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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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SEPTEMBER 2017

71

AFSA NEWS

Working with USAID’s Human Capital and Talent Manage-

ment Office, she helped start the Overseas Human Capital

Initiative, strengthening coordination and support for USAID’s

overseas personnel, and worked to revise USAID’s telework

procedures worldwide.

Ms. Posner served in the Africa Administrative Manage-

ment Services, dealing with various challenges in the region,

including the post-Ebola problems confronting West Africa.

She supported overseas posts’ evacuation planning and

trained country desk officers. Most recently she served in

USAID’s Overseas Management Division.

Overseas, Ms. Posner has served as supervisory execu-

tive officer at USAIDWest Bank and Gaza, and in Bosnia and

Albania. She was deputy EXO at USAID Russia.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Posner worked on a

personal services contract as deputy EXO and EXO for USAID

Czech Republic.

K IMBERLY SAWATZK I

FAS VICE PRESIDENT

Kimberly Svec Sawatzki, a member of

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service for

more than 20 years, recently completed

a tour as the agricultural counselor in

Ankara. She previously served as senior

agricultural attaché in Moscow and as the

agricultural attaché in Brasilia, as well as on a detail to the

U.S. Southern Command.

In Washington D.C., as area director for Africa and the

Middle East in FAS’ Office of Foreign Service Operations, and

in the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, the Grain and

Feed Division, and the Dairy, Livestock and Poultry Division.

She has a master’s in agricultural economics and interna-

tional trade from the University of Illinois, and B.A.s in econom-

ics, international affairs, and German from the University of

Maine. She is married and has one child.

Ms. Sawatzki is “eager to serve as the AFSA vice president

for FAS in order to advocate on behalf of FAS Foreign Service

officers and build a strong, sustainable and compassionate

Foreign Service.”

JOHN NALAND

RETIREE VICE PRESIDENT

John Naland’s 29-year Foreign Service

career included service in Colombia,

Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico and Iraq

(as leader of the Provincial Reconstruction

Team in Basra). Assignments in Washing-

ton, D.C., included the Secretary’s policy

planning staff, the White House situation room and the Bureau

of Human Resources (as director of the Office of Retirement).

He retired from the Foreign Service in 2015.

Mr. Naland is currently president of the Foreign Service

Youth Foundation and coordinator of Foreign Affairs Retirees

of Northern Virginia. He is co-author with Harry Kopp of the

third edition of

Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S.

Foreign Service

(Georgetown University Press, 2017).

A former U.S. Army cavalry officer who served in West

Germany during the Cold War, he is a graduate of the Army

War College. Born in Kansas, he grew up in New Orleans and

graduated from Tulane University. He is married and has two

college-age daughters.

Mr. Naland was AFSA State VP from 1999 to 2001 and

AFSA president from 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009.

ANNE COLEMAN - HONN

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Anne Coleman-Honn is an FS-2 economic-

coned officer who has served in four

bureaus and across cones. She served

most recently as the political unit chief at

U.S. Embassy Stockholm.

As a founding member of the Balancing

Act employee organization, she has helped to bring best prac-

tices from other parts of the federal government—such as the

voluntary leave bank and an emergency backup care program

for dependents—to the State Department.

As a member of the AFSA Governing Board, she looks

forward to continuing to help employees meet their work and

family obligations. Part of a tandem couple, she and her hus-

band, Aaron Honn, have three children.

TR I C I A WI NGERTER

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Tricia Wingerter is the coordinator for the

Ambassadorial Seminar. She is a Foreign

Service office management specialist and

has served at the Department of State for

more than 20 years. She has been posted

overseas in Belgrade, Moscow (twice), Tel

Aviv, Managua, Zagreb, Brussels, Beijing and London before

taking up her current assignment at FSI’s Leadership and

Management School, Executive Development Division.

This is Ms. Wingerter’s second term serving on the AFSA

Governing Board. She looks forward to serving the entire

membership and especially on specialist issues. She is mar-

ried and has two grown daughters.