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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.



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David Mulkey is a Private Pilot and the Program Manager at Central Washington University's Joint Base Lewis McChord Center.

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 started a new role in November 2019 and started working as the Program Manager at CWU. His current role with the University involves meeting with students, organizing projects 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 preseident.

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.

Pricilla Welch currently works for Brandman University as an Academic Advisor. 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. Mrs. Welch currently has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu and his currently projected to complete her Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership in August of 2020. She is a U.S. Army Veteran and enjoys working with Military personnel because she has great understanding of what it feels like to be on both the Military and Civilian side of life.

In her spare time, Mrs. Welch enjoys spending time with her Husband and 7 year old Son.

​I am currently working as a Military Advisor at the Joint Base Lewis McChord Education Center. I am responsible for providing educational and academic support to our service members while ensuring top quality service and student satisfaction while attending our programs .

Prior to joining CityU – I worked as a Student & Program Advisor for University of Maryland University College in Japan and that sparked my interest and passion about education and I continued that commitment ever since. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Management studies with CityU  and I am very excited and fortunate to be able to continue my mission in helping our service members achieve their goals.

I enjoy spending time with my 4 year old beautiful daughter and husband who is also serving active duty term.


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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.