Meet our team.

Dan Manning

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Lead Instructor

A fighter pilot, a diplomat, a writer, and a part-time farmer, I have broad interests and a tenacious work ethic.  I turn complicated science into practical lessons. LinkedIn

Dr. Isha Metzger

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Senior Science Advisor

I’m a first generation American from College Park, Georgia by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa. I’m an Assistant Professor at UGA and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Website

Maj Gen (ret) Mike Rothstein

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Senior Leadership Advisor

I'm an experienced leader at multiple levels ranging from small teams to large organizations of over 6,000 people and budget authorities of over $760 million. LinkedIn

Rebekah deButts

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I've learned how to balance hard work as an Intrapreneur and a volunteer with AFCEA NOVA and DEF while being a full time single mom.  I approach every challenging project with a resourceful and creative mindset. LinkedIn

Jason Keller

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I'm a veteran of the Kentucky National Guard where I worked with  foreign militaries, the State Department, and other federal agencies on missions related to counter terrorism, foreign internal defense, and civil affairs. LinkedIn

Micah Gardner

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In my daily life, I wear the hat of wife, mommy of two very active pre-teens, gym enthusiast, chef, and small business owner. I stay connected to my corporate roots  serving as a consultant supporting the growth & authenticity of human development across teams.

Bryan Alexandros

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I'm a practitioner focused on applied innovation and new futures for emerging economies. I founded Skylance, a strategy group helping high growth start-ups and organizations become pioneers in their industry. LinkedIn

Dr. Donna Smith


I'm an entrepreneur, Air Force Officer, and professor with a doctorate in Business Administration as well as certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.  I've facilitated 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshops for over 20 years and John Maxwell content for 5. LinkedIn

Daniel Gomez



I'm an Army Veteran with extensive combat and Special Operations experience. I founded First Person Xperience a company specializing in education and training for private and government organizations. We create  unforgettable, teachable, and transformative moments. LinkedIn

Ross Ruffing

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I apply creativity and problem solving as a part of a small start-up company working in the defense industry.  I'm a natural connector who loves living with my family in small town Virginia. LinkedIn


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