FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Colonel Champagne began his 30 year military career in the Army in 1976 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Norwich University. During his career, he had numerous command and staff assignments. He was known for his leadership and ability to train, lead, and care for Soldiers.
A graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne Courses, Colonel Champagne commanded up to the Brigade Level, commanding over 3,000 Soldiers in Korea. Stationed in the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks, he led the Department of Defense’s effort to develop and implement global security solutions that protected people, assets, and processes. Colonel Champagne’s education includes a Master’s Degree from Harvard University; a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College; and is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer.
Upon retiring from the Army in 2007, he became Analytic Services Inc.’s Director of Homeland Defense where he led ANSER’s effort to protect the United States terrorist attacks. Over the last 10 years he has been active as volunteer and champion for No Barriers Warriors; leadership and motivational speaker for UNC Asheville athletic teams; and a member of AdventHealth’s Hendersonville Foundation Board of Directors.
Colonel Champagne is the founder of Unbroken Spirit, a community-based Veteran 501(c)3 in Asheville, NC, that provides Veterans with life−changing programs that enrich their wellbeing though transformative programs that recreate a life of meaning and service. Colonel Champagne lives in Walnut Cove, a Cliffs Community, in Arden, North Carolina with his wife Marlene, a Retired Army Major, and their beloved Pitt Bull, Sea Hero.