The Team

Our leadership experiences are highly collaborative and dependent upon partnerships with colleagues, subject matter experts, consultants, facilitators and YOU, our clients!

Our Leaders

Dick is the co-founder and CEO of Experience to Lead. Combining his passions for history, riveting a crowd with a great story and developing leaders from across the globe, he has found his ideal role impacting leaders across industries.

Prior to co-founding Experience to Lead, Dick was Executive Leadership Director at IBM, responsible for leadership curriculum for all managers and executives, Manager of Management Development for IBM in Asia, and Director of Leadership Development at ITT. He holds two patents for innovations in organizational learning at IBM. Dick was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in the 17th Annual American Business Stevie Awards. Dick also published his first book Apollo Leadership Lessons — Powerful Business Insights for Executives, which is available on

AMANDA HARMONGeneral Manager and Client Solutions
As one of the founding team members of Experience to Lead, Amanda has worked in every area of the business. Now overseeing daily business operations and serving a select group of clients, her passion is delivering customized leadership solutions with a client-centric approach.

Amanda has worked with some of the leading firms in the world, helping them continue to evolve their leaders to meet the demands of today’s complex business environment. Amanda’s eclectic background has involved sales, logistics, technology and operations, finance, public speaking, facilitating and management. A jack-of-all-trades, Amanda is a master of connecting people, concepts, and projects to enable our team to deliver on our promises to our clients.

Client Solutions Team

KERI BENNINGTONDirector of Client Solutions
Keri partners with global organizations to develop leadership development experiences to support talent management and organizational strategy. Keri is a strong advocate of application-oriented solutions that link learning and development experiences directly to the real business, and leadership challenges that leaders face on a daily basis.

Keri previously spent more than a decade working for UNC Executive Development, a globally top-ranked provider of custom leadership development programs. She has managed customized executive development programs for varied levels of leaders across a wide array of industries and governmental clients.

Her passion lies in creating experiences that not only transform leaders but also drive strategic alignment across teams and organizations.

MORGAN YEARGANClient Solutions Manager
Morgan is our Client Solutions Manager. She is responsible for client relationships, and has worked with some of the leading firms in the world, helping their executives to become better leaders.

Morgan has been a part of Experience to Lead since 2016. She has been on the design team for Launch Point, Brace for Impact, as well as contributed to our European programs. She is passionate about tailoring each program to fit our client’s needs and making sure that each program has a lasting impact.

Robin Speno
Robin Speno Client Solutions Associate
Robin is our Client Solutions Associate. She has a passion for providing effective results for clients. Robin supports Jeff and Amanda to ensure that we provide excellent customer service to all of our clients.

Robin brings a wealth of corporate event planning experience with a focus on details and customer relation. In addition to Robin’s extensive client focus, we are proud of her service in the U.S. Navy.

Subject Matter Experts

LEX GILLETTEU.S. Paralympic Medalist
Lex is a speaker for the Gold Medal Experiences. As a totally blind long jumper for Team USA, Lex Gillette has achieved medal winning performances at every major international competition he has attended to date, and is a world record holder.

When Lex is giving a motivational presentation on stage, his goal is to inspire audiences to realize a vision of who they can truly be, ultimately, teaching people to see. His mantra is “no need for sight when you have a vision”, and it is central to Lex’s outlook on life.

MIKE PETERSNormandy & Waterloo Historian, Chairman of International Guild of Battlefield Guides
Mike is our battlefield historian for the Normandy and Waterloo Experiences. He is a retired British Army officer with more than 30 years of service in the Army Air Corps.

Commissioned from the ranks, he has served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Mike is also the Chairman of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and has a lifelong passion for military history. He has written two books and is a regular contributor to the Soldier magazine.

BRIAN DUFFYApollo Historian & Former NASA Astronaut
Brian is one of our historians for the Apollo Leadership Experience. He became an astronaut in July 1986. He is a veteran of four space flights.
He later served as spacecraft communicator in Mission Control during numerous Space Shuttle missions.

He also served as the Assistant Director and Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center.

HARV HARTMANApollo Historian & Former NASA Executive
Harv is one of our historians for the Apollo Leadership Experience. He has over 33 years of service at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. His experiences there transfer to help you and your team become more effective.

Harv worked as a part of the NASA team during the entire Apollo Program, giving him a front-row seat to one of mankind’s greatest adventures. As the Director of Human Resources, Harv played a key role in selecting and shaping NASA’s leaders. His other leadership experience includes service as a naval officer and as a leader in a variety of community and professional organizations.

