Diamond6 has an incredible team of faculty, each with their own area of expertise in areas of leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture and executive wellness. This ensures that clients receive a well rounded experience and learn skills from a variety of perspectives. Our faculty members have held leadership roles in military combat, education, non-profits and corporations.
Dr. Jeffrey McCausland, Founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership, LLC is a retired Army Colonel with over 30 years of unique and challenging leadership experiences. As a retired military officer and veteran Jeff’s work has taken him all over the world serving in a variety of command and staff positions in places such as the on National Security Council Staff, U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and the Pentagon.
As a retired military officer and veteran Jeff’s work has taken him all over the world serving in a variety of command and staff positions in places such as the on National Security Council Staff, U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and the Pentagon.
His experience also extended onto the battlefield when he assumed command of a field artillery battalion stationed in Europe and deployed his unit to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990 and 1991. An experience he describes as being the most challenging and rewarding leadership experience he has had.
Jeff has both published and lectured broadly on military affairs, European security issues, the Gulf War, and leadership throughout the United States and over twelve countries. His knowledge and expertise has earned him invitations to serve as a consultant and adjunct faculty member to many leading organizations such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the RAND Corporation in Washington to name a few.
Since 2003 Jeff has served as a national security consultant to CBS radio and television as a frequent commentator on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jeff has also appeared on MSNBC, CSPAN, CNN, and the CBS Morning Show as well as being interviewed by the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe.
Dr. Kent Bechler served as superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District, the 9th largest school district in California from 2007 to 2012. Corona-Norco Unified School District was named a 2012 finalist for the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education. The Broad Prize for Urban Education is the largest education prize in the country, honoring school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement, while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.
He also served as superintendent in Walnut Valley Unified and Duarte Unified School Districts. He held positions of Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principal, Teacher and Coach.
Kent has extensive training experience in management, leadership, systems, policies and procedures, strategic planning, labor relations, and developing collaboration and teamwork within organizations. He is well known for developing trusting relationships, team building and resolving organizational conflict. His academic work includes teaching adjunct classes at the university level and consulting with educational institutions, businesses and other organizations.
He was named the 2012 California Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.
During Kent’s 32 year career in K-12 education, he served in professional organizations including Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California Collaborative on District Reform, American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Southern California Superintendents, Urban Education Dialogue and Educational Research Development Institute (ERDI).
Born in Saginaw, Michigan and raised in South Central Los Angeles, he has traveled extensively throughout South America, Australia and Mainland China playing basketball.
Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. (Harvard, a.b, cum laude, Government, 1974; Fletcher School, M.A.L.D., 1980) is Chairman of the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, DC. He was the President’s Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09, and Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs as well as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action from 2001-2005.
He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), Member, U.S. Delegation to Philippine Bases Negotiations (1990-91), Member, U.S. Water Mediation in the Middle East (1989-90), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89), among other positions in the Department of Defense (OSD/ISA) beginning in 1981. He is President of Palmer Coates LLC, Senior Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., Senior Advisor at ZeroBase Energy LLC, and Chairman of the Board of Bell Pottinger Communications USA LLC.
David was educated in the Midwest, earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University, and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.
In 1960, he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota, rising to full Professor in eight years. During that period, he co-authored the widely used Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory. In 1973, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership® in Greensboro, North Carolina and then joined the Center as Executive Vice-President. In 1981, he was appointed as the first Smith Richardson Senior Fellow. In 1979, he was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of London and in 1986-1987, he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force
Academy in Colorado Springs.
His lecturing and professional activities have taken him to dozens of U.S. corporations and universities, and to many foreign countries, notably Russia, China, Peru, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Chile, the Philippines, and much of Western Europe.
David has recently published a new psychological test battery, the Campbell Development Surveys™ which includes individual surveys designed to analyze working interests, skills, leadership potential, teamwork and working satisfaction.
His honors include the E.K. Strong, Jr. Gold Medal for excellence in psychological testing research. In 1998, the University of Colorado awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He also received the 2001 Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
In 2006, David received the Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award from the Society of Psychologists in Management. During Spring Semester 2006, David served as the first Hellervik/PDI Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota. And in 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Iowa State University.
