Eagle Leader Fellows
The Eagle Leader Fellowship is a twelve-month leadership development experience focusing on leadership education, mentorship and experiential learning.
What is leadership? What does it take to be a leader?
At Team Red, White & Blue, Leadership is all about building genuine relationships to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans. It’s what we call Eagle Leadership.
The need for leadership in our country has never been more necessary than today. That’s why we created the Eagle Leader Fellowship program. As a Fellow, you will learn the Eagle Way of leader development that takes a whole-brain approach to educate, move, interact, inspire and elevate you to new heights. You will have full access to Team Red, White & Blue’s internal leader development modules, as well as access to all Eagle Leader Academies, Camps and Seminars, starting your fellowship February 23rd in Tampa, FL.
Eagle Leader Fellows will also be granted a $5,000 scholarship for external leader development at some of the best leadership institutions in the country. Additionally, Fellows will have access to a wide mix of mentors from retired Generals to business leaders to nationally renowned coaches. But most of all, being an Eagle Leader Fellow is all about action! You will be given an opportunity to be leader in your community and make a difference in the lives of America’s veterans.
What is leadership? What does it take to be a leader?
Read the story of ELF Thea Ward, and learn more about the 2017 Class of Eagle Leader Fellows. For more information on our new Class of 2018 Eagle Leader Fellows, please see below, or select a year to view past Fellows.
2018, Colorado Springs
Abbie Wentzel joined Team RWB in the fall of 2014, but became an active member when she took a leadership role in 2015 after moving to Lexington, Virginia. In July of 2016, She moved back to her hometown of Colorado Springs and reconnected with the local chapter. Abbie loves to run, be in the mountains, sweat it out in hot yoga, and go on the occasional bike ride. Last year, she was able to completed the Pikes Peak Ascent and is planning to do it again this year. Abbie enjoys spending time with her husband and two goldendoodles. She has a heart for people and is able to incorporate that in her work at a local non-profit.
2017, Las Vegas
2017, Washington D.C.
Ben was selected to be an Eagle Leader Fellow in 2017. He is currently the senior advisor for policy innovation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSD-P), where he builds capabilities for visual thinking, leadership and team dynamics, and organizational change. Ben served as a US Army infantry officer from 2009-2013.
2016, New York City
Caitlin is a member of the 003 class of Eagle Leader Fellows and has been a part of Team Red, White, and Blue since November 2014. A founding member of the Oswego, NY Chapter, she currently leads as Communications Director and yoga POC. With her fellowship funding Caitlin obtained her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification and took classes through Stanford University’s Creative Non-Fiction Continuing Education Program and the VIA Institute on Character. She also attended the Midwest Story Telling Camp and Growing Veterans Peer Support Training to further develop her story telling skills. Outside of Team RWB, Caitlin works at SUNY Oswego as Assistant Director of Education Abroad. She has a BS in Journalism from SUNY Brockport (NY) and a MA from Shepherd University (WV) in College Student Development and Administration. She loves all outdoors activities including skiing, triathlon, snowshoeing, running, cycling, swimming, and rucking.
Chris Oliver is the Chapter Captain for Fairbanks, Alaska where she has been a volunteer leader in the chapter since 2014. She likes to refer to herself as a professional military dependent, as both of her parents served and her husband is currently serving. She has a professional background in human resources and holds a Masters degree in Management – Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University. Born and raised in Florida, she and her husband, Ron, raise their two girls in their Lincoln Log home. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, Yoga, and cherishes any time spent outdoors, regardless of weather.
2016, College Station
Chris joined Team RWB in the fall of 2016 after he participated in the Old Glory Relay in Seattle. Upon retirement from the Army, Team Red, White and Blue has filled his need to serve others through a powerful movement of like-minded individuals. He and his wife, Kristina, chose the Pacific Northwest to focus on family, quality of life and a connection with the community values found in small town America. They believe that in this environment, they can be their best selves. Team Red, White and Blue has become a key part of facilitating that transition.
During the past three decades, Chris has gained extensive experience commanding, planning and executing special operations missions around the world. Through facilitating the success of Partner Nation leaders, both General Officers and Government Leaders, in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Northwest Africa and Canada, he learned that we excel when we all work together. His career allowed him to serve as a mentor, trainer and coach both in combat and uncertain environments at the strategic, operational and tactical level. In this next chapter of his life, Chris founded his own leadership consulting company and is inspiring high performers to achieve heroic aspirations.
