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.
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.
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.
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.
David is the President of Nationwide Express, Inc., a Trucking, Warehouse and Logistics company based out of Tennessee. David is a Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, serving six years after completion of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation and Logistics. Over his career, he has served as a Special Agent for the Naval Investigative Services, as Vice President of Marketing for Host Communications, and held several other key roles in sales and logistics management throughout the southeastern region of the United States. David lives with his family in Tennessee.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Susan, now a retired educator and business owner, graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA and a Master of Education. Susan lives in South Carolina, where she is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Patriots Point Development Authority, Naval and Maritime Museum. She was appointed to PPDA by the South Carolina Senate in 2007. She is the Chairman of the Education and Museum Committee. She previously served as Senate appointee to the State of South Carolina Education Oversight Committee Board. In 2012, Susan was named as Patriots Point’s liaison to the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to create the Master Plan for the new MOH Museum Education and Leadership Center located on Patriots Point. She is also currently a member of the Medal of Honor Bowl Committee to help raise funds to build the MOH Museum. She has worked with the Medal of Honor Foundation and the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge to introduce the MOH Character Development Program into the South Carolina curriculum. She was awarded a Commendation of Appreciation from Recipients of the Medal of Honor in 2012. Susan is also an Honorary Member of SFA Chapter 34 in Columbia, SC and Montagnard Chapter 57 in North Carolina.
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LTC(R) Pickel was commissioned in the Infantry from the University of Vermont Army ROTC in 1995. He served with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, and the 4th Infantry Division in Texas before attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1999. LTC(R) Pickel served in multiple assignments in the 3rd Special Forces Group, the 1st Special Forces Command and the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. LTC(R) Pickel’s deployments include trips to Bosnia, Mali and Nigeria, as well as five trips in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF and one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010, during his fourth deployment in support of OEF, LTC(R) Pickel was wounded when his convoy was attacked by a Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED). The wounds he received eventually led to the amputation of both of his legs below-the-knee. Since that time, LTC(R) Pickel has become active in several adaptive sports including: hand-cycling, seated volleyball, and sled hockey. LTC(R) Pickel recently retired from the US Army after serving for over 20 years and currently resides in Fayetteville, NC with his wife Carolyn and his five children – Todd, Tyler, Alexander, Zachary, and Zane.
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Phyllis has significant executive managerial experience, which she has acquired throughout her business career. Phyllis was successful in the positions of Account Director at The Pillsbury Company, Regional Education Manager at Pepsi Bottling Group, Account Manager for National Cinemedia, and Co-Owner of Lloyd and Sheffer Sales. In addition to her extensive work in sales and management, Phyllis has been active in community volunteering, as well as in organizing teams of volunteers for local projects in South Carolina. Phyllis is the proud mother of a son who honorably served as a U.S. Marine for eight years, then in the North Charleston Police Department for six years, and who now owns his own business in Fort Mill, SC. Phyllis’ hobbies include: golf, advanced scuba diving, hiking (climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked through Nepal, Tibet, and India, and climbed to Base Camp Everest), Karate (2nd Degree Black Belt), shooting, and gardening.
Dodie McCracken is Founding Partner and CEO of Arcadian Partners. Her thirty year professional career includes extensive public and private sector communications and public policy experience. Believing that dynamic alliances benefit everyone, Dodie has creatively brought the corporate world into the nonprofit arena with significant results. Dodie has developed cause-related marketing and corporate philanthropy campaigns, built and executed local and national publicity plans, and established corporate partnerships and strategic marketing and public relations programs. Washington, D.C. is home for Dodie, where her love of politics, philanthropy and communications led to Board seats with the Center for Media and Public Affairs and the National Guard Youth Foundation, and the role of collaborator on two philanthropy books. She is also a member of Business Executive for National Security (BENS), whose mission is to apply best business practices to help government leaders implement solutions to national security issues.
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