As a community service, the MOAACC Speakers Bureau provides presentations for community and club meetings, luncheons, dinners, reunions, schools, and special events. Our speakers are an experienced and diverse group. All speakers are MOAACC members and former or current uniformed service officers, or family members. Speakers are scheduled on request and available to speak on a variety of topics such as leadership, teamwork, history, patriotic themes, and others (see speaker profiles below).
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Colonel Benjamin L. Abramowitz, US Army (Retired)
After serving 28 years in the Army as an Army Aviator and Infantryman, Ben moved to Florida where he served on the Faculty of the University of Central Florida for 22 years. His area of teaching focused on Ethics and Leadership. Ben also received a Fulbright fellowship to Ukraine where he taught. Ben has also been an arbitrator for FINRA, served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, the board of IRCC, Board of Temple Israel and is a Guardian ad Litem.
- Reminisces of 28 years of Army service
- An American Story: Immigrant, Soldier, Athlete, Educator
- Guardian ad Litem Program from a participant
Major William P. Adams, US Army Reserve (Retired)
Graduated from West Point in 1981 and commissioned a Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He served in cannon and missile units in the U.S. and Germany. In 1988, he was assigned as Asst. Professor of Military Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He left active duty in 1992, and entered the Army Reserve Component. He now works as Director for an international Christian-charitable organization and performs volunteer service as Chaplain for MOAACC.
- Israel and Middle East Affairs
- Leadership the West Point Way
- Faith-Based Solutions in a Complex Society
Lieutenant Malcom E. Baird, US Navy (Retired)
Mac served in the Submarine Force in Spain, Groton CT, and the Naval Test Ordinance Unit in Port Canaveral. He attended Officer Candidate School and served on submarines, ship, and shore duty stations. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Science from Rollins College, and an MS in Management from Florida Tech. He was also a Manager with Computer Sciences Raytheon, an advisor with Merrill Lynch, and taught Project Management at Brevard Community College.
- Life in the Submarine Force
- Project Management and Leadership
- Financial Planning
Colonel Stephen J. Bond, US Army (Retired)
US Army veteran having served as an Infantry and Military Intelligence Officer. Also served as a US Government Senior Executive (SES), Transition Team Director in Iraq, 2008-09. Veteran of Military Operations in Panama (Just Cause), Haiti, the Gulf Wars (Desert Shield/Storm, & Iraqi Freedom) and others. Master Parachutist and Ranger qualified. Graduate of the Army Command & General Staff College, Army War College, and holds a Master’s Degree in History.
- Military History & US History
- Operations Just Cause (Panama), Desert Shield/Storm (Gulf War), and Iraqi Freedom
- Leadership and Teamwork
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Faulkender, US Army (Retired)
Retired Army officer, businessman, and college professor. He is a West Point graduate and earned a (MSIE) degree at Georgia Tech. He spent two tours in Vietnam. As a businessman he returned a medical company to solvency. His experience in a project management firm qualified him as an adjunct professor for ten years.
- The Vietnam advisory experience
- Microeconomics & Barnyard Economics--You don’t work; you don’t eat.
- Seeping Shariah--when freedom of religion clashes with our Constitution.
- Management and leadership--the difference; the similarities
Major General Ed Wilson, US Air Force (Retired)
Former Commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range, responsible for the processing and launch of satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Graduate of the USAF Academy, received an M.S. in Electrical/Computer engineering from Northeastern University, and an M.A. from the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies. Following his retirement with over 30 years in the USAF, he served as a Senior Civilian Government Appointee as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. He is currently the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Strategic Consulting, LLC.
- Cyber Operations
- Space Operations
Chief Warrant Officer-4 Dan S. McIntyre, US Coast Guard Reserve (Retired)
Southern Technical Institute graduate, with an AS in Mechanical Technology. Enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1960. Served 42 Years in USCGR including eight years of active duty and 2½ years as an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy Leadership Development Institute. Retired in 2005 as a CWO4 Naval Engineer. Worked Xerox Corporation for 32 Years in Product Development, Service Management, Training, and Performance Excellence.
- S. Coast Guard History and Missions
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
- Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator
- Leadership and Management
Captain Bill Muckler, US Marine Corps (Former)
Veteran, Author, Visionary, Entrepreneur, and Problem Solver. Born in St. Louis, he has a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Bill founded Muckler Typographic Corporation in St. Louis. He also worked as a Work Process Management Professional for 40 years. Bill later became the owner of his own management and leadership, and work process implementation consultancy.
- American Government
- United States Constitution
- American History
- Business Solutions
Lieutenant Commander Amir Pishdad Jr., US Navy SEAL (Retired)
Qualified as a Navy UDT/SEAL (in the Only SEAL Training Class that no one Quit), Deployed with Underwater Demolition Team Twenty-One & SEAL Team TWO. Requested by the Navy to return serving as the Diving Officer with Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN. Original member of SEAL Team FIVE. Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Motivation & Productivity
- Leadership Skills Building
- Teamwork Development
- History of Special Warfare (Navy FROGMEN)
Colonel William F. (Bill) Prince, US Army Special Forces (Retired)
Graduated from West Point. Served in Vietnam as an Infantry lieutenant with both Ranger and Special Forces units. Served with the Central Intelligence Agency with subsequent operational assignments in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. His Middle East service spanned 30 years; serving in 13 countries in that region, including 11 deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Radical Islam
- The Qur’an
- Iran’s threat to the Western Hemisphere
Colonel Jeffery C. Rogers, US Army (Retired)
Graduated from West Point and served on active duty for 26 years - first as an Infantry Officer in heavy, light infantry, and Ranger units, including a combat tour in Vietnam. He later served in numerous Finance & Comptroller command and staff positions, and as Commandant of the Army Finance School. Following his military retirement, he served with SAIC as a Vice President for Program Management, Senior Program Manager, and mentor for aspiring SAIC executives.
