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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JULY-AUGUST 2013
51
AFSA NEWS
RETIREE VP VOICE | BY MEG GILROY
Views and opinions expressed in this column
are solely those of the AFSA Retiree VP.
To be perfectly honest, when
I retired at the end of 2009,
service on the AFSA Govern-
ing Board was not among the
top 10 things to be accom-
plished in the coming years.
Refecting on my tenure, frst
as an appointed, and later
as an elected member of the
Governing Board, I realize
how rich and rewarding—and
frustrating—the past three
years have been.
It has been an honor to
work with my Foreign Service
colleagues on the board, the
Professionalism and Ethics
Committee, and AFSA’s pro-
fessional staf. I have learned
a great deal about how
helpful AFSA can be when
a retiree or grieving spouse
of a retiree needs help with
navigating the department’s
RNet or recorded telephone
menus.
While I did not have the
opportunity to travel during
my tenure as retiree VP, I did
get to know many retired
AFSA members virtually—
particularly those who ofer
their time and consider-
able energies to organiz-
ing regional foreign afairs
groups and promoting the
Foreign Service far outside
the Beltway.
My moments of frustra-
tion have come from an
overwhelming sense of “déjà
vu all over again.” Reading
the farewell columns of my
distinguished predecessors,
Bob Houdek and Bill Farrand
(and, I suspect, the distin-
guished predecessors of
those fne gentlemen), I see
we have been addressing the
same issues over and over
for the past few years.
Part of this is due to
human nature: we each hear
what we want to hear; we
believe that people will act
in certain ways; and fnd
it hard to believe or even
accept when they say or do
something that we did not
expect.
n
Results of AFSA’s 2013-2015
Governing Board Election
Déjà Vu All Over Again
The AFSA Committee on Elections is pleased to announce
the results of the 2013-2015 AFSA Governing Board
election.
Board Ofcer Positions
President:
Robert Silverman
Treasurer
: Charles A. Ford
Secretary
: Robert F. Ritchie
Retiree Vice President
: Lawrence Cohen
State Vice President:
Matthew Asada
USAID Vice President
: Sharon Wayne
FCS Vice President
: Steve Morrison
FAS Vice President
: David Mergen
Board Constituency Representatives
Retiree Representatives:
Marshall Adair, Tex Harris, David
Greenlee, Edward Marks
State Representatives
: Clayton Bond, Everett “Alex”
Copher, Todd Crawford, Chuck Fee, Ken Kero-Mentz, Elise
Mellinger, Nancy Rios-Brooks, Sue Saarnio, Michael D.
Thomas, Lillian Wahl-Tuco, David Zwach
USAID Representatives
:
Jason Singer, Second Rep to be determined
 
FCS Representative:
Barbara Lapini
FAS Representative:
Rachel Nelson
IBB Representative:
Andre de Nesnera
APHIS Representative:
No eligible write-ins. The
new Governing Board will appoint an eligible APHIS
Representative. 
Congratulations to all those who were elected, and to those
who demonstrated their dedication to AFSA by declaring as
candidates.
n
Full Coverage of AFSA’s
Dissent and Performance
Awards Will Appear in the
September Issue of
The Foreign Service
Journal