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Randi Reich Cosentino, Ed.D.

Randi Reich Cosentino, Ed.D., is president of the USNCC, which is designed to serve enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen in providing access to military-relevant education.

Prior to joining the USNCC, Dr. Cosentino served as chief academic officer (CAO) at Guild Education. As CAO, Cosentino was responsible for academic partnerships and operations, as well as student success/coaching. Previously, Cosentino served as chief operating officer of Quad Learning/American Honors, where she oversaw academic partnerships, operations, admissions, student support, and the teaching and learning center. Before that, Cosentino served as provost and CAO for Strayer University and in a number of other senior roles for 13 years. Prior to joining Strayer, Cosentino worked in education technology as well as serving several years in city government with the City of New York as the assistant director in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation.

Cosentino holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her husband is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps.

Robert Kozloski
Chief of Staff

Robert “Bob” Kozloski is the chief of staff for the USNCC. After he was the chief analyst for the Education for Seapower (E4S) Study, which identified the need to improve enlisted education by creating the USNCC, he then became one of the founding members of the college.

Kozloski enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985 and was part of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). He was selected to the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and Enlisted Commissioning Program where he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997 and held a variety of leadership positions until his retirement in 2007.

Prior to this position, Kozloski was a program manager at the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Department of the Navy. Kozloski received his bachelor’s from Old Dominion University, master’s from Johns Hopkins, and is currently a doctoral candidate in international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sergeant Major Michael Hensley
Senior Enlisted Leader

Sgt. Maj. Michael Hensley enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, Nov. 10, 1994.

Following graduation, he was assigned to the School of Infantry-East, Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for training as a 0311 infantry rifleman. He has had numerous assignments to include rifleman, squad leader, and platoon sergeant with Golf Company 2/2; drill instructor with 3rd Battalion, India Company and Support Battalion, Physical Conditioning Platoon, Parris Island, South Carolina; section leader and platoon sergeant with 1/3; platoon sergeant with Weapons & Field Training Battalion, Parris Island; platoon sergeant with Scout Platoon 2nd Tank Battalion; first sergeant with Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, first sergeant for Inspector and Instructor Staff Johnson City, Tennessee, Lima Company 3/24; and first sergeant with Bravo Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His tours as a sergeant major include: Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Corps Installations-National Capital Region-Marine Corps Base Quantico, Education Command and Marine Corps University and is currently serving as the United States Naval Community College’s command senior enlisted leader. He has deployed seven times in various locations, including Mediterranean floats; Unit Deployment Programs to Okinawa, Japan; a security detachment to Panama; and operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His professional military education includes the Corporal’s Course, Sergeant’s Course, Career Course, Advanced Course, Infantry Squad Leader’s Course, E-8 Seminar, First Sergeant Course, Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, Cornerstone Course, Air Forces Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, and the Army's Nominative Leader's Course.

Hensley has an associate degree in general studies, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University. He is currently enrolled in a doctorate program with Abilene Christian University. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Purple Heart (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (two awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (seven awards).

Charles “Chuck” Cushman, Ph.D.
Dean of Academic Programs

Charles “Chuck” Cushman is the dean of academic programs at the USNCC. He was previously an associate provost at the National Defense University (NDU) where he worked on organizational reform, institutional research, library support to the students and faculty, and strategic use of the wargaming center. He was also the dean of academics for five years in the College of International Security Affairs.

Prior to working at NDU, Cushman was a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute, teaching executive branch officials how to work with Congress. In a decade at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University (GWU), Cushman directed the legislative affairs and political management master’s degree programs and was the associate dean for the College of Professional Studies. He also served as director of the school.

Before joining GWU, Cushman was a defense consultant working on force structure and strategy for Headquarters, U.S. Air Force; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and the Space Commission. He was director of legislative relations for an advocacy group working to advance peace in the Middle East, and spent two years as a legislative assistant working on defense, foreign policy, and veterans’ affairs.