DAVID LEESTMAApollo Historian & Former NASA Astronaut
David is one of our historians for the Apollo Leadership Experience. With 47 years of government service, he keeps us straight on our stories and history of space flight.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and then went to flight school and earned his Wings of Gold. After several squadron tours and 3 operational deployments flying the F-14A Tomcat, he was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1980. He flew three space missions aboard the Space Shuttle. After retiring from the Navy as a Navy Captain, he was selected by NASA to be the Director of Flight Crew Operations. He later served as a program manager at NASA.

Bill McArthur
Bill McArthurApollo Historian & Former NASA Astronaut
Bill is a historian for the Apollo Leadership Experience. Bill is a retired astronaut and served in numerous NASA leadership roles during his almost three decades of service to the agency.

Bill graduated from West Point and then earned his Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. As an astronaut, Bill logged 224 days and 22 hours in space during three space shuttle missions and one long-duration stay at the International Space Station. Bill later served as the Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for Johnson Space Center.

TONY NICASTROGettysburg Historian & Licensed Battlefield Guide
Tony is one of our historians for the Gettysburg Leadership Experience. He’s a stickler for facts and empirical evidence. Tony has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg since 1993.

He has developed leadership programs for numerous clients including: the U.S. Navy Seals, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Tony is a published author and college professor. He also served in the United States Navy.

JEROME AVERYU.S. Paralympic Guide Runner
Jerome is a speaker for the Gold Medal Experiences. He has been a guide runner with U.S. Paralympics since 2004, and has guided David Brown, one of the world’s top visually-impaired sprinters, since 2014.

Jerome is a Gold medalist alongside David, and together the team obtained David’s world record in the 100m and 200m. Collectively, Jerome led his teammates to 10 national championships, 5 world championships, 4 American records, as well as 4 Paralympic Games.

John is a speaker for the Gold Medal Experiences. John is a two-time Paralympic athlete (swimming, 1996; track & field, 2000) and silver medalist in the long jump, a four-time All-American track and field athlete at the University of Arkansas and U.S. Army Gulf War Veteran.

From All-American track star to amputee to Paralympic medalist, John has never allowed adversity to hold him back.

CHRISTINA MOONGettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide
Christina is a battlefield guide for the Gettysburg Leadership Experience. As a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2008, she conducts an average of 500 tours annually.

Christina has served in elected positions within Guide leadership and proudly spearheaded the 50th Anniversary commemoration honoring Women in Guiding in 2018. She enjoys research and works to develop new programs for Guides, Guide candidates, and the public. Prior to becoming a Guide, Christina was a professional mariner working as a commercial Captain, having trained on a tall ship that sailed all over the world.

SHEILA DAIL U.S. Airways Flight Attendant
Sheila is our guest speaker for the Brace for Impact Leadership Experience. She has been a flight attendant for over 38 years and was on Flight 1549 that had an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Sheila is now the founder of the Critical Incident Response Program. She helps flight attendants recover from traumatic events.

Leadership Facilitators

FRED BUNSADirector of Design and Delivery
Fred is skilled at tapping into the learning powers of history, humor, and fun — all while asking the questions which spark participants to engage in honest and productive conversations. His flexibility to follow that energy of the moment resonates with our senior level audiences.

Fred specializes in helping leaders navigate the competing pressures between demanding business goals, key stakeholder relationships and their own aspirational leadership goals to implement focused action plans. Prior to joining ETL, Fred has been a certified Executive Coach with over two decades coaching and facilitating in the leadership development space. He also benefits from 13 years of sales and management experience. Fred has developed a communication prototype for building strategic messages which influence others to take action. He also co-developed and facilitated a Leadership Development Academy for both a major healthcare provider and major hospitality company.

Fred has a dual role at Experience to Lead: he is certified to facilitate our Gettysburg, Apollo and Gold Medal Experiences and he leads our Design and Delivery Practice Area.

ANGEL M. SWINDELL NIXLeadership Facilitator
With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Angel uses the power of experiential learning when developing effective and sustainable solutions for lifelong learning for her athlete and executive clients.

Angel brings over 20 years of experience in leadership and organizational development. Personally passionate about women’s leadership and the unique challenges that women face both personally and professionally, Angel enjoys working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to enlighten perspectives and improve quality of life for all. She is the President & CEO of The National Institute of Leadership & Organizational Development (NILOD) and serves as an adjunct faculty member for both The Center for Creative Leadership and UNC Kenan-Flagler Executive Development. Angel is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Author, Board Certified Executive Coach and Organizational Development Practitioner, and is certified to administer a plethora of 360 Degree feedback assessments, personality and assessments and experiential learning simulations. Angel holds a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Post Masters certificate in Organizational Development.

