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Meet our Faculty

Peter Braeuler (Co-founder)

Peter is President of Blue Sky Leadership Consulting and has been working with small and mid sized companies since 2006.  Peter’s specialty is helping company leaders and their executive team to think strategically and then execute their plans. He helps CEO’s and business owners deal with issues and challenges to maximize top-line revenue and drive bottom-line profits. He works with top executives and business owners to solve problems, eliminate blind spots and help them realize business and personal aspirations.

Contact Peter at Peter@BlueSkyLeadership.com or 210-219-9934.

Mark Wittig (Co-founder)

Mark is the President of Wittigs Office Interiors. He assumed the general management of the company in 1972, after graduating from Texas State University. In 1980, he established the company as a Haworth contract furniture dealership and in 1990 opened the Office Furniture USA franchise, continuing the success of a business originally opened in 1951. Mark is actively involved in the San Antonio community, serving in leadership capacities and volunteering his time to a number of civic and charitable organizations. He has been the recipient of the Benitia Humanitarian Annual award and the Archdiocese of San Antonio Hall of Fame award.

Contact Mark at Mark.Wittig@Wittigs.com or 210-270-0129.

Malcolm Coon (Board & Faculty)

Malcolm co-founded MC Squared in 1989 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. MC2 is a Digital Development company specializing in application development, Internet development, legacy system integration, and mobile application development.

With an educational background in computer science and electrical engineering, he received a Bachelors degree in Engineering Management from the University of Texas in 1988. His experience includes computer programming, software development, project management, operations management, engineering management, distribution management and production planning and inventory control.

Malcolm is experienced in all phases of application development and system integration. For the past nineteen years, he has been focused on developing strategic technology solutions for businesses. Using his background in business process and technology, he has led teams that have developed and implemented solutions for distribution, fulfillment, online commerce, automated processes and electronic document processing for client companies.

Malcolm can be reached at malcolm@mc2universal.com or 210-775-1824

Marisa Ortiz  (Board & Faculty)

Marisa Ortiz is a Global Learning Consultant who has worked with organizations in various countries. Her deep experience in talent development, customer solutions, account management, and cultural awareness bridges enterprises in diverse industries. Fluent in four languages, she holds an MA in International Relations from St. Mary’s University and is Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, facilitating dynamic workshops on different performance skills integrating a Strengths-based culture for individuals and groups.

Marisa can be contacted at 210-259-1448 or email her at o.marisa@gmail.com.

Rob Wicall (Board & Faculty)

Rob has always been a competitive, energetic, athletic comedian. He was playing soccer and running competitively by age 5 and at the same time was performing for anyone who would sit and watch (mostly gushing family members). He continued sports and performing all through school. Rob received a BA in Management/Marketing from UTSA and paid for his education by announcing and skiing in the Water Ski show at Sea World San Antonio. He was concurrently performing in live theatre and dabbling in commercial/film work…check out the pilot episode of JAG to see some of his amazing work. In 1996, Rob was selected as a performer for an interactive team the San Antonio Spurs were putting together. Soon after joining the team he began doing appearances as the Spurs Coyote. About a year later, Rob was hired to be the mascot for the Washington Capitals and then also donned the Wizards’ mascot costume at the same time. But in 2000, Rob headed home to once again perform as the beloved Coyote. He kept at it until April of 2016, when he finally hung up the sweaty fur for good. During his mascot career, Rob was named Mascot of the Year by gameops.com in 2006 and won the NBA Mascot of the Year award in 2014. He also won Video of the Year, which is voted on by peer mascots, in 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2015. Part of the reason for his timing was that Rob was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2013, and had been struggling to continue an extremely physically active career and maintain his health. When he did decide to retire, he took the opportunity to become a face for those who suffer quietly with arthritis and to be a reminder that a positive mental attitude is a powerful tool. Rob is excited about starting this new chapter in his life and he takes this next step as he always has, with a smile on his face and a positive attitude, but this time, he’ll have pants on. Rob is also very excited to spend game nights and more with his beautiful wife, and three extremely energetic boys.

Robert Schmidt (Faculty)

Robert Schmidt founded Schmidt & Co. in 2012 following more 30 years of success in the design and construction business. His passion for leadership development and organizational health is the heart of his business consulting practice. He’s also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Construction Science and Management Department of the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to teaching and consulting, Robert is Executive Director of dMAKERu, Inc., a San Antonio based non-profit that focuses on developing leaders who desire to integrate their faith and character more effectively into their work, families and community.

A third-generation engineer and fourth generation entrepreneur, Robert earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. In 1987, Robert founded Overland Partners Architects with three friends, serving as its president and managing partner until 2012, directing the overall operations of the firm. The international design practice started with the four original partners and has grown to more than 70 professionals working on projects worldwide.

