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members. He served as a one-man Angie’s List, ensuring that
the platform had the capability to successfully carry forth its
mission goals.
In his role as OMS, Velez established standard office proce-
dures in an office that had not previously had a full-time
administrative specialist. He responded to requests from
Embassy Kabul for personnel accountability, provided charts
of deployed field personnel, and coordinated the sensitive
delivery of personal mail items to PRT-based staff.
Taking on the role of a community liaison officer, Velez
coordinated official lunches, hail and farewells, and the first-
ever Mazar-e-Sharif consular corps representational event at a
local downtown restaurant. By meeting individually with
numerous foreign diplomats, he was able to garner support
for an event that has become so popular it is now held
monthly and sponsored by other diplomatic missions.
There is no doubt that the professionalism, enthusiasm
and dedication Velez put into his time in Mazar-e-Sharif, fre-
quently under arduous and dangerous conditions, make him
a superb choice for the Nelson B. Delavan Award.
Delavan Award • Continued from page 54
Bohlen Award • Continued from page 55
and build school benches and blackboards.
In April 2011, the first and only library in Mathare Valley
opened, boasting 1,200 donated books and teaching materials
used by students and teachers from five neighboring schools
in the community. To make better use of the newmaterials
and resources, Leila brought in an expat librarian to train the
school staff.
To top it all off, to help lower school fees, she bought three
sewing machines, taught a group of widows to sew and gave
them loans to buy fabric. Students may now buy uniforms
from the widows at an affordable cost.
Recognizing the need for mental health care, Leila opened
her own clinic in Nairobi in 2010 (at the time she was working
as a consular assistant in the embassy). As many of her
patients have experienced extreme trauma or grief, she orga-
nized free training for 92 Kenyan counselors and mental
health providers on “Grief and Trauma Interventions for
As the nomination states, Leila will leave an “overwhelm-
ing legacy” when she departs Kenya.