Veterans@Anderson
 

To Our Military Veteran Community

 

For the discipline you demonstrate.

For the ethics you embody.

For your leadership. For your teamwork.

For your sacrifices. For your service.

For the impact you make at UCLA Anderson.

We thank you.

 

From Service to Students

 

UCLA Anderson is proud to count among its student body more than 120 active military and veterans, who bring a sense of mission, organization and commitment to their education — and to the business world after graduation. Here are just a few of our students and their diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Drew J. Gordon (EMBA ’22)

Eddie Zeng (’22)

U.S. Navy, Lieutenant, Nuclear Submarine Officer, 7 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Association of Veterans at Anderson, Technology Business Association, Energy Management Group, Strategy & Operations Management Association, Outdoor Adventure Club

Professional & Career Interests: Technology, Cleantech

Drew J. Gordon (EMBA ’22)

Drew J. Gordon (EMBA ’22)

U.S. Army, Captain, Military Intelligence Officer, 2010 – 2019

Clubs & Associations: Association of Veterans at Anderson, Marketing Association, Innovation and Design at Anderson (IDeA), Net Impact

Professional & Career Interests: Having settled in the Pacific Northwest, I intend to return to a career in marketing and marketing analytics at one of our many top-tier outdoor sporting goods manufacturers or retailers.

Marc Hodel (’21)

Marc Hodel (’21)

U.S. Army, Captain, 8 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Outdoor Adventure Club (Co-President), Association of Veterans at Anderson (VP of Admissions and Finance), Technology Business Association/AnderTech, Challenge for Charity

Professional & Career Interests: I interned at the Wonderful Company’s strategy group in summer 2020 and plan to return upon graduation.

Dr. Scott C. Schmidt (EMBA ’22)

Dr. Scott C. Schmidt (EMBA ’22)

U.S. Air Force, Captain, 5 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Association of Veterans at Anderson, Healthcare Business Association, John Anderson Golf Club

Professional & Career Interests: Health Care, Entrepreneurship

Alice Hong (FEMBA ’22)

Alice Hong (FEMBA ’22)

U.S. Navy, Lieutenant, 7 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association, FEMBAssadors

Professional & Career Interests: Management Consulting

Michael Oram (FEMBA ’22)

U.S. Navy, Lieutenant, 6 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Sports Business Association, Out@Anderson

Professional & Career Interests: Management Consulting, Sports Analytics 

G. Todd Bessinger, M.D., Ph.D. (EMBA ’21)

Todd Bessinger, M.D., Ph.D. (EMBA ’21)

U.S. Army, Major, 15 years of service

Professional & Career Interests: Dermatology, Tropical Medicine

Peterson Dela Cruz (MBA '21)

United States Air Force (2010-2018), Captain, Civil Engineer Officer
Clubs & Associations: Anderson Real Estate Association, Net Impact, Anderson Tech Business Association
Professional & Career Interests: Sustainability, Technology, Real Estate, Management Consulting

Jeff Gum (FEMBA ’21)

Jeff Gum (FEMBA ’21)

U.S. Navy SEAL, Team Five, SO1/E6, 10 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association (Director of FEMBA), Entrepreneurs Association

Professional and Career Interests: Founder, Sunga Life; Public Speaker

Fernando Hernani (EMBA ’21)

Fernando Hernani (EMBA ’21)

U.S. Navy, Chief Navy Diver (E-7), 20 years of service (retired September 2019)

Clubs&Associations: Anderson Veterans Association, Anderson Latino Management AssociationProfessional & Career Interests: Continue work in training and development in the civilian sector, preferably in the tech industry

Kevin Holland (FEMBA ’21)

Kevin Holland (FEMBA ’21)

U.S. Navy, Lieutenant, 2012–present

Professional & Career Interests: Management Consulting, Social Impact

Cody Larsen (MBA '21)

US Air Force, 4 years, Captain
Clubs & Associations: Investment Finance Association, Anderson Real Estate Association, Anderson Veterans Association, Anderson Christian Fellowship
Professional & Career Interests: Investment Banking

Paul G. Lee (EMBA ’21)

