Pamela Pereira is the daughter of a retired RI Army National Guard officer. Her involvement in the RI Army National Guard includes volunteering time for the Family Readiness, Yellow Ribbon, and Gold Star Mothers events. She has been working in the field of education for over 15 years. As an elementary school teacher, she worked with multiple grade levels within the public school system. However, her passion for working with adults who were seeking to improve career skills never waned. She transitioned to career training/adult learning in 2004 and held the position of Business Department Head at the Sawyer School. In this position, she conducted faculty development trainings, developed and piloted curriculum, and taught courses. She has also worked with hundreds of students to encourage academic success and develop career goals. Most recently, she has been volunteering as a math tutor in the Veterans' Gateway to College and Career Success program at the School of Continuing Studies. Ms.