THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Behind the Scenes
at the AFSA Election
The Governing Board approved the
consent agenda items, which were: (1) acceptance of the
resignation of Awards and Plaques Committee members
Daniel Martinez, Patricia Norland, BridgetteWalker and
Chair Annie Pforzheimer; (2) appointment of Kalpna Sri-
mal as AFSA-PAC keeper of the records.
FSJ Editorial Board:
On behalf of the Editorial Board,
State Representative Kara McDonald moved that the
Governing Board approve the six candidates recom-
mended to be Editorial Board members, and four candi-
dates to be backup members. The motion was approved.
Without objection, current board member Eric Green was
approved as the new chair of the Editorial Board.
The Governing Board reviewed
proposed internal policy guidelines for donors to the AFSA
Scholarship Fund. Following discussion, the policy guide-
lines were approved.
June 7, 2017
July 5, 2017
This meeting was the final one for the 2015-2017
AFSA President Ambassador
Barbara Stephenson requested that members of the
standing committees (listed in the bylaws) remain in
place until the new Governing Board reviews committee
As per AFSA bylaws, Amb. Stephen-
son moved that the board discharge the special commit-
tees established under the 2015-2017 Governing Board—
they are the Governance; Executive; Finance, Audit and
Management; and Awards & Plaques Committees.
The motion was adopted.
Amb. Stephenson thanked departing members
of the Governing Board for their service to AFSA and to the
Member Services Representative Natalie Cheung (second from left) and
Executive Director Ian Houston (right) process AFSA Governing Board
election ballots received by mail at the AFSA headquarters building.
On the morning of June
8, members of the AFSA
Committee on Elections
gathered to count the votes
cast in the 2017-2019 AFSA
Governing Board election.
Following closure of the
online voting platform at
8 a.m., a committee mem-
ber collected the paper
ballots from a post office
nearby and sorting began at
approximately 9:30 a.m. at
All votes were checked
to ensure they fulfilled the
requirements for eligibility.
Only two ballots were chal-
lenged as unclear.
The committee mem-
bers worked meticulously
to ensure there were no
irregularities in the process.
Preliminary results were
available around 1 p.m.,
and the final tallies were
announced to the member-
ship on June 9.
In total, 4,130 ballots
were cast this year: 3,152
online and 978 on paper, an
increase in voter turnout
from the 2015 election. This
figure represents 25 percent
of AFSA members eligible
AFSA thanks Commit-
tee on Elections members
Susan W. Wong (chair),
Harold ‘Lee’ Brayman, Mort
Dworken, Christopher R.
Green, Francis A. Hall, David
C. McFarland, Peter J. Mol-
berg and Curt Whittaker, for
their hard work throughout
the election process.
A full breakdown of the
2017-2019 election results
can be found atwww.afsa.