Elected National Officers 2022-2024
Pamela H. Richards
Pamela H. Richards is a newly promoted Supervisory Investigative Research Analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Forensic, Audit and Investigative Services (FAIS). Mrs. Richards also serves as a committed member on the FAIS’ Respect, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; the Women’s Liaison Group; and the Veterans Affairs Liaison Group. Mrs. Richards has received GAO’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion Individual and Team Award, and FAIS Managing Directors’ Leadership and Team Award for her grassroots level leadership in diversity and inclusion.
Upon her arrival to GAO, Pamela met with senior level management at GAO an established a presence for the Federal Triangle Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) which is now a part of GAO’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and a recognized agency Employee Resource Group. Over the span of her federal career, Mrs. Richards has worked closely with the EEO Office and senior level management, cultivating relationships to assist in developing EEO and compliance policies as well as the equal advancement of women within agencies.
During 2018-2022, Mrs. Richards has served as the DC Metro Regional Manager (RM), with oversight of 26 chapters and chapter presidents; a member of the National Oversight Committee and the Publication and Policy Review Committee of FEW. During her tenure, Pamela created and organized DCMR FEW CARES and provided gas and grocery gift cards to furloughed region members during the government shutdown. Pamela has also collaborated with DCMR FEW partners and feed the homeless, completed a makeover of a Homeless Men’s Shelter and donated over 300 toys for children living in homelessness and poverty. Under her leadership, the DC Metro Region has received the Regional Achievement Award, and numerous National, chapter, and individual awards. Also Pamela held two successful virtual Regional Training Programs and created the Blue Table Talk Leadership Development Series I & II during the pandemic. Due to her demonstrated servant leadership skills, Pamela received FEW’s most prestigious award, the Barbara Boardman Tenant Award and the President’s Award during the first year of her administration. Pamela is also an active member and immediate Past President of the Federal Triangle Chapter. She is an exemplary leader at all three tier levels of FEW.
Mrs. Richards graduated from Albany State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and Criminal Justice Administration, and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections, all while being a single parent. Mrs. Richards’s passion is to advocate for the advancement for women and juvenile justice reform. She is originally from Roxboro, North Carolina and the proud wife of Errol M. Richards and mother of one biological son, Jonathan Hall, a writer-editor, and four bonus children, Shenalice, Kamara, Menelik and Kindy. She is a proud member of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.
“Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it.” “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant.” “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” Authors Unknown
Executive Vice President
Connie Coleman-Lacadie’s federal career began with the United States Air Force in 1972 in Berlin, Germany and returned to Conus in 1981 to McChord Air Force Base, Washington. She transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northwest Mountain Region Headquarters in 1989, and retired as the Aviation and Space Education Program Manager in 2012.
Connie served on the school board to ensure all policies fit every child’s right of inclusion and on the Washington State School Directors Association Legislative Committee at state and national levels.
Connie joined FEW in 1989 serving as Chapter President, Regional Manager, and National Vice President for Compliance, Special Assistant for Federal Women’s Program, Vice President for Policy & Planning, and Strategic Planning Chair. She is a Diamond Lifetime Member.
Connie is involved in her community with the Lakewood Sister Cities Association, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and Lakewood Rotary. She is married to Michael, retired USAF Lt Colonel, mom/Nana of two sons, stepdaughter, daughter, and son-in-law, seven grandchildren, 2+ great grandchildren and Schatze.
Vice President for Policy and Planning
Ms. Hamilton’s goal as Vice President for Policy and Planning is to utilize existing and new best practices to maintain the momentum of the organization by generating FEW’s 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. Ms. Hamilton offers the organization an intentional emphasis of service together to ensure FEW’s success.
