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Bai Kamara

Bai Kamara
M.A. Intelligence Studies, 2011

Bai is a U.S. Army Major stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is the senior intelligence officer for the 1st Armored Division Artillery, or DIVARTY. Bai is a native of Sierra Leone in West Africa. He arrived in the United States in the summer of 1995 and joined the Army shortly after that as a way to say “thank you” to his new home nation. He speaks six languages — four from his native Africa, English, and Russian. In addition to his degree from AMU, he also holds a bachelor’s and master’s in cartography from Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography. Bai has received numerous medals, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (5 oak leaf clusters). Bai was recently profiled in the El Paso Times.

Wes O'Donnell

Wes O'Donnell
M.A. International Relations, 2008; MBA, 2011

Wes is a speaker, professor, documentary filmmaker and serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of Warrior Lodge Media Group and has recently spoken at TED and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The author of "Rise. The Veteran's Field Manual for Starting Your Own Business and Conquering the Online Economy,” Wes also contributes articles to university blogs and media partners. Wes served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for a combined 10 years. Living in Michigan, he’s the former owner of MD-Advantages Healthcare, which produces OmniCart, the modular medical cart system he designed and patented to enhance workflow in the clinical environment. He is the owner of the ecommerce store, Modern Workspace, which sells traditional medical carts and video-conference furniture to other companies. Wes is also the founder and creative director of a military informational site, Warrior Lodge, and is a professor of applied leadership and predictive analytics at Baker College in Michigan. Wes is a consultant for American Military University and the managing editor of the InMilitary blog. Most importantly, Wes is a veteran who believes that when all 21.8 million veterans are united, we can change the world.

Kent Harraid

Kent Harraid
B.A. Military History

Kent works in the archives department at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. He was 5 years old when he was diagnosed with Duchene muscular dystrophy and has used a motorized wheelchair since he was 13. He volunteered at Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler before joining the Frontiers of Flight last year. He is part of the team that arranges visiting aircraft exhibits and plans events. He enjoys connecting with museum tours, especially when he can inspire disabled visitors. His goal is to pursue a career in marketing or public relations for a Smithsonian-affiliated aviation museum. Kent was also named as a finalist in the Dallas Foundation’s 2014 Good Works Under 40 Initiative, in recognition of his volunteer efforts. 

Gabrielle Newsam

Gabrielle Newsam
B.S. Sports and Health Sciences, 2008

Gabrielle works for the Military Entrance Processing Station in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she completes interviews and physicals for potential military recruits and those servicemembers who re-enlist. Gabrielle hopes to get a dual master’s in Sports Medicine and Sports Fitness. She states, “Everything I’ve learned in my AMU classes has helped me become a better clinician.” Gabrielle also serves as medical director at Grifols Plasma Resources in Raleigh and at several mental health and substance abuse counseling services in North Carolina.

Yesli Vega

Yesli Vega
B.A. Criminal Justice, 2015

Yesli serves as a police officer with the Manassas Park Police Department in Virginia and is also a military spouse. Her lifelong passion for justice and helping people motivated her to return to school, and she chose AMU for its flexibility and support. Yesli notes, “AMU enhanced the way I think. Now, I’m more aware and respectful of people’s different points of view. Policing has drastically changed, and my degree helped me better communicate with the people I serve.”

Tyler Armstrong

Tyler Armstrong
B.A. Management, 2014

Tyler works as an internal auditor on professional practices, reporting, and technology for SunTrust Bank, Inc. She is also an aviation resource manager with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where she has served since 2009. Tyler is currently pursuing her MBA at AMU and is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Student Veterans of America (SVA). “After receiving my B.A. Management, I was able to have a smooth transition from active duty into the corporate business world. The knowledge I gained from my degree at AMU along with my military work ethic, allowed me to be one step ahead of the competition. Now, I'm taking my education to the next level as I'm pursuing my MBA at AMU with a concentration in analytics. AMU has afforded me flexibility and the ability to take both my education and career to the next level through an advanced online learning platform.”

Chanda Chann

Chanda Chann
B.A. Management, 2013; MBA 2015

Chanda recently completed her MBA with a concentration in Marketing at the university. She works in commercial real estate, and belongs to many organizations, including the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the International Society of Emergency Managers. Chanda is a Khmer Rouge survivor, which taught her early on how to adapt quickly, and find her inner strength, confidence, and courage. Her future goals include landing a management position at a Fortune 500 company, where she can effectively use her expertise in human resources and project management. “At each and every step of the way, I had the support needed to move toward the ultimate goal—graduating and pursuing my career ambitions.” You can learn more about Chanda on the Military Officers Association of America website.

