ACP Veteran Protégés Thank Their Mentors


Protégé Spotlight

To recognize the successes of ACP’s Protégés, ACP periodically spotlights Protégés who have gone above and the beyond the requirements of the Mentoring Program to make the most of their mentorships. Mentors nominate their Protégés for this recognition by submitting a brief description detailing what their Protégé has done to help ensure their mentorship has been beneficial. ACP then reviews the nominations in order to select which Protégés to spotlight. Protégés are spotlighted on the website and through ACP’s social media.

If you believe that your Protégé deserves to be spotlighted, please email a brief synopsis explaining their dedication to the mentorship to Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on our website and social media.

Mentors are encouraged to submit nominations as they wish. 


Spotlight: Grant McGarry, Roswell, Georgia, U.S. Army

Mentor: Bill Lancaster, Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola

In just the first three months, Grant has made great progress in working against the objectives we set together for our mentorship. Grant has been diligent in ensuring we meet in person each month and have specific goals for our time together. Our early meetings were focused on identifying the best potential career tracks that match his natural talents and skills. Grant was fully engaged in the reading material we discussed and took a thorough self-assessment that we then reviewed together. This work served to bring clarity to Grant’s next steps in his post-military career. Additionally, he also had his book published, which has been made available on Amazon! Grant has clearly taken our mentorship seriously and is committed to leveraging the benefits of our collective work together. He truly is a great American and I am in awe of what he has already accomplished. The sky’s the limit going forward and I am honored to be a part of his journey.   


Mentor of the Month

To recognize the outstanding work of participating Mentors, ACP has created the Mentor of the Month contest. Each month, ACP staff reviews nominations and selects 1-3 Mentors who have had the greatest impact on their Protégés. To commemorate the winners, each selected Mentor is featured on the ACP website and both Mentor and Protégé receive an ACP memento.

If you are a Protégé and would like to recognize the outstanding work of your Mentor, please send up to one paragraph explaining how your Mentor has had a positive impact on you. Please e-mail all submissions to Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.

June 2016

ACP would like to congratulate:

  • Brian Hankinson

    Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

  • Steffanie Jasper

    Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

  • Rob Mercuri

    Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

I would like to nominate Brian Hankinson for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. During the five months that Brian and I have been working together, he has imparted a wealth of critical advice regarding all aspects of my transition from the military to the corporate sector.  Brian has demonstrated his resolute commitment to supporting my transition by providing expert advice and support during the various phone conversations and face-to-face meetings that we have shared. Brian’s financial services background has proven to be extremely helpful in guiding my transition to a job that I was offered early in the mentorship program. I’ve benefited greatly from my relationship with Brian, and I look forward to our continued mentorship throughout the remainder of ACP’s Mentoring Program and beyond.

 - Brian A., Arlington, Virginia, U.S. Army


I would like to nominate Steffanie Jasper for ACP's Mentor of the Month. I have been working with Steffanie for just over 6 months. We were partnered together at a very crucial time in my corporate career, right at the beginning. I had just accepted a job with JPMorgan and was very much out of my comfort zone coming from the Air Force. Steffanie has been a fantastic sounding board through all of the challenges I have faced with my new career. She was willing to talk as much as I needed, exceeding the minimum monthly commitment. At times, my direction was very unclear, and she always listened and gave great advice. It was nice to be able to vent to Steffanie, as she completely understands the dynamics of working for a large financial institution and the obstacles and opportunities that come with it. I am doing very well in my new career and I definitely have Steffanie to thank for working with me at this critical time when I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. ACP is a fantastic program and I am so happy that I found it.

 - Samantha M., Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. Air National Guard


I would like to nominate Rob Mercuri as an ACP Mentor of the Month.  Rob and I have been working together for about 8 months on a variety of subjects related to how best to position myself for a transition to civilian life and the timing of that transition. Rob has drawn on his own experience transitioning from his role as an Army Officer to consulting and later finance, as well as the successes and pitfalls he’s witnessed among his former peers. Perhaps more importantly, Rob has clearly taken a deep interest in me personally and in the choices before me. In addition to the ongoing email and phone correspondence, Rob has gone out of his way to make himself available to meet in-person for lunch, coffee or drinks on the several occasions when I was able to be in the Pittsburgh area. He has also provided a window into professional social circles that I might not otherwise have had. His guidance and recommendations have been and continue to be extremely helpful in framing what I want in a career and developing a cogent plan to get there. I am greatly indebted to Rob, and have no doubt that he is deserving of this recognition.

 - Brian L., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Navy


May 2016

ACP would like to congratulate:

  • Patricia Coureas

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jeff Jablonski

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Steven Johnson

    Oceanside, California

It is with great pleasure to nominate Patricia Coureas for ACP’s Mentor of the Month in recognition of her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in mentoring. Patricia has exceeded the requirements and expectations for the award, and her dedication and commitment make her a deserving nominee. I have known and worked with Patricia since October 2015 and have found her to be highly dependable, efficient and committed. Patricia has helped me build a résumé from scratch and she provided not only her own feedback, but also the input of other professionals in her network. With her resources and connections, she has helped me to gain a better understanding of what it is like to work for federal law enforcement. She facilitated one-on-one interviews with colleagues in her network, including Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Most importantly, given Patricia’s busy schedule, she is still able to devote a significant amount of time mentoring, advising and preparing me for the career that lies ahead of me. Some day, I plan on meeting Patricia in-person and thanking her for all that she has done. She has been a blessing and I am pleased to nominate her for the honor of ACP’s Mentor of the Month.

- Benjamin N., Attleboro, Massachusetts, U.S. Army


I give my highest endorsement to ACP Mentor Jeff Jablonski of The Coca-Cola Company. Jeff and I began working together 5 months ago when I was starting to search for civilian employment outside of the Air Force. As a fellow pilot, Jeff had very sound advice on proper ways of networking and job hunting. He was gracious enough to meet with me in-person and give me a tour of The Coca-Cola Company's Flight Department. During this visit, Jeff was able to introduce me to numerous employees who were all equally impressive. It was an honor to see such a well-run operation with such a great workforce. Jeff reflects the high standards demonstrated by The Coca-Cola Company both at work and off-duty. Additionally, Jeff spent countless hours over the past few months fielding my questions over the phone and via email. His expert guidance proved invaluable in my job search. I ultimately have accepted a position flying in a business capacity for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C. It is my honor to nominate him for ACP's Mentor of the Month.

 - Jeff R., Washington, D.C., U.S. Air National Guard


I would like to nominate Steven Johnson for ACP’s Mentor of the Month because he personifies the qualities I was hoping to find in a mentor. Steven and I began our relationship in September 2015. I was within a year of separating from the Navy after six years of active duty service and unsure of what specific career or education I wanted to pursue. Steven provided expert insight into the process as he lived through a very similar situation a few years ago. In addition to his regular duties at Coca-Cola, Steven serves as a military hiring liaison. His knowledge of translating military service into civilian workforce terms was crucial in shaping my résumé and preparing me for multiple interviews. Thanks to his effort, I was able to accept a phenomenal job opportunity and gain acceptance to my top MBA choice! I will forever be indebted to Steven for the guidance he has provided in my transition!

 - Brad T., San Diego, California, U.S. Navy