Patty Barron, Director of the Youth Initiatives Department, National Military Family Association (NMFA), joined the staff of NMFA in February 2005. She began as a Deputy Director of Government Relations and was most recently promoted to Director, Youth Initiatives Department. In this position, Ms. Barron serves as the subject-matter expert on children's mental health and deployment issues and collaborates with other organizations, programs, and initiatives dealing with issues affecting military children. She oversees NMFA programs for children and youth, such as NMFA Operation Purple camps, for children of deployed service members. As Director of the Youth Initiatives Department, Ms. Barron represents NMFA on the Zero to Three: Coming Together Around Military Children Advisory Board. She has been a member and advocate of NMFA since 1998 and served as a headquarters volunteer from 2001 to 2005. She served on the Board of Governors as Parliamentarian in 2002 and as co-chair of the Representative Training Conference in April 2004. Ms. Barron earned a B.S. (Nursing) from the University of San Francisco in 1980 and M.S. (Community Counseling) from Long Island University in 1992. She has been an Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Master Trainer since 1996 and participated in the FLAGS seminar at the United States Army War College in 2001. Ms. Barron also works as the Multicultural Program Coordinator at Fort Myer and facilitates the Hearts Apart Group (a support group for deployed spouses) at Fort Belvoir.
As an Army spouse for 27 years, Ms. Barron has served on various boards and committees, including the American Women's Activities Germany Board (AWAG) in 1993 and the Army Family Team Building Program Manager at Fort Benning from 1998 to 2000. She has also volunteered at many installation Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conferences and has been involved in Family Readiness groups since 1980. Ms. Barron emigrated from El Salvador to California at age 5. She has been married to Mike for 27 years. They have three children, Michael, 24; Megan, 22; and Joseph, 12. Ms. Barron currently resides in the Washington, DC, area, but has also lived in Germany, Washington State, New York, Kansas, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
Charles F. Bolden, Jr., MGEN, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), qualified as a Space Shuttle Pilot for NASA in 1981. As a Naval Aviator, he flew more than 100 combat missions in Southeast Asia; throughout his career, he logged more than 7,000 flying hours. While with NASA Major General Bolden flew four missions aboard the Space Shuttles Columbia, Discovery, and Atlantis. Major General Bolden left NASA and returned to the U.S. Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy in June 1994. Before retiring in 2003, Bolden attained the rank of Major General and served as the Commanding General of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego, CA. He is currently CEO of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business providing military, aerospace, and leadership consulting as well as motivational speaking. Bolden also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Sickle Cell Association of the Texas Gulf Coast and on the Advisory Board for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), speaking out on behalf of the educational, social, and emotional needs of military children. He is a father of two children, one of whom is now a Lieutenant Colonel (select) in the Marine Corps, and is also a grandfather of three beautiful girls.
Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., COL, U.S. Army (Ret.), is Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University where he serves as Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cozza is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served in a variety of positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, and Chief, Department of Psychiatry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 after 25 years of military service.
Dr. Cozza's professional interests have been in the areas of clinical and community response to trauma and the impact of deployment and combat injury, illness, and death on military service members, their families, and their children. He was instrumental in organizing and executing the initial mental health response to the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Under his leadership, the Walter Reed Department of Psychiatry spearheaded the initiative to provide mental health services, support, and follow-up to the many injured service members, their families, and their children who receive medical treatment. Dr. Cozza has highlighted the impact of deployment, injury, illness, and death on the children and families of military service members. He is published in the scientific literature and has presented on these topics at multiple national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Cozza serves as a scientific advisor to several national organizations that focus on the needs of military children and families.
Amy Goyer, National Coordinator, Grandparenting, AARP Foundation. Ms. Goyer has been involved in intergenerational issues and programs at the local, state, and national levels for 25 years. She has been with AARP since 1994, and as National Coordinator of the AARP Foundation's Grandparenting, continues to lead efforts to serve and support grandparents in their various roles and caregiving responsibilities. Ms. Goyer develops, markets, and implements integrated collaborative programs to support grandparents' economic security, health, and well-being. She serves as editor of GrandCare News, leads research projects, and has spoken and written widely on aging, intergenerational issues, and grandparenting; she has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, PBS Nightly Business Report, and the CBS Early Show.
