Andrea Plumley, Class of 1994


As an Air Force Brat, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to earn my Master’s Degree in Human Relations while oversees. I completed the 36 hour degree program at Ramstein AFB in 1994. Immediately after graduation I was hired by the Children’s Hospital of San Diego to help initiate the New Parent Support Program for the army at Baumholder, Germany. My degree afforded me the opportunity to provide in home counseling, group therapy, and a workshops on a variety of topics pertaining to unique challenges facing young military families. In 1996 I moved to Virginia Beach and my career evolved into working with people with more complex mental health issues. I became endorsed by the Commonwealth as a Positive Behavioral Support Facilitator, providing behavioral consultation services to individuals with complex mental health issues and their support teams and families. I began working for Support Services of Virginia, Inc., where along with my role as consultant, I have overseen operations of day and residential programs and the training department. I have had the opportunity to develop curriculum, train other professionals, and assist individuals with complex needs to live successfully in the community. In 2005, my business partner and I took over ownership of SSVA and we now proudly operate a multimillion dollar human services agency providing community based supports to over 200 individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. My career has taken unexpected turns, and is definitely not what I thought it would be when I graduation in 1994 – it has far surpassed my expectations! The MHR program afforded me flexibility of focus, diverse learning opportunities, and development of independence, creativity and confidence that allowed me to embrace unexpected opportunities to find my way to my life’s work. I am ever grateful to UO for offering the MHR program overseas.

Andrea Plumley, MHR

Class of 1994 – Ramstein, Germany