2017 Virtual Military Spouse Symposium
May 15-18, 2017

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Time Slot  
KEYNOTE
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EDT

PRESENTER

Corie Weathers

Corie Weathers, licensed professional counselor (LPC), is a sought-after speaker, consultant and author of Sacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military. Corie has focused her career for the last 15 years as a counselor specializing in marriage, divorce, women's issues, PTSD and substance abuse. Together, she and her husband Matthew, a U.S. Army Chaplain, have worked as a team to support service members and families involved with the War on Terrorism. In 2015, Corie was named the 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year where she advocated for mental health issues and served as a media correspondent writing online and print publications, consulting for command teams, and speaking to groups on issues like PTSD, grief and marriage. She traveled to Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to visit troops and see deployment conditions.

As a consultant, Corie works with organizations and non-profits like the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to bring lasting change in the lives of military and first responder families. She also continues to volunteer her time encouraging others through the challenges of military life. She co-hosts marriage retreats and leadership workshops with Matthew and designed a free app called "Lifegiver with Corie Weathers" that offers a marriage podcast and marriage curriculum to those who need it most.

CAREER COUNSELING TRACK
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EDT

DETAILS

The life of a military spouse presents many unique challenges -- don’t let your job search be one! Set aside one hour of your time to attend an interactive webinar that will provide you with resources for searching for potential employment. These resources are helpful for the first time job seeker and the experienced professional alike. Take charge of your career path and Jazz Up Your Job Search!



PRESENTER

Julie Wheeler, CWDP
SECO Career Counselor

Julie Wheeler is a retired military spouse that has over 20 years of experience living the military lifestyle and working with military families, and has been with the SECO program for two years. With a diversified background in Human Resources, Higher Education, and Employment Assistance, Julie understands the unique challenges military spouses face with developing and maintaining a professional and portable career. Holding a Master of Science in Human Resources and being a Certified Workforce Development Professional, her education and professional experience have allowed her to assist military personnel and their families for over 10 years in areas such as academic advising, workforce preparation, career development and transition counseling. Julie has chosen a career path that allows her to continuously give back to the military community and provide support in areas that have impacted her over the years.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE TRACK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

DETAILS

Whether you’re juggling an upcoming PCS move, looking to get in shape, or caring for a loved one with special needs – the stresses of daily military life can certainly get to you. It’s time to pause and take a chill drill.

Join this interactive webinar to discover all the free information, services, and support available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to meet your specific needs. Learn how to maneuver around the Military OneSource website and access tools related to confidential non-medical counseling, health and wellness coaching, relationships, and so much more!

If you think you already know everything there is to know about Military OneSource, be prepared to take your Military OneSource IQ to a whole new level!



PRESENTER

Erika Slaton
Program Analyst, Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Department of Defense

Ms. Erika Slaton serves as program analyst within the Non-medical Counseling Program directorate within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. She leads the Administration and Communications team for the Military OneSource and Military and Family Life Counseling programs.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Slaton served as family program communication specialist at the National Guard Bureau. In this role, she was responsible for developing child and youth and volunteer program plans, policy, guidance, and resources to improve and sustain the capabilities of Army and Air National Guard units across 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Her other assignments with the government include family readiness officer for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Wounded Warrior Regiment, supporting units that spanned across 23 locations from Landstuhl, Germany, to Okinawa, Japan, and throughout the continental United States. She also brings a wealth of knowledge on the challenges of military life as the spouse of a retired Marine for nearly 20 years.

Ms. Slaton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish with a minor in chemistry from Millsaps College, in Jackson, Mississippi, and her Master of Information Systems Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has received a letter of recognition from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and the Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Award.

WELLNESS TRACK
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

DETAILS

Healthy alternative summer fare for picnics and barbecues featuring black bean veggie burgers on a wheat bun with avocado mayonnaise, homemade ketchup, pickles, jalapenos, heirloom tomatoes and sweet potato chips. Dessert is a healthy summer tart with fresh fruit and a prosecco sabayon sauce. Download the recipes here so you can follow along from home.

PRESENTERS

Curtis R. Addleman
Senior Chief

Senior Chief Addleman is a native of State College, PA, and he enlisted in the Navy in August of 2003 as a Culinary Specialist. He holds an Associate Degree from Central Texas College in Culinary Arts as well as professional certifications from the American Culinary Federation and the Culinary Institute of America.

He is currently assigned as the Senior Enlisted Aide Instructor at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia. His previous duty assignments include USS MEMPHIS (SSN 691); Enlisted Aide to Commander, US SIXTH FLEET; Enlisted Aide to Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic; and, Enlisted Aide to Director, Naval Reactors.