Angel is certified to facilitate our Encore and Gold Medal Experiences.

DAVID DYELeadership Facilitator
David brings a blend of best practices with innovative facilitation techniques to help leaders create actionable, meaningful change that endures well beyond the formal end of a learning experience.

David strives to help organizations reimagine their leadership model, and prepare leaders for the workplace of tomorrow. Throughout David’s 35 years of experience he has helped executives at mid and large-size firms to achieve strategy, mission, and purpose. David holds a Ph.D. from The George Washington University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He holds board positions with the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus and with the MEECO Institute, and serves on the adjunct faculty for the Kogod School of Business at American University and for Capella University. He has presented internationally, published book chapters and articles in various professional journals, and is a frequent media contributor He is a past President of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTC-MW) and the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC).

David is certified to facilitate our Apollo Experience.

MARY JO AMMONLeadership Facilitator
Mary Jo’s engaging, approachable style as a skilled facilitator consistently provides a high impact leadership experience. She asks the questions and facilitates the conversations that result in optimized outcomes for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Mary Jo’s clients appreciate that she is a deep listener and meets them where they are without presupposing a specific solution or course of action. She is often commended on her innate ability to know when to facilitate and when to let the conversation take its course. She challenges leaders to lean in to their strengths and practice new skills to continually up their game.While her work of over 35 years has touched every aspect of optimizing team and organizational performance, Mary Jo has honed her focus to building skilled and compassionate leaders who create a desired culture. Other areas of expertise include strategy development and execution, process improvement and culture transformation. She has worked extensively with leaders across the Federal Government and quasi-governmental organizations, as well as non-profit associations, Federal advisory committees, and the  private sector.

Mary Jo is certified to facilitate our Apollo and Gold Medal Experiences.

DAVID HUTCHENSLeadership Facilitator
David is a high-energy facilitator deeply focused on drawing actionable wisdom from compelling stories. He brings a love for powerful narratives and will lead your team on a spirited journey of self-discovery and insights.

David has a passion for high-performance leadership and teams. From CEOs to new talent, he excels at connecting with leaders at all levels for a conversation that is deeply personal, and also rooted in business outcomes. David is an author, business writer, and learning designer who has created communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, and many others. As a bestselling author, David helps leaders around the world find and tell their stories. His narrative expertise is always focused on drawing rich and actionable wisdom from the unforgettable stories of the leaders of today and yesterday to help your leaders find transformation. He is a nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products. With more than 20 years of experience in experiential learning, David is one of our original team members.

David is certified to facilitate our Gold Medal, Apollo, Launch Point and Gettysburg Experiences. David is also a program developer, and the lead designer of the Gold Medal Leadership Experience.

SHEILA HAJILeadership Facilitator
Sheila’s warm and inviting facilitation style meets people where they are and inspires them to explore new possibilities for learning and development. Her deep listening and powerful questions help individuals and groups translate their insights into action.

Sheila has over 25 years of consulting and corporate experience that gives her an appreciation for the challenges facing leaders in the daily work lives. In her prior career with the Bell System, Sheila oversaw the implementation of the Enhanced 911 database for a tri-state area and also served as Director of Executive Development. As a leadership development practitioner, Sheila has worked with executives, mid-level managers, and supervisors in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Sheila has worked with such organizations as Goddard Space Flight Center, Social Security Administration, Department of Treasury, Lockheed Martin, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she has served as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in positive organizational change.

Sheila is certified to facilitate our Apollo and Launch Point Experiences.

JODI HIMELRIGHT Leadership Facilitator
With an energetic and approachable style, Jodi is skilled in facilitating conversations that inspire participants to capitalize on their self-insights, discover new ways to lead, and confidently address their challenges.

Jodi has a passion for enabling leaders to accelerate their development through learning and experience. She encourages leaders to embrace the practice of leadership by leveraging their strengths, testing new skills, and challenging their assumptions. Her clients appreciate her ability to ask powerful questions, listen deeply, and hear what is not said. Jodi is known for evoking thoughtful dialogue and empowering leaders to apply their learning in actionable ways.

Over the past 20 years, Jodi has built a depth of expertise in assessing, developing and coaching leaders in the U.S. and globally. She has worked with leaders and organizations from a wide range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, financial services, technology, defense, higher education, and manufacturing. Her Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology enables her to offer evidence-based approaches and solutions to leadership, team, and organizational development.

