Dr. Brad Alge is an Associate Professor of Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, Founder and President of Panoptic Insight, LLC (a human capital consultancy), and coordinator of Purdue University’s course, “Experiencing Leadership: A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg” in partnership with the Lincoln Leadership Institute.
Dr. Alge holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University. An award winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Alge teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and teams. He has published his research in prestigious outlets including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Dr. Alge is a member of the Academy of Management and currently serves on the editorial boards and the Journal of Management and Human Resource Management. He has also served on the editorial boards at the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
Prior to academia, Dr. Alge was a consultant for Accenture and a college football coach. A member of the 1988 NCAA Division I National Champion Football Team at Notre Dame, Dr. Alge enjoys incorporating leader and team “war” stories into his lectures and workshops. Dr. Alge received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Kent State University.
Gen. James Anderson
James Anderson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1956 and served with distinction as an infantry officer, including two tours in Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam in 1970, he served in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army as a Special Assistant for the Modern Volunteer Army while working with the Congress and the White House to create a Volunteer Army. After completing studies for his PhD, he served as a tenured full Professor and Department Head at the United States Military Academy at West Point, until his retirement from the Army in 1997 at the rank of Brigadier General. General Anderson’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Air Medal with eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, plus numerous service decorations. He has also been awarded the Senior Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab and the Vietnam Parachute Badge. General Anderson has spent over fifty years studying, practicing and teaching the Art of Principle-Focused Leadership.
Originally from Manheim, PA, Cooper joined the US Navy in 1987 specifically to become a US Navy Seal. Following BUD/S graduation in 1988, Mr. Cooper reported to SEAL Team 2, with which he completed three deployments to include Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In 1993, Mr. Cooper was selected for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
From 1994 to 2012, he completed dozens of deployments, both in and out of major theaters of war. He has led extensively in combat at the Team, Troop, Squadron and Command level, and has executed missions spanning the full gamut of Naval Special Warfare capabilities. From September 2009 to September 2011, Mr. Cooper served as the Command Master Chief (the senior SEAL Operator and principal advisor to the Commanding Officer) of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He is one of only fourteen SEALs to ever hold this position. During his tenure, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group successfully executed some of the most significant Special Operations missions in the history of the U.S. Military. For his distinguished service, Mr. Cooper was awarded numerous unit and personal awards, to include a Silver Star, 6 Bronze Stars with “V” devices, 2 Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Presidential Unit Citations and numerous other joint and individual awards.
Col (Ret.) Mark W. Erwin
Colonel (Ret.) Mark W. Erwin served in the United States Army for over 25 years culminating his career as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Special Operations Command. After being commissioned into Infantry from ROTC at Wake Forest University, he held leadership positions in Mechanized and Airborne Infantry to include command of an 82nd Airborne Company in Desert Storm.
In 1995 Col Erwin was selected into Army Special Operations where he excelled. He commanded at every level of the nation’s most elite Special Mission Unit from Captain to Colonel. Since 9-11, Erwin was a key player in the Global War on Terrorism.
He deployed numerous times to Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa leading our nation’s most sensitive operations. He became a specialist in building teams of Joint, Interagency partners working closely with other nations’ leadership, both military and civilian. He commanded a 3500 man Task Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom that teamed with Coalition partners and Iraqis conducting stability operations throughout Iraq.
Since his retirement in August of 2010, Mr. Erwin has been involved in multiple international business and security initiatives. In August of 2011, he founded Long Walk Enterprises, which assists commercial entities as they assess, initiate and execute opportunities in emerging markets. In April of 2012, Mr. Erwin became CEO of A&K Global Health, a medical travel company providing access to quality, affordable healthcare across the globe. In this role, he grew a Fortress Investment Group startup
with 8 employees into a multinational operation with 60 employees and over $7M in existing contracts. In June of 2015, Mr. Erwin became a Senior Partner in Karakoram Group, which uses the worlds most experienced Special Operators to conduct Risk Analysis and Security support to commercial and government entities globally. He rounded out his corporate leadership experience as a Non-Executive Director for Heritage Oil, from May 2012 until June 2014, when the oil and gas exploration and production company was purchased and taken private from the London Stock Exchange.
Mr. Erwin graduated from Wake Forest University in 1984 where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He completed the United States Army War College through a fellowship at the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C in 2007.
