Connect with Student Veterans

Duke University and Student Affairs are committed to supporting our veterans, their families, and dependents. Below you will find information about peer-to-peer networking opportunities and additional information about faculty and staff who are interested in connecting and supporting student veterans.

Campus Contacts

Duke University and Student Affairs are committed to supporting our veterans, their families, and dependents. Below you will find information about opportunities to network with faculty and staff who are interested in connecting and supporting our student veterans. These faculty and staff members are available for you to contact directly, please note that we do not officially assign and match students with these individuals. Be proactive and reach out directly as they are here to serve and support your educational experience.  

If you are a faculty or staff member who would like to join our Network, please complete the following form

Duke Divinity



Warren Kinghorn, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology
0022 Westbrook, Divinity School
Office Phone: 919-660-3584

Dr. Kinghorn is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christians engage practices of modern health care. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is a staff psychiatrist and clinical teacher at the Durham VA Medical Center. Within the Divinity School, he works closely with students and faculty members interested in exploring the ways in which theology and philosophy might constructively inform Christian engagement with modern medicine and psychiatry. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, the applicability of virtue theory to the vocational formation of pastors and clinicians, and the contributions of the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to contemporary debates about psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric technology, and human flourishing.

Military Background/ Relation
I am not a veteran, but it's my privilege to serve veterans as a psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center and to work with veteran students at the Divinity School and veteran students and psychiatric residents in the medical center.

Pratt School of Engineering 


Dr. Michael Gustafson, Associate Professor of the Practice for Electrical and Computer Engineering 
1405A CIEMAS, West Campus
Office Phone: 919-225-5354

Dr. Gustafson received a B.S.E. in 1993 from Duke University, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He continued on at Duke to earn his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (1999) in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He received his appointment as Assistant Professor of the Practice of Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor of the Practice in 2009. Previously, he has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and as Lecturing Fellow and Assistant Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, both at Duke.
Professor Gustafson's primary focus is on undergraduate curriculum and laboratory development. He is responsible for the first-year Computational Methods in Engineering (EGR 53L) course required for all Pratt students, but has also taught fifteen other courses totaling nearly 50 course offerings and over 2500 students.

Military Background/Relation
He previously served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy as a Naval Reservist, and is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the National Defense Service Medal (two awards), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Serving in the United States Navy Reserves from 1993-2006; Michael or "Dr. G" as he is known by many students states that he is very interested in making Duke an excellent place for veterans to continue their education at any level.

Fuqua School of Business

Steve Misuraca, Assistant Dean, Daytime MBA 


Fuqua, W219 
Office Phone: 919-660-7999

Steve is a double graduate of Duke University earning his undergraduate degree and the Fuqua MBA. He is an invaluable resource for students at the Fuqua School of Business, previously Directing the MMS program, now he has a leadership role with the Daytime MBA program. In has free time Steve can be found spending time with his wife and kids. 

Military Background/ Relation
I have incredible respect for veterans and LOVE the Duke community. Want to support the connection any way I can!

Rebecca McMillan, Assistant Director of Student Life
100 Fuqua Drive - Fuqua School Fox Center - Office of Student Life
Office phone: 919-660-1932

Rebecca is available to support the student veterans in the Fuqua School of Business. She desires to maintain and build upon the positive relationships that exist with this student population and while enhancing their academic and personal success. 

The Graduate School 

Dr. Alan Kendrick, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development 


2127 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 
Office phone: 919-668-0416 

Alan develops and coordinates The Graduate School's diversity initiatives, including the daily administration and development of recruitment and retention activities. Additionally, Alan oversees efforts to design, deliver, and improve services and programs that support graduate students from entry to completion of their degrees.

Military Background/ Relation

Although Alan was not in the military himself he is a strong advocate for the military community in The Graduate School and is spearheading efforts to build community, coordinate communication, and outreach among those who are serving or have served. 

