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AUSA staff reorganized to take on membership challenges

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Association of the U.S. Army is beginning 2017 with some staff changes and a new set of challenges.

AUSA President and CEO Gen. Carter Ham, USA, Ret., has set a goal of 100,000 members by the end of 2017 and the newly-designated Membership Directorate, formerly Regional Activities, has accepted this challenge.

Col. John Davies, USA, Ret., former director of Regional Activities, has been named the Senior Director of Membership, a new position created to consolidate AUSA’s membership efforts across all categories – individual, life, corporate, and sustaining member – to not only reach, but maintain the 100,000-member goal.

Davies joined the AUSA staff in 2003, after retiring from the Army.

Christine Lathrop, an AUSA employee since 2002, has been promoted to Deputy Director of Membership.

Previously she served, for more than four years, as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Membership and Meetings.

Lathrop also was the Sustaining Membership Program Administrator for eight years.

Angelina Flores, with AUSA since June 2015, has assumed the responsibility of manager of the association’s Young Professionals Program, as she continues her duties providing support to AUSA’s 120 chapters and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Sgt. Maj. Leroy Bussells, USA, Ret., has retired from AUSA after more than 17 years of service to the association as the Assistant Director of Retiree and Veteran Affairs.

Bussells, who retired from the Army after 30 years of service, will be missed by his AUSA coworkers and the retiree and veteran communities. He will spend his well-deserved retirement fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Charles Schellpeper, former Deputy Director of Membership and Young Professionals Program Manager, has left AUSA to return to his home state of Wisconsin where he plans to be an active volunteer in the Milwaukee Chapter.

Schellpeper joined the AUSA staff in June 2015 and was tasked with the new young professionals’ initiative, building it from the ground up before he was promoted to Deputy Director of Membership.