Ms. Goyer has served on the boards and advisory councils of several international, national and local organizations, including the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, The Eden Alternative, Generations United, and the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes. Ms. Goyer was previously Intergenerational Coordinator for AARP and held various positions at the Ohio Department of Aging, including administering Senior Volunteer Program funding, monitoring Older Americans Act and state funding to Area Agencies on Aging, and leading the Governor's statewide Intergenerational Initiative. She worked in direct service in adult day-health centers and nursing homes in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Goyer is also a music therapist and teacher, and is a graduate of Ohio University.
Lil Ingram, Adjutant General Spouse and Family Programs Advisor, North Carolina National Guard (NCNG)/Office of The Adjutant General. A Citizen-Soldier spouse for over 27 years, Mrs. Lil Ingram is an avid advocate for National Guard families. She was the Family Readiness Group Leader for her husband's unit during their deployment to Bosnia for Stabilization Force 2. During that time, she established "My Sister's Closet," a program that supported a local shelter for battered women and children. She received the NC National Guard Civilian Meritorious Service Medal for her work with the Family Readiness Program. Working closely with the Director of NCNG Family Programs, she is actively involved with Operation Kids on Guard, a camp for children who have a deployed parent. This is both a day and weekend camp for children aged five to fifteen. The camp affords the children the opportunity to connect with other National Guard children and discuss the challenges of having a deployed parent. She also helped to start Kiddies on Guard for younger Guard children aged two to four. Both Kids on Guard and Kiddies on Guard are unique to The North Carolina National Guard. Kids on Guard is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all military children. Mrs. Ingram serves on the Board of Directors for Kids on Guard.
Mrs. Ingram also worked with National Military Family Association to host, in North Carolina, OPERATION PURPLE, a camp for military children of all service components who have a deployed parent. She completed the Army Family Team Building Course at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the Guard Family Team Building Instructor Training Course. Mrs. Ingram is on the National Advisory Council for The Citizen-Soldier Support Program at The University of North Carolina. She is a Board Member for The Military Child Education Coalition, chairing the National Guard and Reserve Institute Program. She serves as a board member of the USO of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham. Mrs. Ingram serves on Zero To Three: Coming Together Around Military Families Expert Advisory Group. Mrs. Ingram is an advocate for The North Carolina Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy and STARBASE. She has worked closely with The First Lady of North Carolina, The State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction, and Military Child Education Coalition to conduct National Guard and Reserve Institute Courses for North Carolina Educators. Mrs. Ingram worked with The First Lady to host the first statewide public engagement: Living in the New Normal: Supporting Children Through Trauma, Grief, and Loss, a Military Child Education Coalition Program. She taught high school English and first-year Latin at Lawrence Academy. She is a past president of the Parent-Teacher Association, and a past president of The Junior Woman's Club in Williamston, NC. Mrs. Ingram has also taught Sunday School and Bible School. Her true passion is working with children. Mrs. Ingram is the co-author of That's My Hope, a book for young children of Wounded Warriors. She and her husband, Major General William E. Ingram, Jr, have three sons, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter.
Delores F. Johnson is the Director of Family Programs, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, U.S. Army. Prior to becoming a civil service employee with the Army, Ms. Johnson held both clinical and social service management positions with local, state, and private agencies, serving as a Clinical Social Worker for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; Executive Director for the El Paso, TX, Battered Women's Shelter; and School Social Worker in Vernon Parish, LA. She began her tenure with the military in 1984 as the Family Advocacy Program Manager, Fort Bliss, and served as the Family Advocacy Program Manager and Army Community Service Director in Wiesbaden, Germany. Ms. Johnson joined the CFSC staff in July 1990 as the Family Advocacy Program Manager and later served as Chief, Army Community Service. She has served as a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. from Averett College, an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and the Department of Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP). Ms. Johnson has received the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the Order of the White Plume, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and is listed in Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in Human Services. She has published several articles in major publications. Ms. Johnson is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and is a licensed clinical social worker.
