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Courses & Seminars Taught

                                      COURSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT

Department of Defense Information School,

Fort Meade, MD:

Public Affairs Officer’s Qualification Course Graduation:“Career Creativity,” July


Public Affairs Officer’s Qualification Course: “Strategic Communications Planning,”

Sept, Dec 2005; Mar, May 2006; “Telling the Army Story”

Intermediate Public Affairs Officer’s Workshop, “What the Senior Level

Communicator Should Know,” Oct 2005, Mar 2006

Public Affairs Officer’s Course (Distance Learning) Graduation “Truth and

Trends – What You Should Know,” Aug 2005

Senior Enlisted Public Affairs Officer Course, “The Army’s View, ” May 2005

The Swedish International Training Command, Sodjertale/Stockholm, Sweden (and in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Belgrade, Serbia)

.Partnership for Peace (PfP) Staff Officer’s Course:1999 – 2009

“Media Relations In Peace Support Operations” and

“Practical Media Training”

United Nations Staff Officer’s Course:1999

“Practical Media Training”

The Norwegian Defence International Centre, Oslo, Norway

.Partnership for Peace (PfP) Commander’s Course:2007, 2008

“Media Relations In Peace Support Operations” and

“Practical Media Training”

Reserve Forces Policy Board Symposium:“Strategic Challenges:Transforming the Total Force Vision for the 21st Century” May 2003, Washington, D.C.

Symposium Director

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GE

Conference Speaker and Panel Leader:Exploring Military Dimensions in Countering Ideological Support for Terrorism – Amman, Jordan, 2009

Conference Speaker: Exploring Military Dimensions in Countering Ideological Support

for Terrorism “Strategic Communications Questions” – in Rome, Italy, 2008

Executive Course/ Executive Program: 1998 – 2001 (rated the ‘best elective’ by

international students in 7 consecutive course iterations)

Advanced Seminar 723: Role of the Media in a Democracy” Leaders for the 21st Century Course:1999 – 2001

Elective Seminar EL 6280 “Media Relations, the Tactical Challenge”

Elective Seminar EL 6279 “The Media, The Managers, The Means of Staying Informed”

Eurasian Foreign Area Officer Program:1998 – 2001

“Media Relations Training for FAOs”

Marshall Center Conferences:

“Media in a Democracy and National Security” 1998 (multinational)

“The Media’s Power:Influencing Public Opinion”

“Tools and Techniques for Dealing with the Media”

“Military and Media Relations in a Defense and Security Environment” (Balkans – regional) March 2000

Moderator and Master of Ceremonies

“The Role of the Public Affairs Officer”

Military and Media Relations in a Defense and Security Environment

(Baltics – regional) December 2000, Moderator

The NATO School (SHAPE), Oberammergau, Germany

Media Relations for NATO Chaplains during Deployments:2007

NATO/PfP Operational Staff Officer’s Course:1998, 1999, 2000

“Working with the Media”

NATO Command and Control Warfare and Information Operations Course: 1999, 2000,

“Public Affairs in Information Operations”

General/Flag Officer’s Electronic Warfare Course:1999, 2000

“Public Affairs in Information Operations (Planning and Management)”

Multinational Crisis Management/NATO Crisis Management: 1999, 2000

“Public Information: Communicating in a Crisis”

US European Command (EUCOM) Public Affairs seminars and programs, Stuttgart, GE

“Theater Coordination in the Counter-terrorism Campaign,” May 2002, in Garmisch, GE,

Conference Coordinator

Public Affairs Campaign Planning (presented by EUCOM Staff) to Slovakian Ministry of Defense press officers, March 2001

Public Information Campaign Planning for the Romanian Navy:presented to

Chief of the Romanian Navy by the EUCOM Plans & Policy Director, May 1999

Public Information Campaign Planning for NATO Accession:presented to Defense

Ministry press officers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, Nov


Joint Forces Command Exercise:“Eloquent Nugget” June 2000, Washington, D.C.

Moderator and syndicate leader

U.S. Army Logistics Management College, Fort Lee, VA:

As adjunct professor taught –

Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Courses “The CEOs responsibility to

Communicate” Taught monthly from 1992 to 1997, Fort Lee, VA


Army Female Chaplains Conference, “Recruiting for a Calling,” Feb 2009, San Antonio,


80th Training Command Commanders Conference, “Communicating Transformation,” Jan

2009, Virginia Beach, VA

US Army Reserve Chiefs of Staff Conference, ”Strategic Transformation,” Jan 2009,

Atlanta, GA

Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Course “Today’s Army Reserve,” Feb, 2008, Fort

Leavenworth, KS

Army Medical Department Symposia, “Telling the Army’s Medical Stories,” Jul/Aug 2006

in San Antonio, TX and Orlando, FL

“Leadership and the Art of Communication,” Defense Contract Management Agency, Jul 2006,

Fort Belvoir, VA

U.S. Naval War College Conference:“Defense of the Commons, International Law and Strategic

Communications,” Jun 2006, Newport, RI

Joint Military Attache’s Training Conference “International Communications,” Apr 2006,

Washington, D.C.

