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.

For more information on our new Class of 2019 Eagle Leader Fellows, please see below, or select a year to view past Fellows.

Aaron Appelwick

Aaron Appelwick

2017, Seattle

Abbie Wentzel

Abbie Wentzel

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.

Alan Pruitt

Alan Pruitt

2017, Yuma

Anne Rolstad

Anne Rolstad

2017, Las Vegas

Anne Rolstad has been an Eagle Leader for 4 years as the Athletic Director and then Chapter Captain for Team RWB Las Vegas; on 1 March, she will be passing the Captain torch. Though she has never worn the uniform, her parents retired from the US Marine Corps, her husband is serving his 15th year in the US Air Force, and she is serving her 12th year as a civilian in the federal service. With a heart for America’s Veterans, she joined because Team RWB seemed like the perfect pillar of physical and social activity to help enrich the lives of local communities. Being an Eagle Leader Fellow provided her the resources to help others reconnect and rebuild empathy with each other through the outdoors. She hopes to utilize her fellowship experience to continue volunteer work with Team RWB and other local non-profits. In her free time, you can find her and her husband enjoying the endless outdoor opportunities the west (is best) has to offer in all four seasons.

Ben Bain

Ben Bain

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.

Billie Depra

Billie Depra

2019, Bronx

Billie is a member of the 005 class of Eagle Leader Fellows and has been part of Team Red, White, and Blue since December 2015. She currently leads as Chapter Captain for the Bronx, NY Chapter. She is a true extrovert, a spitfire, a joyous person that welcomes you with the biggest smile, and the best bear hugs. Servant leadership has always been her passion. From 2002-2008 she volunteered as camp counselor at Camp T.L.C. (Teens Living a Challenge) providing life-changing camp experiences to inner-city youth living with HIV/AIDS.

Her Eagle Fire can’t be contained. She absolutely loves serving veterans, making sure their lives are fully enriched through Team RWB’s mission and Eagle Ethos. She believes that leadership is not a top-down ordinance but a “shoulder-to-shoulder” journey with others. Her leadership motto is “Ohana” meaning family in Hawaiian. Leadership is all about connection: connecting with yourself (personal growth and awareness), connecting with your team (mutual trust, support, and growth), connecting with your community (providing a feeling of belonging, love, and support). Her goal is to continue to lead with her values, her strong faith to God, and provide a better community for veterans.

Outside of Team RWB, Billie works for Ascena Retail Group as a color expert for the fashion industry. She recently got engaged to her amazing fiancé, Will Gaddy. She is a 5x marathoner and a passionate triathlete. She is in the process of becoming an IRONMAN. She loves kayaking, hiking, and obstacle course races. Most of all, she loves FOOD. She is a certified master Yelper, she will never steer you wrong with food recommendations.

Brian Perry

Brian Perry

2016, New York City

Caitlin Pollard

Caitlin Pollard

2017, Oswego

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 Lancia

Chris Lancia

2019, Richmond

Chris joined Team RWB in 2012 after finding the chapter in Fort Polk, LA. After moving to Fort Campbell/Clarksville in 2013, he quickly moved into the Chapter Captain role and helped revitalize the chapter. He has since served in leadership positions in three chapters, and is currently the Community Engagement Director for the Richmond chapter.
 
His wife, Sarah, is also a Veteran and an active Eagle Leader (as well as an accomplished ultra runner who sometimes slows down to let Chris keep up). Their daughter graduates this year from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Classical Studies, and their son graduates this year from high school and will be moving on to study mechanical engineering or history in college.
 
Chris has served in the Army for more than 21 years, deploying multiple times with both conventional and special operations forces during his career. He is currently blessed to be serving as an instructor at Fort Lee, where he is dedicated to developing lieutenants to have a lasting impact on the force. Chris is a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, Ga.) and is working on a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Liberty University.
 
Chris and his family call Chester, Va., home, where he enjoys rucking and riding the trails of Pocahontas State Park, building furniture in his workshop, and creating 3D prints for friends and family (largely to prove to Sarah that he really did have a use for a new toy).

