Our team

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 MORE™.


Erik Kapitulik


"On whatever your chosen battlefield, individuals and individual talent can win games, but great teams compete for championships. And great teams are comprised of great teammates and great team leaders. It is such a privilege to first challenge, and then develop our clients to be both!" - Kap


Eric is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he was a four-year varsity letter recipient on their Division 1 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. ​In 1999, during a routine training mission to prepare for an upcoming deployment to the Persian Gulf, Eric and his Force Recon platoon were in a helicopter crash that resulted in the death of six of his Marines. In an effort to raise money for a college scholarship fund set up for the children of his deceased teammates, Eric has completed 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 Mt. Everest.

​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.

More on Kap:

Listen to Kap as a guest on the Art of Manliness Podcast here.

Watch the Ironman coverage of Eric's Story here




"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


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.


Jake MacDonald


"I firmly believe that the same values that allowed us to be successful in combat will allow teams and individuals to compete for championships back home. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with this country’s young 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

Jake's STORY:

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.

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"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

cory's STORY:

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.


James Slife


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

James's STORY:

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.


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"I believe one of the best ways for us as individuals to exceed our potential is to belong to something greater than ourselves. I am privileged to experience that everyday being a teammate at The Program. I am fired up about that fact that we get to share that experience with our clients across the nation." - Omri

omri's STORY:

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Omri joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 2006. He served in the “890 Echis” Paratrooper Battalion as a combat medic, team leader, and a member of the front command chain serving as a radio operator for the Battalion Commander. Omri started his combat service in the Gaza strip, a tour that included Operation Cast Lead in December 2008. He was also stationed in Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon & Syria, and finished his service conducting counter terror operations in the West Bank.

After completing his service and receiving a Certificate of Excellence for his achievements, Omri moved to the United States where he spent close to a decade in the strength and conditioning industry, working with athletes and professional fighters in NYC. He now resides in Colorado, where he is an avid mountain biker, rock climber, and is currently in pursuit of summiting all of Colorado’s 14,000 ft peaks.


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"We only develop as individuals and as a team when we get outside of our comfort zone. I have been able to grow as a teammate, leader, and woman by pushing outside of mine. It my passion and privilege to help teams across the world do the same.” -Liz

Liz's Story:

Elizabeth “Liz” is a decorated Firefighter, RN, and EMT-P for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue where she was awarded the Most Outstanding Recruit Award for being the top performer in recruit training. She holds three Bachelor Degrees from Virginia Intermont College in Biology, Equine Studies, and Business Management. Adding to her accomplishments, Liz graduated EMT school from Palm Beach State College, studied the Firefighter Standards: Programs 1 and 2 at Indian River State College and obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from the Health Career Institute. Liz challenges herself by competing in the Tactical Games as well as various Firefighter competitions.


Fred Smith


"We do not rise to the occasion. We fall back on our training!” - Fred

fred's Story:

Fredrick (Fred) Smith is a retired Sergeant Major with 25 years in the United States Marine Corps. After an All-American Football career at Dakota Wesleyan and time in an NFL training camp Fred joined the Marine Corps and served as a Drill Instructor transforming over 1,000 young civilian men into United States Marines at Parris Island South Carolina. From there Fred was hand selected out of many qualified Drill Instructors to transform young men and women into Naval Officers at Officer Candidate School, Naval Air Station Pensacola. Fred was deployed in combat five times, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the first Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Sergeant Major to redeploy to Iraq where his unit was responsible for training and equipping of more than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers. Fred is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with combat device, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Ida B Wells NAACP award. He is a black belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts and studies several martial arts disciplines. Fred continues to compete in power lifting and as an amateur bodybuilder.


Dilan Swift


"Effective teams are driven by selfless and disciplined leaders and fueled by teammates who care. We here at The Program believe in challenging leaders and teammates to reflect, learn, and overcome any obstacle - together.” - Dilan

dilan's Story:

Dilan Swift is a University of California-Los Angeles graduate and United States Marine Corps infantry officer with ten years of leadership, management, and operational experience. He has led Marines and Sailors from the platoon to company level and directed battalion level operations through three deployments to the Middle East and Asia and one deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border. He also served with the Department of State as an Embassy Security Officer where he was responsible for forming, training, and leading Marine Embassy Security Guard detachments across North and West Africa. Dilan is an honor graduate of multiple military schools and training courses and is a passionate endurance athlete having competed in over 30 marathons, multi-discipline adventure races, and orienteering competitions.


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"Leaders should be servants, first and foremost. I am incredibly passionate about serving my community and helping people become better teammates and better team leaders." - Curt 

Curt's Story:

Curtis “Curt” Maggitt is a former NFL Football player. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Curt attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee. After an All-American career, Curt went to on the play for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Curt earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee where he earned the MBA Program Service Award, and College of Communication Studies Alumni of the Year Award. He continues to compete in obstacle course races, DEKAfit challenges and running events.


