ACP 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 spotlight@acp-usa.org. 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: Adam Roosevelt, Washington D.C., U.S. Army

Mentor: Ronald Miller, Plainsboro, New Jersey, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Adam has been the most energetic and engaged ACP Protégé I have had the pleasure of working with. While he was still in the military serving with NATO in Italy, we connected by Skype regularly to talk about his future plans and options. As a result of his drive and great networking skills, Adam was able to obtain a significant IT consulting job in Washington, D.C. before he left the military. Adam also has a strong interest in the Washington policy and political scene. Since he now lives in the Washington, D.C. area, he has started to actively build a network of contacts as a member of the Army Navy Club and through meetings with former Hill staffers and health industry lobbyists. Adam is an excellent communicator; we talk by phone or email at least one or two times per week and he recently started preparing written weekly updates. I expect that Adam will continue to be a huge success in his current field and expect future engagement in federal policy and politics in the years ahead.

 

Spotlight: Caitlyn Tuculet, Bloomfield, New Jersey, U.S. Army

Mentor: Janel Green, Tucson, Arizona, Raytheon

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Caitlyn over the past few months. We have so much in common that it feels like I have known her forever. I would have loved being stationed with her anywhere in the world. Caitlyn always amazes me even though she is overloaded with college courses and consistently goes to the gym to work out. She still has time and energy for our weekly conversations. She is an inspiration to me. Caitlyn has one of the strongest work ethics I have encountered in quite a while; she is always striving to improve herself while displaying a great attitude. Caitlyn is setting herself up to flourish in her civilian life. I foresee her soaring to great heights academically, professionally and personally.

Kathleen, our ACP Operations Associate, couldn’t have found a better match for me as a first-time Mentor. I definitely appreciate being a member of the ACP Mentoring Program. It has already been an inspiring endeavor thanks to having the best Protégé and Operations Associate ever. 

 

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 motm@acp-usa.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.

April 2016

ACP would like to congratulate:

  • Newt Crenshaw

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Kristina Hartman

    Kansas City, Missouri

  • Rick Killian

    Bullard, Texas

I would like to nominate Newt Crenshaw for ACP's Mentor of the Month. I have been working with Newt for almost a year and he has helped me through the entire spectrum of my job search from goal development to resume review and interview preparation. Despite his own demanding schedule, Newt has dedicated a significant amount of time to mentor and prepare me for employment outside the military.  He has also made a number of professional introductions for me and has facilitated networking and informational interviews. More than anything, he has been a critical sounding board for me on all aspects of the transition, and he has never failed to provide me with spot-on advice based on his deep knowledge of corporate leadership and management principles. I've benefited greatly from ACP’s Mentoring Program and my relationship with Newt, and I feel very confident as I move to the latter stages of my transition prior to retirement.

- Paul T., Washington, D.C., U.S. Army

 

I would like to nominate Kristina Hartman for Mentor of the Month.  Kristina began mentoring me in November 2015.  She has guided me through a long application process with a large and reputable bank. I used her advice and the resources she provided me to ace a phone interview and was one of only 20 people invited to attend a face-to-face interview.  She has given me confidence and an optimistic view for life after the Army. I look forward to the new insight and support I receive from Kristina each month. Her mentorship has been instrumental and irreplaceable as I prepare for retirement.

- Ronnie S., Radcliff, Kentucky, U.S. Army

 

I would like to nominate Rick Killian for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. He has been instrumental throughout the beginning stage of my transition to the civilian workforce.

From the start, I felt very comfortable with Rick. We have formed a friendship that has allowed both of us to be transparent about our opinions towards industries and positions I have expressed an interest in. He has helped me navigate different civilian roles and job titles, which has informed my decision to either research further or move onto different positions. Rick has been eager to share new advice or insight he has gained both personally and professionally through ACP’s Mentoring Program and his own career.

He has proved to be a major asset for me as I bounce questions and concerns off of him and he has demonstrated a great willingness to help veterans be successful when they take the uniform off for good. It is my pleasure to recognize and recommend Rick as an ACP Mentor of the Month.

- Ryan B., El Paso, Texas, U.S. Army

 

 

March 2016

ACP would like to congratulate:

  • Moira Dziedzic

    Princeton, New Jersey

  • Bill Frey

    Goshen, Kentucky

  • John Hartnett

    New York , New York

I would like to nominate Moira Dziedzic for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Since I met Moira, she has been a great source of inspiration and has helped put my career goals within reach.  Without her guidance I would still be in the dark about my career prospects. Moira has gone above and beyond to connect me with key professionals that have exceptional experience in their respective fields. Those connections have put me in a unique position where I now have multiple opportunities, which is a very good place to be. I left the military almost a decade ago and found it challenging to find a career that could satisfy my personal and professional goals.  The ACP program has been wonderful; I wish I knew about it sooner. Based on the progress that I have made so far in the ACP program, I am confident I have the tools to not only land a position but also to excel once I do.

 - Ryan L., Queens, New York, U.S. Army

 

I would like to nominate Bill Frey for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. After spending nearly two decades in the Army, I was a bit anxious about my impending transition to a civilian career. However, after working with Bill for the last six months, I am happy to report that I am now more excited than anxious about transitioning. Bill pays attention to details and has been able to narrow my focus by helping me to identify my long-term career goals. With my goals in mind, he has expertly guided me away from less than optimal career choices with clear logic and personal experiences. With Bill, I have evolved from dealing with an ever expanding and overwhelming list of possibilities to having a laser focus on the right opportunities for me. This has given my family and me incredible peace of mind about my transition. Equally impressive is Bill’s patience and easy-going demeanor. Currently serving overseas, I am not always available to talk at the most convenient days or times for Bill, and sometimes my hectic Army schedule makes it difficult for me to even call at all. When I do connect with Bill, within the first few words I am quickly disabused of any notion that I am inconveniencing him in any way whatsoever. He is genuinely glad to be helping me, and for this I am forever grateful.

 - Michael F., Hohenfels, Germany, U.S. Army

 

I would like to nominate John Hartnett for ACP’s Mentor of the Month because he truly invests in the personal success of his Protégés. John and I started working together in June 2015. Immediately, he reached out to gauge where I was in the transition process and challenged my assumptions. John ensured that I had carefully reflected upon my career goals and made every effort to facilitate my exposure to the financial services industry.  Having served in the U.S. Coast Guard since 2008, I had few inside contacts and needed help. John provided immediate and tangible insight, despite my reluctance to accept the Navy as the superior seagoing service. John assisted me with résumé writing, personal branding and positioning. He even reached within his network to facilitate industry connections on my behalf. The resulting discussions were comprehensive and informative. John’s extension of his personal network yielded invaluable insight for which I am very grateful.

Through John’s transition assistance and mentorship, I landed an excellent opportunity that began this January. The Mentoring Program was a definite success. I look forward to staying in touch with John beyond the ACP framework.

 - Patrick A., New York, New York, U.S. Coast Guard