A husband of more than 36 years, father of six children and grandfather of three, Robert is devoted to his family. Along with his wife, Jenni, he has traveled and led mission trips in the U.S., Africa, Mexico, the South Pacific, and Russia.

Judy Zimmerman (Board & Faculty)

Judy Zimmerman was born and raised on a small family farm in Hartley, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design. After graduation she moved to San Antonio where she landed her first job in the AEC industry at RVK Architects. Now with 31 years at RVK she serves as an Executive Vice-President and Principal. She leads the company’s business management and employee development and also heads up the Interior Design studio. She has served on the Iowa State University Advisory Board and is currently serving the Riverside Community Church Pastor’s Council. She is a certified trainer for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace as she has a passion to lead others to financial well-being. She stays involved in the family farm in Iowa serving as President of Linder Family Farms which is celebrating 130 years in business this year!

Judy lives in Spring Branch and is married to her husband, John, a self-employed Architect. They have two beautiful children, Michelle, a 3rd grade teacher at Morningside Elementary in Comal County and Michael, a senior at Texas A&M University in the Honors Program studying Biomedical Engineering.

Catherine Lester (Faculty)

Catherine Lester is an expert in executive communication. As the CEO of Company Voice Box LLC., she ghostwrites for senior leaders, trains executives about effective corporate storytelling techniques and she handles executive publicity. She began her career as the Director of Public Relations for San Antonio Sports, promoting a U.S. Olympic Committee youth sports program. She then transitioned to USAA’s corporate communications department, handling employee communication, executive communication, and corporate events. She remained focused on internal communication as Director of Communications for CDP, Inc., a 250-year-old international religious organization. Thereafter, Catherine began helping prominent businesses and nonprofit organizations as an independent practitioner. She earned a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in public relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her office is located at Geekdom, the state’s largest coworking space, and she’s an active Tech Bloc member. She volunteers her time monthly at a Content Clinic for startups in the downtown tech district.

Contact Catherine at catherine@companyvoicebox.com or 210-844-5031.

Robyn Tresnak, PhD. (Faculty)

Education of children and their families is a passion for Robyn. She spent over twenty years in the early childhood and elementary classrooms, where she was a classroom teacher, a music teacher, reading interventionist, and administrator. Her graduate studies focused on curriculum design, educational law, and innovation in education. Her dissertation work consisted of a case study in low socio-economic populations, to identify ways to gain parent involvement in the kindergarten classroom to enhance the development of the young students. After completing her graduate work, she moved to a university to facilitate the education of aspiring teachers who would fill future classrooms. At that time she also founded a charitable foundation in San Antonio. Robyn’s N.E.S.T. has a mission to nurture early success and teaching, by guiding young children and their families as they discover a strong foundation for literacy and a lifetime of learning. Additionally, Robyn serves in children’s ministry at her local church, she assists with multiple literacy councils, and presents at education conferences.

Pat Whitty (Board & Faculty)

Pat Whitty is a Health and Life Transition Coach. He recently left his position as Dean of the School of Business at Hallmark University to pursue a career of helping people take the first step toward creating the life they want by walking through the door of better health. His experience in leadership training with Chase Bank and more than 20 years as the owner of the Dale Carnegie Training franchise for South Texas has prepared him to take on this new challenge in his life.

He has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Incarnate Word University, and he is a committed lifelong learner who loves to listen and learn from others. In his spare time, Pat loves photography and motorcycle riding.

You can reach Pat at pwhitty@mac.com or 210-744-8999

Judith Cutright (Faculty)

President/Founder – Writer/Director/Producer/Talent at Cutright Communications

Motto: From Concept to Completion!
Write/Direct/Produce award-winning video productions and marketing tools to brand image, train employees, capture target audience attention, raise funds. Clients include global corporations, higher educational institutions, local and national non-profits. Over thirty years experience in media communications in front of and behind camera for broadcast, cable, and internet streaming.

Nadia Noel-Anglade (Faculty)

Nadia Noel-Anglade was born and raised in raised in Trinidad, West Indies. She moved to New York City as an international student to study at Monroe College where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management Cum Laude. She later earned a Masters of Science in International Management from Manhattanville College.

Nadia worked through several departments of Monroe College until she was promoted to the lead International Student Advisor/Resident Director. This position gave her extensive international business exposure throughout the Caribbean while recruiting students from alternate countries virtually. With a thirst for more adventure, her work overseas led her to excelling in other great industries such as Staffing, Financial Services, Call Center/BPO and Construction (Commercial Roofing). Her specialties includes but is not limited to: Direct International Recruiting for Higher Education and foreign government liaison, mass International Public Speaking, Call Center/BPO Operations for Regional/National Strategic accounts, she is a subject matter expert (SME) in Client and Employee Engagement, Sales, Leadership and Business Development.

