Founders & Staff

Brandon Lambert

Chief Executive Officer

Hello all! Firstly, I want to thank you for being a part of our NSI community. I’m Brandon, originally from Houston, TX. I served four years in the United States Marines Corps, a part of 1st Battalion 1st Marines. Concurrent to my service, I pursued higher education throughout my military career and studied at three different community colleges before ultimately gaining admittance to Columbia University. My desire to aid service members in their pursuit of higher education has been forged through my own hardships while seeking academics. Becoming a student-veteran can be a daunting and stressful experience; our NSI team is here to help.

Thomas Corcoran

Chief Operations Officer

Hey everyone, I’m Tom. I’m a Chicago native, but I’ve spent the last seven years in D.C. and NYC. I’ve been in the Coast Guard for the last eight years; the first six of which were spent on active duty and the recent couple of years as a Boatswain’s Mate First Class in the reserves. I’ll be graduating from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in the Spring of ’22 and, shortly afterward, beginning my finance career at a middle-market, healthcare-focused private equity firm. The transition from military service to higher education was intimidating, to say the least, especially considering my academic performance in high school, but doing so has been life-changing and has opened doors I didn’t even know existed. I’m thrilled to be on the team, and I look forward to helping all transitioning vets get into the school of their dreams.

Marcus Bartolome

Chief Financial Officer

Hey there, I’m Marcus. I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. I served four years in the Marine Corps Infantry with 1st Battalion 1st Marines, and I will be an Economics-Mathematics major at Columbia University. I thoroughly enjoy skiing, camping, swimming, and helping other veterans in any way that I can. As my life progresses and I finish my undergraduate studies, I aim to complete Law School and try my hand as a Corporate Attorney. My passion for helping veterans achieve their post-military goals will remain at the forefront of my ambitions. I aspire to preserve the awesome community of capable and driven student-veterans that helped me not so long ago. And if you ever need some reassurance in your collegiate pursuits, just ask me about my GPA before the military…

Nestor Walters

Head of Writing Development


Hi all, I’m Nestor. I was born in Bangladesh, raised in Greece, and served ten years in the US Navy as a combat medic and SEAL. I now study math and creative writing at Stanford, have had numerous stories rejected from literary journals, and sometimes write in my blog.

Maybe you’re wondering if you have what it takes. Your high school transcript was average, your stack of ribbons unremarkable, maybe your professors describe you as “fitfully brilliant.” Ok, that’s actually me. But looking back, I see that I was lucky to have help from family and friends who read early drafts of my essays and offered suggestions for revision again and again. I know everyone doesn’t have that kind of support, so I want to do my best to extend it to you through Next Step Inbound’s essay tutorial program.

Welcome and let’s tell them a story they won’t forget.

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