GEN Martin E. Dempsey retired after 41 years of military service. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom accumulating 42 months in combat. In his last four years of service, he served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military advisor to the Secretary of Defense and to the President. GEN Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point and has Master’s Degrees from Duke in Literature, from the Army Command & General Staff College in Military Science, and from the National War College in National Security Strategy. He also has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law from Notre Dame University. His military awards include the Bronze Star with valor device, the Defense Distin-guished Service Medal, and Distinguished Service Medals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In 2015, General Dempsey was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine. General Dempsey’s post-military career includes a teaching position at Duke Uni-versity in public policy and leadership, a role as the Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association for leader development and youth programs, and as Chairman of USA Basketball. General Dempsey also sits on the Boards of TAPS and The Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Karl Friedl, PhD
Karl Friedl, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in biology (1984) through the Institute of Environmental Stress in the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently serves as the Chief Physiologist of the U.S. Army, assigned to the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Massachusetts. Dr. Friedl retired from thirty years of active duty service in the Army in 2013, where he had last served as Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Previously, he served as Commander, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM); Director, Army Operational Medicine Research Program; Principal Investigator, USARIEM; and Chief of Physiology and Biostatistics Service, Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Friedl’s research has been focused on the limits of human physiological performance. He has published over 200 original articles, book chapters, technical reports, and commentaries, and made over 250 scientific presentations at national and international meetings. He has served as chair of numerous NATO and Army panels, and served on science committees for NASA, National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Wellcome Trust, and doctoral thesis committees. During his Army assignments, Friedl was responsible for administration of $3.5 B in appropriated RDT&E funds, which included major initiatives such as the Defense Women’s Health Research Program (DWHRP), Technologies for Metabolic Monitoring (TMM), and Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness (BHMMR). Dr. Friedl is a Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco. He was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th International Congress on Soldier Physical Performance. Dr. Friedl and his wife Vicki raised two sons and have three grandchildren.
Katelyn Guerriere Aaron
Ms. Kate Guerriere Aaron is a Research Physiologist in the Military Performance Division at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. She is currently the project manager and an associate investigator on a large multidisciplinary study designed to assess modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries in US Army Basic Combat Trainees, with particular emphasis on stress fracture. Ms. Guerriere received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Her research interests include bone physiology and the adaptation of bone to mechanical loading.
CAPT Jennifer Buechel
CAPT Buechel is currently stationed at Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC), San Diego. She is currently serving as the Head, Clinical Investigations Department and as a Nurse Scientist. She serves as a regional research manager and is responsible for the approval, oversight, and support for clinical research within the Navy Medicine Pacific. CAPT Buechel is the Navy Lead for the Defense Health Agency Clinical Investigations Program, the Navy Lead for the Tri-Service Nursing Research Program’s Women Health Research Interest Group, and a Department of Defense Women’s Health Consortium Member. CAPT Buechel is slated as the Executive Officer (XO), Naval Medical Submarine Research Laboratory in Groton, CT. She is a respected women’s and reproductive health researcher, and she holds sub-specialty codes in Nursing Research, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing. She has served in many operational and overseas tours, including Ship’s Nurse, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN. CAPT Buechel is a tireless mentor and advocate for graduate nursing education, research, training, and evidence-based practice. She is passionate for improving healthcare delivery standards for our men and women of the armed forces, and providing guidance and leadership to the next generation of U.S. Navy Sailors and Officers.
Dr. Jill Goldenziel
Dr. Jill Goldenziel is a professor of International Law and International Relations, public speaker, consultant, and arbitrator. At Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College, she teaches International Law, the Law of War, and National Security to mid-career U.S. and foreign military officers studying for a Master’s in Military Studies. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership International program and Penn’s Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics. She has spoken at the United Nations and dozens of events throughout the world.
Julie Greeves, OBE
Professor Julie Greeves OBE is the Principal Physiologist for the UK Army and has over 20 years experience investigating female performance and bone health for defence. She was appointed Research Director for the Women in Ground Close Combat Review in 2015, an innovative six-year Defence physiology research programme delivering the evidence-base for the safe and effective through career employment of women in physically arduous roles. She is the UK representative on the NATO Musculoskeletal Injuries RTG, holds honorary academic appointments at the University of East Anglia and University College London, and is Chair of the Army Scientific Assessment Committee.
