RACHEL CASTELLON PHD, SPHRSenior Consultant, NewPoint Strategies LLC
Rachel Castellon is a Senior Consultant at NewPoint Strategies and is a subject matter expert (SME) on sexual harassment in the military. She is committed to the eradication of sexual harassment and is a dedicated and passionate consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach. Rachel recently completed a successful active duty US Air Force career that ranged from overseas duties in Italy, Republic of Korea, and deployment to the Middle East, as well as a number of stateside assignments, culminating at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
Rachel enlisted the first seven years of her Air Force (AF) career then was selected for a commissioning program. She earned her second lieutenant bars and became a human resources officer for the remaining 14 years. The final six years of her career were focused on Equal Opportunity (EO), Diversity, and Human Relations. As a result, she was instrumental in a number of AF-level initiatives. Highly regarded as a sage visionary, she was the number one choice to help draft and finalize historic AF EO documents and guidance, such as the AF EO Strategic Plan, the EO AF Instruction, and the career field education and training plan. Proving her mettle on these critical documents, she handled a variety of sensitive tasks to include co-author on a courses of action package to the AF Vice Chief of Staff to gain approval in creating a training requirement for joint based civilians who were EEO personnel converting to AF positions. Rachel also served as the Air Force Service Liaison while at DEOMI. She was a natural choice to serve as lead of the Joint Complaint Processing working group, meticulously researching similarities and differences among the services and components as a stepping stone to devising innovative proposals for an evolving Joint Base and service-integrated deployment environment.
She was entrusted as DEOMI’s SME for the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s comprehensive study on sexual harassment in the military. She also served as SME for HQ AF EO Office’s sexual harassment in the military briefing to a congressman; and representative to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s during their Service specific portion of the comprehensive study on sexual harassment in the military.
Rachel was instrumental in the coordination and execution of the first AF EO World-wide Training Workshop. She maintained direct oversight over logistics, resources, technologies, briefings, and the results were nothing short of phenomenal. A training needs analysis was conducted to identify training gaps and isolate areas for standardization and the agenda was built upon the community’s clear message of the training needed. Over 185 AF EO professionals were in attendance; the results of the participant surveys were very positive with 97% stating the training was right on target.
She was the first military member of the AF-level Barrier Analysis Working Group, investigating ways to overcome obstacles towards providing a diverse civilian AF workforce. She served as a board member for the 2010 A1 Community Awards Affirmative Employment Program and Special Emphasis Program category. She has been recognized with several awards to include Field Grade Officer of the Year (DEOMI 2010); the Col L. Joseph Brown EO Program Team Award at the Air Force level in 2008; the DEOMI Annual Team Award in 2008; the Outstanding USAF Military Equal Opportunity Individual Award for Air Force Space Command in 2007; and the USAF Military Equal Opportunity Office Award for Air Force Space Command in 2007.
Rachel is a life-long learner and has earned her associates, bachelors, masters and PhD degrees. Her PhD dissertation study focused on sexual harassment experiences and tolerance levels, analyzing the similarities and differences among and between male and female active duty Equal Opportunity Advisors. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She enjoys family, friends, and staying physically fit while volunteering for organizations within her community.