Leadership Forum 2016


2016 Feagin Leadership Forum


"The Resilient Leader"

May 20 - 21, 2016



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Feagin Leadership Forum - Day 1

Feagin Leadership Forum - Day 2

Project Presentations


Team 1

Healthcare Evaluation Assessment of Leadership (HEAL)



Team 2

Changing the Face of Medicine through Leadership - short version




Team 3

The Feagin Leadership Program, the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, and Duke AHEAD present

The 2016 Duke Healthcare Leadership Summit:

Make Your Performance Metrics Work For You


March 8, 2016

1 pm – 5 pm 

Reception to follow
Trent Semans Center for Health Education


Keynote speaker: Dr. Peter Ubel

Associate Director, Health Sector Management
Madge & Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor, Fuqua School of Business


Today’s academic medical center is packed with data that describe the processes involved in the provision of care. The evidence-based medicine movement and outcomes research already utilize these data to impressive effect. But one area in particular is changing the way all healthcare professionals interact with patients, one another, and the system: performance metrics. Patient satisfaction scores, outcomes data, employee satisfaction, and financial stability form the balanced scorecard on which practices, clinics, and individuals are judged, and the decisions of promotion and reimbursement are made. Unfortunately, too little education is offered to healthcare professionals about these metrics or how to respond to them. Join us on March 8th to learn how these performance metrics measure your work, and how you can put them to work for you.



Team 4



Chairman Dean Taylor, MD



Presenter Wayne Sotile, PhD


Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Keynote Speaker LTG (RET) Eric Schoomaker, MD

Keynote Speaker Aldona Wos


Moderator - Leah Houde


Military Panel: MG (RET) Paul Lefebvre, Mrs. Tiffany Smiley, MAJ (RET) Scotty Smiley




Hotel Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Washington Duke Inn. To make reservations by phone, call 919-490-0999 or 800-443-3853 and use Group Code 488048.



Area Hotels

King's Daughters Inn; 919-354-7000

The Durham Hotel: 919-768-8830

Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center; 919-286-0774

Residence Inn Durham McPherson/Duke University Medical Center Area; 919-680-4440

21C Museum Hotel; 919-956-6700



The Resilient Leader

Friday May, 20


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM                              Welcome – Dean Taylor, MD

Moderator                                              Leah Houde, PhD

1:30 PM – 2:10 PM                              Presenter – Wayne Sotile, PhD

2:10 PM – 2:40 PM                              Feagin Leadership Scholar Project Presentation – Team 3

2:40 PM – 3:20 PM                              Keynote Speaker – LTG (Ret) Eric Schoomaker, MD

3:20 PM – 3:35 PM                              Break

3:35 PM – 4:05 PM                              Feagin Leadership Scholar Project Presentation – Team 1

4:05 PM – 4:45 PM                              Keynote Speaker – Aldona Wos, MD

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM                              Day 1 Closing Remarks

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM                              Reception at the home of Dean and Ann Taylor


Saturday, May 21

7:00 AM                                                   Pre – Breakfast Prayers, Great Hall

                                                                      Richard Lischer, PhD

                                                                      Mr. Nate Jones

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM                                 Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM                                 Welcome – Dean Taylor, MD

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM                                 Feagin Leadership Scholar Project Presentations – Team 4

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM                               Resiliency Lessons Learned in the Military

                                                                      MG (Ret) Paul Lefebvre

                                                                      CDR (Ret) Everett Alvarez

                                                                      CDR (Ret) James Bailey

                                                                      MAJ (Ret) Scotty Smiley & Mrs. Tiffany Smiley

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM                             Break


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM                              Resiliency Lessons Learned in Business

                                                                      Mr. John Garrison

                                                                      Mr. Mike French

                                                                      Mr. TD Decker

                                                                      Mr. Jim Sharman


11:15 AM – 11:45                                    Feagin Leadership Scholar Project Presentation – Team 2


11:45 AM – 12:30 PM                             Resiliency Lessons Learned in Athletics

                                                                       Mr. Jay Williams


12:30 PM – 12:45 PM                             Closing Remarks – Dean Taylor, MD

                                                 John Feagin, MD


12:45 PM – 2:00 PM                                 Lunch/Adjourn






Everett Alvarez, Jr.