His military education includes the Naval Senior Enlisted Academy, Advanced Culinary Skills Training course, Enlisted Aide Training Course, Navy Instructor Training Course, and the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Advisor Course.

Senior Chief Addleman is married, and enjoys various sporting and outdoor activities.

Samantha K. Gerbine
Captain

A native of Rosebud, Texas, direct commissioned in the Army in 2012 after earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition at Texas State University, San Marcos. She holds a Master’s in Nutrition from Baylor University (2014), and is a Registered Dietitian.

She is currently assigned as the Nutrition Instructor at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia with previous assignments as Dietetic Intern at Brook Army Medical Center, and Assistant Chief of the Nutrition Outpatient Clinic at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

CPT Gerbine’s military education includes Army Medical Department Officer Basic Leadership Course, Joint Field Nutrition Operation Course, Joint Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics Course, Charting the Course to a Healthier Force, Army Basic Instructor Course, and the Cadre Support Training Course.

CPT Gerbine is married with three boys, and enjoys various sporting and outdoor activities involving her children.

Jorge L. Nuñez
Technical Sergeant

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Joined the Air Force in 2003 after graduating High School from Danbury, Connecticut. He holds two associates degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.

He is currently assigned as the Advanced Culinary Skills Training Course Instructor at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia with previous assignment as Military Technical School Instructor for the Service Career Field at Fort Lee.

TSgt Nuñez’s military education includes Airman Leadership School, Air Force Basic Instructors Course, Advanced Culinary Training Course, and Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

TSgt Nuñez is married with four kids, and enjoys various sporting and outdoor activities involving his children.

Quincy A. Queen
Sergeant First Class

A native of Thomasville, N.C. He entered the Army in May 2002. He completed Advanced Individual Training as a Food Service Specialist at Fort Lee, VA. He holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from American Military University.

He is currently assigned as the Advanced Culinary Lead Instructor at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia. His previous assignments include: 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY; Headquarters Company 72nd Signal Battalion, Manheim, Germany; Advanced Leaders Course Instructor, Fort Lee, VA; 94th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Polk, LA; and, Training with Industry, Culinary Institute of America.

SFC Queen’s military education includes Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Cadre Training Course, Army Basic Instructors Course, Advanced Culinary Training Course, and Small Group Instructors Course.

SFC Queen is married with three boys and one girl, and enjoys spending time with his family.

CORPORATE TRACK
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

DETAILS

Can you name one company with a military spouse hiring initiative, full college scholarships for employees, a great transfer program, and dedicated military family stores? Find out why MSEP partner Starbucks is so much more than a cup of coffee.



PRESENTER

Herrick Ross
Recruiter, Military Talent Acquisition Team, Starbucks Coffee Company

Herrick Ross serves as a recruiter for the Starbucks Coffee Company on the Military Talent Acquisition Team. He is also the lead for military spouse employment as well as veteran recruiting across the country. Originally from Guyana, South America, Herrick joined the Marine Corps in 1993. His 22 years of service in the Marine Corps culminated a career that entailed numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as years of championing equal opportunity endeavors undertaken by the Corps which entailed championing opening combat arms roles to women and LGBTQ rights in the military. He has also served in many roles to include Marine Corps recruiting in the Atlanta, Macon and Milledgeville Georgia areas, career counselor, mentor for transitioning military members in the Capital region, and most recently a program analyst and manager for supply and logistics community at the Pentagon. Herrick volunteers his time furthering right citizenship wherever he can. He has received numerous military awards and decorations to include the Military Meritorious Service Award from former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, for creating a diversity management program that is still in use throughout the Marine Corps. He is an MBA graduate of Liberty University.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Assisted in planning and executed multiple immersions and MFS dedications on the eastern region.
  • Led, coached, mentored and assisted with the development of SBUX recruiting programs for veteran and military spouse talent.
EXPERTISE FROM THE FIELD TRACK
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

DETAILS

How’d she do that? What does it mean to be financially fit? Resources are everywhere – which ones are the best? In this session, you will learn about a great opportunity with the FINRA Military Spouse Financial Counselor Fellowship, tips to help you and your military family become financial fit/financially ready/financially capable, and where to go when you need help, questions to be answered, or just to talk to someone about money matters. Join me!