She has been a part of over 15 professional Associations and recently launched her own company called “The Networking Embassy.” Her business provides services in Relationship Marketing, Consulting, speaking engagements and training for Sales/Marketing teams to increase brand awareness and profitability.

She is currently a board member of the Global Chamber, a member of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors, Chairperson of membership/Faculty Member of the Executive Book Review, a founding member for I-Empower and co-chair for a women’s mentoring group called Women’s Energy Network (WEN). Nadia is also the host of ‘Community Corner’ on Linkedin. A show which highlights and brings awareness to non-profit organizations in the community.

She is married to her husband Bellony of 11 years and have 3 beautiful children, Alec, Heidi and Zuri. They currently live in San Antonio, TX. The highlight of who Nadia is… well…she refers to herself as the ultimate “People Nerd.”😊

John Knotts (Board & Faculty)

John is a personal and professional business coach and consultant with over 25 years of experience in military, non-profit, and commercial entities.  He has an extensive background in strategy, change, process, leadership, management, human capital, training and education, innovation, design, and communication.  He believes strongly in a holistic and no-nonsense approach to establishing operational excellence.
John is a 21-year Air Force Veteran, 3-year consultant with the top-rated consulting firm, Booz | Allen | Hamilton, held several strategic roles over 7 years with the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and was a Chief Operations Officer with a local mid-sized business.  He owns his own consulting business, Crosscutter Enterprises, with which he has sharpened the saw since retiring from the Air Force in 2008.  He has been very involved in several non-profit organizations since the early 1990s.
John studied Industrial and Organizational Psychology as a Doctoral student with Walden University, hold a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems Management from National Graduate School and a Bachelor’s in Management from American Military School.  He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Smarter Solutions, a Master’s-level certification as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner from Georgetown University, and Change Management certification from Prosci.  Additionally, extensive training and education in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), project management, and agile methodologies.
John has an extensive writing, speaking, facilitating, and teaching background.  In the Air Force, was instructor certified, and taught hundreds of classes in many areas.  He is an Advanced Toastmaster with experience in ten different clubs in Europe and the United States and a certified Master Speechwriter, studying under Joan Detz, professional speechwriter and coach.  As a Master Black Belt, he developed and conducted numerous process improvement and process management courses.  For both National Graduate School and Hallmark University, he’s been an Adjunct Faculty member.
John has published a post-apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy novel, One Dead Marine; two business books: Overcoming Organizational Myopia: Breaking Through Siloed Organizations, and Business 2020: The Business World After COVID-19; is very active on social media; and is an avid blogger.
John and his wife, Lori, enjoy horses, golf, reading, writing, and traveling.  Together, they own Fine Print Farms, an Equestrian Eventing Destination in the Texas Hill Country.  They also are the founders of two equine-related non-profits.  The first is Hill Country Eventing Foundation, designed to support and promote the equestrian sport of Eventing in the Texas Hill Country and South Texas.  The second, a passion of Lori and John’s, is Reckless Rangers Veteran’s Equitherapy.  Through this program, they provide free equine-based learning and therapy to veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress.

Angela White (Faculty)

I am from the United Kingdom and came to Houston, Texas in 2007, moving to San Antonio in 2012. I am proud to be a dual citizen in my adopted home. My husband and I have a blended family of four adult children, three dogs and a parrot.
The majority of my career has been in the corporate world and ranges from finance to major IT implementations, creating a training division, manufacturing, production and shipping and running international customer service teams. In all these roles relationships and collaboration was essential.
Throughout my career, I have mentored and coached teams and individuals, so starting a Life coaching business in the UK, was a natural fit. I worked with corporate and private clients to ensure successful results. It was a satisfying and fun business. In 2020, I completed an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability.
I have served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Home, a not-for-profit focused on the treatment of substance use, for women. I then took a hard and bold decision to join Chosen Care, as their Chief Operating Officer. This move was due to my passion for the welfare of children and the personal connection I have in the field. Now as the President and CEO of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), I truly feel this is my forever home.

The not-for-profit sector is challenging and worth every minute of the dedication it takes, as you truly know you are making a difference.

I am driven by a desire for all people to know that they can choose a fulfilling life.  Where you start does not determine where you finish.

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Don Gleason (Faculty)

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Don leverages his passion to “help people find the career that energizes them and life that fulfills them.” He knew early in life his passion to “Clean America’s Waters” and then “lead teams to new heights.” His mission is to reduce frustration and depression from just wandering thru life. After 36 years in military and corporate leadership positions, he has
spent the last 5 years helping others improve their leadership, results and find their passion, as many know the destination but not the path.

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