Board of Directors

currently seeking to elect 3 new board members including treasurer & secretary

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: 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.

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VICE Chairman: 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.


director: 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.


director: Kevin Deese '14

Kevin Deese graduated from the Naval Academy in 2014 and joined the board in December 2018.  An HIV-positive diagnosis the month before graduation meant disqualification for commissioning as a naval officer, which he continues to fight to this day in the court system.  He was awarded Carlson's Sands Fellowship to work to combat unemployment and underemployment in the HIV+ community in the Twin Cities.  Kevin is proud to serve on the Board of USNA Out as well as Clare Housing, a Minnesota nonprofit providing stable housing to people living with HIV. 



Kris enlisted in the Navy in 2005 and was a Master-at-Arms. After acceptance and graduating from USNA, Kris served as a SWO on the USS GRAVELY. After deployment, Kris came out as transgender to his chain-of-command and crew. Kris is currently assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy where he’s receiving his Masters and will soon assume duties as a Company Officer.

PLEASE reach out to Kris for all transgender questions, especially in light of changing policy.



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!”


treasurer (Non-Dir): Jeff morrison '04

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 Jude. 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.”