2018 CHAPTER OFFICERS



PRESIDENT:
LT Tim Whitney

LT Tim Whitney hails from Pine Brook, New Jersey. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a B.S. in History. LT Whitney reported to the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) after completing officer nuclear training in 2012. While onboard, he served as the Reactor Controls Assistant, the Main Propulsion Assistant, the Assistant Operations Officer, and the Acting Operations Officer. During his time onboard Pittsburgh, Tim completed a CENTCOM deployment, a major availability, Navy SCUBA Diver School and a EUCOM deployment. After completing his tour on Pittsburgh, Tim reported to Undersea Warfighting Development Center where he served as the Flag Aide to Rear Admiral Jeff Trussler. LT Whitney is enrolled in the Financial Management curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is an avid runner and is learning to play the ukulele.

VICE-PRESIDENT:
LT Ross Spinelli
Hailing from the greatest sports city in America, Pittsburgh, PA, Lieutenant Ross Spinelli graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Following Nuclear Power Training in Charleston, SC, he reported to the USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761) and served as the Electrical Officer, Communications Officer, Assistant Engineer, and 3 months as the Navigator. During his tour he completed a successful 2015 surge deployment, a 2016 EUCOM and Mediterranean deployment, and lead the Engineering department through extremely complex evolutions during an EOHC. Ashore, Lieutenant Spinelli is currently a student at the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science degree in Operations Research Analysis. In addition, he is completing the Naval War College Non-resident Program for Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. He is an enthusiastic traveler and doesn’t mind a Moscow mule every now and then..


TREASURER:

LT James Davis



A native of Springfield, Illinois, Lieutenant James Davis graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Afloat, Lieutenant Davis completed his submarine division officer tour aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731G), where he served as the Reactor Control Assistant, Communications Officer, Assistant Engineer, and Quality Assurance Officer. He then served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare expert on the staff of Destroyer Squadron 50. During his sea tours he completed five strategic deterrent patrols and deployed for a year to Bahrain in support of partnership-strength-presence and maritime security in the Central Command area of responsibility. Ashore, Lieutenant Davis is currently a student at the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography as a part of the Undersea Warfare Curriculum. In addition, he is completing the Naval War College Non-resident Program for Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. He is an avid hiker, dog lover, and reader in his spare time.
   

SECRETARY:
ENS Mike Ross




ENS Mike Ross hails from Edgewater, Maryland, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was selected as a Bowman Scholar in Spring 2016 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Upon graduating from NPS in June 2018, ENS Ross will report to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina to begin his training as a Submarine Warfare Officer.   
   

ADVISOR: 
RADM (Ret.) Jerry Ellis



Rear Admiral W. G. “Jerry” Ellis, U.S. Navy (Ret.), became the Undersea Warfare Chair and the Director of the Undersea Warfare Research Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in March 2009.  Prior to this, he served as the Special Assistant for Undersea Strategy in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy.  As such, he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Navy for policy relating to the Department of the Navy’s Undersea Warfare Program.

After 36 years of active duty, Rear Admiral Ellis retired and entered the Senior Executive Service in June 2000, continuing on as the Director of the Deep Submergence Program and Director, Defense Liaison Division.  In that position he served as the CNO’s principal advisor on Submarine Rescue, Deep Submergence Vehicles, and Deep Diving Operations. 

A career nuclear submariner, Rear Admiral Ellis served aboard seven submarines.  He commanded USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631) conducting missile patrols out of Holy Loch, Scotland.  In addition, he was the first Commanding Officer of USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705).  He also commanded Submarine Squadron Six, which included a submarine tender and ten attack submarines.    As a Flag Officer, he served as Commander Submarine Group Ten, which consisted of all strategic submarines in the Atlantic Fleet.  His final sea assignment was command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force as COMSUBPAC.
Ashore, Rear Admiral Ellis served in many important positions including service  as a Detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, as the Senior Member of the Atlantic Fleet’s Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board,  as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Military Application in the Department of Energy,  as the Oceanographer of the Navy, and as Director, Navy Special Programs.

Rear Admiral Ellis’ personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (five awards), and the Meritorious Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award for 2004 and 2009.  In June, 2007, he was presented the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Nation’s highest award for Intelligence and  in 2009, the Secretary of the Navy presented him with the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest Department of the Navy award for civilian service.

Rear Admiral Ellis graduated from the U.S Naval Academy with distinction in 1964. He earned a Masters Degree from Sloan School of Management at MIT as a Chief of Naval Operations Scholar.  He serves on the Advisory Council of the Naval Submarine League and is a former National Director for the Navy League of the United States.  In addition, he is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation.  He is currently serving as a member of the External Advisory Council for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, and as an Advisor for the Channel Technologies Group of Santa Barbara, CA.