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Speaker Bios: 2018 Principled Leadership Symposium





Dr. Jacobo Mintzer

Dr. Jacobo Mintzner MD, MBA, is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, where he obtained his MD, and The Citadel Baker School of Business where he obtained his MBA. Dr. Mintzer is currently Executive Director and Chief Research and Innovation Officer for the Roper St. Francis Healthcare System Research and Innovation Center and the Executive Director of the Loy Stewart and George C. Wendt Institute for ALS Research. Dr. Mintzer is Professor of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Mintzer has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and is Principal Investigator of over $20 million of research funding, both federal and private.

James Phelan

James Phelan is the Chief Financial Officer of The Ratkovich Company (“TRC”), a Los Angeles based real estate Development Company that engages in both new development and the imaginative reuse of existing buildings.  The company focuses on the acquisition of mixed use properties where it can develop a combination of office, industrial, retail, residential, and hotel uses.  TRC has completed, or has under development, nearly 18 million square feet of commercial space in Los Angeles County including 18 buildings eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. James joined the Company in June of 2001 as a summer intern while earning his Master’s in Business Administration from The Anderson School at UCLA.  He is now responsible for setting TRC’s financial strategy, the financing of the Company’s operations, and the placement of debt and equity for each project.  He is also a member of the Company’s management committee which sets the corporate strategy.  During his time at TRC, James has raised over $2.2 billion in debt and equity for the Company’s projects and managed the acquisition of almost 4 million square feet of real estate.  He also serves on the board or as an advisor to a number of privately held real estate companies. Prior to business school, James was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps where he served as the O&MMC Budget Officer for the Third Marine Aircraft Wing.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego where he was a member of the school’s cross country team.

Harvey W. Schiller

Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller, USAF Ret., Ph.D., is Chairman of Schiller Management Group (SMG) and Renew Merchandise, and serves as Vice Chairman of Diversified Search. He recently served as Commercial Commissioner of America’s Cup 35 and Chairman and CEO of Global Options Group, Inc. He was Chairman of the Yankees and Nets, with ownership of the Yankees, Nets, Devils, Turner Sports, and the NHL Atlanta Thrashers. He is also the Executive Director of the USOC, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and an Air Force Pilot. He is a graduate of The Citadel and holds a Doctorate degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Schiller was recognized by Sports Business Journal as a Pioneer and Innovator in the area of Sports Business. He is a member of the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and Mesa Air Group.



Dr. Sean Alford

Dr. Alford (SCCC, 1992) earned his bachelor of science in social studies education from The Citadel. A career educator, Dr. Alford has 25 years of experience in education, including work as a teacher, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Principal, Student Services Supervisor, Student Services Director, Principal, and Chief Instructional Services Officer. Prior to becoming Superintendent in Aiken, Alford served as an Assistant Superintendent in Dorchester School District Two, where he directed instruction and technology for 22 schools with 25,000 students and more than 1,500 teachers and staff. In a previous role as Beaufort County’s Chief Instructional Services Officer, seven schools achieved “Excellent” report card ratings; none received the top rating before his direction and supervision. He was named Superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools in August of 2015 where he has earned a reputation as a visionary community-minded leader. He has made deliberate efforts to engage all community members and lead the District on a path forward to performing as the premier school district in South Carolina. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, Alford holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and education specialist and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Stephanie, are parents of six children, one of whom, like his father, is a Citadel alumnus.

Dr. Kent Murray

Dr. Murray has served as a teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school principal, director of secondary schools, and professor of education at The Citadel since 1988. He has degrees in History (B.A., University of South Carolina), the Professional Program in Education (University of South Carolina) for Teacher Certification, Master of Education in Educational Leadership (M.Ed., The Citadel), Specialist in Education (Ed.S., The Citadel), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D., South Carolina State University). At The Citadel, Murray teaches courses in school law and finance, educational foundations, and school leadership, in addition to providing supervision to students completing administrative internships. As a scholar, he has conducted research and published in the areas of school law, leadership, and educational assessment. In addition to his position at The Citadel, Murray serves as graduate clinical faculty at the University of South Carolina working with doctoral students in educational leadership. Recently, Murray completed eight years of service on the Berkeley County School Board serving, in part, as board chair. Murray and his wife, Martha, reside in Hanahan, South Carolina.

