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Veteran Resources: Student Veteran Groups


GEORGETOWN University Student Veterans Association

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The mission of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUSVA) is to support student veterans at Georgetown University in their pursuit of higher education.  To support our veterans, the GUSVA conducts on-campus and off-campus advocacy, promotes a close community of student-veteran fellowship, and maintains productive dialogue between the student veteran community and university administration, faculty, and student body. 

The GUSVA also serves as a university ambassador to the greater Washington area and the nation.  Through community and alumni outreach, the GUSVA has formed relationships with government organizations, corporations, local businesses, and volunteer groups. These friendships have created a network beneficial to Georgetown student veterans and have allowed the GUSVA to support those that have supported our education.

If you are interested in attending Georgetown University and would like to know more about the Georgetown University Student Veterans of America, please contact a GUSVA officer for information.

President: TM Gibbons-Neff, is the current president of GUSVA and a sophomore in the college. TM served four years active duty with 1st Battalion 6th Marines and participated in two deployments to Afghanistan.

Vice President: Zachary Zimmerman, Zachary Zimmerman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and he served in the United States Marine Corps form 2006 until 2010. During his service as an infantryman for 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, Zach was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, and the Southern Helmand Province in Afghanistan. After he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps he attended the Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College where he was named valedictorian and was accepted as a transfer student into the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Zach and his wife Sarah live in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Treasurer: Ricardo Rivera, Ricardo Rivera is a native of the Edinburg, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas – Pan American with a Bachelor of Business Administration concentrating in Accounting.  He was commissioned in May 2007 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida as a Navy Supply Corps Officer.  Before serving in the military, LT Rivera worked at a CPA firm for two years primarily in the taxation department and also provided accounting and financial consulting services. He served onboard the guided missile cruiser USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) for two years to include a 7 month deployment in support of African Partnership Station. His last tour was at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC working as an acquisition specialist procuring major weapon systems for the Department of the Navy. He is a recent veteran having served 5 years on active duty. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Director of Communications: Russell Galeti,

Director of Community Outreach: Nicole Heydt, Nicole Heydt is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Classical Studies at Georgetown. She grew up as the dependent of a member of the U.S. Army in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She has done years of research as an off-campus intern at the National Institute of Health and is involved in a number of other volunteer groups. She has organized projects with a shelter for battered women and children in her hometown, organized community service projects in the Washington, DC area, and currently works with the Red Cross.

Director of Campus Programming: Nevada Schadler, Nevada Schadler is an undergraduate student in the College interested in public policy, government, and social work. Raised in a military household with a stepfather who is a Special Operations Green Beret and Army Ranger, Nevada is committed to advocating for and supporting veterans. She has volunteered on the House Armed Services Committee and hopes to continue her work with servicemembers and veterans during her time at Georgetown. She has also worked to organize and develop an initiative to spread awareness for cancer prevention through healthy living.

Director of Alumni Relations and GVAP Lead: Colby Howard, Colby Howard is a second-year graduate student at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Security Studies Program (SSP) and a recent BSFS graduate (F '12).  A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Colby served with the United States Marine Corps as a Reconnaissance Marine for eight years, including two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Colby served as GUSVA President for the 2011-2012 academic year but is now focused on creating and strengthening ties between the current generation of Georgetown student veterans and Georgetown veteran alumni.  He is also serving as the Georgetown Veteran Admissions Project lead, directing the group's initiative to attract talented men and women in uniform to study at Georgetown as undergraduate students.

Faculty Advisor: Prof. B. Mujica, Professor B. Mujica of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese serves a faculty veterans’ advocate and academic resource. She is the mother of a captain in the Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq and has recently received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a scholar, fiction writer and essayist, and has recently begun to write about veterans. If you have a question that is not answered on these pages, please contact her. She has many years of experience as a student advisor and will try to help you find the answer. Her office is located in ICC 405.

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Other Student Groups

McDonough Military Association (MMA):

The mission and goals of this club are to assist in the professional development and job search process of members, mentor incoming students, promote camaraderie among members, develop and maintain professional relationship with Veteran alumni, and raise awareness and support for the military at the McDonough School of Business. MMA is open to all Veterans of the military, both Officers and enlisted, from all service branches and all nationalities studying at the McDonough School of Business, as well as their partners and any other students that are interested in learning about the military and sharing in the MMA camaraderie. 

For more information, contact Van Standifer,

The HOYA Battalion is one of the finest Army ROTC programs in the nation pulling students from Georgetown University, The George Washington University, American University, Catholic University of America, and the Institute of World Politics. The Battalion has a long and distinguished history training officers for the United States Army, which can be read about in the Battalion History.

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