Chris Oliver

Chris Oliver

2018, Fairbanks

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.

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

2016, College Station

Christina Monroe

Christina Monroe

2019, South Bend

Christina joined Team RWB in 2013 and became part of the leadership team as a Social Director in 2015. She then served as the Chapter Captain in South Bend for 3 years. She is the mother of two beautiful little girls who encompass both sides of her; one is an athletic tomboy and the other is definitely a girly-girl. She is doing her best to raise strong, independent, and charitable young ladies.

Life is short. It was in 2010 that Christina was reminded of that and found her running spirit. Want to know how she got into running? Ask her and she’ll share the powerful story. Christina ran her first race, a 10k in June ’10, 15k in September ’10, ½ marathon in May ’11, and marathon in October ’11. It was at a race in July 2013 that she found Team RWB and jumped in with both feet. Now she won’t run a race without Wearing the Eagle. She’s now spread her wings and incorporates yoga, weightlifting, and rucking into her weekly workouts.

Christina is a gym manager and loves being able to combine her job with her passion for fitness. She is working on both her PT certification and yoga certification in 2019.

Christina Smythe

Christina Smythe

2019, San Antonio

Christina Smythe joined Team RWB in January 2012. Christina is a military spouse and mother of three wonderful, feral children who inspire, motivate and help maintain her coffee habit. She works with Military Housing Network/Keller Williams, providing a wide array of assistance to service members through the home buying and PCS processes. Christina is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Behavioral Change Specialist (American Council on Exercise), Pre & Post-natal fitness expert, Spartan Race Trifecta competitor (2015,2016), and Ragnar Relay participant  (2015,16,17,18). Additionally, she volunteers her time working with wear blue run to remember, coordinating the wear blue mile,  honoring fallen service members during major race events nationwide. Her heart is fully devoted to honoring the service and sacrifices of our military service members and their families past and present.

 

Christina found friendship, camaraderie, love and support from Team RWB during a difficult time in her life, and has since committed her sincerest efforts to enriching the lives of veterans through her leadership and participation within Team RWB. During her Fellowship, she will be working as the Central region’s social media and media content manager while working towards her Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Christina’s father is a Vietnam Veteran who served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps for 27 years, and is a constant source of encouragement and motivation. As a military spouse for 11 years, she has had the opportunity to serve in various Family Readiness Group positions, as well as providing fitness classes for units and military spouses as a certified personal trainer. Christina is a graduate of Huntingdon College, with a bachelor’s of Business Administration and a minor in Media Studies.

 

Christina is from Pensacola, Florida, and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Her hobbies include snow skiing, Amazon-Priming, drinking coffee, driving to get coffee, thinking about coffee – cheering on the Florida Gators, creating and decorating custom cookies, running, planning and all things Jocko Willink. You can usually find her hanging out with her littles, adding to her awesome felt-tip pen collection, enjoying hot-wings, trail running (due to love of hotwings) or brushing up on movie trivia with her husband.

 

Christopher Schmitt

Christopher Schmitt

2018, Seattle

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!

Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore

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.

Dennis Volpe

Dennis Volpe

2016, Jacksonville

Guadalupe Moreno

Guadalupe Moreno

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.

Henry Marte

Henry Marte

2017, Boston

James Cole

James Cole

2018, Shreveport-Bossier

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

Janene Ritchie

2017, Dayton

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.

Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens

2018, Syracuse

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.

Jessica Reid

Jessica Reid

2016, Philadelphia

Jill Shanteau

Jill Shanteau

2019, Columbia

Jill joined Team RWB Columbia in May of 2016. As a former Department of the Army Civilian Employee and a current PTSD Therapist at the Truman VA in Columbia, Missouri she is familiar with the struggles Service Members experience as they return from deployments and/or transition out of the military and into the civilian community. As a result, she is passionate about doing her part, as a Community Member, to help Service Members, Veterans, and their Families adapt to their “new normal” in their communities. In June of 2016, she assumed the position of Chapter Co-Captain of Team RWB Columbia, Missouri and in June of 2018 she began serving as the sole Captain of Team RWB Columbia, Missouri. Jill is a HUGE Brene Brown fan and she fully supports the Teams’ values of being transparent, responsible, and honest as these values are aligned with her core values of trust, authenticity, and connection. Jill is newly married and she enjoys spending time cooking with her husband. She also loves learning and can be found reading several books at the same time or listening to various different Podcasts. While her introverted side can sometimes take over, she can also be quite extroverted. Beware of her enthusiastic High Five!

