Meet The Staff

Center Manager: DeAnna Pazdyk - DPazdyk@uso.org

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 Manager: Kayla Clark - kaclark@uso.org

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 Specialist: Kelli Helvey - khelvey@uso.org

Kelli started volunteering at USO Rota in 2017 and became a staff member in October 2018. Kelli grew up in the military life and spent most of her school years living overseas (Philippines, Japan and Europe). The USO has always been present in her life. If there is an activity that is outdoors, that is where you will find her and her family to include: hiking, climbing, paddle boarding, and adventure racing. She has her husband, four kids, and two dogs here with her.

Center Operations Specialist: Cassie Rudden - crudden@uso.org

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.