With more than 15+ years of leadership experience encompassing professional responsibility, she is committed to servitude with an innovative voice. She is a poised change agent leveraging leadership skills, strategic planning experience, and business acumen to cultivate a progressive and collaborative culture that will aid in moving FEW’s future forward. Ms. Hamilton was the 2022 FEW Allie Latimer Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
Vice President for Compliance and Special Assistant to the President for Federal Women’s Program
Georgette Hagans is a Senior Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). She began her civil service career with GAO in June 2014 as an intern. As a Senior Analyst in GAO’s Forensic Audit and Investigative Service (FAIS) team, she leads forensic audits and investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse; other special investigations; and security and vulnerability assessments. Noteworthy impacts of her leadership and expertise include: leading assessments of major federal programs and recommending practical corrective actions that were implemented; benchmarking leading practices in a variety of areas to inform change management and complex problem solving; drafting numerous reports and congressional hearing testimonies on a range of program performance issues and forensic audits; and assisting internal top-level leadership in improving the performance, accountability, culture, and processes in GAO.
Vice President for Congressional Relations
Shabiki E.C. Clarke is a Certified Federal Financial Manager for the Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As a career professional, Ms. Clarke’s path has focused on formulation of the federal budget, as the Financial Advisor to the Vice President and Deputy Vice President of the Air Traffic Organization/Technical Operations Directorate.
She was born in Guyana, South America, and migrated to Maryland in 1982. She holds a BS in Social Science with a Minor in Business Administration, from the University of Maryland, Global Campus.
Shabiki developed a love for “serving” others from her father. She joined FEW in 2018, and simultaneously held positions in her Chapter and the DC Metro Region 2018-2020. Ms. Clarke is a member of the ED-FEW Lorna M. Polk Chapter, serving as the Legislative Chair. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Tara V. Bullock
Vice President for Membership and Chapter Organization
Tara V. Bullock is a Management and Program Analyst (HR Liaison) at the Small Business Administration. She has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Graduate Certificate in HR from Central Michigan University and over 27 years of leadership experience.
Tara has been a member of FEW since 2016, currently serving as a National Board Member since 2020 as the Vice President for Membership and Chapter Organization. Tara has also held the position of Chapter President for the Northwest DC Chapter, Diversity and Compliance Chair, and Regional Parliamentarian within the DC Metro Region. Tara has also served on numerous committees.
Vice President for Diversity and Special Assistant to the President for People with Disabilities
Jennifer Mateo, with eight years in the Federal Government, has served as Cost Center Manager, Executive Assistant and Contract Officer Representative concurrently. She is not a stranger to wearing many hats and getting the job done.
In addition to her Federal career, Jennifer has also served as a Victims Advocate in hospitals and court settings providing a voice for the less fortune and victims of violent crimes. She has developed a keen sense of human behavior, which has helped her when providing mediation for conflict resolution, especially in situations where DEI is involved.
Vice President for Training
Khadejah M. Brown is the Chief of USDA’s Specialty Crop Inspections Division’s, National Training and Development Center. Khadejah has over 23 years of experience in adult education in both academic and corporate environments. She has more than 16 years of experience and extensive background in instructional design, distance education, and educational technology to include 13 years of experience as lead LMS Administrator.
Khadejah has successfully created, launched, and managed dozens of academic and training courses, face-to-face, distance, and hybrid. Khadejah has a MS in Management with a Specialization in Leadership and a BS in Workforce Development and Education.
Marcia McDaniels lives in Warren, Michigan, and served in the U.S. Army, Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Department of Defense for over 40 years (August 1979 to January 2020).
Bernette Menefee has 36 years of government service currently employed at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Accounting and a master’s in administration.
She has been a member of FEW for over 10 years. Bernette has held several positions at Chapter, Regional and National levels. At the Chapter level, she served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President. At the Regional level, she served as the Finance Chair. At National level, Bernette served as the Finance Chair and for 2022-24 she will serve as the National Treasurer.
Bernette enjoys giving back to the community.
Tameika A.E. Roland
Tameika A. E. Roland is actively involved in FEW serving as the Nominations Officer on the FEW National Board of Directors. She has also served in other capacities such as FEW Southeast Nominations and Elections Chair, Southeast Board Member, North Alabama Nominations and Elections Chair, North Alabama Chapter Finance Chair, and North Alabama Chapter Treasurer.