PRESENTER

Andia Dinesen
AFC, Vice President for Communications and Operations for the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA)

Andia Dinesen is the Vice President for Communications and Operations for the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA), a not for profit association of banks operating on military installations, banks not located on military installations but serving military customers, and military banking facilities designated by the U. S. Treasury.

Andia is charged with assisting the President/CEO of AMBA in all aspects of communications and operations with a focus on providing support to AMBA members and associate members by creating and maintaining a public awareness campaign extending knowledge of AMBA and its members to the military community. Andia is responsible for ensuring relevant and up-to-date electronic materials reach their intended user through the www.ambahq.org website. She is responsible for maintaining a social media presence and supporting AMBA members through multiple facets of electronic communication.

Andia is also charged with sustaining a close working relationship with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, the Banking Liaison Officers of each service branch to include the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Reserve offices, American Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, Military Officers Association of America, Military Spouse Employment Partnership, National Military Family Association, Consumer Federation of America, and other partners in the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaigns. Andia is responsible for assembling and tracking financial education materials and information that AMBA members use to support service members and their families. Curricula and training materials that support the financial education of service members and their families are a top priority for Andia and the association.

Formerly, Andia was the National Coordinator for Military Saves. Military Saves, a year-round campaign, is part of the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign. As Military Saves Coordinator, Andia managed the DoDwide social marketing campaign designed to persuade, motivate and encourage military families to enhance their personal financial health and well-being through saving.

Prior to assuming her position as the Military Saves Coordinator, Andia worked at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, as a Personal Financial Counselor (PFC), where she worked one-on-one with active-duty military members, DoD civilians, and their families to help them achieve their specific financial goals. In addition to her work as a PFC, Andia has more than 12 years of volunteer service in support of military families. In 2010 she received a Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of her work. Andia is certified as an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®). She completed a FINRA Investor Education Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship and was credentialed by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). In 2000 she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Andia has relocated with her family to eight installations since 2000 to include two overseas assignments. She now resides in Omaha, NE with her husband, Ian, and their two daughters.

KEYNOTE
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EDT

DETAILS

Join this Wellness Keynote Session with the Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Col Thomas Newton. This session will include an "Ask the Pediatrician" segment. To submit your general health questions in advance, please click here. Please do not send sensitive health information. Always consult your doctor for your individual needs.



CAREER COUNSELING TRACK
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EDT

DETAILS

After searching numerous employment sites, an announcement for your dream job has just been posted. Reviewing the job duties and qualifications brings a huge smile to your face because this is a job you can do with both hands tied behind your back AND with your eyes closed! There’s just one thing: You’ve already applied for several jobs with your current resume, but no one has called. What could be the problem? If you’re feeling like your resume is not yielding your desired results, a few minor tweaks can cause the phone to start ringing off the hook! Come join this session where a SECO Career Counselor will provide an actual resume review … LIVE!



PRESENTER

Natalie J. Ellis, CWDP
SECO Career Counselor

As a SECO Career Counselor, Natalie J. Ellis has one of the most rewarding roles imaginable that enables her daily to fulfill a personal passion: matching people with opportunities. From her years as a higher education administrator at small liberal arts colleges and large research universities, Natalie honed the requisite skills to connect well with people from diverse backgrounds, listen to their needs, and be instrumental in providing the support, motivation and inspiration necessary to help them embark upon their personal and career goals. She extended her abilities to the military community by providing career services to civilian employees affected by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of Fort Monroe (VA), and joined the SECO Career Center team soon thereafter. Natalie is a proud alumna of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science in English with a Secondary Education endorsement, and The Ohio State University with a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She also holds the credential of Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP). Though not a military spouse herself, Natalie eagerly anticipates appointments with spouses for the chance to live vicariously through them, recognize their consistent sacrifice, and gain a greater appreciation for the incredible contributions they make to the military community.  

TOOLS OF THE TRADE TRACK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

DETAILS

LinkedIn's mission is to connect the world's professionals with economic opportunity, making them more productive and successful. Learn directly from the leader of LinkedIn's veterans initiatives how to make the most of this powerful networking and learning tool - optimize your profile, build and maintain your network, and get access to long-term career development support.



PRESENTER

Dan Savage
Head of Veterans Program, LinkedIn

Dan Savage serves as the Head of LinkedIn's veterans program, responsible for setting the strategy and execution of the company's mission to inspire America's veterans to expand their vision of what is professionally possible, connecting them with economic opportunity at scale. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Dan spent four years at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University serving in numerous roles: managing day-to-day operations as its first Chief of Staff; leading a national study of veteran-serving nonprofit organizations with the George W. Bush Institute; and launching its Onward To Opportunity program nationwide alongside the Department of Defense and the Schultz Family Foundation. Dan is a former infantry officer of the US Army's 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, a veteran of the war in Iraq, and a graduate of both the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he served as a mayoral fellow in the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

WELLNESS TRACK
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

DETAILS

Are you ready to improve your family’s every day health? Did you know that four little numbers can help you do just that? Join us for this virtual session on life hacks to make every day healthier!



