2020-2022 National Election Candidates

vote1Here are your 2020 – 2022 candidates running for Federally Employed Women (FEW) National Board of Directors. As a member, take some time to look at the biographies of these phenomenal candidates. All positions are governed and defined within our National Bylaws and our National Policy and Procedures Manual (NPPM). This page will be open from April 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020. We thank you in advance for your vote and electing the best candidate to represent FEW and our mission.

Candidate for President

Karen Rainey

KarenRainey_redThroughout my 20 years of leadership experience in my professional career and in my social networks, I have gained some valuable soft skills not listed above. These skills helped me prove my ability to strategically set new goals for FEW and achieve them. Some of these skills were key to our success. They are effective communication, team building, negotiating, program and project management tools based on proven frameworks, time management and customer service to build a larger network.

Additionally, I have other skills gained from serving on the National Board of Directors; including, financial management, strategies in strategic planning for compliance, diversity, legislative, and most importantly professional development training for workers, both civilian and military.

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Candidate for Executive Vice President

Georgia Thomas

Georgia ThomasGeorgia is Area Manager of Stakeholder Liaison in Houston, Texas. Her area of coverage are the states of Texas, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and New York. Stakeholder Liaison is a part of Communication and Liaison which is a Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

As FEW’s Executive Vice President, Georgia is concerned about the advancement of women in government, hence her lifetime membership in FEW and active involvement. She is the immediate past Vice President of Policy and Planning and has held the positions of 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 three grandchildren – 2 boys and one girl. She enjoys reading, travel and video games.

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Candidate for Vice President of Policy and Planning

Connie Coleman-Lacadie

Connie Coleman-LacadieConnie spent 31 years as a Federal employee with the United States Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration in Berlin and statewide. Connie served 27 years as member and officer on national, state, county, city boards as well as School Board Director for 12 years. She served 22 years as PTA member/officer at state, district and local levels. In those leadership roles she reviewed policies and bylaws to ensure compliance with city, county and state laws. During her career she developed her writing, media and public relations skills. Connie helped raises $6,000 to $10,000 annually for the children as a member and officer of a local guild with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Connie has been a member of Federally Employed Women for more than 31 years. She served in various positions such as Vice President for Policy & Planning, Vice President for Compliance, Special Assistant for Federal Women’s Program, Regional Manager and served as Regional Representative, Treasurer, Chapter President, Treasurer, Legislative and Compliance Chair.

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Candidates for Vice President of Congressional Relations

Carmen Chavez-Ghimenti

Chavez-Ghimenti-C-Carmen- headshot 4-7Carmen Chávez-Ghimenti is currently FEW’s Vice President for Congressional Relations. Carmen has been an active member of Northwest D.C. Chapter of FEW since 2006, serving two terms as Chapter President and currently serves as the Chapter’s Legislative Chair. Carmen has served as a Regional Treasurer for the DC Metro Region, and is currently a Regional Representative. Prior to her election to FEW’s NBOD Carmen has served on various National Training Program committees: NTP Volunteer coordinator; FEW Advocacy Day; and 45th Anniversary Gala.

As Vice President for Congressional Relations Carmen worked with both FEW’s National President and our Legislative contractor in communicating regularly with FEW members via: biweekly Washington Legislative Updates, Eblasts, Call to Action, etc. Carmen wants to continue promoting education on legislative issues, working with all FEW members in increasing our grassroots legislative advocacy, increase the visibility of FEW’s legislative program and develop a FEW advocacy day in DC.

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Shabiki Clarke

Shabiki ClarkeShabiki E.C. Clarke is a Leader, from Guyana, South America. Ms. Clarke is a Certified Federal Financial Manager for the Department of Transportation (DOT)/ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington, DC. Ms. Clarke as past President of the Guyana Berbice Association, Washington, DC Chapter, propelling the mission of assisting the less fortunate children to a better education in Guyana. Ms. Clarke a Lifetime Member of the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. (NMPMA, Inc.) Philadelphia Chapter #1, Auxiliary, serving both the Local and National levels.

A member of the Federally Employed Women since 2018. She is part of the Department of Transportation “Women on the Move” Chapter. Ms. Clarke is the Legislative Chair for the Chapter and the DC Metro Region.

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Candidate for Vice President of Compliance

Tonya Watson

Tonya WatsonTonya Prior Watson is a Diversity Program Manager (Federal Women’s Program Manager) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in Washington, DC. In this capacity, Ms. Watson is responsible for identifying barriers to the hiring and advancement of women and developing activities, action plans and/or provides advice to management on effective solutions to eliminating institutional barriers to equal opportunity.

Ms. Watson currently serves on the Federally Employed Women’s (FEW) National Board of Directors as the Vice President for Compliance and the Special Assistant to the President for Federal Women’s Program. At the chapter level, she serves as the President of HUD’s Widening Opportunities for Women (W.O.W.) Chapter #448. Ms. Watson held the positions of Awards Committee Chair; 1st Vice President; and 2nd Vice President of her chapter. Under Ms. Watson’s leadership, the W.O.W. chapter membership has increased approximately 200%.

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Candidate for Vice President of Diversity

Patrice Wilson

Patrice WilsonPatrice Wilson has worked in the Federal government civil rights community for 40 years. After 38 years at the Department of Transportation, in 2017, Patrice joined the Department Housing and Urban Development as an EEO Specialist/Hispanic Employment Program Manager and a certified civil rights instructor, providing training on the topic of Civil Treatment for Employees and Leaders.

