Terry English is a founder and former Director of Baring Vostok Capital Partner an asset management firm specializing in private equity in the former Soviet Union. Prior to Baring Vostok, Terry was a managing partner at PHIBRO, the commodity trading arm of Salomon Inc. He currently serves on the boards of several CLO funds managed by Canaris Capital Management. Over the years, Terry has served on a number of nonprofit boards including: the Eurasia Foundation, The Veterans Multi Service Center of Philadelphia, the US/Russia Business Council, and the Mohonk Preserve. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance 76’ and a BA from the University of Portland 68’. He is a Vietnam Veteran serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces from 1968 until 1974 and in the Army Reserves from 1974 to 1983. In 2017 Terry was awarded the Silver St. Philip of Neri Award by the Special Forces Association for his support of Green Berets and their families.
Vice President, Operations
Lieutenant General Bennet Sacolick began his United States Army career enlisting as a private in 1981 and retired 35 years later as a Lieutenant General. He completed his career in July 2016, as the Director for Strategic Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center where he wrote and assessed National Security Strategies and provided policy recommendations on behalf of the White House and National Security Council. Bennet is a career Special Forces Officer with extensive experience in analyzing and providing innovative solutions to complex strategic problems. He has conducted operations in more than 35 countries spanning 4 continents and worked directly with US Ambassadors and their country teams, senior foreign military and government representatives in each country. He also participated in combat operations in El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Bennet has a BA in Psychology, San Francisco State University, a MS in Administration, Central Michigan University, was selected as a U.S. Army War College Fellow at the Central Intelligence Agency and completed their MI Graduate Studies Program. Bennet now serves as the President of his own company, Cape Fear Global Solutions where he consults on national security issues, strategic planning and leader development. He also serves as a senior mentor for the Army War College and serves as an advisor on numerous corporate boards.
Vice President, Development
LTG(R) Darsie D. Rogers, Jr. served in our Nation’s Army for over 34 years leading adaptable and high-performing teams in solving challenging problems in uncertain environments. As a Special Forces Soldier, Darsie served in the Pentagon and around the world, rising to the rank of three-star general. Darsie’s military service saw combat through the dynamic and ambiguous environments of the Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and numerous contingency operations. Later he was responsible for leading US Special Operations in the Middle East where he routinely engaged with US Ambassadors, Government Agencies, regional partner nations, and senior foreign government dignitaries and officials to protect US national interest. He culminated his career at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency tasked with countering threats posed by weapons of mass destruction and improvised devices. He has a BA from Auburn University, a MA from Louisiana State University and a MS from the United States Air War College. Darsie retired from active duty in August of 2020 and joined the University of Maryland faculty as a professor of practice as part of its University Assisted Research Center. He also advises a number of non-profit and private-sector organizations.
Christine is the Senior Counsel to Surefox North America, a veteran owned private security firm filled with like-minded, mission driven veterans. Prior to assuming this role, Christine served as National Security Law Advisor at US Army Europe.
Christine is no stranger to the demands on the Special Forces families and Soldiers--seeing and living it as both an Army attorney and as a Green Beret spouse. Christine was born in New York, raised in Connecticut and lived between New York and Northern Ireland before commissioning as an Army JAG Officer in 2007. From 2001-2006 Christine worked at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City as the program manager for the prestigious Military Fellow Program. It was while at CFR, that Christine was introduced to her future husband, Mark, who served 26 years as an Infantry and Special Forces Soldier.
Through years of relentless deployments and training cycles, the catastrophic loss of friends, combat injuries and managing family life Christine stood alongside (and has been held together) by her band of warrior spouses. Christine also served in key leadership roles in their Special Mission Unit family support group. Christine and Mark also pulled off having “3 children in a 14 months,” all born on Fort Bragg and who are affectionately referred to as the KinderKommandos.
The Antal family’s transition into Army retirement has surfaced the silent injuries of TBI and medical care and support has proven tough to navigate. As a result, Christine is focusing some of her fierce advocacy for active duty Special Operations families and Soldiers, towards advocating for our Quiet Professional retirees and their family care-givers.
Phil is currently a Managing Partner and founding member of High Plains Advisors, LLC, an executive business advisory practice. Prior to High Plains Advisors, he was the SVP-Finance for Oppenheimer Funds while serving as the Head of Capital Allocation and Profitability Analytics. Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds, Phil was a partner and Chief Financial Officer for The Sovlink Group, a boutique investment bank focused on the development of trade finance, capital market and asset management opportunities in Russia and other of the Newly Independent States. Preceding that role, Phil held various financial reporting and analyst positions with General Electric Credit Corporation, CS First Boston Asset Management, Phibro Energy, and KPMG. Phil earned a BS in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College and is a Certified Public Accountant. He served as Trustee for OFI Global Trust Company as well as a member of the OFI Global Retirement Savings Plan Investment, Denver Leadership, Real Estate, and Philanthropy Committees. He just completed a six-year term as Trustee for the Regis Jesuit High School Board of Directors and Endowment Investment Committee chair and was recently elected to the founding Board of Directors for the Slammers Foundation.
Kevin has been one of the top real estate brokers in South Texas since 2008, specializing in the sale of luxury and ranch properties. While he never personally served, his family has a long history of proudly serving in our U.S. Armed Forces. In 2010, Kevin co-founded the Delta Kilo Foundation in San Antonio, which has helped to raise almost $500,000 for our Special Forces men and their families through local, unique fundraising events. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Respite Care of San Antonio and the San Antonio Board of Realtors. Kevin lives in San Antonio with his wife, Kristi, and their two children, Bauer and Leila.
