René Campo is a dedicated professional with 25+ years of experience in the higher education and corporate arenas. Her current role is that of Adjunct Faculty Member for the School of Business and Law at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) where she also served as the advisor to the Student Veterans Association of the college.
AACC holds several national distinctions for Military/Veteran services, which include recognition as a Military Friendly® School by GI Jobs, Military Advanced Education “Top College” Distinction, and “Best for Vets” award from Military Times. René is a member of the Military and Veteran Coordinating Council at AACC, and brings that knowledge of best practices to those serving the military affiliated student. Additionally, René was nominated by her institution in 2015 for The White House “Champions of Change” award for her work with Veteran Entrepreneurs. René has also been an active volunteer for the National Military Family Association since 2012.
Her extensive career in higher education includes positions of Academic Advisor, Enrollment Counselor and Director of Corporate Outreach. Prior to that, René acquired diverse experience from corporate positions in various industries, such as Transportation and Shipping, Corporate Travel, and ecommerce.
Rene holds a Master of Science in Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Dr. Deborah Harris-Sims has an extensive background in both higher education and professional counseling spanning over 20 years. Deborah currently serves as the Program Manager for Policy, Process, & Education Innovation for the United States Navy Education Training and Professional Development Center. In this role she cultivates and overseas multiple DOD funded projects aimed toward improving service member access to higher education pursuits and supports. Prior to this position she served as the Europe Africa Region Director for Navy College Programs where she provided direct leadership to Navy Education Centers, Academic Institutions, and counseling personnel and services conducted overseas.Deborah holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Adult Learning, M.S. in Behavioral Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Counseling, and B.S. in Psychology. Dr. Harris-Sims has served in various Academic Leadership roles to include Campus Dean/President and Department Chair. She has instructed undergraduate and graduate level courses at various academic institutions throughout the United States as both fulltime and adjunct faculty. Dr. Harris-Sims was awarded the Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) designation from the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Dr. Harris-Sims often serves as a subject matter expert on military education and mental health topics and currently represents the United States Navy on the Inter-service Education Advisory Board. Deborah’s exceptional volunteer efforts have been recognized both locally and nationally. Notably, in 2013 Dr. Harris-Sims was named as one of 30 military spouses honored by Oprah Winfrey for outstanding volunteerism. Deborah was selected as one of 10 international honorees receiving the Maybelline New York Beauty of Education Award which recognizes women who motivate, mentor and make a difference in their communities through the power of education. Dr. Harris-Sims has also been recognized as a finalist for both the Hampton Roads Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Award and the Military Spouse Magazine Military Spouse of the Year. In 2012, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award for community service and in 2014 was recognized with a Naval Command Commendation for her relentless efforts in assisting service members to achieve their academic goals.
Dr. Laura Ott is an educator, molecular biologist, and education researcher. Dr. Ott holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in immunology from NC State University. She conducted both biomedical and education research focused postdoctoral fellowships prior to accepting her current position as the Director of the Science Education Research Unit at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research interests include innovative STEM education practices and investigating how best to assist military-connected students, with particular interests in the military spouse student population. She has published in the molecular biology and science education fields and recently had a publication accepted detailing an exploratory study investigating the educational and career goals of military spouse students. Dr. Ott is the proud spouse of an active duty service member (Army) and has had the pleasure of working with numerous military-connected students. She lives in Frederick, MD with her husband and two children.