Ms. Roland has over 12 years of financial experience in both the private and public sector. Several of her awards and special recognitions as a civil servant include Directorate of Operations Individual Award, Directorate of Programs and Integration Certificate of Recognition, Program Manager Award, Program Director Letter of Appreciation, and Business Financial Manager Letter of Appreciation.
She earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Oakwood University. She is also level III certified in Financial Management and Business-Cost Estimating.
Ms. Roland is a strong and active proponent of scholastic initiatives to motivate the future workforce (elementary, high school and college students) to pursue education and careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She also serves as a mentor to many in STEM.
Immediate Past President
Karen M. Rainey is a seasoned System Administrator with over a decade of Information Technology 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. She is a graduate from the MITs Front Line Readiness Program.
Karen served as FEW’s National President from 2018 – 2022, 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.
Committee Chairs 2022-2024
Vikki Williamson is employed by the Internal Revenue Service as an Information Technology Specialist (Security). She handles security and audit management for the User & Network Services Security, Compliance and Monitoring Division.
Vikki has a Master of Science in Information Systems from Lawrence Technological University, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and an Associate in Business Administration, from Davenport University.
Vikki is an active member of FEW for the last decade. She serves FEW at the Chapter, Region, and National levels in various leadership roles.
Vikki’s hobbies include travel, reading, community service, and spending time with her friends and family. She is a longtime NBA Detroit Pistons season ticketholder.
Wanda V. 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 Information Technology projects where she ensures projects receive training and guidance on the Risk Management processes and tools.
Wanda served as FEW’s National President from 2016-2018. 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 President’s Awards in 2009 and in 2013. She also received the Allie Latimer Award and FEW’s most prestigious award, the Barbara Boardman Tenant Award in 2009.
Ms. Killingsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management and two master’s degrees, one in Computer Science and the other in Project Management. Ms. Killingsworth currently resides in Maryland.
Ivana H. Miranda is a Project Manager with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She brings experience from Human Resources, finance, sports marketing, communications, sales, and entertainment. With the motto, “mission critical does not equal boring,” she is known for interactive experiences and cost-saving strategies. She is an instructional designer, Distinguished Toastmaster, and earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Ivana was instrumental in chartering the FEW Bright Knights Chapter in 2015. She has served at the Chapter and Regional levels. In her spare time, Ivana loves karaoke, podcasts, and supporting the arts.
Contracts Management Chair
Michelle Slade has over 30 years of federal service. She currently works as a Supervisory Equal Employment Manager at the NOAA National Ocean Service. Michelle was installed as FEW’s 22nd National President on July 20, 2012, and was re-elected on May 2014 to serve a second term. She is Diamond Lifetime member of FEW and a founding member of FEW’s Seas and Skies Chapter at NOAA. In 2009, she received the FEW Champion of Diversity Award for her efforts to increase diversity awareness. In 2011, she received FEW’s most prestigious award, the Barbara Boardman Tennant Award.
Michelle attended Georgia Southwestern University and received a Certification in Equal Employment Opportunities Studies from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. She is also a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, and Speaker.
Althea Sprosta has more than 17 years of public service as an Auditor. She is a Senior Auditor at the U. S. Government Accountability Office, Financial Management and Assurance in Washington, D.C., where she works to improve and transform the government’s financial management and operations and ensure stewardship of financial resources. Althea is also a member of the BIacks In Government GAO-USACE Chapter where she serves as the Treasurer.
Althea joined the Federal Triangle Chapter in 2017. In her Chapter and in the DC Metro Region, she has held the position of Finance Chair. She served on the 2019 NTP Committee as the Agency Forums Lead and on the 2018- 2022 DC Metro Region RTP Committee as the Finance Chair.
Althea graduated from East Carolina University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and her MBA. She also graduated from Grantham University with a Masters in Information Technology.