Jeannette Gaudry Haynie
Jeannette Gaudry Haynie is a retired Marine Corps officer and U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a PhD in International Relations. She studies the intersections of gender, leadership, and security, particularly in the context of the U.S. military. As a Marine, Jeannette flew the AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter on active duty and in the Reserves. She served on the Joint Staff and in the Marine Corps Commandant’s think tank, advising senior leadership on critical and creative thinking, talent management, and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Outside of her Marine Corps service, she has served as a Senior Fellow at Women In International Security and has taught courses in Gender and Conflict, International Relations, and Quantitative Methods of Disaster Resilience. In 2019, with a fellow Marine, Jeannette created the Athena Leadership Project, a 501(c)(3) that explores how female leaders impact national security. She is a non-resident fellow at New America, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security, and a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is a member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars’ Class of 2019, and with her husband, a fellow Marine, she has three children.
Lt Col Dawnkimberly Hopkins
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Dawnkimberly Hopkins is the Director of Women’s Health Research at Travis Air Force Base, Clinical Investigation Facility. Lt Col Hopkins entered the Air Force as a registered nurse in 1999. She became a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in 2009 and graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences with a PhD in Nursing Science in 2016. As the Director of Women’s Health Research, she is responsible for execution of clinical research for the largest Air Force Medical Services Medical Center; has established a women's health research program; maintains 14 graduate medical education programs, 128 residents, and as a scientific mentor oversees 100 protocols and a $3M budget. Lt Col Hopkins’ program of research is focused on the health of women; more specifically the chronic condition of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Lt Col Hopkins is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research in Women’s Health. During her fellowship, she developed a PCOS information booklet and collaborated on the Trans-NIH strategic plan for research on Women’s Health. As a core member of the TriService Nursing Research Program’s Military Women’s Health Research Interest Group, and a team member of the Dr. Elizabeth Kostas-Polston’s Military Women’s Urogenital Health Research Team. Lt Col Hopkins is dedicated to ensuring the availability of high-quality evidence to inform clinical practices.
W. Brad Johnson
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 served as a psychologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Medical Clinic at Pearl Harbor where he was the division head for psychology. He is a recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award, and has received distinguished mentor awards from the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 13 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, and counseling. His most recent books include: Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, The Elements of Mentoring (3rd edition), On Being a Mentor (2nd edition), and the forthcoming, Good Guys: How Men Can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace.
LTC (Ret) Robin Johnson
LTC (Ret) Robin Johnson: LTC (Ret) Robin Johnson serves as the Chief of Staff for the Military Women’s Memorial. After 26 years of service in the United States Army, she remains committed to honoring the service and sharing the stories of all women veterans. Actively involved in the women veteran community, she is committed to inspiring women to take their rightful place in HER story by registering their service (for free) at www.womensmemorial.org. She has a BA in Cultural Studies from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Webster University.
Tracey Pérez Koehlmoos, PhD, MHA
Dr Tracey Pérez Koehlmoos joined the faculty of the Uniformed Services University in July 2015 in order to lead the development of a robust health services administration and policy research and graduate program in support of the US Military Health System. She is the Director of the Health Services Research Program and the Director of Doctoral Programs in Public Health, with core teaching and graduate student advising responsibilities at USUHS and the National Defense University. Previously she served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. With more than 150 publications and multimedia products, Dr. Koehlmoos is a health systems and policy scientist who specializes in leading complex tasks, program development and capacity building across the spectrum of health systems building blocks. Prior to transitioning to domestic and defense healthcare, she lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. She cut her teeth in public health leading the Health & Family Planning Systems Programme at ICDDR,B in Dhaka Bangladesh. Her research areas of interest include health equity, women’s health, systematic review, and health and National Security. She serves as the National Parliamentarian of the Gold Star Wives of America and as the Deputy Chair of the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee. A former Army Air Defense Artillery officer she is the widow of COL Randall “Moose” Koehlmoos and mother of 1LT Robert, Michael, and CDT David Koehlmoos.
Elizabeth A. Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-C, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Elizabeth Kostas-Polston is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Researcher; Women's Health Nurse Practitioner; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumna; and Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Women’s Health Expert Panel. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Kostas-Polston’s clinical practice, scholarly activities, and leadership have targeted women’s health—both within and outside of the US Department of Defense. In her academic role, Dr. Kostas-Polston works in community with others from across the Department of Defense and federal government, while training Officer-Nurse Scientists and Officer-Medical Students. Her innovative scholarship is focused on enhancing warfare capability for our nation’s female warfighters through development of innovative technologies and tools that provide overwhelming competitive advantages.
Maj Regan Lyon
Maj Lyon is an Emergency Medicine physician who has held several positions within special operations since completing training, including four deployments to Afghanistan and Syria. Some notable positions include: Flight Surgeon for the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, PJ Medical Director/Flight Surgeon for the 58th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Medical Director/Flight Commander for the Osan Emergency Department, and Emergency Physician/Team Leader for the Special Operations Surgical Teams. She is currently a graduate student at the Naval Postgraduate School for her Masters in Defense Analysis.
