Speaker Series: David Blazes ’91

Speaker Series: David Blazes ’91, MD MPH, Epidemiology & Surveillance, Global Health Program, Gates Foundation. @ Zoom Sep 24 @ 18:00 – 19:30

David Blazes '91

David’s experience includes:

  • Surveillance and Epidemiology of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Professor of Preventive Medicine/Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences where he was an active faculty teaching and mentoring graduate and medical students.
  • Director at Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) System.
  • Director of Emerging Infections Program at the Naval Medical Research Unit, Peru.


  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: MD
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences: Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • US Naval Academy: BS in Chemistry, Graduated with Distinction, Trident Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Speaker Series: CAPT Matt Arny ’93 USN, CO of NAS Whidbey Island

CAPT Matt Arny '93 USN

CAPT Matt Arny ’93 USN

Captain Matt “Flounder” Arny was raised in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. As a Naval Flight Officer, he flew in both the F-14B and F/A-18F serving tours in VF-102 and VFA-103 and then as Commanding Officer in VFA-154.

Captain Arny deployed on USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while participating in Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in Iraq, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Tomodachi providing disaster relief in Japan. During additional sea tours, Captain Arny served as Assistant Navigator on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Operations Officer on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Captain Arny’s shore tours include U.S. Naval Attaché to the Kingdom of Sweden, Operational Test Director in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine Detachment Pt. Mugu and Executive Assistant to the Chief, U.S. Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

Captain Arny has logged over 3,000 flight hours in the F-14A/B/D, F/A-18B/D/F, JAS-39D, F-4, F-5, F-16, TA-4 and various other aircraft accumulating over 700 arrested landings.

Speaker Series: Town Hall with Byron Marchant ’78, CEO and President of the USNA

Speaker Series: Town Hall with Byron Marchant ’78, CEO and President of the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation
Jun 25 @ 17:00 – 18:00

Byron Marchant '78

Byron Marchant ’78

Byron F. Marchant, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1978, is the President and CEO of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. Prior to this position, Marchant served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & Chief Administrative Officer for Black Entertainment Television, Washington, DC. He was a partner with the law firm Patton Boggs, LLP, and previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Annapolis-based Telecommunications Systems Inc. He also served as Senior Legal Advisor to Federal Communications Commissioner Andrew Barrett and was an attorney with Sidley Austin.

Marchant graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 earning a Bachelor of Science, American Political Systems; and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School. He was in the submarine service before transferring to the Naval Reserve in 1984 where he fulfilled numerous assignments in the Naval Reserve Intelligence program and attained the rank of Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Marchant is a life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, a member of the New Jersey Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the Federal Communications Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He serves on the board of directors of The Y in Central Maryland, The National Sailing Hall of Fame, is a member of the board of trustees for the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; is a board member of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, and an honorary trustee for The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. In addition, Marchant served two terms on the Board of Visitors at George Mason University and has served on the Advisory Committee to the Sallie Mae Foundation, The American Red Cross of the Washington Metropolitan area, the University of Virginia Alumni Association Board of Managers and the UVA Campaign Executive Committee. Marchant was an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School.

COVID-19 presentation by Evergreen Health CEO Jeff Tomlin ’76

Capt Jeff Tomlin

Capt Jeff Tomlin, USN, MC (ret.)

COVID-19 Discovery and Response: First Evidence of Community Transmission in the U.S

  1. Preparation
  2. First Contact
  3. Response
  4. Learnings
  5. Future State
  6. Questions

Jeff Tomlin Bio:

  • Bothell High Grad (Local)
  • USNA Class of ‘76
  • 2nd LT USMC TBS Pensacola
  • Flew KC-130’s active duty Western Pacific
  • Left the Marines and entered UW Medical School Class of ‘86
  • Anesthesia Residency
    • EvergreenHealth, Kirkland WA 1990 to present
    • Inter-service transfer to the Navy Medical Corp Reserve
    • Mobilized 2004-2005 Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital Operation Enduring Freedom
    • Commanding Officer Operational Health support Unit Bremerton
    • Reserve Surgeon Pacific Fleet (twilight reserve tour)
    • Retired CAPT Navy Medical Corps Reserve in 2014
    • Civilian  Medical Administration
    • Medical Director for Quality
    • Chief Medical Officer
    • CEO EvergreenHealth July 2019

Trustee Nominations – Fall 2019

This fall / early winter we will be sending out nominations for the Chapter’s Board of Trustees.  We have traditionally had 9 Trustees but hope to increase our Board to a maximum of 12.  The driving force behind the desire to increase is our expansive geographic range.   Ideally we would like to have 2 to 3 Trustees from each of our four regional areas. This will help ensure that all the regions are adequately represented and actively engaged.  Six Trustee positions are available with three of those positions held by current Trustees up for re-election.

Regional Areas:

  • West:  Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap
  • North:  Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom
  • Central:  King, Pierce, Snohomish
  • South:  Chehalis, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston

A Trustee term is 3 years, and a Trustee is only allowed to serve for 6 consecutive years.  We have monthly meetings but because of our geographic dispersion we take advantage of teleconferences for most of our meetings with occasional face-to-face meetings where we can enjoy a meal together and catch up a bit before getting down to business. A Trustee must be willing and able (and want) to host at least two social events a year and participate/assist in one major event a year.  A Trustee needs to bring a passion for making the Chapter the best it can be at serving our Alumni as well as current and future MIDN.  A Trustee should come with ideas and be not be afraid to challenge the status quo of how we “have always done things”…  The country, the Navy, our community is changing every day so we are always looking for fresh ideas and new energy.

If you are interested in learning more about being a Trustee, please contact Stephanie McKinnie at stephaniemckinnie@gmail.com.   Or if you are ready to toss your name in the hat, please fill out this form and email it to stephaniemckinnie@gmail.com.  Requests to serve as a Trustee must be received by 10 November.

Nomination forms received will be forwarded to our Chapter Board of Trustees and Officers for review prior to the vote at our December meeting.

New Trustees will be notified in December and begin their terms in Feb of 2020. One of the first orders of business will be to elect Chapter Officers (President, VP, Treasurer, and Secretary).

Chapter Officer Elections

If anyone is interested in serving as a Chapter Officer (you do not need to be a Trustee to be a Chapter Officer) please contact Craig Wiesen at usnaaapugetsoundpresident@gmail.com.  Request to serve as a Chapter Officer need to be received by 31 January 2020.

I hope you will consider serving as a Trustee or a Chapter Officer.

Regional Directors

Because we are such a geographically diverse Chapter, we have established four primary Regions (roughly based on compass points, and there is some overlap).  Each of these Regions has a Regional Director who will serve as your primary POC for inquiries and/or requests to host an event.

The Regions / Regional Directors are as follows:

West:  Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap;  West Region Director: Carol Hoffman

North:  Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom; North Region Director: Linda Postenrieder

Central/East:  King, Pierce, Snohomish; Central/East Region Director(s): Stephanie McKinnie & Todd Nichols

South:  Chehalis, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston; South Region Director: Kyle Baker


Host an event

If you are interested in arranging a group event or viewing party for any of the games please let us know so we can help advertise.

USNAAA PSC chapter will reimburse the cost of one beverage for “PSC Member plus one” at public locations, and $5 per “PSC member plus one” for events hosted in your home.  The event must be open to all alum and advertised on the PSC website.  Hosts will be expected to provide a list of PSC member attendees and receipt (only for events planned at sports bars/public eatery) for reimbursement.

The Navy Football schedule is available here