THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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
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
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
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.
(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
Mr. Naland was AFSA State VP from 1999 to 2001 and
AFSA president from 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009.
ANNE COLEMAN - HONN
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
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.