Chris stepped into the Chapter Captain position last month in Seattle and is pursuing an Eagle Leader Fellowship this year. RWB allows Chris the opportunity to connect with a team of purposeful people and share the stoke skiing, hiking and biking the mountains, trails and logging roads in the Snoqualmie Valley. Eagle Fire!
2018, Fort Hood
Born in the small town of Milton, PA, Cindy joined the Army at 17 and served for 6 years. After leaving the military, she worked in retail management and married her best friend. Always service minded, Cindy has had a long volunteer career, serving on many military community boards during her many years as a military spouse. Cindy has been a fitness professional since completing her BS and MS in Health and Human Performance in 2008. Certified through NSCA, USAW and FMS, Cindy performs personal training and instructs group fitness at the local Armed Services YMCA. Currently, Cindy is the MWR liaison for the Fort Hood Chapter, connecting Team RWB members with fitness and social events happening on post.
2018, Bryan/College Station
Guadalupe Moreno III is a Chapter Captain for Bryan/College Station in the South-Central Region. Prior to joining Team RWB, Guadalupe worked for Windham School District where he was a telecommunication specialist. He oversaw repairing electronics and working on cable and radio towers. Guadalupe is going to Blinn College full time and working to transfer to Texas A&M for their leadership program. He currently lives in College Station, Tx with his wife, Britney and two daughters, Emily and Shelby. During the spring, summer, and fall season Guadalupe enjoys playing slow-pitch softball, golfing, and spending time with his family.
James C. Cole retired from the United Stated Navy after 20 years of service in 2011. James was a Navy Corpsman and spent nearly ten years of service serving with the Marines as a Field and Combat Corpsman, which included a tour in Iraq as part of OIF. James received my Bachelors of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology and Social Science from Louisiana Tech University. James discovered and joined Team Red, White and Blue on September 11, 2014 during the local Chapter 9/11 Moving Tribute. His whole world change since then and gave him a “Sense of Belonging” again. James became the Chapter Captain of the Shreveport/Bossier Chapter on June 3, 2016, and currently resides in Bossier City, Louisiana working independently.
Janene Ritchie is many things, but considers herself an educator at heart. She completed dual Masters in Outdoor Leadership and Envrionmental Policy & Planning in 2010. She became a leader in outdoor education in the public municipal sector, and then spent 3 years as the director of a residential environmental learning center. Now, she provides administrative support as the Content Manager for the Positivity Project. An avid lover of all things outdoors, Janene has completed a number of trail races up to the 50k distance, and also enjoys hiking, backpacking, Crossfit, and discovering new places. Since joining the team in September 2014, and serving as Dayton’s Chapter Captain for 2 years, Team RWB has allowed Janene to grow in empathy as a leader and contributing community member; above all, she looks forward to being a part of that growth development for others. Janene was born and raised in Ohio, and lives in Dayton with her husband, son, and furry children. As a military spouse, the Air Force will determine where she will end up next.
I joined Team RWB in April 2015 and my first RWB event was One As One. I was drawn to the people and how welcoming they were but really what lit the EagelFire was the Cornell Spartan Sprint. Prior to joining Team RWB I spent 6 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Riflemen with a speciality in Anti-Terrorism and Human Intelligence. I currently began a new career in the Plasma/Pharmaceutical Industry coming from the the Fire Service Equipment Industry. I enjoy playing soccer, photography, spending time with family and friends, and pushing my comfort zone with new and exciting runs.
Joined Team RWB in spring of 2016 after seeing them in the DC area at numerous MCM events. First event was the 9/11 Heroes run, He met the Philadelphia team, and immediately felt engaged! Came on shortly after as an Athletic Coordinator. Attended a leadership camp in Shelter Island, NY which led him to want to develop his leadership focus. Currently the Co-Captain of the Philadelphia Chapter. Married to Laura (active runner and the Philadelphia Communications Director) with their young Eagle Anna and soon to be new Eagle boy. Grew up in upstate New York, outside Albany, served in the Army in the mid 90’s, and had careers in not for profit, construction and restaurant. Live outside of Philadelphia now, work for a restaurant concept called True Food Kitchen as a General Manager. Hobbies are spending time with family, running (10 marathons and counting), wine studies (am a sommelier and a certified specialist of wine), yoga and learning whatever he can about anything.
Josh joined Team RWB in April of 2014 as a member of the Ann Arbor, MI Chapter. Through a job promotion Josh was relocated and joined the newly started Lansing, MI Chapter where he was the Athletic Director, Social Director and most recently the Chapter Captain. Josh spent 4 years as a Field Artilleryman in the US Army with the 1st Calvary Division in Ft. Hood, TX and the 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany with one deployment in Bosnia. Josh lives in Alma, MI with his wife of 16 years Marleen and their two beautiful children Liberty(8) and Bentley(7). Josh is employed by Michigan’s largest energy utility Consumers Energy where he is a Electric Meter Operations Field Leader. In his spare time Josh enjoys working out, volunteering at Alma College and helping with his son’s Cub Scout Pack.
