2020 Board of Trustees Election

Vote For Your Representation
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees Election Information

Vote in this year’s Alumni Association Board of Trustees election. Your input strengthens our association and our shared future. Those elected will join the board for the Spring 2020 meeting.

In accordance with the bylaws of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees approved the slate of nominees for the positions of Mid-Atlantic Region and Western Region Trustees at the 7 December 2017 meeting. Also, the Board approved the nomination of Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III '77, USN (Ret.), to serve a first term as Chair beginning with the spring 2018 meeting when the new Board is formed.

If you reside in these regions, you will receive a ballot via mail for the 2020 Board of Trustees election. Printed ballots will be sent to regular members by an external vendor, Election America, with complete voting instructions for mail, phone and online options. You may opt out of a paper ballot and vote electronically starting in mid-March should that be more convenient for you. Please take a few moments to read the biographies below of the candidates for Trustee. Voting closes on 17 April 2020 by 5 p.m. EST.

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Candidates for Eastern Region Trustee

Dennis F. Haley 67

CDR William Squires 75, USNR (Ret.)

Candidates for Central Region Trustee

Wayne Bergman 75

Lori Buresh 00

CDR Rich Cataldi 69, USN (Ret.)

CDR Anthony D. Konecny ’79, USN (Ret.)



Dennis F. Haley ’67

Dennis Haley is the founder and CEO of Academy Leadership. He created the Lead2Succeed™ process, which builds leaders who energize people, effectively communicates organizational goals and instills smart work strategies throughout organizations to achieve tangible results. Academy Leadership associates deliver their programs to businesses, industries and governments around the world. 

Prior to launching Academy Leadership, Haley served as an adjunct professor at Villanova University, developing the curriculum and teaching Strategic Planning for Leaders. Haley has held several leadership positions in other companies, developing curriculums, sales and marketing strategies.

Haley earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, with continuing education at the Harvard Kennedy School. Upon completion of the naval nuclear power program and submarine school, he served in the Engineering Department on Long Beach (CGN-9) while on Yankee Station in Vietnam.

Haley has been an active participant in many USNA Alumni Association and Foundation programs, including being a Blue and Gold Officer for almost 20 years, President’s Circle Plank Holder and lifetime member, member of the George Bancroft Society, USNA Foundation Athletic and Scholarships Programs Trustee, a member of Another Link in the Chain and a life member of the USNA Alumni Association. He has written and co-authored numerous publications about leadership, core values and accountability which are being used by many Fortune 500 companies and academic institutions across the country.

Haley is committed to serve and is passionate in supporting the Naval Academy, which provided him with the foundation of values and leadership skills to be successful in life.

Haley and his wife Maryann live in Juno Beach, FL. His oldest son, Captain Sean Haley ’92, USN, is chief of staff for Navy Region Southeast. His daughter, Erin, recently joined Academy Leadership and his son, Mark, is a senior manager for a mechanical contractor.


CDR Bill Squires ’75, USNR (Ret.)

Representative on the Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the alumni in the Eastern Region during the past three years, and I look forward to the opportunity of continuing this service. I am a proud graduate of the USNA Class of 1975, and I have been a lifelong member of the USNA Alumni Association since graduation. I was designated a naval aviator and entered the VP community in 1977 and served in VP-26 Special Projects, VP-26 and VP-30. My last active duty station was on USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67), where I served as the Communications Officer.

After almost twelve years on active duty, I entered the Naval Reserves and retired as a Commander in 2003. I have been a Blue and Gold Officer since 1991, Area Coordinator in northern New Jersey (2001-2017), Chairman of the Area Coordinator Steering Committee (2014-2017), and currently serve as the Chairman of the Admissions Committee on the Board of Trustees. I am a member of the Executive Committee and have served on the Nominations Committee. I performed the due diligence and submitted the appropriate paperwork and justification to begin a USNA Alumni Association Chapter in New Jersey. In my civilian life, I have been involved in sports facilities and event management and currently own my own consulting business.

My goal as a member of the Board of Trustees was to communicate with alumni and to listen to their concerns. I believe I have succeeded in this goal. I would thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to continue to serve since I want to give back to the institution that has done so much for me.

Thank you in advance for your support.



Wayne Bergman '75

I am a candidate for election to USNAAA & F Board as Central Region Trustee.

Since commissioning with the Class of 1975, I completed my Navy career retiring from the Naval Reserve in 1997. My LinkedIn profile will show a successful international business career. Since 2004, I own a business coaching firm, coaching and advising privately held businesses as they execute their growth goals.

Since 2010, I have served as Chapter President for the NEOH-Cleveland Chapter. I have been an active attendee at the annual International Chapter Officer’s (ICOF) meetings and observe the May USNAAA & F board meetings.

Based on my career and role as Chapter President, I continue to learn the many ways I have benefited from being a member of the USNAAA and the Navy community. I believe USNAAA&F has potential to, be even better.

