The leaders who shape VFMAC

Our distinguished board members bring a variety of lifetime experiences to inform their decisions and insure the future success of Valley Forge.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets four times per year, with supplementary meetings by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, meeting six times per year.

2017-18 Officers

  • Mr. John English ’91
    Mr. John English ’91
    Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees
  • Mr. Robert A. Bacine, Esq., ’60  
    Mr. Robert A. Bacine, Esq., ’60  
    Vice Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees

2017-18 Members

  • Mrs. Cecilia Attias
    Mrs. Cecilia Attias
  • Mr. Joseph A. Bartasius ’81, ‘83C, Colonel, USA (Ret.)
    Mr. Joseph A. Bartasius ’81, ‘83C, Colonel, USA (Ret.)
  • Mr. Frederick Breitenfeld, Jr., Ph.D. ’99H
    Mr. Frederick Breitenfeld, Jr., Ph.D. ’99H
  • BG Carol Eggert, USA (Ret.)
    BG Carol Eggert, USA (Ret.)
  • Mr. David Esqueda, ’98/’00C
    Mr. David Esqueda, ’98/’00C
  • Mr. William E. Floyd, Jr., ’63
    Mr. William E. Floyd, Jr., ’63
  • MG Walter Lord, ’84C
    MG Walter Lord, ’84C
  • Mr. Anthony (Tony) McIntyre
    Mr. Anthony (Tony) McIntyre
  • Mr. J. Kent McNew, ’61C
    Mr. J. Kent McNew, ’61C
  • Mr. Conrad E. Muhly, IV, ’73
    Mr. Conrad E. Muhly, IV, ’73
  • Mr. Daniel J. Reavy, ’77/’09HC
    Mr. Daniel J. Reavy, ’77/’09HC
  • Mr. Michael A. Ricketts ’78
    Mr. Michael A. Ricketts ’78
  • Mr. Christopher Roussos
    Mr. Christopher Roussos
  • Mr. George H. Schildge, ’56
    Mr. George H. Schildge, ’56
  • Mr. Roque Schipilliti ’06
    Mr. Roque Schipilliti ’06
  • Mrs. Audrey Spangenberg
    Mrs. Audrey Spangenberg
  • Mr. Jonathan Tratt, ’76
    Mr. Jonathan Tratt, ’76
  • MG Jessica Wright, USA (Ret.)
    MG Jessica Wright, USA (Ret.)

Honorary Life Trustees

Mr. N. Gino Banco ’63C Mr. Robert E. Porter, Esq. ’84H
Mr. Niles Dally ’63 Captain N.F. (Red) Stein, USN (Ret) ’47
Col James J. Doyle, USMC (Ret.) Mr. W. Thomas Sykes ’50
Mr. Howard A. Forster ’48 Mr. William R. Tiefel ’52
Mr. Michael A. Nolen ’66

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Mr. John English ’91
Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees

John English is the Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Consulting which he founded in 2009. Mr. English manages and oversees all operations regarding government and commercial clients across several different fields. Prior to founding Heartland, Mr. English worked for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs from 2005-2009. He was involved in the implementation of the new Chapter 33 G.I. Bill and instrumental in the development of senior management review and processes to implement an integrated operating model for all Departmental functions and programs. He assisted the three Secretaries he served, with organizational and transformational management, as well as strategic communications as it pertained to the Department’s major initiatives.

Mr. English has also served in government at the state level. His service to Oklahoma began when he joined the administration of Governor Frank Keating in 1998, where he worked alongside the governor in promoting a pro-growth economic agenda for the state. In 1991, Mr. English joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1996. He graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy and College and currently serves as the Chairman on their Board of Trustees. He earned an undergraduate degree from The University of Oklahoma and an MBA from The George Washington University. In 2014, Mr. English continued his support and devotion to veterans through the creation of the John L. English scholarship at The George Washington University School of Business. This scholarship was created specifically for former U.S. Marines to attend the GWU school of business in either graduate or undergraduate studies.

Currently, Mr. English serves as the Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees.

Mr. Robert A. Bacine, Esq., ’60  
Vice Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees

Attorney, Friedman Schuman, P.C.; Former Founding Partner/Attorney, Flamm, Boroff & Bacine, P.C. of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Past President, Montgomery County Estate Planning Council; Past Chairman, Montgomery County Law Reporter Committee; Co-Founder and Past Chairman, Probate and Tax Section, Montgomery Bar Association; Trustee, Montgomery Bar Foundation; Member, Whitemarsh Township Zoning Hearing Board; New York University Graduate School of Law, L.L.M. in Taxation (1969); Villanova University, School of Law, J.D. Degree (1967); Drexel University, B.S., Accounting (1964); Past President and Past Chairman, Alumni Association, VFMA&C.