Jodi is certified to facilitate our Gettysburg Experience.

CHUCK BURKELLLeadership Facilitator
Chuck is driven by helping leaders whose efforts to confront and facilitate change are resisted. He is fascinated by the organizational and personal dynamics in play when a leader must make the really tough choices that the change demands, and thus truly exercise leadership.

Chuck integrates both his purpose for others to exercise leadership, along with his equal interest in using history as a tool within that effort. Chuck has decades of experiential learning design and facilitation experience, having worked with managers and executives in time-sensitive and stressful situations. He was the Executive Education Programs Chair for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA/U.S. Fire Administration for 33 years, including deployment to nationally declared disasters including the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and Hurricane Katrina. He has served as Associate Professor at Mt. St. Mary’s University and was an alumni faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government–Harvard. He has received citations from the City of New Orleans and New York City, and is the recipient of the International Association of Fire Chief’s President’s Award for assisting Fire Chiefs to develop their leadership potential.

Chuck is certified to facilitate several of our Leadership Experiences.

ANNA BRACCOLeadership Facilitator
Anna’s thoughtful and engaging approach to facilitation draws people into the leadership conversation and helps distill the most relevant takeaways from impactful experiences. She keeps the individual at the center of the conversation and encourages impactful dialogue that helps translate the experience into actionable leadership outcomes.

With a background in leadership development consulting, Anna has worked with executives at all levels in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and has honed her expertise in developing high performance in leaders and their teams. With a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, she has assessed, developed, and coached high potentials for a broad range of organizations such as Whirlpool, Coca-Cola, Exelon Corporation, Amcor, The Federal Reserve Bank and its Board of Governors. Anna is bilingual in English and French, and brings a depth of experience developing and facilitating leadership programs both stateside and abroad provide allow her to provide unique insight and perspective to her programs.

Anna is certified to facilitate our Apollo, Launch Point, and Gold Medal Experiences, and is the lead designer of the Launch Point Leadership Experience.

JAMES SAYNOLeadership Facilitator
James specializes in creating an environment of peak performance where participants are inspired to contribute their best, feel safe to explore new ideas, and take ownership of their individual development.

James brings an understanding of how to stimulate peak performance with his deep experience in high performance cultures and organizations. He is a dynamic leadership facilitator with over 25 years of experience spanning the sports, management consulting, retail, and financial services industries. He is attuned to the unique needs of world-class professionals, and is often called upon to help unlock potential or get high performers back on the path after a plateau or burnout state. He has served major brands such as Nike, and as the head of Talent and Rewards at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, James developed hundreds of leaders and served Team USA as a leader of the “Team Behind the Team” for three Olympic Games. James has provided culture and talent and rewards expertise addressing complex challenges.

James is certified to facilitate our Gold Medal Experience.

Experience Management Team

ALEX D'EATHDirector of Operations
With over 20 years of operations experience, Alex leads the Experience Management Team with his unwavering focus on exceeding client expectations. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence ensure that each Leadership Experience is a dynamic and impactful program.

Prior to joining Experience to Lead, Alex gained invaluable insight working with many of NASA’s commercial partners as a video producer and director of business development telling the inspiring stories of human spaceflight. Alex continues to focus on using stories for their greatest impact by ensuring that each Experience is compelling and applicable to today’s business leaders.

JENNIFER LARSENExperience Manager
Jennifer provides pre-experience and on-site management and support for the Gold Medal and Gettysburg Experiences. She also provides on-site support for the Apollo Experience.

Jennifer’s event management experience spans multiple industries, executive committees, and non-profits. With over 10 years of event planning, logistics, and business development experience, Jennifer excels at managing all of the details so that you can focus on immersing yourself in the powerful stories and impactful leadership lessons of your Experience.

JENNY WATTSEuropean Experience Manager
Jenny provides pre-experience and on-site management and support for our Normandy and Waterloo Experiences in Europe.

Jenny specializes in corporate event planning and has over 10 years experience in event management. Her deep experience, can-do attitude, and calm demeanor combine to ensure that you can focus on the engaging leadership stories and key lessons presented during your Experience.

JENNIFER ROGERSExperience Manager
Jen provides pre-experience and on-site management and support for our Apollo Experience. She also provides on-site support for our Gettysburg, Gold Medal and Launch Point Experiences.

Jen is an entrepreneur who previously owned and operated an event planning business and now lends her expertise, energy, and creative spirit to managing every detail of your Experience. Jen looks forward to making your leadership experience as memorable and seamless as possible.