MSGL Advisory Board

Amy Breen, a Business Administration graduate at the University of Southern California, currently serves as the Senior Regional Sales Manager for Teva Neuroscience. Amy, among her many accomplishments at Teva since 1998, single-handedly took a 'last place sales team' and led them to be the number one sales team in the world for Teva and continued that trend for six straight years. During that time, sales grew from $10 million to over $200 million/year in her region of responsibility and consequently grew market share for Copaxone (Injectible FDA Approved for Multiple Sclerosis) from 29% to 51%, highest market share in the world for Teva Global. Amy was the first manager to bring Copaxone to market leadership over interferon competitors. 

Amy designed a course and taught Advanced Selling Skills, Accessing Difficult Doctors through Business Analysis to all 22 Regional Managers and selected Sales Specialists. Moreover, she designed and taught Tribal Leadership and Building Innovative Teams Through Change. 

Prior to her time at Teva, Amy spent six years in sales at Hoechst-Marion-Roussel where she was in the top 20% of all sales personnel and was quickly promoted to Senior Sales Representative. In her first year she won the Nova Award for having the largest sales increase in a year. Amy also spent 11 years at Miller Brewing Company where she served as a Product Marketing Manager, Sales Representative and Merchandiser. 

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Jim Caltrider is President and CEO of TrendSource, a San Diego-based market research and business intelligence firm. Prior to joining TrendSource in June, 2011, he served as General Manager of OSI Security Devices, a Division of Stanley Works, and held several senior executive operations positions at Cymer, a San Diego-based semi-conductor capital equipment manufacturer. Jim has served as consultant to Hewlett-Packard, Robert Bosch, Quaker Oats, The Bank of Scotland, Sprint, Resources Global Professionals, General Dynamics, SDG&E and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego and Oakland. Jim’s international experience includes extensive on-site work in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Canada. He has held faculty appointments at the University of San Diego School of Business, UCSD School of Engineering (adjunct) and has been a lecturer in various capacities for the Department of Defense. Jim earned an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Michael A. "Duffy" Dyer is CEO of the Shackleton Group, Inc., a private corporation specializing in the delivery of a full-range of business organizational design products and professional services.  The Shackleton Group collaborates with teams and provides tools to help companies develop a high performance-flourishing environment where employees excel as architects of their own solutions.  This affords companies the ability to harness the single most competitive advantage in the marketplace today: the focused, collective power of people.

A retired United States Marine Corps Colonel aviator with over 6000 hours of flight time in various types of military and civilian aircraft, his 30+ year military service comprised a myriad of leadership billets in Administration, Operations, Maintenance, and at the Commander’s level.  Of significance were Commanding Officer of both a Headquarters Squadron and a Marine Corps Air Station in Japan and Battle Staff Director at NORAD during Operation Noble Eagle following 9-11.

Following military retirement, Mr. Dyer served as the McMurdo Area Director, Raytheon Polar Services Company in support of the National Science Foundation responsible for leadership, management and oversight of all functions in support of Western Antarctic Science operations.  Later, he became Chief Executive Advisor to the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps providing executive level analyses with conceptual resolutions for aviation readiness issues impacting Marine Corps aviation organizations.

Mr. Dyer earned a BS in Physical Science from the United States Naval Academy and an MS in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.  He is married to the former Lisa S. Swanson of Elgin, Illinois.  They reside in the Washington D.C. metro area.

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Louise Gray is a Project Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment America (PlayStation). She has worked as a Project Manager in the Motion Capture and Sound departments managing simultaneous production schedules, product budgets and vendor relations. She is credited on numerous video games including Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us as well as BAFTA award winning and Grammy nominated Journey.

Prior to PlayStation, Louise worked in video game advertising at Midway Games where she researched end user demographics and negotiated brand placement in Midway’s portfolio of video games. She forged partnerships with internationally recognized brands such as General Motors, Zippo, Axe and Greyhound.

