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Misty C. Cedano

Wednesday 18th of July 2018 05:58:41 PM

Misty C. Cedano, a career civil servant, currently works in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Senior Executive Management Office as the Lead Human Resources Specialist focused on Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreements, Federal Advisory Act Commission assignments, Fourth Estate Executive Allocation Management, Senior Executive Talent and Succession Management, and Executive Development.  She has more than 20 years of experience focusing on organizational processes, efficiencies, and Human Resource services.  Ms. Cedano is an Army veteran who began her civilian career with the Department of Navy Military Sealift Command.  She has served in a variety of roles including: DoD Civilian Honorary Awards Program Manager, Director, Personnel and Security, United States Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (USNATO), Brussels, Belgium, Ministry of Defense Gender Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan, Human Capital Management Officer, USNATO, Director, Talent and Succession Management, OSD, Deputy Director for Administration, Branch Head Civilian Mariner Recruitment and Placement, and Lean Six Sigma Business Strategy Analyst, Headquarters, USMC.

Ms. Cedano is graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of the Rockies earning a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Civilian of the Year


Tuesday 17th of July 2018 03:22:26 PM



Section 1. The name shall be the DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association, also known by the abbreviation SPWA.

Section 2. The purpose of the Association is to promote the personal and professional development of female mid-level and senior civilian and military personnel, thereby furthering the human capital and talent development interests of the Department of Defense (DoD).  More specifically the organization sponsors and supports events that:

  1. Provide opportunities to expand professional contacts within DoD, across the Federal Government and externally with the private sector;
  2. Serve as a forum for exchange of ideas across disciplines;
  3. Contribute to personal and professional education and growth; and
  4. Recognize and promote excellence in public service.

Section 1. The Association shall be self-sustaining.

Section 2 Receipts and expenses shall be recorded using accepted accounting practices and reported monthly to the Executive Board.  A financial report will be provided to the membership annually.

Section 3.  Dues and assessments shall be recommended by the Executive Board and adopted by majority vote of the membership present and voting – votes may take place in person or electronically with 30 days prior notice.


Section 1.  Eligibility:

  1. Individuals eligible for membership include:
    • Current and former DoD civilians at the grade of GS-12 or higher; and
    • Military members grade E-7, WO-2, and O-3 and higher.
  • Contractors serving DoD in a senior role.

Section 2.  Privileges: Members are entitled to:

  1. Mentoring, networking, team-building, and seminar opportunities;
  2. Voting privileges during general membership meetings;
  3. Insignia pin;
  4. Discounted registration fee for special programs/ conferences that are open to non- members; and
  5. Advance notification of meetings and special programs.

Section 1.  Eligibility.  All members in good standing are eligible for nomination/election as a SPWA officer.

Section 2.  Election of Officers

  1. All members are eligible to vote.
  2. The election of officers shall normally be held biennially in November.
  3. Officers elected must receive plurality of the votes cast.
  4. Elections shall be by ballot and vote count verified by at least two current officers.
  5. Tie votes shall be resolved by the President within 30 days.

Section 3.  Special Election Nominations:

