January 16, 2021

Student-Leader Seminar Faculty

Dr. Joseph Thomas

Dr. Joe Thomas is the founder of The Student-Leader Seminar and currently serves as the Director, VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. He is also an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, WY. He serves as an Executive Coach for the EMBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and as the Academic Director for the Smith School’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Leadership Institute. He’s provided executive and leadership coaching to strategic leaders in the private and public sector, led team-building retreats with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 corporations to Police and Fire departments, and trained thousands in high performance ethical leadership.

He is the past Director of the John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. A U.S. Marine Corps officer for over 20 years, he remains active in philanthropic work to assist veterans, law enforcement, and the education communities. In the past few years his work has been featured in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and 60 Minutes among other print and television programming. Joe is also the co-founder of The Annapolis Leadership Center.

Joe’s education includes an M.S.Sc. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, a M.S.S. from the US Army War College, a Ph.D. from George Mason University, and Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He is a former elected school board member, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 and American Legion Post 739 Whitehall PA, and is involved in a variety of philanthropic and community services.

Joe is the author of numerous articles and books on the subjects of character, training and education, and leadership. Joe is dedicated to maximizing the effectiveness of learning organizations and has helped to build a Student-Leader Seminar team of world-renowned experts in a variety of fields related to leadership education. He has planned and led expeditions in the Appalachians, Rockies, Andes, Himalayas, plains of Southern Africa, and deserts and mountains of the Middle East. He has designed and taught leadership and ethics courses in Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, South Africa, China, Jordan, Turkey, among others. He and his wife Jackie have three sons and two granddaughters and reside in Annapolis, MD.

 Bob SchoultzBob Schoultz

Bob provides S-LS with a strong background in both military and civilian leadership, as well as development and delivery of leadership curriculum in a hybrid in-class/on-line environment.. As a retired Naval Special Warfare Officer, he has commanded Navy SEALS at multiple levels in the US and overseas, taught at the Naval War College, the Naval Academy (as Director of the Leadership and Character Development program), the Naval Postgraduate School, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and served as the Director of the Master of Science in Global Leadership Program in the University of San Diego’s business school for six years.  He has a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University, and an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College.   His leadership development philosophy centers on helping individuals find and apply their own personal strengths to the demands of the culture and situation in which they find themselves, while holding themselves accountable for adhering to their own and their organization’s values. He has been married 31 years, resides in San Diego, and has three grown children. [ Bob Schoultz’s Corner Website ]

Betsy Holmes

Elizabeth K. Holmes

Elizabeth K. “Betsy” Holmes is a world renowned clinical psychologist who has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and regularly lectures at universities and symposia worldwide.  She developed health promotion programs in smoking cessation, weight control, stress management, and cardiac rehabilitation and authored the Navy Surgeon General’s Manual for Stress Control provided to flag officers.  She supervised the mental health care of casualties from Beirut and Grenada and published research in the area of Combat Psychology.  As a consultant to the National Science Foundation, Dr. Holmes screened personnel volunteering to winter-over in isolated stations in Antarctica.  She became the first female military psychologist to travel to the South Pole to debrief personnel at the end of their winter isolation.  During her stay in the Antarctic she was asked to consult with the “Footsteps of Scott” expedition on tea, selection before the ultimate success of that expedition.  She was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal and invited to become a member of the Society of Woman Geographers.

Dr. Clementine FujimuraDr. Fujimura

Dr. Fujimura is the only full professor of Anthropology at the United States Naval Academy and, while teaching courses in Russian and German Languages, Cultures and Literatures, she also teaches Cultural Anthropology and Intercultural Communication.  She received her Ph.D in 1993 from The University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology and is currently co-editor of the journal “Health, Science and the Humanities.” Dr. Fujimura has presented her work to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, The Elliot School of International Relations, The Watson Institute and at a number of conferences, panel discussions and invited lecture series.  Currently, Dr. Fujimura researches and publishes on the subject of teaching culture and languages in a military environment, the role of anthropology in military education while continuing her research on orphans and adoptive families in the United States and Russia.

