JULY 23-25, 2018 - For twenty years MCEC has been bringing together the expertise and practical tools to prepare military children for a bright future.
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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.
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.
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is a mother, educator, and award-winning watercolor artist.
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.
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.
Lieutenant General Jay B. Silveria, Superintendent, US Air Force Academy
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
Melissa Cohen, Director, Personnel Studies and Oversight Office, United States Marine Corps
Moderator: Rosemary Williams, Executive Director, S.A.F.E. Project US (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic)
Monique M. Chism, PhD, Vice President for Policy, Practice, and Systems Change, American Institutes for Research
Joshua Starr, EdD Chief Executive Officer, Phi Delta Kappa International
Scott Norton, PhD Deputy Executive Director of Programs at the Council of Chief State School Officers
Moderator: Stefanie Sanford, PhD Chief of Global Policy & External Relations, The College Board
Colonel Glen Butler, USMC, with Carson and Will Butler
Colonel William Ray, USAF, and Susan Ray with Mary Elizabeth Ray
Master Sergeant Isilee Crossley, USA, with Myron Punter
Colonel(s) Eric Flake, MD, USAF with Kelsey Flake
Moderator: Lynda MacFarland, Army Wife and Author
Jim Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Kaila Lemons, 2017 Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Military Youth of the Year
Scott Pearson Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board
Mike Petrilli President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Chief Master Sergeant Thomas “Tommy” B. Mazzone Command Chief for Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Forces Strategic – Air
Moderator: David Lapan Senior Director of Communications, Bipartisan Policy Center
Angela M. Tunno, PhD Medical Instructor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
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
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 K. Ban, PhD, Child and Family Behavioral Health System, US Army Medical Command
Marvin W. Berkowitz, PhD, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, School of Education University of Missouri - St. Louis
Cherise Imai, Executive Director, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)
Rosemarie Kraeger, Rhode Island Commissioner, and Chair, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3
Rick Masters General Counsel, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)
Andrew W. Berning, PhD, Founder and President, the Renaissance Institute
Ryan Baker, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
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
Michael D. Matthews, PhD, Professor of Engineering Psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Military Academy
Kristina Schmid Callina, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University
Leanne Knobloch, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois
Elizabeth Daniel, Engagement Manager, Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia University
Meghan Snyder, Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia Univeristy
Ronald S. Palomares-Fernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University
Karen Petty, PhD, Professor, Texas Woman’s University
Kathleen Facon, Chief Education Partnership and Resources, Department of Defense Education Activity
Brian Thompson, Lead, Military Affairs Team, US Department of Education
Jennifer Dailey-Perkins, Grant Program Manager, Department of Defense Education Activity
Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, US Coast Guard (Ret), and Chairman, Board of Directors for San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority
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, EdD, School Counselor, Sevier County, TN
Steve Schwab, Executive Director, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Laurel Rodewald, Director of Programs, Elizabeth Dole Foundation