Mr. Joseph Pye

Mr. Pye has served as an educator for more than 47 years. He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate by Charleston Southern university. Having received his master’s and specialist degrees in educational leadership at The Citadel, he has exemplified The Citadel standard of excellence throughout his career. He served with distinction as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, personnel director, and assistant superintendent prior to his becoming superintendent. While serving at Flowertown Elementary School, Pye was honored as South Carolina Principal of the Year and received the Business Partnership Excellence Award for Education. The Dorchester Two School Board honored him for his service to the district by naming a new school, Joseph R. Pye Elementary School in 2011. Under his leadership, Flowertown Elementary School became a Palmetto's Finest Award winner and a Palmetto's First Congressional District winner. As Superintendent, Pye has led Dorchester Two to multiple honors and distinctions and has directed the district during a time of tremendous growth and increasing diversity. Respected by peers across the state, Pye was recognized in 2012 as the South Carolina Superintendent of the Year. The Dorchester Two district regularly receives recognition as one of the best in the state. Pye and wife, Patsy, live in Summerville, South Carolina. He is an active member and lay leader at Summerville Baptist Church. He is a past president of the Oakbrook Rotary Club the Charleston Southern Alumni board. A true Lowcountry leader, Pye holds positions on numerous community boards and councils.

Dr. Morris Ravenell

In his two decades as an educator, Dr. Ravenell has served the Lowcountry as a teacher and a school leader. After pursuing a career in industry with the DuPont Corporation, Ravenell returned to education. His experience as a mathematics teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Berkeley and Dorchester Four Districts prepared him well for his selection as superintendent of Dorchester District Four in 2014. As a principal, he led his school to improvement, with the school moving from a rating of "below average" to "good" on the state report card. Ravenell has brought this same passion for excellence to his work at the district level. During his superintendence, the district has made great strides in modernizing and updating its school facilities and increased capacity for technology. Further, Ravenell has led the district’s administrators and teachers to use data more effectively in decision making, especially as regards making decisions about student learning. After earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Voorhees College, Ravenell went on to earn a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in education administration, both from South Carolina State University. A lifelong resident of Berkeley County, Ravenell and wife, Barbara, live in Eutawville, South Carolina with their two sons.



MG Carroll LeTellier

Carroll LeTellier has been uniquely connected with civil engineering and The Citadel his entire life. He was born in Charleston and lived at The Old Citadel from 1928 to 1931 when he moved to the new Citadel campus until graduating in 1949. He served in the US Army for 27 years, attaining the rank of Major General in the Corps of Engineers. During this period, he met and married Frances Melsheimer of Vicksburg, Mississippi. General LeTellier’s six overseas assignments included three in the Far East (one in Korea, two in Vietnam all during those wars) and three in Europe/Middle East. Upon his retirement from the military in 1976, he joined Sverdrup Corporation, then the sixth largest architect/engineer company in the United States. He served as Vice President until retiring to South Carolina in 1993. 1998 marked his return to full time status as a Vice President. He finally retired in September 2002. His career included involvement in a long list of major projects, some of the most notable are: Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Santee-Cooper Re-diversion Canal and Power Plant, Fort McHenry Tunnel, building or upgrading 44 US Embassies worldwide, and preliminary design of the cable stayed bridge in Charleston. General LeTellier has received numerous awards and honors during his career in the military and private industry. He received the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal plus 5 awards each of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. In 2003 he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, acknowledging him as one of 212 civil engineer members who significantly contributed to their profession. The Citadel recognized General LeTellier with an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Engineering in 1999 and later with its Palmetto Medal. He served on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council since its inception from 1996-2015 and the School of Engineering Advisory Board since its inception from 2010-2015. For exemplary service to the college, he was recognized as Alumnus of the Year in 1998 by The Citadel Alumni Association. Col. Dennis Fallon, former Dean of the School of Engineering at The Citadel and Louis S. LeTellier Chair stated, “Carroll LeTellier, through his philanthropic efforts (time, leadership and resources), has significantly impacted the educational environment at The Citadel. The School of Engineering is extremely fortunate to have him as a supporter, an alumnus, an advisor and a friend.