Joint General Officers’ Conference (spouses) “Strategy of Telling the Army Story,”

Mar 2006, Tampa FL

Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Course “The Army Communications Enterprise,”

Feb, Jun, 2006, Fort Leavenworth, KS

National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Officers’ Conference, Oct 2005, Newport, RI

Health Promotion Professionals Conference “Telling the Medical Story” Aug 2005,

Louisville, KY

Pacific Nations Multinational Public Information Officers’ Conference Aug 2005,

Arlington, VA

Army Senior Commanders Conference “Telling the Army Story,” Jul 2005, McLean,


US Army Garrison Commander’s Conference:“Base Realignment and Closure –

Installation Communications Planning,”May 2005, Fort Bliss, Texas

Army Management Staff College “Army Public Communications” May 2005,

Springfield, VA

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“From Failure to Success,” Lakeview High School Graduation, Sandy Lake, PAMay 2009

“Veterans to Engineers” Signing Ceremony, Oak Ridge, TN, Feb 2009

Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game, Tampa,FL, Nov 2008

“The Future Army Reserve,” American Legion, Albequerque, NM, Apr 2008

“Communications Challenges since 9/11,” PRSSA Lecture at Edinboro University of

Pennsylvania, Apr 2007

“Letters from Home:the Family Connection,” South Florida District, The US Postal Service, Oct

2006, Miami, FL

“How Public Relations Can Bring Consistency and Strategy to International Communications,”

The 28th Annual Vernon C. Schranz Lecture at Ball State University, Sep 2006, Muncie, IN

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Speaker, Johns Hopkins University, May 2005,

Baltimore, MD,

“The Meaning of Opportunity,” U.S. Army War College Women’s History Month celebration,

Mar 2006, Carlisle, PA,

“Army Careers in Public Relations,” University of Maryland Mass Communications Dept,

Feb 2006, College Park, MD,

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Speaker, Edinboro University of PA, Dec 2005

(w/interviews with Erie television), Edinboro, PA

“They Are my Heroes,” Memorial Day Program, The Women’s Memorial, 30 May 2005

(broadcast live on C-Span), Washington, DC

“The Value of a Liberal Arts Education,” Edinboro University of PA, Distinguished Alumni

Awards Ceremony, April 2005, Edinboro, PA

“A Vote of Confidence,” Women’s Equality Day Program, 26 August 2004, Huntsville, AL

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Speaker, University of Maryland, May 2004, College

Park, MD

Memberships & Community Involvement

Conference Board Council on Corporate Communications Strategy, Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee, Reserve Officers Association, European Chapter VP, Board of Directors for Edinboro University Alumni Association, Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association

Recent Publications



Professional“Challenge to Change:Developing Leaders for the Nonkinetic Fight, published onine by the Army War College Strategic Studies Institute at:, Jun 15, 2009

“The Role of Strategic Communication in Countering Ideological Support

for Terrorism,” Proceedings Magazine, US Naval Institute, Feb 2009

“The Cowboy and the Soldier, Army Magazine, (Vol 58, No 5, May 2008)

“Towards Strategic Communications,” Military Review Magazine

(July, August 2007)

“Strategic Communications and the Battle of Ideas,” U.S. Naval War

College International Law Studies Series Vol 83and in the Israel

Yearbook on Human Rights, 2008

“Journalism Education, Culture, and Change (The Cable, the Dish and 

  the Blog),” for Army Public Affairs website

“Training With Industry:Putting Lessons into Practice,” Army Public

                          AffairsUpdate, Summer 1992

“Hometown News Release Program,” Army Public Affairs Update, June


“Cooperation Expands Community Relations Capabilities,” Military

                          Media Review, Jan 1987

Book With The Honorable Albert Zapanta and Maj. Gen. Richard O. Wightman,

Chapters        “The Role of Reserve Forces in Defending the Homeland,” BioTerrorism,

Preparedness, Attack and Response, 2004

Poetry“Fruit Stands,” Carousel Quarterly of Poetry, Summer 1978

“Track,” English Journal, May 1977

Mother,” Festival Poetry, Erie, PA: Erie County Bicentennial Commission,


“Last Taste of Summer,” The Wittenburg Review, 1976-1977

Feature“The Marshall Alumni Program,” The Romanian Chronicle, Aug 1998


“The Marshall Center”, Retired Officer’s Association Magazine, Apr 1998

“Training Foreign Area Officers for the Newly Independent States,” The

FAO Journal, Dec 1998

“Food Services Combine at Fort Lee,” Leatherneck Magazine, Mar 1995

“The Heart of the Teaching Matter, Army Trainer Magazine, Summer 1989

“Without Warning,” Soldiers Magazine, Nov 1993

“Four Days in May,” Soldiers Magazine, May 1986 and Army Reserve

Magazine, Summer 1986

Numerous news stories published in The Greenville Record Argus, The

Sharon Herald, The Lakeview Breeze, The Stars and Stripes, The Stuttgarter

Citizen, The Gray Ghost, The Blue Ridger, The Fort Lee Traveller, The Army

Times, The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Richmond News Leader, The Hopewell News, and The Petersburg Progress Index

NovelWrapped in a Lie, Unpublished, 2006

Nonfiction 1001 Places to Pee Before You Die, 2009


Senior Executive role in strategic leadership, management or executive communication and outreach.

