Meet the Valley Forge Team

VFMAC Main Telephone: 610-989-1200
VFMAC Toll Free Telephone: 1-800-234-8362
VFMAC Main Fax: 610-688-1545

Leadership

Senior Leadership

  • MG Walter Lord, U.S.  Army (Ret.) ’84C
    MG Walter Lord, U.S. Army (Ret.) ’84C
    President
  • Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR
    Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR
    Superintendent & COO
  • Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, USMC (Ret.)
    Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, USMC (Ret.)
    Commandant of Cadets
  • Vincent Vuono
    Vincent Vuono
    CFO
  • Greg Brinn
    Greg Brinn
    Vice President of Institutional Advancement
  • Maureen Malone
    Maureen Malone
    Dean, Valley Forge Military College
  • Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C
    Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C
    Dean, Valley Forge Military Academy
  • Rich Casey
    Rich Casey
    Director of Athletics
  • Major Brett A. Gambacorta
    Major Brett A. Gambacorta
    Professor of Military Science (PMS)

How to call Staff & Faculty:

Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers begin with 610-989-XXXX. Add the 4-digit extension, listed by department, for the person you wish to reach.

How to email Staff & Faculty:

If you know a staff member’s name and would like to reach him/her via e-mail, the following format can be used to do so:
“first initial, last name” followed by “@vfmac.edu”. Therefore, if the individual’s name were John Public, it would translate into: “JPublic@vfmac.edu”

Staff Contact Information Table
Superintendent & Chief Operating OfficerColonel Suart B. Helgeson, USMCR1201
Chief Financial OfficerMr. Vincent Vuono1232
Commandant of CadetsColonel Ken M. DeTreux, USMC1256
Professor of Military Sciences (SROTC)Major Brett A. Gambacorta, U.S. Army1440
Vice President, Institutional AdvancementMr. Gregory Brinn1330
Head of Facilities OperationsMr. George Else1353
Director of AthleticsMr. Rich Casey1491
Director of Human ResourcesMs. Kate Smith1240
Director of Marketing & CommunicationsMrs. Mary Heller1345
Director of Alumni RelationsMr. Thomas Goldblum ’69, '71C1329
Director of Information TechnologyMr. Michael G. Brock1246
Bursar / Cadet Accounts ManagerMr. Stephen Berezansky1236
Dean, Valley Forge Military AcademyDr. Paul M. Lea, '87, '89C1360
Dean of Enrollment, Valley Forge Military AcademyMr. Lawrence D'Andrea1430
Dean, Valley Forge Military CollegeMs. Maureen Malone1453
Senior Director of Admissions, Valley Forge Military CollegeMrs. Dawn Dreese1307
Director of Financial Aid, Valley Forge Military CollegeMs. Elizabeth Sierra1300
Bandmaster / Director of MusicMr. Vincent DeMarro1252
Director of HorsemanshipMs. Maria Metz1502
Director of Student Activities & Summer CampsMrs. Elizabeth Boylan1253
Cadet StoreMr. Josh Konoza1540
Director of Health ServiceMs. Debbie Hammer1518
Director of Library ServicesMs. Dana Kerrigan1364
Director of Special EventsMs. Jessica Sekerak1509

About VFMAC

Established in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy & College is seen as an international leadership institution, comprised of a middle school, high school, and college. The College is also known and has been designated by the Governor and Legislature as the Military College of Pennsylvania™.

MG Walter Lord, U.S. Army (Ret.) ’84C
President

Major General Walt Lord is President, Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  In his final active duty assignment from 2014 to 2018, he served as Military Executive to the Reserve Forces Policy Board in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  The RFPB provides direct advice to the Secretary of Defense regarding policies, practices and strategies to strengthen America’s seven military Reserve Components in support of 830,000 National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen.

General Lord was educated at Saint John Neumann High School, Valley Forge Military College, and LaSalle University.  He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment in 1982 at the age of 17.  In 1984, he was commissioned into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Valley Forge Military College and served in various troop-level assignments with 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry, 28th Infantry Division.  He began his active duty service in 1990 as a Captain.

General Lord has led at the platoon, company, squadron, and coalition headquarters levels, culminating in command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from June 2012 through June 2013.  He has held critical army and joint staff positions at every level from unit to coalition in the Continental United States, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Afghanistan.

His overseas service includes assignments at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) at Mons, Belgium and U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.  He deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 2002 and again in 2012 and to Afghanistan in 2008. General Lord has participated in major multinational exercises in Germany, Egypt, and the Republic of Korea.

