top of page

Our Story

SOF to SOM started with a small group of Special Operations Forces service members connecting through social media to help one another prepare for the MCAT. Eventually, the group grew to include SOF service members who were enrolled in or who had already graduated from medical school. This group evolved into a single comprehensive resource that medics could rely on for their pre-medical school mentorship, from the MCAT to their first day of medical school. The organic development of SOF to SOM culminated in 2023, when various SOF veterans came together to scale this social media resource and officially founded the 501(c)3 organization, the first of its kind to cater solely to Special Operators in their medical education pursuits. 

6A1319A9-0698-40F8-B31A-D5AA46A929B3IMG_1545.heic

Our Mission

Special Operations Forces to School of Medicine (SOF to SOM) supports United States SOF
service members in their journey to become physicians.

The Vision

Our vision is to harness the unique SOF culture of excellence to create a cohort of SOF service members physicians that contribute their experience, talents, and traits in service to one another and the field of military and civilian medicine as it takes on future healthcare challenges.

Board of Directors

07b4c87b0ace1082c77ef0cbcae4d72c82e9b0006d8ae046e886f9c1cd57f060.png

Ricky Ditzel, Jr.

Chairman &

Co-Founder

  • LinkedIn
160th LOGO_edited.png
JA Headshot 2022.jpg

Justin Anderson 

Vice Chairman &
Co-Founder

Headshot - Jessie Milaski.jpg

Jessie Milaski

Secretary

Trauma Surgeon

Mark Shapiro, M.D.

Treasurer

  • LinkedIn
Untitled design (1) copy.png

Devin DeFeo

Board Member &

Co-Founder

Physician, MD.

Brian Edlow, M.D.

Board Member

IMG_E352C23BB64D-1.jpeg

Noel Sons

Board Member

SEAL LOGO_edited_edited.png
Untitled design (1) copy.png

Jay Johnston

Advisory Board Member

MatthewBergens_DukeERASHeadshots4.14.241311PreferredHeadshots.crop.jpg

Matthew Bergens

Board Member

  • LinkedIn

Our Staff

MatthewBergens_DukeERASHeadshots4.14.241311PreferredHeadshots.crop.jpg

Matthew Bergens

Executive Director

  • LinkedIn
Untitled design (1) copy.png

Devin DeFeo

Director of Operations

Zach Headshot.jpg

Zachary LeBlanc

Director of Marketing

Screenshot 2024-04-15 at 9_edited.png
DSC03008.jpg

Steven Chrysosferidis

Director of Finance

Screenshot 2024-04-15 at 9_edited.png
Derek Fyksen Headshot.jpeg

Derek Fyksen

Outreach Director

PJ_edited.png
Bella.jpg

Bella McKinney

Research Program Director

Professional Headshot.JPG

Joseph Rangel

Scholars Program Director

Steele .PNG

Steele McCulley

Mentorship Director

SEAL LOGO_edited_edited.png
Headshot.jpg

Brentyn Jones

Director of Partnerships

SEAL LOGO_edited_edited.png
Screenshot 2024-06-10 at 3.00.30 PM.png

Shayla Hayward-Lundy

Assistant Program Director 

Untitled design (1) copy.png

Andrew Kocsis

Assistant Program Director

Screenshot 2023-06-23 at 11.18.25 PM.png

Unfilled

Assistant Program Director

Interested in joining SOFtoSOM as a volunteer or staff member? Click the button below to apply!

Wanna see what we're all about?

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, SOF to SOM strives to be transparent and accountable to the public. As such, we have downloadable PDF copies of our organizing documents and financial records. If you would like information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@SOFtoSOM.org or click the button below!

FINANCIALS & PUBLIC RECORDS
   (All Available Upon Request)

image.png

Articles of Incorporation

image.png

Org Chart (2023)

image.png

Bylaws (2023)

image.png

Mission & Vision

image.png

990EZ (Pending)

bottom of page