USNAAA&A is valuable in 5 key areas:

1.     Service to our Nation. Promote the value voluntary and honorable military service offers to our nation in a challenging world.
2.     Support the Navy and Marine Corps mission. Support USNAAA members who actively mentor outstanding young men and women considering careers in the Navy and Marine Corps.
3.     Perpetuate USNA’s long term success. An engaged and generous alumni membership is crucial to maintaining USNA’s mission and relevance.
4.     Leverage beneficial professional relationships. A global network of over 55,000 graduates is a valuable resource to a successful career in a range of professions.
5.     Grow a unique and valuable social network. Alumni networks are the original social networks. Unlock the value of our diverse network to include USNA alumni and USNA Parents.

With your vote, I would help unlock the full potential of our association and secure this value for future generations of USNA Alumni.


Lori Buresh '00

After graduating with the Class of 2000, I served as a SWO on the USS OAK HILL for three years then ended my active duty time as a Meteorology / Oceanography Officer. In civilian life I have a rewarding career in Information Technology, currently as a Team Manager at Capital One in Plano, Texas. I studied Computer Science at USNA and earned my Masters at Missouri State in Computer Information Systems in 2013.

With the support of my husband of 16-years, Mark, and our two children, 13-year old Elizabeth and 12-year old William, my career moved our family around. After being stationed in Virginia, our civilian lives took us to Utah, Wisconsin, Missouri, and two different areas of Texas. In each location it was important to me to reach out to the local Alumni chapter, for the Army/Navy party if nothing else! While living in SW Missouri, I was privileged to fully engage in supporting our Alumni Association and support the MAG when they visited after the Joplin Tornado in 2011. As we relocated from Missouri to Dallas, I increased the level of my commitment, serving as a VP and Webmaster of the North Texas Chapter. Serving as a BGO for the last 10 years, I love helping to maintain and raise the quality of the incoming classes. A champion for the USNA ‘sisterhood’ for years, I founded one of the first USNA Women’s Alumni Facebook pages providing a forum for discussion and ‘virtual’ interaction. I contend it is our connections and our relationships that are priceless within our USNA family. It is with my technology background, experiences living in several Central Region states and perspective as a graduate in the 2000-era that I humbly seek your vote.

CDR Richard A. Cataldi ’69, USN (Ret.)

Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Commander Cataldi graduated from the Naval Academy in1969. Following graduation and commissioning he became a carrier pilot flying both the S-2 and the S-3 aircraft from the decks of the Saratoga and Nimitz. He completed a master’s degree in Public Administration at Auburn while attending the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. He discovered he enjoyed teaching when he ran two navy schoolhouses and taught Leadership and Strategic Planning at the Academy. He also coached the Academy’s women’s soccer club and lobbied for and achieved varsity status for the team.

Commander Cataldi retired to Farragut, TN after completing 24 years of service. He taught Navy Junior ROTC for nearly 10 years, and then taught High School math for another nine years. He has served his local parish as an usher coordinator and Parish Council Chair. Additionally, he has served in the community as both Vice President and President of the Home and School Association, his Homeowners’ Association and nearly 15 years as an election officer. He has served as the President of the both the local chapter of MOAA and the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Chapter of the USNAAA. He is his USNAAA Chapter’s web Master and Information Officer.

He is currently serving as the Central Region Trustee for the Naval Academy Alumni Association, serving on the Admissions and Executive Committees. Commander Cataldi has been a Blue and Gold Officer for more than twenty years and the East Tennessee BGO Area Coordinator for the past 10 years. He is a proud husband, father and grand father.


CDR Anthony D. Konecny ’79, USN (Ret.)

Commander Anthony D. Konecny ’79, a native of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering and a Master’s of Science Degree in National Security Affairs (Intelligence) at the Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California. He completed the Submarine Officers’ Advanced Course where he received the David L. Lloyd Award for excellence in leadership and academic performance.

Commander Konecny served as Navigator and Operations Officer aboard USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) and later served as a Mission Commander for fifteen Strategic Arms Reduction (START) and Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Inspections in the former Soviet Union. As Deputy Commander, he was responsible for operational and logistical support of eight Trident submarines and sixteen submarine crews, completing his 24-year naval career as Chief, Management Planning.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).

For ten years, Konecny was a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with First Command Financial Services. He is the President of the Columbus Chapter where he increased active alumni participation and the chapter’s treasury. He is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; Vice President of the Greater Columbus Council of the US Navy League, Life Member of the US Submarine Veterans, Life Member of the Worthington VFW Post 2398, and member of the Worthington American Legion Post 239. Commander Konecny is married to the former Corinne Bertin of Ontario, Ohio. Tony and Corinne are retired and reside in Worthington, Ohio.

Commander Konecny has experience, a strong desire, and enthusiasm to serve the U.S. Naval Academy, the alumni and as an Alumni Association trustee.