David is perhaps best known for his popular books:
“If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll Probably End Up Somewhere Else”; “Take the Road to Creativity and Get Off Your Dead End”; “If I’m in Charge Here, Why Is Everybody Laughing?”
He is an avid photographer and skier, and likes to play squash.
Joe Doty is a retired Army officer currently working as leadership and ethics consultant. Joe is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point NY, and served in both educational and leadership positions during his 28 years in the Army – to include battalion level command. He concluded is service in the military as the Deputy Director in the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE).
Joe received Masters Degrees from Indiana University and the Naval War College and earned his PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. He has a passion for leadership, ethics, character development, teaching and human development. Some of the courses he taught at West Point include Leadership and Ethics in Sports. His published works include:
Doty, J., and Fenlason, J. (2013, Jan/Feb). Narcissism and toxic leaders. Military Review.
Doty, J., and Doty, C. (2012, Jan/Feb). Command responsibility and accountability Military Review.
Doty, J. (2011, Fall). A case study in moral reasoning and moral development: A case for self-awareness. Journal of Character and Leadership Integration, 2(1), 59-72.
Doty, J., and Sowden, W. (2009, Nov/Dec). Character vs competence? It must be both!! Military Review.
Doty, J., and Gerdes, D. (2000, Oct). Humility as a leadership trait. Military Review.
His most recent operational assignment was Commanding General of the command charged with reestablishing Iraqi Security Forces 2003-2004, where he built the command and established the structure and infrastructure for the Iraqi Armed Forces and Interior Ministry security forces.
Other operational assignments include Somalia, Bosnia and Albania. Other assignments include the Joint Staff, Deputy Commanding General for Transformation and Stryker Unit Development and Assistant Professor and head of the French Department at West Point. He is a 1972 graduate of West Point, married to PJ Eaton and father to sons Shane and Joshua, and daughter Gina, all Soldiers.
James W. Davis is the founder and President of The Davis Group Ltd (www.davisgroupltd.net) an international consulting firm. Mr. Davis has nearly 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He also serves as a speaker and consultant to organizations on a variety of leadership related issues.
The Davis Group Ltd uses Strategic Foresight to help our clients anticipate the future and choose the best direction. We specialize in developing leaders and teams, as well as coaching senior and mid-level executives. We utilize the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) and other tools to help individuals and teams and achieve high levels of performance in areas such as communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, change management, leadership, team functioning and creativity/innovation.
Mr. Davis has served a variety of clients since founding his consulting practice in 1997. He has worked with major corporations such as Time Warner, Sylvan Learning, and the Los Angeles Business Advisors which was made up of the CEO’s of major corporations headquartered in Southern California. Mr. Davis has advised clients in England, Germany, Spain, and Sweden. He currently serves small and medium size businesses ranging from $1million to $100 million in gross revenues, as well as a variety of non-profit and public sector organizations. He provided pro bono services to Xerox PARC and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as to several non-profit organizations.
Prior to forming his consulting practice, Mr. Davis served as the Superintendent/CEO of the La Cañada Unified School District in California for five years. While serving as CEO of the district Mr. Davis managed a budget exceeding $20 million, employing nearly 400 professional and support staff. During that time he also managed a construction budget exceeding $15 million. Prior to being promoted to Superintendent, Mr. Davis served 24 years in a variety of leadership positions in both the La Canada and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.
Mr. Davis has also worked for Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation and has served as a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles-Extension, California State University, Fullerton and as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. Mr. Davis was a Fellow in the Leadership in Conflict Initiative, a joint partnership with Dickinson College and the United States Army War College, both located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
He is a Certified MBTI® Practitioner and a Certified Trainer for the DiSC® Facilitation System. Mr. Davis also holds a certificate in Strategic Foresight.
Mr. Davis is co-founder of the Institute for Educational Advancement, a non-profit institute dedicated to serving our nation’s brightest youth. He currently serves as senior advisor. In 2006, Mr. Davis founded Sacred Leadership.org, with a mission to improve leadership in the public, non-profit and service sectors.
