“I grew up in the Appalachia area of East Tennessee. I joined the Navy as an Intelligence Officer because I wanted a job with meaning and purpose. I wanted to dedicate myself to helping make the world a better, more secure place for so many global communities faced with instability, while also serving my own country by helping to keep my fellow service members safe. I feel like I have been living out of a suitcase for the past 9 years and, while it is exciting getting to travel so much, it can be really hard. It has taught me to truly savor the precious moments that I have with the people I love.
“Before I moved to Guam, a Navy pilot, Michael, acquired my email address through his squadron and sent me a message asking if I wanted to be his roommate. Truthfully at first, I thought it was so peculiar that a strange guy would email me and ask to be my roommate. However, once I moved to Guam, I realized that it is completely normal for HSC-25 officers to live together due to expensive rent. Michael and I coincidentally happened to be the two single officers in need of roommates at the time, so I acquiesced and moved in with him mostly just so I could afford to live in a nice place in Guam. After a few weeks of being roommates, we became best friends. I don’t think there was a specific moment that I knew he was the one, rather it was a beautiful evolution of getting to discover what an extraordinary person he is and over time realizing that I couldn’t imagine growing old with anyone else or finding anyone else who loves me as fiercely and completely as he does. I am so blessed to be married to my best friend.
“I am currently working at Goldman Sachs in New York City in Investment Banking. I am going to Harvard Business School full-time starting in August. My long-term career goal sometime post-Harvard is to start a small-business consulting firm to embolden entrepreneurs in underserved, post-conflict communities as a way to empower war-torn areas to overcome extreme poverty and rebuild their lives.
“I tend to measure my success in life by the people in my life, so I have to say that the most rewarding part of my military career has been the relationships that I have formed over the years. I have made some of my greatest friends while serving and I have also had a unique opportunity to forge relationships with so many people from foreign countries. I am a better person today and even more inspired to want to make a positive difference in this world thanks to the incredible people who have touched my life throughout my career.”