Jay_Hatton_PhotoJay Hatton

Jay Hatton is the Deputy Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marine Corps University.  In this capacity, he oversees the academic programs that constitute both officer and enlisted professional military education for the U.S. Marine Corps.  During his twenty-seven years as a Marine Officer, he served in a variety of command, staff, joint, and academic billets.  He commanded through the regimental-level, leading Marines in operations spanning the range of military operations, including high-intensity combat, counterinsurgency operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and defense support to civilian agencies.  A lifelong learner and educator, Jay taught leadership as a faculty advisor at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and as a guest lecturer for the Commander’s Course and Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education course.  He served on numerous panels discussing leadership, ethical decision-making, and command philosophy.  As the Director of the Marine Corps War College, he designed and implemented a rigorous Advanced Studies Program to enhance the leadership and ethics curriculum and taught classes on strategic leadership and leading organizational change.  Jay holds an MS in Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, as well as master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from American Military University, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Naval War College, and Marine Corps War College.  He and his wife Mary have four daughters and currently reside in Northern Virginia.

Tzur Keren

Tzur Keren is a retired Israeli Defense Force Lieutenant Colonel and former Director of its Military Psychological Center.  In that role Tzur was responsible for assessing and predicting combat behavior, selecting leaders, and assisting soldiers to psychologically disengage from combat operations.  He has many publications in the field of military psychology and human resource development.  Since his retirement Tzur has been consulting for a wide variety of industries and organizations on human performance improvement, organizational development, leadership, and learning.  He currently serves as CEO of Otipo, a workforce analytics startup based in Israel and teaches Leadership and Management at the College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) in Israel.  Tzur holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences and a MA in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University.  He and his wife have three sons and reside near Tel Aviv, Israel.


Carl McClain

Carl McClain has an extensive background in public service and higher education.  He served 26 years as an officer in the Marine Corps with over nine years in command positions.  His service includes tours in Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere.  Carl’s higher education teaching and administrative experience spans seven colleges and universities and he is the President of the San Diego Education Consortium, an organization representing 52 colleges, universities, and technical schools in San Diego County. He holds two undergraduate and three graduate degrees.  Carl and his wife Kathleen have two daughters and live in Vista, CA.


Dr. Angela Cyrus

Dr. Angela Cyrus is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy who has led teams and organizations to achieve award-winning results for more than 25 years.  Having earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy from Old Dominion University, she attained competence in leadership studies under the cognizance of the Department of Organizational Psychology.  She earned her master’s degree in Information Systems from Naval Postgraduate School, and undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.  She is a graduate of the Extraordinary Leader Course at University of Virginia and the Executive Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University.  Dr. Cyrus has significant experience in higher education administration, teaching and organizational leadership.  Consulting at the Naval Academy as Associate Dean for College Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives, her professional experience includes the following positions: Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, Director of College Operations, and Vice Dean/Director of College Admissions.  Dr. Cyrus serves on the faculties of Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions and the Naval Academy’s Leadership, Law and Ethics Department.  She has taught graduate courses in Public Administration and Public Policy, and undergraduate courses in Leadership Theory and Application.  As President of The Cyrus Group, LLC and creator of the €œP€ Scriptions for Success„¢ Leadership Series, Dr. Cyrus provides leadership coaching, training and development to help clients realize their potential to achieve extraordinary results.

Dan Rugg

A Naval Academy graduate and retired Navy Captain, Dan Rugg was fortunate to be introduced to the sport of sailing by his parents as a young boy.  His participation has continued as a vocation and avocation ever since.  Leadership and responsibility play a very real part in sailing because, regardless of the age of the individual, sailing alone or with others, there is the demand for leadership, mutual respect, and trust within the crew.  In order to achieve the goal of winning races or safely complete a multi-day passage, leadership skills are paramount.  Dan retired from his position as Sailing Master at USNA, after 21 years, in 2010.  His primary responsibility was the Offshore Cruising program later to be called Offshore Sail Training.  In this capacity, he helped to train and mentor Midshipmen and adults with no previous sailing experience.   Dan brings this extensive background of sailing and leader development to S-LS in order to offer experiential leadership development to individuals and organizations.

