Official Website of Terese Schlachter, the author of
A searing and candidly told story of tragedy, family, courage and recovery. I’ve not read a better account of families grappling with the serious wounds of war.
George W. Casey, Former Army Chief of Staff, USA, (Ret.)
A Warrior’s Journey to Peace and Purpose
By Terese Schlachter
With Colonel Gregory D. Gadson (Ret.)
On a black, cloudless May night in the Iraqi desert, a carefully concealed IED explodes beneath the Humvee where Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson is riding shotgun, hurtling him into a life he never expected or wanted. The robust 6-foot-tall, up-and-coming military officer and former West Point football player suddenly finds himself a 148-pound man, with no legs and only one functional arm.
Finding Waypoints book trailer
TERESE & COL GADSON
Terese first met Colonel Gadson when covering the new veteran's facility at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007. Terese became his fast friend and confidante during his painful recovery and rehabilitation. Inspired by his remarkable story, Terese was compelled to chronicle it in a book, a testament to his enduring spirit.
Author, Producer and Chief Storyteller of Ridgeback Communications
Terese Schlachter is an author, video producer, writing coach, instructor and Chief Storyteller at Ridgeback Communications. She began her career in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio as a reporter at WTVG-TV, botching several live reports before taking her place behind the camera as a producer. Terese market-hopped from Toledo to Louisville to Detroit, becoming an executive producer in Miami before settling in at MSNBC and NBC News in Washington, DC,
where she covered politics and natural disasters for the network.
THREE-TIME EMMY AWARD
WINNING TELEVISION PRODUCER
EVERYONE HAS A STORY—writing it down is challenging. The Ridgebacks are now offering writing coaching. We’ll help you get past those first-page jitters, structure your manuscript and create realistic, moving scenes and dialogue. Whether you’re just starting out or need a fresh perspective, we are committed to supporting and inspiring your work.
From concept to delivery we mix quality with creativity to make your good story a great one. We want to know what you’re all about, so our videographers and producers can shine a light on your product, message or endeavor.
We’ll deliver your corporate, fundraising or educational video on budget and on time, all the time.
"Terese Schlacter is a talented writer and storyteller. Just view the videos on her Ridgeback Communications website, and you will see why she has won Emmy awards. She also volunteers to support local veterans and is currently teaching a six-week program to help military and veterans tell their stories. I highly recommend her for Shady Side's 2023 Local Business Person of the Year!"
Valerie Ormond, from Veteran Writing Services, LLC