Overview

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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Instructors

Kelly Boring

Kelly is a 1993 graduate of the US Naval Academy with a B.S. in Political Science. She was Team Captain of the Navy Women’s Swim Team her senior year, earned All American honors, and was named Patriot League swimmer of the year. Following graduation, Kelly completed flight school and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1995. She flew the C-2A Greyhound, an aircraft carrier-based cargo aircraft. She completed two Western Pacific and Middle East deployments, accumulating over 1200 hours and 200 day and night carrier-arrested landings. Kelly was also designated an Air Wing Landing Signals Officer, where she was responsible for the safe landing of all aircraft types on the carrier. Kelly resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband and two children.

Being on a team is a gift that cannot be taken for granted. A good teammate should never look back and wish that he or she had tried harder, prepared better, or given just a little bit more. Working at the Program, my teammates inspire me to be ‘that much better’ every day. Together, we bring that same awareness and passion to your team. One can always find a way to do ONE MORETM

— Kelly

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

Chris Howe

Chris is a former Petty Officer First Class U.S. Navy SEAL. Beginning in 2004, Chris volunteered for and completed several of the U.S. military’s most challenging training courses, to include Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s), SEAL Qualification Training (SQT), and Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) training at Fort Bragg, NC. Chris then spent 4 years assigned to SEAL Team Five, Alpha Platoon, and graduated from several advanced training courses including Range Safety Officer, Diving Supervisor, and Naval Special Warfare SEAL Sniper School. He completed two overseas combat deployments in 2008 and 2010 to Fallujah and Baghdad, Iraq where he served as the Lead Sniper and Senior Medic for his 40-man Task Unit. Chris took part in 66 direct action combat missions and received multiple awards for bravery while under enemy fire, including the Joint Services Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal, both with valor distinguishing devices. After leaving the SEAL Teams in 2012, Chris worked as a private security contractor in Baghdad, Iraq and as an international security and medical evacuation specialist. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and three children.

The most rewarding aspect of working for The Program is seeing the moment a group of individuals understands that they must come together and ATTACK as a team to accomplish the mission.”

— Chris

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

Dan Quinn

Dan is a former Special Forces Detachment Commander with the U.S. Army Green Berets. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003, where he played basketball and received a degree in Leadership and Management. Dan next served as an Infantry Scout Platoon Leader, after which he joined the Green Berets. He spent 3 years in Afghanistan and led his team on hundreds of missions, including direct-action raids, long-range reconnaissance patrols, and embedding in a village deep within hostile territory. Dan was awarded multiple Bronze Stars for Leadership Excellence in Combat for his actions. He received the "Iron Man" top physical fitness award at the Reconnaissance & Surveillance Leaders Course, Infantry Maneuver Captains Career Course, and the Special Operations Detachment Officer Course. Dan also graduated from Ranger School, Airborne School, and the Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course. After leaving the military in 2012, Dan worked for two years as a leveraged finance sales trader at Goldman Sachs. Dan is active with the Green Beret Foundation and the Lead The Way Fund, both of which support wounded special operations soldiers and their families. Dan has summited Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro, completed numerous marathons, and recently completed the 10k Cross Bay Swim. Dan is also the JV basketball coach at Bayshore High School, and lives on Long Island with his wife and their two sons.

My top priority is to use my military experience to instruct and inspire our corporate clients to help them achieve their potential as great leaders and great teammates.”

— Dan

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

Bryan Sabatella

Bryan Sabatella is a former collegiate and professional baseball player. At Quinnipiac University he was named to the all-conference team 3 times, was named the NEC Player of the year, and became 1 of 2 players in the conference's history to win the Triple Crown. Bryan helped lead the Bobcats to their first ever conference championship at the Division I level and subsequent appearance in the College World Series. In June 2005, Bryan was drafted in the 9th round by the Seattle Mariners and went on to play 11 years professionally with several different teams. Throughout his career, Bryan played in over 1,200 games, collected over 1,300 hits, made 5 All-Star teams and won 2 championships. In 2014, while still playing, Bryan completed and received his B.S. from Quinnipiac University School of Business.

As athletes, there is nothing we can do that will guarantee us winning a championship. There are however, many things we can do that can guarantee we won't. We must set ourselves up for success, which starts by being good team leaders and good teammates. This will help us earn an opportunity to compete for championships.”

— Bryan

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

Careers

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.