Mrs. Cecilia Attias
Mr. Joseph A. Bartasius ’81, ‘83C, Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Mr. Bartasius is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Soaring Eagle Solutions, LLC  a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. He previously served as Senior Managing Director for L-3 Communications, Inc.

Over the course of his 30-year career in the Army and Army Reserve, Mr. Bartasius served in a variety of command and staff positions in airborne, light, special operations, Joint Commands and training units serving in Southwest Asia (Iraq and Afghanistan), the Republic of Germany and the United States. Having risen to the rank of Colonel, his Senior Officer assignments began as Senior Military Advisor/Military Transition Team of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I) in October 2004.  He assumed duties as the Chief, Civil Affairs Plans, 358th Civil Affairs Brigade in January 2006.  From July 2006 to December 2007, Mr. Bartasius was assigned as the Brigade Commander, 1st Brigade, 98th Division (Institutional Training). In January 2008, he assumed command of a detachment, J2/JT, Army Reserve Element, United States Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida and served as a Senior Chief, Observer, Controller and Trainer of the 75th Division (Battle Command Training Division) to February  2010.  In March of 2010, he served as the Director, Region II (NJ, NY, PR, VI), Emergency Preparedness Office (NORTHCOM) in support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Honorably, his last assignment before retiring in September 2013, he was assigned at the United States Military Academy, West Point as a Military Academy Liaison Officer representing the State of New Jersey, in collaboration with the NJ representatives and their staffs of the US House of Representatives.

A graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Class of 81 and 83C, where he obtained an Associate degree in Business, and held the cadet rank of 1st Captain, Regimental Commander.  Following graduation from the academy, Mr. Bartasius was commissioned through the ROTC program as an Infantry officer.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cabrini University, with Cum Laude honors for academic excellence and attended University of Pennsylvania for his graduate work in Organization Management.  Mr. Bartasius currently serves as the Chairman of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Alumni Board of Directors.  Additionally, he serves as a Trustee of the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation.

He is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America and Association of the United States Army.

Mr. Bartasius was a 2016 Inductee in the United States Army, Reserve Officer’s Training Corp. (ROTC), Hall of Fame.

Mr. Frederick Breitenfeld, Jr., Ph.D. ’99H

Frederick Breitenfeld, Jr., Ph.D. ’99HFormer President and CEO, WHYY, Inc. (independent, nonprofit corporation operating TV12 and 91FM, public television and radio stations in the Delaware Valley), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Former Executive Director, Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, Owings Mills, Maryland; former Associate Director, Educational Television Stations Division, National Association of Educational Broadcasters, Washington, D.C.; former Research Project Director (The Long–Range Funding of Educational Television), National Association of Educational Broadcasters, Washington, D.C.; former Resident Consultant in Communications, U.S. Air Force, Cape Kennedy, Florida; former Program Administrator, University College, Syracuse University; past Chairman, Eastern Educational Television Network, National University Consortium for Telecommunications in Teaching, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy in Baltimore; former National Chairman, Council of State Telecommunications Authorities.  Member, FCC’s Temporary Commission on Alternate Funding for Public Broadcasting.  Faculty appointments at the Catholic University of America and the American University.  Member, Board of Trustees, Bucks County Community College, Thomas Jefferson University.  Member, Board of Directors, National Board of Medical Examiners and World Affairs Council. Recipient of the Williamson Award for Excellence in Community Service, the Williamson Free School, 1993; The Globe and Anchor Award, U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 1991; 1987 Man of the Year Award, The Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, 1987; Distinguished Alumnus Award (Radio and Television), Syracuse University, 1967.  B.S. & M.Ed., Tufts University; M.S., Ph.D., Syracuse University; L.H.D., Wesley College, 1992, The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, 1987, Salisbury State College, 1982, University of Maryland, 1976.

BG Carol Eggert, USA (Ret.)
Mr. David Esqueda, ’98/’00C

Data Center Technologies Consultant, Accenture; President of the Alumni Association, VFMA&C; Former Principal and Founder, Continua Mission Critical, LLC; Former President and Board Member, Philadelphia Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Former Senior Sales Engineer, Techquip Group. B.S. Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. William E. Floyd, Jr., ’63

Chairman Emeritus, Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation. Mr. Floyd is also a 1963 graduate of the Academy.  During his tenure at Valley Forge, he oversaw the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approval of Senate Bill 560, legislation introduced by Senator Mensch, creating a new program for legislative appointments to Valley Forge Military College; the designation of the College as “The Military College of Pennsylvania;” and the successful integration of women into the Corps of Cadets at the College.