Holly L. McClung
Ms. McClung is a Nutritional Physiologist for the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, MA. She is earned her Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and obtained her certification as a Registered Dietitian through course work at Cornell University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Ms. McClung is duel trained in nutrition and exercise physiology holding certifications as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (Commission on Dietetic Registration) and Certified Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine). She functions as a principle investigator focused on designing and implementing experimental human physiology research to quantify and model individualized energy and nutritional needs of modern warfighters. An area of her research concentrates on providing personalized metabolic monitoring to optimize warfighter performance in diverse operational environments through the development and integration of novel technologies and tools. Ms. McClung’s current work focus is on characterizing the physiological, metabolic and cognitive profile of the unique cohort of elite female warfighters first to succeed in combat roles. She has published more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and holds two patents on a novel, low-cost and hands-free metabolic sensor system intended for personal use. This novel sensor device, the CO2/O2 Breath Respirator Analyzer (COBRA) was the recipient of the Research and Development (R&D) Top 100 Inventions awarded in 2017.
Michael S. McGurk
Michael S. McGurk is a native of Connecticut. Upon completion of the U.S. Military Academy in 1985, Lieutenant McGurk received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a commission in the Infantry and began a 26-year career as an Army Officer. During the summer of 2004, LTC McGurk deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as Chief, Assessments Division, Strategic Communications, Multi-National Force Iraq. In addition to his undergraduate work, he is a graduate of the Military Operations Research Couse, holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville, and a graduate of the French National Industrial War College. Mr. McGurk retired in November 2011 to pursue his civilian career as Director of Research & Analysis for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training. He is the senior analyst for the command and oversees a small team of experts in the health, science, research and fitness fields. USACIMT is the Army’s lead proponent for Basic Training, Holistic Health and Fitness as well as the new Army Combat Fitness Test. Mr. McGurk and his team literally wrote the book, FM 7-22 Holistic Health and Fitness. He has over 20 year’s expertise in the training, recruiting and analysis field.
MAJ Nicole F. Nicholson
Major Nicole F. Nicholson is an active duty Marine who spent her early years as an Air Defense Control Officer before transitioning to become an Air Command and Control Officer. She has deployed six times while serving in various leadership positions with multiple rotations to Afghanistan, Qatar, and Cyprus. Maj Nicholson is also a qualified Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Joint Interface Control Officer, Regional Affairs Officer for Western Europe, and a graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. She has a BA in Dance from Sam Houston State University and is a soon to be graduate of New England College with an MA in International Relations.
Kristin Popp, PhD
Kristin Popp is an ORISE Established Scientist supporting the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). Her work is primarily centered around stress fractures among military personnel and athletes, particularly as it pertains to bone structure, strength, and microarchitecture and the risk factors that compromise these parameters. Kristin serves as a principle investigator at USARIEM, leading and contributing to several prospective investigations examining risk factors for stress fracture among U.S. Army trainees. In particular, she is interested in identifying modifiable risk factors such as hormonal disturbances, energy deficiency and lifestyle factors that contribute to bone injury susceptibility in women. During her prior experience, Kristin completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where she served as a co-investigator on two DOD funded studies to assess a multitude of risk factors associated with stress fractures, including skeletal alignment, gait parameters, bone health (via high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography), and lifestyle. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to completing her post-doctoral fellowship, Kristin was a Division I cross country and track and field coach at Iowa State University.
Judith E. Rosenstein
Judith E. Rosenstein is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law and Senior Prevention Consultant for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). As the Senior Prevention Consultant for SAPRO she participates in the development and evaluation of the sexual violence prevention curriculum and the education of USNA’s sexual violence prevention peer educators and student peer support team. Her research examines gender bias in professional organizations; sexual violence and harassment, particularly in military settings; female and male rape myth acceptance; and leader development.
CAPT Jill A. Rough
Dr. Jill A. Rough, PhD (CAPT, U.S. Navy): A 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Jill A. Rough has nearly 25 years of experience in national security and defense related policy and practice and remains an actively drilling officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Her academic areas of expertise include civil-military relations, civic engagement, and military manpower policies, specifically active-reserve integration and issues related to women in the military. She most recently served as Director of Research and Analysis for the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, which released its Final Report to Congress and the President in March 2020.