Fred served in the U.S. Army and the 1st Special Forces Regiment for 29 years. During his career, he served as an enlisted medic, Infantry Officer and Special Forces Officer. Fred commanded at every level in Special Forces from Captain to Colonel, with multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of the SFCT Board of Directors, Fred will continue to serve Special Forces Soldiers and their Families with the commitment and honor they deserve. Fred holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada, a Master’s Degree in Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s badge.
Chad is a Founder, Director, and former President/COO of Speedy Cash Holdings Corp, Inc., an international specialty finance company serving customers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Chad’s long track record of entrepreneurial success has led to involvement in many other companies as an investor, director, advisor and/or executive mentor. Chad is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows (SLLF) program at the Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies. The SLLF is a program where KSU undergraduate leaders compete for nomination and selection on an annual basis to become fully immersed in the KSU Family of Leaders. The students share leadership experiences and visions dynamically and purposefully with some of the most highly influential and resourceful leaders on the planet who are all committed to working together to resolve most any issue championed by any leader within the group. Chad earned a BS from Kansas State University ’90 and was a team captain on the football team. Chad is a long-time member of the Young/World Presidents Organization. Malibu, CA is home to Chad, his wife Leah, and their children, Bella and Stone.
Chip is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and has more than 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. He adheres to the CFP Board’s Code of Ethics for integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence. Chip established Milestone Advisory Partners with his team members in September 2015. Previously in his career, he served as managing director of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors and its predecessor firms, and as a financial consultant and branch manager at Merrill Lynch. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in Scottish literature from the University of Glasgow. Chip is a native of North Carolina, where he lives today with his family. In his free time, Chip enjoys CrossFit and beekeeping.
Co-founder of the Trust, Ronnie joined the Army as a draftee and retired 30 years later as a Command Sergeant Major. Along the way, Ronnie served at every level of command from a radio operator on an ODA to team sergeant to CSM of various Special Forces units/organizations. His last active duty assignment was as CSM of the JFK Special Warfare School. After retiring, Ronnie served as President of the Special Forces Association, a fraternal organization with over 10,000 members. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to SF Ronnie received the honor of “Distinguished Member of the Regiment”. He was employed as the Lead Training Specialist at United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School before retiring from civil service to become the SFCT Program Director for many years. Ronnie has now retired from the SFCT staff to serve on the SFCT Board.
Mike is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with over ten years of service in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He holds a BS from the University of Maryland in Business Management and MA from Pepperdine University in Human Resource Management. Mike is a seasoned, experienced, and fully competent personnel management administrator with over 20 years direct hands-on work in both public and private sector employment. He also performs various volunteer duties for other local charitable organizations. He is currently working with the Richland One School District in Columbia, South Carolina teaching the “Green Beret Leadership and Teambuilding Course” developed for high school students. This program is in its 5th year and is now an elective credit course that students can use for qualifying graduation credits from high school. Mike holds a number of positions within the Special Forces Community. He is President of the South Carolina Special Forces Foundation; President of Chapter XXXIV, Special Forces Association; he is also an active participant with the Special Forces Association National Headquarters located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Wade served in the U. S. Army and the 1st Special Forces Regiment for 26 years. During his career, he performed a variety of duties from Commander of an Operational Detachment-Alpha in the 7th Special Forces Group to Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the 1st Special Forces Command. As a member of the SFCT Board of Directors, Wade will now use the knowledge and experience gained during his career to benefit the Soldiers and Families of the Regiment. Wade holds a BA from Iowa State University, as well as a Masters in National Security Studies from the Army War College, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff. Wade has received numerous military awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit.
Lisa Marie Riggins
Lisa Marie Riggins is an Army brat born in Bremerhaven, Germany, and has made her way back to her family roots as President and Chief Executive Officer of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. Her career path spans that of an actress in New York City; a criminal defense attorney, a state prosecutor, a personal injury attorney, and founding President of the non-profit Fairness for Athletes In Retirement (FAIR). She is now serving her unsung heroes in the military community. Working to bring support and dignity to those who perform great things in quiet ways, is what motivates her.
Lisa Marie started FAIR to advocate for better pensions for over 4,000 former NFL players who retired before 1993 and had been left behind and mistreated. FAIR was the public voice for these forgotten players – coordinating a national PR campaign and presenting the NFL and the NFLPA with a six-figure actuarial solution to the crippled pension plan. In March 2020, the NFL and NFLPA voted to commit over $1 Billion to raise the pension for the retirees, giving pre 93 players a 53% increase, the largest they’ve ever received.
She received her B.A. in History and Literature from American University, an Associate’s degree from American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC, and her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. bar. Lisa Marie’s best friend is her husband John, and her favorite people are her two daughters, Hannah and Coco.
Rick is the Executive Vice President for Air Comm Corporation, a Colorado based aerospace company, with additional engineering and manufacturing facilities in Texas. A West Point graduate, Rick spent his entire military career in SF. He served with distinction at both the 3rd and 10th SF Groups in Iraq and many parts of Africa and the Caribbean. His last assignment was as Deputy Commander of 10th Special Forces Group, giving him great insight into the needs of the Soldiers and their Families. Rick is an avid outdoorsman and life member of several hunting and conservation nonprofits.
Paul is the Founder and President of Theofanous Management International LLC, representing premier international athletes and organizations in the fields of tennis, ice hockey, track and field and winter sports for over 25 years. First earning a Green Beret in 1984, Paul has served on three separate occasions with Special Forces. Besides serving with 10th Group in the 80’s, he returned to active duty twice after 9/11, deploying to Afghanistan. A graduate of the University of Denver with a B.A.B.S. in finance and marketing, Paul also attended Harvard University’s Russian Research Center for Soviet Studies, becoming fluent in the Russian language. Paul lives in New York City with his wife, Kaliopy, and children Anastasia and Nikolas.