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EFMP adds special education specialist to Central Cell

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  • By Traci Howells
  • Air Force's Personnel Center

The Exceptional Family Member Program continues expanding its team of resources at the EFMP Central Cell here and now includes a special education specialist as part of continuing efforts to support families.

Bringing a broad range of military experience, which she says has prepared her well for the role, Marcine Woodley recently joined the EFMP Central Cell as a special education specialist. In this role, Woodley will assist families navigating the education system.

“I am an Army brat, veteran, spouse and family member, a Department of Defense civilian and teacher, and my son was an EFMP beneficiary,” she said. “I have worked at every level, always on the family side of the house or with youth programs.”

Woodley brings more than 20 years of experience as a special education teacher and 30 total years working with the military, along with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in special education.

“My mission is to help families build a tool box of resources so they can become active advocates for their children in special education,” she said.

The EFMP Central Cell has grown over the past few months adding additional resources to help provide better access for families enrolled in the program.

“We are deliberately building up the central cell with a team of experts from all of the areas EFMP touches,” said Tammy Hern, chief of the Exceptional Assignment Programs division. “The special education role is so important because it will help bridge gaps, define roles, and give families a point of contact they if they have a need that cannot be addressed at the local level.”

Woodley explained though not every special education issue will advance directly to her level, her objective is to ensure families and specialists in the EFMP community have a strong support network, which includes school liaison officers (SLO) and Family Support Coordinators (FSC).

Woodley said she is working on several training sessions to help equip families with the resources they need to navigate the special education process. Virtual training courses will be provided in coordination with the SLOs and FSCs.

“We are brainstorming quite a few ideas and I am excited to help support our Airmen and Guardians and their families,” she said. “Moving forward we’ll be working more collaboratively to ensure a smoother experience for EFMP families.”

There are many routes to connect with the EFMP Central Cell and the special education specialist. EFMP families can find more information through their local FSC and these resources:

Emailing the EFMP Central Cell –

The DAF Family Vector Website –

Contacting the Total Force Service Center – (800) 525-0102; (210) 565-0102 (option 7)

Direct messaging through the DAF EFMP Facebook page –


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