 BG M.L. Love

Miller L. Love, Jr. PE, is a Class of 1962 graduate of The Citadel with a BS in Civil Engineering, a Life Member of the Citadel Alumni Association, and a Past President of the Pee Dee Area Citadel Club. During his 53 year career in Civil Engineering, he has been employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, The South Carolina Highway Department, the City of Florence, SC as the City Engineer And Director of Public Works, Florence County, SC as the County Administrator and Engineer, Horry County, SC as the County Administrator and Engineer, HDR Engineering, Inc., Hussey, Gay Bell, & DeYoung, and is a Retired Vice President of Collins Engineers, Inc. having served as a Regional Manager, South Carolina, South eastern Division Manager, and Corporate Quality Officer. He has served as President of ACEC-SC in 2004-2005, the ACEC PAC Trustee for South Carolina 2006 -2008, has served as the ACEC-SC Transportation Committee Chairman, Vice-Chairman of the SCDOT/ACEC-SC Partnership, and also served on the Board of Directors of ACEC-SC for 5 years. He received the ACEC-South Carolina Service to the Profession Award in 2006. He has served as Vice Chairman of ACEC at the national level as a member of the ACEC Executive Committee, and awarded the designation of ACEC EXEC.ENG. He is the past Chairman of the ACEC Committee of Fellows and the ACEC Representative to the NCEES POLC. He has been a member of ASCE since 1959 and is a Life Member and Fellow, a Life Member and Fellow of SAME, a Life Member of NSPE. Love licensed as a Professional Engineer in South Carolina since 1969. He is also licensed in NC and has a MLE Certificate from NCEES. Love is Past Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors and served as a member of the Board from 2004 –2017. He is an active delegate representing the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineer and Surveyors to NCEES and has served on the NCEES Nominating Committee, the NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities, and the NCEES Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines and was awarded the NCEES Meritorious Service Award in 2012. Love is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Loring K. Himelright Scholarship Fund and serves on the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Council as the Chairman. He is also retired from the US Army with over 30 years of service in the Army and Army Reserves, having served as a Brigadier General on Mobilization, and commanding the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade during Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the XVIII Airborne Corps. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Bonze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, and campaign ribbons for Vietnam, Grenada, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the Liberation of Kuwait. 

Larry Melton

Larry Melton has over 30 years of experience in engineering and construction in both the public and private sector. He has planned, implemented, and executed large-scale construction projects in urban areas throughout North America and around the world. He understands the importance of working with all stakeholders – the customer, local agencies, other contractors, and the community - to affect a successful plan. He is a Principal Vice President with the Bechtel Corporation and most recently served as TransEd Partners’ Design-Build Project Director for the Edmonton Valley Line LRT in Alberta, Canada. Prior to relocating to Canada, he was the Project Executive Director for Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which extends the Washington DC Metro system 37 km to Dulles International Airport and points beyond. Larry is a decorated U.S. Marine Officer who served in Desert Storm. He is also a certified Project Management Professional. Mr. Melton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and also holds an MBA in Global Management. He has a lovely wife Jacqueline who is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps. They have three sons Jason, Jeremiah, and Jordan. Jason, a Clemson University graduate, works for General Electric and Jeremiah is an engineering student at Washington University – St Louis. Larry has a passion for non-profits that advocate for Veterans and children with disabilities.

