Cadre & Staff

Ciro Stefano

Ciro Stefano

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
ccstefano@wpi.edu

Ciro Stefano

  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Professor of Military Science / Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Stefano assumed command of the Bay State Battalion on 15 July 2011. He serves as the Professor of Military Science, the Military Science Department Head, and the Commander of the Bay State Battalion. He is an expert trainer and leader, having received the Army’s highest award for leadership, the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He comes to WPI with twenty eight years of experience, having served at every level of command and staff assignments in the Army, from Platoon Sergeant to Chief Warrant Officer to Battalion Commander. His assignments include several operational assignments around the globe and four tours of combat including Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Overseas assignments include the Republic of Korea, Germany, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently he served as the Executive Officer to the General responsible for all operations in the United States Army Europe Headquarters. He is an Airborne Ranger and Senior Army Aviator rated to fly the UH-1 Huey, the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. He also holds all of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings one can earn as a civilian aviator. He has earned multiple degrees in Aeronautical Sciences and an MBA. Finally, he is fully fluent in the German language and has a high degree of understanding of European and Middle Eastern cultures. The love of his life is his wife Katie and he adores his two Bulldogs.

Francisco J. Escobar (Javi)

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
Fax: +1-508-831-5809
fjescobar@wpi.edu

Francisco J. Escobar (Javi)

  • Major
  • Battalion Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science

Major Escobar arrived to the Bay State Battalion on 16 June 2014.  Originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.  He serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and the Executive Officer for the Bay State Battalion.  MAJ Escobar attended Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Puerto Rico where was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Biomedical science in 2001 and subsequently received his commissioned as a Quartermaster officer.  His military education includes:  Infantry Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, the Command and General Staff Officer College. MAJ Escobar has served in various leadership and staff positions throughout his military career, from Rifle and Anti-armor Platoon Leader to Company Commander and various staff position at the Battalion and Brigade level.  His assignments include two tours of combat in Iraq.  Most recently he attended and graduated the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in Fort Benning, GA.  MAJ Escobar’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Rigger Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).  MAJ Escobar loves to spend time with his beautiful wife Lizbeth, son, Jadier (6) and daughter, Kimberly (2).

Kristina Carney

Kristina Carney

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
kcarney2@wpi.edu

Kristina Carney

  • Captain
  • Operations Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Kristina Carney joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2013. Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, CPT Carney attended Reserve Officer Training Corps at Washington State University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 2006 and subsequently received her commission as a Military Police Officer. Her military education includes: completion of Airborne School, Military Police Officer Basic Training, The Department of the Army Police Academy, Military Police Captain’s Career Course, and the Warrior Transition Cadre Training Course. She earned her Master’s Degree in Business Organizational Security Management from Webster’s University in 2011. Captain Carney’s initial assignment from 2006 to 2007 was in Camp Humphreys, South Korea where she served as a Platoon Leader of the 557th MP Company, 94th Military Police Battalion. From 2007 to 2009 she was assigned to the 43d Adjutant General Battalion where she served as the Executive officer for Alpha Company and later HHC. She was later deployed in 2010 to Camp Arifjan Kuwait where she served as the Army Central Coalition Forces Land Component Command G36 PMO Chief of Customs Operations. She returned to Joint Base Lewis McChord where she served as the Warrior Transition Battalion  Assistant Operations Officer until 2011 where she was assigned as the Commander of Bravo Company, Warrior Transition Battalion until 2013. Captain Carney’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Parachutist Badge, and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold)

James Torrico

James Torrico

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
jltorrico@wpi.edu

James Torrico

  • Master Sergeant
  • Senior Military Science Instructor

MSG James L. Torrico was born in Bolivia, South America and was raised in East Amherst NY. Upon graduating from Pioneer High School in 1995, he entered the United States Army, on 7 September 1995 as a 13B Cannon Crewmember. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His duty assignments consist of 3 Howitzer Battery, 2ACR Fort Polk; Bravo Battery 3/6 FA, Fort Drum; HHB 434 FA Brigade, Fort Sill; HHB 428 FA Brigade; HQ Detachment, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill; and C 1/78 FA. MSG Torrico has deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan twice, and Iraq. During his career, MSG Torrico has served in various positions such as Advance Party, Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, QAO NCOIC, Post Combative’s NCOIC, Combined Joint Task Force Paladin, RC North NCOIC and First Sergeant for C 1/78 FA.   MSG Torrico’s military education includes Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Airborne, Air Assault, and Army Combative’s Levels 1-4. He is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice with Central Texas College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He also has been awarded the Order of the Saint Barbara.  MSG Torrico is married to Wafaa Torrico.

