National Executive Director

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, Rear Admiral Christopher W. Cole comes to AUSN by way of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, where he has served as president.  His Navy service has included pilot duty with the Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 15 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); Personnel Exchange Program pilot with Canadian Forces HS-423, serving as detachment commander aboard HMCS Athabaskan (DDH 282); operations officer of HS-5 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and executive officer and commanding officer of HS-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), deploying in support of Operation Earnest Will (Arabian Gulf). Click here to learn more about Rear Admiral Cole.


Director of Marketing and Membership

With experience in managing national programs stretching as far back to when he served in the Reagan Administration, Mr. Bauman is an award-winning communications professional, having been weaned in the radio industry, honed-in the political theater, inspired by the non-profit community and driven in the multi-media marketplace.  After the death of his career-navy father when Brian was 17, he has dedicated his life to helping the Navy by contributing to the founding of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and now with AUSN. Brian went on to serve as an executive in the newspaper industry for over two decades prior to coming to AUSN.


Director of Communications

Ms. Wittman is a communications and publishing professional who has spent more than 23 years working in defense journalism, most recently focusing on the issues of importance to the U.S. sea services and the industries that support them. Prior to joining the AUSN crew as director of communications and editor of Navy magazine, Amy spent more than a decade as editor-in-chief of the Navy League’s Seapower magazine. The Upstate New York native also spent 12 years with Defense News, serving as international editor, assistant managing editor and head of special projects. With editorial excellence as the ultimate goal, Amy is a master at managing and motivating project teams, and creating materials that strengthen and promote a positive brand experience.

Leah Gibbs

Programs Manager

Ms. Gibbs is an organizer-extraordinaire who enjoys meeting new challenges with her head-on, friendly style.  Leah’s diverse background provides AUSN with a “one-stop-shop” expert who handles our educational scholarship administration, provides essential communications to AUSN’s Board of Directors, and takes point on the processing of donations made to AUSN. Leah’s friendly demeanor comes naturally and is perhaps the reason she studied Hospitality, Travel & Tourism at The City University of New York (CUNY), the very same alma mater of such greats as Emmy-Award winning actor Jimmy Smits, of NYPD Blue and L.A. Law fame and actor and comedian Jerry Seinfield. With experience at the Federal level of government as a professional staff member at Department of Housing and Urban Development, Leah can see “the big picture” of projects she tackles – an approach that certainly comes in handy when preparing for our Navy Now Forums and AUSN’s Annual Business and Board Conferences.  Little known factoid: Leah hails from the Caribbean island nation of St Lucia – which may explain her occasional cravings for fresh, colorful fruit and the beach.

Heidi Weller

Director of HR and Operations

Ms. Weller brings a wealth of experiences to the AUSN team by way of her contributions to the establishment of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation.  Now serving as the Foundation’s executive director, Heidi helped create the management mechanisms to interface with the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Program, which is the Navy’s flagship program that provides relief to Sailors and Coast Guard members who are wounded, ill, or injured.  At AUSN, Heidi is responsible for managing project execution, personnel management, finance and accounting.  Heidi brings more than 20 years of service to others as a Registered Nurse and a passion for the Navy from personal experience gained as the spouse of a career naval officer.


Membership and Programs Manager

USN is the perfect home for Ms. Moats as she keeps in mind Tony Robbins’ quote, “The Secret to living is giving.”  Her professional experiences have focused in the heath care industry with training in client care and relations, organizational management and program administration. As AUSN’s first-line of contact for our members, Kate focuses on managing our association’s databases, responding to members inquiries and requests, social media management and the all-important keeping track of which ball supposed to be in the air and when. Kate is technically certified as a Behavioral Therapist, a skill that she’s found helpful in her career — and, a skill that we’ve found comes in handy during especially long staff meetings. Kate is the reason why so many AUSN members love calling headquarters, her friendly personality and strength are derivatives of having been raised by a dad who served as one of Washington, DC’s finest, a Metropolitan Police Officer.


Director of Development

As President of Military Non-Profit Consulting, Mr. Carlson is proudly Blue & Gold all the way through since his early days at Annapolis to his current days of helping nonprofit organizations reach their financial objectives with the “Moves Management Doctrine,” made popular by fundraiser extraordinaire David Dunlop of Cornell University. We’re not surprised that Brad graduated with a degree in Oceanography as he is able to dive deep into the strategies that create real value for individual giving by AUSN’s members and friends. We encourage having a discussion with Brad and experience first-hand his deep understanding of AUSN’s mission and how it provides our members with opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of our Sailors and the Navy.

CAPT Brett Korade, USN (Ret)

Director of Corporate Giving

You’ll notice when you first meet Mr. Korade that he keeps his eyes on the horizon always – no small wonder for this combat qualified pilot who has jockeyed flight platforms E-2C, C-2A, F/A-18 and C-12 for much of his naval career.  Brett manages AUSN’s corporate relations initiatives, which for him is a “creative and powerful opportunity to bring solutions to the needs of AUSN’s partners.” Brett has a secret weapon as he spent several years as the Navy’s Director of Legislative Affairs where he identified and developed strategic relationships between the troika of the Navy, the defense industry and Congress. Brett knows first-hand what drives corporations as they work hard to protect our freedoms and how Congress and the Navy relate – AUSN’s corporate partners rely on his creative solutions to translate into tangible value that’s appreciated by their boards, customers and our great nation.


Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Segundo leaps to AUSN from her executive roles at The Washington Ballet, where she served as Interim Executive Director and prior as CFO and Human Resources Director.  Shakira’s accounting and finance experience is augmented with perfect marks as a student of Information Technology gives AUSN the edge in preparing for the future. In fact, Shakira’s daily philosophy is to, “plan by accepting our reality and learning from our past,” which is perfect as she works to align AUSN’s financial resources with the capabilities of the organization.  Shakira’s early career included the hospitality industry which is no small surprise given her outgoing, friendly personality. Because Shakira originally hails Jamaica, we can always rely on Shakira’s on-target strategic guidance mixed with a delightful Caribbean charm.