LTG (Retired) Frank Kearney


    LTG (Retired) Frank Kearney currently is a managing director for Opportunities Development Group (ODG) after serving over 35 years in the United States Army achieving the rank of Lieutenant General; he was a career Infantry and Special Operations officer. His most recent assignment was the Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counter-Terrorism Center in Washington DC, where LTG (Ret) Kearney was responsible for Whole of Government Planning with over 29 Inter-Agency partners to achieve the strategic end states outlined in the Obama Administration's National Counter-Terrorism Strategy and assess resourcing and government agencies achievement of strategic objectives. Prior to his assignment at the National Counter- Terrorism Center, he was the Deputy Commander of the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. 

      Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jeffrey J. Mellinger

      Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jeffrey J. Mellinger was drafted into the U.S. Army on April 18, 1972, and retired from the U.S. Army in December 2011 after 40 years of service. His last position was Command Sergeant Major the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Jeff served in a myriad of leadership positions throughout the Army. Some of these positions include as a Special Forces Military Freefall Instructor, a senior team leader in the 75th Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment, an Assistant Professor of Military Science at The University of  Alaska-Fairbanks, and Command Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Most notably, Jeff served as the Command Sergeant Major for Multi-National Force–Iraq from August 2004-May 2007.

        Liza Howard

        Liza Howard is an ultramarathoner and coach who lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and son. She has won several 100-mile races, including the Leadville 100, as well as the USATF 100k and 50-mile national trail titles in 2011. Her 15:33 100 mile PR is the third fastest time run by a U.S. female. She uses her running experience to coach athletes of all abilities to meet the many challenges of long distance running and achieve their goals. Liza has been a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School since 2003, teaching leadership, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering skills to student groups on two-week to month-long wilderness expeditions. She also teaches emergency medicine for and the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Liza has a Masters of Education, a BSN, and a BA in History. She is also a proud Army brat. 

        Tim Hasselbeck

        Tim Hasselbeck has worked for ESPN as an NFL studio analyst since 2008. His commentary can regularly be seen and heard on NFL Live, NFL Primetime, SportsCenter, Fantasy Football Now, and ESPN Radio. Hasselbeck spent six seasons (2002-07) in the NFL as a player, most notably with the Washington Redskins (2003-04) and New York Giants (2005-06), where he served as the back-up quarterback for Eli Manning. A native of Norfolk, Mass., and graduate of Boston College, Tim is the son of former NFL tight end Don Hasselbeck and brother of Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. He is married to Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the Emmy award-winning co-host of ABC Daytime’s The View. Tim and Elisabeth are the parents of three children, Grace, Taylor, and Isaiah. 

          David Pelizzon

          David Pelizzon is a retired US Army officer who served almost 30 years on active duty in airborne and special operations units. Since his retirement from active duty in 2003, he has worked as a manufacturing executive in the US and Asia. Prior to starting Squadron Capital Mr. Pelizzon was the Managing Director of Precision Edge Holdings, a subsidiary of Colson Associates in Chicago. Currently he is the President and CEO of Squadron Capital, a firm that primarily manages direct investments in operating companies and which also invests in private equity and special situations in support of the long term investment objectives of a Chicago based trust. David is a graduate of the US Military Academy and has advanced degrees from Harvard University and the US Naval War College.

          Elisabeth Hasselbeck

          Elisabeth Hasselbeck currently serves as co-host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) FOX & Friends (weekdays 6-9AM/ET). She joined the network in 2013.Most recently, Hasselbeck co-hosted FNC’s 2014 New Year’s Eve special, All-American New Year, live from Times Square in New York City alongside Bill Hemmer. Prior to FNC, Hasselbeck was a co-host on ABC’sThe View for 10 years. During her time on the daytime talk show, she and her co-hosts were selected by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and in July 2009 Forbes ranked The View as #11 on the list of “30 of the Most Influential Women.” Until 2013, she had also been a contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America since October 2010.Hasselbeck has interviewed Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and was also a keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in both 2004 and 2008. Additionally, as a woman with Celiac Disease, she works closely with the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University to raise awareness about the autoimmune disease and has written two New York Times best sellers,The G-Free Diet and the cookbook, Deliciously G-Free.A graduate with a BA in fine arts from Boston College, Hasselbeck has been honored with the Boston College Distinguished Alumni Award.

          Timothy O’Donnell

          Timothy O’Donnell is a professional triathlete currently residing in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2009 O’Donnell has won the ITU Long Distance World Championship, multiple Ironman 70.3s and is the current U.S. Ironman Champion. A native of Shavertown, Penn., Tim led the Naval Academy Men's Team to two US National Triathlon Championship titles, graduating from the Academy in 2003. He won the 2003 U.S. Under-23 National Championships and also won the Armed Forces Triathlon Championships with a new course record. Tim graduated with a Master of Engineering in 2005 from the University of California-Berkley. In 2010 Tim officially announced his partnership with Team RWB at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. With Team RWB behind him he went on to win the bronze medal as the top American at the 70.3 World Championships. With such results Tim is now pursuing long course racing. His sights are set on winning the sport's greatest competition, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. 

            Brigadier General (Retired) Craig Nixon

            Brigadier General (Retired) Craig Nixon is currently the CEO of ACADEMI, the global leader in elite training and trusted protection services for the United States Government and commercial clients around the world. He joined the McChrystal Group as a Partner and the Managing Director of Leadership Development and Education after retiring from the U.S. Army in July 2011. He managed CrossLead Executive Leadership Courses, custom leadership programs and single day events focused on transferring combat leadership lessons to private organizations. Over a 29 year Army career, Brigadier General Nixon served in a wide range of assignments including seven tours in special operations units, five joint service assignments, and three tours in Korea. He commanded a combined U.S./Korean Battalion in the Korean De-militarized zone, 3rd Ranger Battalion and the 75th Ranger Regiment. During his career, Craig led multiple diverse organizations that included all services, other government agencies, contractors, and soldiers from other nations that ranged in size up to 20,000 people. Since 9/11 he has spent four years in combat including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as the Director of Operations for Joint Special Operations Command, the Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Deputy Commanding General of 25th Infantry Division / Multi-National Division North, Iraq. 

              Mike Doheny

              Mike Doheny is a partner of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and has been with the Firm since 2002.  He works with clients across industries on strategic and operational topics.  He is a honors graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.  

              Jonathan Algor

              Jonathan is responsible for the strategic direction for all fundraising and development activities, including designing and implementing a plan for key partnerships and cultivating individual, corporate, and foundation support.  He is a 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned a JD/MBA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  A former Army officer, with two combat tours to Iraq, he is currently a judicial clerk for a federal judge and lives with his wife and children in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

                James Ficke

                Colonel (US Army Retired) James Ficke, M.D., is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Dr. Ficke retired after 30 years of active service where he served the U.S. Army Surgeon General as the senior advisor for Orthopaedic Surgery. He has deployed in combat, and during his leadership of Army Orthopaedics, led a national effort to improve care for extremity war Injuries. He remains acting in advocating for additional research and improvement in wellness for injured Warriors. He has been an endurance athlete for over 30 years, competing from marathons to multi-day adventure races including the Eco-Challenge and Primal Quest. He has completed over a dozen ultra-marathons, including Leadville Trail 100 and the Hardrock 100 mile race. His family are also ultramarathon runners. He is a practicing surgeon, actively caring for runners and athletes with lower extremity injuries.