The Honorable Everett Alvarez, Jr., a distinguished Naval officer, attorney  and former government executive, is best known to the public as the first American aviator shot down over North Vietnam.  He was taken prisoner on August 5, 1964 and held in North Vietnam as a POW for  8 ½ years,  until the general release of the American prisoners on February 12, 1973.  Mr. Alvarez was born in Salinas, California on December 23, 1937


Mr. Alvarez earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960 from the University of  Santa  Clara  in  Santa Clara, California.  After  receiving his degree from Santa Clara University,   Mr.  Alvarez joined the Navy.

Upon his return from Vietnam in 1973, Mr. Alvarez received, in 1976, a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.

In 1983, Mr. Alvarez received a Juris Doctorate Degree from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington DC.  He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. 

His Honorary Degrees include;

Alumnus of Distinction Award from the University of  Santa  Clara  and  an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service.

In May of 2001, he was awarded another Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of  North Texas Health Sciences Center.

Mr. Alvarez served in Program Management at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington D.C. until his retirement from the Navy in 1980.  In April 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Mr. Alvarez as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps and was confirmed by the Senate.  He held the post until August of 1982.

In July 1982, he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate as Deputy Administrator (Deputy Secretary) of the Veterans Administration (Department of Veterans Affairs) and served in the post until 1986.  In 1986, Hospital Corporation of America hired Mr. Alvarez as Vice President for Government Services.  In 1987,  he founded  Conwal , Inc. of McLean, Virginia.  In 2004, Mr. Alvarez founded Alvarez & Associates, a consulting company headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA with offices in Denver, Colorado.

The Following is a list of some of the numerous awards and honors in recognition of Mr. Alvarez:

-In March 1998, he was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor. 

-The United States Congress named a Rockville, Maryland United States Post Office in his honor in September 2000.

-Mr. Alvarez has also been given the distinguished honor of being named the Rotary

Club’s  National  “Citizen of the Year” award.

-A City Park and two housing projects in California and Texas have been named in honor of Mr. Alvarez. 

-In January 1987, his hometown of Salinas, California named a new city high school after Mr. Alvarez,   The Everett Alvarez High School,  which was completed in 1994.

-In June, 2007, both Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez were awarded the  DuBois  Medal for their service to Church, state and the nation by Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.

-In November, 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez were awarded the annual Navy, Marines and Coast Guard Residence Foundation award in recognition of their contributions to military medicine.

-In November, 2008, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences named the Board of Regents meeting center in honor of Mr. Alvarez’s service to the University and to Military Medicine.   The Department  of  Defense  commissioned  a painting of a portrait of Mr. Alvarez to be displayed in  the University’s Board room.

-In 2008, Everett was selected and honored by “The Council for Excellence in Government” as one of the 25 greatest public servants, over the past 25 years, for his remarkable service to our nation.

In January 9, 2010, The Richard Nixon Foundation  awarded Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. the “Great American Hero Award”  “for surviving with honor and inspiring his nation.”

-Mr. Alvarez, in June, 2010, was  recipient  of  the  George Alexander Memorial Volunteer Service Award  presented to him by the Blind American Veterans Foundation for his service to and work with the veterans.

-In 2011, The Honorable Everett Alvarez, Jr. received the National Maritime Historical Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

-In September, 2012, The Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Mr. Alvarez the prestigious “Lone Sailor Award.” for his post military service distinguished career.

-In September, 2015, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution awarded Mr. Alvarez its Gold, Good Citizenship Medal in recognition of notable service in behalf of our American Principles.

Following is a list of some of the Boards and Commissions on which Mr. Alvarez has and still serves:  

In February of 1988, Mr. Alvarez was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.  Everett was appointed  twice  as  USU Chairman of the Board of Regents and continued serving  as a member of the Board of  Regents  for  20 years until October of 2008.

President George W. Bush appointed  Mr. Alvarez to serve on the President’s Task Force to improve Health Care Delivery for our Nation’s Veterans. 

From 2003-2004, Mr. Alvarez was appointed by Secretary Tony  Principi,  Secretary of the Veterans Affairs, to Chair the CARES Commission (Capital Asset Realignment and Enhancement Study Commission) to study the Veterans’ health system.

