Commanding Officer's Biography
Commanding Officer, Leadership Development Center
Captain Andrea Marcille is a 1989 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Leadership Development Center.
Captain Marcille has split her time in the Coast Guard between afloat assignments and within the Coast Guard Training System. Her afloat assignments include Executive Officer aboard USCG Barque Eagle from 2003 to 2005; Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Decisive (WMEC 629) in St. Petersburg, Florida; Operations Officer aboard USCGC Chase (WHEC 718) in Long Beach, California; and Commanding Officer of USCGC Pea Island (WPB 1347) in Jacksonville, Florida.
Captain Marcille’s shore assignments include Maritime Law Enforcement School Instructor at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Virginia; Chief, Performance Technology Branch at Coast Guard Recruit Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, and as the Cadet Training Officer at the Coast Guard Academy from 2005 until 2010.
Captain Marcille holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Executive Officer's Biography
Executive Officer, Leadership Development Center
Commander Nakeisha Hills enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1991. She is a 1995 graduate of Officer Candidate School and currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Leadership Development Center.
Commander Hills has served as Executive Assistant to the Director of Prevention Policy at CG Headquarters; Chief of Contingency Preparedness and Force Readiness at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Marine Inspector and Casualty Investigator at Activities New York; and Port State Control Section Chief at Sector New York.
Commander Hills has also been assigned as the Equal Opportunity Advisor at the USCG Academy where she taught Civil Rights Policy and Leadership. Prior to this assignment she served as the Assistant Operations Officer overseeing Heavy Weather/Counter Narcotic Planning; as the Communications Center Chief; and as a SAR Controller at CG Group New Orleans.
Commander Hills holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Planning and Public Safety.
Command Master Chief's Biography
Master Chief, USCG
Command Master Chief, Leadership Development Center
Master Chief Kevin Leask is a 1998 graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy and a 2007 graduate of the Senior Enlisted Command Master Chief Course. He currently serves as the Command Master Chief of the Leadership Development Center as well as the School Chief of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.
Master Chief Leask has served in several Officer-in-Charge assignments. More recently, from 2007 to 2011, he served as the Boatswain’s Mate Rating Force Master Chief at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Master Chief Leask holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree in Military History from American Military University in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Master Chief Leask’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, and four Coast Guard Achievement Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device. He has also earned the permanent cutterman’s insignia, the coxswain insignia, boat forces insignia, and the command afloat and ashore insignias.