The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 49

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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DECEMBER 2013
49
AFSA NEWS
L I FE I N THE FORE I GN SERV I CE
Bonnie Brown Retires
We have been very fortunate
to call Bonnie Brown a col-
league and friend for many
years. Bonnie first joined
AFSA in the summer of 2003,
and so she recently cel-
ebrated her 10th anniversary
with AFSA.
Bonnie made the decision
to retire from AFSA effective
Nov. 8. We will greatly miss
her.
In her time at AFSA, Bon-
nie’s contributions have been
significant. The newsletter
that she has skillfully edited
since her arrival has always
been well received. She
transformed it from what it
was many years ago.
Additionally, Bonnie has
provided counseling and
assistance to countless AFSA
members, and provided
critical intervention on their
behalf with the department
and other agencies. The
counseling work Bonnie has
rendered to individuals has
been exemplary—easing the
burdens of people under
stress or who are vulnerable.
She has been an excellent
advocate for retiree benefits,
and contributed to forging
partnerships with a variety of
outside groups. 
Her ability to monitor
legislative, regulatory and
department actions that
affect federal retirement and
health benefits, and then
advise AFSA leadership and
membership about these
issues, has been first rate.
Bonnie has also provided
contributions to various pub-
lic events here at AFSA on a
host of subjects including:
federal health benefits, the
Federal Employees Health
Benefit plan, Medicare ben-
efits, the future of Medicare,
senior care, Thrift Savings
Plan, among other topics.
AFSA will sorely miss Bon-
nie’s professional skills, tact,
writing, analytical ability and
talent.
Matt Sumrak, assistant
coordinator for retiree
counseling and legislation
is available to assist retir-
ees and can be reached at
 I will personally miss
Bonnie’s warmth, kindness
and friendship. Warm wishes
to Bonnie as she begins this
new chapter of her life with
her wonderful husband Ken,
her family and friends.
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BY IAN HOUSTON, AFSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
DONNAAYERST
AFSA Welcomes New Staff Member
In October, AFSA welcomed Jeff Lau to
the AFSA staff. Jeff fills our new online
communications specialist postion,
working mostly on AFSA’s website and
graphics. We are excited to add this
important capacity to our expanding
communications team. Jeff has been an
auxiliary member of the AFSA team, having worked
on a part-time contract for more than three years.
Jeff originally hails from Pennsylvania but most
recently lived in Mississippi, where his wife completed
her Ph.D. in American History. Jeff completed his
undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, and
also studied at the Pennsylvania State University, the
Catholic University of America and Boston University,
where he received a graphic and Web design certifica-
tion from their Center for Digital Imaging Arts. We are
happy to welcome Jeff to the (full-time) AFSA team!
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