Patrice has been a member of Federally Employed Women for 11 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. Patrice also serves as the DC Metro Region Nominations/Elections Committee Chair and the Awards Committee Chair for the Widening Opportunities for Women Chapter at HUD. Patrice has served in various other positions including National Communications Chair, Diversity and Compliance Chair at the Chapter level.

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Candidates for Vice President of Training

Debra Hobbs

Debra HobbsDebra Hobbs has worked for several years on training programs for at her Agency for several years as the FWP Manager, organized workshops and developed a Leaders Academy, she believes that she can be a great asset as the VP for Training. Debra has several skills sets that would be very beneficial to FEW’s training program. She would also keep in line with FEW’s three major focus areas for training. Her goal is to have interactive workshops, designed to equip women with the knowledge and skills need to have a greater impact and broader influences within their organizations.

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Kaya Lewis-Baltimore

Kaya Lewis-BaltimoreKaya Lewis-Baltimore has held many positions in her 27 years at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which include experience in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Training. With a love to help in the community, she is the Chair of the Food Bank Ministry with her church in Alexandria, Virginia, feeding over 50 families twice a month.

Ms. Lewis-Baltimore is currently serving as the National Vice President for Training on the National Board of Directors (NBOD) and Regional Representative for the DC Metro Region. She has a drive to collaborate and find new ways to establish structures and develop new programs at all levels of FEW.

She has a Master’s in Business Administration through Grantham University, Bachelor’s in Business Management from University of Maryland Global Campus, as well as a Business Certificate in Human Resources and Project Management. Mrs. Lewis-Baltimore has four children and has one granddaughter.

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Candidate for Vice President of Membership and Chapter Organizations

Tara Bullock

Tara BullockMrs. Tara Bullock is a native of Anchorage, Alaska. Currently employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She began her career in January 2010. She currently serves in the Workforce Planning Unit as a Program Manager for the Joint Duty Program. Prior to working for the FBI Mrs. Bullock worked in the private sector in the health care field. Mrs. Bullock has over 25 years of leadership experience from entry level to mid-level management.

Mrs. Bullock holds a Master of Business Administration Business (MBA) from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s in Business from American InterContinental University. Most recently Mrs. Bullock graduated from Central Michigan University with a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management.

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Candidates for Treasurer

Carol D. Jones

carol jones headshotCarol D. Jones is currently the National Treasurer for Federally Employed Women. She retired after 33 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Finance Division. She’s a lifetime member and member of the Northwest DC Chapter. She served in the Metro Region as the Chapter Treasurer for 4½ years.

She has served two terms as National Treasurer and two terms as National Finance Chair. She also served as the National Training Program (NTP) 2010 Finance Chair and held positions on the NTP 2010 and 2011 Committees as well. In 2015, she was awarded the National President’s Award.

Carol has served as Finance Chair for FEW and serving on its National Board in addition to being the Treasurer. Carol is well versed and knows the inner working of FEW’s finances and therefore would make an excellent candidate for National Treasurer.

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Althea Sprosta

sprosta_ althea photoAlthea Sprosta has more than 15 years of public service as an Auditor. She is a Senior Auditor at the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) in Washington DC. She works to improve and transform the government’s financial management and operations to meet existing and emerging critical accountability challenges and ensure stewardship of financial resources. Althea serves as the Treasurer for the BIG GAO-USACE Chapter.

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 has served on the 2019 NTP Committee as the Agency Forums Lead and on the 2018- 2020 DC Metro Region RTP Committee as the Finance Chair.

Althea graduated from East Carolina University with an Accounting degree and an MBA and is currently working on a Masters in Information Technology at Grantham University.

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Candidates for Secretary

Marcia McDaniels

marica headshotMarcia located in Warren, Michigan, and served US Army, TACOM, Department of Defense for over 40 years (August 1979 to Jan 2020).

She joined Federally Employed Women 38 years ago. She served the following roles in the Great Lakes Chapter as: Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Vice President (2), President (2). She sought regional involvement, attending over 20 Regional Trainings. She held Regional positions as Bylaws, Public Relations, Ways and Means and election to Elections Chair and Regional Secretary (3). Most recently she has been Regional Ways and Means Chair 2014-18 and 2017-18 Great Lakes Regional Secretary. Her involvement as staff in some of her 16 NTPs included Facilitator, Exhibit Booth coordinator for Chapter/ Regional booths, Registrations/Programs Chair (2001) Advertising/Marketing co-chair (2012), Information co-chair (2017). At NTP2015, Marcia became a Diamond Life member. She served as News and Views Editor 2018-2020. She wants to cap her legacy serving as National Secretary.

Gloria Sherman

gloriaGloria has served as the Mid-Continent Region Manager, as the National Secretary and currently as National Webmaster. She held chapter offices, including President, and served as Region Secretary, Membership Chair and Representative.

Gloria retired June 2010 with 30 years civil service and 35 years of military service. She was the Kansas National Guard Federal Women’s Program Manager from 1990 to 2010.

She has a Master of Business Administration from Kansas State University and was a Certified Defense Financial Manager. She is a member in several military organizations.

Candidates for Nominations Officer