Prior to joining the staff of the Warrior Scholar Project as Executive Director, Dr. Sid Ellington had spent 10 years in the field of education, most recently as the Director of Teach For America's Military Veterans Outreach and Support Initiative, where he led a staff dedicated toward the goal of enlisting transitioning military veterans and military spouses into national service as public school teachers in America's highest need schools. As an educator at both the secondary and higher education levels, Sid has taught everything from special education in an alternative high school in New Orleans to courses in Political Science and International Relations at the college level, to courses in Special Operations and Small Wars as a part of the faculty of the Joint Special Operations University.
Before entering the field of education, Sid spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2005 as a highly effective leader, combat veteran, and proven senior Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer.
Sid holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MA in International Relations and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Public Policy from the University of Oklahoma. He has recently published articles in both Public Integrity and Air and Space Power Journal. He is currently writing a book on counterinsurgency theory.
Sid is married to Toni J. Ellington, Esq. Toni has been a "Navy Wife" who has had to move her home and family 12 times during their time in the Navy. They have two grown sons, Barrett and Blair.
Rachel Buckner is a senior Philosophy and Sports Management double major at Howard University in Washington, DC. Rachel has always had a strong interest in increasing access to university education for all, and plans to continue her studies post-
Alex Forrester is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities. Alex was an internationally ranked swimmer, and a NCAA Division I First-
Rachel comes to WSP with over 14 years of experience working in the higher education field holding positions ranging from admissions officer to Director of Veterans Programming. Rachel managed a staff responsible for assisting over 4,000 student veterans and active service members, helping them resolve issues with GI Bill applications and claims. Rachel’s in-
Elizabeth Butlin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and English Literature in 2009. Elizabeth is dedicated to working in the nonprofit sector and has experience with Housing Works, a Manhattan-
Julie, a proud military wife of an Army Captain, joined WSP in 2015 after completing a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Florida, and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University. Julie's personal resolve to support her husband, especially following his year long deployment is a trait characteristic of military wives. Julie brings her education in accounting and taxation along with her professional work experience as manager of a successful university procurement card program to the team and make her the perfect person to steward Warrior-
Rachel handles the marketing, public relations, and corporate communications efforts for WSP.
Previously, Rachel served as Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Community Relations Supervisor for eight years. In this position her responsibilities included the planning, development and implementation of internal/external events, announcements and communications for the community relations efforts and initiatives of Chesapeake. This included charitable giving, sponsorships, scholarships, community development, volunteering, employee engagement, marketing, media and overall public relations efforts.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. Rachel attended La Universitat de Valencia in Valencia, Spain, where she completed her undergraduate work and furthered her studies of the Spanish language.