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Our team consists of world-class former special operations warriors and elite athletes. We hire only those instructors with the experience, skills, and personal intensity needed to effectively challenge our clients to become better leaders and teammates on their respective fields of battle. Through our rigorous hiring process and uncompromising standards, we have assembled the best group of instructors possible to push you and your team to do ONE MORETM.

Founder and CEO

Eric Kapitulik

Born and raised in Thompson, CT, Eric Kapitulik attended Pomfret Preparatory School, where he excelled as a three-sport varsity athlete. Upon graduation, Eric matriculated at the United States Naval Academy, where he was a four-year varsity letter player on the Division I Lacrosse team.

After graduation in 1995, Eric went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps as both an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. As a Platoon Commander within his company, Eric led a team of 20 covert operations specialists on numerous Special Forces-related missions, including long-range reconnaissance patrols, hostage rescues, high-altitude jump exercises, ship takeovers and gas-oil platform takedowns.

In 1999, during a routine training mission to prepare for an upcoming deployment to the Persian Gulf, Eric and his platoon were in a helicopter crash that resulted in the death of seven Marines. In response to this tragedy, Eric created the Force Reconnaissance Scholarship Fund to benefit the children of his fallen men.

Eric left active duty after eight years of service and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2005. He founded The Program in 2008.

Eric holds himself to high standards and always strives to do ONE MORETM. He has participated in eight Ironman Triathlons, The Canadian Death Race Ultra Marathon, The Eco Challenge, and The American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon. He is also an avid mountaineer and has summited five of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each of the seven continents): Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, and, most recently, Mt. Everest.

The Program’s focus is on creating a culture of success — and to create such a culture, we must make a commitment as individuals and as a team to getting ‘that much better’ every single day. We do this by being good team leaders and good teammates and by preparing ourselves every day to fill either role.

I founded The Program in hopes that we could spread this mindset and way of life throughout America. And that is exactly what we are doing every time we have the privilege to work with one of our clients.”

— Kap

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Sam Cila

Sam Cila serves as The Program's Operations Chief. He is a Retired Staff Sergeant in the US Army. He served with the “Fighting 69th” Infantry Regiment out of New York City and the First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood Texas, and also worked in Army Special Operations. Sam served combat tours in Iraq in 2004-2005, and was decorated with awards for valor in combat as well as a Purple Heart. His life took a drastic turn when he was injured on July 4th, 2005. Dedication to team and selfless service has helped Sam attack many challenges. He is an elite-level endurance athlete, 2x member of the USA Para National triathlon team, an Ironman World championship finisher, and a high altitude mountaineer. Sam also serves as spokesperson for Operation Rebound and Canine Companions for Independence, two organizations that support injured veterans.

To attack the competition of life you need to focus on hard work, attention to details and, most importantly, the teammate to your left and to your right… everything that we teach at The Program!”

— Sam

DJ Dolan

DJ was an All-State athlete in high school football and basketball, and earned a scholarship to play football and rugby at Merrimack College, where he started all four years. DJ was awarded the “Tom Caito Coaches” and “Triple Threat” awards his senior year for excelling on the field, in the classroom and in the community. After graduation, DJ was signed by the All-American Heavyweights boxing team in Los Angeles, where he boxed undefeated for a year. After a brief stint with the San Diego OMBAC Rugby Club, he returned to Boston and joined the United States Army. DJ was the honor graduate of each phase of his military training, including basic and advanced infantry training, Airborne School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, and the Special Forces Warriors Leaders Course. He received several achievement medals as well as the “Iron Man” award for scoring the highest physical fitness score in the Special Forces Qualification Course. DJ entered the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 2011 where he was a member of the silent drill team and the honor guard, an academy platoon leader, and a recipient of the academy physical fitness award. In addition to his work with The Program, he currently serves as a Massachusetts State Trooper.