Paul G. Lee (EMBA ’21)

U.S. Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant (Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Specialist), 2001–2005, 2009–2013

Club & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association

Professional & Career Interests: Finance, Investment Management

Lewis Martin (EMBA ’21)

Lewis Martin (EMBA ’21)

U.S. Marine Corps, Captain, 8 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Anderson Veterans Association

Professional & Career Interests: Management Consulting, Investment Banking, Private Equity

Jake Murphy (MBA ’21)

Jake Murphy (MBA ’21)

U.S. Marine Corps, Captain, 5 years of service

Clubs & Associations: Investment Finance Association, Entrepreneur Association, Energy Management Group, Board Fellow, Riordan Mentor, Junior Achievement Instructor

Professional & Career Interests: Leverage Anderson education and operations experience as a military and civilian engineering manager; identify and cultivate value in companies through finance and investment; eventually transition into corporate leadership, building companies that make life better for the average person

Quentin Yip (MBA ’21)

Quentin Yip (MBA ’21)

U.S. Air Force, Captain, 2010–16

Clubs & Associations: Management Consulting Association, AnderTech, Anderson Veterans Association, Basketball, Soccer, Outdoor Adventure Club, Asian Management Student Association

Professional & Career Interests: Strategy Consulting

 

Spotlight on Career Transitions

 
Jennifer Potts (’17)

UCLA Anderson MBA Bridged the Gap between Civilian and Military Training

Jennifer Potts (’17) manages customs and borders projects for U.S. Homeland Security

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Nur Labs Engineers Early Lung Cancer Detection Platform

Nur Labs Engineers Early Lung Cancer Detection Platform

A UCLA cross-campus innovation challenge created synergy for a startup

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U.S. Air Force pilot Nathan Gholston (’23)
From the Blog

Engineering His Transition

U.S. Air Force pilot Nathan Gholston (’23) homes in on the aerospace sector

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U.S. Navy helicopter pilot Yechan Kim (’23)
From the Blog

Excitement in the Air

U.S. Navy helicopter pilot Yechan Kim (’23) finds his classmates’ careers inspirational

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In The news

An Unlikely Recruit Answers His Calling

Dr. Todd Bessinger (’21) is a 2020 Tillman Scholar

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Listen for Inspiration

 

Four great voices in the FEMBA Class of 2022 chimed in to describe how UCLA Anderson is bridging their world-class military training with new corporate chapters in their careers. Austin Carroll Keeley, a U.S. Marine Corps. infantry officer who describes military service as public service, invited U.S. Navy Lieutenant Stacey Mercado (B.A. ’12), U.S. Coast Guard veteran Bob DeLullo and U.S. Air Force Captain Jamie Long to talk about where they started life, what their service has entailed and what’s next as they pursue their degrees.

 

 

High-achieving UCLA Anderson students and alumni across industries rely on their military training and business acumen

Balancing Everything

Class of 2020 graduate and John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow Rob Busalacchi is an investment banking associate at Barclays. He looks back on his experience balancing priorities while he went through the FEMBA program as a former U.S. Marine. Featuring: Rob Busalacchi (’20), Investment Banking Associate, Barclays

From Marine to Movie Maker

Why does a U.S. Marine Corps veteran earn an MBA from UCLA Anderson? And what can his military training teach the rest of us about dealing with COVID-19? Joel Searls reflects on these topics as well as his decision to reinvent himself as an associate producer of a feature-length Hollywood movie, Running with the Devil (2019), starring Nicholas Cage and Laurence Fishburne. Featuring: Joel Searls (’17), Investment Banking Associate, McCafferty & Company

Juan Rose (’13) and Derek Herrera (’15)

Successful Civilian Careers

Juan Rose (’13) and Derek Herrera (’15) met at the United States Naval Academy. They both joined the U.S. Marine Corps and pursued their executive MBAs at Anderson in succession. The friends were both John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows and have excelled professionally since graduating.

