2019 BOARD CANDIDATES
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Carol Dabbs 

I joined USAID as an International Development Intern in 1976. Over the first 28 years, I was stationed in El Salvador and worked in the LAC, AFR, Global Health, PPC, and Foreign Assistance Bureaus. I worked in 29 countries on public health programs in gradually widening circles, from family planning, to child survival, maternal health, infectious diseases, health financing and systems, and non-communicable diseases. Then I served for seven years as a program officer for worldwide programs, including formation of the public health and women's program budgets in the State Department Office of Foreign Assistance (F).
 
After retiring in 2011, I focused on more local concerns, serving as Treasurer, Membership VP, and now President of the Arlington, Virginia branch of the American Association of University Women, which fosters equity for women and girls in education, the workplace, and public life. Within the American Public Health Association, I have represented the International Health section on the Governing Council and the Action Board. I serve on the UAA Membership Committee as Co-Chair, including participating actively in the Executive Committee and working on annual member surveys and AGM evaluations.
 
I want to serve on the UAA Board to further the objectives of our Association. My experience with USAID programs and budgets developed my strong organizational talents, excellent analytic and writing skills, and ability to handle financial details. My active participation on the Board would be facilitated by my local residence and by my ability to use modern communications technology.     
 
Jim Bever

I have had the honor of serving with USAID for 35 years as an FSO (retiring as Career Minister). These included seven tours overseas, six tours at USAID HQ, and 22 years in the Agency's SMG/SLG leadership, the latter including four Mission Directorships, four Senior DAA/DAA assignments (ANE, ME for Iraq, and LPA), and one Administrator's Task Force Directorship (Afghanistan & Pakistan). While acting as the AA/LPA from the Fall of 2016 until mid-Summer 2017, I saw first-hand how vibrant membership organizations could advance USAID and international development progress. Since serving for almost a year on the UAA Executive Committee as Public Outreach Co-Chair, on the Membership Committee, on the Development Issues Committee, and since January as a Mentor under the Strengthening USAID Committee, I am impressed with the vibrancy of UAA's work and with the Board's and the Executive Committee's commitment to both the Association and the Agency. I am inspired to see the openness of the Executive Committee and the Board to consider new initiatives to build up UAA's Membership (e.g., including more former FSNs), to extend our Public Outreach (e.g., via reinvigorating USAID's Hometown Diplomat program in the coming year), to co-sponsor a Retirement Ceremony at HQ this coming winter, and to recently brief the new Deputy Administrator of USAID. I am motivated by the Development Issues Committee's and the UAA-DACOR series of events about development policy issues, by UAA's feedback this past winter requested by the Agency about its new draft evaluation policy, and by HQ's recent request for UAA to provide more feedback on other Agency plans. Finally, I am excited about the potential for UAA (with its over 1,000 Members across the country) to appropriately coordinate in the coming year with like-minded groups to better educate the American people about the value of US foreign assistance, in both the world's and America's interests. I look forward to the privilege to serve you on the Board to advance these exciting and promising initiatives and to make UAA an ever more rewarding part of our lives as Members!    
 
Margaret Neuse

(Note: At the time a nominee's biographic note was needed for the UAA Board elections, Margaret was on vacation without access to the internet. This Note is based on a phone interview with Terrence Brown, Chair of the UAA Board Nominations Committee.)

Margaret Neuse earned her MPH in 1972. After graduation, she spent 10 years working mainly in the U.S and internationally in the health sector. In 1983 she joined USAID as a contract employee working in Somalia in the health program. She joined the Foreign Service in 1984. Margaret spent most of her career working in health, population and reproductive health. Her overseas assignments included Niger, REDSO/East and Bangladesh. Her Washington assignments included Deputy Director of the Office of Population. Her last assignment was as Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health before she retired in September, 2006.

After leaving USAID, Margaret spent 10 years as an independent consultant in the PHN area, mostly associated with USAID programs. Before, during and after her USAID career, she developed an extensive network of contacts with USAID partners working in health and population issues in developing countries. In 2016, she fully retired and has been active as a volunteer in various domestic organizations and served on several organizations' Boards, including Engender Health. She also has done extensive personal travel.

Margaret's interest in serving on the UAA Board is based on her continued commitment to the work of USAID and a belief the UAA can provide visible support to that work, particularly in the current environment. She also is very supportive of strengthening UAA's mentoring program, and its expansion to include Agency staff as they move into leadership positions.
 
Nancy Tumavick

Nancy Tumavick is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer who served 26 years with USAID, with long term overseas assignments in Thailand, Liberia, Indonesia, Tunisia and Pakistan. Her last overseas assignment was Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Pakistan with over 850 American and Pakistani staff. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she served in Washington, D.C. as Director of the Office of Environment, Energy and Urban Development for the 28 countries in the ENE Bureau.
 
An economist by education, her sector experience has included economic growth, trade, agriculture and rural development, private sector development, energy, environment, maternal and child health, education, training and workforce development. Subsequent to retirement, Nancy has worked with USAID Missions in 10 countries of Eastern Europe, South Asia and Africa and over 20 consulting firms and NGOs engaged in international development.
 
A native of suburban Chicago, Nancy graduated from St. Louis University with a B.S. in Economics and received her M.S. in Development Economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is married to Gary Waxmonsky who retired as Chief of Staff in EPA's Office of International Affairs. They enjoy international and domestic travel. While she continues periodic consulting work, and enjoys the company of her two grown daughters, she is also delighted to serve as playmate to her 3 year old granddaughter.
 
Nancy began with the USAID Alumni Association in 2009 as an elected member of the first Board of Directors. After 2 terms she assumed the position of Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and was subsequently re-elected to the Board where she has served as Co-Chair for the last two years. She seeks re-election to assist the organization to make the necessary transition to a new generation of USAID Alumni assuming UAA leadership roles.
 
Chris Crowley

Chris Crowley worked for USAID for 42 years, retiring in 2010 as a Career Minister, but subsequently re-entering the Foreign Service for an additional three years. He began his service in 1971 with the CORDS program in Vietnam and later served in numerous countries in Asia, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. He served as Mission Director for West Bank/Gaza; the Newly Independent States of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus; the Regional Mission for Central Asia; and Iraq. His last assignment was as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East. Since leaving USAID in 2013, Chris has undertaken a few short-term Mission-related assignments in the Middle East, and served on the Agency's Consolidated (C) Senior Foreign Service Performance Board.
 
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Please vote for three (3) candidates you wish to represent the USAID alumni on the UAA Board for the first term in office ending October 2021:

Carol Dabbs
Jim Bever
Margaret Neuse
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Please vote for two (2) candidates you wish to represent the USAID alumni on the UAA Board for the second term in office ending October 2021:

Nancy Tumavick
Chris Crowley
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