Board Bios/Roster

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Executive Committee

LtGen Mark Schissler, USAF (ret)

Brussels, Belgium
moschissler@gmail.com
linkedin.com/in/markoschissler

 

Position Held
Past President and Chairman of the Board

Education
National Security Fellowship, JFK School of Government, Harvard University
Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies, University of St. Thomas
Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development, Webster University
Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, University of St. Thomas

Experience
35 years as USAF military officer; C-130 navigator, staff officer, commander.
Currently Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee.
Previous board experience: Chairman of Strategic Airlift Capability Board.

Scouting Experience
Sam Houston Council as a youth; Far East Council & National Capital Council ASM, Troop Committee.

Interests
Board improvement & effectiveness

Paul Ostline

Chairman, JKX Oil & Gas
New Canaan, CT

 

 

Position Held
President

Education
B.S. Fordham University, Mathematics, Philosophy J.D. Fordham Law School

Experience
Attorney, Chadbourne Parke (1973-77).
Arthur Young/Ernst & Young: Associate General Counsel 1977-1985;
Partner 1982-2007; Director Human Resources 1985-1990;
Vice Chairman 1991-1993; International Counsel 1994-1995;
Global Executive Partner 1995-2003;
Global Chief Operating Officer 2003-2007;
Member Global International Partners Council, and Global Executive Board 1995- 2007.
CEO, Director, Mobile Drilling Systems/Kungur Oilfield Equipment & Services 2007-2011;
Member of Boards of Directors (from 2007 to present);
DataLogix (until 2014); Innolume gmbh (until 2013);
Mobile Telephone Systems (until 2012),
UralChem (until 2012);
PromSvyazBank (until 2011);
UralKali (current);
MOEX/NSD (current);
Brunswick Rail Management (current);
Vortex (current);
PSINOS (current).
CEO Brunswick Rail Leasing (current [Chairman 2012-2015]).
CoChairman Ukraine Foreign Investment Advisory Council (with President Viktor Yushenko) 2003- 2008.

Scouting Experience
Member Pack and Troop 300, Westbury, NY
Youth Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Advisor, Pack and Troop 184, TAC, Cobham, England, UK (1998-2007).
Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Advisor, Troop 70, New Canaan, CT, USA (2007-2013)
Council Member, Connecticut Yankee Council (92011-2015) TAC Council (2007-2016)

Interests
Scouting, family, work, reading, sports

Vincent Cozzone

USAG Brussels, Belgium

 

 


Position Held
Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer

Education
B.A. West Chester University, French, German, European Studies

Experience
Career executive with the Boy Scouts of America since 1978 serving in Transatlantic Council since 1982
Serving as the staff leader for Transatlantic Council since 2007

Scouting Experience
Member Pack and Troop 206, Swarthmore, PA. as youth
Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Pack and Troop 172, Shriner’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor at St. John’s International School and All Saints
Episcopal Church, Waterloo, Belgium
Wood Badge

Interests
Normandy, D-Day Landings, Effectively leading change within organizations

Shawn Frost

Ernst & Young LLP
Reading, UK

 


Position Held
Council Treasurer

Education
BS, Brigham Young University, Accounting
MBA, Brigham Young University, Finance

Experience
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Certified Public Accountant (Commonwealth of Virginia)

Scouting Experience
Eagle Scout
Member Pack and Troop 324, Brigham City, UT (former Lake Bonneville Council) as youth
Scoutmaster, Troop , Alexandria Virginia
Venture Crew Advisor, Crew , Ashburn Virginia
Assistant District Commissioner, Goose Creek District (National Capital Area Council)
Scoutmaster, Troop 343, Athens, Greece (Transatlantic Council)
Committee Member, Troop 301, Surrey, United Kingdom (Transatlantic Council)
Pinewood Derby Coordinator, Pack 301, Surrey, United Kingdom (Transatlantic Council)

Terri McBride

London, UK
terri.mcbride05@gmail.com
linkedin.com/in/terri-mcbride-544952

 

Position Held
Vice President Governance and Administration

Education
Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Master of Arts degree in International Relations/International Economics, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Master of Arts degree in International Relations, The Australian National University
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Montana State University

Experience
15 years in global professional services; focus on leadership development and capability building to raise performance. Experience in Organisation Effectiveness, Operations Performance Improvements, Board Effectiveness and Leadership and Learning Development.
Previous board experience: Johns Hopkins University SAIS Board of Advisors, Johns Hopkins
University Board of Trustees, President Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, Southbank
International, School Governor – The Jack Taylor School.

Scouting Experience
Den Leader: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I. Pack 175, London, UK.
Assistant Scout Master: Leadership. Troop 401, London, UK.

Interests
Top team effectiveness. Board improvement & effectiveness. Transformational change, including culture change.

 

Scott Eversman

Position Held
Vice-President Development

Education
MA in International Relations from USC and a BA in Social Sciences from Central University of Iowa.