 

A Few of Our Veteran John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows

 

Each Day, Her Masterpiece

Danielle Schlegel (’20)
U.S. Navy

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Acting with Integrity

Rob Busalacchi (’20)
U.S. Marine Corps

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Self-Mastery in Leadership

Ryan Tan (’19)
Singapore Army

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Where Leaders Are Needed Most

Gerry Sims (’19)
U.S. Marine Corps

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Recent Stories about Veterans

 
High Impact Tea with Dr. John Fisher, MD, MBA '09 on Health, Leadership, Equity
podcast

Success for a UCLA Public-Private Partnership in South L.A.

USMC veteran Dr. John Fisher (MBA/M.D. ’09) on health, leadership and equity

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Actor and Bruin Tom Skerritt Served in the U.S. Air Force

Joel Searls (’17) reports for We Are the Mighty

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West Point graduate Henry Shin (’16) joined the U.S. Army with a sense of duty to his dual heritage

U.S. Army Combat Veteran Works the Pandemic Front Lines for L.A. County

Henry Shin (’16) tapped his UCLA Anderson network to make a professional move

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The Ideal Conduit to Careers in Tech

Bryce Luken (’14), Mike Benedosso (’14) and Andrew Lee (’16) acquired skills to shift from military to civilian careers

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Bring Us Your Sense of Mission

 

UCLA Anderson proudly counts active-duty military, reservists and veterans among its student body across degree programs.

EBV trains veterans for a new kind of challenge.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) consortium offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled as a result of their service to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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Five Questions With

 

Andrew Chan (B.S. ’05, ’13)

Manager, Deloitte Digital
Major, U.S. Army

Read the Answers

Evan Milnor ('17)

Co-Founder & COO, Office Bites
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

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Bo Cross ('16)

Operations Lead, MedArrive
Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy

Read the Answers
 

Financial Aid for Military

 

UCLA Anderson has options for you.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® & Yellow Ribbon Program

Mandatory student charges will be covered up to your eligibility percentage.

Application Fee Waivers

Application Fee waivers are available for all U.S. military applicants. To request a fee waiver for the full-time MBA, please reach out directly to MBA Admissions. To request a fee waiver for the Full-Employed MBA, reach out directly to FEMBA Admissions. To request a fee waiver for the Executive MBA or UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, reach out directly to EMBA Admissions.

Fellowships

Even if you are not eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, all full-time MBA students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed.

 

Connect with Us

 

Admissions and Financial Aid Offices

Full-Time MBA

Email: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-6944  

Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA)

E-mail: femba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-2632  

Executive MBA (EMBA)

Email: emba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-2632  

UCLA Veterans Resource Office

Emily Ives

Program Director
Email: eives@saonet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 206-3819 

Connect with a Student

Association of Veterans at Anderson

We encourage you to reach out directly to members of the Association of Veterans at Anderson (AVA) board, including the VP of Admissions.

CONNECT WITH THE AVA

Connect with an MBA Student

Fill out a short inquiry form on our full-time MBA's Connect with a Student web page: In the "question" field, indicate your interest to connect with a military veteran in our student-led Admissions Ambassador Corps.
CONNECT INQUIRY

UCLA Registrar’s Office

Ryan Redding

Veteran Student Affairs Officer
E-mail:  vabenefit@registrar.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-5391

“Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
— Coach John Wooden

“As a transitioning veteran, this quote helps remind me that hard work is done for self-satisfaction and rewarded by peace of mind. At the end of each day, I find comfort in knowing that if I dedicate 100 percent of myself to personal and professional growth, achievement is merely a side benefit.”

Captain Luke Goessman (EMBA ’18), U.S. Marine Corps

 

UCLA Resources for Veterans

 
LABA
resources

UCLA Veterans Facebook Group

Facebook page maintained by the Veterans Resources Center, where you can find out about events and important resources for Vets @UCLA

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Latin Heritage Anderson Afternoon
Resources

UCLA Veterans Resource Office

UCLA has been serving veterans for nearly 70 years! Whether through on- or off-campus support for student veterans, UCLA serves those who serve in myriad ways.

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Learn About the Organizations That Advance Our
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Mission

 
Women@Anderson
Black@Anderson
Veterans@Anderson
LGBTQ@Anderson
Latinx@Anderson
Asian@Anderson
 

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