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JANUARY 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
On Dec. 4, the Associates of
the American Foreign Service
Worldwide honored six FS
volunteers with the 2012
Secretary of State Award for
Outstanding Volunteerism
Abroad at a ceremony at the
State Department. They are:
Bureau of African
Affairs: Karl P. Deringer,
Kigali
Within days of his arrival
at post, Karl Deringer, an
Eligible Family Member, was
inspired by the community in
the nearby village of Bwiza.
He worked tirelessly to help
the villagers—a socially
marginalized ethnic group
who are descendants of Pyg-
mies—become food secure
by developing income-gener-
ating skills. Karl helped them
to establish water collection
systems and agricultural
terraces while teaching new
crop planting techniques,
raising rabbits and frst-aid.
Bureau of East Asian
and Pacific Affairs:
Cassandra D. Brenn,
Hanoi
In response to growing
demand among Vietnamese
students for opportunities
to learn English, Cassandra
Brenn, an EFM, donated her
time to organize and lead a
regular series of “Conversa-
tion Hours” at the American
Center in Hanoi. She created
a weekly “Culture Connection
Series” covering American
culture, government, politics
Secretary of State Awards Recognize Overseas Volunteers
BY GABR I ELLE HAMPSON, FAMI LY L I A I SON OFF ICE COMMUNICAT IONS & OUTREACH OFF ICER
and history. and contrib-
uted articles on Vietnamese
culture for the post newslet-
ter. Her volunteer eforts
furthered cultural exchanges
and strengthened relations
between the two countries.
Bureau of European
and Eurasian Affairs:
Elizabeth Joy Shaffer,
Skopje
Elizabeth Shafer, an EFM,
used her professional skills
as an occupational therapist
to raise awareness of autism
spectrum disorders by pro-
viding resources and tools to
aid Macedonian children. She
designed a public awareness
campaign on the impor-
tance of early detection and
intervention, organized the
country’s frst autism aware-
ness symposium, worked to
build the resources of local
organizations and helped
several schools and private
centers acquire specialized
sensory motor equipment.
Bureau of Near Eastern
Affairs: Jan Cote-
Cartwright, Tel Aviv
Shortly after arriving
at post, Information
Management Specialist Jan
Cote-Cartwright sought out
volunteer opportunities. She
served as the embassy’s
Federal Women’s Program
Coordinator and volunteered
to assist the Trafcking
in Persons portfolio. To
raise awareness of the
TIP shelters, she collected
donations of much-needed
household items and
established and equippped
sewing centers in three of
the shelters to provide an
income-generating skill to
the residents. Her eforts
inspired others to get
involved.
Bureau of South and
Central Asian Affairs:
Charles E. Wright, New
Delhi
As Regional Medical
Ofcer, Dr. Wright combined
his professional skills and
personal engagement style
by dedicating his free time
to beneft the urban poor in
New Delhi. He established a
medical clinic for patients in
need; created a community
health program to eradicate
anemia in schoolchildren and
lobbied national authorities
and organizations to address
malnutrition; formed a group
of doctors to teach trauma
care; and mentored the
high school medical club,
SCRUBS.
Bureau of Western
Hemisphere Affairs:
Amy L. Zimmerman,
Brasilia
Amy Zimmerman, an EFM,
brought nourishment and
education to disadvantaged
children in Greater Brasilia
through her program Project
T.E.A.C.H,, which translates
into bringing education,
nourishment and hope. She
Left to Right: Dr. Charles E. Wright, New Delhi; Tom Gallagher, retired FSO, winner of the 2012 Eleanor Dodson
Tragen Award; Jan Cote-Cartwright, Tel Aviv; Elizabeth Joy Shafer, Skopje; Deputy Secretary of State William J.
Burns; Cassandra D. Brenn, Hanoi; Amy Zimmerman, Brasilia; Karl P. Deringer, Kigali; and Debbi Miller, AAFSW
volunteer and winner of the 2012 Lesley Dorman Award.