Mr. Davis is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), the World Future Society (WFS), Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), the Association of Psychological Type (APT) and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Mr. Davis has been recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly, the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, the Westchester/LAX and La Cañada Chambers of Commerce, the Los Angeles Unified School District and numerous other professional, community and civic organizations. He is the recipient of the 2009/2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.
Mr. Davis is married to sculptor, Judeth S. Davis and has three children and four grandchildren.
Over the course of a twenty-nine year career with the Department of the Army (DA), Mr. Cortez K. Dial has held challenging positions in Human Resources, Professional Development and Education with increasing levels of executive responsibility. His career has predominantly been characterized by key assignments in personnel management, personnel services, and the formulation of programs, policy, professional development and teaching.
In his last military position as The Director of Family Programs, he was responsible for the formal education, development, and preparation of 17 (colonel and civilian equivalent) students for the broad responsibilities of future senior leadership in the Department of Defense, Joint, or combined organizations within the federal government. As a seminar leader (faculty member) at the United States Army War College, he prepared and presented a graduate-level core curriculum focusing on command, leadership, management, ethics, equal opportunity (EO), equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity, and decision making at strategic levels. He also served as a US Army War College point of contact for appropriate government agencies, private organizations, and educational institutions in the areas of human resources, family education, family support and service programs, along with personnel management, diversity management and human relations. For these areas of concentration, he was the Army War College liaison with the Joint Staff, Department of Army (DA), Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Personnel Command (PERSCOM), Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), and the Soldier Support Institute (SSI). Lastly, he was the officer in charge of the annual three-day trip to Washington D.C. for over 350 senior military officers, International Fellows, and DA Civilians with the mission and organizational goal of gaining first hand knowledge of executive and strategic leadership in government as they visited over seventy-five Members of Congress and more than fifty different departments, embassies, and agencies.He continued his professional development with formal training, membership in societies and participating in DOD sponsored forums addressing Human Resources and Professional Development. He is a graduate of the 2002, Pennsylvania Education Leadership and Policy Centers Fellowship Program while continuing to be a guest lecturer on Human Resource Policy and Organizational Culture. In April 5, 2003, he gave an extensive presentation to Senators, Bill Frist, George Allen, Rick Santorum and Jim Kyl on changing organizational culture. He regularly lectures and facilitates workshops on diversity and organizational culture at The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and he was one of the editors of the chapter on “Civilian Personnel” found in the U.S. Army War College publication, How The Army Runs. Additionally, he published two articles describing organizational culture: “Mentoring: A Road Paved with Good Intentions”, and “One Team, One Fight.” He is a recipient of the Army’s Legion Of Merit Award for distinguished service in the human resource field as Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, Eight United States Army. On August 10th, 2003, he became the Director of Residence Life at Virginia State University, was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs in 2004, and he is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for the university.
Upon leaving a tenured faculty position in 2003 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Dr. Barry Frew formed Frew & Associates, an independent consulting firm. He remained at the Navy’s graduate school as a civilian faculty; earned tenure and was appointed Dean before founding the Executive Education Center at the school and then retired in 2002 as an Emeritus Professor.
He conducts education and development interventions for organizations and executives that are aimed at expanding the boundaries and horizons of individuals and organizations. Dr. Frew continues to focus on events that stretch the thinking of people within organizations using a model he developed called High Order Thought™. The foundational idea of High Order Thought™ suggests that the highest levers to clearer and more effective thought and behavior are found in being aware of your “State-of-Mind,” being attentive to your “Communicating,” being cognizant of your and other’s “Thinking,” and using “Reflecting” to generate insight. Dr. Frew helps individuals and organizations become better aligned; focus on talent management, transformation and change; and provide high performing and high potential leaders an expanded set of management, leadership, and execution tools.
In 1997, Professor Frew founded the Center for Executive Education at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The Center provided boundary expanding programs for the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense Flag officers and Senior Executive Service civilians. Programs delivered by this Center rapidly built a large following and reputation within and external to the Navy. His programs have been credited for changing the culture of Navy leadership, changing the dialogue within the Navy and expanding the awareness and perception regarding leaders’ vision of future possibilities and outcomes. His entrepreneurial spirit and his innovative approach to executive education has been the focus of articles, magazines and news periodicals including Fast Company, New York Lawyer, Naval Proceedings, and CHIPS Magazine.