Patrick McNamara


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

Pat's STORY:

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.




There are few things more rewarding than witnessing a team composed of high caliber athletes and coaching staff 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 championship culture – the fun part is watching to see which teams bake the cake!” - DJ


DJ has served the majority of his career on two teams; as a detective with the violent fugitive apprehension section attached to the US Marshals fugitive task force where he was responsible for planning and carrying out hundreds of operations with the mission of locating and apprehend fugitives who are wanted for violent offense as well as safely locating victims of human trafficking and kidnapping. DJ also serves on the Special Tactical Operations Team which is a full-service state-wide tactical team. DJ is the founder of One Tribe, which is a non-profit mentorship service with the mission of building purposeful relationships between servant leaders and youth leaders from at-risk communities guided with curriculum from positive psychology, health science, and leadership development. DJ is a graduate student earning an MS in positive and performance psychology with a "ONE MORE" goal of becoming a better teammate by earning a doctorate.


Shannon Meyer


"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

Shannon's STORY:

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.


Stacey Pesce


"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


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.


Hank Weede


"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

Hank's STORY:

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.


Tiffany Peltier


"We go from being good teammates and team leaders to great ones, when we pay attention to the details. Whether it’s in school, at the office, or in life, “the little things take care of the big things.” I love watching teams figure this out with The Program." - Tiffany

Tiffany's STORY:

Tiffany is a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer with 22 years in the United States Coast Guard. She served at multiple Maritime Safety and Security Teams as a Boarding Officer, Tactical Coxswain and Team Leader. Tiffany volunteered for multiple tours in the Middle East, where she served in several different countries and instructed the Iraqi Coast Guard in maritime operations. During her Coast Guard career, Tiffany received a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science and holds many different fitness certifications including USA Weightlifting Performance and Z-Health Neuroperformance. After retirement, she received a Master of Science degree in Adult Education and Curriculum Design. She is a Weightlifting Masters Athlete and holds several national records with podium finishes in the Master’s Nationals and Pan-American Weightlifting Championships. Tiffany is currently a tactical athlete training for The Tactical Games.

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cole walter


"To be truly successful, you must be selfless, serve others and surround yourself with high caliber people. My teammates at The Program are all of this and more. We hold each other accountable and consistently seek to improve ourselves and our team!" - Cole

Cole's Story:

Cole served in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years and retired at the rank of First Sergeant. He completed multiple combat deployments, including two to Afghanistan with Marine Corps Special Operations in the Helmand Province. He was a Military Skydiver and Jumpmaster, Tandem Parachute Master, Blackbelt Martial Arts Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Drill Instructor. He holds a bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership from Texas A&M Texarkana. He practices Jiu-Jitsu and has competed in races such as the Tough Mudder.


Jolynn Easter


"At The Program, we give you tangible and sustainable action steps that point you in the direction to be great in multiple areas of your life, how to implement actions not everyone is willing to do, and how to create a culture of like-minded individuals. Not only does The Program team model what they teach, but they have an efficient system to show you how you can replicate that for yourself and your teams.” - Jolynn

Jolynn's Story:

Jolynn Easter was born into a ranching family in North Texas where she and her family raised beef cattle and Quarter horses as well as owning and operating the local cattle auction. Jolynn was a multi-sport athlete in high school where she was a four year varsity athlete and set a school record in the 100M hurdles. After graduation, Jolynn attended Texas A&M University. While in school she worked as a Marketing Coordinator for Aggie Athletics and graduated with a degree in Finance from Mays Business School. Upon completing her degree, Jolynn began working in the non-profit sector as a Programs Director creating and running programs that allowed teens and kids to learn technical skills with the potential for jobs in the future. Jolynn transitioned out of non-profit into corporate America by working in various areas of Real Estate from ranch lending to real estate marketing before joining The Program as the Director of Corporate Marketing.

Jolynn continues to compete in RAGNAR races, CrossFit competitions, and frequently “calling the girls” to meet up for pick-up basketball and volleyball games.


AL Kim


Keys to success of any organization or team, regardless of industry or size, are: accountability, execution, and empowered people. I have found that these are foundational for any team to succeed in peacetime, combat, and in the marketplace.” - Al

Al's Story:

Al started his 32-year Marine Corps career when he enlisted in 1989 as an infantryman, then graduated from Boot Camp as a Company Honorman. Upon graduation from Michigan State University, Al received his commission and began his career as an Infantry Officer. During his career on active duty and in the reserves, Al deployed multiple times around the globe, serving in various levels of command, operational commands, and joint military headquarters. Al has served in various leadership and functional roles in the private sector, across several industries, in start-ups and Fortune companies of various sizes. Al is currently serving as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.


