Joe is the Vice President and Director of Leadership Foundry. For over 36 years, Joe has been at the forefront of civilian and military organizations as a change architect and strategist for multi-functional teams. After achieving his second Masters Degree at the age of 21, he entered the US Air Force Officer Training School and graduated Distinguished Graduate upon his commissioning. For the next 8 years he was on Active Duty before transferring to the Air National Guard, culminating with his assignment as a Professor of Aerospace Studies at The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. He built one of North Florida’s largest nursing staff relief and home care companies from scratch and through innovative ground-breaking approaches to recruiting and retaining staff, captured over 43% of market share. As he built his nursing business, he also advanced in positions within the Florida Air National Guard. Joe sold his company to a large national chain and was selected for a full-time position as the Executive Support Staff Officer/Director of Staff at Headquarters, Florida ANG. Within 5 years, he was selected for key executive positions and in 2001 became the Chief of Staff and nominated to the US Senate for his first star. He was confirmed by the U.S Senate to the rank of Brigadier General in 2002 and for over seven years served as the commander of the Florida Air National Guard and the Assistant Adjutant General for Air. After serving as the Vice-Chair (2008-2010) and National Chairman of the Air National Guard Strategic Planning System (2010- 2012), he was nominated and confirmed by the Senate for his second star and assigned as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Requirements at the Pentagon. He became the Air Force architect for the establishment of the Total Force Task Force and testified before Congress during the 2014 National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force.
Joe is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include inclusion in the Eastern Illinois University Outstanding Alumnus group, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and two awards of the Florida Cross. He has extensive senior executive education to include Harvard JFK School of Government and Syracuse University Defense Studies. He has been married to the former Lisa Brooker for the past 35 years and they have a son, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Joe’s central theme throughout his military and civilian career and in his current offerings to audiences is: Know yourself to lead yourself; lead yourself to effectively lead others and transform organizations. He continues to create and execute profound cultural change in the way all personnel in a corporation can be developed in an integrated and complementary and supplementary manner and directs a team of like-minded, capable individuals un-surpassed in the leadership industry. Joe is an effective communicator and dynamic speaker consistently rated as a top presenter at multiple national and local forums.
Professional Background: HQ /USAF Military Advisor to A5/8; Commander and Assistant Adjutant General for Air of the Florida Air National Guard and Instructor for USAF Air Command and Staff College and ANG Commander Development Course.
Education: B.S. and dual M.S. Speech Communications/Pathology and Audiology, Eastern Illinois University/ Distinguished Graduate, US Air Force Officer Training School, USAF War College / Graduate, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Syracuse University National Security, and Georgetown University School of Government.
LinkedIn: Joe Balskus
Sara Harris is the Director of Operations with Leadership Foundry and is responsible for overseeing a team of Program Managers as well as the entire budget and finances of The Leadership Foundry. She has over 20 years’ experience with Finance and Budgeting and due to her vast knowledge and ability in contracting and execution of contracts, she has catapulted her career over the past 10 years to her key senior position, reporting directly to the Vice President and Director of Leadership Foundry. Sara is an integral part of the Leadership Foundry team and has been directly responsible for essential business decisions enabling the remarkable success of The Leadership Foundry and its relationship with our parent company Xator. She is happily married and a mother of three daughters. In addition to her role as the Director of Operations, Sara makes it a priority to be a part of her community. She has volunteered for the PTA for over 16 years and served as Treasurer for the past 6 years. She enjoys gardening, spending time with Family and spoiling her grandson. Sara continues to be forward-looking and focused on the future of Leadership Foundry offering keen insight into the business development of our company.
Barry has an international reputation in the field of leadership development as a program designer, executive facilitator, and coach. Barry served over 20 years in the U.S. Army, including assignments as a personnel staff officer in the Pentagon. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal. Subsequent to his retirement, Barry joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 1988, and served in multiple positions, including Directorships of both CCL’s European and San Diego Branches. Barry also served a key role in developing key relationships with the US Military including programs offered for top military leadership. He was designated a CCL Honorary Senior Fellow in 2007.
Over the past 30 years, Barry’s leadership work has included relationships with such diverse organizations as: General Motors, Whirlpool, Mars, Gambro AB (Sweden), Orkla ASA (Norway), Yale University, all of the US Armed Services, the Congressional Management Foundation, Kohler, Qualcomm, Motorola, Methanex (Canada), Leap Wireless, and the Defense Contract Management Agency. He also delivered the Robert T. Stevens Leadership Program for the five US Service Academies at West Point for 19 years.
Barry was the principle designer of the original suite of Leadership Challenge Programs, and maintains an active role as both advisor and faculty member.