Nicholas School of the Environment

Benjamin Spain, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruiting, Student Services 


308 Research Drive, A106 LSRC
Office phone: 919-684-1155

Ben co-manages the planning and implementation of the recruitment and admission process for the MEM, MF and DEL-MEM professional masters programs. He travels to graduate fairs and professional conferences to represent the Nicholas School and to attract talented, driven individuals who want to capitalize on their proven abilities and become environmental leaders of consequence. Ben also collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on a variety of issues and projects pertaining to admissions standards and procedures (including the review of applications), as well as effective recruiting strategies.   

Ben recently joined the Nicholas School after serving as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruiting at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to his role at UNC, he served as the Associate Executive Director of an eastern North Carolina assisted living facility. When not working, Ben enjoys golfing, grilling, boating, and watching the Clemson Tigers win football games.

Military Background/ Relation
Our military service members are some of the most intelligent, mature, and personable members of our student body. It is important that I do my part to make sure their service to our country does not hinder their experience at Duke. To the extent I can, I will advocate for and assist these individuals with whatever concerns they may have.

Physical Therapy

Dr. Lindsay Ballengee, Faculty - Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) & Faculty Development Resident


2200 W. Main Street, Suite A-210, Durham, NC 27707
Office phone: 919-681-2896

Dr. Ballengee is a graduate of the DPT program at Duke University, 2011. Dr. Ballengee has a passion for educating and learning, specifically in the area of pain management. She has spent the last few years of her clinical practice in the area of self-care management for patients with chronic pain before becoming the newest Duke DPT Faculty Development Resident. Dr. Ballengee is involved with a variety of teaching and learning activities throughout the DPT curriculum and is excited about becoming an educator for future generations of physical therapists.

Military Background/ Relation
Dr. Ballengee has worked with veterans for the past three years as a physical therapist in the Atlanta VA Health System. Currently, she serves as a faculty member in the Duke DPT program. 

School of Law

Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. USAF (Ret.) Professor of the Practice of Law Executive Director, Center on Law,


Ethics and National Security
210 Science Dr., School of Law, Room 3002 
Office phone: 919-613-7233

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010 where he is a professor of the practice of law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, law of armed conflict, the use of force under international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, airpower, military justice, and ethical issues related to the practice of national security law.

Dunlap retired from the Air Force in June 2010, having attained the rank of major general during a 34-year career in the Judge Advocate General Corps. In his capacity as deputy judge advocate general from May 2006 to March 2010, he assisted the judge advocate general in the professional supervision of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian lawyers, 1,400 enlisted paralegals, and 500 civilians around the world. In addition to overseeing an array of military justice, operational, international, and civil law functions, he provided legal advice to commanders and civilian leaders at all levels.

In the course of his career, Dunlap has been involved in various high-profile interagency and policy matters, highlighted by his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Dunlap previously served as the senior lawyer (staff judge advocate) at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, among other leadership posts. His other assignments include the faculty of the Air Force Judge Advocate General School where he taught various civil and criminal law topics. An experienced trial lawyer, he also spent two years as a military trial judge for a 22-state circuit. He served tours in the United Kingdom and Korea, and he deployed for operations in the Middle East and Africa, including short stints in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also led military-to-military delegations to Colombia, Uruguay, Iraq, and the Czech Republic.

A prolific author and accomplished public speaker, Dunlap’s commentary on a wide variety of national security topics has been published in leading newspapers and military journals. His 2001 essay written for Harvard University’s Carr Center on “lawfare,” a concept he defines as “the use or misuse of law as a substitute for traditional military means to accomplish an operational objective,” has been highly influential among military scholars and in the broader legal academy.

Dunlap’s legal scholarship also has been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Harvard Law’s National Security Journal, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the University of Nebraska Law Review, the Texas Tech Law Review, and the Tennessee Law Review, among others. He is the author of “The Origins of the Military Coup of 2012”, originally published in 1992, which was selected for the 40th Anniversary Edition of Parameters (Winter 2010-2011). He is also the author of “Airpower” in Understanding Counterinsurgency (Thomas Rid and Thomas Keaney, eds., Routledge, 2010), and his essay on “The Military Industrial Complex” appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Daedalus. Most recently, his essay, “Lawfare 101: A Primer,” appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of Military Review.