Mary M. Keller, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). As one of the original founders of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, she is responsible for leading the MCEC's worldwide initiatives to address transition and other educational challenges faced by the almost two million preschool through college-aged children whose parents are serving our nation. In 2004, the MCEC was recognized as the Congressional Club's Charity of the Year. Dr. Keller served as a public school educator for 21 years before moving from her volunteer role as the Chair of MCEC Board of Directors to becoming the full-time Executive Director in 2000. Her prior professional experiences include working as a teacher, elementary curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and area superintendent. She holds a B.A. and M.Ed. in Education from Wayland Baptist University and an Ed.D. in Education Administration from Texas Tech University. Dr. Keller's professional certifications are in teaching, supervision, middle management, superintendency, as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Dr. Keller has authored several publications, including The Military Child: Mobility and Education for Phi Delta Kappa. She also was Chief Researcher and author for the U.S. Army's Secondary Education Transition Study.
Sylvia Kidd is currently the Director of Family Programs for the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and in that position travels frequently to speak with Army families. Ms. Kidd has also served as President and Director of Government Relations for another nonprofit military-related association and in that capacity has testified before Committees of Congress on health care, education, and other quality-of-life issues. Ms. Kidd has also served as a Commissioner of the Defense Science Board Quality of Life Task Force and is a member of various advisory councils on military-related family issues. She is the daughter of a career soldier, the wife of a career soldier and, until recently when her son left the Army, the mother of a soldier.
Harold Kudler, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University. Dr. Kudler received his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and completed psychiatric residency training at Yale University where he served as Chief Resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital and, later, as Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor at the Yale Psychiatric Institute. He joined the Duke faculty in 1984 and is Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Having served as Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center for a number of years, Dr. Kudler is now Mental Health Coordinator for Veterans Integrated Service Network, Number 6. In this capacity, he manages the Mental Health Service Line for eight VA Medical Centers and their outlying facilities (distributed across NC, VA, and WV) and represents the Network's mental health programs at local and national levels.
Dr. Kudler is an Advanced Candidate in the UNC/Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program (Adult and Child Programs) and is co-founder of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of North Carolina. He has served as Interim Director of Residency Training, and as Chair of the Residency Curriculum Committee, and is a member of the Residency Executive Committee, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center. He was a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of the Medical School Admissions Committee at Duke. Dr. Kudler received the Honored Teacher Award from the Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in 1993 and the Nancy C. A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Education from the American Psychiatric Association in 1996. He chaired the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Education of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2003, Dr. Kudler received the Edith Sabshin Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Kudler's expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stems from clinical and research work with combat veterans, ex-prisoners of war, survivors of other traumatic events, and their families. He has reported on many aspects of PTSD including its diagnosis, its biological and psychological characteristics, and its treatment. Dr. Kudler was the Founding Chairperson of the PTSD Practice Guidelines Task Force of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and was first author of that Task Force's Treatment Guideline for the Psychodynamic Treatment of PTSD. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Kudler was co-chair of the Under Secretary for Veterans Affairs' Special Committee on PTSD. This committee, which reports directly to a joint committee of the House and Senate on Veterans Affairs, is charged with assessing and guiding VA's national continuum of PTSD care, education, research, and benefits. In 2002, Dr. Kudler was selected to champion a joint VA/Department of Defense project to develop clinical practice guidelines for the management of traumatic stress. In 2002 and 2004, Dr. Kudler was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2004, Dr. Kudler was elected Chair of the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation. In 2005, he co-chaired the first Joint DoD/VA Conference on Post Deployment Mental Health and became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Kudler serves as Clinical Co-Director of the VISN 6 Post Deployment Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) which develops and disseminates best practices in support of Service Members, veterans, and their families. He has been actively involved in establishing DoD/VA/State and Community Partnerships in support of combat veterans and their families in North Carolina and Virginia and helps promote similar partnerships in other states. In 2007 he was named Chair of the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on Mental Healthcare for Veterans & Military Personnel & their Families.