Mr. Alvarez is a lifetime member of the Board of Fellows of the University of Santa Clara, in Santa Clara,  California .  He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Graduate University of Democracy in Washington DC.

He has served on the White House Board of Fellows Selection Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Armed Services YMCA of the USA.

He served on the College of William & Mary Washington DC Council.  

He serves on the Library of Congress Veterans History Project Five Star Council Advisory Committee. 

Mr. Alvarez serves on the Board of Governors of Grantham University.

 In July of 2010, Mr. Alvarez was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Richard Nixon  Foundation ,  Yorba Linda, California.

Mr. Alvarez has Co-Authored two books; CHAINED  EAGLE,  an  historical accounting of his experiences during his captivity in Vietnam, and CODE OF CONDUCT, the story of the rebuilding of his life upon return from Vietnam.

Mr. Alvarez holds numerous military decorations, of which just a few are:  the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit (with Combat “V”), two Bronze Stars (with Combat “V”), the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Purple Heart Medals.



James Bailey

James Bailey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi and grew up on a small farm. After attending Holmes Junior College on a basketball scholarship, he joined the Navy and earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer flying the F-4 Phantom fighter in Fighter Squadron One Forty Three. He made two cruises to Southeast Asia flying missions over North Vietnam for the most part. On June 28, 1967, he was shot down over North Vietnam on his 183rd mission and captured immediately. He spend five years and eight months as a POW in a number of prisons all within the greater Hanoi area. He was released after the peace treaty was signed allowing for the return of all POWs on February 18, 1973. 

He attended the University of Mississippi and earned a BA with majors in Political Science and History. Later he completed the course work and was awarded a MA from Georgetown University in the School of Government with a concentration of studies entitled Formation of National Security policy. After completing his BA, he served a tour with Fighter Squadron Seventy Four, attended the Naval War College, worked in Washington DC in the Office of Policy and Plans for the Chief of Naval Operations and concluded his naval career as the Executive Officer of the Naval Reserve Training Corps unit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was awarded two Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Purple Hearts among other medals during his Naval career. 

He is married to Suzanne Long Bailey who was a Diplomat’s daughter and grew up in Europe and Africa. They have three children. Jimmy is a Naval Orthopedic Surgeon assigned to Duke for a Sports Medicine Fellowship year. Anne is working in Washington, DC. John is a Lieutenant Naval Flight Officer stationed in San Diego. Suzanne and Bill have lived in Anderson, South Carolina for the past 26 years where he taught and was an administrator in the public high school until retirement six years ago. He enjoys playing golf, reading, traveling and volunteering with the Red Cross.


TD Decker

T.D. Decker is an experienced CEO & Operating Partner for manufacturing, distribution and service companies having worked for entrepreneur, PE, VC, Fortune 50 and family-owned companies in growth, performance improvement, turnaround and sale situations.  He now leads Decker Transformation Advisors that helps companies maximize value by developing data driven strategic growth plans, building high performing teams and propelling execution.  He leverages his expertise in leadership, strategy and execution; his experience as a President, investor, finance executive, consultant and board member; and his extensive personal network.

He has served as the interim CEO of a late stage material science company; an ammunition company; a telecommunications and IT outsourcing company; a distributor and a gift card printer.  He was also the President of a four-time Inc. 500 company.

T.D. was the President of a $3B diversified alternative investment firm; an investor with a family office; CEO of a wireless control manufacturer; President of a specialty wire manufacturer; Marketing Manager for United Technologies fuel cell business; interim CFO for a steel manufacturer; Principal for an LBO firm; a channel partner for an electronic employment service and Director of Administration for a $450M multinational manufacturer.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Army as a football coach at West Point, a helicopter pilot in Grenada and a staff officer in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He helped organize Pete Dawkins' run for U.S. Senate; the 1988 Republican National Convention; George Bush's Presidential and Dan Quayle's Vice Presidential Debates; and the 1991 Desert Storm Homecoming Celebration in D.C.  He has served on over 30 for profit, non-profit and ministry boards and was formerly active in YPO.

