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JUNE 2016




AFSAWelcomes New Staff

Ken Fanelli

joins AFSA

as the new


specialist. He

brings extensive

experience in publishing, mar-

keting and copywriting, most

recently with the National

Active and Retired Federal

Employees Association.

Originally from Philadel-

phia, Ken has a master’s

degree in non-profit manage-

ment from Eastern University

in St. David’s, Pennsylvania.

A former intern for Senator

Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.), who

was chairman of the Senate

Foreign Relations Committee

from 1987 to 1995, he is an

avid reader of nonfiction and

biography with a strong inter-

est in diplomatic history. Ken

has three children, is active in

the Episcopal Church and is

an accomplished photogra-

pher. He lives inWest Virginia

with his wife and two cats.




AFSA’s new out-

reach coordina-

tor, a position

which focuses

on strategic partnerships and

targeted outreach.

Catherine has a Ph.D. in

experimental psychology

from the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill and

brings extensive experience in

editing, teaching and program

management. Raised in a

Foreign Service family and

married to a career Foreign

Service officer, Catherine

has lived in a great variety of

places, from Italy to Turkey,

South Korea and Venezuela.

She and her husband were

posted in Ghana, Germany

and Uganda, and they have

just returned from Sudan, his

last posting before retire-

ment. Catherine enjoys tennis,

yoga, cooking and, of course,


Gemma Dvorak

joins AFSA

as associate

editor for


Foreign Service



sible for AFSANews. Gemma

brings seven years of locally

employed staff experience,

joining us from Embassy

London. A consular specialist,

she fielded enquiries from the

public on consular matters,

maintained the embassy’s

consular webpages and

pioneered the consular social

media efforts. Earlier she

spent two years as a constitu-

ency/legislative aide for Sir

Simon Hughes, a Member of

the U.K. Parliament.

A native of Great Britain,

Gemma has a bachelor’s

degree in history and politics

from the University of East

Anglia. She is married to a

Diplomatic Security special

agent currently stationed in

theWashington Field Office.

They live in Fairfax, Virginia.

Jennie Orloff


the new execu-

tive assistant to

AFSA President


Barbara Ste-

phenson and Executive Direc-

tor Ian Houston. A Foreign

Service spouse, she previously

served in the Bureau of East

Asian and Pacific Affairs at the

Department of State and as

community liaison officer at

Embassy Cotonou.

Before moving overseas,

she worked in the Office of

Data and Accountability at

D.C. Public Schools and at

Russell Reynolds Associates,

where she recruited execu-

tives to nongovernmental

organizations and health care

organizations. She began her

career as a paralegal at the

Department of Justice. Jennie

holds a B.A. in government/

law and French from Lafayette

College and an M.A. in educa-

tion fromGeorgeWashington



2016 Summer Interns Arrive at AFSA

AFSA is happy to welcome

our new interns.

• Advocacy:

Two interns

will join the advocacy depart-

ment this summer. Miami,

Florida, native Orianne

Gonzalez is an interna-

tional relations senior at the

University of Central Florida;

and Vanessa Sorrentino is a

sophomore at Georgetown

University’s School of Foreign

Service. Her hometown is

Brooklyn, New York.


Eunice Ajayi is

an English major at Rutgers

University, where she also

minors in political science

and Korean. Her hometown is

Severn, Maryland.

• Communications:


tin Vasev, a native of Bulgaria,

joins us fromYale-NUS Col-

lege in Singapore, where he is

a student majoring in philoso-

phy, politics and economics.

• Executive Office:


Godfrey studies international

relations and mathematics at

the University of St. Andrews,

where she is a sophomore.

Alyssa hails from Poway,


As we went to print, our

Labor Management and

Advertising interns had yet to

be selected.

We thank departing interns

John Balle, Briar Blount,

Koen Valks, Jessie Shin, Blake

Ladenburg, Allison Bailey,

Kathryn McGirk and Marcy

O’Halloran for their great

work this past spring and

wish them the best.