  1. All members are eligible to vote.
  2. When an Executive Board vacancy exists or is projected, the Executive Board will canvas the membership for candidates and obtain consent from those nominated to serve.
  3. All members in good standing may nominate themselves for the office by notifying a member of the Executive Board in writing of their desire to serve.
  4. The board will then vote on nominations within 30 days of the vacancy notice of resignation.
Section 4. Officers, Duties, and Responsibilities 
  1. The Executive Board shall consist of: President, Vice President, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Membership, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Community Outreach, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms. Their duties include but are not limited to:
  • President: preside at general and Executive Board meetings; appoint committee chairs as required; and oversee association management, programs, and activities.
  • Vice President: preside in the absence of or at the request of the President; in coordination with the President, oversee association management, programs, and activities; updates the Constitution biennially; as Chair, oversees preparation and conduct of the annual Leadership in Excellence Awards Ceremony Committee; chairs the Constitution Committee; and serves as an alternate point of contact for the PayPal account.
  • Vice President for Programs: plan, coordinate, schedule and oversee association programs and events.
  • Vice President for Membership: promote and document new membership, manage member data and renewals, and announce new members at SPWA events. Chairs the Membership Committee.  Serves as an alternate point of contact for the PayPal account.
  • Vice President for Communications: advise the Executive Board regarding message, media and timing of publicity for association programs, projects and events; oversee the association’s social media and publicity for events; and serve as an alternate point of contact for the PayPal account.
  • Vice President for Community Outreach: Oversee, plan, coordinate, and schedule community outreach events (e.g. training/workshops, clothing or food drives, etc.) on behalf of the Association. Execute at least two community outreach events per year.
  • Secretary: keep minutes of general and Executive Board meetings; provide agenda and minutes to the Executive Board prior to and after meetings; maintain association correspondence and historical records; and serves as an alternate point of contact for the Pentagon Federal Credit Union SPWA bank account.
  • Treasurer: collect dues, assessments, and program and activity fees; serve as custodian of the Association’s funds; make disbursements within the limits of the assets and upon authorization of the general membership or Executive Board; prepare an annual financial statement; furnish reports to the President prior to general membership meetings and as requested for Executive Board meetings; submit books for audit at the close of the calendar year or at the request of the Executive Board; purchases and safeguards board-approved items, i.e., SPWA mugs, membership pins, pens, and flower arrangements. Serves as the primary point of contact for the PayPal account. The Treasurer will also provide information as required for formal auditing and/or reporting.
  • Sergeant at Arms: makes physical arrangements and sets out all materials for meetings and events; serves as master host in welcoming members and guests and ensures that any handouts, programs are received; distributes and collects election ballots, tallies votes; controls club property between meetings (banners, signage, table clothes, gifts, etc.); ensures organization is prepared for meetings, events and activities; and maintains order within the organization at all times.


  1. Officers shall serve for a two-year term commencing January 1st.
  2. The Executive Board shall meet at the discretion of the President. Members are permitted to attend meetings virtually.
  3. Attendance of all Board members at Board meetings is mandatory, although special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If a Board member misses more than two (2) regularly scheduled Board meetings within one calendar year, the Board has the right to, determined by majority vote, request that the Board member step down from their position. Vacancies created should be addressed in the same manner as other succession planning requirements detailed in “f.” below.
  4. Secretary will draft for Board’s review a Year in Review to be provided to membership.
  5. In addition to the above responsibilities, the Board is responsible for ensuring that any vacancy of a Board position due to a member leaving prior to the end of their term is filled as soon as possible through a “pop-up” vote.


  • Board’s order of succession in case of vacancies: President, Vice President, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Membership, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Community Outreach, Treasury, Secretary, Sergeant at Arms
  • When a Board member announces their intention to leave, the acting President is required to notify the membership that there is a vacancy no later than two weeks after the position is made vacant, and to request membership’s nominations and/or volunteers to fill the vacant position.
  • Nomination period should end within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed one month.
  • The Secretary will create a ballot with candidates’ names and send out to membership for an official vote (unless Secretary is the position that is vacant, in which case the responsibility will fall to the acting Secretary to send the ballot out).
  • Sergeant at Arms will provide the Board with the results of the ballot, and the President (or Acting President) will certify the results.
  • The results will be provided to membership within two weeks by email.
  • The newly elected Board member will commence duties at the next scheduled Board meeting, and will be officially inducted at the next scheduled membership meeting.

Section 1.  Committee Structure.  SPWA shall establish committee structures comprised of an SPWA Officer & members interested in facilitating the smooth operations of that Officer’s roles

and responsibilities.  Such committees enhance the representation of ideas from the broader membership and afford members the opportunity to be more fully engaged in the development and implementation of SPWA business practices and programs.

Section 2.  Eligibility.  All SPWA members are eligible for membership on SPWA committees.