There are few things more rewarding than witnessing a high-caliber team transform into a more cohesive organization with more effective leadership. The Program gives each organization we work with the recipe to build and sustain a culture of success — the fun part is watching to see which teams bake the cake!”

— DJ

Jake MacDonald

Jake graduated in 2000 with a degree in English from Tufts University, where he was a four-year starter and Captain of the Varsity Football team. After graduating, Jake was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. While on active duty, Jake completed two combat tours to Iraq as a Light Armored Reconnaissance Platoon Commander. He continues to serve his country as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves and recently deployed to Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander. Jake has received multiple awards for combat valor as well as a Purple Heart after being wounded in action.

I firmly believe that the same values that allowed us to be successful in combat will allow individuals and teams to compete effectively on their chosen fields of battle back home. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with this country’s men and women and, by imparting the lessons that I have learned, to help them reach their true potential as leaders, teammates, and individuals.”

— Mac

Patrick McNamara

Patrick graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 2007 where he played rugby and was on the prestigious silent drill platoon. He commissioned into the United States Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Patrick then deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Platoon leader and Fire Support Officer. He has completed and is qualified in a number of specialty schools to include: Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Joint Fires Observer and Joint Fires Controller School. He has been recognized numerous times for his actions in combat and distinguished by the Army Combat Action Badge. Upon completion of his tour on active duty, Patrick transitioned to the Massachusetts Army National Guard as a Captain and was assigned to the 772nd Military Police Company as their Company Commander. In 2014, Patrick earned his Masters Degree from Curry College. In addition to his work with The Program, Patrick is currently a SWAT Operator specialized as a sniper for the Massachusetts State Police.

Decisions made selfishly or without the team's best interest in mind decay the very core of the organization and will inevitably lead to defeat. Conversely, sacrifice and selflessness make a unit impenetrable; this must always be your goal.”

— Pat

Shannon Meyer

Shannon is a trauma nurse and a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. She graduated from Molloy College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and earned her commission through SUNY Maritime’s NROTC program. During her first assignment as a nurse with the Navy, she spent three years treating our nation’s warriors returning from combat on an inpatient surgical and polytrauma unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego. After, she served two years overseas at Naval Air Station Sigonella’s Emergency Department treating active duty and transient NATO forces. Most recently during her operational tour with the Marine Corps she completed a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operating as the Officer in Charge and trauma nurse of the Shock Trauma Platoon and in flight casualty care teams. In addition to her work with The Program she continues to serve as a Certified Emergency Nurse.

To really improve as leaders, we must be pushed outside of our comfort zone. At the Program, it is truly rewarding to see a team leader commit to improvement and strive towards excellence, but it’s even more rewarding when you see their teammates standing right beside them.”

— Shannon

Stacey Pesce

Stacey is a 2006 graduate of the US Naval Academy with a B.S. in Chemistry. She was a four-year member and Team Captain of the Navy Women’s Lacrosse Team. Upon graduation, Stacey was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. While deployed to the Middle East, Stacey led the Marine Corps’ first Female Engagement Team — a specialized team of female Marines chosen to augment all-male infantry battalions in direct support of combat operations. Stacey led over 40 missions entrenched with the Infantry Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Before leaving the Fleet Marine Force, Stacey served as a subject-matter expert, advising the highest levels of Military and Government in formulating policy for the utilization of women in combat roles. Stacey also served as an Officer Selection Officer, one of only seventy-five active duty personnel who are entrusted with the mission of screening and evaluating college graduates from across the nation to become Marine Corps Officers. After nine years of active duty service, Stacey left to join a global technology corporation in an exclusive consulting role as a Human Capital Management expert. Stacey resides in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts with her husband and three kids.

Any team can do what is easy. Be exceptional. Build resilience to what lays ahead by pursuing challenges that require physical and mental toughness and surrounding yourself with those that hold you accountable. Success cannot be found; it must be demanded.”