Joel Stark

Joel Stark

2018, Philadelphia

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.

John Bond

John Bond

2019, Philadelphia

John Bond (006, License to Chill/Enrich) joined Team RWB in February 2014. In fact his first event was a Team RWB Philadelphia Super Bowl Sunday Social Event. It is either ironic or appropriate that John has been serving as the Team RWB Philly Social Director for the past three years. As an Army Veteran of 18 years John understands the importance of servant leadership and believes the Eagle Ethos is an excellent way to embody that service obligation now living a life outside of the military.

John enjoyed an Army career as an enlisted Combat Engineer in the Virginia Army National Guard and later as a Field Artillery Officer on active duty. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary concentrating in both Theater and Psychology. (He did this to help understand human behavior and then “act” like he knows what he’s talking about.) He deployed to Iraq twice, served in Qatar for two assignments, and even assisted in joint military training operations in Amman, Jordan. He had the honor to command twice at the company/battery level and later served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst. He then earned his Masters of Arts in Psychology concentrating in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology before transitioning to the civilian sector in 2014. He has since led in a manufacturing setting at First Quality Retail Services first as a Platform Manager and then as a Talent Development Specialist. He now oversees the company’s Training Department as the Training Manager.  

The initial reason John joined Team RWB was to find a group of people he could eventually call friends after having finally settled in Philadelphia. He has gained so much more than just friends that are willing to endure his relentless pursuit of dad jokes. He found he is still able to fuel his passion for the study of servant leadership. He is constantly finding new ways to serve God and the military community at home and nationally. He is also being challenged to live his best life through healthy means each and every day. John has an incredible family that is led by God. He is blessed to call his mother and father his first teachers and mentors. His siblings, nieces, nephews, Godchildren, friends, and fellow Eagles keep him sane and make him feel loved. He is also the proud twin brother of the one and only, James Bond.

 

Josh Cromer

Josh Cromer

2018, Tri-Cities

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.

Josh Winters

Josh Winters

2016, Warner Robins

Joyce Myers

Joyce Myers

2019, Huntsville - Redstone

Joyce was preparing for her first Disney World half marathon when a former Soldier recommended Team RWB, planting the seed for a beautiful relationship. After initially volunteering to be the Community Engagement Director for the Huntsville/Redstone Arsenal Chapter in 2012, she stepped up to be the chapter’s Social Media Manager. As the chapter grew, Joyce took on a number of roles before volunteering in 2018 to become the Chapter Captain.

As a military family member who carried on a family tradition through her military service, Joyce has travelled all over the world. But if you ask her where she calls home she proudly says Alabama, Roll Tide! She joined the U.S. Army in 1984 and served with distinction for 20 years, retiring in 2004. After spending several years as an Army contractor, she returned to her life’s passion of supporting and working with Soldiers by accepting a position as a Department of the Army Civilian in 2010.  Joyce holds multiple degrees, from an Associate’s in Structural Engineering, a Bachelor’s of Business Management (Logistics Management) and a Master’s in Education/Early Childhood Literacy. Between her time serving, her time in the classroom, and her time as a single mom, Joyce’s patriotism has never wavered. She has a huge soft spot for all things patriotic, and often tears up during the National Anthem. She feels very blessed to have had the opportunity to have supported and served the military and their families in many ways: as a Soldier, a contractor, a civilian, and now proudly as a Team RWB Eagle.

