Carnegie Mellon University

Veterans Alliance

Mission Statement

To provide a community for active duty military, veterans and those who feel a kinship to support our veterans and military personnel across the Carnegie Mellon University campus, for sharing like experiences and interests, opportunities for engagement within the university community, and for providing outreach related to veteran and active duty military benefits from a variety of sources.


Michael Danko, Co-Lead

Headshot of Mike DankoMike Danko has been with the university since 2008, first serving as the ROTC coordinator and then expanding his role as the veterans benefits manager and school certifying officer. In addition, Mike works with the active duty personnel attending the university. Working with veterans and military related students comes naturally to Mike as he is a retired master sergeant from the Army and former infantryman with over 26 years’ service.

“Having the opportunity to continue to care for veterans and other military related students is something that I enjoy and am grateful to be able to do. Expanding that consideration to our university employees with the forming of the Veterans Alliance is very exciting.”

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Johnene Folds Bogard, Co-Lead

Headshot of Johnene Folds BogardJohnene Folds Bogard has been with CMU since 2007 and currently holds the title of human resources business partner. While at CMU she has overall responsibility for a broad range of HR functions and has historically supported Operations including Computing Services and FMC. She currently supports the Dietrich College and the College of Engineering, as well as our Silicon Valley campus. She is a seasoned HR professional with broad experience developing and executing a diverse range of HR programs and policies in support of strategic initiatives. She also has in-depth experience with employee relations as well as assisting with recruiting, onboarding and offboarding.

While at CMU Johnene has been instrumental in a number of high-profile, complex projects. She has a personal commitment to providing client-focused HR support and service with a focus on enhancing and supporting the business/operational needs of her customer groups. Johnene has achieved the SHRM-CP certification, is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and has a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Geneva College.

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