The Veteran Career Training Team

Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through its focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families.

The IVMF, the national leader in the design and delivery of educational and vocational training programs for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, was selected in 2015 to partner with the Schultz Family Foundation on the development and implementation of Onward to Opportunity.

“What a remarkable level of service [Syracuse University is] providing to the institution I am now privileged to lead. You have done so much to welcome our veterans and their families, and are now doing what we really need–couple thoughtful, intellectual work and to understand the opportunities represented by this amazing group of people we call our veterans–to better our country and the future of the institution I hold so dear.” – The Honorable Ashton Carter, U.S. Secretary of Defense, March 31, 2015

Meet the O2O-VCTP team below:

Jim McDonough – Managing Director at IVMF

Michael Bianchi – Senior Director of Education & Training, IVMF

Dave Roddenberry – National Program Director

Adam (A.J.) Florkowski – Program Manager

Daniel Piston – Coordinator

Michael Schoeneck – Distance Learning Manager

Laura Cooper – Director, Advising & Enrollment Services

Kim Keller – Manager, Advising Services

Allison Roth, Advisor

David Sly, Advisor

Elissa Gibbs, Advisor

Maithreyee Dube, Manager, Enrollment Services

Edward Zaremba, Enrollment Coordinator

James Schock, Enrollment Coordinator

Richelle Quigley, Enrollment Coordinator


Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 305,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture is committed to equipping 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. Accenture has partnered with IVMF since 2011 to help military men and women leverage the valuable skills they gained in the service as they transition to new careers. Through cash and pro bono consulting support, Accenture has helped build IVMF capabilities by piloting a coordinated network of private, public and nonprofit resources to offer holistic services that include employment training, housing, healthcare and expanding existing career services initiatives known as AmericaServes. Through its partnership in the Onward to Opportunity initiative, Accenture has provided support through project management, curriculum design, and corporate recruiting support.

Allison Fisher – Management Consulting Manager, Accenture Health & Public Service

Allison Nowotnik Fisher is a Washington, D.C.-based Manager within Accenture’s Health and Public Service practice. Allison’s background includes over eight years of experience in developing learning and workforce development solutions for public and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she provides project management and implementation support for the Onward to Opportunity program as part of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.


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