Elected National Officers 2018-2020

Karen Rainey – President

Karen Rainey photoKaren M. Rainey is a seasoned System Administrator with over a decade of Information Technology (IT) experience working for the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and an advocate for women’s rights. Her history is working with non-profits to meet the needs of people who seek a fair chance and opportunities to help themselves.

Karen has BS and MS in Computer and Information Systems, and is a graduate from the MITS Front Line Readiness Program (FLRP).

Karen served as FEW’s Executive Vice President from 2016 – 2018, National Webmaster from 2012 – 2016, Motor City Chapter President, and the 2015 National Training Program Chair.  She continues to utilize her talents as an advocate, collaborator and humanitarian to promote women’s causes and achieve greater opportunities for FEW members in the federal sector. In 2012 she received the prestigious FEW Presidents’ Award. In 2018 she received the Barbara Boardman Tennant award.

Email: President@few.org

Georgia Thomas – Executive Vice President and Employee Thrift Advisory Council

Georgia Thomas

Georgia Thomas is a native Houstonian. She holds a BBA degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified Mediator.  She is a Stakeholder Liaison Area Manager with area coverage of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina.   Stakeholder Liaison is a part of Communication and Liaison which is a Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Outreach and education, along with disaster relief, are major operations that Georgia does every day.

Georgia is concerned about the advancement of women in government, hence her lifetime membership in FEW and active involvement. On the FEW National Board of Directors, she is the immediate past Vice President of Policy and Planning and has held the positions of Vice President for Diversity and National Scholarship Chair  along with other offices at the local level.

As the Executive Vice President, Georgia’s goal is to utilize existing and new best practices of other non-profits to maintain the momentum of the organization by assisting and supporting the National President and National Board in creating a sustainable future for the organization

She is the mother of three daughters and has three grandchildren – two boys and one girl. She enjoys reading, travel and video games.

Email: executiveVP@few.org and ETAC@few.org

Connie Coleman-Lacadie – Vice President for Policy & Planning

Connie Coleman-Lacadie

Connie Coleman-Lacadie started her federal career with the Air Force (AF) as a local national in Berlin, Germany, in 1972. She was the first American military dependent to be hired as a supervisor for the 7350th Air Base Group. She returned stateside and went to McChord AF Base, Washington State, in 1981. Her career with the Air Force stateside began as secretary with the Aerial Port Squadron to investigative assistant with the AF Office of Special Investigation. In 1989, Connie went to the FAA Northwest Mountain Region as Civil Aviation Security Division Secretary. She retired in June 2012 as the Executive Staff’s Regional Aviation & Space Education Program Manager.

Connie joined FEW in 1993 and has served as Regional Manager, Representative and Treasurer; Chapter President, Vice President for Membership, Vice President for Programs, Treasurer; National Vice President for Compliance and Special Assistant for FWP.  She is a Diamond Lifetime member.

Connie is very active in her community as President – Lakewood Sister Cities Association; President – Lakewood Republican Women; Immediate Past President – Dotha McCormick Guild; and is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Lakewood.

Connie is married to Michael Lacadie, USAF Ret LTC, who is also very active in the community. They have two sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and a Shiatzu.

Email: policyplanningVP@few.org

Carmen Chávez-Ghimenti – Vice President for Congressional Relations

Carmen Chavez-Ghimenti

Carmen Chávez-Ghimenti is an FBI Management and Program Analyst.  She was elected to represent the professional staff up to the GS-13 level on the Director’s Advisory Committee. She serves as a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.

Carmen is a lifetime member of FEW and its Northwest DC Chapter, where she is serving as Legislative Chair. Carmen served two terms as Chapter President. She is a member of the DC Metro Region Executive Board and has served as Regional Representative, Region Treasurer, and been on the Planning Committee for three Regional Training Programs. On the National level, she has worked on National Training Program (NTP) Committees; as NTP Volunteer Coordinator; FEW Advocacy Days; and the 45th Anniversary Gala.

Prior to federal employment, Carmen was employed as the Executive Director of a county wide non-profit community based organization and taught for over ten years in various school systems in the US and abroad. Carmen also led the USA Girls Scouts Overseas (USAGSO) in both France and Spain.

Carmen has resided with her family in various countries, is married to a retired agent, has two daughters, and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and volunteering in her church and community.

Email: congressionalrelationsVP@few.org

Tonya Watson – VP for Compliance and Special Assistant for Federal Women’s Programs

Tonya Watson

Tonya P. Watson serves as the Federal Women’s Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), within the Office of the Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity (ODEEO), Affirmative Employment Division, in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Watson serves as Chapter President for HUD’s Widening Opportunities for Women (W.O.W.) Chapter.  Ms. Watson has also served as the Chapter Awards Committee Chair (2008-2010); 1st Vice President (2012-2014); and Vice President (2014-2016).

She is a certified Mediator and Training facilitator for the federal government.  Her vision of “Compliance Matters”, drives her to want to serve on a national level to ensure FEW’s success through compliance.

Email: complianceVP@few.org and fwp@few.org

Patrice Wilson – Vice President for Diversity and Special Assistant for People with Disabilities

Patrice Wilson

Patrice Wilson, a native Washingtonian, began her Federal career with the Federal Trade Commission and a year later, moved on to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) while attending the University of the District of Columbia where she studied Business Management.

Patrice held many positions in her 37 years at DOT, most recently serving as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and National Federal Women’s Program Manager in the Office of the Secretary, Departmental Office of Civil Rights.  In October 2017, Patrice joined the Housing and Urban Development, Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity Office as the National Hispanic Employment Program Manager.

