Cheyne Homberger

Building a Cohesive Team

Graduate Student Research Day, University of Florida, October 29nd, 2013

Team building panel I organized and moderated at UF's Graduate Student Research Day, sponsored by I-Cubed. Details can be found here, and are copied below:


Students must learn to work in teams during their graduate student careers, and upon graduation, often are expected to build and lead their own teams. Building teams that are cohesive and work together to efficiently achieve their goals can be difficult. In this session, a panel with an extensive background in leadership roles and team management discusses insights learned from their experiences and is available to answer pressing graduate student questions.


Cheyne Homberger is a fifth year PhD student in mathematics. He has been actively involved in mentoring during his time at UF, working to establish the graduate student mentoring award, and a math department mentoring program for incoming graduate students. He has worked with I-Cubed for three years, serving as Co-Chair from January 2012 to February of 2013.


Wendy-Lin Bartels

Wendy-Lin Bartels is an Assistant Research Scientist with the Florida Climate Institute and the Southeast Climate Consortium at the University of Florida.
Her research assesses the conditions and mechanisms that facilitate collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Specifically, she examines interactions among scholars and practitioners (such as farmers, water managers and foresters) for the co-development of relevant climate information to support decision making. Wendy-Lin is currently exploring the value of learning networks as venues for iterative dialog around adaptive responses to changes in climate. Wendy-Lin is also collaborating with Brazilian partner universities and NGOs to deliver leadership training field courses through her affiliation with the Amazon Conservation Leadership Institute (ACLI). Courses build skills in collaborative process management and use experiential learning methods and team work to cultivate greater understanding of the diversity among actors that constitute frontier landscapes in the Amazon. Wendy-Lin graduated from UF with a PhD in interdisciplinary ecology and a Master’s in science communication. She is a native South African and holds a Bachelor of Science in botany and molecular genetics from Stellenbosch University.

Jonathan Dain

Jonathan Dain is Curriculum Director for the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI), a UF/IFAS Extension program focused on collaborative approaches to managing contentious natural resource issues. The mission of NRLI is to create a state-wide network of natural resource professionals trained in conflict management and participatory approaches to decision-making. He is also a Lecturer at UF’s Center for Latin American Studies where he serves as a core faculty member in both the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) and the Masters of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) programs. Jon teaches graduate classes in conflict management, facilitation, leadership and communication skills. An applied anthropologist by training and a certified mediator, he began his career almost 30 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. He continues to work in Latin America with a focus on Brazil and more recently, Mexico.

Lieutenant General (LTG) F. L. Hagenbeck

Lieutenant General (LTG) F. L. Hagenbeck is President of his own consulting firm based in Jacksonville, Florida. He serves as an expert on leadership and national security issues. LTG Hagenbeck graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Master of Science degree from Florida State University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Long Island University. He also attended the Maxwell School National Security Program at Syracuse University. His military education includes the Army War College, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Infantry Officer Advanced Course. LTG Hagenbeck served our Army for over 39 years culminating as the 57th Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy. He commanded at every level from company through division including as the Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. He also served in the 25th Infantry Division, 82d Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, and Training and Doctrine Command. LTG Hagenbeck served as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel as well as numerous other staff positions. He also served in several Joint assignments, including Exchange Officer to the Royal Australian Infantry Center; Strategic Plans and Policy directorate (J5) and Deputy Director for Current Operations, J33, Joint Staff.

LTG Hagenbeck led the first conventional forces into Afghanistan in the fall of 2001 as the Commander of Coalition Joint Task Force Mountain. He was the senior commander in Afghanistan during the initial defeat of the Taliban; and in March 2002 commanded Operation Anaconda, the largest conventional battle since the end of the Vietnam War. He has received numerous awards and decorations including two Distinguished Service Medals.

LTG Hagenbeck is a board member on Bite Technology and on the non-profit National Organization on Disability. He is the Director of the Engineering Leadership Institute, College of Engineering, University of Florida and is on the Board of Governors for the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University. He also advises several multi-national corporations and is a member of The Elbe Group, sponsored by the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy Center which is focused on nuclear counterterrorism. And he is one of 12 leaders featured in Gary Burnison’s book, No Fear of Failure – Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change, and is profiled in the book, West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage.