General Sessions

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ellyn Dunford

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. and Mrs. Ellyn Dunford

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff  and Ellyn Dunford

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Anne Fishel, Ph.D.: The Family Dinner Project

Anne Fishel, Ph.D.

Anne Fishel, Ph.D., is a family therapist and the author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids (2015)

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Gary E. Knell, CEO, National Geographic Partners

Gary E. Knell

Gary E. Knell is CEO of National Geographic Partners, the global joint venture owned by 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society, which includes National Geographic television, print and digital assets, and related activities in travel and consumer products.

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General James C. McConville, Vice Chief of Staff, US Army, Maria McConville, with General (Ret) Larry O. Spencer, President, Air Force Association

General James C McConville and Mrs. Maria McConville

General James C. McConville serves as the 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Maria McConville is a registered dietician and Certified Personal Trainer who served both on active duty and in the Army Reserves, and currently runs her own nutrition consulting business.

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2nd Lady Karen Pence and the Call for the Arts Award Winners

Second Lady Karen Pence

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is a mother, educator, and award-winning watercolor artist.

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Jim Shelton, Head of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jim Shelton

 Jim Shelton, former Deputy Secretary of Education and founding Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper under President Barack Obama, leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's education work.

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General Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff, US Air Force and Nancy Wilson

Gen. Stephen W. "Seve" Wilson and Nancy Wilson

A graduate of Texas A&M University, General Wilson is the second highest ranking member of the US Air Force, and assists with organizing, training, and equipping 670,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian members of the force serving in the United States and overseas. Nancy Wilson, also a graduate of Texas A&M University, serves as a member of the MCEC Board of Directors, and has enjoyed working to support the Air Force family for more than thirty years.

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Discussion Session and Special Topics

Kids and Media Roundtable

Lieutenant General Jay B. Silveria

Lieutenant General Jay B. Silveria, Superintendent, US Air Force Academy

Yalda T. Uhls, Ph.D.

Yalda T. Uhls, PhD, Adjunct Professor, UCLA; Senior Advisor for Common Sense Media; and Author of Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact Not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age

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Melissa Cohen

Melissa Cohen, Director, Personnel Studies and Oversight Office, United States Marine Corps

Rosemary Williams

Moderator: Rosemary Williams, Executive Director, S.A.F.E. Project US (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic)

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The State of Assessments for Mobile Students

Monique M. Chism

Monique M. Chism, PhD, Vice President for Policy, Practice, and Systems Change, American Institutes for Research

Josh Starr

Joshua Starr, EdD Chief Executive Officer, Phi Delta Kappa International

Scott Norton

Scott Norton, PhD Deputy Executive Director of Programs at the Council of Chief State School Officers

Stefanie Sanford

Moderator: Stefanie Sanford, PhD Chief of Global Policy & External Relations, The College Board

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Meeting the Cyber Demand – an Interactive Session

Trevor Packer

Trevor Packer Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction, The College Board

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Trevor Packer

Kevin Nolten Director of Academic Outreach, Cyber Innovation Center, Bossier City

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Knee-Deep in the Trenches A Military Family Panel Discussion

Carson and WIll Butler

Colonel Glen Butler, USMC, with Carson and Will Butler

Ray Family

Colonel William Ray, USAF, and Susan Ray with Mary Elizabeth Ray

Flake Family

Master Sergeant Isilee Crossley, USA, with Myron Punter

Flake Family

Colonel(s) Eric Flake, MD, USAF with Kelsey Flake

Lynda MacFarland

Moderator: Lynda MacFarland, Army Wife and Author


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Better Together: A Public-Private Partnership initiative from Boys & Girls Clubs of America that’s improving the lives of military families in civilian communities.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Kaila Lemons

Kaila Lemons, 2017 Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Military Youth of the Year

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School Choice Initiatives and the Impact for Military-Connected Students

Scott Pearson

Scott Pearson Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board

Michael Petrilli

Mike Petrilli President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Chief Master Sergeant Thomas “Tommy” B. Mazzone

