November 8, 2019

For Immediate Release             

Contacts: 

Carrie Wofford, President | carrie@vetsedsuccess.org (202) 422-6338

Veterans Education Success Announces New Team Members and Renewed Partnership to Better Serve Military-Connected Students

New staff and partnerships will capitalize on the growth experienced in 2019

Washington, D.C. – Carrie Wofford, President at Veterans Education Success, announced new additions to their leadership team and renewed partnerships today to meet the increasing demand for advocacy and programmatic support of military-connected students in higher education. 

Aniela Szymanski joined Veterans Education Success in November 2019 as the Senior Director for Legal Affairs and Military Policy. Prior to joining Veterans Education Success, Aniela was Director of Government Relations at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) where she worked on a variety of military and veteran-related legislative and policy matters including those related to the GI Bill.  Ms. Szymanski also served as a visiting professor of practice at the College of William & Mary School of Law, and supervising attorney of its Veterans Clinic. Ms. Szymanski is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where she serves as a judge advocate and civil affairs officer. 

“Aniela brings tremendous expertise and leadership,” said Carrie Wofford, President. “Veterans Education Success is growing in both size and talent.”

Veterans Education Success also announced the addition of two new law fellows, who provide free legal services to veterans who have questions or problems with their GI Bill, including veterans defrauded by predatory colleges.

  • Allison Muth, who earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019 and graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 2016 with a B.A. in Classics and Linguistics.. 
  • Alex Kish, who received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2019, where he graduated with honors and was given the Pro Bono Service Award. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University and is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  

Veterans Education Success also renewed their partnership with Barrett Y. Bogue who joined in November 2018 as Senior Communication Advisor. Mr. Bogue is President & Founder of Evocati LLC, a veteran-owned consulting company that helps business and nonprofit leaders realize their potential in the military-connected community. Prior to founding Evocati he served as Vice President for Public Relations and Chapter Engagement at Student Veterans of America and was Acting Deputy Director for GI Bill Outreach and Oversight at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Bogue is a graduate of the Presidential Management Fellows Program (2006) and alumni of the 2019 George W. Bush Presidential Center Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program.  

“What I’ve discovered working with Veterans Education Success this past year is a team that values collaboration and truly serving underrepresented students in college,” said Mr. Bogue. “Renewing this partnership for two more years is a testament to both their continued impact and the vital mission we share in improving the academic outcomes of the military-connected community.”  

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About Veterans Education Success

Veterans Education Success is a veteran advocacy organization whose mission is to advance higher education success for veterans, service members, and military families, and to protect the integrity and promise of the GI Bill and other federal education programs. The organization offers free legal services, advice, and college and career counseling to servicemembers, veterans, their survivors, and families using federal education benefits, and helps them participate in their democracy by engaging with policymakers. Veterans Education Success also provides policy expertise to federal and state policymakers, and conducts non-partisan research on issues of concern to student veterans, including student outcomes and debt levels. Additional information is available at www.vetsedsuccess.org.