His article on international humanitarian law was published in 2012 in the German Red Cross in their Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict. His chapter on military law appeared in The Modern American Military (David Kennedy, ed., Oxford University Press, 2013), and his op-ed, “Bringing Bergdahl Home Was the Right Choice—Deserter or Not,” was published by Time Magazine (online) in March of 2015.  Additionally, his recent commentaries include “Trump’s Cabinet of ex-generals will help keep him out of wars, not push him into one, which appeared in VOX in December of 2016, and “Why a Russia probe may make the left squirm, too, not just the right”: which appeared in The Hill in March of 2017.

Dunlap has written a number of articles on cyberwar including “Perspectives for Cyber Strategists on Law for Cyberwar” which appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly and his piece, “The Hyper-Personalization of War: Cyber, Big Data, and the Changing Face of Conflict,” appeared in the fall 2014 issue of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

His article, Ethical Issues of the Practice of National Security Law,” was published by the Ohio Northern University Law Review in 2012, and re-published by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law & National Security for their annual conference in 2013. His chapter, “Clever or Clueless? Observations About Bombing Norm Debates,” appeared in The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones (Matthew A. Evangelista and Henry Shue, eds., 2014).

Dunlap’s 2016 publications include The DoD Law of War Manual and its Critics: Some Observations, (International Law Studies) and his essay, Accountability and Autonomous Weapons: Much Ado About Nothing?which appeared in the Temple Journal of International & Comparative Law.  Forthcoming in 2017 in the University of North Carolina Journal of International Law is his essay ““Cybervandalism” or “Digital Act of War”? America’s Muddled Approach to Cyber Incidents Will Not Deter More Crises.”  Also in 2017, the Connecticut Law Review will publish his essay, “Social Justice and Silicon Valley: A Perspective on the Apple-FBI Case and the “Going Dark” Debate.”

Dunlap's wife, Joy, was formerly a vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters, and later the deputy director of Government Relations for the Military Officers Association of America. In 2016 she completed her term as the president of the Duke Campus Club, and in 2017 she was awarded the Order of the Emerald by Kappa Delta sorority. They reside in Durham.

Professor Dunlap’s blog is Lawfire.

School of Medicine 

Caroline Haynes, M.D., Ph.D.


Duke University Medical Center 3305 
Office phone: 919-684-6528 

Dr. Caroline Haynes serves as the Associate Dean for Medical Education, and Director for Student Affairs in the School of Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Haynes earned both her M.D., and Ph.D. at Duke University and teaches in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine. She is an advocate and supporter of student veterans in the School of Medicine. 

Michael L. Steigerwald, Physician Assistant (PA) Veteran Liaison 


800 S. Duke Street

Michael is a graduate of the PA program here at Duke University. Additionally, he works part-time with the School to support their work on a grant project to help overcome barriers for veterans to enter the PA profession. This includes mentorship, direct outreach and recruitment, as well as creating partnerships with other PA programs around the state. 

Military Background/ Relation
Michael served in the Ohio Army National Guard with 6 years of service and one deployment to Baghdad from 2003-2005. Additionally, he is very interested in engaging with student veterans to help ease the transition from military service to academia.

Dean Taylor, M.D., Professor, Faculty, Surgeon, Fellowship Director, Leadership Program Director School of Medicine


DUMC Box 3615, Durham, NC  27710
Office phone: 919-668-1894

Dean Taylor graduated from the School of Medicine at Duke University in 1985, additionally his Orthopaedic Surgery residency was at Duke from 1987 - 1991.  Dr. Taylor is currently on faculty at Duke University and teaches both in the School of Medicine and Directs its Leadership program.  He is a part of the sports medicine team that treats joint sprains and strains, arthritis, fractures, tendonitis, and bursitis.