Prior to moving to San Diego, Louise worked for Oxford Business Group, an international publishing company researching emerging market economies. She conducted research and published investment reports in Malaysia, Brunei, Kuwait and Syria. 

She is an MSGL alum (Cohort 52) and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

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Alan Lerchbacker spent 26 years in the U.S. Navy. He started out in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and then went into the diving community. Alan was the Officer in Charge of the Space Shuttle Challenger recovery operations. After retirement from the Navy, Alan knew what he had the most fun doing in the Navy was building and being part of great teams. Alan was told that he needed to be a President or CEO. I was also told to forget it. It was too late. He was too old. That was all he needed to hear, “you can’t.” Nothing inspires Alan more than having people tell him what he wants to do is not possible.

Alan found people who would tell him what he needed to do to accomplish his goals rather than tell him what he couldn’t do. For Alan, first he had to get an MBA. He went from Assistant COO to COO for his boss. He turned his company around and they grew to become the largest business incubator in the United States.

Two years later Alan was asked to become President of Taylor-Dunn. He had a fantastic time and learned an immense amount from the owner and CEO. When he decided that he did not want to step down, a year later a head hunter called Alan to be the CEO of a small shipbuilding company. I jumped at the opportunity. He grew the shipyard from 66 people to over 1200 and teamed with General Dynamics and Boeing to win a $38B contract to build the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the next ship for the U.S. Navy.

Currently, Alan is the Managing Director, Western Region for The Miller Group out of Scottsdale, AZ. The firm engages in venture capital and private equity investing and provides a broad spectrum of financial and strategic advisory services to both public and private middle-market companies throughout North America.

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Matthew Muga is currently a Director of Project Management at Qualcomm Incorporated where he has served in a number of different roles over the last 15 years. Matthew specializes in the planning and execution of technically and operationally complex projects worldwide for Qualcomm and has operated on six continents in over 34 countries. Throughout his internationally focused career, Matthew has grown to fundamentally respect and learn from the business and cultural differences seen in many different corners of the world. A proud graduate of the MSGL Program (Cohort 42), Matthew also holds an MS in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, a BS in Business Information Systems from the University of Redlands, and a BA in Psychology from UC San Diego. He has resided in San Diego for the last 18 years with his wife and two sons.

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Gilda Reeves is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified Program Manager at SRA International, an IT solutions company. Since joining SRA in January 2009, she has provided risk management support for CANES and developed the administrative, program management ad risk management oversight for an ACAT 1 acquisition program.

Previously a Project Manager for CACI from 2005-2009, Gilda established the Naval Aviation Production Process office for the Commander, Naval Air Forces, directed Financial Resource Management System support for the 1st Naval Construction Division and Commander, Naval Surface Force, and now serves as a Project Manager for the Calibration/General Purpose Electronic Test Equipment programs.

Formerly, Gilda served as an Aviation Maintenance Officer in the United States Marine Corps. During her seven year tenure, Gilda participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). She provided integrated aviation logistics support to over 200 aircraft, both domestic and while deployed. Gilda’s was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for her contributions during OIF. Gilda finished her Marine Corps career managing an aeronautical manufacturing and maintenance repair complex consisting of 19 managers and over 600 technicians repairing avionics, power plant, and airframe components for 135 military aircraft.

Gilda is an ambassador and champion for transitioning military personnel and alumni seeking to obtain their PMP. Her outreach to military members, USD and the United States Naval Academy alumni is extensive, serving on both of their alumni boards. Her passion to see others succeed is illustrated by the time she devotes to mentoring and providing networking opportunities. Gilda earned a Master of Science in Global Leadership from USD and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.

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Michael J. Steffen, a Commander in the United States Navy and a native of Bedford, Virginia graduated from Virginia Tech in 1992 where he was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps Cadets and earned a B.S. in History.  Commissioned an Ensign in May 1992 through the NROTC Program, Commander Steffen was designated a Naval Aviator in 1994.

