Resilient Leadership Solutions (RLS) is on a mission to inspire leaders to build and cultivate healthy and resilient teams. We are an accredited training partner for the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional (RBLP) certification exams. We are here to assist you with the exam prep and training for RBLP certifications as well as create customized trainings for your organization. If you are interested in completing our training program and/or earning your RBLP certification please contact us today.
In this video RLS owner, Luke Freshwater, sits down with Belinda Aramide, Chief Brand Officer for RBLP, to discuss the importance of resilience in the workplace.
Owner and Founder
Luke Freshwater is a proud husband and father. He was honored to serve a total of 11 years in the United States Army. Four years of that was spent on active duty as a leader within an elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit, better known as the bomb squad, supporting Special Forces. During his time in the service he completed one tour to Eastern Afghanistan as a platoon leader.
Luke is passionate about resilience and building resilient individuals, teams, and families. He not only believes in it, but strives to live it every day. Whether it be leading bomb squad teams in Afghanistan, fighting forest fires in Idaho, leading sales teams, owning and operating a small business, or raising five children; he believes resiliency is pivotal to long term success and happiness. He is on a mission to inspire leaders to build resilient teams across the globe.
Just like the bison, we must choose to face the storm when challenges confront us as individuals, teams, and organizations. Into the Storm we go!
Meet the Team
We are proud to have a team of highly qualified instructors and leaders with diverse backgrounds. Each individual has extensive experience building and leading teams and brings a high degree of passion and knowledge.
Dave Stout joined the Army as a Combat Medical Specialist. His assignments include: Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade Fort Hood, TX (deployed to Iraq 08-
09, 11); 232nd Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade Fort Sam Houston, TX; 2-27 Infantry Battalion (Wolfhounds), 25th Infantry Division; 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Forces
Assistance Brigade (SFAB) (deployed to Afg. 2018); Martin Army Community Hospital
Fort Benning, GA; Weed Army Community Hospital Fort Irwin, CA. 1SG Stout has held
leadership positions from Squad Leader to First Sergeant, as well as Senior Medical
Advisor and Medical Operations Officer for 1st SFAB.
1SG Stout holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and was inducted into the AMEDD’s Order of the Military Medical Merit and is a member of the American
College of Healthcare Executives and the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Kyle Reeves is known for his exceptional leadership skills and unwavering dedication to his teams. Born with a passion for excellence and a relentless pursuit of self-improvement, Kyle's journey has been defined by his commitment to service, education, and physical fitness.
With a career spanning several years in special operations, Kyle has amassed a wealth of experience in building and leading teams in high-pressure environments. He has honed his leadership abilities through countless missions, demonstrating remarkable resilience, adaptability, and an unyielding dedication to the safety and success of his team members.
Kyle's journey into the world of special operations was marked by multiple deployments, where he faced the rigors of combat. His ability to remain composed under intense pressure and to make critical decisions in the heat of battle has earned him the respect of his peers and superiors alike.
Academically driven, Kyle is not only a warrior but also a scholar. He holds a Bachelor's degree, demonstrating his commitment to education and intellectual growth. Furthermore, he has earned two Master's degrees, further distinguishing himself as a leader who values knowledge and continuous learning. His academic achievements reflect his dedication to personal development and his commitment to enhancing his leadership capabilities.
Beyond his military and academic pursuits, Kyle is a multifaceted individual who thrives on physical challenges. He is an avid weightlifter, harnessing the discipline and determination required to excel in the gym. In addition to weightlifting, he has embraced the grueling world of triathlons, pushing his physical boundaries and showcasing his relentless drive to achieve new heights.
Adjunct Instructor/Owner of ELC
Alejandro Garcia Jr
I grew up working in the fields, doing hours of manual labor, and experiencing firsthand the incredible resources this country provided for me and my family.
These were the pivotal memories from my childhood that inspired me to join the United States Marine Corps, and serve my country as my way of paying it back for the opportunities that changed my life.
While we all have the capacity for greatness, I believe success in all areas of life begins with quality leadership.
Whether we’re trying to foster innovation, cultivate a positive work environment, or build resilient teams, a lot of the problems in modern society, business, and law enforcement can be mitigated with better leadership skills and effective communication.
As a senior enlisted leader and a Leadership Adjunct Faculty Instructor with Davis Defense Group, my mission to create opportunities for the next generation of leaders to develop their skills, so they can bring about meaningful and lasting change in organizations.
It’s time for us to do better than the “status quo,” and build the kind of environments where trust, support, and genuine concern for our fellow humans can be the new standard of growth and purpose-driven success.
In 1993, Ben joined the Navy from Washington State, seeking adventure and purpose. Initially in structural repair, he was quickly drawn to the Special Operations community’s small team high-intensity work, where he learned the importance of being part of a team and building team trust to overcome obstacles. After graduating from the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Ben worked his way up through the organization, quickly becoming adept at leading elite teams of all sizes.