Professional Background: US Army: Leadership Policy Development, US Army, Deputy Director of Business Activities, Senior Personnel Manager at Installation Level
Center for Creative Leadership: Assistant Vice President; Program Designer, Specialized Client Applications; Director, CCL Brussels; Director, CCL San Diego; Director, CCL Custom Programs; Senior Fellow
Education: B.A., University of Minnesota; MPA University of Oklahoma; US Army Command and General Staff College
Dan is the Chief of Instructional Design and Coaching Services for the Leadership Foundry. Dan served over 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant having taught at multiple professional development schools and having led numerous national leadership and diversity initiatives. He has over 20 years of leadership development and executive coaching experience in government, corporate, educational and nonprofit sectors facilitating hundreds of training and coaching initiatives for leaders and teams at every level of the organization.
Professional Background: Visiting Professor for the Department of Workforce Education at Southern Illinois University / Functional Manager for HR Advisor Program, Air National Guard / Superintendent of Professional Development, Air National Guard / Professional Military Education Instructor / Top Secret Clearance
Education: Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University /M.S. / B.S. Workforce Education, Training & Development, Southern Illinois University / B.A. Business Administration, Limestone College / ACC Credentialed Executive Coach – International Coaches Federation (ICF)
LinkedIn: Dan Quinn
Brian is a Leadership Development Consultant for the Leadership Foundry. Brian has been at the forefront of luxury hospitality and service delivery with over 20 years of on-the-job and classroom based instruction. He has held several operations management positions requiring him to lead large, diverse workforces and overseeing the strategic and financial effectiveness of his departments. These roles provided the basis for a transition into Human Resources, where Brian quickly became highly regarded for new property openings, transitions & acquisitions, and labor relations. A hallmark of his hotel tenure has been his ability to work across all segments of society to motivate and achieve common goals for the business and career mobility for the employees.
Professional Background: Director of Human Resources, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa-Montelucia / Director of Human Resources, Four Season Hotel-St. Louis
Education: International Law, University Of Texas School Of Law / B.A., Political Science and Economics, Tulane University / Certified Human Resources Executive, American Hotel & Lodging Association.
LinkedIn: Brian Hogg
Chris is a Leadership Development Consultant for the Leadership Foundry. For over 35 years, Chris served in the Air National Guard/US Air Force. In 2012, Chris retired as the tenth Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard, Pentagon, Washington, DC. Chris was responsible for the interest and proper utilization of 94,000 personnel, he advised the leader of a $9B annual organization. His career has taken him to every state in the union and over 30 countries. In 2001-2002, he served with US Air Force in Europe for management of command, control and communications assets for Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and in 2003 in the Combined Air Operations Center, Saudi Arabia for the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chris continues to be a keynote or motivational speaker to thousands worldwide. From dinners to conventions to the halls of Congress as well as in all media platforms, Chris has inspired the masses.
Professional Background: 10th Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air National Guard / Senior Human Resources Manager, Ohio National Guard / Senior IT Consultant / 251st Combat Communications Group/ Instructor, NCO Academy / KEYSTONE Fellow with the National Defense University
Education: Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy and NCO Academy / B.S., University of Management and Technology / A.A., Electronic Systems , Community College of the Air Force, A.A., Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force.
LinkedIn: Chris Muncy
Doc is a Leadership Development Consultant for the Leadership Foundry. Doc began his pursuit of delivering top-notch adult education after retiring from the Air Force in 2006 having served for more than 27 years as a human resource manager where he held a number of key leadership roles to include Deputy Director of Human Resources for two large military organizations with 10,000+ employees, including NATO and multi-service military organizations. Additionally, he served as senior enlisted manager for the Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, an 80-strong team responsible for managing leadership and development training and assignments for more than 8,600 Air Force senior leaders and Career Field Manager for a high-visibility enlisted special duty, where he was in charge of curriculum design, delivery, and certification for hundreds of personnel.
Professional Background: Chief Master Sergeant (ret.), U.S. Air Force / Superintendent, AF Senior Leader Management Office / CFM for Enlisted Aide Special Duty, Pentagon
Education: M.A., Adult Education, Strayer University / B.A., Management, National Louis University
LinkedIn: Gary “Doc” Murdock
Betsy is a Leadership Development Consultant for the Leadership Foundry. With 25 years of personal experience in leading complex organizations, Betsy is an authentic voice in the leadership arena–from building top-performing teams, to successfully managing change, to redesigning organizations to optimize effectiveness and morale, to communicating within and across cultures to achieve the best possible solutions. Her knowledge of self-awareness tools and a sincere appreciation of participants’ work contexts enables her to facilitate practical application discussions of leadership concepts with agile understanding.
Professional Background: Colonel (ret.), U.S. Air Force (Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal recipient) / Senior Aircraft Maintenance Leader, key military installations worldwide / International Relations Joint Staff Officer, Pentagon / Senior Logistics Leader, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Education: M.A., Management, Webster University / M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, U. S. Naval War College / National Defense Fellow, 44th Senior Seminar, The US Department of State / B.S., Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
LinkedIn: Betsy Strines
Edye is a Leadership Development Consultant for the Leadership Foundry. Edye is a National Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has worked with individuals and groups and serves as a motivating force to assist them in positive growth and achievement of their goals. Prior to joining The Leadership Foundry, Edye was in law enforcement for over 20 years. Edye has facilitated in-service training for Law Enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations including topics about leadership challenges and engagement, diversity and inclusion, generational cohorts, racial profiling and unbiased policing.