T.D. earned a B.S. in engineering from West Point in 1981 and was a quarterback on the Army football team.  He received an MBA from Duke in 1988.  He lives in Wayne, IL with his wife and has four children.


Michael French

Michael is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Biotech having joined the company in 2008. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Sirna Therapeutics from 2005 until 2007 when the company was acquired by Merck for $1.1 billion.  Earlier, he was the Chief Business Officer at Entelos, Inc. where he was primarily responsible for business development, alliance management and corporate communication activities helping to expand Entelos’ business from technology-based research partnerships to therapeutic focused co-development collaborations.  Additionally, he developed global strategic alliances for Farma Biagini S.p.A. and successfully launched Kogenate® for Bayer AG. Michael is a former U.S. Army officer who served as the Senior Medical Intelligence Analyst on the J-2 staff during Operation Desert Storm. Among his military decorations are the Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.  Michael holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University.  Michael has three adult sons, enjoys golf and is a professional magician.


John Garrison

John L. Garrison, Jr. was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Terex Corporation on November 2, 2015. Mr. Garrison is also a member of the Terex Board of Directors.

An accomplished and versatile corporate and industrial leader, Mr. Garrison was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter, a major unit of Textron, Inc., from 2009-November 2015. During his tenure at Bell, Mr. Garrison championed the revitalization of Bell’s commercial product line, improved execution of their military programs and modernized the company’s systems, processes and facilities.

Before his time at Bell, Mr. Garrison served as President of Textron’s industrial segment, which comprises four businesses: E-Z-GO golf carts, Greenlee, Jacobsen and Kautex.  Prior to that he was President of E-Z-GO, where he initiated and led a highly successful turnaround.

Mr. Garrison joined Textron in 2002 from Azurix Corporation, a global water company, where he was President, Chairman and CEO.  He was previously Vice President and General Manager of Case Corporation’s North American Agricultural Group, and Vice President and General Manager of the Case Agricultural Systems Group.

Mr. Garrison is a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering, later earning an MBA degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School. He spent a decade in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger qualified artillery officer and taught in the Department of Social Services at West Point.

Mr. Garrison served as the past President and Chairman of American Helicopter Society’s International and Chairman of Vertical Flight Foundation, a board member for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and as a

Cabinet member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s American Patriots Campaign.


Nate Jones

Nathan Jones is a doctoral student at Duke Divinity School, where he studies the intersection of theology and the arts (particularly music and literature). He is a 2012 M.Div. graduate of Duke Divinity School, and a 2009 B.A. graduate of Trinity College, where he served as an equipment manager for the Duke Football team, performed with Hoof n' Horn and co-founded Religio, Duke's first undergraduate journal of Christian thought. He is also a classically-trained baritone, who has performed as a soloist across the US and Europe. Nathan lives in Durham with his wife Amy, a Duke internal medicine resident and 2015-2016 Feagin Scholar. 


Paul Lefebvre

Paul Lefebvre’s professional career spans four decades of teaching, coaching, and mentoring for a number of high profile teams to include:  Division I NCAA football, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Special Operations Command. Paul currently mentors General and Flag officers across the DoD for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, J7 specifically guiding Special Operations Senior Leaders and their staffs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and across Africa. Additionally he mentors General and Flag officers at the Army Corps level and within the United States Pacific Command.  He is also a Distinguished Senior Mentor at the Joint Special Operations University, USSOCOM and teaches Theater Strategy and Operational Design focusing on strategic problem solving. Paul provides perspectives on Innovation and Change for Senior Executive Service (SES) leaders emphasizing his personal travails to build individual and organizational trust.  In addition, he serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab providing recommendations on technology integration and operational advantage for special operations, space, cyber, and countering weapons of mass destruction. He also serves as the Advisor to the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Foundation.