Joyce lives in the Huntsville, Alabama area. She is often amazed to have been in one place for more than three years and is grateful to have planted roots, even if that itch to schedule a household goods shipment creeps in every now and then.  Her faith and family have kept her grounded no matter where she has lived.  Family is one of the most important things to Joyce and she is very grateful to have her children and grandchildren live near and she greatly enjoys her ‘adventures’ with them.  Joyce is a Disney fan through and through, and has participated in multiple Disney World races which allowed her to tie two of her favorite things together: staying fit and Disney.

Kelly Elrod

Kelly Elrod

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, and I have an amazing husband.

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……..

Kevin Chimilio

Kevin Chimilio

2016

Kris Lord

Kris Lord

2016, San Francisco

Lani Faulkner

Lani Faulkner

2016, Daytona

Leigh Auletta

Leigh Auletta

2017, Long Island

Lisa Gunnoe

Lisa Gunnoe

2016, Central Arkansas

Marc Schron

Marc Schron

2018, Annapolis

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.

Marissa May

Marissa May

2016, Omaha

Mark Helm

Mark Helm

2016, Chicago

Marshall Brown

Marshall Brown

2017, Atlanta

Matt Kiddoo

Matt Kiddoo

2019, Wichita

Matt found out about Team RWB in October 2014 while attending the Veterans Administrations MOVE weight management program. This was at a time he was struggling in life and didn’t know he needed what Team RWB offered. The first official Team RWB event he attended he was tasked to be the host and was hooked immediately. He has been an Eagle Leader since January 2015, serving as the Veteran Outreach Director, then Co-Captain and moving up to take on the role of Chapter Captain.  He was born into a military family and moved around the US and abroad while growing up and is a proud “Military Brat”. Shortly after his father retired and he finished high school, Matt ran back to what he knew most, life in the military. He served 20 years in the Air Force as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist, which took him overseas for 10 of those years to South Korea, the Philippines, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, plus four stateside assignments. Team RWB has enriched Matt’s life beyond his wildest dreams and has given so much to him. He loves the camaraderie, inclusiveness and sense purpose it has given him and strives to make it his mission to give back to Eagle Nation. He has found that helping others has helped him with life’s issues, connecting him more to his community and gives him some of the camaraderies that he experienced while serving in the military. Matt has lived in Wichita, Kansas since January 2005 after retiring from the Air Force. He raised his daughter as a single parent until she turned 18 and spread her wings to fly on her own.  His mission is to explore various ways to help others through a more holistic approach with mindfulness, meditation, yoga, rucking and continued leadership studies. He hopes he can bring back what he learns to inspire, motivate and enrich others’ lives.

Maureen Slotnick

Maureen Slotnick

2017, Richmond

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.

Michael Shipp

Michael Shipp

2016, Philadelphia

Miguel Hundelt

Miguel Hundelt

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.

Mike Greenwood

Mike Greenwood

2016, Colorado Springs

Ric Chavez

Ric Chavez

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.

Roderick Gabriel

Roderick Gabriel

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.

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor

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.

Scott Whisler

Scott Whisler

2019, JBLM - Tacoma

Scott is the Chapter Captain for JBLM/Tacoma, WA where he has been an active member and leader for 3 years. He served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps from 2006-2011 and experienced a tumultuous transition. In 2012 he began advocating for veterans in the local community and joined Team RWB in early 2015. He began his Eagle Leader journey as a Veteran’s Engagement Coordinator by attending the Thurston County Veteran’s Court hearings as a liaison for those veterans. Fitness has been vital to Scott’s transition and it has become his passion to share the lessons he has learned about physical and mental health. From competing as an amateur strongman to running a Spartan Sprint, to going indoor rock climbing and mountain biking, to even yoga and crafting socials Scott has shown that he’s always up for a challenge especially when it’s by the side of other Eagles. Scott is a dedicated family man to his son Caden & puppy Lena, both of whom he brings to every event he can.

Star Cathcart

Star Cathcart

2017, Columbia

Tejas Patel

Tejas Patel

2017, Virginia

Tephanie Hopper

Tephanie Hopper

2016, El Paso

Tiffany Capehart

Tiffany Capehart

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

Tiffany Fisher

2017, Phoenix

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 Wright

Will Wright

2017, Minot

“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.