Commanding Officer's Biography
Commanding Officer, Leadership Development Center
Captain Greg Wisener is a 1991 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 Wisener has 13 years of sea service time with afloat assignments that include being Commanding Officer aboard USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) Portsmouth, Virginia from 2012 to 2014; Executive Officer aboard USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) Alameda, California from 2010 to 2012; two tours aboard USCG Barque Eagle (WIX 327) New London, Connecticut as Operations Officer and then as Executive Officer; and two tours aboard USCGC Chase (WHEC 718) San Pedro, California as Deck Watch Officer and Weapons Department Head.
Captain Wisener has a diverse set of shore assignments to include Operations Officer of the Pacific Strike Team Novato, California; Performance Branch Chief and Assistant Training Officer at Training Center Petaluma, California; Personnel Officer at Integrated Support Center San Pedro, California and Coast Guard Liaison Officer at U.S. Navy Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida.
Captain Greg Wisener holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University, Idaho. He is also a licensed Merchant Marine Officer with an unlimited Chief Mate and 1600 ton Masters License for steam, motor, or sailing vessels.
Executive Officer's Biography
Executive Officer, Leadership Development Center
Commander Nakeisha Hills enlisted in the 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.
Previously, Commander Hills served as Executive Assistant (EA) to the Assistant COMDT for Prevention Policy from 2011 to 2013. Up until that assignment she served as the Deputy and the Chief of Contingency Preparedness and Force Readiness at Sector Delaware Bay from 2008 to 2011. At the sector she lead collaborative efforts between federal, state and local response agencies to prepare for maritime incidents in and around the Delaware Bay, and assisted FEMA with awarding federal grants to AMSC maritime industry and agencies seeking to enhance their own maritime security environment. Additionally, while at Sector Delaware Bay she was detailed as a CG representative to the State of Florida OEM and to the Hurricane Planning Cell in support of the response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. To attend to her growing family, Commander Hills took a TEMP SEP from 2006 to 2008. During this period she continued serving as a CG Reservist, but worked as a Small Passenger Vessel Curriculum Developer at the National Transit Institute, Rutgers University. Just prior to this assignment at both Activities New York and at Sector New York, she served as a Marine Inspector; Casualty Investigator; Barges Section Chief; and Port State Control Section Chief from 2001 to 2006.
Commander Hills was also assigned as the Equal Opportunity Advisor at the USCG Academy where she taught EEO/Civil Rights Policy and Leadership from 1998 to 2001. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Assistant Operations Officer at CG Group New Orleans overseeing Heavy Weather and Counter Narcotic Planning, as the Communications Center Chief, and as a SAR Controller from 1996 to 1998.
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. She is currently pursuing another Masters Degree in Crisis Response and Trauma Counseling.
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.