National Training Program 2023 Chair
Patrice is a native of Washington, DC who has worked in the Federal government civil rights community over 40 years, starting at the Federal Trade Commission while in high school. The next 38 years she worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation; 19 of those years, as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Specialist. She also served as the National Federal Women’s Program Manager, Minority Serving Institutions Program Manager and a certified EEO trainer during her tenure. Patrice joined the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity in 2017 as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and is the Federal Women’s Program Manager, Hispanic Employment Program Manager, EEO Training Coordinator/Facilitator, MD 715 preparer, and a certified Civil Treatment and Myers Briggs Type Indicator instructor.
Patrice has been a member of Federally Employed Women (FEW) for over 12 years and currently serves on the National Board of Directors as the Vice President for Diversity and the Special Assistant to the President for Persons with Disabilities. She has also served as the DC Metro Region Nominations/Elections Committee Chair and the Awards Committee Chairs for the Widening Opportunities for Women Chapter at HUD. Patrice has served in various other positions including National Communications Chair, Diversity and Compliance Chair, and Webmaster at the chapter level.
Judy L. Rush
Publication and Policy Review Chair
Judy is a former Federal Women’s Program Manager/Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, who retired in 2015 from Bonneville Power Administration, a Department of Energy power marketing agency, in Portland, Oregon. In 1993, she joined FEW and attended her first National Training Program (NTP) in New Orleans. In 2003, she became a Lifetime Member and in 2011, upgraded to a Diamond Member.
Judy served as Pacific Northwest (PNW) Regional Manager from 2006-2010. She chaired/co-chaired PNW’s 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Regional Training Programs (RTP) and served in 2012-2014, 2021, and 2022 as the RTP Training Chair. She served as Correspondence Lead for NTP Committees in 2009, 2010 and 2011. From 2016-2018, Judy served as the PNW Regional Secretary, Ways & Means Chair, and President of the Willamette Valley Chapter #356. For 2022-2024, she will serve as the PNW Region and Willamette Valley Chapter Treasurer, and the National Publications & Policy Review Committee Chair.
Dr. ShaNita Nolan
Dr. Nolan is a Professional and Leadership Development Practitioner, Workshop Facilitator, and Trainer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, she is a communications, personal, spiritual, and leadership development expert, and she is a life strategist coach, and author. She is also a Certified Human Behavior Consultant (DISC), an Executive Director with the Maxwell Leadership Team, and a Certified Family, Parenting, and Youth Life Strategist.
Dr. Nolan is a gifted connector and compelling empowerment speaker who has spoken at many conferences, churches, businesses, women’s retreats, colleges, and seminaries. She is also the Founder of L3 Unlimited, the CEO & Servant Leader of Circle of Trust Leadership (COTL) LLC, a communication, personal growth, leadership development, coaching, and consulting company.
Special Assistants to the President
Special Assistants to the President 2022-2024
Fallon Mansaray is a Visual Information Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University. As a Visual Information Specialist, her extensive experience creating digital media, marketing material, and other graphic design collateral make her a highly sought-after expert for various Department events and initiatives.
She is a member of the Federal Triangle Chapter and joined FEW in 2021. Active in her community, she works with the Veterans Affairs Hispanic Association as a Technology/Platform Committee member. She also served for over 9 years as the Communications/Public Relations Chair of the VA Headquarters Chapter of Blacks in Government.
Fallon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but grew up in Virginia, spending over 15 years there before moving to Maryland, where she now resides. She enjoys going to church, ministering in her church’s Creative Dance Ministry, traveling abroad, experiencing various outdoor activities with her husband, and spending time with family. She also loves learning about and experiencing different cultures, which stems from her family background.
News and Views Editor
Grace Bridges is a Multi-Media Producer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In her role, she brings the excitement of science, rocket launches and space exploration into broadcast television programs.
Grace began her career in the broadcast industry more than 15 years ago at the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City. Since then, she has led newsrooms as an Executive Producer in Tulsa and Orlando. Grace has covered major events like tornado outbreaks, hurricanes and the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. During her career in local news, Grace received a National Murrow, Associated Press Award and two Emmys for creating bold and innovative content.
As FEW’s News and Views Editor, Grace will use her experience as a storyteller to communicate impactful stories to our members.
