Ballot for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates – 2020

    AAFSW Elections: July 1 - July 31, 2020

    All AAFSW members are encouraged to vote for AAFSW Executive Board candidates, who will serve a two-year term (from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2022). To vote for a candidate, place a check next to the name. You may also vote for write-in candidates. Bios of AAFSW Executive Board Candidates are at the end of the ballot.

    Name of voting AAFSW member (required)

    (Note: If you wish to vote anonymously, please request a ballot from office@aafsw.org. After filling out the paper ballot, mail it to AAFSW, 4001 9th Street N. #214, Arlington, VA 22203. Your name must be outside on the envelope.)

    A) Please, vote for the 2020-2022 AAFSW Executive Board Members:

    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

    B) Please Vote YES or NO on These Two AAFSW Board Issues:

    1) After a written request that the AAFSW Executive Board received on Monday, June 15, 2020 from the AAFSW Foreign Born Spouses Committee Co-Chairs on behalf of the AAFSW Foreign Born Spouses Group, and with the unanimous approval of the AAFSW Executive Board Members to place this request on the Summer 2020 AAFSW Election Ballot, please indicate YES or NO to the following question:

    Per the Tuesday, April 21, 2020 AAFSW Board Meeting Minutes, the AAFSW Board decided that if 50% or over of the Foreign-Born Spouses who participate in our AAFSW FBS events are current AAFSW Members, a YES vote to this particular issue should automatically be triggered. For your information, this number currently stands at 64%.

    Given that over 64% of the Foreign-Born Spouses participating in our AAFSW FBS events are current AAFSW members, and, approximately 20% of the current AAFSW members are Foreign Born Spouses: SHOULD THE FOREIGN-BORN SPOUSES COMMITTEE CHAIR CARRY A VOTE (BE ABLE TO VOTE) DURING THE AAFSW BOARD MEETINGS?

    2) After a written request that the AAFSW Executive Board received on Monday, June 15, 2020 from the AAFSW Families/Spouses in Transition Committee Chair, and with the unanimous approval of the AAFSW Executive Board to place this request on the Summer 2020 AAFSW Election Ballot, please, indicate YES or NO to the following question:

    Given that since the last AAFSW Election in 2018, the AAFSW Families/Spouses in Transition Committee has confidentially helped over 35 American Foreign Affairs Spouses and Families in transition (some of whom received monetary grant assistance through the AAFSW Family Crisis Fund), and given that AAFSW may lobby for changes of the current regulations: SHOULD THE FAMILIES/SPOUSES IN TRANSITION CHAIR CARRY A VOTE (BE ABLE TO VOTE) DURING THE AAFSW BOARD MEETINGS?

    C) Please, vote or endorse the 2020-2022 Standing Committee Chair Candidates:

    Although Standing Committee Chairs (voting AAFSW Board members) are not elected directly 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 you actually need to vote for one of the two people interested in serving as 2020-2022 AAFSW Membership Chair.

    Membership Chair *** (please, choose only one of two candidates) ***
    (AAFSW Membership Chair since 2009)
    OR
    (AAFSW Member and Volunteer since 2017)

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    SOSA Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Fun for Funds Fundraising Event Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Program Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Art&BookFair Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Scholarships Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Housing Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Public Relations and Publicity Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Forum Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    D) Please, endorse the 2020-2022 Committee Chair and Liaison Candidates:

    Although Committee Chairs and Liaisons (non-voting AAFSW Board members) 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 FSHub Coordinator, Post Coordinator Chair, Senior Living Foundation Liaison and Playgroup Coordinator. If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact the office at office@aafsw.org.

    Voting Committee Chair Members

    Foreign-Born Spouses Group Co-Chairs (please, endorse both Co-Chairs or write in candidate)
    and

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Spouses in Transition Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Family Crisis Fund Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    AFSA Liaison (please, endorse both Liaisons or write in candidate)
    and

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    State Liaison

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    FSYF Liaison

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    AAFSW Diplomacy Through the Arts

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    EFM Employment Committee

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Oral History Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Evacuee Support Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    French Conversation Group Chair

    Or, Write-In Candidate
    Name

    FSHub Coordinator

    Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Coordinator of Volunteer Post Coordinators

    Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Senior Living Liaison

    Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Playgroup Coordinator

    Write-In Candidate
    Name

    Bios of AAFSW Executive Board Candidates

    Lara Center – Candidate for AAFSW President

    Lara Center has been part of the Foreign Service community since 2001 when her husband, Adam, began A-100. They have served overseas and domestically in Guadalajara, Caracas, Luxembourg, DC and Hanoi.

    Lara and Adam returned to Falls Church last summer with their son, David and daughter, Abigail. Lara has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, Master in Public Administration and Master in Museum Studies.

    Lara worked as a museum consultant while living in Hanoi. Lara worked directly with the Vietnamese Women’s Museum on new lesson plans, development of a Discovery Room and outreach to international schools.

