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Carman content 125x175   CAPT Jim Carman, USN (Ret) served in the Navy for more than twenty-four years and attained the rank of Captain in November 1993. During this time he served three years in the Executive Office of the President as Assistant National Security Advisor to the Vice President. After leaving active duty, Jim initially served as a flight officer with American Airlines and later as a career and talent management consultant with Right Management. He also led a career management consulting practice based in Washington, D.C., where he mentored hundreds of clients through career transition. Jim has also earned graduate degrees in national security studies and business management and completed the Senior Executive Training Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He joined the Military Officers Association of America in 2012 as Director, Career Transition Services where he supports service members and military spouses with career strategy and resume development.  

 Rizer content 125x175  Monique Rizer grew up in the Northwest and holds a 2001 BA (With Distinction) from Gonzaga University and a 2003 MS from Syracuse University. Monique is among the first class of Gates Millennium Scholars, a full ride academic scholarship program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to working in marketing for a top 100 accounting and consulting firm, Monique has served in several areas of military family support. As a family readiness group leader she was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service. Additionally, she has worked in development with the National Military Family Association (NMFA) and as a writer with several military organizations and publications including NMFAMilitary Spouse MagazineGI Jobs magazine, Vetrepeneur magazine, and the Wounded Warrior Project. She also has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as three writing instruction textbooks, and is a certified instructor of the career development workshop, Dependable Strengths. Monique joined the Military Officers Association of America in 2010 as the deputy director of Spouse Programs.  

Cole content 125x175    CAPT Patricia Cole, USN (Ret) served 30 years in the U.S. Navy in a wide range of command and staff assignments in the United States and overseas. Her various duty assignments included tours at the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, VA; as ACOS for C2 Systems and Policy for FIFTH FLEET in Manama, Bahrain; Fleet Information Systems Officer for SEVENTH FLEET in Yokosuka, Japan; and Special Assistant for Diversity to the CNO in Washington, DC. She was designated an Information Dominance Warfare Officer in October 2010. CAPT Cole retired in February 2012 following her last assignment as Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific in Wahiawa, Hawaii. She joined the Military Officers Association of America in November 2012.CAPT Cole holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and an MS in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
She is the Deputy Director, Career Transition Services (TOPS) at MOAA. 

Golden content 125x175  Karen Golden has more than a decade of experience working on Marine family readiness programs. Most recently, at Camp Pendleton, CA, she served as both a Family Readiness Assistant and as a Representative for the National Military Family Association. As a social worker and educator, she has held a variety of positions working with military families. Having served in both military and civilian school systems, she has particular empathy for military children’s education issues. Karen has been an active volunteer in the military community for over two decades. She is the recipient of the Army’s, Outstanding Civilian Service Award and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society’s Superior Service Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bradley University and an M.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Karen lives in Montclair, VA with her husband, Col. Bob Golden, USMC, and their three children. 

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Mark San Souci retired in 2005 from a military career that included Army enlisted service, and over 22 years as an Air Force officer. Since 2005 San Souci has served as the Regional Liaison for the Northwest including WA, AK, ID, and OR, working in the Defense State Liaison Office for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on key quality of life military family issues that intersect with state policy. Prior to his liaison work, Mark served as a career aircraft maintenance officer, and commanded three different Air Force squadrons that maintained our Presidential and strategic airlift fleet, providing humanitarian and other vital strategic resources worldwide. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, San Souci has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

  Wanda Davis has been working with new students at UW Tacoma for nearly 15 years. She is available to help anyone interested in transferring to UW Tacoma and she specializes helping active-duty military, veteran and military spouse students. She lives in the Olympia area.