Special Assistant to the President for Employee Thrift Advisory Council
Georgia Thomas is Area Manager of Stakeholder Liaison in Houston, Texas. Her area of coverage spans several states in the southern part of the United States and includes Puerto Rico. Stakeholder Liaison is a part of Communication and Liaison which is a Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
As FEW’s Special Assistant to the President for Employee Thrift Advisory Council, she represents the organization in partnership with others on the advisory council to protect our members interest in the thrift savings plan.
Georgia is concerned about the advancement of women in government, hence her diamond lifetime membership in FEW and active involvement. She is the immediate past Executive Vice President and has held other positions: Vice President of Policy and Planning, Vice President of Diversity, National Scholarship Chair along with other offices at the local level.
She holds a BBA degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified Mediator. She is the mother of three daughters and four grandchildren – 2 boys and 2 girls. She enjoys reading, travel and video games.
Credentials Chair and Special Assistant to the President for Housing
Cherie Hinkle is from Louisville Kentucky. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is employed at Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Law Specialist.
Cherie has a Bachelor of Arts, Bellarmine University in Louisville, a Juris Doctor, University of Louisville and a Master of Laws (LLM), San Diego School of Law. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.
She is a Member Derby City Chapter Louisville as its First Vice President. She also serves as the Southeast Region as the Legislative Chair. Cheris is a strong advocate FEW’s mission.
Special Assistant to the President for Mentoring
Lakisha Riley Fernando, SGM
Special Assistant to the President for Military Women
MSG Lakisha Fernando is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She joined active Army in 2004 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advance Individual Training at Fort Leonard wood, MO, where she was awarded the MOS of Motor Transport Operator (88M).
MSG Fernando’s’ civilian education includes an Associate of Arts Degree from Chaminade University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development from the Command and General Staff College.
MSG Fernando resides in Fort Leonard Wood, MO and is currently serving as the Motor Transport Operator Course (MTOC) Sergeant Major. Her family includes her two daughters Kennedy and Leyla.
Special Assistant to the President for Sponsorships and Partnerships
Priscilla D. Moultrie is a Project Delivery Leader for PegaSystems. She was born in Lemoore, California (Naval Air Test Station). When her father, the late Ret. USN CWO4 Freddie Moultrie, Jr. retired, Maryland became her second home.
She studied at the University of Maryland College Park where she majored in Family Studies (BA). She has also earned a mini-MBA course certificate (Chicago Institute of Business) and a Certificate in Counseling (Light University). Presently, Priscilla is pursuing an Executive MBA with the Ducere Global Business School (University of East London). She has a passion for mission-driven service and community help activities rooted in her family background with the Military and Police forces. She joined the FEW family in 2019 with the Census Women Count Chapter in Suitland, Maryland. In her spare time, Priscilla loves to sing (past audition contestant in America’s Got Talent and received a highlight on the IndieSpotlightUSA site), write, is a public speaker, and Poshmark Consultant. She is also a new Small Business Owner, Surely! Products with a Message (2 Kings 18:30).
Her goal is to continue the successful work of Sponsors and Partnerships with growing networks for FEW and to create and develop new business opportunities.
Special Assistant to the President for Women's Health and Wellness
Tammie Edwards is employed at the National Institutes of Health where she serves as the Director of the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS). The Division is responsible for the development, planning and dissemination of a centralized program governing transportation and amenities support services.
She serves as 1st Vice President of the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland and successfully works to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. Tammie holds the positions of Bethesda Chapter Vice President and DC Metro Region Women’s Health and Wellness Chair.
A proud Virginia Tech graduate, Tammie was born and raised in Florida and the mother of one amazing son.
Vickie provides Information Technology Portfolio Management to the U.S. Small Business Administration. She has over 20 years of federal service with expertise in leadership and project management. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from The Fort Valley State University, and a Master’s in Network and Communications Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
She is a Lifetime Member of FEW and is a member of the Greater Atlanta Chapter. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of FEW’s 2022 Mentoring Program.
In her spare time, Vickie enjoys traveling, health and fitness, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She currently resides in Covington, Georgia.