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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


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-



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

graduates at the reception.


AFSA Outreach Coordinator Catherine Kannenberg (second from right)

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

Search Program graduates as AFSA members.


AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson congratulates Job

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



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


In her free time, Denise

enjoys learning languages

and doing stand-up comedy

in the D.C. area.


Denise Taylor.