Schwandt is a Maverick!, critical thinker, leader, and innovator who continuously challenges the status quo. He is a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt (MBB) and Red Team Member for the Department of the Army. He is a writer published in various military journals, magazines, and blogs, including The Atlas Society, Teach Thought, The Army Magazine (AUSA), MOAA, Small Wars Journal, and Task & Purpose. He is the recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Award sponsored by the Douglas MacArthur Foundation in Norfolk, Va., and administered by the Center for Army Leadership. Schwandt is also the recipient of the Command General Staff College (CGSC) Iron Pen Award. Schwandt is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Health and Human Performance at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) where he teaches Administration in Healthcare and Tests and Measurements (Statistics). He was the 2016 Young Alumni of the Year Award recipient at FHSU. He received his Ed.D. from Kansas State University and his M.S. and B.S. from FHSU. Schwandt has published three books: Succeeding as a Foster Child a Workbook, Finding Your Hero, and Succeeding as a Foster Child. He is a writer for various magazines and blogs, including Fostering Families Today Magazine, Foster Focus Magazine, Lifehack.org, and Adoption.com.