Joseph Knittig ’93 is the CEO of The Global Orphan Project, Inc., an organization dedicated to building sustainable orphan villages in the poorest areas of the world. Knittig began his work with The Global Orphan Project as a board member and became progressively more involved in the organization. He now travels around the world, helping The Global Orphan Project to not only build orphanages for children, but to also empower the communities in which they live by establishing churches, schools, and businesses within the villages.
A St. Louis, Mo., native, Knittig received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Culver-Stockton College and his Juris Doctorate from University of Missouri, Columbia Law School in 1996. Prior to his work with The Global Orphan Project, Knittig served as a litigation attorney for several law firms, including Seyferth Knittig, LLC, of which he was a founding partner. Knittig was also voted “Best of the Bar” by his peers and was named “Superlawyer” for the Missouri and Kansas City areas. He now lives in Parkville, Mo., with his wife, Julie, to whom he’s been married for 14 years. The couple has four children, Benjamin, 8, Anna, 8, Isaac, 5, and Bella, 3.
University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law
Juris Doctorate – 1996
Order of the Coif
B.A. (English) – 1993
Seyferth Knittig LLC
National Labor & Employment boutique
Founding partner – August 2003
Litigation counsel – focus on employment litigation
Voted “Best of the Bar” by peers
Named as “Superlawyer” for MO and KS
Firm is now Seyferth, Blumenthal & Harris LLC
Husch & Eppenberger LLC
Litigation counsel – 1996 to 2003
Firm is now Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
National firm – 625 lawyers
Left firm to start employment law boutique
Maj. Gen. Gary T. McCoy is the Commander, Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. An Air Force Materiel Command sustainment center, the AFGLSC executes the Air Force supply chain by integrating enterprise-wide planning and strategy with global command and control serving as the single focal point to the warfighter. The AFGLSC manages a $8.5 billion budget and is composed of more than 4,200 personnel with operations at several geographically separated locations.
A South Carolina native, General McCoy was commissioned through the Officer Training School in July 1976 and has served in a variety of command and staff assignments. A career logistics officer, he has commanded a supply squadron and a logistics group, and he has served staff tours at both major command and Air Staff levels. He has also served as a deputy program manager, a joint duty officer with the Defense Logistics Agency and an air logistics center product director. Prior to his current assignment, General McCoy was the Director of Logistics Readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
1975 Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, Culver-Stockton College, Mo.
1978 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1979 Master of Arts degree in human resources management, University of Redlands, Calif.
1981 Marine Corps Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1987 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 National Security Management Program, by correspondence
1993 Armed Forces Staff College, Joint and Combined Staff Officer School, Norfolk, Va.
1996 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology, Kenan-Flagler Business School,
University of North Carolina
2007 Program for Senior Managers in Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government,
University, Cambridge, Mass.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
1978 Supply Junior Officer of the Year, U.S. Air Force
1992 Senior Supply Manager of the Year, USAFE
2001 Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Chapman Product Director of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant July 28, 1976
First Lieutenant July 28, 1978
Captain July 28, 1980
Major May 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1990
Colonel May 1, 1996
Brigadier General April 1, 2003
Major General Sept. 2, 2006