Section 3.  Expectations.

  1. Where an identified need exists, SPWA Officers will solicit volunteers from the membership to serve on committees. SPWA Officers will host meetings as needed to conduct business and ensure full participation in the SPWA programs.
  2. Volunteers may serve for the duration of an activity or project or as long as they are members in good standing. It is preferable that volunteers have the ability to make a commitment to participate in committees for at least one full year.

Section 1.  Events

  1. The Association shall meet at least on a quarterly basis. Special meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the Executive Board.
  2. Special programs and events may be scheduled more frequently at the discretion of the Executive Board.
  3. The Board may approve the expenditure of Association funds for major programs or community service projects.

Section 1. Purpose: The award shall be awarded annually to recognize exemplars of SPWA principles of promoting the personal and professional development of women and excellence in public service.

Section 2.  Eligibility:  Individuals with an extensive and distinguished record that demonstrate active recruitment and management of women in developmental assignments; who exercise strategic vision in redefining women’s roles and expectations; provide advocacy in breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women; and possess a legacy of service enabling new prospects for achievement of women in the future are eligible to be nominated for the award.   Membership in SPWA is not required.

Section 3.  Nomination and Selection:  Members may submit award nominations in writing to the Executive Board. The board subsequently provides recommendation to the President whom serves as the approving authority. 

Section 4.  Presentation: The award consists of an engraved memento, funded by SPWA to not exceed $100.


“Ad hoc” awards may be designed, voted upon, and presented during SPWA events, i.e., the “David S.C. Chu Award for Advocacy.”  Members may submit nominations in writing to the Executive Board.  The board subsequently provides award recommendation to the President whom serves as the approving authority.  Consideration for such awards must include:

Section 1.  Purpose:

Section 2.  Eligibility:

Section 3.  Nomination and Selection:

Section 4. Presentation:


SPWA “Give Back” programs may be designed, voted upon, and presented during SPWA events.  Give Back programs include: charitable giving; sustainable giving; and mentorship; other programs will be considered by the Executive Board where appropriate.  Members may submit program nominations in writing to the Executive Board. The board subsequently provides recommendation to the President whom serves as the approving authority.

Consideration for such programs must include:

Section 1.  Purpose/Objectives.

Section 2.  Components.

Section 3. Nomination and Selection:

Section 4. Presentation:


Section 1.  Any member of the Association may submit amendments to the constitution by submitting them in writing to the President.

Section 2.  Any amendments shall become effective upon a quorum approval of the Executive Board.


In the event of dissolution, all remaining financial assets of the Association will be donated by SPWA to a non-profit that membership has approved by vote.

Adopted November 1986

Amended November 1989

Amended November 1990

Amended November 2005

Amended November 2009

Amended July 2013

Amended April 2015

Amended January 2017


Tuesday 17th of July 2018 03:02:36 PM

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2019 Awards

Tuesday 17th of July 2018 02:10:26 PM


The Department of Defense Senior Professional Women’s Association is proud to offer three annual awards and an essay contest in 2018.  The objective of the annual awards program is to promote and share models of excellence and to recognize exemplary members.

SPWA Excellence Awards – Apply Here

·       Excellence in Leadership

·       Excellence in Mentorship

·       Excellence in Community Service

SPWA Essay Contest – Apply Here

SPWA Essay Contest

The objective of the essay contest is to encourage authorship by members and gain insight on approaches to professional development.  Winning essays will be recognized at the SPWA Annual Awards ceremony in fall 2018 and on the SPWA website.

Essay Topic:  What is the importance of professional development?  How do you inspire others to pursue continual professional development?

Essay Contest Recognition:  Winners of an Essay Award may have their essays published on the DoD SPWA website and featured at an DoD SPWAmeeting.  Up to two winners will be selected each year from qualified essays.  The Distinguished Essay Award winner receives $500 to use toward promoting continual professional development and Meritorious Essay Award winner receives $250.  In addition, all winners receive a plaque, which is presented at the annual Awards celebration/meeting

Essay Contest Criteria:  

-Essays may not be from previously published articles.

