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Brad Alge
Dr. Brad Alge

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 headquartered at the Purdue Research Park), 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 has served on the editorial boards at the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, and 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.

James Anderson
General 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.

Jim Boling
Jim Boling

Colonel (Retired) Jim Boling is a 34-year US Army veteran with combat tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan and over twenty years of service in combat unit leadership positions from platoon through brigade.

From 1999 through 2010, he served at the strategic level in USCENTCOM J5 Plans; as Chief, War Plans Division on the Army Staff; in the Strategic Studies Group for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; as Iraq Strategy Chief for Commander, USCENTCOM; and in Afghanistan as a Senior Military Advisor within the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Jim holds MA degrees in political science and strategic studies, and is a graduate of the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) and the US Army War College’s Advanced Strategic Arts Program (ASAP), and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the US Naval War College.

His awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal – Afghanistan; and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

James Hayney
James Hayney

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 commericials. 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.”

Katherine Hanson
Katherine L. Hanson, Ed. D.

Kathy Hanson is the Director of the Division of Learning and Organizational Development at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She recently joined the FDA after spending six years as the Chief Learning Officer of the National Park Service.

During her Federal career Kathy has served in key leadership positions within learning and development in several agencies, to include the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Prior to joining the Federal Government she spent several years in academia, teaching at all levels in both private and public institutions. 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. Specializing in experiential activities that address communication, conflict management, and emotional intelligence, she helps individuals and teams unleash their full potential.

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.

Joseph E. Mieczkowski
Joseph E. Mieczkowski

Joe Mieczkowski is a Civil War living historian 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 various aspects of American History, including Rival Teams, The Lincoln and Davis Administration, 1861: A Time for Glory, Urban Warfare, and The Civil War Using Historical Artwork. In addition, Joe teaches management and leadership courses including  project management and executive development. Joe is an instructor at The National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

As a leadership training consultant, Joe works with numerous educational, governmental, and corporate organizations. He is a Licensed Battlefield and Town Guide for the Gettysburg National Military Park, and is a Past President and current Vice President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable.

Joe is a resident of Fairfield, PA, where he lives with his wife, Chris.

Scott Moore
Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a retired Navy Rear Admiral who spent over 30 years in Naval Special Warfare (NSW). 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, where he was responsible for training and equipping his 7000-person force. His staff tours included: assignments as Maritime Operations Officer, Special Operations Command Europe; as the SEAL Detailer responsible for officer assignments; at the highest levels of the Counterterrorism Policy world as a director on the National Security Staff, White House; as the Assistant Operations Officer for Counterterrorism, The Pentagon; and as the Deputy Commander for Operations, Office of Defense Representative, Pakistan. He earned a masters degree in National Security Studies at the Naval War College, graduating with distinction. Throughout his career, he was known for his effective leadership and clear decision-making in high stress environments during some of our nation’s most critical strategic moments. A master leader, team builder, and results provider, he personally led several national level no-fail hostage rescue missions. Highly experienced in building, leading and advancing teams that must not fail, and solving complex tactical to strategic issues from the battlefield to the boardroom, Scott Moore has coached, mentored and facilitated leadership and team fusion extensively in both the federal and commercial space. He now focuses on building teams that won’t fail, and providing global security solutions.

Jared Peatman
Jared Peatman

A 2002 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. In 2004, while teaching seventh grade U.S. History in Danville, Virginia, he was his district’s nominee for the Virginia State Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award. He has written articles on the Boston Port Act of 1774, the role of Daniel Sickles in shaping President Lincoln’s early perceptions of the Battle of Gettysburg, and a chapter in Virginia at War, 1863, titled “‘Lincoln acted the clown’: Virginia’s Newspapers and the Gettysburg Address.” 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 is working on a certificate in experiential education from the National Society of Experiential Education.

Matthew Pinsker
Matthew Pinsker

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. 

Robert Prosperi
Robert H. Prosperi

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
Ritch Shydner

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.

Angela Sontheimer
Angela C. Sontheimer

Angela is the Managing Director of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. She holds a Masters in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University and is a graduate of Gettysburg College.  She has a background in institutional advancement and has worked extensively in operations and events management. Along with Steve, she helped to develop and create the program A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg and other Lincoln Leadership Institute offerings.

Arnold Tilden
Dr. Arnold Tilden

Dr. Arnold Tilden is the principal of Tilden & Associates and a partner in PfP Consulting, firms that help clients grow their businesses through performance consulting, training, recruitment and selection, strategic planning and executive development. He has served as the lead consultant on performance improvement projects for clients like The Federal Reserve System, Barclays Global Investors, Credit Suisse First Boston, Fortis Bank (Brussels, Amsterdam & Luxembourg), BNP Paribas (Paris, Hong Kong, Bahrain & Mumbai), Johnson Controls, KPMG, Johns Hopkins University and Perkin Elmer Fluid Sciences.

Tilden earned his doctorate from Temple University in educational psychology and is a specialist with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He has effectively used that model to advance leadership skills, career development and teamwork. He is the founder and author of Successful Selling to Type: SST® a sales model which improves communication effectiveness by applying MBTI principles and concepts. His second book, Rainmakers, Closers & Other Sales Myths, with a foreword by Steve Wiley, was published by University Press of America in 2007. Prior to launching his consulting practice, Tilden served as a college dean and taught psychology and management courses.


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