Mike Mendoza


"There exists no better performance enhancer than great teammates. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to surround myself with the best men and women in the world. I am tremendously proud and grateful that I get to continue doing so at The Program.” -Mike

Mike's Story:

Mike served in the Marine Corps for 10 years as a Scout Sniper and Reconnaissance Marine. He served multiple combat tours and received numerous awards for valor in combat including one of our country’s highest awards the Navy Cross as well as a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. Mike holds a graduate degree from the University of Illinois and is a highly accomplished endurance athlete. He is an All-American with USA Triathlon and is the Guinness World Record holder for completing the most 70.3 Ironman Triathlons raced in one year.


Neil Bailey


"My career and training has taught me that in stressful situations we never rise to the occasion, we fall back on our training. It is my passion to help train teams and individuals to the highest levels possible so that they can perform when it counts.” -Neil

Neil's Story:

Neil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2005 as an Infantry Marine. During his career in the Marines, he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a machine gunner, team leader, and private security detail element leader. During his career Neil also served as a team leader in a Marine Scout Sniper Platoon and a Marine Warfighting Instructor in Quantico, Virginia at The Basic School. In 2018, he graduated from National American University with a B.S. in Strategic Security and Protection Management. Neil has served as a combat instructor, infantry assaultman, Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor, small unit combat leader, and is an avid Jiu Jitsu practitioner. He has been recognized for his actions in combat, as well as his excellence as an instructor.


Phil Garza


"The best part about being a leader is serving and developing your teammates and seeing them rise and grow.”- Phil 

phil's Story:

Phillip served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years and retired at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He completed multiple deployments to include six combat tours with Marine Corps Infantry and Marine Corps Special Operations in the Middle East and Africa. He was a Special Operations Capable Specialist Communicator, Formal School Master Instructor, 4th Degree USMC Martial Arts Instructor Trainer, and Firearms Instructor. He practices and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Spartan Races, and Tough Mudders.


Taylor McOnie



Taylor McOnie is currently serving on active duty in the United States Air Force were she is a Human Resources Director.  Early in her career, she was selected to supervise her unit’s Force Management Section, performing duties expected of a superintendent and directly rating on eight Airmen. She was responsible for providing policy interpretation to over 94,000 personnel located across eight major commands, and placed in charge of the largest cadet payroll within the Air Force. During her organization’s 2020 inspection, her program was the only one to earn an “Exceptionally Qualified” rating. Sections she was in charge of have consistently been recognized for excellence to include the Region’s Best Large Detachment Award, Air Force Materiel Command’s LeMay Award and the Air Force Association’s Best Military Unit Award twice. She has completed three degrees while on active duty, most recently her Master’s degree in Applied Leadership and Management. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and daughter where she enjoys competing in CrossFit. 


maisie wong


maisie's story

Maisie is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United State Marine Corps Reserves and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.  She served for seven years on active duty as an Air Support Control Officer deploying to Japan, South Korea, and Central America to conduct exercises and operations before leaving active duty to receive her law degree at the University of Miami.  While continuing to practice law in Florida, Maisie has deployed to the Middle East to assist the State Department with the humanitarian conflict in Syria.  Maisie has served in a variety of leadership positions in the Marine Corps to include Battalion Operations Officer and subsequently the Executive Officer responsible for training and deployment of over 250 Marines. Most recently she served as the first female commanding officer of an unmanned arial vehicle squadron. Maisie lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two children were she competes in CrossFit and the Tactical Games. 

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BRady Turnage


“At The Program we are obsessed with being and developing great teammates and great team leaders. Upon this bedrock we build world class cultures and world class teams – ours and yours. Forged in harsh, dynamic combat environments, our methods apply to any team in any arena.” - Brady

Brady's Story

A retired Navy Commander, Brady culminated a 20-year aviation career as the Commanding Officer of a carrier-based jet squadron, flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler. He served as a flight instructor, an aircraft Carrier Strike Group senior liaison/team lead to U.S. Central Command, and a personnel management expert for 25 different organizations. He has deployed at sea and ashore all over the world having flown over 100 combat missions over Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq. After retiring, he was a member of the NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse coaching staff at the University of Delaware. There he focused on team operations, logistics, and student-athlete development and mentorship while helping rebuild the program to national prominence.


Currently, Brady is an instructor at The Program, an EA-18G flight simulator instructor, and a high school lacrosse coach. Brady holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and was a starter on their NCAA DIII national semi-finalist lacrosse team. He and his wife live in Anacortes, WA with their four children.