PRESENTER

Jennifer M. DiNallo, Ph.D.

Jennifer M. DiNallo, Ph.D., is the Dissemination and Implementation Science Group Lead, and Lead Research and Evaluation Scientist at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. She has been part of the Clearinghouse team since 2010. Over this time, Jen has had the pleasure of leading on several projects focused on serving military families by translating research to practice. These opportunities have led to her current position as Lead Research and Evaluation Scientist, and Dissemination and Implementation Group Lead at the Clearinghouse. Jen's research interests include the impact of health promotion behaviors on obesity outcomes, with a focus on parent-focused health promotion interventions. After earning a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from West Chester University in 1995, and before earning an M.E. in Exercise Physiology at East Carolina University in 2000, she worked for the U.S. Marine Corps as a civilian certified fitness instructor and personal trainer at Camp Lejeune, NC. This experience was priceless; as it motivated her passion and drive for applied research. In addition to her work, her love for physical activity is evident. Jen approaches each day in a balance of family time, work time, and physical activities including trail running, cycling, and/or group fitness instruction. For Jen, this is more than a job; she is on a mission to promote healthy behaviors by example and through her work at the Clearinghouse at Penn State.

CORPORATE TRACK
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

DETAILS

Hear from MSEP partner The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine about relocating your career with advanced degrees.



PRESENTER

Nicole Mazzella, PHR
Sr Recruiting Manager, Human Resources Department The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

EXPERTISE FROM THE FIELD TRACK
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

DETAILS

For over a decade, Sesame Street has been creating resources for military families like yours to support you through the milestones of your military life — from deployment and homecomings to injuries and grief and even transitions to civilian life. We know how challenging it can be sometimes and how military spouses rise to the occasion and guide the family through these transitions. Join us for an interactive multimedia experience of our fun and engaging resources from our website http://www.sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org/ and stay for a while so we can play an online game with our Mood Monster Buddy who can help your child explore how our faces and bodies express emotions.



PRESENTER

Sabrina Huda
Project Manager, U.S. Social Impact
Sesame Workshop

Sabrina Huda is the project manager for various Sesame Workshop initiatives that reach our most vulnerable and underserved kids and their families. As such, she works with key partner organizations to who are committed to helping all kids become smarter, stronger, and kinder. Currently she leads Sesame Street’s initiatives for Military Families plus initiatives spanning from literacy and numeracy to emergency preparedness and resilience. Sabrina formerly worked on Sesame’s international projects in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Sabrina was an Assistant Director and Case Manager at Spence Chapin working in domestic adoption. She was also a Teacher and Coordinator at the Barnard Center for Toddler Development.

Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College and a Masters of Arts from Teacher College, Columbia University. When not on longest street in the world, Sabrina will most likely be strolling is Central Park or starting a fire in her kitchen with some kooky recipe!

KEYNOTE
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EDT

DETAILS

Join the military spouse who leads the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program as he shares how he has moved with his federal career around the world for more than 25 years. Mr. Eddy Mentzer will share his journey as a part of a military family and take your questions.


PRESENTER

C. Eddy Mentzer
Associate Director, Office of Family Readiness Policy Family Readiness & Well Being

C. Eddy Mentzer is an Associate Director in the Department of Defense’s Office of Family Readiness Policy with primary responsibility for managing the Department’s Family Readiness and Well Being policies and programs. These efforts include policy oversight and support to Military Service delivered Family Readiness and Support Programs and the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) Program.

In this role, Eddy brings the unique blend and perspective of not only a 27 year Federal Career managing military family support programs, but also that of a military spouse and as the parent of a military child.

Eddy leads a team focused on easing the impact of challenges faced by military families including relocation, transition, financial readiness and spouse employment that result from the mobile military lifestyle. These endeavors include management of the Military One Source Spouse Career Counseling Center, My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA), the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and a myriad of other initiatives focused on the well-being of Service members and their families.

Additionally, Eddy manages the DoD’s partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Land Grant University (LGU) Cooperative Extension System in support of Military families. This unique federal partnership leverages the expertise of the LGU’s research, programming and faculty in support of military families.