Experience
Scott is an American who has lived and worked in the UK for nearly 30 years. Currently he is a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles (a NASDAQ listed Executive Search and Talent Advisory firm) and a member of their European Board and CEO Practice. He is also a member of the firm’s Industrial Practice specializing in the Oil & Gas and Mining sectors. Scott has advised numerous Boards including The US Russia Investment Fund, The US Russia Foundation and The Center for Entrepreneurship. As well as working extensively with BP and other international oil & gas companies, his clients also include a number of Russian companies that have chosen to raise capital in London and the US.

From 2004-2008 Scott was the Office Managing Partner for Heidrick & Struggles’ Moscow office. His specialties include executive recruitment of CEOs and senior level executive leaders, Chairmen and Non-Executive Board members. He also advises on Board evaluations and top team effectiveness reviews. Prior to his nearly 14 years with Heidrick & Struggles, Scott worked for two other American owned Executive Search firms. Scott is currently planning to leave Heidrick & Struggles in August, however, he will remain London focused in his next role.

Scott and his wife Becky came to the UK in 1987 when Scott was on active duty with the US Air Force and flew out of RAF Mildenhall (6988th ESS) as a Russian Airborne Cryptologic Linguist, serving as a crew member on RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft. Scott separated from the US Air Force in 1991. Becky is a teacher in DODDS and, after teaching for 20 years at RAF Feltwell in the UK, she is currently teaching third and fourth grade dependent children at Kline Bruegel Air Base in eastern Belgium (701st MUNSS).

Scouting Experience
Sits on the Board of Boy Scouts of America’s Transatlantic Council (TAC). Also a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England.

Keel Ross

USAFRICOM, J6 Director of Staff

Stuttgart, Germany
keel_ross@msn.com
linkedin.com/in/keelross

Position Held
Vice President for Program

Education
Master of Science degree in Computer Science, Colorado Technical University
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Foreign Languages, United States Air Force Academy

Experience
27 years as a Federal Civilian for Department of the Interior and Department of the Army; Information Technology and Telecommunications Supervisor
23 years as USAF military officer (active duty and reserve experience) to include 13 years of Joint experience; Communications and Cyber

Scouting Experience
Viking Council (now Northern Star Council) as a youth from Wolf through Eagle and Exploring
28 years adult experience in Pikes Peak Council, National Capital Area Council, and Transatlantic Council to include District Commissioner, District Committee, and Cubmaster
Staff Member for Wood Badge training and National Youth Leader Training
Philmont Scout Ranch Ranger
Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Member
National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Recipient
Silver Beaver Recipient

Board Interests
Putting the “Outing” in Scouting
Ensuring every youth has a trained leader

Michael Ricks

Munich, DE
michael@michaelricks.net
linkedin.com/in/michaelricks

 

Position Held
TAC Executive Board, Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Education
Diploma in Company Direction, Institute of Directors
Certificates in Management and Leadership, Harvard Business School
Master of International Business Administration, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Bachelor of Business Administration, Gonzaga University

Experience
30 years strategy and technology advisory leading global and EMEA businesses for Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG and Accenture.
Board experience:
Chairman of Supervisory Board: Contnet AG;
Advisory Board: Fitfirm GmbH, ysura GmbH;
Corporate Director: Oriens Advisors Ltd., Lancea Capital Ltd., J&H Federal Credit Union.

Scouting Experience
Cascade Pacific Council as a youth; Transatlantic Council: Den Leader, Pack Committee, Troop Committee Chairman.

Interests
Board effectiveness, marketing and communications.

Executive Board Members

Joshua Dick

Position Held
Member at Large

Education
A political science honors graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Joshua was previously employed with the Greater Houston Builders Association, Service Corps of Retired Executives, National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he served as a Disaster Assistance Employee focusing on public relations. Joshua is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national coeducational service fraternity, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, and current member of the American Society of Association Executives. He successfully completed the FEMA Public Affairs Policies and Procedures training course and the NAHB Basic and Advanced Spokesperson Training courses.

Experience
Joshua Dick is an organizational management consultant and affiliate relations executive. He is a proven professional achieving results with membership, leadership development and company operations and a talented management leader successful in growing companies in both a leadership and consultative role. Achievements and expertise include:

Extensively history of component relations throughout the United States, having consulted with over 250 clients in more than 40 states.
Seasoned veteran having facilitated over 160 long-range strategic plans and delivered customized presentations and training sessions on a variety of management issues such as program development and association procedures.
Specialized in conducting association management evaluations, government affairs assessments and trained board of directors to become more effective.
Supervised over 50 individuals in past work and volunteer experiences.
Wide knowledge of company management best practices.
Public affairs experience with daily newspapers in Germany, Austria, Thailand, the Philippines and United States.

