The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 67

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2014
67
AFSA NEWS
New Members Join AFSA’s Governing Board
Over the summer, new mem-
bers joined the AFSA Govern-
ing Board as other members
rotated off to new assign-
ments. AFSA is very pleased
to welcome Ronnie Catipon,
Homeyra Mokhtarzada and
Neeru Lal.
Ronnie Catipon
joined
the Foreign Service in July
1997 as a Diplomatic Security
Special Agent. He is currently
the regional director for
Afghanistan and Iraq in the
DS Directorate of High Threat
Posts.
Previous assignments
with DS include The Hague,
Kabul (two tours), Kyiv,
Tbilisi, Manila and the Sec-
retary’s Protective Detail;
his first assignment with
the Foreign Service was to
Almaty as an eligible family
member.
Catipon is a recipient of
State’s Heroism Award and
a number of Superior and
Meritorious Honor Awards,
and he holds degrees from
The Ohio State University,
The George Washington
University and the U.S. Army
War College. He is married
to a former FSO, and they
are the proud parents of four
children.
Homeyra Mokhtarzada
joined the Department of
State in August 2010. Her
first assignment was on
the Turkey Desk, where she
earned a Superior Honor
Award. Following a two-year
consular tour in Bogota, she
returned to Washington to
join the Bureau of Population,
Refugees and Migration’s
Office of Multilateral Coordi-
nation.
Prior to joining the Foreign
Service, Mokhtarzada worked
for CNN for six years and,
from 2002, for the Inter-
national Foundation for
Electoral Systems. There she
managed programming for
Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt and
Yemen.
She received her bach-
elor’s and master’s degrees
the University of Maryland,
College Park, and also
completed a fellowship at
Georgetown University.
Neeru Lal
is a career
Foreign Service Information
Technology Officer, who has
served in Ouagadougou,
New Delhi, Tri-Mission Brus-
sels and Tri-Mission Rome.
She is currently serving in
the Bureau of Information
Resources, Public Affairs and
Communications Office.
Lal recently graduated
from IRM’s Executive Devel-
opment Program, a year of
Call for 2015 AFSA Award Nominees
Do you know someone who has worked constructively within
the system to change policy? Has someone in your com-
munity made an extra effort in service or volunteerism or
shown exemplary performance? Have you? Recognize these
achievements with a nomination for an AFSA award!
Nominations for the 2015 AFSA awards will be accepted
at any time through Feb. 28, 2015. Anyone may submit a
nomination for a colleague or even for oneself.
Please visit the AFSA website to read more about the
award categories (
). Details on
how to submit nominations differ for each award and are
listed within each category.
The awards are administered by Perri Green, the coordi-
nator for special awards and outreach. She can be reached
at
and (202) 719-9700.
dedicated executive prepa-
ration at FSI and National
Defense University, where
she earned the chief infor-
mation officer certificate for
completion of the Advanced
Management Program and
is currently working on her
master’s degree in govern-
ment information leader-
ship.
She holds a bachelor’s
degree in business admin-
istration information sci-
ences from the University of
Maryland and speaks French,
Italian and Hindi.
AFSA sincerely thanks
outgoing State Representa-
tives Michael D. Thomas, E.
Alex Copher, Lillian Wahl-
Tuco and David Zwach for
their stalwart service on the
Governing Board.
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