He has completed numerous professional development courses including Air Command and Staff College, Naval Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.  In 2012, he attended the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the General/Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course at the NATO Defense College.  In 2014, he completed the National Defense University’s CAPSTONE Course for General and Flag Officers and in 2015 he completed the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course at the Joint Forces Staff College.  He is a National Security Fellow of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

General Lord has received numerous U.S. decorations, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, 2 Defense Superior Service Medals, 2 Legion of Merit Medals, the Bronze Star Medal,

the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff Badge, the Joint Staff Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.  His foreign awards include the French Army Commemorative Medal for service in Afghanistan, the European Union Cooperative Security and Defense Medal, and the Hungarian Medal for Service to the Alliance.  He has earned gold and silver spurs as a Cavalryman and has been awarded the Silver Medallion of the Order of Saint George.

General Lord is married to the former Grace Power of Philadelphia.  Mrs. Lord is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Marketing and Management.  General Lord credits Grace with the Lord family’s successful survival through eleven moves and three deployments throughout the family’s 28 years of service together.  The Lords have two sons.  Ryan is a Captain and Drew is a Lieutenant.  Both are currently serving with the U.S. Army’s First Cavalry Division.

Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR
Superintendent & COO

Colonel Helgeson attended Penn State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.  At Penn State, he played Varsity Lacrosse and later walked on to the football team as a receiver on the 1986 National Championship and 1987 Citrus Bowl Teams. Upon graduation, Col Helgeson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Following The Basic School, and subsequently the Infantry Officer’s Course, Col Helgeson reported for duty with 1st Battalion 2D Marines, 2D Marine Division, stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC.  During his tour, he served with Company A as a Rifle Platoon Commander.  He participated in Exercise Alpine Warrior, and later was deployed for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon his return in 1991, he was selected to be the 2D Marine Regiment’s Scout Platoon Commander.

In October 1991, then 1st Lieutenant Helgeson was selected for duty with 2D Force Reconnaissance Company, 2D SRIG, II MEF. As a platoon commander at 2D Force Reconnaissance Company, he participated in operation Victor Square and was deployed as the Detachment and Platoon Commander with the 22nd MEU (SOC) where he participated in operation Provide Promise and Deny Flight (former Yugoslavia) and Continue Hope (Somalia).  Upon return from Deployment in 1994, he received orders to The Basic School.

Upon reporting to The Basic School, Colonel Helgeson was assigned as the primary patrolling instructor.  In 1995, he was assigned as an instructor at the Infantry Officer Course.  In August 1997, upon completion of his duties at the Infantry Officer course, he attended Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, VA, from where he graduated in May 1998.

In June 1998, Colonel Helgeson was assigned as the Head Coach for the Sprint Football team at the United States Naval Academy. While assigned to the Naval Academy, then Major Helgeson was also assigned duties as a leadership instructor, Marine Corps Capstone Class instructor, OIC of the Physical remedial program and member of the Marine Corps Selection team. In June of 1999, Major Helgeson and three other Marines Biked and Ran across America to raise money for the Children’s Hopes and Dreams foundation, completing the ride and run in 27 days.

In August 2000, Colonel Helgeson left active duty for civilian employment with MBNA Bank in Wilmington, DE and transferred to the IRR. In 2004, he joined the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and took command of Co B 6th Engineer Support Battalion in Wilmington, DE. During this time, he completed the Command and Staff College. In May of 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and in October of 2005 was assigned to The Marine Emergency Planning and Liaison Officer Program (MEPLO), whose team covered the Mid-Atlantic and National Command Region of the United States.

In 2009, LtCol Helgeson joined 4th Reconnaissance Battalion as the Executive Officer and then assumed Battalion Command. LtCol Helgeson and Marines from 4th Reconnaissance Battalion participated in Exercise Commando Raj with The British Royal Marines and 2nd Royal Ghurka Battalion in Brunei and the South China Sea.  In 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Helgeson was mobilized and transferred to Marine Corps Special Operation Command (MARSOC) and deployed to Afghanistan assigned to Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A), where he performed the duties as Director of Special Operations Plans and Liaison Element for RC-W. In August 2010, after returning from Operation Enduring Freedom, then Lieutenant Colonel Helgeson help create the MARSOC G-9 Recruiting, Assessment & Selection Branch where he was responsible for recruiting and screening Marines for duty with MARSOC. Upon completion of his mobilization in October 2011, Colonel Helgeson began working in business development for Sechan Electronics, Inc., a defense electronics manufacturing service provider based in Lititz, PA.