Prior to moving to the DoD’s Office of the Secretary of Defense, Eddy spent six years as a National Program Leader within the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture where he managed multiple global programs in support of military children, youth and families. From 1990 to 2004 Eddy was a Department of the Air Force civilian managing numerous child, youth, education, and family support programs at a variety of levels throughout Europe.

Eddy is originally from Poulsbo, WA and is married to Air Force Colonel Eries Mentzer and they have one son, Jaxson.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for programs and policies, which establish and support community quality-of-life programs for service members and their families worldwide. This office also serves as the focal point for coordination for a broad range of quality-of-life issues within the Department of Defense.

CAREER COUNSELING TRACK
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EDT

DETAILS

Does the thought of selling yourself to an employer send you into panic mode? Fear not, help is here! Regardless of whether you’re an interviewing newbie or confident candidate, this session will help you stand out in your next interview. Get an insider’s perspective on what recruiters are really looking for when making their selections. Live interview simulations will be presented, as well as strategies for developing winning responses!



PRESENTERS

Jillian Lucas, NCC, BCC
SECO Career Counselor

Jillian Lucas has been a SECO career counselor for the past year and a half. As a military spouse/ Veteran spouse, Jillian is thrilled to be serving the military spouse community. Prior to joining SECO, Jillian worked for several years in University career services, most recently at Georgetown University. Jillian is a National Certified Counselor and a Board Certified Coach. She completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Marymount University in 2009. Jillian is a mom of 2 and understands firsthand the challenges military spouses and moms face in their careers.

Elizabeth Scruggs

Elizabeth Scruggs is an experienced Program Manager and Digital Marketing Content Strategist with over 15 years of proven experience in military, civilian, contract, non-profit, and corporate sectors developing and managing digital platforms, content, and marketing strategies. She has a wealth of knowledge of the military lifestyle as a military spouse and due to her experience as a Family Readiness and Army Family Action Plan Program Manager and Employment Readiness Program Representative. While in these positions, she connected military leadership, local government officials, military personnel, and families to formulate and execute solutions to mitigate military community issues. Elizabeth holds a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration and a B.A. in History. She is a military spouse residing in Virginia.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE TRACK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

DETAILS

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Discover how to get started and learn about the resources available to assist you with making it happen.

Topics will include; Advisors & mentors, business plans, legal structure, financing, government contracting and military spouse specific resources.



PRESENTER

Ray Milano
Director - Veterans Business Outreach Center Program, Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration

As a member of the leadership team at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development in Washington, D.C., Ray directs the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program. Presently, Ray manages a network of twenty VBOCs, located throughout the U.S., which provide entrepreneurial training, counseling and mentoring to veterans and their family members.

Previous to his current post, Ray was the Assistant District Director of Economic Development for the SBA’s Massachusetts District Office. In this role, Ray worked with the SBA staff and local resource partners to ensure the effective management and delivery of the SBA’s technical assistance programs to entrepreneurs, small businesses and economic development organizations in Massachusetts.

Ray has been with the SBA since 1999 and his roles and responsibilities have provided him with a well-rounded depth of knowledge and understanding of SBA programs and services.

He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and a United States Marine Corps veteran.

WELLNESS TRACK
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

DETAILS

This session will talk about the importance of taking time for enjoyable activities, the barriers that can sometimes get in the way, and strategies to overcome those barriers.



PRESENTER

Briana Todd, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Deployment Health Clinical Center

Dr. Todd is involved in developing training curriculum and conducting trainings for psychologist, social workers, and nurses working in Primary Care Behavioral Health within the Department of Defense. She previously served as a staff psychologist at the Washington DC VAMC. As a co-located psychologist, she also served as a behavioral health consultant to a large primary care team on behavioral health concerns and medical issues affected by behavioral, cognitive, and emotional factors. Dr. Todd received her doctorate in Medical and Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Todd has an interest in system level processes, program development and evaluation, and clinical research. Her background is in behavioral medicine, with an emphasis in integrated primary care, oncology, chronic pain, and insomnia. She also has advanced training in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Problem Solving Therapy.

CORPORATE TRACK
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

DETAILS

Meet and interact with hiring officials from MSEP partners Accenture, AT&T, and JP Morgan & Chase Co. You will learn what these MSEP partners are doing to support military spouses and how spouses are able to relocate while maintaining their careers.