Fran retired as a C.R.N.A (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and the Executive Director of the Surgical Service Line at DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in June 2018. He has obtained an undergraduate degree in Health Care and Business, and a graduate degree in Strategic Leadership and Organizational Change. He is a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt, TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and a Myers-Briggs Certified Trainer. In his role at the Level One Trauma Center Fran’s leadership impacted 83 physicians and more than 500 employees spread over Operating Room, Perioperative & Surgical Nursing units. He and his team actively managed an annual budget that provided more than 50% of the organization’s total annual operating revenue.
Currently he works his “dream retirement job” – he is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He spends his time leading tours for individuals, groups, buses, and advanced organizational leadership development courses using the lessons from Gettysburg. Fran performs almost 200 tours each year.
Kelly Garrett, Ed. D.
Kelly serves as the Director of the Emergency Management Professionals Program at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD. In his role at EMI, Kelly is responsible for leading the staff, program and curriculum oversight, collaboration, and coordination between the Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies, which matriculates more than 3,200 students annually.
A retired U. S. Army Reserve officer, Kelly served on the Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff in the Pentagon; as an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College; the Assistant Director of Operations, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and as a Faculty Instructor in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management at the Army War College. Kelly graduated from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, the Defense Strategy Course of the Army War College, and the National Security Course of the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington,D.C. His military awards and decorations included: The Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Army Superior Unit Award, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, and the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher.
Kelly received a Doctor of Education and Master of Science in Education from the Chief Learning Officer Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also possesses certificates in: Public Leadership from The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; Talent Leadership from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Homeland Security from MIT Lincoln Labs, Boston, MA; and the Homeland Security Executives Program from Harvard University, Boston, MA.”
Katherine L. Hanson, Ed. D.
Dr. Kathy Hanson is the Vice President of Teaching and Learning at Noodle Partners. Kathy has forged her career in the education arena, in both academia and the civil service. She has taught at all levels, and for several private and public colleges and universities. During her federal career Kathy has served as the Chief Learning Officer for the National Park Service, and held key leadership positions in learning and development in such agencies as the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition to her civilian work experiences, Kathy is a Gulf War-Era veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a helicopter pilot for several years.
Kathy has a proven track record of working collaboratively with corporate, non-profit, government, and philanthropic sectors to design, develop, and deliver outstanding leadership development programs. As an Organization Development consultant, she specializes in senior leadership strategy and team development.
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina, a Master of Arts in Education degree from Western Carolina University in North Carolina, and a doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California.
James Hayney is a veteran professional actor with a life-long fascination with the 16th president. He has performed in over 100 stage plays on both coasts. Locally, he has been seen in various films and television commercials. In addition, he is a member of the National Association of Abraham Lincoln Presenters, and is most proud of his performance in the one-man play “Mr. Lincoln.”
Joseph E. Mieczkowski
Joe Mieczkowski is a retired Federal Executive and educator. Having received his Bachelor’s Degree from Salem College and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, Joe’s education provided the foundation to support his 37 year career with the Social Security Administration. He served in a variety of locations and positions, including 16 years as a Manager and Area Director in Washington, D.C. and he retired from federal service as the Area Director in Harrisburg, PA. Joe is considered to be an expert in strategic planning, leadership training, and operations. Having provided impressive and successful oversight to over 600 frontline employees and 28 facilities while with the SSA, Joe is a two time recipient of the Agency’s highest honor, the Commissioner’s Citation.
Joe is an adjunct professor for local community colleges, teaching courses in American history and project management. In addition, Joe is an instructor at The National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD teaching Executive Development.
Joe is a Licensed Battlefield Guide for the Gettysburg National Military Park, and is a Past President of both The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides and The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. He has three books to his credit including “After Gettysburg: Lee retreats and Meade pursues”.
Joe is a resident of Fairfield, PA, where he lives with his wife, Chris.
Scott Moore, from the Air Academy Class of 1978, retired in 2014 as a Navy Rear Admiral with over 30 yrs in Naval Special Warfare (NSW). A 1983 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he received a cross commission into the Navy and immediately attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. During his career, he led at every level of NSW, from SEAL platoon commander, to Commander of the Nation’s premier Counterterrorist Force, to Deputy Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, where he was responsible for training and equipping a 7000-person force. He also commanded a 1500-person Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, which conducted over 2000 capture/kill missions against enemy leaders. His staff tours included assignments as; director, of Counterterrorism, on the National Security Staff, White House, directly briefing The President of the United States; as the Assistant Operations Officer for Counterterrorism, The Pentagon, where he advised the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff daily on counterterrorism operations; and as the Deputy Commander for Operations, Office of Defense Representative, Pakistan, where he coordinated NATO operations with Pakistani military leaders. He earned a masters degree in National Security Studies at the Naval War College, graduating with Distinction.
