Governing Board


The AFSA Governing Board is elected by the membership every two years and is composed of representatives from each AFSA constituency. The entire membership elects three officers - President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Each constituency then casts votes for its agency or retiree Vice President and representative positions. Currently, the board has 29 members - in addition to the three officers, there are five Vice Presidents (State, USAID, FAS, FCS, and retiree), eleven State representatives, two USAID representatives, one representative each for FAS, FCS, BBG and APHIS, and four retiree representatives. Click here for more information about AFSA elections. The board's constitution is governed by the AFSA bylaws. Over the last twenty years the AFSA board has grown from 21 to 29 members; a recent bylaw amendment will reduce the board's size to 19 as of the 2017-2019 term. It has been the policy of AFSA boards to seek to be as diverse and representative as possible.

The basic responsibilities of a governing board are to set the mission and purpose of the organization, ensure effective planning, select/support and evaluate the chief executive, monitor and strengthen programs and services, ensure adequate financial resources, protect assets and provide financial oversight, build a competent board, ensure legal and ethical integrity and to enhance the organization's public standing. AFSA Governing Board position descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Board represents the entire AFSA membership and encourages comments and suggestions from people in the field. If you are a member of AFSA, we hope you will also consider serving on a future AFSA Governing Board, working on behalf of your colleagues for a two-year term.

President Hon. Barbara Stephenson  (biography)
Secretary William Haugh  (biography)
Treasurer Hon. Charles A. Ford  (biography)
State Vice President Angie Bryan  (biography)
USAID Vice President Sharon Wayne  (biography)
FCS Vice President Steve Morrison  (biography)
FAS Vice President Mark Petry  (biography)
Retiree Vice President Hon. Tom Boyatt  (biography)
State Representatives Lawrence Casselle  (biography)
Susan Danewitz  (biography) [appointed 1/6/16]
John Dinkelman  (biography)
Jason Donovan  (biography) [appointed 4/6/16]
Ramon Escobar  (biography) [appointed 1/6/16]
Eric Geelan  (biography)
Josh Glazeroff  (biography)
Peter Neisuler  (biography)
Erin O'Connor
Leah Pease  (biography)
Tricia Wingerter  (biography)
USAID Representatives Jeffrey Cochrane  (biography)
Lorraine Sherman  (biography)
FCS Representative Youqing Ma (biography) [appointed 9/28/15]
FAS Representative Corey Pickelsimer
BBG Representative VACANT
APHIS Representative Mark C. Prescott  (biography)
Retiree Representatives Hon. Patricia Butenis (biography)
Dean J. Haas  (biography)
Hon. Al La Porta  (biography)
Hon. John Limbert  (biography)

What Are the Duties of Governing Board Members?