Patrice has spent the last 17 years as a Special Emphasis Program Manager, advocating for equal opportunities for women, Hispanics, and persons with disabilities, working closely with Human resources, management, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various employee resource groups.  She is a certified civil rights instructor and has provided training to thousands of Federal government employees across the U.S. on topics including Prevention of Workplace Harassment, Civility and other related topics.

She is a mother of two sons and grandmother to two girls.  She enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening and aquatic sports.

Email: diversityVP@few.org and disabilities@few.org

La Tanya Kelley – Vice President for Membership and Chapter Organization

LaTanya Kelley

La Tanya Kelley was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  She has worked for the federal government for 35 years.  She’s employed at Defense Contract Management Agency as an Industrial Specialist Supervisor.  She’s been an active, diligent member of FEW for the past 25 years and has served in various positions within FEW on the Chapter, Region and National boards.  She joined FEW when her mentor asked her to attend a FEW meeting; she was sold on the mission of FEW from that point on.  She found that there is so much to gain from being a member.  FEW has helped her advance in her career by providing her new leadership skills and a willingness and opportunity to work with others to achieve the best result.

As the National VP for Membership and Chapter Organization, she will provide support to the FEW Regions and Chapters.

Email: membershipVP@few.org

Kaya Lewis-Baltimore – Vice President for Training

Kaya Lewis-Baltimore

Kaya Lewis-Baltimore, is currently a Training Specialist for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where she has worked for 25 years. She has held various positions including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counseling, and she has knowledge of the informal and formal complaint processes through the Office Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity  at the USPTO.

Kaya is Co-founder and Immediate Past President of the Bright Knights Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia.  She has served on the DC Metro Region expansion team to revitalize existing chapters and cultivate the growth of new ones.

Kaya has a Bachelors in Business from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a Business Certificate in Human Resources and Project Management.  She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration at Grantham University with a graduation date  of August 2018.  Mrs. Lewis-Baltimore is married with four children (3 girls and 1 boy) and has one granddaughter.  She currently resides in Virginia.

Email: trainingVP@few.org

Shannon Mahan – Secretary

Shannon Mahan

Shannon Mahan is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). She has worked for the USGS for more than 30 years, stationed the entire time at the Denver Federal Center in Denver, Colorado. Her professional career is focused on providing geochronology for natural hazards assessment, sediment transport and dating, and paleontological discoveries. She was born and raised in Colorado, as were her parents.  She attended Adams State University and Colorado School of Mines.

She has held the following Chapter offices: Vice-President, Newsletter Editor, and President. Shannon has held the following Regional positions: Regional Training Program Chair, Secretary, Assistant Regional Manager, and Regional Manager.  She has been a member and interim chair of the Publications & Policy Review Committee at the National Level.  She is a lifetime member of FEW since 1996 (almost 25 years!).

As National Secretary, her passion is organization and efficiency, supporting the National Board where possible, and, of course all things FEW. She supports the main mission of FEW (to improve the status of women employed by the federal government) by serving as an officer. She also believes the most effective leaders come from chapter positions.  If you see her around, please go up and say hi.  She’s always delighted to meet FEW members.

Email: secretary@few.org

Carol D. Jones – Treasurer

Carol D. JonesCarol Jones retired after 33 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Finance Division.  She is a lifetime member of FEW and a member of the Northwest DC Chapter.  She served 5 years as Chapter Treasurer.  She was a member of FEW’s finance team.  As a member of the finance team, she reviewed the National Board of Directors’ travel expense reports for reimbursement.  She served two terms as National Treasurer and two terms as Finance Chair.  She also served as Finance Chair for the 2010 NTP and held a position on the NTP 2011 Committee as well.  In 2015, she was awarded the National President’s Award.

Email: treasurer@few.org

Lisa Everett-Robinson – Nominations Officer

Lisa Everett-Robinson

Lisa Everett-Robinson currently serves as a Contract Specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Since 2010, she has been an active member of the Great Lakes Region (GLR), Equalitarian Chapter, located in Columbus, Ohio. She has served at the chapter level in various positions which include: member of the Awards Committee, Parliamentarian, Nominations Committee Chair, and Membership Chair.  Ms. Robinson has also held various offices with the GLR including: GLR Policy and Procedure Chair and the Co-chair of the Means and Ways Committee.

Her goal is to expand the diversity of the candidates for the National Officers by locating potential applicants from the entire membership, especially new members.  She will help these members realize their goals of serving FEW at a national level.

Email: nominations@few.org

Wanda Killingsworth – Immediate Past President

Wanda Killingsworth

Wanda V. Killingsworth has more than 25 years of public service, all with the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, where she works as a Senior Program Analyst.  In this position, she is responsible for providing Risk Management infrastructure to various IT projects and ensures projects receive training on the Risk Management process and tools.

Wanda is concerned about the advancement of women in government, thus her lifetime membership and active involvement in FEW. Wanda is the recipient of FEW’s Presidents’ Award for Leadership in 2009 and in 2013, the Allie Latimer Award in 2011, and FEW’s most prestigious award, the Barbara Boardman Tenant Award in 2009.

Wanda is active in the community, working with various organizations such as the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, the National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS) and is a lifetime member of Blacks in Government. She is a Board of Director for the Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund.

Ms. Killingsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management and two Masters Degrees, one in Computer Science and the other in Project Management. Ms Killingsworth currently resides in Maryland.
Email: pastpresident@few.org