Chief Executive Officer

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.

Heidi Weller

Executive Director, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation and 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.

Kathryn Moats

Director of Membership and Marketing

Ms. Moats’ 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, she focuses on managing our association’s databases, responding to members inquiries and requests, and social media management. She is also technically certified as a Behavioral Therapist.

CDR Bradley Carlson, USN (Ret.)

Programs Manager

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 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.

Shakira Segundo

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Segundo brings a wealth of experience to AUSN, formerly serving in an executive role at The Washington Ballet, where she served as Interim Executive Director and prior as CFO and Human Resources Director, and she worked in the hospitality industry earlier in her career. She is responsible for tracking and managing the organization’s finances, making her an indispensable part of the team.

Daniel Taylor

Director of Communications and Government Relations

Daniel Taylor has been involved in politics, the government and the U.S. Navy for years. He serves as AUSN’s Director of Communications and Government Relations. He is a regular on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon, constantly monitoring the movement and developments of key legislation affecting our membership. He is also Editor-in-Chief of AUSN’s Navy magazine and the weekly Legislative SITREP email, keeping members apprised of AUSN’s activities.