Travis Blanchard

Travis Blanchard

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
teblanchard@wpi.edu

Travis Blanchard

  • Sergeant First Class
  • Battalion Operations NCO/Assistant Professor of Military Science

SFC Travis Blanchard is the Battalion Operations Noncommissioned Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science. He works hand in hand with the Operations Officer to ensure all Battalion training is resourced planned and equipped. He is also the primary instructor and counselor for the MSII Cadets during their second year in Army ROTC. SFC Blanchard joined the Army in 1994 and attended Basic and Advance training at Ft Benning GA. His previous assignments include Ft Riley Kansas, Camp Casey Korea, Ft Hood Texas, Camp Hovey Korea, Germany, as well as serving as a recruiter in Vineland NJ. SFC Blanchard has been deployed to the Middle East three times, most recently in Iraq during the transition between Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. SFC Blanchard’s military education includes Warrior Leader Course, Advance Leader Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Total Army Instructor Training, Small Group Leader Training, Recruiting School, and the Senior Maneuver Leaders Course. SFC Blanchard is married to his wonderful wife Sharon and they have one son Tristan. SFC Blanchard enjoys family time, touring historical sites, basketball, and playing the drums.

Fedencia Pagaduan

Fedencia Pagaduan

Contact Information

Daniels Hall

Fedencia Pagaduan

  • Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • Fitchburg State University Officer-in-Charge

Fedencia Pagaduan is a Senior Military Science Instructor.  She joined the WPI Department of Military Science in 2003.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA in 1989 and received her commission into the Army through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).  She earned her Master of Science in Counseling - School Guidance  Counseling from Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA in 2012.  Ms. Pagaduan holds an initial Massachusetts licensure as a school guidance counselor at the secondary level (grades 5-12).    Ms. Pagaduan served both on active duty and reserve duty.  She spent 3 ½ years on active duty in the US Army,  participating in Operation Promote Liberty, Panama, and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Persian Gulf.  Upon leaving active duty she continued to serve in the US Army Reserve (USAR) in various communications specialists and instructor/trainer positions.  In 2004-2005, she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.   Currently, she is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAR and an instructor for the Intermediate Level Education course, designed to teach strategic, operational and tactical military operations to senior Army officers.

Thomas Maeder

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
Fax: +1-508-831-5809
tmaeder@wpi.edu

Thomas Maeder

  • Senior Military Science Instructor
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell Officer-in-Charge

Mr. Maeder was assigned to the Bay State Battalion on 26 June 2014. He serves as the Senior Military Science Instructor (SMSI) at UMass-Lowell. He comes to the battalion with over 34 years of military experience.  He first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1975 and also served in the Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard and Army National Guard before being commissioned through Army ROTC at Oregon State University where he also earned his MBA. As an Infantry Officer, his area of concentration was Operations and Training. He served in Motorized, Air Assault and Mechanized Infantry units as well as Cavalry and Armor formations. His duties have taken him across the USA and overseas to Okinawa, Korea, Germany, Panama and Afghanistan. He initially retired from the Army in 2006 and has since worked as a contract employee for Army ROTC at both Brigade and Battalion level until a Retiree Recall in 2011 for two years to Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. He also holds a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He and his wife Kathy have been married over 30 years and are proud parents of three adult children.