Barry has been involved in almost every facet of information management since 1968. His experience as an Information Technology manager includes a wide variety of environments including microcomputers, minicomputers, high performance workstations, mainframes, and supercomputers. Barry frequently consults for private industry as well as state and federal government facilities.
Barry has held several faculty positions including Associate Professor, Dean of Computer and Information Systems, and Director of Executive Education. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and was the first Chief Information Officer at the Naval Postgraduate School. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute.
Stan Florer, President of S F Dynamic Solutions, LLC, supports organizations large and small to help them more effectively develop their leadership and management teams. He brings to his clients his experience from a 28-year career in the Army and ten years of business consulting. His Special Forces leadership positions in Command, education and training development give him the insight needed in today’s education, business and defense related government organizations.
Colonel Stan Florer retired from the United States Army on 1 October 2000. In his last duty assignment Colonel Florer served as the Chief of Staff, Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC, where he oversaw the staff that supported the Army’s Special Operations Forces by recruiting, training, equipping and preparing them for global operations. After his retirement, he provided expert consulting with Whitney, Bradley and Brown on concepts and analysis projects for DoD and Defense Industry customers large and small. He developed the Special Operations and Army business for WBB until his departure in 2010. From 2010 to 2011, he supported the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs in an effort to connect America’s Army to the public in a more dynamic and relevant way by planning and executing the production of reality style infomercials at Forts Bragg and Lewis.
Before his assignment to USASOC, Colonel Florer commanded the Special Operations Command, Atlantic Command, Norfolk, VA. He created a new capability for training Joint Task Force commanders and staffs as well as Theater Special Operations Commands in each Geographic Command. He was selected for this position because of his experience as the Director of Training and Doctrine at the USAJFK Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, NC.
As the Director of Training and Doctrine, he integrated Special Operations in Army and Joint doctrine. He designed the education and training strategies to support this dynamically changing doctrine and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP).
In addition to commanding at each level from Captain to Colonel, Colonel Florer was selected to instruct a seminar of very extraordinary Majors at the School for Advanced Military Studies in the Operational Art. He brings this expertise in strategic planning to all his tasks. He also achieved qualification as an African Foreign Area Officer.
Colonel Florer commanded 1st BN 10th SFG (A) during Desert Storm and Provide Comfort, executing essential Special Operations in Iraq with strategic impact.
B.S. United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
M.A. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
George Lucas is Class of 1984 Distinguished Chair in Ethics in the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis), and Professor of Ethics and Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA).
He has taught at Georgetown University, Emory University, Randolph-Macon College, the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and served as Philosophy Department Chairman at the University of Santa Clara in California. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the American Council of Learned Societies, and has served three times (in 1986, 1990, and 2004) as director of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes for College and University Faculty.
Mike Lyons has deep operational leadership and consulting experience in driving companies in towards organizational excellence, specifically in managing and leading successful organizations through complex start-ups, turnarounds, and high-growth periods. He as worked with Fortune 500 companies in areas such as strategic business planning, leadership development, marketing and business development, merger and acquisition negotiations, human capital planning, change management and performance improvement.
Mr. Lyons is an established contributor to the CBS Radio News Network and their affiliates, as well as CBS News as an On-Air Military Commentator, providing analysis on military and national security issues, as well as and producing segments for broadcast on military tactics and strategy with regard to the deployment of US military forces worldwide. He is also involved with many veteran groups and works with them on the transition from active duty back to civilian society.
Mr. Lyons has also spoken at numerous forums on issues and challenges relating to the attacks on 9/11 and on topics relating to the recommendations made by The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. His most recent one was at the Rutgers Law School symposium “Unsettled Foundations, Uncertain Results: 9/11 and the Law, 10 Years After”, in February of 2011.
Mr. Lyons served as an active duty and reserve officer in the United States Army and finished his service as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Allied Forces Central Europe in Brunssum, the Netherlands. He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm, where commanded a Field Artillery Battery and was awarded the earned a Bronze Star and three Southwest Asia campaign stars. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Operations Research from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from The Stern School of Business, New York University, with majors in Finance and Accounting.