Chief Master Sergeant Thomas “Tommy” B. Mazzone Command Chief for Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Forces Strategic – Air

David Lapan

Moderator: David Lapan Senior Director of Communications, Bipartisan Policy Center

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A Military Family Field Guide to Autism

Colonel Eric Flake

Col(s) Eric M. Flake, MD/FAAP, USAF, MC Program Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Associate Professor USUHS, Madigan Army Medical Center Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Helping Children during the Toughest Times: Practical Suggestions and Free Resources for Suicide Prevention and Grief Support for Military-Connected Children

Angela Tunno

Angela M. Tunno, PhD Medical Instructor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center


David Schonfield

David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP Professor of the Practice in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Pediatrics University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Distinguished Lectures

A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting Families with Special Needs

Carolyn Stevens

Carolyn Stevens, Director, Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, OSD - Download Presentation

Tomeshia Barnes, Chief, Student Services Division, DoDEA

Amy Griffing, Education Specialist, Non-DoD School Program (Europe) DoDEA

Paul Ban

Paul K. Ban, PhD, Child and Family Behavioral Health System, US Army Medical Command

Fundamentals of Effective Character Education

Marvin Berkowitz

Marvin W. Berkowitz, PhD, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, School of Education University of Missouri - St. Louis

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Understanding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Cherise Imai

Cherise Imai, Executive Director, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)

Rosemarie Kraeger

Rosemarie Kraeger, Rhode Island Commissioner, and Chair, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3

Rick Masters

Rick Masters General Counsel, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)

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Leveraging Educational Data Mining Techniques to Determine Factors Impacting Military-Connected Students

Andy Berning

Andrew W. Berning, PhD, Founder and President, the Renaissance Institute

Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

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Military Interstate Children’s Compact - Lessons Learned and Success Stories from DoDEA and School Liaisons

Patricia Ewen, Moderator - Education Policy Advisor, Headquarters, DoDEA

Jamie Albers, School Liaison Officer, Fort Belvoir

Julia Aldrich, School Counselor, Headquarters, DoDEA

Meredith Ayala, School Counselor, Fairfax County Public Schools

Daniel Dunham, Compact Commissioner, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia

Lori Phipps, School Liaison Officer, Joint Base San Antonio

Growing Character: Lessons from West Point and the Army

Michael Matthews

Michael D. Matthews, PhD, Professor of Engineering Psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Military Academy

Leanne Knobloch

Kristina Schmid Callina, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University

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Navigating the New Normal: Reintegration After Deployment

Leanne Knobloch

Leanne Knobloch, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois

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Mitigating the Academic and Socio-Emotional Risks of School Mobility for Military-Connected Students: Designing a Model and Tools

Elizabeth Daniel

Elizabeth Daniel, Engagement Manager, Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia University

Meghan Snyder

Meghan Snyder, Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia Univeristy

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Pre-service Teacher Preparation for Supporting Military-Connected Students: A New Approach

Ron Palomares-Fernandez

Ronald S. Palomares-Fernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University

Karen Petty

Karen Petty, PhD, Professor, Texas Woman’s University

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Departments of Defense and Education Programs Supporting Military-Connected Students, Families and Schools

Kathy Facon

Kathleen Facon, Chief Education Partnership and Resources, Department of Defense Education Activity

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson, Lead, Military Affairs Team, US Department of Education

Jennifer Dailey-Perkins, Grant Program Manager, Department of Defense Education Activity

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Invisible Military Children: Supporting Children of the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves

Jody Breckenridge

Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, US Coast Guard (Ret), and Chairman, Board of Directors for San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Peggy Wilmoth

Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, Executive Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and Major General (Ret), US Army Reserves

Carolyn Davis

Carolyn Davis, EdD, School Counselor, Sevier County, TN

Mapping Long-Term Support for Military Caregivers and Their Families

Steve Schwab

Steve Schwab, Executive Director, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Laurel Rodewald

Laurel Rodewald, Director of Programs, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

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