The mortales team

Drew Peterson

Chairman of the Board & Founder

Drew Peterson is currently working in technology at an investment bank in New York City. Drew, now 30, is a former Air Force engineer with two combat deployments to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2013. He also recently returned to Afghanistan in 2016 to run in the second ever Marathon of Afghanistan to promote women's rights. Drew graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering and now resides in New York City.

Nolan Peterson

International Projects Lead

Nolan Peterson is the foreign correspondent for The Daily Signal, the news site of the Heritage Foundation. Peterson, 34, is a former Air Force special operations pilot who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a war correspondent, Peterson has reported extensively from the front lines in eastern Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan. Peterson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in French. He attended graduate school at the Sorbonne in Paris, France from 2004 from 2006, where he studied politics and French literature. After leaving the Air Force, Peterson completed a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he was a McCormick Foundation fellow.

Ashton Bailey

Chief of Domestic Projects

Ashton founded with his brother and manages a small private equity firm based out of New Jersey and New York City. Ashton has spent the better part of the last decade working in the financial world and building his own successful business. He is a recent father and a strong supporter of U.S. military veterans affairs. The domestic mission of Mortales was the idea of Ashton's and has proved instrumental to our success.

Warner Allison

Board Secretary

Warner Allison is currently working in risk at an investment bank in New York City. Warner, 30, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental geography. Upon graduation, Warner served as an Engineer Officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army and completed combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to the Board of Mortales, he serves on the Leadership Council of Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), a non-profit focused on providing high-quality theater programming for active duty military members, veterans, and their families.

Adrian Bonenberger

Ukraine Country Lead

Adrian Bonenberger is a writer, journalist, and civilian protection advocate based in Kyiv. A two-time veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan with the US Army infantry, his decorations include two bronze stars and an Army Commendation Medal with a “V” device for valor. His non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and other publications. His memoirs, Afghan Post, were published in January of 2014. Together with Brian Castner, he co-edited a collection of short fiction, The Road Ahead, due out via Pegasus Books in January of 2017. He authored a report on civilian victims of military harm in Ukraine for CIVIC, titled “We are Afraid of the Silence,” published in December of 2016. He holds degrees from Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.