Dr. Suzanne Marcy, Founder and President of the Vibrance Institute, is a former university faculty who subsequently devoted 23 years to federal service as a Senior Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency. She has over 30 years of challenging and unique leadership experiences that range from leading research teams in the Alaska wilderness to convening and chairing an international ministerial level science initiative. Her Doctorate is in Psychology and Zoology, her Post Doc in Science Policy. She is a Certified Performance Coach and Certified Experiential Facilitator for Personal Transformation.
As a leader at EPA, Suzanne excelled at creating new initiatives and leading complex interdisciplinary, interagency, interstate, and international teams that changed and expanded national and international environmental policy. Under her leadership Suzanne’s teams redefined the meaning of integrity for the nation’s surface water. She led a major initiative to create ecosystem level risk assessment and incorporated learning in Agency guidelines that form the cornerstone for EPA environmental decision-making. As EPA representative to the Congressionally mandated Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, she spearheaded a major federal research initiative in the Bering Sea and partnered in establishing SEARCH (Study of Environmental Arctic Change). Under the Arctic Council, an eight nation ministerial forum, she led the international team assessing heavy metals in the Arctic resulting in international action to reduce mercury emissions. She has traveled extensively across the Arctic region and worked for DOD in Germany. Suzanne has published and lectured on science policy nationally and internationally.
Her newest venture as President of the Vibrance Institute combines her leadership experience with coaching and facilitation to guide seasoned and new leaders in enhancing their performance and creating ever more purposeful lives. She launches CEOs, business, and government leaders’ forums for fostering better leadership, better decisions and more powerful results. She also works with families with challenging children and troubled teens. She launched the Institute to share her passion for purposeful living and leadership. The Institute provides transformational seminars on leadership, interpersonal relations, life purpose, effective communication, and emotional intelligence.
Chris Maxwell is Senior Associate Director, Wharton Leadership Program, and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Chris teaches the foundation undergraduate Management course at Wharton, and also directs Wharton experiential leadership development programs in challenging environments throughout the US and abroad, including Mexico, Chile, Quebec, Peru, and Iceland.
His most recent work focuses on aligning Management education with principles of Positive Psychology. He holds two graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Governmental Administration and Applied Positive Psychology), and earned a PhD in Public Administration with concentrations in public management, organization theory, and health policy from Penn State University.
Tanya McCausland, Health and Lifestyle Coach is the founder of EatFit. LiveWell. She helps guide people to successfully make health and wellness a permanent part of their life rather than a short-term commitment. As a radio producer for Martha Stewart Living Radio (MSLR) in New York City, Tanya was exposed to master chefs, leading wellness experts and knowledgeable holistic practitioners.
While there, she further developed her interest in local farmers markets and home cooked meals. This fast paced and at times stressful lifestyle solidified her passion for helping others live healthier and happier lives. Tanya has the ability to create a unique and holistic nutrition program for each client’s lifestyle, health needs and personal goals.
Prior to working at MSLR Tanya attended courses at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. These experiences shaped her appreciation for teamwork, effective communication and physical fitness. She also improved her improvisational cooking skills!
Tanya teaches nutrition workshops to a group of budding chefs for the non-profit St. Vincent de Paul as part of their Kitchen of Champions program. Kitchen of Champions provides training and job placement for underprivileged individuals so they can find employment in local restaurant kitchens.
With her business EatFit. LiveWell she provides the guidance and tools necessary for individuals to achieve good health through simple, accessible diet and lifestyle changes. She does this through both one-on-one as well as group coaching. These are conducted in a positive environment that carries with it no judgments, expectations or requirements for participation. Coaching is available for anyone who desires to make a positive and lasting change for themselves and their families.
Tanya is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in Communications. She is a certified Nutrition Educator through Bauman College in Berkeley, CA.
Philipp Mueller is director of the Center for Public Management and Governance of the Business School (SMBS) of University of Salzburg in Germany. Previously he taught at the Graduate School for Public Administration and Public Policy of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico and was a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin.
