He joined the SVA team in December, 2015. Schmeling had previously collaborated with SVA on various research projects, and had been a regular speaker at SVA conferences for the past several years.
Prior to joining SVA, Schmeling co-founded the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, and was appointed as its first managing director. He supervised the Programs mission area, which included transition, employment, education and training programs: the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV); the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans-Families (EBV-F); the Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP), (over 35 industry-certified career paths); the Transition Assistance Program: Boots to Business Program; Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE); and, VetNet.
Schmeling is a U.S. Air Force veteran, served 6+ years, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. Post-service he earned his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law, and his B.A. in political science with a minor in international studies (Latin America) from Iowa State University.