ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (May 8, 2019) — The Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (RIA AUSA) will host a Young Professionals event on Wednesday, May 29, 5:30–7:30 PM, at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. Designed to build connections and leadership skills, 28 participants will engage in two activities:

  • 3-minute Speed Networking with 7 Community & 7 Senior Arsenal Military Leaders; and
  • (3) 15-minute segments on Tactical Leadership with Patrick Allie, Director of the Arsenal Museum, using historical battlefield facts & artifacts to give lessons that are relevant for the leaders of today.

AUSA members pay just $15 and non-members can register for $25. Refreshments are included. Online registration can be completed using this link:

Community Leaders include:

Ms Lori McFate: Serves as Liaison between two Army Materiel Command Major Subordinate Commands at Joint Munitions Command at the Rock Island Arsenal. Holds a Master of Organizational Leadership from St Ambrose University.

Mr Daniel Joiner: Director of Community Engagement, UnityPoint Health-Trinity. Responsible for providing oversite and strategic direction for Trinity’s Community Health Needs Assessment, Health Improvement Plan, and Community Benefits.

Mr John Robnett: 25 years’ experience in information technology management and has served as primary coordinator for internal security audits for FDA, HIPPA, Fortune 100 companies and the federal government.

Dr Randy Richards: Faculty member at St Ambrose University, Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia, and Visiting Professor in Kaiserslautern, Germany; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Berlin, and Hamburg, Germany.

Ms Trista Sanders: Serves as building Principal for Moline High School, Moline-Coal Valley, CUSD. Her background in the classroom and training as a counselor have positively impacted her ability to communicate effectively.

Mr Joe Moreno: A former mayor in East Moline, Joe has been dedicated to community service with particular emphasis on the military and running events to include serving as Race Director for the Quad Cities Marathon and many area races.

Ms Cheryl Riley-Hayles: With over 25 years’ experience in various sales roles she has achieved over $50M in sales revenue. She is the current Director for the Professional Development Center at St Ambrose University.

Senior Army Leader participation will be released to each participant individually for security purposes.


About the Association of the United States Army (AUSA):

AUSA is a private, non-profit, educational and professional development association serving America’s Total Army. Since 1950 AUSA has provided a voice for the Army, supported the Solider and honored those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation. With over 135,000 members and 123 all-volunteer chapters worldwide, AUSA is a dedicated team committed to building the best professional and representative association for the world’s best Army.

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