-The SPWA theme is “Ready, Set, Grow.”  Planning and execution of professional development opportunities is key to growing.  Model ideas and plans will be shared with the membership.

-Essays must be original and must not exceed 6,000 characters (~1,000 words).

-Essays will be judged on adherence to topic (how well the essay meets the contest topic), creativity, clarity, and readability (how well does the essay flow and is understandable), content (is the essay original and does it contain substantial content) and general administration (length, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation).


In the past, DoD SPWA has presented a lifetime achievement-style award.   Through our programs survey, our membership indicated they are interested in a different kind of award.  We’re excited to offer an awards that honor the great work being done by our current SPWA members every day.


·       Entrants must be members in good standing of the DoD SPWA at the time of submission and selection.  Likewise, the nominee must be a member in good standing.

·       Entrants may self-nominate.

·       No member will be permitted to be a repeat winner for more than two consecutive years in the same category.


Winners will be featured at the DoD SPWA website and recognized at the DoDSPWA awards ceremony.

 How to Submit a Nomination

Award nominations must be submitted using the web-based form at links above.


Nominations and essay entries must be submitted via the DoD SPWA website not later than August 31, 2018 to be considered by the selection panel.  There is no exception to this deadline.

Award Selection Procedures

A selection panel chaired by the SPWA Vice President will make final recommendations to the President. The selection panel will include not less than four Board members.  A judge must recuse him/herself if a conflict of interest exists.  Nominee names will be removed for the review of the nominations.

Nominations will be judged on adherence to topic and content (provides significant examples tied to the relevant category).

Winning nominations (both nominator and nominee) will receive email notification by August 31, 2018.

For More Information:

Vice President, SPWA, Ms. Terri Schulze, (571),

Become a Member

Wednesday 11th of July 2018 06:43:23 PM

Membership is open to current and retired DoD civilians GS-12 and higher; current and retired military members grades E-7, WO-2, and O-3 and above; and contractors serving DoD in a senior role.

To become a member of the DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association, please complete our membership form and pay $24 annual dues via PayPal or credit card below.  The annual dues are valid for fiscal year 2018 (October 2017-September 2018).

Step 1: Please complete the membership form for FY18.


Step 2: After completing the form, please proceed to payment below.

Please pay annual dues for FY18 of $24.

We now offer a “Guest Checkout” option that does not require you to have a PayPal account. To use this, please click Pay Now and then select the gray “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” option.

Jen Bhartiya – Sergeant at Arms

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:19:49 PM

Jen Bhartiya has over 15 + years of military and government service combined.

Her assignments include 6 years of active duty Army serving in Germany and Austria as a US Army Transportation Officer, 2 years as a KBR contractor in Kuwait working in logistics operations, and 10 years of Army DoD civilian experience in Germany, Belgium and the USA. Her professional highlights include working at the Austrian Defense Department in Vienna, coordinating a multitude of international conferences hosted by the US Government in various European countries, and working on high-level visits for the US SecDef and US SecState for ministerial meetings at NATO while in Brussels. She has been assigned as the FORSCOM Liaison officer to the Pentagon since July 2013.

Ms. Bhartiya holds a Bachelors degree from James Madison University, and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She is originally from Williamsburg, VA. She is married, has a 2 year old son, and lives in Arlington. She is active in the Fairlington MOMS club, and enthusiastic about joining the SPWA board.

Kate Sieve – Treasurer

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:19:20 PM

Department of the Army since 2010. She has worked in programming and budgeting for the Army’s Equipping programs for G-8, Force Development and Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA(FM&C)), Army Budget Office. She currently works for ASA(FM&C) Financial Operations as a Staff Accountant for Financial Reporting of the Army General Fund.

Ms. Sieve graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University in 2010 with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Finance. She also graduated at the top of her class in her Masters’ in Accountancy program from George Washington University in 2013. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Level 2 certified in the DoD FM Certification Program. She is married and she and her husband had their first child in 2016.