Nancy Kules, spouse and Ryan Kules, CPT, U.S. Army (Ret.), Service Disabled Iraq Veteran. Ryan Kules was born in Phoenix, AZ. After high school, he attended Arizona State University and earned a B.S. in Justice Studies. During his education at Arizona State, Captain Kules completed the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. While in college Captain Kules met his future wife, Nancy, and they married shortly after graduation. After completion of Armor Officer Basic and Airborne schools, Captain Kules's first duty station was Fort Riley, where he was assigned to 1st Battalion 13th Armor Regiment. Captain Kules deployed to Taji, Iraq, in February 2005 where he led patrols, raids, and cordon and search operations in the area surrounding the base. On November 29, 2005, while returning from an early morning cordon and search, Captain Kules's vehicle was hit with an IED buried in the road. The blast sent Captain Kules approximately 100 feet through the air and severed his right arm above the elbow and left leg just below the hip. Sadly, the two soldiers in the vehicle with Captain Kules were killed in the attack. After being evacuated to Walter Reed Medical Center, Captain Kules remained in a coma for two weeks before slowly beginning rehabilitation. During rehab Captain Kules enjoyed participating in various sports such as snowboarding, water skiing, and rafting.
Ryan and Nancy bought a home in the Washington, DC, area and Ryan retired from the Army as a Captain in 2007. Shortly after retirement Ryan and Nancy welcomed their first child, a girl, named Jillian. Currently Captain Kules is Program Manager for Warriors to Work, Wounded Warrior Project, one of the organizations that played a large role in his recovery, helping severely injured service members transition to the workforce.
Michael L. López, Ph.D., is Executive Director and co-founder of the National Center for Latino Child and Family Research, a nonpartisan, national center dedicated to research on issues relevant to practices and policies affecting the lives of Latino children and families. Some of his current, related research efforts include: (1) research consultant for the $600 million dollar First 5 LA universal preschool initiative; (2) member of the Research Working Group of the White House Initiative on the Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans; (3) consultant to the National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics; (4) co-author of a recent study: "Latino Infants and Their Families: A National Perspective of Protective and Risk Factors for Development"; (5) co-author of a review of the psychometric properties of currently available language and literacy measures used with Spanish-speaking, ELL preschoolers; and (6) principal investigator on the study entitled: "Child Care Utilization Patterns and Trends in Los Angeles County 1999-2005," examining early care utilization patterns for children from different racial and ethnic groups.
Prior to launching the center, Dr. López directed the Child Outcomes Research and Evaluation team in the Administration for Children and Families. He has directed a number of large-scale, national research projects, including the National Head Start Impact Study, the first-ever randomized study examining the impact of Head Start on children's school readiness. In his current capacity, Dr. López is particularly interested in supporting new, high quality, applied research and programmatic activities on topics of relevance to Latino children and families, including language and literacy development, early childhood care and education, bilingual education, early childhood prevention and intervention programs, and young children's mental health, with an emphasis on at-risk, low-income and/or culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Dr. López received his Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from Michigan State University, with an emphasis on pediatric psychology and child neuropsychology. During the course of his nearly 20 years of experience engaging in early childhood and Head Start research, he has authored numerous articles and conference presentations on issues related to young children's social, emotional, and behavioral health, including the more recent efforts focused on Latino child and family development.
Corina Mellado Miller is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service/Preventive Medical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is responsible for the evaluation, diagnosis, recommendations for treatment, treatment, and follow-up of difficult cases with a broad spectrum of complex, multiple, and biopsychosocial problems. She also provides evaluation, diagnosis, recommendations for treatment, treatment, and follow-up for family members of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) service members. She was also a Staff Social Worker at the Department of Social Work, Medical/Surgical Division of the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), where she provided all aspects of social work services to the Medical/Surgical wards.
Debbie Paxton, R.N., M.S.N., Regional Care Coordinator, Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, Camp Pendleton, CA, and General Officer Spouse, U.S. Marine Corps, was born into an Air Force family and moved 10 times before she finished high school. She earned a B.A. at Cornell University, a B.S.N. from the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, and an M.S.N. from George Mason University. She has worked in pediatrics, maternal child health, family practice, and nursing education.
While a pediatric oncology nurse at the National Institutes of Health, she met Jay Paxton, a Marine Captain stationed at Marine Barracks, 8th & I, who she discovered was a fellow Cornellian and a former player of her favorite sport-college lacrosse. She and Jay married in 1980 and began their Marine Corps journey together. In the ensuing years, they had two sons and a daughter, and moved the family 14 additional times. As the children grew, Debbie worked hard to ease their transition to each new military community. She has been a "Mommy and Me" play-group leader, a team mom, a school council president, a Girl Scout leader, and continues to cheer for her daughter's college lacrosse team. At each duty station, she also volunteered for military family activities, including Key Volunteers, the Armed Services YMCA, Officers' Wives Clubs, and L.I.N.K.S.