In his research and writings, he focuses on the interactions between information technologies, strategy, and leadership. He consults major Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and government’s worldwide on strategic issues and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.
Eric T. “Rick” Olson is a partner in First Canoe Strategies and Consulting, Inc., working with companies world-wide in their efforts to develop business, primarily through securing contracts with the Department of Defense and other US government activities. First Canoe has worked with a wide range of companies in Hawaii (for example, Queens Medical Center and The Gas Company), on the mainland (e.g., General Motors), and with companies in several foreign nations (Kuwait and Korea among others).
Rick is also called upon regularly as a subject matter expert on national security strategy and policy for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Since 2010 he has also worked as the Director of Strategic Communications in the Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office, a U.S. Army Medical Command organization charged with establishing behavioral health programs across the Army.
From 2007-2010, Rick was a senior mentor to Army units and provincial reconstruction teams deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Beginning in August, 2006 he began one year of service in U.S. Embassy, Baghdad serving as Deputy Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office and Director of the National Coordination Team, which provided guidance and coordinated the activities of the provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq.
General Olson achieved the rank of Major General before retiring from the United States Army in January 2006. He began his distinguished military career after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1972. His first duty position was as a platoon leader in the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado. Subsequently, Rick commanded at every level from platoon to division, spending his last three years of service as the Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division (Light). General Olson also served as the Commander of Combined, Joint Task Force 76, responsible for all security and reconstruction operations in Afghanistan from 2004-2005.
General Olson received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, he has attended the United States Command and General Staff College, the Defense Language Institute, and completed a Senior Service College Fellowship at Georgetown University.
Roy Panzarella, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin – United Arab Emirates, is a retired Army Colonel with decades of leadership experience in the military and in business.
He currently leads the corporation’s business development activities in the UAE, one of Lockheed Martin’s two most important foreign markets in the world. Previously, he was the Vice-President for Lockheed Martin Global Incorporated in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he was the regional Vice President in Central Europe, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in September of 2005, Mr. Panzarella served as a U.S. Army Aviator and Foreign Area Officer for over twenty-seven years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. As the military attaché in charge of defense cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, he was responsible for numerous bilateral programs to include the Joint Strike Fighter, F-16, C-130J, and Missile Defense Programs. Earlier, as a soldier-diplomat, Roy served as the U.S. Defense Attaché to Poland where he negotiated the participation of Polish forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other career highlights include assignments in Baghdad in 2003 as Chief of an Interagency Team assigned to the Iraq Survey Group, Aide-de-Camp and later Special Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. Previously, he was the Dean of Student Affairs at the George Marshall Center for Security Studies in Germany. As a U.S. Army Attack Helicopter Aviator, Roy held a variety of leadership and staff positions in Korea, Hawaii and Germany.
Roy earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership after obtaining Master Degrees from the Fletcher School and Boston University. He is a 1978 graduate of West Point and together with his wife, Jody, they have spent 30 of the past 35 years working and living abroad. They have a daughter, Allison and two sons, Ryan and Brennan.
USAF Lt Col (Ret), CHE, CLdrC, is President of the leader development company Ki Visions, Inc. (www.KiVisions.com), author of “Become the Boss You Always Wanted” and host of the syndicated radio program, “Unlock Your Full Potential …Today!” He has been on the faculty of the Smeal College of Business (Penn State) for more than 10 years.
His extensive experience in leadership and management was gained during his several decades in the business environment and healthcare sector. He spent many years in the military as a distinguished B-52 flyer and Squadron Commander and now serves as a consultant for companies as global as Johnson & Johnson and as local as the organizations in the booming “self-owned” business market.
Matthew Pinsker holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He also serves as Co-Director of the House Divided Project at Dickinson, an innovative effort to build digital resources on the Civil War era.
Matt graduated from Harvard College and received a D.Phil. degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is the author of two books: Abraham Lincoln –a volume in the American Presidents Reference Series from Congressional Quarterly Press (2002) and Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home (Oxford University Press, 2003). Pulitzer Prize-winner David Donald called Lincoln’s Sanctuary “an important and fascinating book” and reviewers in publications such as The Washington Post hailed the effort as “marvelous” and “brimming with new information.”
