Tijuana M. Odom, MA/MSW

Chief Programs & Services Officer

tijuana@aplusacademicresources.org

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 served 15 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) with distinguished service and embodiment of the Air Force Core Values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence She is an outstanding Officer and Servant Leader who lives her life to serve others.  The genuine love and compassion that she shows people helps them succeed.

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Tijuana currently works as the Director of Psychological Health with the USAF Reserve.   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, Psychological Health; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH & MacDill AFB, FL; July 2015 - Present

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

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

Education

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

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Affiliations

National Association Social Workers

Omicron Phi Alpha Honor Society

Golden Key International Honor Society 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

                                                                                         

Recognitions

April - June 2014 Force Support Squadron Civilian of the Quarter

2010 Graduate Merit Scholarship Recipient