Dr. Pamela Clay – Vice President for Community Outreach

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:14:13 PM

Dr. Pamela Clay is a senior financial management (FM) workforce development specialist in the Department of Defense. She supports the Department’s FM certification program, human capital planning, and workforce development initiatives.

Dr. Clay has over 29 years of civilian service in financial management, human capital, and workforce development and has held various positions in several agencies within DoD and the federal government. She has a doctorate in education from The University of Memphis, a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Alabama A&M University.

Dr. Clay has also completed post graduate work in human resource management from The George Washington University. She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s four week program: Leadership for a Democratic Society and The George Washington University and Defense Information Systems Agency Executive Leadership Development Program. She is a teacher, certified facilitator, and a mentor.

Col Lasheeco Graham – Vice President of Membership

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:13:22 PM

Colonel Graham earned her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program upon graduating from Fayetteville State University in 1993.  Her career has spanned several levels of comptrollership, to include assignments at the center, wing, major command, Headquarters Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Squadron Commander levels.  Prior to her current position Col Graham was the Chief, Military Construction (MILCON) & Integration she lead two 8-person divisions managing critical weapon systems & MILCON programs through programming and budgeting.  She was also responsible for integrating $66B RDT&E, Procurement, MILCON, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), and Military Family Housing (MFH) appropriations into the AF budget

Col Graham is currently serving as the Director, Financial Management and Comptroller for the Air Force Reserve and is responsible for $5.1B budget  formulation, execution and funds control for Operations and Maintenance,  Reserve Personnel Account, and MILCON.  She is the principle financial advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve and the Reserve staff on all budgetary and financial matters.  Col Graham defends the Air Force Reserve budget to the Air Staff, OSD, OMB and Congressional staffers.

1993 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
1995 Financial Analysis Technical School, Sheppard AFB, TX
1998 Squadron Officer School (Residence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2000 Masters of Science in Management/Human Resources, Troy State University, Dothan, AL
2001 Defense Finacial Management and Comptroller School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2003 Professional Military Comptroller School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2006 Joint Forces Staff College, Joint and Combined Warfighter School (JPME II), Norfolk, VA
2007 Air Command and Staff College (Residence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2007 Masters of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Air War College (Correspondence)

2010 Certified Defense Financial Manager (Certified Public Accountant equivalent)
2015 Department of Defense Financial Management Certification Program Level III (highest level) 


  1. September 1993 – June 1995, Mission Support Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB OH
  2. June 1995 – August 1996, Theater Missile Defense Financial Manager, Wright-Patterson AFB OH
  3. August 1996 – July 1999, Commander, Financial Analysis Flight, 325th FW, Tyndall AFB, FL.
  4. July 1999 – June 2002, Command Budget Analyst, HQ ACC/FM, Langley AFB, VA.
  5. June 2002 – April 2004, O&M Appropriation Manager, SAF/FM, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  6. April 2004 – Aug 2006, Joint Staff Program & Budget Analyst, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  7. August 2006 – July 2007, IDE student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  8. July 2007 – July 2009, Commander, 60th Comptroller Squadron, Travis AFB, CA.
  9. July 2009 – Jun 2012, Chief, Budget Operations Integration, HQ AETC, Randolph AFB, TX
  10. Jan 2011 – Nov 2011, Advisor, Program & Budget, Baghdad, Iraq
  11. Nov 2011 – Jun 2012, Chief, Learning Office, FM Advisor, HQ AETC, Randolph, AFB, TX
  12. Jun 201 – Jul 2013, Military Assistant to the Air Force Auditor General, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  13. Jul 2013 – Jun 2015, Chief, Military Construction & Integration, SAF/FMBI, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  14. Jun 2015 – present, Director, Financial Management & Comptroller, Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, Washington, DC

Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Organization Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
James E. Short Mentor & Leadership Award
American Society Military Comptrollers, Washington Chapter
American Society Military Comptrollers, National level
Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller 