Ben served as both a team member and team leader, Leading Chief of a platoon and company, Leading Chief and Operations Department Head, culminating in serving as Command Master Chief of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit EIGHT in Rota, Spain, and at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal in Florida. Ben has worked with all four Branches of Service throughout his career and has extensive experience with Special Operations and Special Forces units and Intelligence Community expertise.
A married parent of two girls, Ben thrives as a strong communicator, resilient leader, and problem-solving team builder with a passion for positive outcomes and people. He loves the outdoors, building, fixing, learning to grow a garden, and restoring his old Bronco.
Recently retired after 30 years of service, Ben is excited about leaning into a new chapter, adding value to individuals and teams looking to solve creatively and bolster processes by infusing resiliency in individual leaders and teams, enabling breakthrough solutions to complex challenges, enhanced productivity, and exponential growth.
“I’m passionate about building a resilient community. I thrive in a connected environment, and I believe others seek a similar belonging. I work the connective tissue to remove barriers and build trust with integrity. Communication, empowerment, and leading by example are the cornerstones of outstanding leadership and organizations.”
During 23 years of military service, Mark built a reputation for being a principled and compassionate leader. As a member of the Special Operations community, Mark faced uncertain and ambiguous environments where he learned the importance of consistently acting in accordance with company values...oftentimes, they were the only guiding lights along the path. Mark believes that leadership is not about existing structure, rank, position, certification, or education. Leadership is about being subject to the team and serving their interests, before your own, in line with the mission and ethos of the organization.
A committed lifetime learner, Mark holds a BA in International Relations, an MS in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, speaks fluent French, is a Resilience-Building Leadership Professional Trainer and is currently working towards a Senior Professional certificate through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Retiring from the Navy in the Summer of 2022, Mark currently serves as the Operations and Strategy manager for a global start-up business in eCommerce. In his current role, Mark has built an international supply chain, strategized annual operating plans, managed human resource responsibilities and served as a functional Team member in marketing, sales, and product development. Most importantly, Mark is focused on creating an ethical company culture. He is determined to get it right before the enterprise increases in size and becomes harder and harder to influence.
Mark is married, has five children, and lives in Southwest Michigan. When not working, Mark enjoys reading all subjects and genres, exploring French language and culture, playing gypsy jazz guitar, cycling and taking walks to clear his head or listen to pod-casts…anything to spark creativity and facilitate the discovery of new ideas.
Mark is proud to be a member of the Resilient Leadership Solutions Team and is sincere in his desire to pass on knowledge gained through a lifetime of both success and failure.
Edidiong DeeDee Glodowski
Chief Master Sergeant Edidiong O. Glodowski is the Senior Enlisted Leader/Guard Advisor for the Plans, Policy, Strategy and Capabilities Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart Germany. As the Senior Enlisted Leader, she advises the Director, U.S. EUCOM J5/8 in the formulation, implementation, and execution of policies, directives, operations, and professional development throughout the Directorate.
Additionally, Chief Glodowski coordinates with the EUCOM Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) and senior personnel from other EUCOM Directorates, Service Components, Combatant Commands, and StatePartnership Program National Guard units, on policies, programs, training and education that affect joint service members. She is a key advisor to the Director and EUCOM CSEL in the development of Allied and partner professional enlisted corps.
Chief Glodowski, entered the Air Force in December 1998. She graduated from the Health Services Management apprentice course at Sheppard AFB, Texas and held various duties in the personnel and planner career fields. Her background includes leadership and management roles in programs and policies at headquarters, and squadron level positions.
Her assignments include bases in South Dakota, Virginia, Arkansas and overseas positions in South Korea and Hawaii. She deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and DEEP FREEZE. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the Air Enlisted Legislative Liaison, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington D.C
Senior Master Sergeant Anthony Uhlik is a passionate and curious leader. In his 23 years of
service in the United States Air Force, he has developed the traits and skills to be a successful leader through hard work, grit and a positive attitude.
As a Senior Enlisted Leader,
Superintendent and career Command and Control Operations airmen, he has been challenged and tested in dynamic operating environments that have asked himself and the teams he has led to immediately and rapidly shift focus and tackle the emerging crisis. From earthquakes, September 11th, 2001 attacks, deployed operating environments, he has witnessed the power of a well led team built on the foundations of trust, openness and clear communication.
From his early days of growing up in Nebraska and 23 years of service, he has tried and failed,
dusted himself off and applied the lessons from those mistakes to better himself and those
around him. As a self-described life-long learner, he is often found reading and feeding that appetite to learn from those who have already walked that path.
He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Sports and Health Sciences and Resilient-Building Leader Program – Trainer
When he is not behind a book, you can find him outdoors filling his cup as an avid runner,
outdoor enthusiast and spending time with his wife of 19 years, his two sons and their 2
He is excited to help you build strong and resilient teams that are capable of meeting the
challenges your organization is facing now and preparing them for the future.