2016, Warner Robins
2017, Panama City
I served four years in the US Navy as an Operations Specialist (1999-2003). I have three kids, a beagle and a yorkie, a great career working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City Beach as a Sonar Technician/Tactician/Scientist
I find myself often looking at the “Why” more from the other end; “Why Not?” I had a few experiences with loss, so I have looked hard at goals and plans and hopes and dreams. I realize how fortunate I am to still be in a path of choice. I can do anything I set my mind to. I can train hard, focus, build confidence, experience, make a difference…….
I am fortunate that I am a veteran with job security, but it is very stressing at times. I am fortunate to have found Team RWB, which is full of great people who share my goals, have the same passion, the same drive, and the same “Love for Country”.
My WHY is people. Everyone needs something. I love meeting people and learning what makes others tick. And it helps to really understand others “WHY’s”.
My daughter recently had to apply to a pre- Advanced Placement program for Middle School. She had to write an essay. She came to me and said “I don’t know to explain this.”
“Who influences you?” and “How do you hope to influence others?”
I tried to explain that she needed to look at where she wanted to be in her life when she got older, and who do you look at to help you make sure you stay on that path.
Her answer made my cry:
“My mom influences me because she goes above and beyond. She is one who leads for other people’s sake, not for her. She is in awe by other people’s sacrifices and it drives her to want to do more for not only veterans, but people in need.
Some people choose to not apply themselves; they don’t try to their full potential. My mom knows people who wanted to give up but didn’t. So I choose to push forward and try my best because tomorrow is not guaranteed. This is what influences me.”
Ok, wipe those tears away.
My daughter is going to be 11. She has been picked on for being overweight. She has two older brothers who are hell on wheels at times. She has had to split her time between mom and dad’s houses since she was 18 months old. And at times we have had the hard talks, about all these things causing feelings of vulnerability. These things are all hard. Life seems unfair at times, but you have to keep in mind what is most important.
So seeing her strength through it all pushes me to keep a strong path in my own life, and this has really started to become my “Why”. I try not to ignore the things I am vulnerable to, and I look to embrace those who need that help. I want to inspire those who look towards me for a positive change.
And I like to run crazy long miles, camp out in tiny tents, I am a collector of safety pins, I seek shoes that don’t blister my feet, and my favorite trail food is PB &J’s……..
2016, San Francisco
2017, Long Island
2016, Central Arkansas
Marc joined the Annapolis, MD leadership team in November 2015 as the Athletic Director, and has served since September 2016 as the Chapter Captain. Marc graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008 and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. He served on the USS VICKSBURG and USS STEPHEN W GROVES home-ported in Mayport, Florida in multiple roles as a Division Officer and deployed three times to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Shore duty led him back to Annapolis as a Physical Education Instructor, followed by a tour on Naval Forces Central Command staff in Bahrain. In 2015, he transitioned from Active Duty to the Reserves and completed his Master of Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Marc lives by the Bay in Annapolis, MD with his truck Daisy, his paddle boards Stella & Mikey, his camera Iris, his drone Scout, and Fred the corn fern. He enjoys running, rucking, water sports, telling stories through photography, and travel.
Maureen “Mo” Slotnick is a Mid-Atlantic Elf and Community Engagement Director for the Richmond Chapter. During her year as a Fellow she attended a 2 day Speak Like A Leader Workshop with Simon Sinek, completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program and will attend a Level 1 Running Coach certification & convention with Road Runners Club of America. She enjoys engaging with Eagle Leaders at academies and sports camps and believes in Servant Leadership.
2018, San Francisco
A 7-year Army veteran, Miguel trained as a Korean Linguist and served with the 8th Army and the 25th Infantry Division. After the service, Miguel relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, finding work in IT. Between jobs, he volunteered at the VA medical hospital in Patient Services, escorting and assisting fellow veterans during their visit to the hospital. In 2013 he found out about an event called Run As One, which was the 1st event he attended with Team RWB. Wanting to find more opportunities for the vets at the VA to get physically active, he became more involved in the chapter. When the call was put out for volunteers he accepted the Veteran Outreach Director position in 2014, leading with Eagle greats, Andrew Hutchinson and Kris Lord. In January 2015 he was asked to assume the role of Chapter Captain, and since that time, has led the team and helped grow the San Francisco chapter into what it is today.
