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2021 CCME Annual Symposium Agenda

Virtual Event - June 15-16, 2021

DRAFT AGENDA (6/2/2021)

DAY 1 - Tuesday, June 15, 2021  |  8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM        Expo Hall Open


9:00 AM – 9:05 AM        Opening Ceremony and Welcome

                                          Esmeralda Silva, President, CCME


9:05 AM - 9:10 AM         Joint Service Color Guard with National Anthem 


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM       Opening Keynote Speaker

                                          SEAC Ramón "CZ" Colón-López

                                          Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM      Military Credentialing Advancement Initiative Panel

                                           American Legion Consultant - Elizabeth Belcaster

                                           Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Vice President for Programs and Service -                                                     Colonel (Ret.) Sam Whitehurst

                                           Solutions for Information Design (SOLID LLC) Director of Strategy - Mrs. Lauren Runco

                                           DoD - Director of Navy Credentialing Program - Keith Boring 


10:45 AM – 11:00 AM        Break


11:00 AM – 11:45 AM      OSD Updates

                                          Associate Director of Defense Voluntary Education Programs (DoD) - Dr. Jonathan Woods


11:45 AM – 12:30 PM      George W. Bush Presidential Institute Panel – Veterans Task Force

                                          George W. Bush Institute Senior Program Manager - Amy Bernand

                                          CEO Warrior-Scholar Project - Ryan Pavel 

                                          2021 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Contractor

                                          for  George W. Bush Institute - Rebecca Burgess


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM        Scholarships’ and Awards’ Luncheon


2:00 PM – 2:45 PM          VA Update

                                          Charmain Bogue, Executive Director, Education Services, Veteran Benefits Administration


2:45 PM – 3:30 PM          National Association for State Approving Agencies Risk-Based Surveys

                                          Dr. Joseph Wescott, National Legislative Dir. National Association of State Approving Agencies


3:30 PM – 4:15 PM          Department of Labor 

                                           Acting Assistant Secretary of VETS,

                                          Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy 

                                          Mr. James Rodriguez

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM           Break


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM         Service Chief Updates

                                            USAF - Chief, AF Voluntary Education Program - Hildegard Buan 

                                          USA - Chief Academics Officer, United States Army - Colonel Charles (Chuck) R. Rambo

                                          USCG - Force Readiness Command Chief, FORCECOM Career Investment  - Mr. Stephen Keck

                                          USMC Voluntary Education Program Manager - Bart MacMillan 

                                          USN - VOLED Service Chief - James Johnson 


5:30 PM – 5:40 PM         Day Two Overview Concurrent Sessions

                                          CCME Vice President Kelly Wilmeth 


5:40 PM - 5:45 PM          Day One Closing Remarks

                                          CCME President Esmeralda Silva

5:45 PM – 8:00 PM        President’s Reception (By Invitation Only)

                                          Washington DC area                                                    


DAY 2 - Wednesday, June 16, 2021, |  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM         Expo Hall Open


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM       Concurrent Session #1

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM       Concurrent Session #2


11:15 AM – 11:30 AM         Break (speed networking after the updates)


11:30 AM – 12:45 PM       Student Panel


12:45 PM – 2:00 PM          Break for Lunch


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM         Concurrent Session #3


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM           Concurrent Session #4


4:15 PM – 4:30 PM            Break


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM          Concurrent Session #5


5:30 PM – 6:00 PM         Closing Remarks


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM         Virtual Networking Reception




2020 CCME Board of Directors Nomination

Two open CCME executive board officer positions will be filled through an election by the general membership at the 2020 CCME Symposium in Philadelphia PA.

  • Secretary-Elect

  • Vice President-Elect


Secretary-Elect is a 2-year commitment (automatically moves into the Secretary position after one year). Duties include:

  1. Records and distributes minutes for all CCME Board meetings.

  2. Serves on the Agenda Planning Committee.

  3. Oversees CCME nominations and elections, to include communicating vacancies to membership, preparing ballots and distributing them at the symposium business meeting.

  4. Account manager - VISTA Print Business Card Production for CCME.

  5. Keeps board members periodically updated on action items.


Vice President-Elect is a 4-year commitment (automatically moves into the Vice President position after one year, then the following year to the President and the 4th year as the immediate past president). Must have two years on CCME board. Duties include:

  1. Serves on the agenda planning committee.

  2. Works with Vice President to assign committee and/or board members to specific agenda items, hold accountability in agenda matters and provides follow up as needed.

  3. Co-Chairs the Concurrent Session Committee.

  4. Coordinates with Secretary and concurrent session chair to assure assignments are documented and speakers are confirmed.

  5. Acts as primary content manager for relevant higher education matters and military impacts to CCME Membership.

  6. Co-Chairs Newcomer activities.


Vice President-Elect nominees must have a minimum of two years previous experience on the CCME Board in either an elected or appointed position. Upon completion of the one year term, the Vice President shall automatically serve as President for a one-year term. Upon completion of the one-year term, the President shall automatically serve as Immediate Past-President for a one year.


Please send nominations to Rodney Clark at or contact him if you have any questions.