Darryl J. Hill
Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, my journey began with a pivotal decision in February 2005 – bidding farewell to my grocery store shelf stocking role to answer the call of the United States Air Force. Infused with an innate passion for leadership and a genuine connection with individuals, I embarked on a trajectory that unfolded over nearly two decades of dedicated military service as a Security Forces, Intelligence Analyst, Professional Military Education curriculum developer and instructor.
From my earliest days in the Air Force, I encountered challenges that would ultimately shape me into the resilient leader I am today. Throughout the years, I navigated diverse leadership roles, each fostering growth and fortitude. These experiences instilled within me a profound understanding of meeting people at their individual junctures and propelling them towards collective success.
Among the various certifications I've acquired, the Resilience Leadership Building Program stands out as a beacon of resonance. It encapsulates my unwavering commitment to cultivating resilience not only within myself but also among those I've had the privilege to lead. As my career continues to unfold, I remain steadfast in my pursuit of leadership excellence, drawing strength from the challenges I've confronted and the growth they've ignited.
Hailing from South Carolina, Shauna Addison enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2003 and attended basic and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, SC. Upon completion of training at Fort Jackson she was awarded the military occupational specialty 42A (Human Resource Specialist).
Shauna has 20+ years of experience as a Human Resource Specialist, four+ years of experience as an Executive Administrative Assistant, and 10+ years as a Senior Human Resources Professional-with most of her time spent in the Special Operations Community. Throughout her military career, she’s spent time at Fort Liberty, NC (formerly Fort Bragg); Stuttgart, Germany; Washington, DC; Fort Belvoir, VA; Alexandria, VA; and Carlisle Barracks, PA. Shauna has deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq as a Human Resource Specialist, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the HR Supervisor, and in support of Operation FREEDOM SENTINEL in Afghanistan as the HR Senior Advisor.
Shauna has completed all levels of military professional development. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and a graduate of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. Her military education includes: the Static Line Jumpmaster Course, the Company Commander & First Sergeant Course, and Battle Staff. Her civilian education includes a Master’s in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston-West Virginia, a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University, an Associate’s in General Studies from Central Texas College and the Resilient Building Leadership Professional-Trainer (RBLP-T) Certification.
When Shauna is not working, she enjoys walking and spending time with her 10-year-old yorkie/poo, as well as her family and friends. She also loves spending time outdoors going on a nice hike or walking her dog; as well as attending fun and eventful sporting events.
Shauna is excited to join the Resilient Leadership Solutions Team, and she is eagerly looking forward to developing other future resilient leaders.
Jose "Ray" Raymundo
Sergeant Major Jose F "Ray" Raymundo, U.S. Army retired, was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. He immigrated to the United States and enlisted in the Army in 1992. He attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for advanced individual Training as a 76J (68J) Medical Supply Specialist.
During his career, Ray held every enlisted leadership ranging from squad leader to sergeant major. Ray has served in Germany, Korea, Afghanistan, Qatar, Texas, and Washington, D.C. He earned the Bronze Star while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. In August 2017, Ray was selected to serve as the sergeant major for the United States Army Medical Materiel Center- Europe (USAMMCE). In August 2017, he was chosen as the United States Army Medical Command, G4 sergeant major, serving until he relinquished the position in August 2022 when he retired after 30+ years of active honorable service.
Ray is a graduate of class 67 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. Ray holds a Master of Science (Dean's List), a Bachelor of Legal Studies (Dean's List), both degrees from the American Military University, and an Automotive Service Technician Vocational Degree (Academy Honors) from South Texas Vocational Technical Institute.
Ray is a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit, an Honorary inductee of the Sergeant Morales Club, and an inductee of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. Ray is certified Master Resilience Trainer, Resilience Building Leadership Professional - Trainer, and John Maxwell Leadership Speaker, Coach, and Trainer.
During his free time, Ray enjoys spending time with his family, exploring multiple languages (he is fluent in Spanish), working on cars, and working out to release stress.
Ray is excited to join and be part of the Resilient Leadership Solutions team; He looks forward to adding value, building individuals stronger and more resilient in order to meet today's challenges for a greater future.
Mike McGonigal has found great passion in leadership and the development of others while serving in the United States Army for the last 20 years. For 18 years, Mike has served in multiple leadership positions that afforded him the opportunity to strengthen teams as well as individuals. His greatest achievements are seeing those he led, turn into great and resilient leaders in both their professional and
As an Army senior facilitator, Mike gained great insights into leading diverse teams to achieve a common goal. This exemplified his dedication to leadership development and what it truly meant to “be in charge”. Since then, he has created multiple programs that bridge the gaps between senior and junior service members as well as created an open space for ideas to be shared.
Mike has achieved his Bachelor of Science Degree in Project Management and His Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Change. Through his time as a facilitator and program manager, he was awarded the Master Army Instructor Badge.
With the support of his wife and daughter, Mike continues to place emphasis on improving the idea of leadership and resiliency within the workplace. As he will tell you, “people will only excel in places they want to be”. He is honored to be part of this excellent group of leadership centric professionals and is excited to not only assist in molding leaders of tomorrow but to also learn from all of those that placed
the RBLP on their path to success.