Matt has also published widely in the history of American politics, contributing to the Journal of American History and several other academic journals as well as to newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2006, he was a Visiting Scholar at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Each year, he also leads numerous K-12 teacher training workshops for organizations such as the US Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. He currently serves the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as a “Distinguished Lecturer.”
Finally, Matt sits on the Advisory Boards of several historic organizations, such as Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, and President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.
James F. Powers, Jr. currently serves as a consultant for two governmental organizations whose mission nexus is with Homeland Security and Defense – the Pennsylvania State University and the US Special Operations Command. He previously served as Pennsylvania’s Director of Homeland Security from which he retired in 2010.
He has also served as an instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and authored several monographs focused on Special Operations and Military Education. Before serving as a Special Operations consultant and Senior Fellow, Colonel Powers served 30 years as a career U.S. Army Special Forces officer. Mr. Powers is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A. German, 1969); the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (1986); and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (1996). He holds a Masters of Public Administration degree (MPA, 1996) from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
Dr. George Reed is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of San Diego he was the Director of Command and Leadership Studies at the U.S. Army War College.
He served for twenty-seven years as a Military Police Officer and retired at the rank of colonel. He holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in public policy analysis and administration and a Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University. His research and writing address leader development, leadership, and ethics. He teaches courses in leadership, ethics, and organizational theory and behavior. He is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post online feature, “On Leadership.”
What happens when you combine a liberal arts education, 20 years in production agriculture and sales, and almost two decades of community based leadership development experience…
John Rinehart has been involved in leadership development for over 15 years.
He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University RULE Rural Leadership Program, and served as Vice President of the program’s Advisory Board. John held the position of Executive Director of the Carlisle Pennsylvania based Leadership Cumberland program for seven years. He is a skilled group facilitator, team builder and public speaker, and has been contracted by many organizations to serve in these roles. John has also worked with organizations across Pennsylvania on visioning, strategic planning, and organizational development and was recently published in “In the Company of Leaders: 40 Top leadership experts provide proven guidance for your leadership journey.” A 1999 graduate of Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in European History, John also is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. A proud father of three children, John and his wife Cheri live in Dillsburg, Pa with their youngest daughter Jonna.
Bob Schoultz is currently CEO of Fifth Factor Leadership, which applies a Navy SEAL and Special Operations perspective to dilemmas faced by leaders in business and other public and private sector enterprises. Bob graduated from Stanford University in 1974, and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado California in the summer of 1975. He then served as Naval Special Warfare officer for 30 years, with numerous extended tours overseas in a wide variety of commands.
During his career he served all over the world, and commanded SEALS and Special Boat personnel at all levels up to Commanding Naval Special Warfare Group Two in Little Creek, Va. His last assignment in the Navy was as the Director of Leader and Character Development at the US Naval Academy, from which he retired as a Captain on 1 July, 2005. From Oct 2005 until Nov 2011 he served as the Director of the Master of Science in Global Leadership in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego. He has been married for 33 years and has three grown children. His oldest son is a SEAL officer currently assigned to an East Coast SEAL Team.
Stephen A. Shambach, is the Senior Character Development Program Analyst at the US Air Force Academy. His primary responsibility is to integrate leader and character development at the US Air Force Academy as well as with external Air Force organizations, other commissioning sources and the other Federal Service Academies.
A 1974 USMA graduate, he holds a MA in Organizational Psychology and a MEd in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He has over 35 years of experience studying, teaching and applying leader of character development in military and civilian organizations.
Don M. Snider is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at West Point, from which he retired in 2008. He serves now as Senior Fellow in the Center for Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and Adjunct Research Professor of the Army War College. He holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and Master’s degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Wisconsin.
In his previous military career, he served three combat tours in Vietnam as an infantryman; later after battalion command as Chief of Plans for Theater Army in Europe, as Joint Planner for the Army Chief of Staff, in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and on the staff of the National Security Council, the White House. He retired from the Army in 1990. Subsequently, and before joining the Academy’s civilian faculty in 1998, he was for three years the Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security Studies at West Point.