    Lara served on the Board of AAFSW from 2012-2016 and 2019-2020. Lara is a former Chair for the annual Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) award, where she oversaw the award process from announcements, formation of selection committees, planning the ceremony and honoring the recipients. While also serving as 1st Vice President, Lara broadened her portfolio, provided leadership and worked as a team player on various activities to include AAFSW’s merit scholarships, support of family member employment, online FSHub, increasing membership, and reviewing the mission of AAFSW.
    Lara is the 2009 recipient of the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad for her work at Luxembourg’s National Museum of Military History.

    Anna Bysfield – Candidate for 1st Vice President

    Anna grew up in Xinjiang province in northwestern China. She was an accountant before working in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where she met and married her foreign service husband. In nearly two decades of working for the USG, Anna has held FSN, LES, and Civil Service positions, additionally she’s in the process of becoming a Foreign Service Specialist. When Anna and her family moved to DC for the first time in 2003, they didn’t know anyone in the area. Luckily, the AAFSW Housing Bulletin helped them to find a great property to rent. They also found an amazing foreign service community through AAFSW. Anna and her two young kids joined the playgroup, and she made many friends at foreign born spouse gatherings. She also attended many great programs that Program Chair Sheila Switzer 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 was at overseas posts, what she missed most about living in DC was Sheila’s programs. Thanks to Sheila and many other tireless volunteers, AAFSW has made her family’s transitions 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.

    Milcho Uzunov – Candidate for 2nd Vice President

    Milcho Uzunov is a Communications Specialist in the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of State. Prior to his current position he worked as a Diplomatic Courier Escort managing classified pouch operations at a Priority Staffing Post as well as a DPO Mailroom Supervisor at another post where he managed all mail operations. He was also an Information Management Professional Associate working at post on both OpenNet and ClassNet systems, on administration and customer support. As a Program Assistant in the USOSCE Office of Resource Management he helped coordinate the unified budget payments and extra-budgetary fund contributions for the United States $30M annual contribution to the OSCE. He also served as the Contracting Officer’s Representative for a contract that seconded American experts as OSCE monitors in eastern Ukraine.

    As a Foreign service Spouse for 10 years he has accompanied his wife on assignments in Islamabad, Canberra, Pristina, Vienna, Skopje, and Washington. He is an amateur photographer and an avid podcast consumer who likes to keep up with modern day technology in order to be connected regardless of where he is in the world.

    Pat Kennedy – Candidate for Treasurer

    Patrick F. Kennedy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary for Management on November 6, 2007 and served in that position until January 27, 2017. Prior to assuming that position, he was Director of the State Department’s Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation from May, 2007; Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Management from April, 2005 to May, 2007; and from February, 2005 to April, 2005 he headed the Transition Team that set up the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From September, 2001 to May, 2005, he was U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform with the Rank of Ambassador. During that period, he also served from May, 2003 to the end of November 2003 as Chief of Staff of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and from May, 2004 to late August, 2004 as Chief of Staff of the Transition Unit in Iraq.

    In 1993 he became Assistant Secretary of State for Administration and served in that post until 2001. Concurrently, from August, 1996 to August, 1997 he served as the Acting Under Secretary for Management; during 1998, as Acting Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security; and from 1997 to 2001 as the Coordinator for the Reorganization of the Foreign Affairs Agencies.

    From 1973 to 1993, he served in a number of positions in Washington and overseas, including as Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and as Executive Director and Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat.

    Mr. Kennedy is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and a Sage at the Partnership for Public Service.

    Carol Sparhawk – Candidate for Assistant Treasurer

    Washington is my home now; and I’m very fortunate to have completed an assignment here at FSI, in the School of Applied Information Technology. I’ve specialized in MS Sharepoint, web conferencing and Microsoft Office. Before that, I lived overseas as a child in Istanbul, Turkey; as an adult in Moscow and Tel Aviv; and with the Foreign Service in Seoul, Korea and in Washington, D.C. My degrees are in French and theoretical linguistics. I enjoy entertaining, music in many forms, the arts, walking and adventure: hence the years overseas! I’m looking forward to learning about the role of AAFSW Assistant Treasurer and sharing experiences with all of you.

    Miluska “Mili” McInerney – Candidate for Secretary

    I have been a Foreign Service Spouse for over 16 years, and have lived in 6 countries and served in 4 of them with the Foreign Service. I am originally from Peru, but because of terrorism at the time, my family moved to Costa Rica, where I spent part of my life. I moved to the U.S. as an athlete, went to the University in the Central Coast of California. Later I transferred to the University of Southern California, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Natural Sciences. I married my military spouse, who later joined the Foreign Service. With the Foreign Service we have lived in Okinawa, Japan, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, San Jose, Costa Rica and Hanoi, Vietnam. Twenty-one years later we have three children and are currently living in the city of Falls Church.

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