Meet The Staff

Center Manager: DeAnna Pazdyk

DeAnna started working at USO Rota on the 5th of September 2017. She grew up in Wisconsin and is a US Air Force veteran. Her first experience with the USO was in Chicago, and she became a volunteer at Dover AFB. After her service she attended school at the Academy of Art University, with a focus on Fine Arts & Interior Design, and minor in Business. She then received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, from UOP. Currently she is attending The University of Platteville WI, where she was accepted into the Organizational Change Leadership Master’s Program The decision to serve has grown into a twenty-two-year association with the military. DeAnna has been fortunate to have had the rewarding opportunity of working closely with nonprofit organizations, which have directly supported military resiliency, education, and special functions. DeAnna enjoys traveling whenever the opportunity presents itself and has lived in or visited many locations in the US and overseas to include the UK, Japan, Poland, Prague, Paris, the Azores, and Korea. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, gardening, traveling, and reading.

Center Operations Specialist: Tara Bathurst

Tara is a Native of New York and she began working at USO Rota on the 9th of October 2017. Before that she was a volunteer with the USO Yokosuka, Japan. She enjoyed her time there as It gave her a home away from home an opportunity to help the military community. While there she received The President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering for over 100 hours. Prior to moving overseas, she worked in food service in New York, eventually becoming the General Manager of a Cinnabon in 2014. Tara holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from State University of New York at Oswego. Tara loves to hike in Spain with her husband and two dogs, she also enjoys learning about different cultures and traveling.