Mr. Floyd is the retired Chairman and CEO of Physiotherapy Associates, the largest provider of outpatient rehab services in the U.S.  Prior to Physiotherapy, he was Chairman, President and CEO of Beverly Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of eldercare services in the U.S. with $2.2 Billion in revenue.  Prior to Beverly, Mr. Floyd held leadership positions as CEO and President of Choice Hotels International, the largest franchiser of hotels in the world, as well as Chief Operating Officer of Taco Bell and KFC, both of which were part of PepsiCo’s Restaurant Division.

Mr. Floyd holds a B.A. Degree in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1967) and an MBA Degree from the Wharton School (1969).  After graduation from Wharton, he served as an officer in the Fifth Infantry Division (U.S. Army) from 1970-72.

In addition to being the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Mr. Floyd is the former Chairman of the Board of Buffet Holdings, Inc., a multi-million family dining restaurant concept. He is also on the Board of Korn-Ferry, the world’s largest executive search and talent consulting firm, El Pollo Loco Restaurants, a $600 million flame-grilled chicken restaurant chain, Pivot, an Outpatient Physical Therapy company, and Muzinich Capital LLC.

Mr. Floyd is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Mr. Floyd is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and is a past board member of Philadelphia Outward Bound.

MG Walter Lord, ’84C

Major General Walt Lord is the 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. He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment in 1982 at the age of 17. He was commissioned into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Valley Forge Military College in 1984 and began his career of full-time military service in 1990. General Lord has led at the platoon, company, squadron, and coalition headquarters levels, culminating in command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina 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. He holds a B.A. from LaSalle University; a M.A. from the United States Naval War College; and a M.A. from the United States Army War College.

Mr. Anthony (Tony) McIntyre
Mr. J. Kent McNew, ’61C

Current CEO and Owner, Coastal Heating and Air Conditioning Co., Inc. and Southbound Corporation.  Mr. McNew worked for Hess Oil & Chemical for four years.  In 1969, he formed Eastern Petroleum Corporation, a home heating oil and diesel fuel marketer.  In 1999, the heating oil and diesel business was sold and Mr. McNew entered the gasoline market business serving some 80 locations.  Mr. McNew sold the gasoline business in 2010.

Current Board of Trustee member and former Board of Visitor member of VFMA&C. Current Board of Trustee member at Anne Arundel Health Systems Inc.. Past Trustee of Foundation Board at Anne Arundel Health System. Past Board Member, Associated Builders and Contractors.  Founding Director at The Annapolis National Bank, and current member Board of Directors, The South River Federation.

Mr. McNew has lived in the Annapolis area his entire life with the South River and Chesapeake Bay being a big part of his life.

Mr. Conrad E. Muhly, IV, ’73

CEO, Terra Technical Services, LLC and Terra Railroad Services, LLC, West Chester, Pennsylvania.  President, Chester County SPCA Board of Directors; Member, Associated Builders and Contractors, National; Association of Demolition Contractors; VFMA&C Alumni Association Board of Directors (1989-98).  VFMA&C Chairman, Alumni Association (1996-97); VFMA&C President, Alumni Association (1995-96); VFMA&C Board of Visitors (1991-93); VFMA&C Golden Sword Society Chairman (1997-98).

Mr. Daniel J. Reavy, ’77/’09HC

Daniel J. Reavy recently completed a distinguished (38) year career at Verizon Communications. As director of State Government Affairs, Dan was responsible for all community, public and government affairs, brand and reputation management and stakeholder relations throughout Eastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dan began his career with Bell of Pennsylvania in 1977 in Public and Operator Services. He later worked in Outside Facilities Engineering and Accounting. In 1988, Dan joined Bell Atlantic’s Marketing organization as a communications consultant. During his tenure in Marketing, Dan twice achieved the organization’s “Gold Club” award, its highest recognition for outstanding performance in sales and customer service.

An active member of his community and known for his strong leadership and communication skills as well as his can do attitude, Dan has been recognized for his efforts in support of numerous causes. In 2014, Dan was presented with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s “Excellence in Foundation Community Service,” award. In 2012, Dan was presented with the Valley Forge Military Academy & College’s “Distinguished Alumnus award”. In 2011, Dan was awarded an Mid –Atlantic Emmy for his role as co-executive producer for the award winning anti-texting and driving video “Not Behind the Wheel” as well as presented with the Weller Health Education Center “Outstanding Friend to Kids” award. In 2010, the Lower Bucks Family YMCA honored Dan with its “Community Partner Distinguished Service” award. In 2008, Dan was presented with the TMA Bucks “Service” award. In 2006, Dan was presented with the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s “Spotlight” award. In 2004, Dan was presented with the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club’s “Friendship” award and received the most prestigious honor awarded by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the “2004 Outstanding Citizen Award”. In 2003, Dan was presented with the St. Luke’s Hospital “Shining Star” award. In 2001, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce honored Dan with its “Community Partner Distinguished Service” award and GVF Transportation presented Dan with its “Private Sector” award. In 2000, Dan was presented with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s “Humanitarian of the Year,” award. In 1999, the King of Prussia Chamber of Commerce presented him with its “Herbert Middleton Award for Excellence in Community Service”.