Joshua currently is employed by the National Apartment Association as the Chief Association Management Facilitator and East Region Director. He also is CEO and Owner of Global Management Strategists helping companies with organizational development, logistics management, leadership training and fundraising. He also wrote press releases while working for United States Senator Connie Mack of Florida.

During his tenure at FEMA, Joshua qualified to serve in disaster-related joint information centers in several public affairs positions including media relations and analysis, research and writing, field public affairs, multilingual operations, and liaison operations. In response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, he was deployed by FEMA and helped manage the public affairs joint information center.

Scouting Experience
He is also an Eagle Scout and active with the Boy Scouts of America. He serves as an Executive Board member of Transatlantic Council, a Trustee of the Interamerican Scout Foundation and a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Committee.

Sheldon Dick

Shelby Fällenbacher

Peter Illig

Christian J. Knutson, P.E.
Senior Engineer and Program Manager

 

 


Position Held
District Chair, Edelweiss

Education
B.S. Civil Engineering, Michigan State University
MBA, Colorado State University
Licensed Professional Engineer (NC, MI)

Experience
Civil Engineer Officer, U.S. Air Force (1993 – 2015), locations worldwide;
Environmental Security Program Manager, U.S. European Command (2015 – 2016);
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland University College (2015 – Present);
Co-founder The Engineering Career Coach (2015 -Present).

Scouting Experience
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Troop 46, O’Fallon, IL, USA (2011 – 2015)
Wood Badge C-3-114-14 | Lewis & Clark Council (114)
National Youth Leadership Training Course Assistant Scoutmaster (2014 – 2015)
National Youth Leadership Training Course Director (2016 – 2017)
District Chair, Edelweiss District Transatlantic Council (802) (2016 – Present)

Interests
Music, Hiking, Reading, Travel, Podcasting, Blogging, Scouting, Project Management, and Engineering

James Kraimer

Munich, DE
jim.kraimer@crown.com
linkedin.com/in/jim-kraimer-256ab717

 

Position Held:
Member of Executive Board since 2015

Education:
Executive MBA, TUM School of Management, Technische Universitaet Muenchen
B.A. in Industrial Design, University of Notre Dame

Experience:
25 years experience in product design and strategic product development Currently Director of Industrial Design for Crown Equipment Corporation, which is one of the world’s leading suppliers of forklifts and related services

Scouting Experience:
Earned Eagle Scout rank in 1983 with Troop 990 in West Chester, Ohio
Attended National Jamboree and Philmont as a Scout
Previously served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster and Committee Chair for Troop 21 in Munich
Currently serve as Unit Commissioner for the Munich area

Interests:
Leadership, Scouting, design, sailing, snow boarding

Carlos Lopez

Ellen Pabst

Jerome Sheridan

Scott Simpson

Mike Walton

Arnold AFB, TN
settummanque.com

 


Position Held
Council Executive Board member, alternate National Council Representative

Education
M.A., Recreation and Parks Administration (Outdoor Education), Eastern Ky Univ, 1992
B.A., Speech Communications/Human Relations and Public Relations, Eastern Ky. Univ, 1982

Experience
Civil servant currently working with U.S. Air Force, previously with U.S. Army Retired Army Officer (30 years) with institutional, tactical, and strategic experiences on five continents and as a part of active, National Guard and Army Reserve organizations
Sales experience working as employee and management for three major firms (Sears, J.C. Penney’s, Lowe’s Home Improvement)
Teaching experience at two junior colleges, Eastern Kentucky University, and the Dept. of Labor Job Corps

Scouting Experience
Member Pack and Troop 63, Ludwigsburg, Germany; and Troop 225, Pattonville, Germany
Member of several Troops and Explorer Posts, Fort Knox, Kentucky
Lone Boy Scout, Direct Service Council
Founder, Troop 801 Fort Knox, Kentucky
Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Troop 801, Fort Knox, Kentucky
Mate, Skipper, Ship 184, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Paraprofessional, Southeast Region BSA
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 202, Richmond, Kentucky
Associate Advisor/Professional Advisor, Post 379, Richmond, Kentucky
Scoutmaster, Troop 102, Goeppingen, Germany
Scoutmaster, Troop 225, Pattonville, Germany
WEBELOS Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster, Pack 93, Fort Gordon, Georgia
Coach, Varsity Team 7, Fort Gordon, Georgia
Den Leader Coach, Pack 202, Richmond, Kentucky
Advisor, Post 379, Richmond, Kentucky
Associate Advisor, Post 227, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Lone Scout Friend and Counselor, Direct Service Council
Member of several District, Council, Area, Regional and National Committees/Task Force/Groups, BSA
Board member of Overseas Arrowmen Association and the U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. for several years
Wood Badge and Sea Badge holder

Interests
Public Speaking, International Scouting, organizing and extending Scouting, computers/technology, travel, coffee

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