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Mark C. Bartholf is a Deputy Program Manager at HigherEchelon. Based out of Huntsville, Alabama, Mark oversees two of HigherEchelon’s programs - Army Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) Coaching program and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration Executive Leadership Coaching and Training program. Mark is a Special Forces Officer in the United States Army Reserves with experience spanning 29 years in operational, training, and joint staff positions. His corporate experience includes information technology development/deployment, financial services, contract administration, and as a small-business owner. Mark is a 1987 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English. Mark also earned a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and completed the National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.

What is VBA ELCP?

The VBA ELCP is a national training and coaching program for developing VBA leaders. It is a multi-week training program with coaching to develop leadership and VBA competencies. It promotes lifelong learning and is a key component in VA’s MyVA initiative and leader development. It provides VBA leaders the training for resilience and self-awareness across the VA competencies. We work with the leaders in interpreting their 360-degree assessment and assist in the creation and implementation of an effective development plan in support of their performance evaluation. The training is based on the Office of Professional Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and the VBA competencies.

Our Services

Our program includes the implementation and facilitation of the Executive Leadership Coaching Program (ELCP), consulting with Regional and Staff Offices on leadership development training support, providing consultation on strategic planning, succession planning, and workforce development.