In the fall of 2004, she became a volunteer caseworker with the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. She assisted many wounded Marines, sailors, and their families, and discovered that while many were recovering from visible wounds, others had no obvious signs of injury but were experiencing troubling symptoms that interfered with work and relationships. She researched the effects of traumatic brain injury and combat stress reactions, visited PTSD treatment and brain injury rehabilitation programs, and raised awareness of these issues to senior Marine leaders and their spouses. Her advocacy on behalf of members of the armed forces who have sustained both visible and invisible injuries led to a position in October 2007 as Regional Care Coordinator for the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, California. She resides in Oceanside, CA, and is looking forward to the return of Major General Paxton who is currently deployed to Iraq as Chief of Staff, Multi National Forces Iraq.
Patty Shinseki currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and as the chairperson of its Living in the New Normal: Supporting Children Through Trauma and Loss initiative. She serves on the Panel for the Care of Individuals with Amputations and Functional Limb Loss, a subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, and on the Board of Managers of The Army Emergency Relief. She has also served on the Boards of Directors for the Armed Services YMCA, Army Distaff Foundation (Knollwood), and Army Emergency Relief. As an Army spouse for 38 years, Ms. Shinseki has devoted much of her time to volunteering in schools, Family Readiness Groups, the American Red Cross, the Army Community Service, Army Family Team Building, and the Arlington Ladies, among other programs benefiting military families and children. She grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and has taught Biology and Physical Science. She holds degrees in Biology and Sociology from Pacific University and an M.S. in Biological Science Education from Columbia University.
Jean Silvernail, Ed.D., has served as a teacher, principal, graduate professor, district coordinator, staff development specialist, gifted-education consultant, researcher, state advisor and National Policy Analyst for the Department of Defense. Dr. Silvernail is currently the Chief of Military Child Education for the U.S. Pacific Command, addressing the unique challenges of military students in Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories, and more than 40 foreign countries. Her work affects thousands of school-aged children of active duty National Guard and Reservist families. She develops and implements programs, policies, and procedures on international, national, state, and local levels to advance the emotional well-being and academic success of highly mobile children and children of deployed parents. Dr. Silvernail creates Web sites and promotes partnerships between the military, business communities, local communities, and state and national organizations to identify and implement solutions and highlight best practices to address the challenges of military children.
Barbara Thompson, Director, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, Office of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. As Director, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, Ms. Thompson is responsible for core programs and policies that impact military families' well-being, such as family centers, financial readiness, joint support programs to serve geographically dispersed military members and their families, volunteers, deployment readiness, non-medical counseling, life skill development, and the Department's children and youth programs operating at over 300 locations serving 400,000 children birth through age 18 years on a daily basis. Prior to assuming her current position, Barbara had a special assignment coordinating support programs for severely injured Service members and their families. Before joining the Office of Secretary of Defense staff, Barbara worked for the Air Force's family member programs as a child development specialist in charge of training and curriculum development for the Family Member Programs Branch, Community Programs Division, Headquarters Services Agency.
Barbara was chosen as one of only 11 Harris mid-career fellows (experienced professionals with an established record of leadership and achievement) for ZERO TO THREE's prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century program. This leadership development initiative provides each of the participants with an opportunity to collaborate with top leaders from many disciplines, as well as receive assistance for an innovative project aimed at improving the lives of very young children.
Barbara grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, lived in Madrid, Spain for twenty years and became fluent in Spanish, and moved to the Washington D.C. area in 2000. Barbara completed post-graduate course work in early childhood education, received a Masters of Science in Management from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Early Education from St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri.
Janice Witte currently works as an Early Childhood and Leadership Consultant in central Tennessee since retiring as the Director, Office of Children and Youth, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy). Prior to her oversight of the military children and youth programs, she served in a number of positions with the Army in Europe. She was the Director of Children and Youth and Family Programs for the Army Headquarters and was instrumental in increasing the number of accredited child development programs, developing policy for family readiness, and in creating a strong liaison between the Army and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. Ms. Witte received a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an M.S. in Education, with special certification in early childhood education from the University of Southern California and additional study in organizational leadership at the University of Oklahoma.