Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

The Reverend (Doctor) Cynthia Ramirez Lindenmeyer - La Vista, Nebraska

The Reverend (Doctor) Cynthia Ramirez Lindenmeyer- La Vista, Nebraska

The Reverend (Doctor) Cynthia Ramirez Lindenmeyer is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). She currently serves as the chaplain for the American Public University System (APUS), the number one provider of higher education to the U.S. military, and parent institution to the American Public University (APU) and the American Military University (AMU). As an adjunct instructor in Ethics and Comparative Religions, Dr. Lindenmeyer is the course director for both the Military Ethics and Islam courses.

Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1990, Cynthia was commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer in the United States Army. She served in various command and staff positions from platoon leader to company command, including operations officer and West Point minority admissions officer. Chaplain Lindenmeyer’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge.

A graduate of Duke Divinity School and Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Chaplain Officer Basic Course (CHOBC), Cynthia served as a military and then civilian chaplain at USMA from 2000-2007. She earned a Pastoral Care and Counseling certificate from the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center in New York City then earned her Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min) from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her thesis focused on the social online dynamics of soldiers deployed while supporting the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

Cynthia has assisted as an online crisis counselor for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), a pastoral consultant to local churches in crisis and as a pastoral counselor to members of churches in crisis. Licensed by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), her passions include ministry through teaching Spinning, Zumba, Piloxing and Silver Sneakers. She is married to an active duty U.S. Army officer and they are raising two kids active in sports.