Dan is a Trustee of Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation and Abington Jefferson Health Foundation. Dan serves as a board member for the following organizations: the Hatfield Township Civil Service Commission (Chairman); Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce (Chairman); Abington Hospital – Lansdale Business Advisory Council and the Pearl S. Buck International Advisory Council. Previously, he was a board member of the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board (Chairman); Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes; GVF Transportation; Allentown Economic Development Corporation; Lehigh Valley Business Education Partnership; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation; Lehigh Valley Industrial Park; Manufacturers Resource Center; Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Montgomery County Community College Foundation; Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation; Montgomery County Citizen’s Advisory Council; the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation; Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce; Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; School Works! of Bucks County and the Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Dan is a graduate of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He has also completed several professional development programs including the Bell Atlantic Leadership Challenge Development Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Verizon Leadership Excellence Program and the Verizon Development and Leadership Initiative.

Dan resides in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Celene, and their children, Andrew and Danielle.

Mr. Michael A. Ricketts ’78

Mike (Kenneth) Ricketts is a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive with the innate ability to take a vision and make it a reality through his innovative approach to business. Mike is an impactful leader who inspires action, while at the same time remaining grounded in personal philosophies, which have been at the core of his professional advancements. Over the past 30 years, he has founded and helped to launch numerous start-ups in the business and real estate sectors.

Currently Mike is the founder, majority owner, Chairman and CEO of Quality Packaging Specialists International, LLC. Headquartered in Burlington, NJ, QPSI is the largest, privately owned contract packaging company in the USA, and proudly a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise with national accreditation by the NMSDC. QPSI provides cutting-edge marketing, packaging and fulfillment services to Fortune 500 companies, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Supplier of the Year Award from Johnson & Johnson, and the Business Partner of the Year Award from Procter & Gamble.

Mike also serves on the Boards of the Valley Forge Military Academy, the Procter & Gamble Advisory Council, and the Philadelphia Drug Exchange, the oldest active trade organization in America. Mike is a firm believer in empowering future generations and has channeled his passion for leadership beyond the boardroom, making it his mission to mentor young athletes and aspiring businesspersons towards achieving their personal and professional goals.

Mr. Christopher Roussos
Mr. George H. Schildge, ’56

Chairman/Owner CRP Industries Inc. (Importer/distributor of automotive and industrial products), Cranbury, NJ; Chairman Precision Roll Grinders; board member Transmares Corp., Charleston, SC; member Metropolitan Club, NYC and Navesink Country Club, Middletown, NJ; Served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany; Bachelor of Engineering Cornell University (1960); studied 1 year at Hannover Institute of Technology in Germany.

Mr. Roque Schipilliti ’06

President of Cid Construction Services, LLC; President of the Alumni Association, VFMA&C; Leadership Council Member, National Small Business Association; B.S. Seton Hall University, M.P.S. Georgetown University, M.S. Columbia University, M.B.A. Drexel University

Mrs. Audrey Spangenberg
Mr. Jonathan Tratt, ’76

Founder/Managing Principal of Tratt Properties LLC, a Phoenix based commercial real estate development/investment firm for the past 23 years.  He is regarded for his distinguished expertise in real estate development, acquisition and property management services for logistics and e-commerce properties.  This includes site selection, ground up construction, and warehousing and distribution operations.

Jonathan brings over 30 years of real estate experience to the leadership of Tratt Properties LLC.  His early experience as an industrial broker with Iliff Thorn and Daum Commercial Real Estate Services prepared him to start Industrial Brokerage, Inc. in 1992 before broadening his scope to development and investment as Tratt Properties, LLC in 2000.

Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and A Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, PA.  In addition, he is an active Board member for the National Association of Commercial Real Estate Development Industry’s NAIOP.  He serves on its Executive Committee, is a Governor of the NAIOP Research Foundation, and is Vice-Chairman, Trustee of the NAIOP-PAC.  By way of his expertise and leadership, Jonathan also served as the Chair of the Industrial Development II National Forum of NAIOP.  Jonathan is a long-standing local sponsor and Developer Association Member of SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors).

Jonathan contributes to community service and charitable organizations across the country.  This broad range of philanthropic activities includes numerous Jewish and religious organizations, as well as academic institutions, and professional associations.  In addition, Tratt Properties, LLC focuses contributions in the local markets where they own and operate properties to further the commitment to meaningful service.

MG Jessica Wright, USA (Ret.)
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