PRESENTER

Amberly Martin
Military Recruiting Expert, Accenture Talent Acquisition

Amberly Martin is Military Recruiting Expert with Accenture Talent Acquisition. She advocates for military veterans and spouses in the hiring process helping them find roles, tailor resumes, and start a career with a company dedicated to our military family. Currently, she works under the student veteran initiative in entry level consulting positions for recent graduates. Amberly served in the Air National Guard as an aircraft fuel systems technician from 2007-2013 and continues her involvement with the Colorado Air National Guard as a spouse. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling abroad with her husband.

JoHanna Martinez
Lead Staff Manager, Human Resources, AT&T

JoHanna has been with AT&T since 2000 and in her current role since April 2014. As the Military and Diversity Talent Attraction Manager, JoHanna designs and executes innovative recruitment strategies to attract and retain U.S. military veterans to AT&T’s career opportunities. She’s also been instrumental in optimizing the job search experience for transitioning veterans and their families.

Her passion and dedication has led to AT&T to accomplishing their 10,000 hiring commitment two years earlier than their initial pledge. She was personally invited by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to announce AT&T's pledge to hire an additional 10,000 veterans with The White House Joining Forces campaign making their total commitment to 20,000 veterans hired by 2020. AT&T also launched “Make AT&T Your Next Duty Station”, a program designed to pipeline transitioning service members into AT&T careers up to six months prior to their transition. She was the first Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador for the Global Marketing Organization and maintains a strong support for diversity initiatives within the business.

JoHanna has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently holds an Associate of Arts in Business Administration degree from Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, and served four years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps.

JoHanna moved to Dallas in December 2008 from San Antonio. She enjoys spending time with her son, sports, and traveling. She continuously seeks opportunities to be involved in the community and support military and veteran affairs. For more information about how to positively impact your recruitment of veteran talent, feel free to contact JoHanna Martinez at johanna.martinez@att.com

Brooke Jones-Chinetti
JP Morgan & Chase Co.

Brooke Jones-Chinetti is the Head of Operations for Military and Veteran Affairs at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Her responsibilities include synching and driving strategy for Veteran employment, small business development, and talent acquisition and development.

Brooke served for six years as a Human Resources Officer in the US Army, where she deployed twice to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Spartan Shield. She was one of the first women to serve in a Cavalry Squadron through the Women in Combat Arms Pilot Program. Additionally, Brooke was selected to be on the personal staff for the Chief of the Army Signal Corps, a 2-Star Commanding General.

Brooke holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was on the Division I Women’s Tennis Team, and she is currently pursuing her Executive MBA at Columbia Business School.

EXPERTISE FROM THE FIELD TRACK
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

DETAILS

Please join us for a panel of current and former Military Spouses of the Year as they share their own career journeys and answer questions about making a career work while part of the military community.



PRESENTERS

Spouse of the Year Panel with Andrea Barreiro, Brittany Boccher, and Joy Goodrich.

Andrea Barreiro

Andrea Barreiro is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Business Administration Specializing in Finance, at American Military University, while simultaneously pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis, at Kaplan University. She has been a military spouse of an Active Army soldier for over 16 years. Andrea and her husband, Jose, have three teenage daughters and are also raising their 4 year old niece. Andrea has heavily embedded herself within the military community and constantly strives to advocate for service members and their families. Andrea is also a respite care provider for military families with special needs dependents. She herself was born into the world of the military and deeply understands their unique set of needs. Andrea is "ambitious, charismatic and a very goal-oriented person. She has the amazing ability to analyze complex problems and offer resolutions, which is invaluable to all and one of her greatest talents."

Brittany Boccher

Brittany is a seasoned Air Force spouse of eleven years, a mother, business owner, devoted volunteer, mentor and a loyal friend. She is mother to an adorable four-year-old daughter and an amazing two-year-old son who is rockin' an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome. Brittany is a parent liaison for the exceptional family member program at Little Rock Air Force Base and an advocate for special needs family. She has a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, which led her to not only establish two personal businesses but to also mentor and encourage fellow military spouses on becoming small business owners. To date Brittany has assisted more than eight military spouses in becoming entrepreneurs. As the owner of Mason Chix (an apparel company) she has created the opportunity to partner with a disabled veteran and three military spouses to feature their products in the Mason Chix brick and mortar shop. Not only is Brittany a business owner, but she has a true passion for helping others which is why she volunteers as the spouses' club President as a way to encourage military spouses to embrace military life, the military community and the opportunities afforded to them by the military. Brittany is resilient, adaptable, dedicated, independent, supportive and resourceful and considers herself an "expert" at packing and moving across country.

