, he re-enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he currently continues his commitment to public service.
Thanks to the military, Chris has finally begun to seek his educational goals and aspirations again. Currently at GW, he is a sophomore studying in the Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in Asian studies. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career within the realms of diplomacy, government, and foreign service.
GW Vets has been and continues to be an immense resource for Chris and newly transitioned veterans, and the people within the organization have been overwhelmingly accommodating and gracious. He wishes to do the same for incoming VALOR students.
Nate Baty, Operations Assistant
Nathaniel Baty grew up in Scott County, Virginia. In 2007, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. After 5 years of service, he was honorably discharged in 2012 and moved to D.C. to work while his wife finished graduate school. He then enrolled in The George Washington University School of Business in 2016. His hobbies include hiking, reading, sports and music.
As Deputy Director of Operations, Nathaniel assists in the oversight, development, and organization of the Military Community Center (MCC).
Peter Spectre, Civillian Supporter Liaison
Peter is a sophomore from Belfast, Maine at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he plans to obtain a degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy. He is a current the President of the Kappa Alpha Order’s Alpha Nu chapter, and serves as a delegate to the Interfraternity Council. Peter is also a former delegate to the American Legion Boys State program in his home state of Maine, and was the 2015 Vice President of Boys’ Nation in Washington, D.C. Peter enjoys snowboarding, bicycling, hiking and exploring the outdoors. He currently serves as a student counselor at Boys’ State, and hopes to bring his enthusiasm for veteran’s rights and awareness to GW as the new GW Veterans Civilian Supporter Liaison.
As the Civilian Supporter Liaison, Peter works alongside the Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator and Civic Engagement Coordinator's by serving the military affiliated students with perspective of a traditional student.
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!