Marc R. Tye

Marc Tye is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility. In this capacity, he oversees all operational aspects of the company including generation, power delivery, retail operations, technology services, wholesale and industrial services, and renewable energy departments. Tye has been a Santee Cooper employee since 1984, starting as an entry level engineer in generation. During his more than 33 years at Santee Cooper, he has served in various roles including Senior VP Customer Service, VP Conservation and Renewable Energy, and Manager Corporate Analysis and Pricing. Prior to joining Santee Cooper, Tye worked as an engineer for Daniel Construction Company on the Wolf Creek Nuclear Project. Tye is a registered professional engineer and double graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1982 and a master's of business administration in 1991. He is actively involved with the American Public Power Association (APPA), having served as chair of the Business & Finance Section for two years and as chair of the Pricing and Market Analysis Committee. He has taught APPA courses on Rate Design, Advanced Rate Design, and Economic Development Rates. He has served as member of APPA's Competitive Generation Pricing Task Force, Competitive Rate Design Task Force and the 1994 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Transmission Mega-NOPR Task Force. He currently serves on the South Carolina Energy Advisory Committee and the Public Utilities Review Committee Energy Advisory Council. Tye is active in his community, serving as a member of The Citadel’s Engineering School Advisory Board, The Citadel’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board (chair), Thornwell Home for Children Advisory Board member, an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Moncks Corner Lions Club. He lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Nancy. They have three sons.

Maria M. Urrèchaga

Maria M. Urrèchaga, is the president of Today’s Global Partners (TGP) a Minority Woman Owned business. She has more than 25 years of experience working with organizations to support system development, operations improvement and integrated performance management. Her experience and knowledge of organizational and industrial process development and simplification, process control, project management, management systems implementation, systems engineering and health, safety and environmental compliance helps to deliver innovative solutions. Ms. Urrèchaga has worked in the manufacturing environment as the Vice President of Quality for two manufacturing facilities. She has played a leading role, as a staff member and as a consultant, in developing manufacturing and business systems offering a high degree of robustness, lower unit costs and better performance for a large international engineering firm.  

Ronald W. Welch, PhD, PE, COL, USA (Ret.), F.ASCE, F.ASEE, F. SAME

He became the Dean of The Citadel School of Engineering on July 1, 2011. Welch is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics. He received his master’s and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Welch came to The Citadel from the University of Texas at Tyler, where he was a professor and chairman of the newly founded Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Before that he was a professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During two tours at West Point, Welch served in leadership positions as group director of the Mechanics Group and then the Civil Engineering Design Group, director of the Civil Engineering Division, and deputy head of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. After nearly 25 years on active duty, he retired in 2007. Since 1999, Dr. Welch has served as a mentor, program developer and coordinator of the nationally renowned Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.



Sean D. Naylor

Sean D. Naylor is the author of Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command and Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. From 1990 to 2013 he was a reporter for Army Times, covering special operations forces, combat operations, exercises, training, readiness, force modernization and the Army's senior leadership. He spent time as an embedded reporter in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. From January to August 2015, Sean was the intelligence and counterterrorism correspondent for Foreign Policy magazine. Since 2014 he has also been a contributing reporter for the New York Times, including work on an in-depth investigation of SEAL Team 6 that won the 2015 George Polk award for military reporting. He is now a contributing writer for Newsweek magazine. Sean received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1988 and a Master of Arts in international relations from the same institution in 1990. Born in Canada, and raised in England and Ireland, Sean became a U.S. citizen in 2000. He lives in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, reluctantly hung up his rugby boots 17 years ago after a 25-year playing career, and is an avid soccer fan.



Dr. Dena P. Garner 

Dr. Dena P. Garner is a professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science as well as the Director of Research and Grants and Director of Undergraduate Research at The Citadel. Dr. Garner has been working in the area of mouthpiece use and its effects on human performance since 2005 with studies that have focused on reaction time, lactate, and cortisol production. Recently she has compared current mouthpiece designs that of new designs.  In addition to her research in the area of mouthpiece use and effect on human performance, Dr. Garner is involved in a research study which encompasses testing and evaluating physiologic neuro-assessment devices in healthy versus traumatic brain injury populations. Related to this research she was awarded a multi-year grant from the Henry Jackson Foundation to assess neurologic assessment devices in healthy populations.  In her roles as Director of Research and Grants and Director of Undergraduate Research, she works to promote research and scholarly activity in all departments and faculty/student mentoring.   

