SVO Secretary

headshot of Katherine QuartaroKaty Quartaro | Student Veterans Organization – Secretary (Email: secretary@svosu.org / LinkedIn)

Katherine Quartaro is a current student of the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Forensic Science and Psychology, with an expected graduation date of December, 2018. Prior to attending Syracuse University, she was enrolled at the University of Maryland University College.

After graduating in December 2018, Katherine plans on applying to graduate school to study Medicolegal Death Investigation.

Katherine served eight years in the United States Marine Corps in multiple specialties within the Military Police field. She attended Recruit Training aboard Parris Island, SC, and following Marine Combat Training and Military Police school, she reported to the III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, Military Police Support Company on Okinawa, Japan. Katherine served with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard MCAS Futenma for six months prior to returning to Camp Hansen.

She deployed to Mindanao, in the Philippines, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom- Philippines, as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines. There she conducted convoy operations, perimeter security and secure facility access control. Upon returning to Okinawa, she attended Basic Military Working Dog Handler training at Lackland AFB, TX.

After transferring to MCB Kaneohe Bay, HI, Katherine served as a working dog hander for the Provost Marshal’s Office, and supported the U.S. Secret Service on multiple missions. Katherine later conducted a lateral move and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, to be an agent within the Criminal Investigation Division. She returned to Hawaii and conducted numerous investigations and attended follow-on training prior to being honorably discharged as a Sergeant in October 2016.

Katherine was nominated for the Executive Board position of Secretary for the SVO. She hopes to facilitate as many opportunities as possible for veterans to become involved and to be successful here at Syracuse University.


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Anthony Pegues - '17
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I was born in Montclair California where I was raised until my Dad joined the Navy as a Pilot. Around 6 we moved to Corpus Christy Texas, Jacksonville Florida, Oak Harbor Washington, El Centro California and Dallas Texas. Once I graduated from high school in 2008, I joined the Army where I served 4 years at Ft Drum, NY during that I did a tour to Iraq. I’m currently a junior in Whitman studying Accounting with the graduation date projected to be May 2017. From the time spent in the army to now I have found how rewarding it is to see others grow and succeed. I’m looking to take what I’ve learned in the Army and college to a level of professionalism that will reach more people and grow the organization so that more underrepresented groups have the same opportunity that I’ve been able to thrive with. Currently, I am serving as the president of NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) and the secretary of the SVO. Upon graduation, I will be working for GE in the Financial Management Program.
Vice President 2016-7
Secretary 2016-7

Kierston L. Whaley - '17
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Kierston Whaley, a Whitman student, served in the US Army for 8 years. Out of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion at Fort Drum NY, she was the Signal Company’s Operations and Training Room NCO, and deployed to the Khost Provence of Afghanistan in February 2006.

Kierston is currently a student at the Whitman school perusing a Bachelors in Professional Accounting, and plans to enroll in the Graduate program upon her graduation in May of 2017. She is the treasurer of the Student Veteran Organization (SVO), the secretary of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and a peer advisor to incoming veterans. Kierston is also active in the Woman’s Leadership Initiative on campus and recently completed the Veteran Woman Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference in Charlotte, NC. This past semester Kierston was inducted in the S.A.L.U.T.E. national honor society, and named student veteran of the month for April 2016.

Off campus Kierston is very involved with her gym and competes in Crossfit competitions, and enjoys signing in a community choir.
President 2017-8
Treasurer 2016-7

Alex Brigandi - '17
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Alex Brigandi is a Syracuse local, born and educated right across Onondaga Lake in Liverpool. After graduating Liverpool HS ‘05, Alex enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served four years as an Airframe Structural Mechanic, maintaining F/A18C fighter jets. While enlisted he deployed twice, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, on the U.S.S Nimitz and the U.S.S Stennis. After Alex’s first enlistment, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to his hometown of Syracuse, NY. Since his separation, he has earned an Associates degree from Onondaga Community College in Computer Information Systems. And is currently a Senior in the iSchool, graduating this May with his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Management and Technology. Since his transfer, Alex has become an active member of the Student Veteran Organization and a Team Leader of the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education(P.A.V.E) Program.
Secretary 2016-7
Webmaster 2016-7

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