As an active duty Marine, he conducted numerous world-wide deployments in support of humanitarian and contingency operations. As a general officer, Paul served as the Commanding General, Parris Island responsible for Marine Corps recruiting and recruit training based on Marine Corps core values. He also served as the Deputy Director for Operations, USPACOM and was a principal architect of the U.S. interagency response to the devastating 2004 tsunami in Southeast, Asia and the development of the Regional Counterterrorism Strategy. Additionally he served as the Deputy Commanding General for the 18th Airborne Corps (MNCI) in Iraq, leading the coordination and integration of our Coalition and Interagency Partners. General Lefebvre’s final tour was as the Commanding General, Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) where he established recruiting and selection processes, training and education standards, and readiness metrics for strategic, highly sensitive special operations missions. In 2010, he established a Performance and Resiliency Program (PERRES) to address issues associated with multiple and demanding combat tours. This effort forms the basis of USSOCOM’s current program and centers on the Humanics philosophy balancing spirit, mind and body.

General and Mrs. Lefebvre have two children. Tom is a Duke graduate and a captain of the 2005 Golf Team. He is a decorated Marine officer and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and is in his fourth year of Medical School at Duke. He is a Feagin Scholar. Upon graduation he will serve in the United States Navy. Libby is a graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill and is the Sales Manager for a new home builder in Wilmington, NC. She is not a Duke fan. 


Richard Lischer, PhD

Richard Lischer is James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School.  A native of St. Louis, he holds degrees from Washington University, Concordia Seminary, and the University of London, where he earned a Ph.D. in theology.   Before joining the Duke faculty in 1979, he served as pastor of Lutheran congregations in Illinois and Virginia.  He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including the prize-winning The Preacher King:  Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word that Moved America, and two memoirs, Open Secrets and Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son.   His media appearances include the BBC documentary In Search of Martin Luther King, and the PBS series God in America.   He was recently selected as one of six Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology.  Professor Lischer and his wife, Tracy, live in Orange County, North Carolina.   


Eric Schoomaker

After four years as the U.S. Army’s top medical officer, Lieutenant General Eric B. Schoomaker, M.D., Ph.D. retired in 2012 from his role as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This followed 32 years of active service in uniform and 41 years as a commissioned Army officer.

He currently serves as a Scholar-In-Residence at the nation’s only Federal health university, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD.  His principal interests are in Complementary and Integrative Health & Medicine (CIHM) in the shift from a disease management-focused healthcare system to one more centered on the improvement and sustainment of health & well-being leading to optimal human performance and in leadership education. He is examining the incorporation of CIHM education and training into the education of physicians and other health & healthcare professionals. Doctor Schoomaker is also exploring the central importance of leadership education and training for health professionals, so as to realize USU’s vision as the nation’s “health leadership academy”.

Lieutenant General Schoomaker was sworn in as Army Surgeon General after commanding Walter Reed Army Medical Center & North Atlantic Regional Medical Command in Washington, D.C.

He committed his career to meeting the health needs of soldiers, their families and veterans through initiatives that Army Medicine implemented throughout its facilities in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific, focusing on improving soldier medical readiness, enhancing battlefield care, establishing a comprehensive behavioral health system of care, fostering a culture of trust, advancing comprehensive pain management, and promoting health by preventing combat wounds, injury and illness.

Doctor Schoomaker received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a Ph.D. in human genetics in 1979.  He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina from 1976-78, followed by a fellowship in hematology at Duke in 1979. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and hematology.

While in uniform, he held many assignments, including Chief & Program Director, Department of Medicine and Director of Primary Care, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis (Tacoma), Wash.; Commander of the Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson (Colorado Springs), Colo.; Commander, 30th Medical Brigade & Fifth Corps Surgeon in Heidelberg, Germany; Chief of the Army Medical Corps; Commander of the Southeast Regional Medical Command/Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon (Augusta), GA; and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command & Fort Detrick (Frederick), MD.

Doctor Schoomaker is the recipient of numerous military awards, including those from France and Germany, the 2012 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards from the American Medical Association for outstanding government service and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Wake Forest University.

He is married to Audrey, a former Army Nurse Corps Officer and therapeutic yoga instructor; they have a high school-aged son and two daughters, one currently in college and a recent college graduate.


Jim Sharman

Jim Sharman was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Coyote Logistics on December 2014, which was subsequently acquired by UPS in August 2015. He continues to serve as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

An accomplished and versatile business leader, Mr. Sharman was Managing Partner of Truecast Capital, LLC where he led several investments as well as an operating partner for a large PE firm. During his tenure at Truecast Capital, Mr. Sharman championed the turnaround of several companies’ strategy, supply chain, product line, and management teams.