In January, 2013, while employed at Sechan Electronics, Colonel Helgeson was promoted and transferred to MAGTF Staff Training Program Reserve IMA Detachment in Quantico VA.  In July 2013, he was mobilized to support II MEF FWD as the Special Operations Coordinator (SOCORD) for RC-SW, Helmand & Nimroz providences. After returning from Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2014, Colonel Helgeson returned to his role at Sechan Electronics.

In April 2015, Colonel Helgeson joined Marine Forces Europe/Africa, in Stuttgart, Germany Reserve IMA Detachment where he assumed duties as the Deputy G-5.   A year later, Colonel Helgeson was selected to his present billet to be the Regional Coordinator, Reserve Support Program Region 3, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, USMC (Ret.)
Commandant of Cadets

Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, USMC (Ret.) serves as the Valley Forge Military Academy & College’s Commandant of Cadets. Colonel DeTreux is responsible for all non-academic aspects of cadet life ranging from the processing of cadets on arrival to their departure at the completion of the school year. He sets the leadership culture for the Corps of Cadets, ensuring all leaders support a safe, secure, positive, encouraging, and inspiring learning environment characterized by mutual respect, discipline, and esprit de corps. In addition, he focuses on the individual development of cadets upon VFMAC’s Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence; Character Development; Personal Motivation; Physical Development; and Leadership.

A career infantry officer, Colonel DeTreux brings more than 30 years of operational and leadership experience and has commanded the 8th Marine Regiment, the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines and at the company and platoon level. His career spans thirteen duty stations, ten deployments, and fifty-two countries across six continents. In addition to his military service, Colonel DeTreux most recently served as the Director of the Naval Science Department and Commanding Officer at Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania.

Colonel DeTreux completed his undergraduate education at Temple University. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1988 from University of Pennsylvania’s NROTC program. He also earned master’s degrees from the United States Army War College and Villanova University. Colonel DeTreux resides in Wayne, Pa. with his wife, Kathleen, and their four children, Brigid, Logan, Katie and Aidan.

Vincent Vuono
CFO

Mr. Vincent J. Vuono serves as the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation’s Treasurer and VFMAC’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Vuono is responsible for Finances, Information Technology, Facilities, Human Resources and serves as our Risk Manager.

Mr. Vuono has been with Valley Forge since 2006 and joined the Forge with 21 years of experience in commercial finance serving in various leadership positions in the insurance financing industry with companies owned by the Reliance Insurance Company and later Aon, the world’s largest insurance broker. Previously, Mr. Vuono was a public accountant with KPMG and has been a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Pennsylvania since 1982. He is a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of CPA’s.

Mr. Vuono earned his BS in Accounting from LaSalle University, and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University. He and his wife Mary have two children, Caitlyn (married to Michael Sheehan) and Vincent (married to Cassidy Hobbs).

Greg Brinn
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Mr. Greg Brinn has been Vice President of Institutional Advancement at VFMAC since February 2017.

Mr. Brinn started his career with Yale University’s Department of Athletics, where he was coordinator of Alumni Relations and later became Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Alumni Relations. He then moved to Central Connecticut State University, where he became Major Gifts Associate. When Mr. Brinn left the university, he took a break from higher education and was Sales Executive at Tracy-Driscoll Insurance Company. After a few years, the call of education called him back. Mr. Brinn started at Xavier High School in Connecticut in 2012 as Assistant Director of Annual and Planned Giving. Later, he became Assistant Director for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, before taking his last position at the high school as Director of Advancement, before he joined VFMAC.

Throughout his career, Mr. Brinn has worked a great amount on community outreach programs through athletics, working with Alumni Relations and Development, and fundraising efforts.

Mr. Brinn earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Communication from Central Connecticut University in 1998, and earned his Master of Science Degree in Sports Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2004.

Maureen Malone
Dean, Valley Forge Military College

Ms. Maureen Malone was appointed College Dean in August 2016 after serving Valley Forge Military College for nine years in numerous leadership capacities, which included Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Assistant Dean of Academics and Assessment.  Dean Malone brings a diverse educational and business background to her appointment. She began her career as a Treasury Analyst Assistant for Health America, and then became an Associate Accountant for the CPA firm Kisel, Grenel and Associates. Eventually, she took a position as the business manager for a medical practice that specialized in podiatry medicine.

