The USNA Out Board of Directors is comprised of members representing the diverse professional backgrounds and academy year groups of our membership. The Board of Directors, though inputs from our membership, provide the energy and guidance for the organization so that we can best fulfill our mission. Directors are elected at the annual corporate meeting for terms of three years, with directorships expiring on a rotating basis.
The Board is also joined by non-voting Board Advisors who liaise with the US Naval Academy faculty, staff and midshipmen and other organizations. Additionally, USNA Out members who have a strong desire to become more involved USNA Out as a member may become one of our Board Associates.
Chairman of the Board
Serving as a Director until December 2018
Dave Wolynski ’97
Dave Wolynski is a USNA Class of 1997 graduate and remains on active duty in the Navy. His sea tours include USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). His shore tours include Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, National Intelligence University, and Office of Naval Intelligence. Dave Wolynski has been a member of USNA Out since January 2011.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Serving as a Director until December 2019
Brook Stevens ’12
Brook Stevens joined USNA Out as a 3/C Midshipman in May, 2010, and joined the board in April 2018. After leaving the Naval Academy Brook finished his Int’l Business degree and began work as a Wealth Management Advisor serving military officers and their families. After returning from Barcelona for his MSc in Finance Brook expressed a renewed interest in bringing younger participation to USNA Out as well as reengaging with the other parts of our LGBT “family”. Brook is also a member of the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation’s Robert Means Thompson Society.
Serving until December 2019
Kristin Barnes ’92
Kristin Barnes joined the USNA Out Board in March 2013. After graduating in ’92 and two years of flight training, Kristin reported to the Grim Reapers of VF-101. After 7 deployments, she has 703 arrested landings on aircraft carriers and over 3,000 hours in the air. Kristin now lives in Everett, WA where she’s a medical student at Bastyr University and in 2021 she’ll be a Naturopathic Doctor with an accompanying Masters in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture.
Other Board Officers (non-directors)
Joe Soto ’83 – Board Secretary
Joe Soto has been a member of USNA Out since 2003. He brought his skills as the general manager of a global marketing and advertising agency to the board when he previously served from 2010 through 2013. From Joe: “USNA Out is changing with the times. I’m excited about our new leadership and the direction they are taking the organization. I believe it will more completely represent who were are and will fulfill our mission. I’m happy to be able to continue to serve in any way possible to help achieve our goals!”
Jeff Morrison ‘04 – Board Treasurer
Jeff Morrison began working closely with the USNA Out members and leadership as an active duty submarine lieutenant in early 2009, and officially joined USNA Out in March 2011 when he also became a Board Associate. Jeff served on the Board of directors from 2013 to 2016. Jeff is also a member of the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation’s President’s Circle. Jeff resides in Washington, DC, with his partner Sean Maloney. From Jeff: “USNA Out has been a way for me to reconnect with the Academy and gain some lifelong friends in the process. I look forward to continuing my efforts to support USNA Out and the LGBT Midshipman and Alumni we serve.”
Previously Served Board Members who remain aboard as Board Associates
Brian Bender ’93
Brian Bender has been a member of USNA Out since 2003, and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2010-2013. He is a strong proponent of reconnecting LGBT alumni with their Naval Academy heritage and building a strong network of allies through USNA Out. Brian is a member of the USNA Alumni Association and chairs the Foundation’s Council for Annual Giving. “Leading USNA Out and its over 300 Naval Academy alumni was a tremendous honor. I am proud of the contribution that each and every member has made to the Naval Academy, Navy and Marine Corps, and to our rapidly growing organization. I’m excited for the future of USNAOut and its renewed drive to support the Brigade of Midshipmen and one another in ways that gays and lesbians serving in the Navy and Marine Corps for the past two centuries could never have imagined.” -Brian
Larry “Joe” Carpenter ’92
Joe Carpenter has been a member of USNA Out since early 2010. Joe first served as a SWO after graduation and was selected in 1999 for redesignation as a Navy public affairs officer. His assignments have included USNA where he was the Academy PAO during 2008-2011. He retired from active duty in 2012 as a commander. From Joe: “USNA Out has helped me connect with alumni who have a shared perspective. In turn, they have contributed to my renewed appreciation for the Naval Academy. I look forward to serving USNA Out’s membership and finding ways to support USNA, our fellow alumni and the Brigade of Midshipmen – future alumni and our next generation of Navy and Marine Corps leaders.”
