Captain Sedoria L. Outlaw accomplished extraordinary military and civilian careers simultaneously. In 2013-2014 she deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning to civilian life, her 21-year Army and Mental Health career paths merged, resulting in a promotion to Director of Education and Training at the Center for Veterans Issues.
An Army mantra, “Never leave a Fallen Comrade” shapes her strong values. As firstborn, desiring to establish a path of success, which her siblings can follow, she believes, “Success is turning challenges and barriers into stepping stones. True success is not evident when one reaches the mountain top alone, but when a path has been created allowing others to reach the top with you”
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1974, Sedoria’s family moved to Milwaukee in 1986. She attended Walt Whitman Elementary, Alexander Graham Bell Middle and Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School, and joined the Army Reserve, in 1993, immediately following high school graduation.
Beginning her Army career as a Bath and Laundry Specialist, Sedoria reclassified to Combat Medic in 1996 and to Operating Room Specialist in 1997. Promotions followed to Sergeant in1999, to Staff Sergeant and Squad Leader with responsibility for seven soldiers in 2001 (during mobilization to support Operation Iraqi Freedom) and to Platoon Sergeant in 2005 with responsibility for 25 soldiers.
A Non-Commissioned Officer, she attended and graduated with honors from two Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Courses in 2006 and 2007. In 2009, Captain Outlaw received a direct commission into the Officer Corps from President Barack Obama in 2009. More training led to positions as Battalion Operation and Intelligence Officer and to Human Resource Manager providing support to over 900 Soldiers and 10 Combat Support Units.
Captain Outlaw earned three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Accommodation Medals, two Army Forces Reserve Medals, nine Army Reserve Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, an Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon.
In her civilian career, she earned a BA in Clinical Psychology from Alverno College and gained acceptance into the National Psychological Honor Society in 1998. Her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology followed from Cardinal Stitch University in 2006. In between degrees, there were career opportunities: she moved, in 1998, to Washington DC, to join the Public Defender’s Office as an intern investigator and in 1999, she returned to Milwaukee to begin work with Wraparound Milwaukee as a Care Coordinator for children living with severe mental illness and emotional disturbances.
Sedoria, a skilled Mental Health Clinician, has extensive experience in professional counseling. Her clientele consists of underserved at-risk populations of adults and juveniles living with mental illness, adults living with HIV/AIDS and pregnant women living with alcohol and other drug abuse issues. She has worked in prisons, group homes, treatment facilities, and numerous community agencies. In 2010, she became Llead Worker for the Incarcerated Veterans Program. A promotion followed in 2012 to Supervisor and State Coordinator for the Incarcerated Veterans Program and also began assisting with the implementation of Milwaukee County’s first Veterans’ Court.
A mentor and Licensed Minister at Milwaukee’s Bethel Apostolic Church, Sedoria promotes spiritual health and wellness through education and community service by guiding youth and adults locally, nationally and internationally, including overseasin Africa, Honduras, and the Middle East. She says, “Excellence to me is summoned up through this Army motto ‘Never Accept Defeat.’ Barriers are eliminated with hard work, determination and education. Nothing beats a failure accept a try. God first in everything and excellence will follow.”