Having been successful in business, she expanded her professional career into “for-profit” education, and became a member of University of Phoenix’s advising and financial services team. Dean Malone came to Valley Forge Military College in 2007 and served as the College Registrar. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a Masters in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C
Dean, Valley Forge Military Academy

Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C became the Dean of Valley Forge Military Academy in July of 2018.

In his position, Dr. Lea is responsible for leading our Academy staff as they guide our cadets toward successful futures. Dr. Lea brings more than 28 years of experience to VFMA, and as a member of VFMA Class of 1987 and VFMC Class of 1989, he has unique insight and perspective into what makes Valley Forge great – and how to help our cadets excel.

After graduating from VFMC, Dr. Lea served in several leadership positions in Philadelphia’s 1st Squadron/104th Cavalry (PAARNG), including as Company Executive Officer, Scout Platoon Leader and Medical Platoon Leader, where he was responsible for the training and tactical employment of tank or armored reconnaissance units, among other tasks. His past management and operations experience includes positions as Director of Research Operations at New Health Sciences, Inc. in Bethesda, Md.; Senior Director-Research & Clinical Operations at Cangen Biotechnologies in Baltimore, Md.; Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) Consultant for ECS-Federal Information Systems Worldwide Corp. in Arlington, Va. He is also the owner of Bench to Bedside Global, LLC, in Annandale, Va., a certified consulting company that provides professional, scientific and technical services to academia, government agencies, hospitals, venture capital firms and others.

In addition to his management expertise, Dr. Lea also has a strong background in education, serving on the faculty of North Virginia Community College in Annandale, before becoming the Assistant Dean of Engineering last year.

Dr. Lea earned his Postdoctorate in neurophysiology from Georgetown University, a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, a Master’s degree in biology from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (cum laude) from Cabrini College. He has also completed an Armor Officer Basic Course and a Scout Platoon Leaders Course at the U.S. Armor School in Fort Knox, Ky.

Rich Casey
Director of Athletics

Mr. Richard Casey has been the Director of Athletics for VFMAC since June 2013.

Mr. Casey has been an active participant in Philadelphia athletics for more than 20 years as a player, coach, and athletic director. He began his athletic career as a high school basketball and baseball player for North Catholic High School in the early 80’s and continued playing both basketball and baseball in college. Mr. Casey began his coaching career at the Friends Select Middle School, where he coached the girls’ basketball team while spending his summer coaching girls’ basketball for Cathy Rush’s, Future Stars Basketball Camps.

Mr. Casey went on to coach men’s basketball at Archbishop Ryan High School under the direction of Coach Dave Mulholland, and soon entered the college coaching ranks at Manor College. After much success at Manor, he accepted the Head Men’s Basketball coaching position at Neumann University, and continued his career with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) as Assistant to the Athletic Director, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, and Head Women’s Softball Coach. Additionally, Mr. Casey has spent the last six summers as Director for the Philadelphia 76ers summer and seasonal camps. After leaving USP, he was excited to continue his growth as an athletic administrator as the Athletic Director at John W. Hallahan High School for Girls where he also served as Head Women’s Softball Coach.

Mr. Casey graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Caroline, and their two daughters, Gwenyth and Darby.

Major Brett A. Gambacorta
Professor of Military Science (PMS)

Major Brett A. Gambacorta was commissioned in 2003 from Towson University, assigned to the Armor Branch, and completed the Armor Officer Basic Course in May of 2004.

He was first assigned as a reconnaissance platoon leader in A Troop, 1/2 Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He then served as a reconnaissance platoon leader and troop executive officer in 4/2 Cavalry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. His next leadership assignments were Commander, A Troop 8-1 Cavalry Regiment and Headquarters Troop 8-1 Cavalry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. He then served as the Operations Officer (S3) for 6-9 Cavalry Squadron at Fort Hood, Texas and the Operations Officer (S3) of the 174th Infantry Brigade at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

His other assignments include: Task Force Operations Officer, Task Force Zabul, Afghanistan. Brigade Planner, 5-2 Stryker Brigade. Battle Major, III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.

Major Gambacorta is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, The Maneuver Officer Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course, the Cavalry Leaders course, and Airborne School. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Towson University and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Kansas State University.

Major Gambacorta’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and three oak leave clusters, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Major Gambacorta is currently assigned as the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, PA.

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