— Stacey

Cory Ross

Cory serves as the President of The Program Corporate. He is a Marine Corps Officer with multiple combat tours to Afghanistan, Northern Africa and the Far East. He enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman and rose through the ranks to eventually serve as an infantry platoon sergeant. He then conducted Anti-Terrorism and Combat Marksmanship training for Naval Security Forces on the West Coast. After 12 years of service as an infantryman, Cory graduated at the top of his class at Texas A&M University, became a commissioned officer, and was later named the Honor Graduate at the Armor Officers’ Basic Course. Following a tour as a Tank Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer, Cory served a year with Special Operations Forces in Eastern Afghanistan where he spoke the local language and advised Afghan Local Police Commanders and District Governors. Cory was awarded for his actions in combat and then later selected to lead an advisor team in Southern Afghanistan on a subsequent tour.

You will likely be a part of many teams throughout your lives. My teammates have always been my heroes, which is why I found serving my country to be an honor and a great way of life. At The Program, I again have heroes for teammates. They hold me accountable, and that’s how WE GET BETTER!”

— Cory

James Slife

James serves as The Program's Director of Operations. He joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 and was a member of the elite special forces team DET 1. During his time with the USMC, James participated in five combat deployments on either a two-man sniper team or as part of a 40-man raid team. He is a skydiving Jumpmaster and qualified in High-Altitude Low-Opening (HALO) skydives, and has served as a Combative Diver, Explosive Instructor, Breacher, Ranger, USMC Martial Arts Instructor Trainer, and a USMC Scout Sniper. James has competed in numerous road races, including multiple ultra marathons that were 50 miles in length.

The most rewarding part of my job is watching a team come together because they truly understand our Ethos and Core Principles.”

— Jamey

Ghislaine Stonaker

Ghislaine is The Program's Director of Human Resources and Business Development. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in English, where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swimming Team. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Postgraduate School. Following graduation and commissioning, Ghislaine completed the Navy’s Flight School program in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX, earning her wings of gold and qualifying to fly the SH-60 Bravo helicopter. She deployed numerous times throughout her 20-year Navy career, including in direct support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ghislaine has accumulated over 1200 flight hours, landing on every class of ship in the Navy Fleet. She has also taught at the Naval Academy, served as a Lean Six Sigma Current Readiness Officer on an aviation wing staff, and served as a ROTC Instructor at Old Dominion University. Ghislaine lives in Norfolk, VA where her husband is still an active duty Navy pilot. Outside of work she enjoys spending time at lacrosse, field hockey and gymnastics practice and games with her two daughters.

Serving as a naval officer and flying helicopters have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my lifetime. As a member of The Program team, watching our clients learn to become One Team, One Heartbeat is every bit as rewarding!”

— Ghislaine

Hank Weede

Hank was born and raised in a Marine Corps family and moved often around the United States and Europe. He attended Fork Union Military Academy for several years as a teenager and graduated High School from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville N.C. where he excelled as a three-sport varsity athlete.

Hank earned a baseball scholarship and was a four-year varsity player for Lenoir-Rhyne University baseball team. After earning his degree, he served the next 25 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Hank’s primary job was serving as an Infantry Officer and he completed deployments with every West Coast Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (MEU-SOC) (11th, 13th, 15th) and the 31st MEU in Okinawa. Hank completed five combat deployments. He is a USMC combative diver, USMC parachutist, USMC Martial Arts Instructor, and a Middle East Regional Area Officer. Hank competes in 30-35 men’s softball tournaments a year across America.

At The Program, the standards are high and we are held accountable. I am honored to be a member of this TEAM and blessed to be able to give back the hard lessons in life that allow Teams and Corporations to improve everyday — by doing ONE MORE!”

— Hank


The Program is always looking to hire exceptional men and women who embrace our mission, ethos and core principles, and who have a demonstrated track record of strong leadership ability and teamwork on their chosen field of battle. We look for individuals who are not only talented, but also deeply passionate about building better leaders and teams, and helping those around them to become “that much better.”

For more information about joining our team, please contact us today.