Second Lieutenant      Jul 16, 1993
First Lieutenant           Jul 16, 1995
Captain                          Jul 16, 1997
Major                             Dec 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel     Nov 1, 2008
Colonel                          Mar 1, 2015

(Current as of May 2016)

Stephanie Haferbier | Vice President for Communications

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:12:07 PM

EDUCATION: 2007 Bachelor of Arts in general management and Bachelor of Arts in German, international business specialization, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2011 Master of Business Administration, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2012 Defense Financial Management Course, Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2016 Air Command and Staff College, Distance Learning
1. 2007-2008, Consultant, IBM, Office of The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
2. 2008-2010, Financial Analyst, Northrop Grumman, Office of The Air Force Civil Engineer, Washington, D.C.
3. 2010-2011, Resources Analyst, GS-0301-13, Office of The Air Force Civil Engineer, Washington, D.C.
4. 2011-2013, Congressional Liaison Representative, GS-0301-13, Legislative Liaison Office, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
5. 2013-2015, Congressional Liaison Representative, GS-0301-13, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
6. 2015-2016, Strategic Planner, GS-0343-13, Secretary of the Air Force Directorate of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.
7. 2016-Present, Logistics Management Specialist for Congressional Affairs, GS-0346-14, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection, Washington, D.C.
Air Force Civilian Achievement Award, 2011
Air Force Legislative Liaison Cat III Civilian of the Year 2012
Air Force Legislative Liaison Cat III Civilian of the Quarter, 1st Quarter 2013
Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Directorate’s Cat III Civilian of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter 2013
Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2015
“Incentivizing Management of Department of Defense Real Property Revenue” published in Fall 2012 Armed Forces Comptroller journal
Member, Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Group (AFBAWG) Women’s Issue Team (WIT)
Vice President for Communications, DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association
American Society of Military Comptrollers
Certified Defense Financial Manager

Misty Cedano | Secretary

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:10:50 PM

Ms. Cedano is a career civil servant with more than 19 years of experience focusing on organizational efficiencies and human resource (HR) services.  She is currently assigned as the Department of Defense (DoD) Honorary Awards Program Manager, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS).  As the Program Manager, Ms. Cedano is the DoD’s primary advisor and manager of Secretary of Defense authorized Honorary Awards.

Ms. Cedano was the Director, Personnel and Security, United States Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (USNATO) in Brussels Belgium from January 2013 until January 2016.  She was responsible for the management of day to day human resources and administrative support, labor management, and security clearance operations in support of U.S citizens assigned to 11 international and 16 United States (U.S.) government organizations throughout eight different countries.  During her tenure with USNATO, Ms. Cedano was selected for a six month assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan to serve as the Gender Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense to provide advice and guidance on the integration of women into the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Air Force to senior Afghan military leaders.  Upon her return to USNATO, she was assigned to a special project as Human Capital Management Officer.  In this role she created the USNATO Human Capital Management Strategy for talent recruitment, acquisition, and management of USNATO manpower and personnel, in addition to International strategies focused on innovative approaches and contemporary solutions that supported the U.S. Ambassador’s vision for strategic placement of U.S. representation within the NATO International Staff and NATO Bodies.  Additionally she worked with Allied Nations, the NATO Military Committee, and the NATO Gender Office to identify, analyze, and codify implementing analyses and measurements of programs focused on integrated support for women and gender equality.

From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Cedano was the Director, Talent and Succession Management (T&SM), WHS.  In this capacity she served as the recognized authority and lead for the analysis, review, and development of program alignment options, policies, processes, procedures, tools, and mechanisms for T&SM practices for the 4th Estate Senior Executive Service.

From 1997-2011, Ms. Cedano held various positions in the Department including Deputy Director for Administration, Supply Branch Head Civilian Mariner Recruitment and Placement, Lean Six Sigma Business Strategy Analyst, HR Specialist and active duty service member.