2016, Colorado Springs
2018, Inland Empire
Ric Chavez is the Chapter Captain for the Inland Empire, located in Southern California. Ric is a 20-year Veteran with the United States Army and will begin his transition on March 5th. Ric has served as an Infantryman and deployed four times, three to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Ric holds an A.A. in Counter Terrorism Studies and will hold a B.A. in Human Resource Management in April.
Post-retirement, Ric plans on fulfilling an HR Manager role. Ric resides at Fort Irwin, CA with his wife and children. Ric’s hobbies include being outdoors, music production, attending music venues and spending time with his Family and friends.
2017, San Diego
Roderick serves as the Veteran Engagement Coordinator for the San Diego Chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue. Roderick is currently is an Eagle Leader Fellow Class 003, and works as a strength and conditioning coach in San Diego. Aside from his service to Team Red, White, and Blue, Roderick serves multiple veteran outreach programs in the San Diego community. Roderick Served in the Army from 2002-2006, and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Roderick has been a volunteer with Team Red, White, and Blue since 2015. Roderick Currently Resides in San Diego, where he is going to school for Public health.
2018, Ann Arbor
Ryan Taylor currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP). OAWP is committed to providing immediate investigative services within all Veterans Affairs offices to ensure the improved quality of service to each Veteran. After 9/11, Ryan enlisted in the Marines for four years from 2002-2006. He served one tour in Iraq with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion providing surveillance, conducting raids and foot patrols. He earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. He currently lives in Canton, MI but plans to move in soon with his fiancé and former Team RWB Detroit Chapter Captain Sarah Robb. During the winter Ryan enjoys indoor soccer, snowboarding and skiing. During the summer you will usually find him on his road bike, boating, or training for a marathon.
2016, El Paso
2018, Camp Lejeune
Tiffany is a total extrovert/people person/hug you the first time she meets you type of girl. She gets that from her grandma who always says “you and me baby, we ain’tnever met a stranger.” That quality serves her pretty well with Team RWB where she is the Communications Director for the Camp Lejeune chapter.
She truly believes in service to others so the quote “When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence” is the one she tries to walk out daily. It is what drives her professional as she works with an organization helping to employ military spouses and personally, where she lives the Eagle Ethos. Some of her future goals include creating a waterfront homestead for veterans, opening a bottle shop, getting yoga certified to serve our military community and just generally creating both a legacy and a life she doesn’t need a break from.
In her spare time, she enjoys long days at the beach with her family, attempting to read from the stack of books on her nightstand and singing in the car like she is the next American Idol. But if you really want to speak her love language, bring her chips and salsa (and yes, splurge on the guac even though its extra).
She is a proud USMC wife, lucky bonus mom (stepmoms always seem evil in Disney movies) of two awesome kids and first-time dog-mom to their rescue pup, Oakley.
Tiffany Fisher first joined Team RWB after transitioning from a teaching position in Japan back to the military in the U.S. Her passion for engaging and assisting veterans continues beyond her role as the Veteran Engagement Director in Phoenix, AZ as she serves as a female mentor for the local veterans court, provides speaking engagements to veteran groups and colleges, and serves on veteran committees. She currently serves as a First Sergeant for a Forward Support Company in the state’s largest Infantry battalion in the Arizona Army National Guard. One of her favorite military opportunities has been becoming a Master Resilience Trainer, which has proven to be successful in aiding veteran hardships both during and after service. She graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix and was inducted into the International Honor Society in Business, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She enjoys team sports, and her favorite activity is both watching and playing baseball and softball.
“Will” joins Team RWB as the Co-Chapter Captain of the Minot, North Dakota chapter. He was selected to join the third class of Eagle Leader Fellows, and has been a part of Eagle Nation since September 2014. Born and raised an Army brat, Will enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2005. Will currently is an active duty Staff Sergeant in the Air Force as Health Service Manager, which offered the opportunity to deploy in support of OEF, OIF, and OND. Will earned his undergraduate in Health Service Management from the University of Maryland University College. Will currently is an active duty Staff Sergeant in the Air Force as Health Service Manager, which awarded him the opportunity to the stationed in three overseas locations and the honor to deploy in support of OEF, OIF, and OND both in 2007 and 2013. Will is currently stationed at Minot AFB with his wife Sara (also an enlisted Airman) and their two children, Keara and Isaiah, where they all are active in their local church and leading the Team RWB Minot Community. Will enjoys reading, driving open roads, rucking, and traveling to different countries.