The Team

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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. IVMF 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.

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 and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the development and implementation of Onward to Opportunity program.

“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 team below:


Michael Bianchi – Senior Director of Education & Training, IVMF


Michael Schoeneck – National Program Manager


Amy Taft – Curriculum and Learning Manager


Jacqui Buchanan – Program Evaluation Manager


Michael Drum, National Program Coordinator


Kim Keller – User Experience Manager


Jarod Perkionieme
Jarod Perkionieme, Manager, Advising Services


Allison Roth, Advisor


Jillian Johansen, Advisor


Maithreyee Dube, Manager, Enrollment Services


Billy Lockhart, Enrollment Coordinator


Priyantha Fernando, Enrollment Coordinator


 Linda Nellis
Linda Nellis, Enrollment Coordinator


 Amy Tiernan
Amy Tiernan, Enrollment Coordinator

Charles Western

Charles Western, 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 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 IVMF pilot a network of coordinated resources for veterans known as AmericaServes. Through its participation in O2O, 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 creating learning and workforce development solutions for public and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she provides project management and implementation support for O2O as part of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.