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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2013
69
AFSA NEWS
CLAYTON BOND,
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
An alumnus of the Thomas R. Pickering Grad-
uate Foreign Afairs Fellowship, Clayton Bond
entered the Foreign Service on September 10,
2001. He is a mid-level o cer in the Bureau of
African Afairs. Besides two previous assign-
ments in Washington, D.C., Clayton has served in Colombia,
India, Singapore and Jakarta. He is the author of
Djakarta
Djournal: Adventures of a Diplomatic Spouse in Indonesia
, and
is working on a photographic exhibition of the beauty that still
exists in his hometown of Detroit. He is married to Ted Osius,
also a Foreign Service o cer.
EVERETT “ALEX” COPHER,
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Everett “Alex” Copher, an Information
Management Specialist, began his Foreign
Service connection in December 1979 as
a Marine Security Guard in Sri Lanka and
Colombia.  Following college, he joined the
Foreign Service in July 1989 and served in Accra, Asuncion,
Almaty, Bogota, Lilongwe, Kathmandu, Rangoon, Yerevan and
Georgetown, with TDY assignments in Freetown, Buenos Aires
and Bishkek. Alex currently serves in the Bureau of Informa-
tion Resource Management’s O ce of External Afairs as a
coordinator handling Department of Defense information and
communication technology issues. 
TODD CRAWFORD,
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Currently serving on the Benelux Desk, Todd
began his Foreign Service career with a con-
sular tour in Yemen. His interest in interna-
tional afairs stems from his curiosity about
the world and its people, an abiding faith that
we can always do better, and a deep-seated commitment to
endeavor to make it so. Todd is a co-founder of the Young Dip-
lomats Network, which fosters closer social and professional
ties in the diplomatic community among young diplomats,
and those who are young at heart, in Washington, D.C.
CHUCK FEE,
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Chuck Fee joined State in 2010, along with
his wife, FSO Heather Ward. Together they
are a Generalist-Specialist tandem couple.
He wants AFSA to become a more forthright
advocate for Entry Level Professionals, par-
ticularly on issues faced by new parents.
STEVE MORRISON,
FCS VICE PRESIDENT
A longtime Commercial Service o cer, Steve
Morrison served in Mexico, Spain, France and
Senegal. In addition to working with small and
medium-sized frms to enter foreign markets,
Steve has worked closely with U.S. frms to protect overseas
investment and advocate on their behalf. Steve has produced
and/or coordinated numerous Commercial Service market
entry products and services—most recently, 17 Gold Keys to
India as part of Maryland Governor O’Malley’s recent trade
mission there. Steve ran the Commercial Service’s Southern
California domestic o ce and has worked in the Baltimore
o ce. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon and
spent eight years in the O ce of the Secretary of Commerce.
Steve has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, master’s in public
policy from the University of Michigan and has completed
Ph.D. coursework at the Institute for Diplomatic and Strategic
Studies in Paris. He is married and has one child.
DAVID MERGEN,
FAS VICE PRESIDENT
David Mergen has been vice president for FAS
since 2011, when he returned to Washington
from an assignment as agricultural counselor
in Buenos Aires. His other overseas assign-
ments have included Colombia, Spain and
the U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. In
Washington he participated in the Uruguay Round WTO
negotiations and worked on monitoring and enforcing trade
agreements. He has a master’s degree in agricultural econom-
ics from the University of Missouri and grew up on a cattle and
grain farm in Missouri. 
LARRY COHEN,
RETIREE VICE PRESIDENT
Following a 27-year career, Larry retired from
the Foreign Service in 2007. His overseas
tours included Monterrey, Tegucigalpa, Chen-
nai, Budapest, Lagos and Brasilia, as well as
Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Bamiyan
and Herat, Afghanistan. In Washington, Larry served in the
bureaus of Economic and Business Afairs; Oceans, Inter-
national Environmental and Scientifc Afairs; and Human
Resources, as well as the o ce of the Coordinator for Assis-
tance to the New Independent States. Larry established a
business and training consultancy and is vice president of a
start-up. He has done When Actually Employed work.