His continuing research examines American civil-military relations, the identities and development of the American Army officer, military professions, and professional military ethics. He was research director and co-editor of The Future of the Army Profession, (2d Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005), and Forging the Warrior’s Character (2d Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2008). More recent publications include, “Dissent and Strategic Leadership of Military Professions” (Orbis, 2008), The Army’s Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict (co-author, Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2008) and, co-editor with Suzanne Nielsen, American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in the New Era, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
Professor Snider is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, NYC, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.
Gary Steele has over thirty years of extensive national and international human resources experience as a leader, problem solver, and project manager. He has successful leadership, management and consulting experience with a broad, unique background from the military, education, and pharmaceutical industry sectors.
As an Army officer, Gary served 9 of his 23 years outside of the United States. Following graduation from West Point, he was posted as an Infantry officer in the Panama Canal Zone. As an Adjutant General Corps officer he served separate tours with allies in Greece and at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium. With the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado he was the Deputy Chief of Staff and he also served as the Division G5 Officer. He commanded at the battalion level and closed his career as a member of the doctrinal team charged with the 1993 revision of FM-100-5, Operations, at the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In the educational realm, Gary served as the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources of the Kansas City Missouri School District; a big-city district with approximately 7000 employees, with more than 3000 certified teachers. He has direct experience with the leadership and management challenges faced by district leaders including court-ordered desegregation, multi-million dollar budget cuts and the associated staffing challenges.
He served in key Human Resources positions with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals at its World Headquarters in New York City. In that role he was responsible for executive administration of HR functions for the business unit, which consisted of more than 30 countries. His last role was as Director of Organization Effectiveness for the Corporate Groups in New York City. He designed and delivered programs on team assessment and development, leader development, change management for managers and employees, performance evaluation, business ethics, and employee orientation and onboarding.
With Learning Dynamics, Gary develops and delivers training programs across a broad spectrum of organizational needs. Key focus areas are: Leadership Development, Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Team Assessment and Team Building, Change Management, Diversity, and Strategic Planning.
Gary is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Boston University.
Clemson Turregano is a Senior Faculty member in CCL’s government sector where he designs and delivers leadership programs for managers at all levels. Clemson’s leadership research spans practical and academic applications from the strategic level to tactical implementation, from boardrooms to government arenas.
His broad range of knowledge is heavily influenced by his background in public administration and his experience as the Coaching Practice Leader for CCL’s Greensboro campus.
Clemson’s current research involves effective mentoring practices within the public service sector, and creating adaptive learning opportunities for leaders. Clemson is an approved Executive Coach, certified in CCL-proprietary 360-degree assessments, and many other psychometric assessment instruments.
Colonel Tom Vossler, U.S. Army (Retired) served thirty years in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1968 to 1998. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and he commanded infantry units from Platoon thru Battalion level. Tom taught military history, strategy and leadership at the U.S. Army War College and he is a former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Since 1998 Tom has worked as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg where he specializes in battlefield studies and leadership seminars for U.S. and allied military units as well as civilian corporations and organizations. Tom’s battlefield clients include the late ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, movie actor Richard Dreyfus, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Tom’s television credits include participation in two American Civil War productions for The History Channel.
Lily Din Woo has been the principal of PS 130 Manhattan – The DeSoto School since 1990. As principal, she has helped transform PS 130 from a corrective action Title I school into one of the city’s best elementary schools. PS 130 is now a New York City, New York State and United States Department of Education Title I Distinguished School.
PS 130 Manhattan is located within 3/4 of a mile of Ground Zero. As school began on the morning of 9/11/2001, Ms. Woo and her students and staff witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center, which was in full view of the school. She had to take immediate actions to secure and maintain the safety of those in her building. She spent three consecutive days and nights at her school following the attacks, providing shelter for those who could not go home and working with the authorities in making her school a potential triage center. President George W. Bush, Governor George Pataki, and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani went together to the school a month afterwards to make a statement to the world regarding the resiliency of our nation.
Ms. Woo has served on many advisory committees and in leadership capacities for the New York City school system and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. In addition to her work as principal, she currently serves as an adjunct at the Bank Street College of Education’s Principals Institute.