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Tijuana M. Odom, MA/MSW

Chief Programs & Services Officer

Tijuana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She received training at the University of West Florida and Louisiana Tech University where she earned her Masters’ degrees in Social Work and Counseling and Guidance, respectively.  Tijuana is a 32-year veteran of both Active Duty and Air Force Reserves as well as Civil Service with distinguished service & embodiment of the Air Force Core Values of Integrity, Service, Excellence She is an outstanding Officer & Servant Leader who lives her life to serve others.  The genuine love and compassion she shows people helps them succeed.

Tijuana currently works as a Director of Welfare with the United States Armed Forces.  She seeks to inspire others in nontraditional forms—by incorporating psychotherapy and spirituality in her practice.  Tijuana focuses her attention on strengthening and empowering military families and helping them to become resilient, despite challenges and stressors.

As a very accomplished Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Child Advocate with an impressive record of achievement and significant mission impact, Tijuana has made an unwavering commitment to supporting causes directed at transforming the lives of children.  She strongly advocates change in the lives of abused, neglected, and abandoned children.  Tijuana gathers facts surrounding a child's case, reviews reports, visits a child's home, school or placement, and provides the court with an unbiased recommendation on what is required to serve a child’s best interest.   She has seen many children living without basic resources.  Therefore, Tijuana creates programs and services that provide academic resources to help children learn and grow into strong and impactful adults.   She believes working  together as a community produces meaningful change for students, teachers, parents, families, and communities. 

Work Experience

Director, Welfare; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; August 2020 - Present

Director, Psychological Health; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH & MacDill AFB, FL; July 2015 - July 2020

Community Readiness Specialist; Hurlburt Field FL - November 2012 - July 2015

Family Advocacy Outreach Manager; Hurlburt Field FL - June 2012 - November 2012

Long Term Sub Teacher, School District of Okaloosa County; Crestview, FL; January - April 2012

Community Outreach

Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program Volunteer; May 2013 - Present

Served as a volunteer for Florida's Guardian Ad Litem program.   Appointed by the court to advocate for abused & neglected children.   Attended court & represented the child's legitimate interests.   Provided weekly face to face contact with the child & ensured the child received care & services needed while in foster care according to Federal & State Regulations.   Interviewed children, families, service providers, and foster parents, to obtain information related to the requirements subject to review.   Reviewed school reports and medical/court/case records.   Completed assessments of the child's mental/physical well-being.   Provided emotional security for the child & ensured their safety.


Master of Social Work; University of West Florida, 2009 - 2011

Master of Arts in Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services, 2000 - 2002

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Louisiana Tech University, 1996 - 2000

Associate of Science in Surgical Technology, Community College of the Air Force, 1995 - 1997


National Association Social Workers

Omicron Phi Alpha Honor Society

Golden Key International Honor Society 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.



Emerald of Excellence Award 2022

April - June 2014 Force Support Squadron 

Civilian of the Quarter

2010 Graduate Merit Scholarship Recipient

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