The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 48

Janice Weiner
has joined AFSA’s advocacy
department as our new Professional Issues
and Policy Adviser. She comes to AFSA after a
26-year career at the State Department. As a
Foreign Service officer, Janice bookmarked her
overseas career in Germany: she began in East
Berlin when the Berlin Wall fell, and her final overseas assign-
ment was as consul general in Düsseldorf. In between, she
served two tours in Ankara and had postings in Warsaw, Brus-
sels, Toronto and Mexico City, as well as stints on the German
desk and in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. She won AFSA’s
Rivkin Award for constructive dissent in 1995 for her work as
human rights officer in Ankara. Originally from Iowa, Janice is
a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School.
She has two daughters and a varying number of dogs.
Debra Blome
is our new Associate Editor,
one of whose tasks will be editing AFSA News.
Debbie is an experienced magazine journalist,
writer and editor who also brings the Eligible
Family Member perspective to the
. She
has lived in Riyadh, Amman, Tunis, Kuwait and
Cairo. Debbie worked for a number of years as an editor for
the Open Source Center, and more recently as senior project
editor at the American University in Cairo Press. She has
also served in a variety of embassy positions, including as an
assistant Community Liaison Office coordinator. A University
of Michigan graduate, Debbie also holds an MSJ from North-
western University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Lindsey K. Botts
is the new Executive Assis-
tant and Office Manager at AFSA’s State
Department Labor Management office.
Lindsey is a Washington, D.C., native and
received his undergraduate degree in adver-
tising and marketing communications at the
Fashion Institute of Technology. While at FIT he interned at
several fashion magazines, including
Lindsey then pursued a master’s program in journalism at
Central Saint Martin’s University of the Arts in London. Dur-
ing his three years there, he traveled extensively throughout
New Staff Members
AFSA National High School
Essay Contest Winner
Nitisha Baronia
Dougherty Valley High School
San Ramon, California
Angelia Miranda
Kent, Washington
Coverage of Nitisha’s trip to
Washington, D.C., and her meeting with
Secretary Kerry will appear in a future
issue of AFSA News.
Two New Members Join
AFSA’s Governing Board
At its June 4 meeting, the AFSA Governing Board appointed
two candidates to fill existing vacancies. AFSA is very pleased
to welcome Ronnie Catipon and Ronita Macklin to the board.
Both are State Department representatives.
Ronnie Catipon
is a Diplomatic Security Agent with 17
years of Foreign Service experience. He has just finished
an assignment as the Senior Regional Security Officer at
Embassy The Hague. Previous assignments include Manila,
Tbilisi, Kyiv and two tours in Kabul. He also served on Secre-
tary Madeleine Albright’s security detail. Ronnie is married to
a former FSO, and also brings years of experience as an EFM
prior to joining the Foreign Service.
Ronita Macklin
is an Office Management Specialist who
joined the Foreign Service in 2006. She has served in Conakry
and Kabul as well as the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. She
is currently a Post Management Officer in the East Asian and
Pacific Affairs Bureau Executive Office. Ronita also served as
the AFSA post representative in Conakry, and worked in the
House of Representatives and on political campaigns before
entering the Foreign Service.
Ronnie and Ronita replace outgoing State Representatives
Michael D. Thomas and E. Alex Copher. AFSA thanks Michael
and Alex for their stalwart service on the Governing Board.
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