Before his time at Truecast Capital, Mr. Sharman served as President and CEO of World Kitchen from 2001-2006. There he led the successful turnaround and subsequent growth of the company, which is comprised of the household brands of Pyrex, Corning Ware, Corelle, OXO, Echo, and Baker’s Secret. Prior to his time at World Kitchen, he served as President and CEO of Rubicon Technologies, where he initiated and led a highly successful business plan and capital raise that eventually lead to a successful IPO.

Mr. Sharman joined Rubicon in 2000 from CNH Corporation, a $12B global agriculture and construction equipment manufacturing company, at which he served as SVP of Global Supply Chain. He was previously Vice President and General Manager of Case Corporation’s Latin American Business, and Vice President of Global Supply Chain.

Mr. Sharman is a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering, later earning an MBA degree from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He spent a decade in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer, and taught in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.

Mr. Sharman serves on the Board of both Spartan Motors, Inc. and the Chicago Hope Academy. He is married and has 3 grown children, and two son-in-laws. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and exercising, and is a voracious reader.



Scotty Smiley

Major (Retired) Scotty Smiley graduated from Pasco High School in Washington State in 1999 and attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  After 4 great years, he graduated and moved to Fort Benning, Georgia and attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School.  He quickly moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where he received a 45 man Platoon. 

In 2005 while leading his Platoon in Mosul, Iraq, Scotty found himself in front of a suicide car bomb.  After the man blew himself up, Scotty woke in Walter Reed Army Medical Center blind the rest of his life and partially paralyzed.  Though questioning his faith, Scotty made a decision to forgive and rebuild his life and continue to serve in the Army.

The Army Times named Scotty its “Soldier of the Year” in 2007 and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the world’s Best Outdoor Athlete. After receiving a Master of Business Administration from Duke University, Scotty taught the core course in leadership at West Point and then commanded the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point’s Keller Army Medical Center. Scotty is a recipient of the Army’s prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award and holds an honorary PhD from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  In 2010, Scotty received a Father of the Year award in New York and in 2011 received the Christopher Award for all he has given and continues to give.

Since then, Scotty has attended the Maneuver Captain Career Course in Fort Benning, Georgia then moved to Spokane, Washington where he recently retired after his work with the Gonzaga University ROTC Department, teaching, training, and mentoring America’s future leaders. 

Major (Retired) Smiley has a Bronze Star and Purple Heart; Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings, and Combat Diver Qualification Badge.

Scotty continues to share his story in order to bring growth and hope to this world. 

Scotty and his wife Tiffany are both from Pasco, Washington and are the proud parents of Grady Douglas, Graham Elliott, and Baylor Scott.

For more information on Scotty Smiley please visit:





Tiffany Smiley

Born and raised in Pasco, WA,  Tiffany attended Whitworth University with a Bachelor in science in Nursing (BSN) in 2004. While working as an Urgent care nurse Tiffany received a horrific phone call informing her that her husband was very severely injured while serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Iraq. Tiffany took a break from working as a nurse and dedicated herself to getting Scotty back on his feet.

Together Scotty and Tiffany have founded Hope Unseen, LLC. In an effort to help and assist women, Tiffany has appeared on Fox News, CBS, CNN, the Katie Couric show and multiple radio and newspaper articles.  Tiffany has also traveled across America speaking to various churches and corporations.  Her passion is to encourage women through her writings, speaking, and life as wife, mother, nurse, and enteurpuener.

Tiffany has lived all over the United States and resides in Spokane, Wa . She appears monthly on Fox 28 “The Moms”  and continues to share her story at www.tiffanysmiley.com

Tiffany, enjoys spending time with all her boys - Grady Douglas 8, Graham Elliott 6, and Baylor Scott 3. 

You can follow her here:




twitter: @tiffanysmiley9


Wayne Sotile, PhD

Wayne M. Sotile, Ph.D. is the founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina. As an international thought leader on physician resilience and work/life balance for busy professionals. He consults widely with health care systems, teaching evidence-based strategies for deepening collaboration and collegiality and promoting physician engagement and resilience while coping with change. He is published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has authored or co-authored nine books, including The Resilient Physician ( 2002), Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back  (2007) and Building Resilience in Neurosurgery Residents: A Primer. (2015).

