Executive Fellows

Jeff Coors

Former Chairman of Fiskeby Holdings US LLC, which operates a paper mill in Norrköping, Sweden. He retired as Executive Vice Chairman of Graphic Packaging Corporation (NYSE: GPK) at the end of 2007 after serving as Executive Chairman from August 2003 until July 2006. Jeff was Chairman, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International from 1997 to 2003. He was also CEO of its predecessor company, ACX Technologies, from its inception in 1992.

Prior to ACX, Jeff enjoyed a 25 year career with Adolph Coors Company which encompassed a broad range of management responsibilities, including board member (1975-1992), President (1983-1988) and Chairman and CEO of Coors Technology Companies (1986-1992).

Throughout his career, Jeff Coors has taken an active role in civic, educational and business organizations and serves on the boards of Free Congress Foundation, Mercy Ships, John Hopkins Medicine Board of Advisors, Hillsdale College, Independence Institute, Intercessors for America and the Adolph Coors and Castle Rock Foundations. He is past chairman of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

Jeff and his wife, Lis, have six children and 9 grandchildren and live in Golden, Colorado.

Rich McClure

Rich McClure and his wife Sharon are a team. They have been married for 43 years, and are truly life partners and a team in very significant ways. They entered what they call “Life 3” in 2014, after 20 years in corporate life and immediately were called into the work of the Ferguson Commission, where Rich was appointed by the Governor of Missouri to serve as a cochair of a year-long effort to truly understand the causes of racial injustice and inequity represented by the Ferguson uprising . Sharon was his partner, helping with working groups and advising him on strategy and relationships.

Rich is a recovering CEO, having served the customers, agent- owners, and team members of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit for 12 years in that role. He had a early career in public service, as Sharon did. They both served in Missouri and Illinois state government, Sharon in supporting the legislative process, primarily in education policy in Illinois and mental health in Missouri. Rich worked in Governor’s offices in both states. Sharon recently chaired the St. Louis County, Missouri Board of Elections during the tumultuous 2020 election.

For his years in corporate life, Sharon was Rich’s counselor, his advisor on key leadership decisions, and a driver of the energy of the networking at company meetings. A picture of their corporate partnership was on their episode as the first husband and wife team on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss featuring United Van Lines.

Rich and Sharon are committed to living out their faith. Sharon is an ordained deacon and cochairs work at their church on Biblical Justice and Mercy. Rich works on racial equity issues through the lens of his faith though his roles as chair of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Board and by working on projects like the Community Foundation Covid Response Fund. Rich has served as Chairman of the Greater St. Louis United Way and together Rich and Sharon chaired the large donor campaign.

They have two children and four grandchildren that live within 3 blocks of each other- and have lots of quality time during ‘camp’ weeks for each grandchild and family outings to ‘create memories worth repeating’.

Patrick Caruana

Patrick P. Caruana served 36 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving two years enlisted and 34 years as an officer retiring in the grade of Lieutenant General. During that time, he served in the full range of leadership and staff positions in both operation and acquisition. As an air campaign planner and commander during the first Gulf War, he directed the combat operations of 12 aircraft wings in six nations and the Indian Ocean.

He had oversight of several large development and procurement programs while supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon He completed his military service at Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo. where he was responsible for all the Air Force space and missile operations. Gen. Caruana is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering. In 1972, he received a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University. He has also completed numerous professional military and management training courses offered within the Department of Defense.

General Caruana was honored in 1997 with the award of the Thomas D. White U.S. Air Force Space Trophy for his contributions to civil and military space progress. In addition, he was selected by UNICO, a national Italian-American society as the Outstanding Man of the Year for 1994.

He is a Command Pilot with more than 5500 flight hours in the following aircraft: T-37, T-38, KC-10, KC-135A, KC-135R, EC-135, RC-135, B-52, B-1, T-29, C-123K and C-21

After completing his military career, he joined TRW an aerospace company with a rich space and missile development heritage. When TRW was acquired by Northrup Grumman, he continued as a company officer until he retired on 1 February 05 as vice president for Northrop Grumman Space Technology. In this capacity Mr. Caruana was the single business development focal point for all of Northrop Grumman Space Technology Missile & Space Defense and was responsible for coordinating and ensuring synergy across a broad array of business initiatives. Responsibilities included extensive interaction with senior Department of Defense civilian and military leaders, Congressional members and senior leaders from other major aerospace companies. Representative efforts in Mr. Caruana's portfolio included the Airborne Laser (ABL), Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL), Space Tracking Surveillance System (STSS), several directed energy developmental programs, and a series of restricted Space Superiority development programs. These responsibilities also included management of multimillion dollar operating budgets

He served on the Focus on the Family Board for 18 years being the Chairman for the last 6 of those years. Upon completing his time with Focus he was honored as the Chairman Emeritus of Focus. He has served as a member of the President’s Cabinet for California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Calif. He is also a member of the CEO Forum Team dedicated to fostering the creation of Christian Senior Leaders within Corporate America. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Family Policy Alliance (FPA) formerly known as CitizenLink. FPA is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family and functions as a Christ-centered organization, whose vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Pat and his wife Lauraine have been married for 53 years. They have two adult children and seven grandchildren. They have been followers of Jesus Christ for 49 years.

Cheryl Bachelder

SLI-Female Teaching Faculty

Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader -- the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. From 2007 to 2017, she led the transformation of a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick service restaurant chain. The story of the Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. Today Cheryl’s aim is to help senior leaders understand and implement Dare to Serve leadership in for-profit and non-profit workplaces.

Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble.

Today Cheryl serves as a director on the boards of US Foods Holding Corp (USFD), and Chick-Fil-A, Inc. She is an advisor to Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is a board member of CEO Forum, an organization that encourages and disciples Christian CEOs and senior leaders. She is a mentor and investor to ministries that develop future leaders: Spring Hill Camps, Crossroad Farms, Work Matters, No Longer Bound and CRU. She mentors several leaders of Christian ministries and non-profit arts organizations

Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 39 years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, and four handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia and attend Buckhead Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

Scholar Fellows

Dr. Jim Denison

Dr. Jim Denison is the Chief Vision Officer of Denison Forum.

Through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, DenisonForum.org, social media, interviews, and articles across the internet, Denison Forum reaches 2.2 million culture-changing Christians every month.

He is the author of multiple books, including:

  • Bright Hope for Tomorrow: How Jesus’ Parables Illuminate Our Darkest Days
  • Respectfully, I Disagree: How to Be a Civil Person in an Uncivil Time
  • and the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series.

He has taught on the philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries.

Dr. Denison serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, where he addresses issues such as genetic medicine and reproductive science. He is also a Senior Fellow with CEO Forum as well as with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and he serves as Senior Fellow for Cultural Studies at Dallas Baptist University’s Institute for Global Engagement.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also received a Doctor of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University. Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia.

Jim and his wife, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

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