Military Background/ Relation
United States Military Academy, West Point (graduated in 1981)
Fellowship,  Keller Army Hospital (1992-1993)
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Eisenhower Army Medical Center (1993-1995)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery - USUHS (1994-2005)
Chief, Head Team Physician, Fellowship Director - Keller Army Hospital (1995-2005)

School of Nursing

(Virginia) Chris Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE


3049 Pearson Building
Office phone: 919-684-9307

Virginia “Chris” Muckler, joined the School of Nursing faculty in July 2012 as Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) for DUSON’s nurse anesthesia program. As CEC, Dr. Muckler is responsible for the management of the nurse anesthesia program’s clinical sites, preceptors, and CRNA students’ clinical experiences.

Chris earned a BSN at Auburn University, completed the MSN at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, achieved certification as a CRNA, and joined the staff of Durham Regional Hospital in 2002. Since then, she has held managerial and staff positions as a CRNA at Durham Regional.

Dr. Muckler earned her DNP from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2011 with “Focused Anesthesia Interview Resources (FAIR) to Improve Efficiency and Quality” as her capstone project and was a recipient of the Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award in 2013 for her work. Her scholarly interests include simulation, verbal care plans, day-of-surgery cancellations and delays, the use and effect of intravenous acetaminophen, and bariatric anesthesia.

Military Background/ Relation
Ms. Muckler served on Active Duty in the United States Air Force as an enlisted medical laboratory technician. Ms. Muckler belivies that being a veteran advocate is a small token of support to those who were willing to die for our country.

Dr. Barbara S. Turner, Faculty 


3116 Pearson Building
Office phone: 919-684-9251

Dr. Barbara S. Turner is Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Health of Women, Children, and Families Division of the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned graduate degrees in hospital administration and perinatal nursing prior to receiving her PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. Following her retirement from the Army Nurse Corps, she established the Center for Nursing Research at Duke and held the position of Associate Dean for Research for 13 years.


Dr. Turner’s research interests focus on the effect of nursing intervention on critically ill newborns, including exogenous surfactant administration, endotracheal suctioning, high frequency ventilators and airway management. She has published widely in journals, books, monographs and computer-assisted instruction. Dr. Turner serves as a Section Editor in Heart & Lung in addition to being a reviewer for other nursing journals. She is active professionally in the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.


Military Background/ Relation
Dr. Turner served for 25 years as an Active Duty Army Officer. She retired in the rank of Colonel. COL (R) Turner is always happy to talk to those with military experience or those thinking about the military as a career option.


Denise Williams, Computing Facilities Specialist


1133 Pearson Building
Office phone: 919-613-9585

Ms. Denise Williams is the System Administrator for the School of Nursing. Her responsibilities include: network and server infrastructure support, monitoring network logs, day to day IT security operations, and providing advance support for all DUSON IT systems.


Military Background/ Relation
Ms. Williams serves as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves as a 25B (Information Technology Specialist). SGT Williams deployed to Kuwait from 2013-2014.

Sanford School of Public Policy

Dr. Peter D. Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy


287 Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. 

Military Background/ Relation
Dr. Feaver was a member of the US Naval Reserves from 1990-1999. 

Trinity College

Andrea Callies, Captain & Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies 


310 Trent Drive, Trent Building Rm. 265, Box 90139 
Office phone: 919-660-1869 

Military Background/ Relation
Capt Andrea Callies is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Duke University, Detachment 585 where she is the Recruiting and Education Flight Commander.  Previously, Capt Callies worked as an Acquisition Manager on the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System and as a Launch Mission Manager for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles. She enlisted in the Air Force in 1997, working as a Supply Manager until she commissioned in 2013.  Capt Callies holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College and a Master of Science in Project Management from Emory Riddle Aeronautical University. Her previous assignments include Spangdahlem AB, Germany, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, Kunsan AB, Korea, Hill AFB, Utah, and Vandenberg AFB, California. She has deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Djibouti in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Milton Blackmon, Ed.D., Academic Dean, Trinity Arts & Sciences 


