Everett Berger
Senior Fellow and Business Facilitator

While at Merrill Lynch (and later Bank of America), Everett was responsible for global leadership and talent programs under Merrill Lynch University, where he led the design, development and delivery of programs across all lines of business. In 2008 he relocated to Hong Kong to become the head of talent and leadership development for the Pacific Rim region. There he managed a team of learning and talent professionals and served as an executive coach and leadership development facilitator for managing directors and first vice presidents across Australia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

Everett retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012 and joined Battlefield Leadership where he is an executive coach, organizational development consultant and program facilitator.

In addition to co-facilitating Battlefield Leadership’s Antietam, Gettysburg, Little Big Horn, Washington’s Crossing and Normandy programs, he delivers the Shackleton Leadership Experience to global audiences throughout the world. In combination with his deep appreciation of leadership across the course of history, he is an expert in the fields of change management, conflict management, emotional intelligence, influence  innovation, negotiation, teambuilding and strategic thinking.

Everett earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Political Science and International Studies from the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. He resides with his family in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Everett Berger

James Czupil
Senior Fellow and Business Facilitator

Former Human Resources Executive at The Hershey Company with 25 years of experience in global Executive Development, Diversity and Compensation. He currently works for Bank of America where he has responsibility for developing executives from across the enterprise.  A graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Marketing, Czupil holds an MA from Saint Francis University in Industrial Relations.  At both Hershey and Bank of America, Jim has been responsible for facilitating strategy and business development sessions with global teams for over 20 years.  His role at Battlefield Leadership is to ensure that client leadership and business challenges are discussed and plans developed to move their company forward.

James Czupil

Colonel Maria del Pilar Ryan, Ph.D.
US Army Retired
Fellow and Consulting Historian

A former Chief of International History and full Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Colonel Ryan served 27 years in command and staff positions, including as commander of the largest artillery battery in the Army. A graduate of West Point, with an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Pilar has had essays and books published in the United States, Spain, and Italy. Pilar has received several fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Upon her retirement from the Army in 2013, Pilar received the Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange, given to those “who have shifted the paradigm of how women are perceived as leaders." Pilar leads Battlefield Leadership’s Women’s Leadership Studies and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Pilar Ryan

G. Michael Escoe
US Navy Retired
Fellow and Business Facilitator

Michael is an accomplished and internationally recognized Marketing, Communications and Branding expert with 30+ years at senior level positions with three industry giants – AT&T, BellSouth and France Telecom. He has led highly effective programs that motivated teams to meet business objectives, while enhancing customer relationships. Michael has won the prestigious Telly and Site awards for business excellence, earned a MBA degree from Samford University and a History degree from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. It was there where his appreciation of leadership importance and development began. Michael is presently working with The Citadel in the development of a Leadership Experience in Charleston, one of the oldest, most diverse, history-rich communities in the U.S.

Michael Escoe

Colonel David Fivecoat
US Army Retired

Over his twenty-four years in uniform, Colonel (Retired) David G. Fivecoat led men and women during contingency operations in Kosovo and Bosnia, three combat tours in Iraq, and a combat tour commanding a battalion in Afghanistan. He culminated his service by overseeing the gender integration of the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, the military’s premier leadership school.  Since his retirement, David continues to grow leaders as a speaker on leadership, grit, diversity, and inclusion. 

David earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Military History from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  Also, he was the lead writer and editor for the US Army Field Manual 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency, as well as numerous articles. 

His military decorations include the Valorous Unit Award, four Bronze Star medals, the Army Commendation Medal with V Device, the Ranger Tab, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. 

He and his daughter reside in Columbus, Georgia.

David Fivecoat

Colonel Gian P. Gentile, Ph.D.
US Army Retired
Fellow and Consulting Historian

A 30-year Armor officer who commanded at the platoon, company and squadron level, Colonel Gian Gentile is a combat veteran of two tours in Iraq, a former Chief of Military History and Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley with an MA in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and a visiting fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.  With specialized knowledge in the history of airpower in the United States, Gian is also a counterinsurgency expert currently employed by the Rand Corporation.

Gian Gentile 

Adrienne M. Harrison, Ph.D. 
US Army Retired
Senior Historian

A former Assistant Professor of American History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Adrienne served for 12 years as a commissioned officer in the US Army, including three combat tours in Iraq.  As a multifunctional logistician, she played an active role in the Army’s efforts to transform the organizational structure of its combat service support units based on early lessons learned in the Global War of Terror, and helped reshape logistics operations in the process.  A graduate of West Point, Adrienne subsequently earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early American History from Rutgers University.  Her first book, A Powerful Mind: the Self-Education of George Washington is now in production at the University of Nebraska Press and will be released on October 1, 2015.  Adrienne is currently employed as the Director of Operations, Transportation at FreshDirect in New York City. 