Following Fleet Replacement Pilot training in the SH-60F at HS-10, he reported to his first operational assignment with HS-4 “Black Knights” at NAS North Island, San Diego, California.  During his tour he was assigned as the Line Division Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Personnel Officer and Assistant Operations Officer while deploying twice to the Persian Gulf aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).

In 1999, after completing the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at NSAWC in Fallon, Nevada, Commander Steffen received orders to CHSWL Weapons Training Unit in Jacksonville, Florida as an instructor pilot and the FLIR/Hellfire weapons system subject matter expert.

In 2000, Commander Steffen was selected for the Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) Program and reported to the HCS-4 “Redwolves” in Norfolk, Virginia on 11 September, 2001 where he served as the Schedules Officer, Training Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer.  During his tour, the “Redwolves” were mobilized and executed two combat deployments, as part of the Joint Special Operations Air Detachment-Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After completing his department head tour at HCS-4, Commander Steffen reported to COMHELWINGRES in San Diego, California, where he served as the HCS Program Manager and Operations Officer.  During this tour he was temporarily assigned to HCS-5 as the Weapons and Tactics Instructor and subsequently deployed to Iraq for the fourth time in support of OIF.  Upon his return, he reported to the HCS-5 “Firehawks” as the Squadron Officer-in-Charge, where he oversaw the squadron’s final combat deployment to Iraq, and ultimate disestablishment on 1 January, 2007. 

In 2007, Commander Steffen reported for staff duty at U. S. Fleet Forces Command, where he served as an action officer in the N3 Joint Operations Directorate, taking a lead role in Maritime Homeland Defense and Operational Level of War transformation initiatives.  During his time at USFF, CDR Steffen was selected to command the “Jaguars” of HSL-60.

Commander Steffen proudly served as the Executive Officer and subsequently the Commanding Officer of the mighty Jaguars from March 2009 to August 2011.  During this period, the squadron excelled in the operational environment, leading the charge on developing new tactics and procuring new equipment for counter-drug operations, and along with being one of the first Navy units on the scene after the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

Commander Steffen has flown over 2,700 total hours, including more than 1000 hours on Night Vision Goggles and over 350 combat flight hours.  Some of his personal awards include the Air Medal Single Action with Combat “V” (two awards), Air Medal Strike/Flight (eight awards), and Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), along with other numerous campaign and unit awards.

In 1994, Commander Steffen had the good fortune and common sense to marry his beautiful wife, the former Jennifer Durgin of Stafford, Virginia.  They reside in Coronado, CA with their three spirited daughters Rachel, Sarah and Abigail. 

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Duane Trombly, an Entrepreneurial Operations Executive with 25+ years broad based professional services experience with privately held small to middle market companies. Strong business operations executive known for strength in infrastructure develop and management of complex fast paced organizations. Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities and develop innovative and cost effective solutions for improving customer product offerings, enhanced competitiveness and increased revenues. Ability to blend human resource needs and requirements of an organization with its business operations for maximum efficiency. Successfully lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in highly competitive markets yielding increased revenues and profitability.

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Inna Zozulyak is a Director of Human Resources for International Stem Cell Corporation, a public biotech company based in Carlsbad. In her role, Inna oversees the company’s HR processes end-to-end, including acquisition, deployment, motivation, performance and development of talent in support of organizational mission and objectives.

Prior to her employment with International Stem Cell, Inna was an HR Business Partner for MaxLinear, a public broadband communications technology company. She also has experience in project management, business strategy, business and labor law. Throughout her career, Inna has worked in highly diverse global teams. She is passionate about cultures and the rapidly changing global environment.

Inna received her Master’s degree in Law from Lviv National University in Ukraine and her Master’s degree in Global Leadership (MSGL) from the University of San Diego. Inna is a certified HR professional with the Society for Human Resource Management. 

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