Ms. Cedano received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of the Rockies, 2011.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Business Administration in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Northcentral University.

Ms. Cedano was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Civilian of the Year in 2009.

Terri Schulze: Vice President

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:09:17 PM

Terri Schulze is a senior staff accountant in the OUSD Comptroller Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s office where she directly supports the Assistant Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ADCFO) and supervises administrative functions, including the management of daily operations and hiring.

She oversees focused efforts in communications (external and internal) and the establishment of a project management office for the ADCFO. Ms. Schulze has held several key positions related to financial management in the Department of Defense to include management of a diverse support operation of 120+ employees. She has 20+ years in civilian service and 14 years in private sector.

Terri holds a Masters degree in Library Science from Kent State University and completed graduate classes in business and public administration from Central Michigan University.

She has completed the DoD FM Level 3 certification.

Terri has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career to include the DFAS Civilian Achievement Award, 1st place winner of 2012 Central Ohio Federal Executive Association (FEA) Essay Contest, DFAS Quality Leadership Award, Finalist for Federal Woman of the Year for FEA Central Ohio, Finalist for 3 FEA Central Ohio nominations, Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore’s office, and numerous Quality Step and performance awards.

Glenda H. Scheiner – President

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 05:03:11 PM

Glenda H. Scheiner, a member of the Senior Executive Service, currently works in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). She previously worked for approximately 25 years in various Financial Management and Comptroller positions within the US Air Force. She began her career in 1987 at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command.

Ms. Scheiner is a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces earning a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia College and State University.

She is Level 3 certified in the DoD FM Certification Program, has DAWIA Certification in Business-FM at Level 2, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty. She completed the Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She is a graduate of the DoD APEX Senior Executive program and the Leadership Enhancement Program at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Ms. Scheiner holds numerous awards and has authored 13 professional journal articles. She is also an active member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.She is married and has two daughters.

Excellence in Leadership Award

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 04:52:55 PM

The DoD SPWA Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes individuals with
an extensive and distinguished record that demonstrates:
 Active recruitment and management of women in developmental assignments
 Strategic vision in redefining women’s roles and expectations
 Advocacy in breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women
 A legacy of service enabling new prospects for achievement of women in the future

Excellence in Leadership Award Recipients
Mr. Howard G. Becker 2006
Ms. Elaine Rogers 2007
Ms. Jo A. Decker 2008
Mrs. Gail McGinn 2009
Jill W. Chambers 2010
HON Kathleen Hicks 2011
Ms. Sheila Earle 2012
HON Gladys J. Commons 2013
Regina Meiners 2014

Calendar of Events

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 04:52:21 PM


  • February – General Business Meeting
  • April – Speed Mentoring
  • June – Lean In Speaker
  • August – Leadership Speaker/Summer Social
  • October – SPWA Excellence in Leadership  Award Ceremony
  • December – Holiday Social


About US

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The DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association (SPWA) objectives are to expand opportunities for professional development, training and education for all DoD employees and to increase the number of women in mid- and senior-level positions in the DoD.

The Association was formed in 1977 to represent the interests of senior professional women and provide a networking venue for women in the midst of a significant DoD reorganization and anticipated reduction-in-force. Since that time, membership has expanded to include members from most DoD Components – OSD, the Defense Agencies and Field Operating Agencies as well as the Military Services.

In its endeavors to promote the advancement of women and support their participation in policy and decision-making at all levels of DoD, the SPWA has served as a forum for DoD professionals to meet and discuss issues relevant to their current work, their careers and their daily lives. The main venue for exchange is the SPWA monthly luncheon, at which senior Department officials and other prominent professionals speak to members and guests. Luncheon sessions are geared to increasing awareness of Defense policies, emphasizing professional development, promoting healthy life styles, and providing strategies for successfully managing family and financial responsibilities.

Membership is open to current and retired DoD civilians GS-12 and higher; current and retired military members grades E-7, WO-2, and O-3 and above; and contractors serving DoD in a senior role.

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