Richard Patterson joined the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation as its CEO in 2018. Patterson had a distinguished tenure as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement with the Santa Catalina School and during his ten years with the school, he was responsible for Development, Communications, Alumni Relations and the Facilities Departments. Prior to Santa Catalina, he worked for over sixteen years with the Pebble Beach Company. Over his sixteen-year career with Pebble Beach, he served as the Director of Community Affairs, Tournament Director and as the Chair of Volunteer Services for the 2000 U.S. Open.
Patterson has served on the Boards of the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, Monterey County Convention and Visitor Bureau, AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association, and is currently a member of The Rotary Club of Monterey. He holds a BA in Communications and an MA in Political Communications from California State University, Chico and began his career working as a staff member for a California State Senator in Sacramento.
Patterson is married to Ann, a local business owner and avid SF Giants fan, and they have two daughters pursuing their professions.
Retired Colonel Todd Lyons serves as the Vice President for the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation. In this role, he bridges the divide between industry, academia, and DoD entities to accelerate the responsiveness of NPS to the challenges arising from great power competition and emerging technology. Lyons also serves as a volunteer instructor for Innovation Leadership at NPS.
Lyons served in the Marine Corps for 30 years. In his last assignment, he served as the Senior Marine Representative and the Associate Dean of Research at the Naval Postgraduate School. In those roles, he connected the work of students and faculty to the operational challenges of the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the broader DoD. As an innovation leader, he leveraged the research at NPS and the operational experiences of the students to drive the adoption of new practices across the Naval Services.
After graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000, Lyons became a Middle East Foreign Area Officer and an Intelligence Officer with assignments at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Todd spent nine of his last eighteen years in the Marine Corps serving in a variety of assignments across the Middle East, including Qatar, Israel, Oman, and Iraq.
Lyons earned a Master of Arts with honors in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Haifa and was the Honor Graduate from the Israeli National Defense College in 2007. For his reporting during the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, he received the Department of State Superior Honor Award. He received a second Superior Honor Award from the Department of State for his service in Oman from 2011-2014.
Lyons is married and has three daughters. He enjoys being active and keeping up with his family.
Desiree Dillehay comes to the NPS Foundation with a wealth of experience in government public affairs and U.S. Army Service. In her role as Director of Communications, she develops and executes strategic communication plans, manages digital communication activities, supports corporate partnership outreach, and engages with NPS leadership, students and alumni to foster both the Foundation’s and the school’s vision.
Dillehay has a Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of the Public Affairs Qualification Course at the Defense Information School.
Prior to the Foundation, Dillehay worked in public affairs as a Department of the Army civilian at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Germany, the Seattle Army Recruiting Battalion, and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning. She has also worked in the corporate sector as a publicity director for a publishing company in Minnesota and as a marketing representative for a promotional product company in Tennessee. Simultaneously, she served as an officer in both the Army National Guard and Army Reserve for 12 years. She has deployed to the Middle East as a future operations and public affairs officer with a Military Engagement Team, where she collaborated with foreign military partners, state department officials and other DOD entities to enhance international cooperation in 13 different countries.
Her many global experiences include strategic communication, issues management and crisis communication, media relations, employee communication, journalism, photography, web and graphic design, and digital media management.
Dillehay is married to Michael, an active-duty Army officer, and they have two young children and two dogs. She enjoys gardening and cooking, and as a family they enjoy traveling, exploring cultures and food, and hiking.
Victoria Engman-Rossman comes to the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation with extensive experience in high-level administrative, development, and event functions. Rossman manages processes and administrative functions related to the internal operations of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation and oversees and provides support to the alumni relations, and development departments. She has an associate degree in business administration, is a certified Meeting & Event Planner, has a Project Management certificate from George Washington University, and is a trained mediator.
Prior to the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Rossman worked for Hospice Giving Foundation as a Development Associate serving Monterey and San Benito Counties. Her experience includes providing executive support, meeting and event planning, and project management. She possesses a very strong knowledge of board relations and non-profit organization operations.
Since moving to California, Rossman has been an active member of her community, serving as a special events committee volunteer and feeding the homeless.
