AFSA Committees

AFSA Committee Membership

AFSA relies on a number of active duty and retired members to participate in the work of the various committees that allow some of the organization's inner workings to proceed in a smooth and orderly fashion. We are grateful to these individuals for their willingness to donate their time and expertise. We encourage anyone with an interest in serving on a committee to be on the lookout for periodic vacancy updates.

AFSA Standing Committees

Awards and Plaques Committee

Oversees the AFSA memorial plaques and recommends names to be added to them. In cooperation with the AFSA governing board, members also recommend the winners of AFSA's awards for constructive dissent, exemplary performance, Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy, and the Sinclaire Language Awards.

Members:

  • Hon. John W. Limbert (chair)
  • Marietta 'Mary Lou' Bartoletti
  • Janice Bay
  • Adam Center
  • Eva Groening
  • Daniel Martinez
  • Hon. Edward Marks (AFSA Governing Board liaison)
  • Patricia Norland
  • Hon. Edward L. Peck
  • Robert J. Silverman (ex officio)

Finance, Audit and Management Committee

Works with the AFSA governing board to oversee the organization's budget process and the annual audit.

Members:

  • Hon. Charles A. Ford (chair)
  • Matthew K. Asada
  • Sharon Wayne
  • Steve Morrison
  • David Mergen
  • Lawrence Cohen
  • Chuck Fee
  • Robert J. Silverman (ex officio)
  • Ian Houston (ex officio)

Scholarship Committee

Oversees the selection and awarding of AFSA's financial aid and merits scholarships; also has stewardship over the AFSA Scholarship Fund.

Members:

  • Hon. Lange Schermerhorn (chair)
  • Lora Berg (State rep)
  • Karen Brown (DACOR liaison)
  • Bill Kutson (FCS rep)
  • Maureen O'Neill (State rep)
  • Mark Petry (FAS rep)
  • S. Katherine Farnsworth (USAID rep)
  • Chanda Berk (FAS rep)
  • Lawrence Cohen (AFSA Governing Board liaison)
  • Robert J. Silverman (ex officio)

The Foreign Service Journal Editorial Board

Works with the Journal staff and AFSA governing board to draw up the Journal's editorial calendar and selects works for publication from among those submitted for each issue.

Members:

  • Jim DeHart (chair)
  • Hon. Gordon S. Brown
  • Stephen W. Buck
  • Ruth Hall
  • Maria C. Livingston
  • Richard McKee
  • Beth Payne
  • John G. Rendeiro Jr.
  • Duncan Walker
  • Tracy Whittington
  • Clayton Bond (AFSA Governing Board liaison)
  • Robert J. Silverman (ex officio)

Elections Committee

Oversees the biannual AFSA election process and works with AFSA staff to ensure the integrity of the election and its results.

Members:

  • Hon. Robert "Bill" Farrand (chair)
  • Richard Thompson
  • Denise Jobin Welch
  • Michael Conlon
  • Todd Thurwachter
  • Ian Houston (AFSA staff)
  • Sharon Papp (AFSA staff)
  • Janet Hedrick (AFSA staff)

Professionalism and Ethics Committee

Charged with increasing professionalism within the Foreign Service and creating a code of ethics for Foreign Service employees. Click here to learn more about AFSA's Professionalism & Ethics Initiative.

Members:

  • Hon. Charles Ray (chair)
  • David Brownstein
  • Tanya Cole
  • Robert Dry
  • Eva Groening
  • Susan R. Johnson
  • Michael Ross
  • David Zwach
  • Angela Dickey (AFSA Governing Board liaison)
  • Robert J. Silverman (ex officio)

Governance Committee

Monitors governance and recommends standard operating procedures and practices. Consists of current Governing Board members and agency vice presidents.

Members:

  • Angela Dickey (chair)
  • Ken Kero-Mentz
  • Amb. Charles Ford
  • F. Allen 'Tex' Harris
  • Ian Houston (AFSA staff)
  • Sharon Papp (AFSA staff)
  • Patrick Bradley (AFSA staff)
  • Robert J. Silverman (ex officio)

AFSA-PAC Advisory Committee