UDT-SEAL Museum Staff
Richard (Rick) Kaiser, BMCM SEAL (Ret), Executive Director »
Ken Corona, YNCM (Ret), Assistant Executive Director »
Mark Hileman, CDR SEAL (Ret), Assistant Executive Director »
Ruth McSween, Curator »
Lisa Fulton, Office Manager »
Philip Ryan, K-9 Handler/Equipment Manager »
Margaret Chase, Retail Manager »
Andy Brady, Community Outreach »
Rolf Snyder, General Counsel/Marketing Director »
Elaine Ryan, Marketing/Media Manager »
Born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Rick joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He attended Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training Class 109 in Coronado, CA. Rick was assigned to SEAL Team TWO in Little Creek, VA in 1980. He served at SEAL Team TWO from 1980 until 1985, specializing in winter warfare, combat diving, and sniping until he was selected for duty at SEAL Team SIX in 1985.
In 1993, Rick received the Silver Star Medal for Valor during the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down). He served at ST-6 from 1985 through October of 2012. During his time at ST-6, Rick acted as sniper, explosives expert, lead training Chief, sniper team leader, and Deputy Operations Officer.
Rick continues to serve his country and fellow SEALs by helping to educate others about this unique special operations force and further the Frogman heritage as the Executive Director of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Rick is married to Barbara Kaiser and has two children, Emily and Eric. Rick and Barbara currently reside in Vero Beach, Florida.
Ken joined the U.S. Navy in 1969 and served 32 years on active duty. He was stationed at Naval Ordnance Missile Test Facility at White Sands, New Mexico onboard the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68); Naval Air Station Bermuda; the Navy Annex in Washington, DC; and then recruiting duty in St. Louis, MO before being assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Community, reporting to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO (SDVT-2) at Little Creek, Virginia in 1986.
Due to his naval experience and work ethic, Ken was selected as the SDVT-2 Command Master Chief – the senior enlisted advisor working directly for the Commanding Officer. In 1991 he was screened, interviewed and selected to serve at SEAL Team SIX (ST-6) where he served until his retirement from active duty in April 2001.
After his retirement, Ken remained at ST-6 as a government employee (GS) until October 2013, working in the Operations Department as the Assistant Current Operations Officer and later as the Assistant Chief Staff Officer, overseeing and managing multiple SEAL combat deployments of personnel to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and numerous other locations around the world. Ken continues to serve his SEAL community and uphold their honor as the Assistant Executive Director of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.
Commander Hileman is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976. Initially a Boatswain’s Mate striker, he became a Navy SEAL and attained the rank of BM1 before being commissioned an Ensign (USNR) in 1989 as a Special Warfare Officer (SEAL). He retired from the Navy in January 2014.
Commander Hileman’s active duty tours include USS Manley (DD-940), Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training (BUD/S) Class 97, SEAL Team ONE, Naval Special Warfare Unit 1, Underwater Demolition Team 12, Naval Special Warfare Group 1, and BUD/S Training as a UDT/SEAL instructor.
As a civilian, Commander Hileman owns and operates a marine contracting business, providing technical, operational, and systems engineering support to the maritime industry.
A former member of the Navy SEAL Museum’s advisory board of directors, Commander Hileman is currently a member of the operational staff.
He currently resides in Fort Pierce with his wife Rebecca. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Born in Welch, West Virginia, Ruth is proud to be a coalminer’s daughter. She moved to Fort Pierce, Florida in 1969.
As curator, Ruth is responsible for adding new donations to the museum’s artifact collection and tracking loans for artifacts to other museums. Her work includes corresponding with prospective donors, cataloging new acquisitions, and keeping track of the museum’s collection. She is responsible for overseeing and documenting all aspects of the collection, including physical organization, storage and preservation, cataloguing, digitization and access. She leads the development of exhibitions, and plays an important role in crafting the visitor experience and the future direction of the Museum.
Ruth holds a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England and a Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), Florida Association of Museums (FAM), Florida Trust for Historical Preservation, Museums Association (United Kingdom), The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Saint Lucie County Historical Society, and the Sunrise Theatre.
Lisa is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the Museum. After studies in Computer Technologies and Business Administration, Lisa began a successful 20-year career as an Office Manager, Business Manager and Business owner. Born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Georgia and Florida, Lisa got her tenacity and work ethic from her parents, who were both career educators.
When the opportunity came to work at the Museum, she knew it was a perfect match. Both her husband and father are ex Navy. Lisa, her husband and two sons are all certified SCUBA divers. Her passion for diving has spanned 26 years and counting. She is extremely involved in underwater research and diving history. She collects and dives vintage dive gear as well as involvement in underwater surveys for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation and the Palm Beach Artificial Reef Program. Lisa has also trained in Martial arts and was the only female member of Total Defense Systems in Atlanta Georgia, specializing in the Indonesian systems of Kali/Silat. She is also currently president of a marine electric and electronics firm.
Phil has worked for the Museum for six years. With over 20 years experience in the field of construction, Phil brings technical knowledge and development expertise to his position. At the forefront of the Museum’s ongoing expansion and continued evolution, Phil has been instrumental in its progress.
His passion for and patience with dogs ensured his position as K9 handler for the Museum’s mascot, Raven. Phil and Raven are active participants in all Museum tactical demonstrations to share with others the integral role military working dogs command in Navy SEAL training and combat.
Margaret is responsible for the purchasing, merchandising, computer operations and managing of the museum gift shop, including the store activities during Muster and other such events. She received a B.A. in Business/Political Science from Keene State College (Univ System of NH) and lived 30 years in New Hampshire before moving to Fort Pierce in 2008.
She owned and managed a business for 13 years and has worked as a market analyst for Brookstone, Inc. and a marketing/merchandiser for Hershey Corp. The daughter of a U.S. State Department, Foreign Service Officer, Margaret was born in Munich Germany and lived in several countries before spending most of her school years in Northern Virginia and the DC area.
Margaret loves to explore the outdoors in any venue, but especially on the beautiful Treasure Coast and New England.
Andy “The Legend” Brady has been a resident of Fort Pierce for thirty-nine years. Andy brings with him a strong background in hospitality, tourism, and customer service. While with the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, Andy built solid relationships within the business community of St. Lucie County.
As an avid surfer, Andy is involved with many civic organizations that volunteer their time to protect the natural resources. The son of a career Army officer, Andy’s father graduated from West Point on June 6th, 1944 and retired in Hampton, Va. 1970.
Hailing from Leawood, KS, Rolf is the Museum’s resident Jayhawk! As Marketing and Media Director, Rolf is responsible for the Museum’s advertising, public and media relations, and marketing strategy. His work includes corporate development, E-Net, public affairs, Muster planning, Theme-ing, photography, and in-house Counsel. He also provides the staff with free, up-to-the-minute, updates on everything KU Basketball related.
Born in Malibu, California, Elaine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from The University of California, San Diego. She continued her education in photography and journalism through the UCSD Extension Program, and founded her own photography company in 2002. Elaine moved to Vero Beach in 2007, continuing to work as the fitness contributor and fitness photographer for a Los Angeles-based magazine.
As Marketing and Media Manager for the Museum, Elaine works closely with the public and handles media relations. She is responsible for planning and implementing the marketing strategy, copy writing, editing, and photography for marketing collateral. Documenting events with images and cataloging them to preserve Museum history are paramount to her role.
Her work in both photography and writing has been published in a diverse array of media outlets, earning awards regionally and nationally. An avid endurance athlete always in motion, Elaine engages in editorial and photography to provide quiet, artistic balance to an otherwise unquiet, wonderfully chaotic routine.