Professional Background: Illinois State Trooper / Police Officer I and II / Licensed Professional Counselor
Education: M.A., Education and Human Development Counseling, Bradley University / B.S., Liberal Arts and Sciences and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
LinkedIn: Edye Washington
Bill is a Leadership Development Consultant for the Leadership Foundry. Bill has been actively involved in junior and senior leader development throughout his 43-year military career, and is utilizing that skillset and expertise in the classroom now as a Facilitator with the Leadership Foundry where he is responsible for conducting professional development and personal awareness seminars. Prior to his retirement in 2015, he served as the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, where he was responsible for the command of almost 10,000 Soldiers and Airman in the Arkansas Army and Air National Guard.
Professional Background: Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard
Education: B.S., Mathematics, Arkansas Tech University / Graduate, US Army War College / Graduate, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Black Sea Security Program / Graduate, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Government National Security Leadership Course
LinkedIn: Bill Wofford
Danny is a Senior Instructor and Executive Coach consultant for Leadership Foundry, a division of Xator Corporation. In 2018, he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant as the Commandant, United States Air Force First Sergeant Academy. Danny was responsible for the training and development of Air Force First Sergeants through a blended facilitated distance learning and in-residence program of instruction. Additionally, he was responsible for the development and validation of the course curriculum, to include the materials used to train additional duty First Sergeants throughout the active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve components. He brings over 27 years of senior leadership with experience primarily leading and coaching at all levels. He has extensive background in human resources management, educational development, training and education, and call centers. In addition, he is a dynamic communicator with a wide range of audiences from 500 to 15 attendees. He has 12 years of experience as Adjunct Professor in Organizational Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, and coaching with over 4,000 hours facilitating distance learning as Adjunct Professor and over 2,500 podium hours.
Professional Background: Commandant, United States Air Force First Sergeant Academy / ANG Advisor to Air University / Superintendent, Air Force Reserve Personnel Center / Paralegal / Senior Human Resources Advisor / Keystone – National Defense University, Leadership Enhancement Course – University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Enterprise Leadership Seminar – Center for Creative Leadership / Adjunct Professor for Columbia College and SNHU
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Law Administration, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Management, Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) in Human Resources, and Executive Coaching certificate. He is a certified practitioner in the MBTI assessments.
He is a retired New York City Police Officer and served during September 11, 2001. He is also a Board of Visitors (BOV) for the Air Force Aid Society. Danny and his spouse have two great children and lives in “Sweet Home Alabama.”
LinkedIn: Danny Doucette
Vicki Schopfer is a Program Manager for the Leadership Foundry. She has worked in the leadership development field for over 15 years. She specializes in instructional design by creating, developing and modifying curriculum and other training materials to support instructor led training for all of Leadership Foundry’s training and development initiatives. She has worked in both operational and managerial capacities in the hospitality industry.
Professional Background: Senior Director of Training, Quiznos / Director of Training and OD, Bellagio / Regional Training Specialist, Applebees
Education: M.S., Instructional Technology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington. / B.A., Elementary Education, Transylvania University
LinkedIn: Vicki Schopfer
Monica is a Program Manager for the Leadership Foundry. She provides administrative, client, and instructional support and has planned over 250 programs in this capacity. She has worked in the leadership development field for over 22 years. Prior to joining the Leadership Foundry, Monica was with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where she focused on client services and program operations. She specialized in working with CCL’s Military and Government accounts and was responsible for the planning, directing and assisting in the design and delivery of custom program initiatives.
Professional Background: Senior Project Manager, Client Development Associate, Client Advisor, Client Coordinator for Center for Creative Leadership
Education: B.A., Mass Communications, Elon College
LinkedIn: Monica Mancuso
Cathy Sampson is a Program Manager with the Leadership Foundry and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in both operational and managerial capacities. She is a trained facilitator, has co-developed and conducted manager development workshops for a wide range of restaurant brands.
Professional Background: Training and Development Manager, Quiznos/ Learning and Development Field Consultant, Red Robin/ Training General Manager, Red Robin/ Owner Operator, Silverdale Coyote Café
Education: MBA, Project Management, Colorado Technical University, B.A. Science, University of Phoenix.
LinkedIn: Cathy Sampson
Angela is a Program Manager for the Leadership Foundry. Prior to joining the Leadership Foundry, Angela worked in both operational and managerial capacities in the Hotel, Conference and Events industry for over 10 years. She started her career with ARAMARK, at The National Conference Center, the largest conference facility in ARAMARK Conference Centers’ portfolio.
Professional Background: Front Office Manager / Sales and Business Development Manager, ARAMARK’s National Conference Center, Health Coach
Education: B.S., Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, The Pennsylvania State University / Graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Training Program (Jan 2017 Graduation)
LinkedIn: Angela Shank