Michele "Shelly" Leavitt Weinstein, PT, MS, SCS, ATC
Partner, Cogent Steps, LLC

Shelly Weinstein has more 30 years of experience in providing care to athletes across the age and competition spectrum. She graduated Temple University with a BS in physical therapy, next earning an MS in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Shelly is pursuing her EdD in Leadership and Learning in Organization at the Peabody School of Education of Vanderbilt University.  She is a board certified sports clinical specialist as well as being a nationally certified athletic trainer.  
Shelly has been an SPTS and Red Cross-certified Emergency Medical Response instructor since 1997. While on active duty in the United States Navy she served in a volunteer capacity as the Medical Operations Coordinator for the Marine Corps Marathon from 2004 until 2015 when she retired from the navy with a rank of Captain.  Upon her retirement, Shelly was hired as the first Marine Corps Marathon medical staff member overseeing care, logistics, and management of twelve events seeing 45,000 runners and 120,000 spectators annually.

Additionally, Shelly has served as an adjunct professor at the East Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy.  An accomplished writer, she has been published in peer review journals as well as authored the original chapter in the Home Study Preparation Course for the Emergency Medical Responder Course.  While continuing to serve as the Lead Instructor for Cogent Steps, LLC, Shelly is an active mentor and faculty member of the U.S. Navy Sports Physical Therapy Residency at Quantico, Virginia.

Shelly continues to support patriotism and service to community, consulting on many large sporting events. In 2016 she traveled to Beijing China to provide training in Emergency Medical Response to the medical staff of the Chinese Olympic teams. She regularly participates as a medical provider at various events including the World Police and Fire Games, high school sports and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  

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I. Reid Bessenger
Lead Partner, Cogent Steps, LLC

Reid is the Lead Partner of Cogent Steps, LLC.  He has 30 years of experience in education and training.  His diverse experiences include large organization leadership, national security plans and policy, curriculum development and teaching in an international environment.  

Reid earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of South Florida in 1989, a Master of Public Administration from Troy University in 1996, and a Master of Operational Arts from the Marine Corps University in 2005.  Reid served in the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years.  His advanced education includes Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, the Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer Course, and the Nuclear Weapons Security Officer Course.

Reid has led curriculum development in multiple areas, including international security cooperation, individual and team training for special missions, and leadership modules in the context of management higher education.  These efforts included coordination with members of 17 nations, all five U.S. services, U.S. Dept. of State, USAID, State Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stability, as well as several other governmental departments, agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

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Sarah Weinstein

​Social Media Coordinator

Sarah is a junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She was been a competitive swimmer for more than ten years and enjoys being active both in and out of the pool. She began working for Cogent Steps in 2014 and manages all the social media sites for the business.

Our consultants have the highest professional qualifications. We have clinical consultants, university and college professors, retired military, emergency medical response professionals and access to those who support non-governmental organizations. We combine a broad range of experience with specialized knowledge in the management of emergency care in many environments. Our consultants are located throughout the United States, with flexible schedules to meet the needs of our clients.