Sarah Antonello brings to Operation MCP nearly a decade of experience in operations, management, strategic planning and event coordination. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Management from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Sarah has a number of family members that have served, and she is passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of those that have given so much of themselves for their country. She lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and two furbabies: Miley the shih tzu and Mocha the cat.
Peter Atlee is a New York-qualified attorney, working in the New York and London offices of a large, international law firm. His practice focuses on corporate finance, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to becoming an attorney, Peter worked as a lobbyist for the American Counseling Association, where his portfolio included lobbying on matters relating to veterans’ and service members’ mental health. Peter graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law with a J.D. and cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Psychology, Political Science and History. Peter’s grandfather was an Army mechanic in the Pacific theater of World War II, and his uncle served on a submarine during the war in Vietnam. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Michelle, and he maintains a personal interest in national security, counterterrorism and foreign policy, as well as veterans’ causes generally.
Dr. Brian K. Chappell is a career Minuteman III ICBM Missile Launch Officer and has served on active duty in the United States Air Force for the past 23 years. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Defense Governance. His military experience includes National Security Policy, Defense Institution Building, Security Cooperation, Operations Support Team Watch Officer, Afghanistan Security and Stability Operations, Middle East and Africa Culture Training, UAE Desk Officer, Foreign Military Sales, Titan IV Space Launch Operations, and Nuclear Command and Control. He has deployed to Afghanistan and HQ United States Central Command, and has conducted cultural research in Afghanistan, Botswana, Germany and Iraq.
Brian is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, Air Command and Staff College (DL), and is an Air War College (DL) Excellent Graduate. His military decorations include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Lt Col Chappell has a distinguished family legacy of military service, including: two great-great-great grandfathers who fought in the Civil War as members of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), a great grandfather who was a Buffalo Soldier, a great-uncle who was a Tuskegee Airman, a grandfather who was a Quartermaster during the Allied Invasion of Normandy, an uncle who was a Sergeant Major with two tours in Vietnam, and a cousin who was named one of Stars and Stripes Heroes for actions while deployed to Afghanistan.
Dr. Chappell holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Catholic University, an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and a PhD in World Politics from Catholic University.
Kathryn has an extensive background in policy and legislative affairs, having worked for two Members of Congress and as a lobbyist on behalf of a number of military installations and communities. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, she has a solid understanding of the issues our service members face while transitioning to civilian life. Kathryn holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science and a M.S. in Terrorism and Security Studies from the School of Public Affairs at American University. She enjoys running, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Caroline Haid brings a decade of military experience, leadership, and management to Operation MCP. Caroline served on active duty for ten years as a Navy P-3C pilot and continues her service in the Navy Reserve. She follows in the footsteps of a long line of family members committed to military service and is passionate about veterans issues. Caroline holds a B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She hails from northern Virginia, currently resides in Washington, D.C., and enjoys hiking with her rescue dog.