Margo Kwasnoski joined the Naval Postgraduate Foundation in March of 2022 after her family served with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Belgium for the past few years. Margo supports the Foundation in daily operations, administration, fundraising events and research initiatives.
Kwasnoski is an Air Force military spouse of almost 20 years with two children and has served in eight different locations. Prior to joining NPSF, she worked for the nonprofit Junior Achievement Finance Park in the Northern Virginia/DC metro area, and was a Director with the Fortune 500 company, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) in Financial Sales, Insurance and Underwriting for 14 years in San Antonio, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, and Norfolk, Virginia.
Kwasnoski has a Bachelor of Business in Leadership and Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in Texas. She studied Business Education for a teaching certification at Fayetteville University in North Carolina as well as Communications at Trinity University in Texas. She also holds an Accredited Financial Counselor Certification (AFC) through the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE).
Aisha Maroon joined the Foundation as the Director of Membership and Outreach in August 2017.
Maroon worked with notable associations such as the San Diego Marketing Association and The Monterey County Conventions and Visitors Bureau managing marketing and membership relations. She has also worked at Cuisine Solutions, which is an American premium foods company that specializes in the sous-vide method of cooking and meal preparation, as their Sales Representative for National Chain Accounts.
Maroon greatly enjoyed taking on the task of reigniting the NPS Alumni Association and looks forward to seeing how it grows. She has now taken on stewarding foundation-funded research. Working in partnership with foundation VP Todd Lyons she is re-engineering donor engagement and project development processes to maximize giving opportunities while also innovating the procedures for managing research projects.
Maroon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations from the University of Hawaii.
Sue Moore joined the Foundation in November 2017 as an associate in the Peacock Shop. In December 2018, Moore began to work with the Alumni Association and Membership. As Membership Manager, she interacts closely with our members to facilitate club activities and enhance their experience at NPS.
Before joining the foundation team, Moore was a member of the NPS Foundation Cycling and Running clubs since 2012. She is a 20+ year army spouse and has lived at several duty stations while raising four children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sociology from St. Lawrence University. She lives in Pacific Grove with her children and her husband who is Retired Army.
Alyssa Olson comes to the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation (NPSF) with a wealth of experience in nonprofit development and communications. In her role as Director of Communications, she develops and executes strategic communication plans, provides support and advocacy to the Naval Postgraduate School, and engages with NPS faculty and staff, students and alumni, Department of Defense leadership, donors and private industry to foster both the Foundation’s and the school’s vision.
Prior to joining NPSF, Olson was the Business and Communications Manager for Special Operations Warrior Foundation where she, most recently, implemented innovative communication strategies, including cause-related marketing joint ventures, digital and traditional media campaigns and peer-to-peer fundraising events, to raise funds and awareness for the families of fallen special operations personnel. She has extensive experience in development communications with a focus on strategic partnerships, cause-related marketing, sponsorships, donor communications and fundraising events.
Olson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus in Communications from Florida State University and a Digital Marketing Professional Certification from the University of Vermont. She is originally from San Diego, CA and currently resides in Tampa, FL.
Carly Olson joined the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation as Director of Development. She manages the daily responsibilities related to all fundraising activity for the Foundation, as well as providing direct support to the CEO in the areas of fundraising and donor stewardship. Olson also works with the CEO and the NPSF Funding Committee in the preparation for research funding meetings and all related follow-up and project tracking.
Olson has extensive background in administrative work, as well experience in the nonprofit and hospitality fields. Prior to joining NPSF, she worked as the Development Manager of Administration for the Membership and Philanthropy Department at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona and worked for the Department of Defense Analysis at NPS for nine years.
Olson has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from UNLV.
Karen Woodson is the Peacock Gift Shop Coordinator for the NPS Foundation. She began working for the NPS Foundation in March 2010.
Woodson is originally from Fayetteville, NC and lived there until she moved to Monterey in January 2006. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Woodson was an Elementary School Teaching Assistant for the Cumberland County School System in Fayetteville, NC.
Woodson is married to Major Glenn Woodson, a graduate of the Defense Analysis Program at NPS, and has four children. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at local events.