Cushman is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, earning a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He served for nine years on active duty as an armor officer commanding troops and serving in staff assignments in West Germany; Ft. Knox, Kentucky; and on the faculty in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy West Point. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate in American Politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Force Master Chief Rick Mengel
U.S. Navy Liaison

Force Master Chief Rick Mengel enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1993 and attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida.  He began his naval career first as an undesignated seaman, followed by signalman and then aviation structural mechanic until his selection for the Command Senior Chief Program in 2011.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 147 Gold) and the Command Master Chief (CMC)/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 10701).

His early operational tours included USS Camden (AOE 2), based at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the EA-6B fleet replacement squadron, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington; and twice with VAQ-130, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, deploying with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Ashore, he served as a recruit division commander (RDC) and RDC “C” School instructor at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

As a command senior chief, Mengel was assigned to six mine countermeasures ships (MCM) with MCM Crew Persistent.  His subsequent CMC tours included USS Shoup (DDG 86), homeported in Everett, WA; Navy Recruiting District Seattle, Seattle, Washington; and USS Nimitz (CVN 68), homeported in Bremerton, Washington.  His last tour was as CMC for Naval Service Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Mengel assumed the duties and responsibilities as the force master chief of Naval Education and Training Command, Pensacola, Florida, Feb. 16, 2023.

He is qualified as a master training specialist, enlisted aviation warfare specialist, and enlisted surface warfare specialist. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (nine awards), and various unit awards.

Command Master Chief Edward Lewis
U.S. Coast Guard Liaison

Command Master Chief Edward Lewis assumed duties as Command Master Chief for Force Readiness Command on June 18, 2021. His primary responsibility is to advise the Commander on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families throughout the FORCECOM enterprise. Additionally, Lewis assists with strategic initiatives that shape the training and readiness of the Coast Guard’s workforce.

Lewis’s previous assignments include engineering and law enforcement duties at Station Destin, Florida; the USCGC Midgett, Seattle, Washington; USCGC Point Doran, Everett, Washington; Engineer Petty Officer positions at Station Galveston Texas, USCGC Point Spencer, and USCGC Manowar; instructor at the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy in New London, Connecticut; the United States Coast Guard Academy as one of the first four Company Chiefs; Sector Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands as the Sector Command Master Chief; the School Chief of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy in Petaluma, California; leading Coast Guard’s largest engineering rating as the Machinery Technician Rating Force Master Chief; and as the Fourteenth District Command Master Chief, with an area extending to the Hawaiian islands, Guam, American Samoa and activities in Saipan, Singapore, and Japan. Most recently, Lewis served as the Command Master Chief of the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support. The 17,000-person DCMS enterprise delivers the systems and people in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s diverse mission sets through oversight of all human capital; lifecycle naval, aeronautical and civil engineering and logistics; acquisitions; information technology; and security.

In addition to being a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class 76, Lewis graduated from the Command Master Chief course, Class 2, and from the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 57. He served on the Commandant’s Leadership Advisory Council as an analyst on the Outlook Vision Team (10-year Strategy), Royal Navy and U.S. Coast Guard future technical support study, and the core team for the Evergreen Project (25-year Strategy). Lewis holds a Master’s in Human Service Counseling / Military Resilience with Distinction from Liberty University. Master Chief Lewis is a Permanent Cutterman with awards including four U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, three Commandant Letters of Commendation, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Alphonso Garrett
Director of Enrollment
Theresa Pettersson
Director of Academic Partnerships
Richard Stoner
Director of Information Technology
Russell Evans
Associate Dean of Naval Studies
Tolanda Tyler, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Enrollment
Jorriod Moore, Ph.D.
Deputy Director Academic Partnerships
Darlene Davis, D.S.L.
Deputy Director of Student Success
Daniel Goff
Professor of Naval Studies
Jolene Passut
Transfer Credit Specialist
Scott Hamm
Professor of Naval Studies
Allan "Bud" Livers, Ph.D.
Education Services Specialist
Stephanie Bell
Financial Management Analyst
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