Dr. Sotile has delivered more than 9,000 invited addresses and workshops to medical and corporate audiences, including invited presentations to the American Medical Association Leadership Conference, the American Medical Association Alliance, the International Conference on Physician Wellness, the American Academy of Medical Administrators, and numerous meetings of medical specialty societies and hospital communities.

Dr. Sotile earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He completed his clinical training in Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. He has received lifetime career achievement awards from the North Carolina Cardiopulmonary Association, the American Academy of Medical Administrators, and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Email: Sotile@SotileMail.com                 www.TheResilientPhysician.com 


Aldona Wos

The Honorable Aldona Wos, M.D. was born in Warsaw, Poland.  Her father, Paul Zenon Wos, survived Flossenburg Concentration Camp and her mother, Wanda Krystyna Wos, survived Nazi Germany's child slave labor.  Mr. Wos was a member of the Polish Home Army and recipient of many distinguished awards including the "Righteous Among the Nations" medal from Yad Vashem.

Dr. Wos earned her medical degree at the Warsaw Medical Academy and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine including a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine in New York City.  Her experiences include time as a physician in private practice and corporate medicine, including as an attending physician, providing clinical care, teaching and consulting for both hospitals and private industry.  She was also one of the physicians who cared for survivors of the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993 immediately after it occurred.

Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 and served until 2006, Ambassador Wos served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.  Appointed as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia from 2004 to 2006, she was the fifth Ambassador since the country regained its independence.  During her tour she focused on winning the hearts and minds of the next generation of Estonian leaders, Russian integration, HIV/AIDS prevention, and the preservation of Estonian culture.  For her service, Ambassador Wos was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana 1st Class, the Distinguished Service Cross of the Estonian Defense Forces and the Cross of Merit of the Estonian National Police Board.

Upon her return home, Ambassador Wos continued serving others in her philanthropic endeavors.  In 2007 she received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.  In 2008 she was presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  She was invested in the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2010.  In 2012 she served on The University of North Carolina Board of Governors.  Dr. Wos holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Institute of World Politics, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Greensboro College.

From 2013 - 2015 Dr. Wos served as North Carolina's Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services overseeing more than 18,000 employees across North Carolina and nearly a $2 billion budget.  Dr. Wos instilled a new vision and culture for NC DHHS.  To achieve this vision, Secretary Wos and her newly created leadership team focused on operations to create an accountable and sustainable Department that protects the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provides essential human services and delivers value to our taxpayers. Under her leadership and through her fiscal management, DHHS overall finished state fiscal year 2015 with $143 million dollars cash on hand and state fiscal year 2014 with $104 million dollars cash on hand.  Despite nearly $2 billion dollars in Medicaid shortfalls from the previous four years.

Currently, Ambassador Wos serves on the boards of The Institute of World Politics and the Council of American Ambassadors, both in Washington, DC.  For the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Ambassador Wos is Vice Chairman.  Ambassador Wos is married to Louis DeJoy and they live in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they enjoy spending time with their twins.


Jay Williams

Jay Williams is an ESPN analyst, television host, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist. Always ahead of the latest trends, Jay frequently provides commentary on various fronts, including sports news, pop-culture and lifestyle trends. Through his strong work ethic and commitment to excellence, Jay is considered one of most prolific college basketball players in history and was the second pick in the 2002 NBA draft.

While a motorcycle accident pivoted his promising NBA career, Jay Williams sees the adversity as a blessing in disguise that taught him how to thrive and how to truly inspire others. In today’s world of information overload and superficial reactions, Jay has a unique ability to connect with people and has the desire to cut through to the heart of issues that truly matter. 

In addition to his many valuable skills, Jay also applies his positive and signature personality to broadcasting, business and beyond. As a Managing Partner at Leverage Agency, a leading sports and entertainment marketing firm, and Chairman of the JW Group, Jay thrives on connecting people with opportunities. On January 26th, 2016 Jay will release his memoir  "Life is not an accident" with Harper's Collins.