Joy Goodrich

I am a military brat of two active duty parents and I am currently stationed here in Newport, Rhode Island with my husband Brian Goodrich and our two fur babies Casey and Shipmate. My husband and I have been married for over 12 years and have been stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Diego, California, and Santa Rita, Guam. Professionally, I attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a Minor in French and Leadership. I also have a Masters of Education Degree with a concentration in Instructional Design and Curriculum Development. I have held many positions throughout my travels with my family, but the bulk of my experience is in Fleet and Family Readiness. I have held position as a Navy College Counselor, Exceptional Family Member Liaison, Work and Family Life Consultant, and multiple positions within Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. With my work in Fleet and Family readiness I have had amazing experiences which includes being able to ride along on numerous naval ships for weeks at a time and teach classes on Resiliency and Returning home to loved ones. With my current position with Child and Youth Programs I am overseeing the staff and care of roughly 100 children ages 5 to 18. This position can be hectic at times but is also so rewarding. Through my volunteer experience I have held Ombudsman positions, Ombudsman Chair positions, Family Readiness positions, and now I am an active participant on our Military Spouses of Newport Board.

KEYNOTE
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EDT

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Join us for this motivational keynote speech focused on utilizing existing resources to turn a dream into a reality.


PRESENTER

Lakesha Cole

Lakesha is a mom, military spouse, business owner and mentor. With experience in retailing and home-based business start-up, Lakesha published her first book, Mommy Retailing, this year to help mom's discover how to use their passions, interests, experience, and training to start a business.

She is the CEO and owner of She Swank Too, a curated shop for girls featuring a selection of imaginative clothing and accessories that embrace the innocence and fun of childhood. Her dream to reality of owning a business started as an idea seven years ago while sitting in her tiny California apartment, unemployed with a three-year-old, a deployed Marine spouse and all of her family 2,000+ miles away. Today the She Swank Too brand has traveled to customers in all 50 states and four countries.

Lakesha is the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®. She was selected for her entrepreneurial prowess, volunteer efforts, personal sacrifice and her efforts to support the military community.

In 2014, Lakesha founded Milspousepreneur at the intersection of her business expertise and community involvement. A longtime mentor to military spouses interested in starting a business, she realized that she could focus her skills and experience on the empowerment and rising influence of military spouse entrepreneurs.

Lakesha is also the co-Founder of the Rosie Planner, both a functional and beautiful daily planner that is simple to use yet resilient enough to handle the modern military spouse's busy, chaotic, challenging - yet unpredictable - life to include navigating the duties that are often left behind such as PCS, deployments and so much more.

She is an alumni of the Military Entrepreneur Program by Inc. She was featured on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda and is published in Military Spouse. Lakesha and her family were featured by Ebony as one of the "Coolest Black Families in America."

Lakesha holds a B.A in Print Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University and an A.A.S. in Fashion Marketing from Parsons The New School For Design.

CAREER COUNSELING TRACK
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EDT

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Regardless of whether you’re negotiating pay after a PCS move or for the first time, knowing some salary negotiation techniques is key to obtaining the job offer you deserve.  One of the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program’s goals is to assist you in learning negotiation skills to get a salary equal to your skills and experience. Learn strategies to guide you in successfully discussing compensation when you receive the job offer!





PRESENTERS

Kristina Santos, NCC
SECO Career Counselor

Kristina Santos has been a SECO Career Counselor for over three years. She is a military spouse of four years and her sponsor is active duty U.S. Navy. Kristina has her undergraduate degree from Townson University and her graduate degree from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Distance Credentialed Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Kristina is passionate about empowering military spouses to reach their education and career goals, as well as honoring and supporting the unique sacrifices and challenges they face.

Crystal Christian
Military Spouse Employment Partnership Account Manager

Crystal Christian is a successful military spouse with over eight years of experience in military family service programs. Crystal’s professional background includes Family Readiness Program Assistant and Transition Assistance Program Trainer. Crystal has managed the Employment Readiness Program, Transition Assistance Program, Air Force Families Forever Program, and Relocation Assistance Program. Crystal secured more than $23,000 via grants for military spouse employment training and served on the PACAF Employment Operations Working Group to author the Airman and Family Readiness Center Employment Assistance Program Operations Guide. Crystal earned a Master of Arts Public Policy, emphasis Public Administration; Master of Business Administration in Human Resources; and Bachelor of Science in Technical Management, concentration in Project Management. The recipient of numerous awards, her team at Eielson AFB was awarded the Airman and Family Readiness Center Program of the Year, A1.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE TRACK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

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Please join us for a dynamic presentation of the MilSpouse eMentor Leadership Program. Learn how to get personalized career guidance, networking, support and inspiration from career mentors, experienced military spouses and employers. The program is one of 335 companies and organizations in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which connects military spouses to employers and organizations.