W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D.

W. Brad Johnson is Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist and former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps, Dr. Johnson trains, teaches, and writes in the area of mentoring relationships. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award. He has served as Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and as President of the Society for Military Psychology. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 11 books. Recent books include: The Elements of Mentoring (Revised Edition, 2008), and The Elements of Ethics for Professionals (2008).

Copper_headshotDr. Christine Copper

Dr. Christine Copper is a Professor of Chemistry and the Institutional Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) at the United States Naval Academy.  In her 7 years as the FAR, she has been instrumental in making improvements to the areas of institutional control and academic integrity of athletics and in student-athlete well-being on her campus and at the conference and national levels.  She currently serves at the Division I Vice President of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletics Representative Association and has a vast knowledge of NCAA regulations and processes as well as broad experience with athletic administrators and student-athletes throughout the nation.  She is one of the founders of the USNA Team Captain’s Leadership Program thus is well versed in student-athlete leadership development.  Dr. Copper was a three-time All-American collegiate tennis player, team captain of a national championship program, has 13 years of tennis coaching experience, and has spent almost 20 years teaching college students.

Mohler picDr. Jessica M. Mohler

Dr. Jessica M. Mohler, CC-AASP, is a clinical and sport psychologist at the US Naval Academy. She consults with academic institutions and sports organizations to develop educational programming on performance excellence and leadership. Her work is influenced by her experience and knowledge gained from graduate training in both kinesiology and psychology, being a Naval Officer, and working in high stress fast-paced environments. Dr. Mohler provides counseling and mental skills training to student athletes, teams, and specialized military groups. She collaborates with senior staff members to develop outreach curriculum on topics that focus on developing leaders for their career and personal life. While most of her work focuses on applied performance excellence with individuals and teams, she also collaborates on a multi-university research team to better understand the psycho-physiological response to cognitive workload and performance in high stress environments.

Rubel_Photo_HeadshotRick Rubel

Rick Rubel graduated from the Naval Academy and completed a 30-year career in the Navy which he had two commands.  He has taught the Core Ethics Course at the Naval Academy for 16 years. In 2002 he was appointed to be the first Distinguished Military Professor of Ethics at the Naval Academy.  Since that time he has served as the Director of the Core Ethics Course for 12 years.  In this capacity he has co-authored and co-edited the two text books and had several articles published in Journals. His text books and class notes are also being used by all of the 59 NROTC universities in the country to teach the Ethics Course. He trains all of the new NROTC Professors around the country each summer and he conducts a 3-week summer seminar for all of the 41 Senior Instructors who teach the course. He  also directs the training for the program of Moral Remediation for those students who need additional moral and character development.  For two years, the Chief of Navy Chaplains asked him to travel around the world with a team of Ethicists to train the Navy Chaplain Corps in Ethics. He is currently teaching seminars to the Navy Chaplain School, Command Leadership School, and the Navy Justice, Navy Supply School, and Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Ethics. He has given numerous seminars at Conferences on Moral and Character development to Fleet symposiums, and  has  given keynote speeches at various university symposiums.  He has served on the Maryland State Board for Character Education the past 8 years, and takes students out to Maryland schools to give talks on Character to students.  In his spare time, he has written several books for children on character and moral development.

usmc-kenneth-tarr-2Ken Tarr

Ken served 10-years on active-duty deploying to combat zones in Iraq and Africa and to humanitarian crises areas of Haiti and Sendai, Japan.  He served 5-years as a leadership instructor teaching, molding and mentoring midshipmen through selfless leadership principles.  He spearheaded multiple volunteer efforts within in the city of Annapolis and led the Naval Academy’s all volunteer program for 3-years, which amassed over 71,000 hours of volunteer time during his tenure.  He is a sought after keynote and motivational speaker, personal coach, and a for-profit and non-profit business advisor.  He has extensive experience in leader development by developing leaders all of levels, specializing in millennial and rising young leaders.  Ken’s education includes a Masters of Leadership Development from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science from the US Naval Academy in Ocean Engineering.  He and his wife Noelle reside in Annapolis, MD.