Board of Directors

1 Day for the K.I.A. Staff


Alec Stewart -

After graduating from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, OH, Alec is a third year Computer Science and Engineering student at The Ohio State University and in the AFROTC program. After graduating college in 2019, Alec plans to pursue a career in the Air Force as a Cyber Operations Officer.


Emily Doering -
Vice Commander

From Homerville, Ohio, Emily is a fourth year student at Ohio State pursuing a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy as well as a minor in French. She is apart of the Air Force ROTC program and plans to pursue a career in the Air Force as a Logistics Readiness Officer.


Mike Aukskalnis -

A graduate from St. Mary’s Prep in Orchard Lake, Michigan, Mike is a senior pursuing three majors in Chinese, Actuarial Science, and Accounting through Fisher’s Honors Accounting Program. He is on track to graduate within 5 years in May 2018. Mike desires to enter a career in the finance industry and has experience interning in a Hedge Fund in Shanghai, China. His father served in the Navy for 28 years.


Nick Cap -
Public Affairs

From Coraopolis, PA, Nick is a second year student currently pursuing a degree in Architecture.  He is a member of the Air Force ROTC program at The Ohio State University and hopes to serve as an Airfield Operations Officer upon commissioning. He is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle who served in the United States Army and Navy.


veteran affairs

Zach joined the Marine Corps on Oct. 19th 2008. After graduating from Parris Island as the class Scribe, he went to Marine Combat Training and subsequently attended Communications School in 29 Palms to be a 0621 Field Radio Operator.  He was sent to the Third Marine Regiment in Hawaii, where he supplemented his training by also certifying as a 0622 MUX (multiplexor) operator.  

In May of 2010 Zach deployed to the Nawa District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan with India Company.  Half way through the deployment he was promoted to Corporal and rejoined the HQ element of the Battalion. He assumed the role of night shift supervisor specifically in charge of crypto rollover and even temporarily served as the SNOIC for all battalion MUX operation. 

Upon return to the US, he was sent to Combat Assault Company as the assistant communications chief.  He then volunteered to attend Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival School, which is characterized by a 70% attrition rate.  After completion of MCIWS he returned to his unit to serve a communications role while also administering swim qualifications and monitoring any water based training to his fellow Marines.  

He was honorably discharged October 2012 and is now completing his remaining time in the inactive reserves while utilizing the G.I. Bill to attend The Ohio State University.


Race Planning

After finishing his track and cross country career at St. Edward High School in Cleveland in 2014, Nick entered The Ohio State University. During his freshmen year he became involved with 1 Day for the K.I.A. to honor all veterans and service members like his grandfather who served in the Korean War. He is currently a third year student involved with Buckeye Leadership Fellows and PSE (a professional business fraternity) on campus. Upon graduation, Nick plans on getting a sales job and continuing to run ultra-marathons to raise money for our service members.


Andrew Goldin -
Sponsored Runner

From Herndon, VA, Andrew is now a fifth year pursing a degree in Aeronautical Engineering as well as minors in Nuclear Engineering and Aerospace Studies.  He is also a member of the Air Force ROTC program.  Andrew’s grandfather and great-uncle served in the military and now Andrew carries on their tradition.


Nate Herrmann -
Marketing & corporate sponsorship

From Lebanon, Ohio, Nate is a fourth year student currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Computer Information Systems. Upon entering college, he joined Air Force ROTC in the hope of being first generation military in his family. Nate plans to pursue a career in the Air Force as a Cyber Operations Officer or as a Pilot.


Race Planning

From Massillon, OH, Todd Locke is a fifth year Civil Engineering major. Fascinated by building things since childhood, he is pursuing an Air Force civil engineering career. Todd follows the footsteps of his grandfather into the Air Force.


public affairs

Cameron Maxwell hails from Montgomery, Alabama and is currently pursuing an Operations Management major. His father and both grandfathers are veterans of the United States Air Force and he aspires to become the 4th generation of his family to serve in the military. He is currently a fourth year in Ohio State's Naval ROTC program.


Ben McDonough -
Marketing & corporate sponsorship

A graduate from Batavia High School in his hometown of Batavia, Ohio, Ben is a fourth year pursuing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with minors in Economics and Aerospace Studies. He is on pace to graduate in May of 2017. Ben hopes to enter into the Air Force as an officer through the ROTC program at Ohio State and fly fighters or bombers. He eventually hopes to work in politics and law.



From Chardon, OH, Eric is now a fifth year Aeronautical Engineering student at OSU and in the Air Force ROTC program. The first member of his family to enter military service, Eric hopes to become a fighter pilot.


MattHew Ovnic -
Vice Commander OF public affairs

From Canton, OH, Matthew is a fourth year Civil Engineering student at OSU and in the Air Force ROTC program. Matthew hopes to become a pilot in the Air Force.


Cristian Turain -
Race Director

From O’Fallon, IL, Cristian is a fourth year pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Studies.  He will be following the footsteps of both his father and grandfather in the Air Force with hopes of earning a pilot slot upon graduation in 2018.


Not Pictured: Nick Cap, Max Childs, Nick Faltas, Austin Green, Tim Gregory, McKenna Guilds, Maddi King, Austin New, Lauren Szymczak