LTC Adam M. Sawyer
LTC Adam M. Sawyer: A 2000 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, LTC Sawyer is an Army Infantry Officer with combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He most recently commanded 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division and currently serves as the Chief of Military Science and Training at West Point. He has a BS in Military History from West Point and an MA from Columbia University in Organization Psychology and Leader Development.
David Smith, PhD
David Smith, PhD, is co-author of the book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace and Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women. He is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace
COL Deydre S. Teyhen
COL Deydre Teyhen was born in Canton, Ohio and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Science at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1993. She earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the U.S. Army-Baylor University in 1995, completed her Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the University of Texas in 2004, and her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the Baylor University in 2008. COL Teyhen graduated with honors from the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies in 2014. COL Teyhen currently serves simultaneously as the Deputy of Therapeutics for Operation Warp Speed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the 20th Chief, U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps (SP). She most recently served as the Commander for Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Department of Defense’s largest biomedical research facility. She led infectious disease, brain, and behavioral health research efforts; including research to prevent, detect, and treat COVID-19. COL Teyhen’s previous assignments include Commander, U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks; Assistant Chief of Staff- Public Health at the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General; Commander, Public Health Command Region- South; Deputy Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Ft Detrick, MD; Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research for the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, TX; Officer-in-Charge of Task Force 10 Delta Med in Al Kut, Iraq; Chief of Musculoskeletal Care Center and Chief of Physical Therapy at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Ft Meade, MD; Chief of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Chief of Physical Therapy, 21st Combat Support Hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia; and Physical Therapist at Darnall Army Community Hospital at Ft Hood, TX. COL Teyhen’s personal research portfolio focuses on Soldier health and medical readiness (public health, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral health, resiliency, imaging, and technology). Her research accomplishments include over 210 peer-reviewed publications, editorials, book chapters, and published abstracts; 120 presentations at conferences; and 150 invited lectures. COL Teyhen is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a Cooper Institute Certified Health Promotion Director. COL Teyhen’s key military awards include the Legion of Merit (3OLC), the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit, the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator, and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research. Key civilian awards include Dissertation Award from the University of Texas, the American Physical Therapy Association, Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member, and inducted into the Kinesiology and Health Education Distinguished Alumna Hall of Honor, University of Texas. COL Teyhen is married to COL (Ret) John V. Teyhen III who recently served as the Deputy Command Surgeon of the U.S. Army Pacific Command before retiring in October 2018 after 34 years of service. He is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Director – Combat Support at the Defense Health Agency. They have accomplished their goal to be the first military couple to run a marathon in all 50 states, and are working towards 100 marathons to include all 7 continents.
COL (Ret) Lori Trego
COL (Ret) Lori Trego is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Trego retired from the Army Nurse Corps in 2015 after 25 years of Active Duty Service. She is a subject matter expert on military women's health and sex- and gender-specific health needs, and has built a program of research that is dedicated to improving the health of military women across the life course. As a founding member of the TriService Military Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) Military Women’s Health Research Interest Group (WHRIG), she provided the vision and strategic direction for this collaborative group of military scientists who are all dedicated to improving the health of women who serve in the military. Following retirement from the Army in 2015, Dr. Trego remained active in military women’s health research as both a PI and consultant on women’s health projects in the Department of Defense (DoD), while maintaining an active role in the planning and execution of military women’s health research projects, mentoring a team of military nurse scientists. Dr. Trego’s study team has dedicated the past ten years to conducting the sequential steps necessary to build a foundation of knowledge on Military Women’s Health Research. Today she will present the next step in that program of research, the “Delphi Study to Determine Military Women's Health Research Priorities.”
MAJ Erin Williams
MAJ Williams is a dual-military mother of 3 toddlers who spent most of her career as an Army Engineer officer before transitioning to become an Operations Research Systems Analyst. Her key assignments include Platoon Leader in the 307th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC, and Company Commander in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, in addition to various staff positions. Erin has completed Sapper leader course, Jumpmaster school, Airborne school, and Air Assault school, and served as a route clearance platoon leader in Afghanistan. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, an MS in Engineer Management from Missouri S&T, and an SM in Data Science from Harvard University.
Col (Ret) Catherine Witkop
Dr. Catherine Witkop, Col (Ret), USAF, MC, is the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology at “America’s Medical School,” the School of Medicine at Uniformed Services University (USU), Bethesda, MD. Dr. Witkop is board certified and clinically active in both Ob/Gyn and Preventive Medicine and conducts research in the areas of contraception, shared decision making and women’s preventive services. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), where she has served on the Editorial Board for Obstetrics & Gynecology (‘the Green Journal’) and numerous other committees, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), where she serves on the ACPM Board of Regents.