Ballot for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates – 2018

All AAFSW members are encouraged to vote for AAFSW Executive Board candidates, who will serve two-year terms (from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020). To vote for a candidate, place a check next to the name. You may also vote for write-in candidates.

Please note that the positions of AAFSW Treasurer and AAFSW Secretary are still open. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email office@aafsw.org or call 703-820-5420.

Name of voting AAFSW member (required)

(Note: If you wish to vote anonymously, please request a Word document ballot from office@aafsw.org. You may print and fill out this ballot, place it in an unmarked envelope, and enclose that envelope in another envelope with your name, and mail it to AAFSW, 4001 9th Street #214, Arlington, VA 22203.)

Bios of AAFSW Executive Board Candidates are at bottom of page.

AAFSW President:

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

AAFSW 1st Vice President:

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

AAFSW 2nd Vice President:

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

AAFSW Treasurer:

Write-In Candidate
Name

AAFSW Assistant Treasurer:

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

AAFSW Secretary:

Write-In Candidate
Name

Although Committee Chairs and Liaisons are not elected by the membership, we would
like to give members an opportunity to endorse the people who so generously
contribute their time to the following positions, or to write in other candidates. Please
note that there are openings for Senior Living Foundation Liaison and Playgroup
Coordinator.

Voting Committee Chair Members

Membership Chair

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Program Chair

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Fun for Funds Fundraising Event Chair

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Name

Art&BookFair Chair

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Name

SOSA Chair

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Other Committee Chairs and Liaisons

Family Crisis Fund Chair

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Spouses in Transition Chair

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Foreign-Born Spouses Group Chair

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Name

Scholarships

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Name

AAFSW Diplomacy Through the Arts

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Name

EFM Employment Committee

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Name

FSHub Coordinator

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Name

Coordinator of Volunteer Post Coordinators

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Name

French Conversation Group Chair

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Name

Oral History Chair

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Name

Evacuee Support Chair

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Name

State Liaison

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Name

AFSA Liaison

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

AFSA Liaison

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Senior Living Liaison

Write-In Candidate
Name

FSYF Liaison

Or, Write-In Candidate
Name

Playgroup Coordinator

Write-In Candidate
Name

Bios of AAFSW Executive Board Candidates

Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, Ph.D. – Candidate for AAFSW President

Dr. Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen was born in California and was raised in Athens, Greece, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from the University of Greece (1987). As a NATO Fellow and a University of California President’s Fellow, she continued her studies in her native California where she earned her Master’s of Science in Geophysics (1989), her PhD in Geological Sciences (1993), and her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management (1999).

Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award (UCSB, 1992). Further, she has organized a three-day conference on «Off shore Oil Platform Decommissioning» by inviting all the stakeholders involved to participate (UCSB, 1998). Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen has been funded by NSF and LLNL with various grants to complete and publish her research and she has been invited to attend and
present her findings in many international scientific conferences. Recently, Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen participated in the 18th Conference of the National Council for Science and Environment (NCSE -- Washington DC, January 2018), which brought together scientists and policy makers to discuss the integration of Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure. In March 2017, Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen was invited to participate in the "Our Task’s Earth 2100” Conference (Washington, DC), which focused on regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration solutions to
address the future of soil and food.

Combining geophysics and mineralogy, Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen has also studied, and has given several invited lectures on, Gemology and Gemstone Grading as well as Jewelry Appraising and Designing, earning the Fellow of the Gemological Association Diploma (FGA, 1989) and her Gemological Institute of America Certificates (GIA, 1990- 1997). Recently, Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen has completed graduate courses at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education to obtain her teaching credentials and Virginia Teaching Licensure.

Raised in Europe, Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen was educated in five languages (English, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian), a great attribute when she advises on development projects and she leads field trips domestically and abroad as a freelance consultant.

Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen has been associated with the Department of State since 2001, living in Argentina, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. She has been the President of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) since August 2016 and the AAFSW Fundraising Chair since December 2016. In January 2018, State Magazine published her article on the “SOSA 2017 Exceptional Volunteers”, in February 2018, Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen introduced the “AAFSW Twice Exceptional” Category for the AAFSW annual Scholarships, and in April 2018, AAFSW gained the status of a Dept. of State Employee Organization for which Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen strongly advocated. Her involvement with the Department of State helps Dr. Athanasopoulos Owen explore her interests in how education, population size, and geo-cultural-politics affect environmental international policy and strategies, development projects
worldwide, and practices implemented around the world regarding energy resources, the climate, and waste management.

Melissa Hess – Candidate for 1st Vice President

Melissa Hess is Deputy Director in the Crisis Management Training division at FSI and has worked in that office since 2005. As a civil servant, she served 15 months in Iraq-- as Political Officer for the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and then TDY as the Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. Prior to this, she was a member of FLO, where she coordinated the Strategic Networking Assistance Program—a global employment program for Foreign Service spouses. A Foreign Service spouse for 22 years, she accompanied her husband on assignments to Nigeria, Russia, Algeria, Egypt, and Ukraine. Melissa and Patricia Linderman are co-authors of The Expert Expatriate: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad and co-editors of Realities of Foreign Service Life, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. In 1998, she created Foreign Service Lifelines, the first website for Foreign Service family members, which included the discussion forum "Livelines". The website was purchased by AAFSW in 1999. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and has taught English as a Second Language in
Europe, Africa, and the U.S.

Anna Bysfield – Candidate for 2nd Vice President

Anna grew up in Northwestern China, and met and married her Foreign Service husband while they both worked in Beijing. When they moved back to DC in 2003, they didn't have any family or friends in the area. Luckily, they found the AAFSW Housing Office when they were looking for a place to rent. Not only did they find a great property through the Housing Office, they also joined an amazing Foreign Service community.

Their two young kids joined the AAFSW playgroup. Anna made many friends at foreign- born spouse gatherings. Livelines has been a go-to place for them, for answers on FAM regulations, post information, or best property manager. Anna attended many great programs that Sheila Switzer has organized, including a White House Christmas tour, a Washington Monument visit, and the Albanian Ambassador's talk on Orthodox icons at Sheila's house. When Anna and her family were posted overseas, what she missed most about living in DC was Sheila's programs.Thanks to Sheila and many other tireless volunteers, AAFSW has made the Bysfield family’s transition back to DC more enjoyable and less stressful.Now Anna hopes to be able to help others in the Foreign Affairs community as AAFSW has helped her and her family over the years. Anna currently works as an office manager in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at State.

Troella Tyznik – Candidate for Assistant Treasurer

Troella Tyznik has the desire as well as the qualifications to help AAFSW as Assistant Treasurer. In Tokyo, she served for two years as Foreign Exchange Head Cashier. She also worked for two years in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Head Cashier at the Navy Exchange, handling hundreds of thousands of dollars each day for U.S. personnel and foreign nationals. She was also responsible for millions of dollars of Fed funds as a proofreader for the People's Bank of the Tri States, Alabama, Florida and Georgia, for four and a half years. She reports that numbers and math are her motto!

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