Over 30 years ago, Dr. Wettlaufer enlisted the U.S. Army. In 2005, she earned a commission as an officer with the U.S. Coast Guard and served as the first commissioned female patrol commander of a Maritime Force Protection Unit. Following her retirement, she dedicated herself to lifelong passions of teaching & traveling. Her faculty position with UMUC is her way to serve the military and stay close to the culture and people she loves. She understands the constant battle to balance military mission, family, and education. She holds a Ph.D. in applied management and decision science with a specialization in adult education and knowledge and learning management from Walden University, and MFA in film, theatre and communication arts from the University of New Orleans, an MA organizational leadership from Chapman University and a BS in liberal arts from Excelsior College Dr. Wettlaufer earned all of her degrees while serving. Before coming to Okinawa, Wettlaufer taught in Italy, England, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. In 2016, Wettlaufer earned distinction as a Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award winner. This is her fifth year with UMUC-Europe. Dr. Wettlaufer teaches and travels the world with Jasper, her a faithful Labrador. She is an avid backpacker with an untiring wanderlust. In 2018, she published a travelogue about her trek across Spain.