Staff Sergeant Takes Lead

Photo of Rachelle ReomeThe Office of the Registrar (REGS) recently completed a reorganization of the records department. The changes resulted in the hire of a lead records coordinator, Rachelle Reome.

While not a Chico State alumna, Reome was born and raised in Paradise, and was part of the University Connection program at Paradise High School. Her first semester as a high school senior in fall 2001 was spent at Chico State.

After the events of 9/11, Reome wanted to contribute to something bigger. After graduating from high school in 2002, she enlisted in the US Air Force’s Delayed Entry Program (DEP). Since she was only 17, her parents had to sign a waiver allowing her entry into the military. She turned out to be the youngest person in her squadron.

Reome’s first day of Basic Training was the one-year anniversary of 9/11. The day she graduated from basic training was her 18th birthday. She went on to complete eight years of active duty service—two tours overseas, one in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and the second supporting Operation Enduring Freedom— and was stationed in the states at both Nellis Air Force Base and Beale Air Force Base.

In July 2010, Reome was was honorably discharged holding the rank of an E-5, or staff sergeant. Her decision to leave the service was not an easy one. However, deployments were getting longer and more frequent and it was time to put her family before her career. It was time to start over as a civilian.

Photo of Reome in uniformDuring her time in the military, Reome worked a variety of jobs, but almost six of the eight years she was enlisted were spent working in fitness centers on the bases. Her roles included supervisor, intramural sports director, special events coordinator, and overseeing the physical therapy program for her squadron and other base personnel.

Reome was also actively involved in a number of programs while in the military: she participated in Airman Against Drunk Driving, was president of the base Airman’s Council, and both treasurer and secretary for her squadron council. She also volunteered during her off-time for various organizations and activities ran through the bases, including Habitat for Humanity, the local Special Olympics chapter, and many other community events.

While Reome’s patriotism was what initially pulled her toward the military, she was very interested in attending college as a first generation college student. Using her GI Bill benefits, she chose to take courses online so she could continue working. This also allowed her to be at home with her two young children.

Her degree initially was geared toward intelligence analysis as she planned to cross-train for the intelligence career field in the military. Her focus shifted after she left the military. Instead, she wanted to work with women, girls, and teens who had suffered trauma, abuse, or struggled with mental illness. While her career has gone in a different direction, she continues to work in that capacity within her church and as a volunteer within the community. She hopes to become an advocate for those who suffer from mental illness and wants to raise awareness through education in order to fight the stigma attached to mental illness so people are more willing to seek help when it is needed.

Reome graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in restaurant, hotel, and fitness management. She went on to graduate from the American Military University with an Associate of Arts degree in general studies with a concentration in counterterrorism fundamentals in 2010, and a Bachelor of Arts in child and family development in January of 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree from the American Military University in management with an emphasis in organizational leadership. She is scheduled to graduate in August 2017.

After leaving the military, Reome took time to find her footing before deciding what she wanted to be when she “grew up.” Music is one of her passions, and she has been singing since she was 7 years old. Reome moved from Northern California to Los Angeles to accept an internship with an independent music producer to try her hand in the entertainment industry. She was even able to create her own music.

Photo of Reome with her boysWhile she was afforded many amazing opportunities during that time, she realized it was not the life she wanted for her family. She is a single mom to two boys: Braedon is nine years old and Ethan is seven. A job search landed the family in Denver, Colorado, where Reome worked for Veterans Affairs and a ministry from 2011 until 2013. At that time, she decided it was time to move back to California to be closer to family.

When the family returned to California, Reome was hired by a non-profit organization to work with at-risk-youth until she accepted the records lead position in August 2015. While her career plans are not set in stone, she hopes to stay at Chico State and take advantage of promotional opportunities. Education is important to her for several reasons, but mainly because of her desire to contribute to the bettering of society through education.

In her spare time (which isn’t much), Reome hangs out with her boys playing and watching sports. Whether it is coaching their soccer teams, being the team mom, or sitting and watching a game or event together, sports is a favorite family pastime. Reome’s boys tend to favor football, basketball, and different motor sports.

She hopes to add to her family in the near future through adoption and credits a missions trip to an orphanage in Mexico when she was 16, as well as her work in a group home with young girls awaiting placement, as the seed that planted the desire to adopt.

Photos of Reome and her boysFeeding her other passions, Reome is a youth leader at her church, and is teaching herself to play guitar. She loves concerts and live music and appreciates all genres. She loves to read and jokes that she has more books than anything else. She also writes and plans to write a book someday; on what, she doesn’t quite know, but she knows there’s one in her.

Being physically healthy is also important to her so she likes to work out and be in the outdoors as much as possible, camping, hiking, swimming, boating, and participating in events such as the Tough Mudder and other 5k races. Drop by the records office and find out about her next “event.” She may recruit you to join her.