Scott Wallace

Contact Information

Daniels Hall

Scott Wallace

  • Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Instructor

Mr. Scott Wallace is the Military Science Instructor (MSI) at UMass-Lowell, a partnership school within the Bay State Battalion and serves there as the primary Instructor and Advisor for the MSII Cadets. Mr. Wallace joined the U.S. Army in 1979 and attended training at Fort Benning, GA. He is currently an active Reservist assigned to E Co. 1/304th Regt, 98th DIV (IT) at Fort Devens, MA. During his career he has conducted Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Benning GA, Fort Dix NJ, Fort Jackson SC, Fort Campbell KY, Fort Knox KY and Fort Leonard Wood MO. He has also instructed at the Drill Sergeant and BNCOC Academies. Mr. Wallace was deployed once during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom to Kuwait and Iraq (2004-2005) and mobilized once to Fort Leonard Wood (2010-2011). His military education includes Infantry OSUT, Drill Sergeant Academy, ANCOC, Master Fitness Trainer, Combat Lifesaver, Drill Sergeant Leader Course, Small Group Leader Training and the Total Army Instructor Course. Mr. Wallace lives in New Hampshire and has been happily married since 1978 to his wife, Lynn with three children; Nicole, Keira and Kyle, two grandchildren; Halie and Erich.  He also has two dogs; Layla and Cleveland and twelve chickens. He enjoys working on the house he built and in his spare time hiking, biking, kayaking and sailing.

Darryl Gill

Darryl Gill

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
dlgill@wpi.edu

Darryl Gill

  • Recruiting Operations Officer

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Darryl L. Gill is an Assistant Professor of Military Science who serves at Fitchburg State University.  CSM (R) Gill reported for active duty on 26 July 1983 at Fort Benning, Georgia for Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT). Mr. Gill has served in every Infantryman leadership position from Team Leader through Battalion Command Sergeant Major; to include Drill Sergeant, ROTC Senior Instructor, Battalion, Brigade and Division Operations Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major 215th Brigade Support Battalion and most recently Command Sergeant Major 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3d Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas. His assignments include tours with 1-38 Infantry, 2ID, Camp Hovey, Korea; 1-39 Infantry, 8th ID (M), Germany; 56th Air Defense Artillery, FT Bliss, TX; 5-9 Infantry (Manchu’s), FT Wainwright Alaska; Ohio University (Bobcat Battalion), Athens, Ohio; 1-32 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, FT Drum, NY; 1-506th Infantry, 2ID, Camp Greaves, Korea; 2-10 Infantry, 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade, FT Leonard Wood, MO; Fifth U.S. Army, Emergency Operations Center, Department of Homeland Defense, FT Sam Houston TX; 1-12 Cavalry and  3HBCT, 1st Cavalry Division(OIF 06-08);1st Cavalry Division Headquarters(OIF 09-10), and the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3HBCT, 1st Cavalry Division (OIF 09-11). 1-12 Cavalry, FT Hood, TX (Operation New Dawn). CSM Gill earned an Associate’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and his military education includes Warrior Leader Course; Advance Leaders Course;  Senior Leaders course; the First Sergeants Course and the Senior Enlisted Academy, United States Navy.His military awards and decorations include 1 Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Star Medals, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 12 Army Achievement Medals, 9 Good Conduct  Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 4 campaign stars, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 7; Multinational Force and Observer Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, 3 Meritorious Unit Awards, the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge,  the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and 6 Overseas Service Bars. Other honors awarded the Centurion Medal for the Order of Saint Maurice. CSM (R) Gill is a native of Springfield, Ohio and was born on 21 May, 1965.  He is married to the former Katrina Adams from Fenwick Island Delaware and they have six children ages 9 to 30.

Evelyn LaCroix

Evelyn LaCroix

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
elacroix@wpi.edu

Evelyn LaCroix

  • Human Resoures Technician

Evelyn LaCroix joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2008. She serves as a Human Resources Technician. Prior to her current position, she worked at US Army Cadet Command First Brigade, Fort Devens, as a Human Resources Specialist Mrs. LaCroix has worked for Army ROTC for almost thirty years.

Sharon Parry

Sharon Parry

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
saparry@wpi.edu

Sharon Parry

  • Supply Technician

Sharon Parry joined the Bay State Battalion in January of 2013. She serves as the Supply Technician. Prior to her current position, she worked at the University of Massachusetts Army ROTC Program as the Supply Technician.  Mrs. Parry has worked for the Army for almost twenty-seven years, of that fifteen years was with the Army ROTC.

Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson

Contact Information

Daniels Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5268
kimmarie@wpi.edu

Kim Richardson

  • Administrative Assistant

Kim Richardson joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2010. She serves as the Administrative Assistant for LTC Stefano. Ms. Richardson has worked at WPI for more than fourteen years, with expertise in student academic management as well as student support services. Outside of the office, Ms. Richardson is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, practicing yoga, dance and hanging out by the lake with her two Golden Retrievers.

 
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