President - Charlotte Pekoske
Charlotte Pekoske is a 2009 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She served her first tour aboard the USCGC Harriet Lane in Portsmouth, VA, supporting counter-drug, search and rescue, and living marine resource missions. Her next assignment was as an Intelligence officer and Admirals aide at the USCG Fifth District, and in 2014, she was assigned to USCG Sector Key west as a Contingency Planning Officer. She served her last two years as the Chief of Enforcement, managing all Law Enforcement Operations across 55,000 square miles between Cuba and the Florida Keys. In 2017, she transitioned into the USCG reserves in order to pursue her MBA at the Mendoza College of Business.
Vice President - Billy Wilkins
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Billy graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996 earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and an Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps.
He served 8 years as a logistics officer and was stationed in Washington State and abroad in Italy and Germany. In 2004, Billy volunteered for Civil Affairs and after completing the qualification course served in various units and positions within the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade and 1st Special Forces Command. During his career, Billy deployed five times to various countries across the Middle East and the Central Asian States.
Billy retired from the Army in June 2017 and chose to pursue an MBA at Notre Dame for its commitment to excellence, strong alumni network and its respect and support for veterans.
Treasurer - Matt Gonabe
Matt grew up in Lake Hopatcong, NJ and graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Ocean Engineering. He was selected for the flight training program and earned his “Wings of Gold” in March 2009. Following initial training in the C-2A Greyhound, Matt reported to VRC-30 in San Diego, CA for his first operational tour of duty. There, he deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf and participated in humanitarian relief as part of OPERATION TOMODACHI following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Finally, Matt reported to the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, HI for duty as a C-26 pilot, providing air support on the range to facilitate training and test and evaluation missions. He served for a total of eleven years, performing major roles in operations, quality assurance, and training. He was an instructor pilot and lead evaluator, and finished his career with nearly 2,000 flight hours and a FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
Matt chose Notre Dame because of the veteran support, small class sizes, and network. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Danielle, and they have two daughters. Matt enjoys coffee, music, Notre Dame sports, and spending time with his family.
Secretary - Dan Weathers
Captain Dan Weathers graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance branch. He has served with the 1st Armored Division as a platoon leader, maintenance officer, and S1 and 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) as an S4 and Company Commander. He has deployed to Afghanistan twice, in 2010 and 2014. Dan is currently active duty and attending Notre Dame under the Advanced Civil Schooling program.
Dan chose Notre Dame for the strength of veteran support, team based approach, and regard for ethics and service.
Chairman of Veteran Engagement - Griffin Bonnema
Griffin, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended Notre Dame for his undergrad, getting his BA in Psychology in 2012, also commissioning through the Army ROTC as a Field Artillery Officer. He served four years with 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Polk, Louisiana, and deployed twice to Afghanistan in 2013 as a Provincial Fire Support Officer and 2015 as a Special Operations Fire Support Officer.
Griffin chose to come back home to Notre Dame for his MBA because of the strong veteran community and commitment to values in business. He plans to concentrate in Management and Marketing and will graduate in 2019.
Chairman of Internal Relations - Corey Waldrep
Corey Waldrep is from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he attended his local college after high school for two years until 2007 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps Infantry. During his enlistment, he was deployed once to Japan and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2011, he separated from the Marines and spent the next three years contracting for the Department of State in various U.S. Consulates throughout Iraq. In 2014, Corey returned to school graduating from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with a B.A. in Business. After graduation, he returned to Afghanistan implementing a new contract program for the U.S. Embassy.
Corey chose to attend the Mendoza College of Business, because of the strong veteran presence/support, and the emphasis the program places on ethics and community involvement.
Chairman of External Relations - David Norton
David is a native of Huron, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and was selected for flight training. After earning his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in Norfolk, VA in the Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye Command and Control platform, David reported to the “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 in 2006. In 2009, David reported to Germany where he served as a Weapons Controller on the NATO AWACS E-3A Sentry and participated in Operation AFGHAN ASSIST and Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR over Libya. Additional tours of duty include serving as Assistant Strike Operations Officer and Officer of the Deck (OOD) on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and most recently, flight instructor with the “Warbucks” of VT-4 in Pensacola, FL. During his time in the Navy, David also earned a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
David chose Notre Dame because of the emphasis on values, commitment to veterans, and extensive alumni network. He is pursuing a concentration in Finance and Investments, focused on a career in private equity. David is married to the former Meghan McCarthy of Little Rock, AR.