Networking is the best kept secret to finding your dream job. No wonder, because networking leads to 70 percent of all jobs. The Milspouse eMentor Leadership Program gets you networking by matching you with a mentor, someone who can help you reach out and stand out to potential employers.





PRESENTER

Greg Jenkins
Program Manager, eMentor Leadership Program

Greg Jenkins is a dedicated and passionate consultant, practitioner and life-long learner. Greg recently completed a successful US Army career that ranged from overseas duties in Germany, South Korea, and combat duty in Iraq to include several stateside assignments culminating in Washington D.C. While serving in uniform Greg’s performance leading Military Equal Opportunity efforts resulted in developing a model program for other US Army Equal Opportunity and human relations advisors.

His performance further resulted in his selection to the Army’s Diversity Task Force, which helped to establish the Army’s Diversity program, policies and products. He was instrumental in the planning and execution the Army’s Diversity marketing campaign achieving world-wide coverage for the Army’s 1.4M Soldiers, Civilians, and their family members. Greg has directly served and represented senior executive leaders at the local, state, and Department of Defense levels.

His work with various organizations, along with educational and community leaders resulted in improved civic relationships, shared knowledge, and higher performance. Greg is an experienced facilitator who has provided training, facilitation and oversight for thousands of personnel ensuring quality and relevant Military Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership training and education for mid, senior and executive level managers and leaders.

Now after successfully completing his Army career, Greg continues to provide high performance facilitation, instruction, research and analytics, strategy, curriculum development and delivery. As a eMentor program manager and private consultant Greg provides facilitation to various government agencies including the; VA, USDA, US Army, National Guard and various corporate partners. Greg has a MA in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and he is a published author and passionate volunteer who actively mentors and coaches several civilian, US Military service members and veterans.

WELLNESS TRACK
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

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Take care of you! Join this virtual chair yoga class to explore breath and movement together! We will unite in celebration of military spouses everywhere and cultivate awareness to nourish mind, body, and spirit. This class is for everyone to experience. Time to connect with your inner wisdom and lead you to an inspiring, loving, and balancing practice. All levels welcome.

PRESENTER

Kathy Baird
Yoga Instructor, American Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Kathy is an RYT 200 instructor who was introduced to yoga in 2005 after a shoulder injury. Discovering awareness of body, mind and healing through yoga continues to change the way she lives today. Kathy became a certified teacher in 2012 through Inner Power Yoga World Reach and currently guides yogis of all levels, offering variations for ways to move in gentle yoga, slow vinyasa flow, and restorative classes. In 2015, Kathy became the lead yoga liaison for the American Red Cross Yoga Program at Walter Reed. Inspiring students to explore ways to intuitively “listen in”, stretch and strengthen, and to practice the art of relaxation are paramount to the evolution of her teaching style.

CORPORATE TRACK
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

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For any job search to be successful, you need the right tools, resources and connections. Join this session to learn how to best navigate the new and improved Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Career Portal. Find out how this web platform will work for you, your mobile military lifestyle and assist you in landing gainful employment in your preferred career field.





PRESENTER

Jeremy Winters
Project Manager, BAM Technologies

Jeremy Winters is an IT product manager that supports the military spouse community by designing and developing Department of Defense web applications that help spouses attain their career and educational pursuits. A proud military veteran, Jeremy is committed to serving the military population.

In addition to serving on active duty, Jeremy also served as a military spouse for ten years. During his time as a military spouse, Jeremy earned his Associate's degree while stationed in Wichita Falls, TX, continued his educational pursuits while stationed overseas, and earned his bachelor's degree upon returning stateside.

During his time as a military spouse, Jeremy served the military spouse community as the Military Outreach Assistant Director for a leading online university.

Jeremy has been in his current position as an IT product manager for over six years and is part of the team that supports the Military Spouse Employment Partnership web portal.

CLOSING REMARKS
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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Join us on Facebook and connect right now with hiring representatives from Military Spouse Employment Partnership partners: AT&T Inc., Unisys, Starbucks, Sitel, First Data, The Exchange, JPMorgan & Chase Co., UnitedHealth Group, Comcast NBCUniversal, Aetna, Camping World & Good Sam, Accenture, and Williams Sonoma.