* If you or someone you know would like to be a member of the CMEWS council for 2020, please send all nominations through our contact form. 


ESO Corner

Jessica Freier works for Brandman University as a Student Service Specialist. In 1958, Brandman was established by Chapman University in Orange, California that was founded in 1861. Formerly named Chapman University College, Brandman's original purpose was delivering education to the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, California. In 2009, it was renamed Brandman University after a substantial donation from the Joyce and Saul Brandman Foundation.

Ms. Freier currently has her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Brandman University. She is from a proud military family and fully understands the military lifestyle since her father had been in the military for 26 years and retired in 2017. She loves working with soldiers because they have some of the most unique stories.

In her spare time, Ms. Freier enjoys spending time with her family or out in nature. She hopes Washington will be her forever home. 



Our Council

David Mulkey is a Private Pilot and the Associate Campus Director at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Tacoma Campus.  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest private University specializing in Aviation and Aerospace. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operations, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them.

Mr. Mulkey began his academic path in 2003 by enrolling in Central Washington University’s Professional Pilot program, after completing the first year of the program and becoming a Private Pilot Mr. Mulkey switched paths and enrolled in the Aviation Management program. Upon completing this program graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Flight Technology Aviation Management and a minor in Business Management.  In 2008, Mr. Mulkey came to work for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an Assistant Director of Academic Support.  In addition to working for the University, Mr. Mulkey graduated from Embry-Riddle with a Master of Aeronautical Science in September 2010 and was promoted to Associate Campus Director of the Tacoma Campus in October 2010.  Mr. Mulkey’s current role with the University involves advising students and supporting Campus Operations.  Mr. Mulkey served as a Mentor with the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program in 2012 and 2016.  Mr. Mulkey served on the CMEWS board as secretary from 2014-2015 and is proud to be serving as the current president elect.

In addition to the numerous professional roles at work, Mr. Mulkey has published original research for The Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research.  The article which is titled “The Perceived Benefits of Airbag Systems in General Aviation Aircraft” was published in Winter 2013.

Our Mission



Lorine Hill has spent her career creating a student centric environment and is passionate about working in higher education and facilitating access for the traditionally underserved population.                                                                         

Ms. Hill's leadership vision is to create a healthy productive pedagogical learning environment; she believes every student deserves the opportunity to succeed academically, and that every employee can contribute to a sustainable campus. 

Ms. Hill prides herself on her ability in driving continuous improvement processes in order to create and sustain a student centric culture, having good judgement that serves the School and students fairly and equally, building community, leading with enthusiasm, innovation, and servitude and developing a robust academic culture through high performing cross-functional teams and collaborative leadership.  

​Amanda Rendon joined Saint Martin’s University as a Program Coordinator in September of 2018. Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the identity as a university is rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Students may pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at Saint Martin’s University from a variety of programs such as Computer Science, Business, Education, etc.

Ms. Rendon graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management with a Web and Database Administration and Management Specialization. Ms. Rendon moved to Washington in the Summer of 2009, when her father was stationed at McChord Air Force Base, now JBLM. She was born and raised in a military family which has given her the opportunity to move around the world and see amazing places, but Washington has become her home. She looks forward to working with and assisting military members in pursuing their college education through Saint Martin’s University.

Ms. Rendon enjoys reading and spending time with her adorable Pitbull. 

Empowering higher education for those who serve...


The Council of Military Educators of Washington State (CMEWS) is an organization of professionals created to support local colleges and universities in delivering high-quality education programs to all branches of the Armed Services, their family members, veterans and Department of Defense civilians within the State of Washington.

We encourage our colleges and universities to be adaptable in meeting their military students’ needs while adhering to the highest ethical standards. CMEWS is committed to creating effective working relationships with our Education Services Officers, Military Education Counselors and college and university Directors and Staff by encouraging cooperative and coordinated efforts. 

CMEWS strives to provide a forum for the thoughtful discussion of current issues and local or national events that effect educational opportunities through its annual conference and social media presence.

Arnold J. Norem Jr. has joined the Stone Education Center as the new Education Services Officer, as of January 21,  2018.  He is coming from Armed Forces Community Services (AFCS) at JBLM where he served as the Family Services Program Manager at Waller Hall.  He oversaw multiple programs to include: Community Information Services (I&R), Outreach, Relocation Readiness, Mobilization and Deployment, Financial Readiness and Exceptional Family Member Programs. Prior to that he was the AFCS Financial Readiness Program Manager and a Personal Financial Readiness Specialist. He has been with Armed Forces Community Services at JBLM since March of 2011.

Mr. Norem is a native of Washington State and grew up in Port Orchard. He is married and has two sons.

Mr. Norem’s education consists of Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from City University of Seattle, Bellevue WA in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Central Washington University in 1991. 

Mr. Norem worked for the Navy (2006-2010) prior to coming to work for the Army. He was the Supervisory Program Analyst for Commander Navy Installations Command in Washington DC, where he served as the Navy-wide technical expert for Fleet and Family Support’s Personal Financial Management (PFM) program.

Mr. Norem enjoys gardening and is in the process of training to become a Pierce County Master Gardener through WSU extension.