The Foreign Service Journal, September 2010

Welcome-Back Picnic for Foreign Service Families T he Foreign Service Youth Foundation invites you to a “welcome back” pic- nic, in honor of U.S. Foreign Service fami- lies that recently returned from overseas. FSYF will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. All U.S. Foreign Service families are invited. Come make new friends, reconnect with old friends and welcome home your colleagues. The picnic will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, Va. RSVP to by Sept. 17. Revised Diplomats’ Dictionary Just off the Press AFSA’s Book of the Month is Amb. Chas Freeman’s updated version of The Diplomats’ Dictionary. For a description and ordering instructions through Amazon, go to New Editorial Board Members for the Foreign Service Journal Following the departure of Foreign Service Journal Editorial Board members Jeff Giauque, Ian Hopper and Rima Vydmantas, the board has appointed three new mem- bers. Kelly Adams-Smith , an FS-1 economic officer, recently finished an assignment as political-economic counselor in Sofia, and is beginning a Cox Fellowship. Kathryn M. Wiehagen Leonard is a third-tour Foreign Service officer who has served in Guatemala City and Baghdad, and is now on the Pakistan desk. Rachel Schneller , an FSO who has served in Skopje, Conakry and Basra, was the 2008 recipient of AFSA’s William R. Rivkin Award for her work to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She will work in INR. AAFSW Celebrates 50th Art & Bookfair The annual Art & Bookfair of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide will take place in the Exhibit Hall of the Harry S Truman Building, opening on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for employees, spouses and escorted guests, and continu- ing Oct. 12-15 for this same group. During two weekends, Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-17, the sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VISA, MASTER- CARD and personal checks will be accept- ed. Questions? Please call (202) 223-5796 or go to . 50 F OR E I GN S E R V I C E J OU R N A L / S E P T EMB E R 2 0 1 0 A F S A N E W S AFSA NEWS BRIEFS Staff: Executive Director Ian Houston: Business Department Director of Finance Femi Oshobukola: Controller Kalpna Srimal: Assistant Controller Cory Nishi: Labor Management General Counsel Sharon Papp: Deputy General Counsel Zlatana Badrich: Labor Management Specialist James Yorke: Senior Staff Attorney Neera Parikh: Staff Attorney Michael Willats: Office Manager Christine Warren: USAID Senior Labor Management Adviser Douglas Broome: USAID Staff Assistant Patrick Bradley: Member Services Member Services Director Janet Hedrick: Member Services Representative Michael Laiacona: Administrative Assistant and Office Manager Ana Lopez: Communications, Marketing and Outreach Retiree Counseling & Legislation Coordinator Bonnie Brown: Director of Communications Thomas Switzer: Legislative Director Casey Frary: Executive Assistant to the President Austin Tracy: Scholarship Director Lori Dec: Scholarship Program Assistant Jonathan Crawford: Road Scholar Administrator Bernard Alter: Marketing & Outreach Manager Asgeir Sigfusson: Special Awards & Outreach Coordinator Perri Green: AFSA HEADQUARTERS: (202) 338-4045; Fax: (202) 338-6820 STATE DEPARTMENT AFSA OFFICE: (202) 647-8160; Fax: (202) 647-0265 USAID AFSA OFFICE: (202) 712-1941; Fax: (202) 216-3710 FCS AFSA OFFICE: (202) 482-9088; Fax: (202) 482-9087 AFSA WEB SITE: FSJ: PRESIDENT: STATE VP: RETIREE VP: USAID VP: FAS VP: FCS VP: AFSA News Editor Francesca Kelly : (202) 338-4045, ext. 516; Fax: (202) 338-8244 On the Web : and How to Contact Us: Governing Board: PRESIDENT: Susan R. Johnson STATE VP: Daniel Hirsch USAID VP: Francisco Zamora FAS VP: Henry Schmick FCS VP: Keith Curtis RETIREE VP: Robert Houdek SECRETARY: F.A. “Tex” Harris TREASURER: Andrew Winter STATE REPS: Carleton Bulkin, Mary Glantz, Mike Haughey, Les Hickman, Joyce Namde, Lynn Nelson, Julia Stewart, Mike Unglesbee, Sharon White USAID REPS: Michael Henning, Glenn Rogers FCS REP: Rebecca Balogh FAS REP: Melinda Sallyards IBB REP: Al Pessin RETIREE REPS: Janice Bay, Robert (Bill) Farrand, Molly Williamson Welcome to New AFSA News Editor Amy McKeever T his marks the last issue of AFSA News edited by Francesca Kelly, who will soon be on her way to Vienna to join her FSO husband Ian Kelly. Starting with the October issue, Amy McKeever will be our new AFSA News editor. Amy comes to us with a wealth of journalis- tic and writing experience, including a B.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University and stints at National Geographic Traveler and Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun , as well as an internship in public affairs at the U.S. Mission to NATO. Among her many freelance credits, she has been published in Fodor’s Travel Guides , State magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Traveler. A self-professed “Foreign Service brat,” Amy has first-hand knowledge of FS issues.