Paul Culver ’74
Paul Culver has been a member of USNA Out since 2003. After serving his obligation, he completed a career as a civil servant working for the Navy and subsequently DOD. From Paul: “USNA Out has been a way for me to reconnect to the Academy and the Alumni Association in a way that I never did before. While I enjoy the camaraderie, my primary goal is to be of help to and to be an inspiration for those who are currently serving.”
Heather Davies ‘93
Heather Davies has been a member of USNA Out since 2005. Heather served on the USNA Out Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011.
Bob Green ’65
Bob Green has been a member of USNA Out since 2009. He served n the USNA Out Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011.
Rand Henderson ’69
Rand Henderson has been a member of USNA Out since 2009, a member of the Board since and assumed the role of Board Chair in December 2013. He brings his dedicated energy, visionary insight and his expertise of a strong legal background to the board.
Shawn James ’89
Shawn James re-engaged with USNA Out in 2009. He served on the Board as Treasurer from 2010 through 2013. Shawn served on active duty for 12 years as an Intelligence Officer and stayed in the reserves for two additional years. Shawn has two teenage children and lives with his partner, Gene, in Annapolis, providing a local link between the Academy and our group. From Shawn: “The Academy developed the leadership skills that I employ every day. It’s important for me that others don’t view sexual orientation as what defines a person’s ability, or allow it to limit one’s drive to succeed. I want to be known as an Academy grad who happens to be gay man, and not a gay man who happens to be an Academy grad.”
Tom Peterson ’91
Tom Peterson ’91 joined USNA Out in October 2011 and shortly thereafter became a board associate. Tom is a SWO and served as the CO of the USS PORTER (DDG 78) from December 2009 to September 2011. Tom resides in Newport, Rhode Island.
Greer Puckett ’75
Greer Puckett has been a member of USNA Out since 2003 and served on the Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011. Greer has served as the Sector Chair of the Pride and Diversity Alliance and Employee Resource Group for LGBT employees for a major defense contractor and has served on other various non-profit boards. From Greer: USNA Out has helped me reconnect with my Naval Academy past, and I wanted to do more for others in the same situation.
Hunter Rogers ’11
Hunter Rogers has been a member of USNA Out since 2011 and as a director was the youngest member of the USNA Out Board of Directors. He is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. Having qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer on the USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20), Hunter is currently stationed at NNPS in Charleston, South Carolina.
Board associates are regular USNA Out members who have a strong desire to remain more informed of the day-to-day operations of USNA Out. One first step in USNA Out involvement is to join the board as an associate, the take responsibilities as a committee member or committee chair. If you are willing and able to step up to the challenge, please let us know and become a Board Associate.
Director Qualifications: Member in good standing for > 6 months (pay dues) and attend two (2) board meetings prior to election.
About the Board
Any qualified member of USNA Out is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. The reality in organizations such as ours is those who desire to get more involved will get more involved.
Membership, personal credentials and experience or financial support are not direct entitlements to becoming a Director on the Board. Board membership means more than just assuming the title and occupying a seat, it requires a sincere commitment to bring unique talent, skill, perspective and energy to fulfill the duties of a Board Member. Board members are expected to have the capability and willingness to communicate freely and frequently with other Board Members. Board members serve without compensation or reimbursement for personal expenses incurred in the routine performance of duties as a Board Member. USNA Out Members can read more about the expectations of board members which are provided in the USNA Out Operations Manual. [You will be asked for your user log in credentials.]
Please note the basic requirements of being a board member are a member in good standing for 6 months (paying dues) as well as attending two previous board meetings.