Meet The Staff

Center Manager: Kayla Clark -

Kayla has been with the USO since May 2019. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Miami University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University. She has spent the last decade working with the military, primarily in the nonprofit sector, in both recruiting and recreational programming. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and pups.

Center Operations Manager: Cassie Rudden -

Cassie started working at USO Rota on the 28th of January, 2021. She is a military spouse who was stationed in Washington, D.C. before moving to Spain in 2020. Prior to working at the USO, Cassie was a High School History and Psychology Teacher. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Holy Cross and a Master’s in Education from Lesley University. Cassie loves to travel and read in her free time.

Center Operations Specialist: Laura Peter -

Laura started working at USO Rota in September, 2021 put she had been a volunteer with us since March of this year and already served over 100 hours. Prior to the USO, Laura served as the President of the Guam Naval Officers Spouses Connection group, where she organized large scale fundraising events, which actually provided funds to both the USO as well as the local population in need in Guam. Laura has a husband and three kids, and she considers herself a big foodie and loves all things outdoors.

Center Operations Specialist: Justin Merchant -

Justin started working at USO Rota in January 2022. Justin recently transitioned out of the Army from Vicenza, Italy. He served as a 12B Combat Engineer and Paratrooper for six years with the 173rd IBCT (Infantry Brigade Combat Team). Justin moved to Rota back in August of this year with his wife, Nina, and dog, Luna, and he enjoys both photography and fitness.