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CPT Timothy J. McDonald grew up in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 2006. Upon commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Armor branch, CPT McDonald completed initial training and was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, HI. There, he led a Stryker Rifle Platoon and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (07-09). After attending the Maneuver Captains’ Career Course, CPT McDonald joined the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC where he assumed command of an Airborne Reconnaissance Troop and deployed to Ghazni, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (12). CPT McDonald proudly serves as a US Army Ranger, Jumpmaster, and Senior Parachutist.
Following selection to serve as faculty at USMA, CPT McDonald attended Duke University where he earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Fuqua School of Business. He now serves as an Instructor in the areas of Military Leadership, Management, and Negotiations within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.
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Mr. Jeff Weiss is a Partner at Vantage Partners LLC, a negotiation and relationship management consulting firm headquartered in Boston, MA. He is also a long time adjunct professor of business administration at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business. Jeff has been an adjunct professor with
West Point's Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership since 2005, where he co-teaches the course Negotiation for Leaders. Jeff co-founded the West Point Negotiation Project in 2009 and continues to lead the Project with officer counterparts.
Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in the field of negotiation. He was a member of the Harvard Negotiation Project, helped build the Conflict Management Group (a non-profit consulting firm, focused on governmental negotiations, which was later merged into Mercy Corps), was a partner at Conflict Management, Inc., and is a founding partner of Vantage Partners, a spin-off of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Jeff developed the curriculum for West Point's negotiation course elective, Negotiation for Leaders, and has developed negotiation materials for other training at West Point and across the Army. His awards include West Point's 2010 Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Civilian Service.
Jeff has lectured numerous times at Harvard Business School, Brandeis University International Business School, the U.S. Army War College, and the Naval Special Warfare Center.
MAJ Mike Rybacki is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.
As a newly commissioned officer, MAJ Rybacki completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, and Airborne Course before arriving to A Co, 3-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC in 2005. His positions there included Rifle Platoon Leader and subsequently Scout Platoon Leader for the unit's deployment to Afghanistan (2007-08).
As a captain, MAJ Rybacki joined the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment to command Headquarters Company at the US Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA. During this assignment, MAJ Rybacki commanded Jumpmaster, Pathfinder and Silver Wings proponents, to include the integration of the T-11 parachute. In 2010, MAJ Rybacki assumed command of A/1-15th Infantry and commanded the company while in Iraq through the transition from OIF VII to Operation New Dawn.
Most recently, MAJ Rybacki attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and earned a Masters in Business Administration with concentrations in Leadership and Ethics as well as Operations. As a MBA Candidate, he served as a leadership fellow for the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) and taught the MS201 ROTC course to the Duke/NCCU sophomore cadets as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
Major Christina Fanitzi hails from Milton, New York and serves as a Military Intelligence Officer. In 2003, she graduated from The George Washington University and received her commission from Georgetown University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
She entered active duty immediately upon graduation and served as the Service Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), Camp Humphreys, Korea, where she was selected as the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade’s General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award nominee. Following her Korean tour, she earned a position as a Performer in the 2005 United States Army Soldier Show, before reporting to serve as Special Security Officer in the Headquarters, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.
In 2008, Christina deployed with 2nd Brigade Combat Team , 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the BCT’s Human-Counterintelligence Manager (S2X). During the deployment, she assumed command of the 502nd Military Intelligence Company (Direct Support) serving as the unit’s commander through their redeployment, garrison refit operations, and preparation for their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
At the completion of Company Command and the MI Captain’s Career Course, Christina entered The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth as a Masters of Business Administration Candidate. She is a graduate of The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she earned her Master of Business Administration and distinction as the Julia Stell Award recipient, and Military Intelligence Captain’s Career and Counterintelligence Special Agent Courses at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, with honors.
Major Zach Mundell enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993 and served in Korea as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief before being selected to attend the U.S. Military Academy. Zach graduated West Point in 1999 and subsequently served as an armor officer with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, including a deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2003 Zach transferred to Aviation branch and qualified on the OH-58D. Following flight school, he rejoined the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he served as an aeroscout platoon leader and headquarters troop commander deployed to Iraq. Zach later commanded the forward support troop of the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson. From 2007-2009 Zach studied in the University of Chicago's MBA program (Booth School of Business) and was subsequently assigned to West Point's Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership until 2012. At West Point, Zach taught Military Leadership, Negotiation for Leaders, and Human Resource Management. He co-led the West Point Negotiation Project with Jeff Weiss from 2011-2012. Following his assignment at West Point, Zach served as the Squadron Executive Officer for 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and then as the Brigade Executive Officer for 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell and Bagram, Afghanistan. Zach is currently serving as a senior observer-controller with the Eagle Team at the National Training Center.
|Major Aram Donigian
graduated from West Point with Dean’s List honors in 1998.
Between 1999 and 2006, he served as an infantry officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry and 501st Parachute Infantry Regiments, including a 10-month
deployment to Afghanistan.
Aram then studied at the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth) earning a MBA before being assigned to West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.
From 2008-2011, he taught Military Leadership, Negotiation for Leaders, and Human Resource Management, built and led the West Point Negotiation Project with Jeff Weiss, and earned the rank of assistant professor. He deployed twice from West Point to Afghanistan, the last time as the Deputy Director of Engagements and Communications for the International Security Assistance Force’s anti-corruption task force (Shafafiyat), where he applied negotiation concepts to help accomplish the mission.
He currently serves as the Public Affairs Officer for 10th
Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Major Neil Hollenbeck graduated West Point in 2003 and then served as an infantry platoon leader and company commander in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions, leading Soldiers in Iraq during four separate deployments between 2004 and 2010. From 2010-2012, Neil studied at Duke University (MBA program), where he also served as a leadership fellow with the Fuqua/Coach K. Center on Leadership and Ethics and taught an undergraduate military science course as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Military Science. Today, Neil is an academic instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, where he teaches Military Leadership, teaches Negotiation for Leaders, and serves as officer-in-charge of the West Point Negotiation Project.
Neil's awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, one Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, three Valorous Unit Awards, and the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.