A retired Naval Officer, Dr. Sarah Rogers holds several advanced degrees from military and civilian colleges and universities. She began uniformed service by deploying to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze, spending two Southern Hemisphere summers on “the Ice”. Over a 20-year career, she served as a division officer and department head, working in logistics, computers and telecommunications, funds management, administration, civil emergency planning, and international negotiations. She was a director on two task forces for the US Secretary of Defense, Dr. William Perry, was the first US woman officer to sit at the NATO Military Committee table during the deployment of American forces to Bosnia, and was 1 of 12 officers assigned to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in 1994. She completed her commissioned service as the National Ombudsman and Director of the Mediation Program for the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the US Department of Labor.
After retirement from Naval service, she founded Kros-Wise, Inc., a small business solutions firm supporting Navy program offices in San Diego. She later sold the company to the employees when asked by Navy leadership to join Federal Civil Service at the Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego.
Dr. Rogers is an Emeritus National Board Director for the Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA), representing 380,000 active, reserve, and retired US service members nationwide. She was appointed to the Veterans Development Committee, Small Business Administration to support Veteran-owned small business growth. She maintains ties with MOAA and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Committee to assist with Veterans employment topics.
In March 2018, she retired as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and Program Director for the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act at Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). She was responsible to initiate and maintain certification for more than 6,700 civilian and military Acquisition Workforce members of SPAWAR. Starting with a $700K budget, within 10 months she justified and managed an annual training budget of $6M per annum, covering 5 primary locations.
She resides in San Diego County with her husband, dividing their time between the city and Borrego Springs.