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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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OCTOBER 2016

65

AFSA NEWS

AFSACelebrates Job Search ProgramGraduates

On Aug. 26, AFSA Presi-

dent Ambassador Barbara

Stephenson spoke to 110

graduates of the State

Department’s Job Search

Program at a champagne

reception hosted by AFSA at

the Foreign Service Institute.

Congratulating the group

of retirees, Amb. Stephen-

son noted that most retirees

do not realize that their

AFSA membership does not

transfer automatically on

retirement and encouraged

the Foreign Service gradu-

ates to reaffirm their AFSA

membership and continue

their access to a large and

growing network.

Pointing out the impor-

tance of growing the Foreign

Service community, Amb.

Stephenson also asked

graduates to consider

themselves part of a Foreign

Service “alumni team,” with

a responsibility to tell the

American people about their

experiences representing

the United States as a diplo-

mat abroad.

More than 60 members

of the class joined AFSA

or reaffirmed their mem-

bership. In addition to the

annual retiree directory,

AFSA retiree membership

includes access to AFSA’s

online forum, dedicated

retiree counseling and a

bi-monthly newsletter, as

well as a subscription to

The

Foreign Service Journal.

AFSA USAID Vice Presi-

dent Sharon Wayne, AFSA

Governing Board member

and Retiree Representative

Dean Haas, AFSA Secre-

tary Bill Haugh and Awards

Committee Chair Amb. (ret.)

Lange Schermerhorn were

also available to answer

questions and promote the

benefits of AFSA member-

ship.

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AFSA USAID Vice President Sharon Wayne (second from left) speaks to JSP

graduates at the reception.

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AFSA Outreach Coordinator Catherine Kannenberg (second from right)

and Member Services Representative Natalie Cheung (right) sign up Job

Search Program graduates as AFSA members.

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AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson congratulates Job

Search Program graduates at the reception, held at the Foreign Service

Institute.

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LMWelcomes New Intern

AFSA’s Labor Man-

agement team is

pleased to welcome

Denise Taylor as an

intern. Denise is a

third-year law student

who is very excited to

be part of AFSA’s LM team.

A lifelong native of Vir-

ginia, she graduated from the

University of Virginia in 2014

with a bachelor’s degree in

government. Denise is cur-

rently obtaining her

J.D. at The George

Washington Uni-

versity Law School,

where her studies

focus on interna-

tional labor and

international development

law.

In her free time, Denise

enjoys learning languages

and doing stand-up comedy

in the D.C. area.

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Denise Taylor.

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