Dr. D. Michael Johns

Dr. D. Michael Johns obtained a M.S. in Zoology and PhD in Oceanography from the University of South Carolina in 1972 and 1980 and is a toxicologist, environmentalist, risk assessor, and entrepreneur.  He also received an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.  Dr. Johns developed national guidance for remediation of chemically contaminated environments for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is nationally and internationally recognized for his program management and leadership skills in resolving complex multidisciplinary chemical pollution problems.  Dr. Johns, and several partners, created Windward Environmental LLC, a small business specializing in identifying scientifically sound, environmentally sustainable remediation solutions. Today, Windward has two offices (Seattle, WA and Syracuse, NY), about 40 employees, and revenues of $7-8 million. Dr. John’s scientific accomplishments include over 35 peer-reviewed publications, several ASTM methods, national guidance documents, and hundreds of technical reports.   

Luke Kissam

Luke Kissam Luther C. Kissam, IV (Luke) is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, employs approximately 4,100 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Kissam was elected Chief Executive Officer of Albemarle Corporation, effective September 2011. He was elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective November 2, 2011, and named Chairman of the Board in November 2016. Kissam joined Albemarle in September 2003 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Law, and Corporate Secretary from January 2008 until his promotion to President in March 2010. Prior to joining Albemarle, Kissam served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Merisant Company, a manufacturer of artificial sweeteners, including Equal and Canderel. The company was formed from Monsanto Company's tabletop sweetener business. Prior to Merisant, Kissam served as Associate General Counsel of Monsanto Company, a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. Currently, Kissam serves as a director for the Albemarle Foundation. Since its beginning in 2007, the Albemarle Foundation has delivered over $25 million to more than 200 deserving agencies in locations where Albemarle employees live and work. He serves on the Board of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, which provides leadership for sports-based initiatives that create a positive economic impact and enhance the quality of life in the Charlotte region. The Charlotte Sports Foundation develops unique experiences, events and business opportunities around professional, collegiate and amateur sports. Kissam is the current Treasurer the Citadel Foundation. The Citadel Foundation generally provides in excess of id=mce_marker0 million each year to support and advance the Citadel’s mission through academic scholarships, faculty support and vital expenses not covered by tuition or fees. He is a past board member of City Year of Baton Rouge. City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, they help increase graduation rates and change the lives of the students served. Kissam is a current member of the Board of the American Chemistry Council. The American Chemistry Council represents a diverse set of companies engaged in the business of chemistry, working to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our nation and our world. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. Kissam graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Citadel in 1986 and magna cum laude from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1989.

Dr. Willie May

Dr. Willie May is the former Director and Under Secretary of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to that assignment, he was NIST’s Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, where he was responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's seven laboratory programs and served as the principal deputy to the NIST Director.  As NIST Director, Dr. May provided high-level oversight and direction for NIST. The agency promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. Dr. May led NIST's research and measurement service programs in chemistry-related areas for more than 20 years. Prior to that, his personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physio-chemical properties of organic compounds, where his work was described in more than 85 archival publications. He has several leadership responsibilities in addition to those at NIST. He is Vice President of the 18-person International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM); President of the CIPM's Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology; and an Executive Board Member for the Joint Committee on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM). He also serves on the External Advisory Boards for the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NAIST). 

Brian Roach

Brian Roach leads SAP’s Regulated Industries practice in the United States for SAP North America, which encompasses federal, state, and local government, as well as the higher education, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and utilities industries. He is responsible for leading the strategy, business operations, revenue performance, customer relationships, and overall customer satisfaction throughout the United States. He joined SAP following six years with Juniper Networks, where he led their National Government business unit, selling and delivering high performance networking and security systems to U.S. government agencies. Prior, Brian worked for Microsoft as the general manager of product sales for their U.S. Department of Defense division, and over the course of his 10-year career with the company, he grew their healthcare, treasury, and military lines of business as well. Through additional and earlier posts with Lockheed Martin, Loral Corporation (acquired by Lockheed in 1996), and Unisys Corporation, Brian developed his exceptional sales leadership acumen, and a deep knowledge of regulated industries. Brian obtained his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, and his master of science in technology management from the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland.

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