011 Allen Building 
Office phone: 919-684-9287 

As an academic dean, Dr. Blackmon supports students who live or lived in Epworth and Randolph Houses. He is the graduate business school advisor. Additionally, he serves as the academic dean and college advisor for visiting international students. Furthermore, he co-coordinates the Scholarship Pipeline Initiative and assists in developing ways to improve Duke’s national ranking. He oversees the biennial Graduate and Professional School Day Fair and is a member of the ROTC Officer Education Committee. Finally, Dr. Blackmon is a member of the Religious Life Committee serving as the faculty advisor to the Adventist Christian Fellowship student group.

Dr. Blackmon grew up in Evanston, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served three years. He then attended Oakwood University where he received a B.A. degree in Religion. Later he taught English for three-years in Japan. He received a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Fayetteville State University and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Akron where he worked for eleven years. He has lived in Durham for many years with his wife, they have two sons. Additionally, Dr. Blackmon is an ordained minister and on weekends serves as a volunteer chaplain at Duke Hospital.

Military Background/ Relation
Served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975. Served in South Korea 1974-1975.

General At-Large Allies 


Clay Adams, Associate Dean of Students
East Campus, 307 Crowell Hall
Office Phone: 919-684-6389

A Chesapeake, Virginia native, Clay serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Duke University. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Business Management, an M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and most recently an earned Masters of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. Clay directs all parent and family programs, oversees the University on-call management and response team, off-campus student response, and co-convenes the Council on Graduate and Professional Student Affairs. Additionally, he works with New Student Communications, and as the Division liaison to various constituencies. In his free time, Clay can be found training for endurance sports and relaxing with family.

Military Background/ Relation
My brother was an active duty enlisted member of the US Army. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, for several years. I am grateful for the opportunity to assist Duke students and have a passion for those transitioning into the academy.

Randy Garcia, T'01 - Assistant Director of Leadership Giving


University Central Development - Annual Fund
Office phone: 919-681-0420

Randy serves Duke as a fundraiser, he shares information about Duke's academic programs, student life, and facilities that impact the Duke experience.  Randy excels at engaging with faculty, students, and donors, he is always willing to share his knowledge about Duke and beyond.  

Military Background/ Relation
Retired Army with 23 years of service.  Served to the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) in Special Forces and attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) and retired as a Major (O-4).  Lived in Germany for 8 years.  Deployed to Iraq (x3), Africa, and Central America.   Was fortunate to attend Duke as a non-traditional undergraduate student and graduated in 2001.  

Jeff Kulley, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Duke Student Wellness Building, 305 Towerview Rd., 3rd Floor, Box 90955
Office phone: 919-660-1015 

As Clinical Director, Dr. Kulley oversees the clinical operations at CAPS and collaborates with multiple systems of support for students on campus and in the Durham community.

Military Background/ Relation
Although Dr. Kulley does not have personal experience in military service, he has worked with veterans and mental health issues in a VA setting previously. Additionally, he has veterans in his family and is an invaluable resource to veterans attending Duke.

Tom Szigethy, Associate Dean & Director of DuWell (Health Education and Promotion)


Duke Student Wellness Building, 305 Towerview Rd., 1st Floor, Box 90944
Office phone: 919-681-8421

Tom oversees DuWell, the health mitigation and wellness promotion office. His team addresses topics of wellness, stress, substance use, sexual health and many other areas focused upon increasing behaviors to positively influence wellness. Their philosophy is to see wellness as comprehensive, influenced by exercise and nutrition, but also by other factors influencing the environment, spirituality, social, financial, intellectual and mind-body. Values, choices and identity all impact self-care.

Military Background/ Relation
Tom's son is current serving in the U.S. Navy and is stationed oversees in Japan. Tom sees his role of being an advocate for veterans as a way of supporting his son's service.