At every level of Adm. Moore’s military career, he was known for his operational abilities, effective leadership and clear decision-making, having personally led numerous “national level” no- fail missions during some of our nation’s most critical strategic moments. Currently, he is the co-founder and CEO of the Karakoram Group International, which focuses on solving global security problems. He also serves as Chairman for SEALKids, a non-profit focusing on keeping SEALs in the fight by covering their children’s educational and enrichment needs at home.
Judy Morley, PhD
Judy Morley, Ph.D., is a historian, speaker, entrepreneur, and author. She has a Ph.D. in the History of the American West and a master’s degree in Conscious Leadership. She has an extensive background in executive leadership, organizational development, and franchising in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She is the author of four books and five monographs, ranging from historical case studies to individual leadership essays. Judy is currently working on a book about Abraham Lincoln and the Transcendentalists. She has been featured in several documentaries, including MPower: Empowering Women in Business and Beyond.
Judy and her husband, Steve Burton, are the co-founders of Tilford’s Wood Fired Pizza, the first mobile pizza franchise in the United States. Previously, Judy started a tour business and a marketing firm before transitioning into non-profit leadership and academia. Additionally, she is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living.
Judy has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the L. Dudley Phillips Fellowship, the Ward Family Prize for Public History, and the Wynkoop Prize for Historic Preservation.
A graduate of Gettysburg College with a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from Texas A&M, Jared Peatman is the director of curriculum for the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. Since 2009 he has created dozens of presentations and delivered hundreds of sessions that draw leadership lessons from historic sites including Gettysburg, the Alamo, Jamestown, and Waterloo. Jared’s first book is The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For that project Jared was named the 2009 Organization of American Historians/Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Doctoral Fellow and in 2012 received the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize for the best work on Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War. He is also the author, with Steven B. Wiley, of A Transformational Journey: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg. Jared is certified to deliver the EQ-i2.0 and EQi 360 Emotional Intelligence assessments and holds a certificate in experiential education from the National Society of Experiential Education. He is currently working on a book about Joshua Chamberlain, the Twentieth Maine, and the Battle of Gettysburg.
Matthew is the author of two books on Abraham Lincoln, including Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home (Oxford University Press, 2003). He graduated from Harvard College and received a D.Phil. degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Matt holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History and serves as Co-Director of the House Divided Project at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He has also published widely in the history of American politics, contributing to various journals and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s held a visiting fellowship at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, and President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.
Bob Prosperi is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army veteran. He served for 17 years as one of the two historians at the Gettysburg National Military Park. During this time he served as a personal tour guide and battlefield escort for numerous dignitaries and celebrities. He had the distinct privilege of providing a personal tour for Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit.
Ritch Shydner is a writer, producer, actor and stand-up comic with more than twenty five years experience in “the business.” He has made numerous appearances on the David Letterman Show, the Jay Leno Show, and on Johnny Carson’s original Tonight Show. Ritch has had roles on Married with Children, Designing Women, and Roseanne as well as in films such as Steve Martin’s Roxanne and Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop II.
Ritch has also worked as a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and “punched up” (added the humor to) many television shows and motion pictures. Most recently, Ritch was the Co-Executive Producer and head writer for the HBO show, The Mind of the Married Man. He has also written material for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grammy nominated comedy albums, Totally Committed, Big Fun and Blue Collar TV.
His first book, I Killed: True Stories of the Road from American’s Top Comics was published in 2006. Ritch is a graduate of Gettysburg College and currently lives in Southern California.
Jari Villanueva retired from the United States Air Force where he spent 23 years with The USAF
Band in Washington DC. He is considered the country’s foremost expert on military bugle calls, particularly the call of Taps which is sounded at military funerals. While in the Air Force he was the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of The USAF Band’s State Funeral Plans and was the NCOIC of the command post at Andrews AFB which oversaw the arrival and departure ceremonies for the late Presidents Reagan and Ford. As a ceremonial trumpeter, Villanueva participated in well over 5,000 ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, served as an assistant drum major leading The USAF Ceremonial Brass in funerals at Arlington. He was responsible for all the music performed by the USAF Bands for state funerals.
Villanueva’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with six oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the State of Maryland Distinguished Service Cross, the State of Maryland Meritorious Service Medal, the State of Maryland Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Maryland Defense Force Achievement Medal.
Villanueva earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1978 from the Peabody
Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. In 1984 he received a Master of Music degree from Kent State University, Ohio.
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