Uchenna Faumuina-Eze

Uchenna Faumuina-Eze
M.A. Sports Management, 2011

U.S. Air Force veteran Uchenna is an entrepreneur who started a brand and clothing line called Afakasi LLC. Uchenna currently works in IT and is the head women's basketball coach for Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia. Previously, Uchenna was a high school special education teacher and coach at the alternative Independent Hill School PACE East Program, in Prince William County. Uchenna worked with special needs students facing a broad range of challenges to success not just in school, but also in their daily lives. Their success has become his mission and, often, his team sports and coaching background has been an effective resource for problem solving with students.

Milicent Hanna

Milicent Hanna
M.A. Ed. Leadership, 2014

Milicent is an assistant principal within the Yakima, Washington School District. Milicent has provided English instruction to students for whom English is a second language. Milicent states, “I chose to go back to get my master’s degree because the field of education has changed dramatically. I wanted to ensure that I have the resources to put in place the systems to best serve my students’ educational needs. I am able to use and apply the knowledge from my degree at AMU directly in the school environment where I work. I’m able to take my leadership skills and organizational skills and help the teachers set up their classrooms so that the needs of the students come first.”

Linwood Harrison

Linwood Harrison
B.A. Intelligence Studies, 2013

Linwood is an active-duty Master Sergeant and Intelligence Chief in the U.S. Army, currently based in San Diego. Army deployments include Iraq, and he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Linwood is a member of Pi Gamma Mu and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Future plans include obtaining a master’s degree and working at an intelligence agency upon retirement from the military. He states, “The AMU professors supported me through several significant events in my life: while I was deployed, during a permanent change of station move (PCS), and through a cancer diagnosis. My professors not only encouraged me to study, but also to live.”

Hal Lindbergh

Hal Lindbergh
B.A. Homeland Security, 2014

Hal was named to 5 different honor societies, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He currently works as a supervisory special agent for CSX Railroad Police Department. He states, “AMU has impacted my life profoundly, and my thirst for knowledge has increased to greater levels.”

Scott Manning

Scott Manning
B.A. Military History

Scott has a long-term goal of becoming an historian and is using education as his path to reach that goal. Scott currently manages a team at a technology company, so he needed a college program that fit into his busy schedule. The collaboration with AMU’s expert faculty, coupled with his passion for successfully learning the history of warfare, resulted in Scott receiving magna cum laude honors. He states, “I was able to interact with teachers who wrote the textbooks and other teachers who were present for some of the actual events we studied.” Scott is now pursuing a master’s in Ancient and Classical History at AMU.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones
M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, 2012

Sarah built a 210 square foot, environmentally friendly “tiny house” equipped with a seating area, kitchen, and loft bedroom. Sarah constructed the home as part of her thesis project while pursuing her master’s degree. She received exceptional grades for her efforts. The tiny house is entirely “green” using propane and solar panels for its heat and power. Sarah points to AMU courses, “Elements of Sustainable Design” and “Advanced Green Logistics” as her inspiration for completing the project. Her leadership skills guided her to success in the project and she is now setting her sights on future challenging ventures. You can read more about Sarah’s tiny house adventure on her blog, Small House  Big Adventure.

Brandon Wilson

Brandon Wilson
MBA, 2014

Brandon completed his degree while working full time, fulfilling his military obligations as a U.S. Army reservist and helping out at his parents’ dairy farm. Brandon completed the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program with the federal government, where he converted to a permanent full time employee in the Logistics Management Directorate in September 2015. Additionally, Brandon was deployed to Thumrait, Oman in 2014 to help with the retrograde mission in Afghanistan. He was responsible for receiving cargo off of C17s, transporting the cargo to the Port of Salalah, and putting it on a vessel to come back to the United States. Upon his return, Brandon was able to achieve his dream to work in emergency and disaster management.  Brandon works in Logistics Operations where he is responsible for managing teams who deploy to Incident Support Bases or Federal Staging areas in the event of a disaster.  “I heard all of my military friends saying great things about AMU,” Brandon says regarding his decision to return to school to pursue his MBA with a concentration in homeland security and emergency and disaster management. “I really enjoyed the interaction in class. People are much more likely to speak their minds online than in a regular ‘brick-and-mortar’ classroom—so that was beneficial.”

 

Bai Kamara

 

Wes O'Donnell

 

Kent Harraid

 

Gabrielle Newsam

 

Yesli Vega