Career Summary

Over 32 years of multi-level experience in thought leadership, innovation, communications management, teaching, and outreach.A proven record of creativity and vision in building strong, proactive teams.Deeply experienced leader and senior manager with exceptional people skills and motivational drive.

Strategic Planning & Policy Organization Transformation

Leadership, MentoringPublic/PrivatePartnerships

Marketing CommunicationsExecutive Outreach

Work experience

Jun 2009Present

Commander, Joint and Special Troops Support Command


Senior Executive leading the Army Reserve human capital contributions to Defense Department missions and operations worldwide.Develop augmentation and mission surge capabilities in the areas of information operations, legal support, information systems management, and others.Oversee 11 units with over 2,500 senior-level staff worldwide.  Part time position.

Oct 2007Jun 2009

Deputy Chief of the U.S Army Reserve

U.S. Army

Served as the senior Deputy to the Chief of the Army Reserve for strategy and policy.Developed vision and corporate strategies for the education, training, development and employment of over 205,000 career professionals in the U.S. Army Reserve.Served as the senior USAR executive in the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR) responsible for strategic communication to include marketing communications, public affairs, legislative liaison, and recruiting and marketing communications and family programs.  Developed a national program of volunteer "ambassadors" in support of Army Reserve Soldiers and families and expanded all senior level collaborative and communications efforts. 

Apr 2004Oct 2007

Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs

U.S. Army

Served as the senior Army Reserve Public Affairs leader in the Department of the Army and Deputy to the Chief of Public Affairs.Provided communications counsel and advice to the CEO and COO of the U.S. Army.Directed all training and professional development for the Army’s cadre of public affairs career professionals worldwide and oversee the Army’s public affairs annual budget of 46 million.  Provided oversight for the day to day transition of the Headquarters public affairs operation into a revolutionary new model that incorporates strategic communications development with short term operations planning and execution as well as the standup of a state-of-the-art fusion center to manage a full range of product development in support of campaign themes and messages.Developed metrics for campaign success measurement, teach mentor and speak publicly on relevant media and communications issues and served as Department spokesperson.

Sep 2002Mar 2004

Chief of Staff, Reserve Forces Policy Board

Chief of Staff and Senior US Army Reserve Policy Advisor to the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB), the senior board within the Department of Defense concerned with joint policy matters affecting the seven Reserve components.Maintained direct contact with the Assistant Secretaries in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the service chiefs of the seven Reserve components. Provided information and support to the board’s 24 general and flag officer members and assist in the planning of quarterly board meetings. Maintained effective liaison with the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve, other federal agencies and professional military associations. Coordinated RFPB policy positions and recommendations, preparing all executive correspondence and papers for the board, Secretary of Defense and to inform Congress.Managed all legislative and public affairs, strategic and executive communication and preparation of the board’s Annual Report to the Secretary and Congress.Provided personal advice and support to the board Chairman and Military Deputy.

Apr 1998Apr 2002

Deputy Director of Public Affairs

U.S. European Command

Recalled to active duty in 2001 to support the war on terrorism (Operation Enduring Freedom) and served as the first ever Chief of Internal Affairs, Products and Marketing Division at the U.S. European Command’s (EUCOM) Directorate of Public Affairs.Originated the first ever EUCOM strategic communications plan in support of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s theater priorities (91 countries). Developed new brand and command marketing materials and directing the first EUCOM international public diplomacy and public information conference held in May 2002.Prior to mobilization, I served as a reserve member of the staff since 1998 and led all reserve contributions to the PA staff.  I conducted regional outreach, assistance to new NATO Member nations and managed media relations support during operations in Kosovo.


May 2009May 2009

Navy Business Executives Course

University of North Carolina
Apr 2007Apr 2007

Black Sea Program

Harvard University, Kennedy School
May 1988Aug 1988


Admy advanced course in mass communications and management at USC's School of Mass Communications.  Board selected to attend.

Sep 1971May 1975

Bachelor of Arts

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  Cum Laude.  With Honors

Concentration in British LIterature.

College yearbook editor.

Member of newspaper staff.

Photographer with Sports Information Department.

Top Secret/SCI

U.S. Army Central Clearance Facility