Our Board


Margaret Wilson is a 1989 graduate of the US Military Academy. She served for two years in the Corps of Engineers in the Republic of Korea, as a platoon leader, staff officer, and executive officer. After leaving the Army, Margaret worked as maintenance manager and operations manager in several Fortune 500 companies before becoming an operations management consultant; she has also supported IIF, a leadership training foundation in California for young girls. Margaret served as a founding member of Knights Out as the Spirit Captain and upon her return from deployment with the Arizona National Guard rejoined the board as the Treasurer.  She has since succeeded Jonathan Hopkins as the fourth Executive Director of Knights Out.  Margaret currently lives in Arizona with her partner of over 20 years.


Steven Choi is a 1989 graduate of the US Military Academy. He recently retired after 24 yrs of active duty service; the first half of his career as a Air Defense Officer during Operation Desert Storm/Shield and the second half as Space Operations Officer supporting special missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.  His retirement coincided with the repeal of "Don't ask Don't tell" and shortly followed with up with the over turning of DOMA.  His retirement from active duty has allowed him to now fulfill his desire to contribute toward the fight for civil rights of the LGBT community in the military. Currently, Steven is working as a Cyber security consultant and lives in DC with his newly wedded husband. 

Chuck Cushman is a 1986 graduate of USMA and served nine years as an Armor officer, with assignments in a tank battalion in West Germany (‘87-‘89), company command at Ft Know (‘90-‘92), and following graduate school, as an instructor at USMA (‘94-‘95). Since then he has been working in politics in NC and in Washington, DC. He teaches at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, where he is currently acting director of the School.

Jonathan Hopkins A native of Morton, Washington, Jonathan graduated from West Point in 2001, and went on to serve as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy.  Later, while assigned to the 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Fairbanks, Alaska, he commanded two different companies and deployed to Iraq.  In 2010, Jonathan was honorably discharged due to the now-repealed policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  Jonathan has served on multiple boards during efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, including as board member and spokesperson for OutServe, and later as an Executive Director at Knights Out.  He now serves as treasurer of Knights Out and resides in Seattle, Washington.

Michael “Mikey” Piro is a graduate of the class of 2001.  In his five years of active duty he served a year in Korea as well as two tours in Iraq as an Infantry Officer.  During his second tour he and his wife Sarah, also on her second tour as a Kiowa Scout helicopter pilot, served in the Third Armored Cavalry regiment.   He is married to his classmate and West Point sweet heart Sarah. They have two boys and live on Long Island.

Sarah Haag grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from West Point in 2003 as an International Relations Major.  While at USMA, she was on the Track and Field and also Army Cycling Teams.  After leaving the Army, she worked with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on Operational and Strategic Level Military Exercises in the Americas, Europe, and in Asia.  Currently pursuing her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Married to her lovely wife, Megan and they have one daughter.  She serves as the Secretary for Knights Out.

Dan Manning is a 2004 graduate of the US Military Academy.  While at West Point, Dan majored in Chinese Language and Environmental Engineering.  After graduation, he served for 3 years in the Field Artillery stationed in Korea.  He held many company and battalion level positions, to include serving as the BN S-3 for two months as a 1LT.  In Korea, Dan finished his MBA from the University of Phoenix and currently works for MAG Industries as a Manufacturing Engineer.  Dan is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Andrew Houchin is a 2013 graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he was a member of USMA's Policy Debate team. An Arabic language major, he commissioned into the Adjutant General's Corps. Assigned to Fort Hood, TX, Andrew serves as a brigade-level human resources officer.

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