THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
welcomed new USAID Representative Ann Posner.
The Governing Board approved the
consent agenda items, which were: (1) the Nov. 2 Govern-
ing Board meeting minutes; (2) Jenna Bucha’s andWilliam
Hansen’s resignations from the Committee on Elections;
and (3) Mary Ellen (Meg) Gilroy’s resignation as Chair of the
Committee on Elections.
State Vice President Angie Bryan gave a
presentation on “Unconscious Bias in the Foreign Service.”
The Awards and Plaques Committee provided
the board with their recommendation for the recipient of the
2017 Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy award.
The committee’s recommendations were accepted, and the
selected recipient will be announced in a future issue of
Foreign Service Journal
Amb. Barbara Stephenson proposed
that a notice be sent to AFSAmembers soliciting volunteers
to fill the vacancies on the Committee on Elections.With no
objection, the proposal was approved.
AFSAGoverning Board Meeting, January 4, 2017
AFSAGoverning Board Meeting, December 7, 2016
The Governing Board approved the con-
sent agenda items, which were: (1) approval of the
Dec. 7 Governing Board meeting minutes.
Committee on Elections:
Committee member Mort
Dworken gave the report of the committee, which included
guidelines on the AFSA election.
State Representative Keith Hanigan moved that the
Governing Board ask the Committee on Elections to seek
to increase participation of the membership in the upcom-
ing election. The motion passed unanimously.
FCS Representative Suzanne Platt moved that the
Governing Board ask the Committee on Elections to seek to
increase awareness of and participation in the nomination
process. The motion passed unanimously.
The Committee on Elections, in a memo to the Govern-
ing Board, recommended that Francis Hall, David McFar-
land, Peter Molberg, Curtis Whittaker, Susan Wong and Lee
Brayman be appointed as members. With no objection, the
board accepted the recommendations.
Retiree Representative Ambassador Al La Porta moved
that Mort Dworken be appointed as (Acting) Chair of the
Committee on Elections. The motion was approved unani-
On behalf of the Executive Com-
mittee, AFSA Treasurer Ambassador Charles Ford moved
that the Governing Board position descriptions be
amended to show that the president is the chief executive
officer of AFSA and has responsibility for supervising the
executive director. The motion passed unanimously.
Retiree Vice President Ambassador Thomas Boyatt
moved, on behalf of the Executive Committee, that the
president’s position description be amended to include the
following: “Chief Executive Officer—the President directly
supervises the following AFSA staff members: the Execu-
tive Director, the Director of Communications, the Director
of Professional Policy Issues, and the Special Assistant to
the President. This includes setting and adjusting work
requirements, monitoring progress and writing employee
reviews. The President may interview staff and Governing
Board members as necessary to prepare a comprehensive
review of the Executive Director. The President will submit
the aforementioned staff members’ work requirement
statements to the Governing Board or a committee desig-
nated by the board twice annually for review and approval.”
The motion was approved unanimously.
Amb. Thomas Boyatt, on behalf of the Executive
Committee, moved that the Governing Board adopt the
proposed position descriptions for President, Secretary,
Treasurer, Constituency and Retiree Vice Presidents withimmediate effect and for immediate posting on the AFSA website. The motion was approved unanimously.
USAID Representative Lorraine Sher-
man moved to appoint Ann Posner to the Awards Commit-
tee. The motion was approved unanimously.