- Effective Communications
- Experiences as a Combat Infantry Leader in Vietnam
Major George H. Rosenfield, US Army (Retired)-WW II and Korean War Vet
During World War II, served with the 10th Mountain Division (Ski Troops) with combat duty in Italy. He later served 5 years as a Regular Army Engineer Officer and served 13 months in Korea, from the Pusan breakout to construction of the conference camp at Panmunjom. He holds a Master’s degree from New York State College, and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts.
- Army Ski Troops in WW II & Combat in Cold Weather Conditions
- Korean War and Ethical decisions in combat
- Global Warming
- NASA work experience
Lieutenant Colonel Harry “Skip” Taylor, US Army (Retired)
Served 31 years in the US Army as a Combat Infantryman in Vietnam, Protocol Officer, and Defense Attaché. Veterans Service Officer for Disabled American Veterans, Veterans Treatment Court Mentor, Chair of IRCC Foundation, President of the Military Society of the Blue Badge (CIB), and Board Member of MOAACC Good Deeds Foundation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Public Administration.
- NATO and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
- Military History & US History
- Leadership and Teamwork
Captain Joseph L. Steckler, US Navy (Retired)
Graduate of the US Naval Academy and 30-year veteran. Served primarily in submarines. Service included Executive Assistant/Flag Officer Secretary, Nuclear Weapons Division with JCS, Commodore of a Naval Recruiting Area, Commander Auburn NROTC, and Commanding Officer US Navy Retirement Home. Currently, an elder advocate. Activities include broadcast Radio and TV shows for seniors.
- Senior resources in Brevard County
- Building Senior Resources
- Help and funding for senior programs
- Senior Retirement Living
Captain Robert Watts, US Navy (Retired)
Served 32 years in the Navy as a pilot and retired in 2005. After retiring, he served as the Superintendent, New York Military Academy, a college preparatory coed military school in New York from 2005-2010. Graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Analytical Management and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a MS in National Resource Strategy.
- History of Navy helicopter operations and evolution
- Historical significance of Veterans Day and Memorial Day
CPT Donn Weaver, USA, Former
Served in Korea and during the Vietnam era in the Infantry. Attended graduate school on the GI Bill and spent 44 years as a career diplomat with the Department of State serving in 8 countries and learning 5 foreign languages. Donn has been on contract with DoD and DoS for 14 years after retirement and volunteers in a number of Brevard veteran organizations. He has extensive teaching and public speaking experience and coordinates the Veterans in the Classroom program in Brevard Co.
- Foreign Service and Being a Diplomat Abroad
- Current Affairs, Africa, Eastern Europe, inside stories on the fall of the Soviet Union
- Veteran matters, the Veterans Memorial Center, Missing in America Project
- Gold Star Family and Service/Sacrifice
Lieutenant Daniel E. Wilson, USN Retired – UDT/SEAL
Retired Naval officer with 22 years of service in both the enlisted and officer ranks. Also served 19 years as Program Manager for DoD Health Facilities Management projects. He has authored numerous books, hosted a nationwide radio program (America’s Champions), and has been a guest speaker at various leadership and social venues around the nation. He is an active member of the UDT/SEAL Association, SEAL Museum, and MOAA.
- Pursuit of Purpose
- Building on America’s Founding Ideals
- A Faith Based Perspective on Military Service
Colonel Lee T. Wyatt, III, US Army (Retired)
B.A, M.A., Ph.D. in History. Graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College and National War College. Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department of History, U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Publications: Book – The Industrial Revolution (Greenwood Press, 2009) and more than 30 articles and conference papers on European, American, military and Holocaust topics.
- Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention, and the Constitution
- George Washington and his close associates
- Armistice Day, November 11, 1918
- The Holocaust
- Dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945
Lori Marie Huertas, Army Mom
Graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University and completing Doctorate at Barry University in Educational Leadership/Student Services for Veterans. Ambassador for Blue Star Families, Florida Delegate of the National Veterans Chamber and their Program Director for Military Reading Club. Virtual Volunteer for USO. Volunteer with Honoring the Heroes and Give Kids the World. Featured Speaker at Veteran Success Conference. Certified from Disney Institute on Business Excellence. Member of Florida Association of Veteran Owned Business. Published author and writer.
Topics: (Bilingual - English/Spanish)
- Motivation & Productivity
- Leadership Skills Building and Teamwork
- Embracing Cultural Diversity
- Military Family Support through Reading
Captain Rita Shapiro
US Public Health Service (Retired)
Served in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service at various locations across the United States, including at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda MD, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Defense Center of Excellence for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Silver Springs MD. In September 2001, she helped mobilize 900+ members of the Naval Reserve for the movement of the hospital ship USNS Comfort to New York after the 9/11 terror attack. She is a licensed Physical Therapist. Her education includes a BS in Physical Therapy, MA in Management, MA in National Security and Strategic Studies, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
- Health and Fitness
- Navy Medical Services Opportunities
- Experiences with USPHS
- Naval Academy Admissions
The Military Officers Association of America, Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) is an affiliate of the national Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is a nonprofit veterans’ association advocating for a strong national defense and protecting veteran’s rights and benefits. The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily represent those of MOAA or MOAACC.
Interested in becoming a member of the MOAACC Speakers Bureau? Email us at SpeakersBureau@moaacc.org for information.