Adrienne Harrison

Paul LaFontaine
US Army Retired
Fellow and Business Facilitator

Paul has over 25 years experience leading business teams. He has opened new markets, led acquisitions and realigned global technology organizations. His expertise lies in assembling, training and leading high performing teams. His experience includes developing online properties in the US, Europe, and China. He has led distributed teams in fourteen countries. A 1986 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, he served in the US Army as a Military Intelligence officer. He had tactical intelligence roles at battalion and division level and included combat service in Iraq in 1991. Adept at translating military concepts to practical business leadership tools, Paul contributes to Battlefield Leadership's tailored programming on historical lessons applied to technology organizations.

Paul LaFontaine

\"\"Rose Mihaly
Senior Fellow and Business Facilitator

Rose has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in global manufacturing, financial services and insurance, outdoor recreation, and business and leadership consulting. Rose has led businesses in publicly held and privately owned companies, and in the not for profit sector. Her roles have commonly involved leading start-up, change and growth initiatives. Through her consulting practice, Mihaly Associates, Rose provides business and leadership consulting and executive coaching services to leading organizations and professionals in numerous industries and sectors. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with family owned businesses and grew up working in her own family’s retail and wholesale service business.

Rose served as president and chief operating officer for the global specialty paper and food packaging manufacturer, Burrows Paper Corporation and held domestic and international business unit and corporate function leadership roles at The Hartford Financial Services Group, The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, The Connecticut Business and Industry Association and Ski Sundown.

While at The Hartford, Rose led the company’s enterprise-wide strategic retirement business growth initiative, served as chief operating officer for HLIkk, The Hartford’s greenfield variable annuity business in Tokyo, Japan, and as head of human resources for Hartford Life International, Investment Products, Group Benefits and Corporate. In 2001, Rose was recognized with The Hartford’s Chairman’s Award given annually to individuals and teams who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and achievement. Rose was recognized for her leadership as a First Responder in relation to the tragic events of September 11.

Rose graduated from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Rose and her husband are new residents of Greenville, South Carolina after residing in CT, NY and Tokyo. She is active in several community, charitable and ministry activities. 

Rose Mihaly

Elissa Sterry
Senior Fellow and Business Facilitator

Elissa Sterry retired from ExxonMobil in 2017, following a 37 year career.  While at ExxonMobil, Elissa held a number of Senior Leadership positions at the Corporate and Business Unit Level.  While at ExxonMobil, Elissa was responsible to identify and develop senior leadership talent and manage highly diverse teams.  Through these experiences, Elissa gained a passion for leadership excellence.

A graduate of Cornell University, she holds both a BS and Master of Engineering degrees.  She was named a distinguished graduate of the Cornell Class of 1979.

Elissa was first promoted to Global Vice President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 1999.

In January 2002, Elissa was named Deputy Manager of Public Affairs at ExxonMobil Corporation in Dallas, Texas and later that year, was appointed manager, Economics and Energy.  Through these combined experiences, Elissa became a recognized speaker on ExxonMobil’s outlook for energy and energy related issues.  Elissa has traveled around the world to speak with government officials, government agencies, think tanks, NGOs, investors, national oil company executives and university students on energy related matters.

In June 2007, Elissa became the Global Vice President for the Intermediates Business Unit, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  The Intermediates business generates about $5B in revenue, has manufacturing operations in all major regions and sales around the globe serving the consumer, construction, manufacturing, agricultural and medical markets. 

Additionally, Elissa currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Cornell University School of Engineering advisory board.  She is a past member of the Houston Area Salvation Army Board.

Elissa is married and lives with her husband, John, and three rescue cats in Houston, Texas.  She enjoys travel, cooking, wine collecting and ballroom dancing.

Elissa Sterry

Lt. Colonel Amanda Werkheiser
US Air Force Retired
Fellow and Consulting Historian

Amanda has served for over 15 years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force, with experience at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. She is currently an Observer Trainer in the Deployable Training Division of the Joint Force Development Directorate, Joint Staff J7. A graduate of Baylor University with a BA in International Studies, Amanda holds a Master of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. Beyond her work in operations and intelligence, Amanda earned the title of Assistant Professor of Political Science while teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Amanda's highly specialized experience in complex systems combined with a vast depth of historical knowledge allows her to provide compelling and diverse facilitation to a multitude of Battlefield Leadership programs. 

Amanda Werkheiser

Lt. Colonel Jacque Wilson
US Air Force Retired
Fellow and Business Facilitator

Jacque is a twenty-three year veteran with extensive experience in nuclear operations, program management, and combat squadron command, including missions in direct support and protection of congressional and senior U.S. military leaders.  He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a BS in Science and holds a MSN with Information Technology specialization from Lesley University.  He has an prodigious depth of technical and leadership expertise in both tactical and strategic air operations.  Throughout his career, he has applied his many years of aviation experience to shape the Nation's future Joint Air and Space battlefield dominance.  Jacque now applies this knowledge set to help others expound upon their leadership skills through the multitude of Battlefield Leadership programs. 

Jacque Wilson