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NASE IN WDC - 2013
Three members of NASE traveled to Washington, DC,
April 23-25, 2013. Others, not so fortunate, attended via
VTC or telephone –
Cindy Porter (NASE-Pres), Nancy Reiff (NASE-Secretary),
Zone Representatives Jill Monson (A), Heather Culwell
(B), Carol Truman (C), and Beth Perkins (D)
Committee Chairpersons also joined via telephone during
some of the sessions – Tanya McIlravy (IT), Erin Aten (IT,
Webmaster), Jill Uffelman (FP), and Jarita Spaulding (FLP)
Administrative Solutions Project
NASE met with
• Marcus Graham, Senior Policy Advisor to the
Administration
• Chris Nelson, Assistant Secretary for
Administration under Secretary Vilsack
• Jamie Wadzink
NASE met with Buddy Bice and Jim Gwinn of
CIO. Pictured here are Rhonda Hoffman (NASE
– Tr), Buddy, Jim, Marilyn McMullen (NASE –
VP). Heather Culwell (NASE-Zone B via VTC),
Tonye Gross (MIDAS) via phone, and Susan
Long (not pictured).
DAFO
NASE met with
• Trina Brake
• John Berge
• Linda Treese
• John Schott joined us briefly (very briefly)
NASE met with ORAS (4-24-2013). Pictured
here are Rhonda Hoffman (NASE – Tr), Iris
Evans, Phil Sharp, Jonna Miller all of ORAS, and
Marilyn McMullen (NASE – VP). Not pictured
is Susan Long
NASE met with Farm Loan Programs (4-24-2013). Pictured here are Courtney Dixon
(PDEED), Mike Hinton (LSPMD), Marilyn McMullen (NASE- VP), Rhonda Hoffman (NASETr), Connie Holman (DLM). Joining by VTC and telephone are other NASE officers as
well as Mark McKinley (FLOO), James Jordan (LAO), Doug Jones (FCAO), Sheila Oellrich
(PDEED), Gerry Hagedorn, Carrie Novak (LM), and Sandra Hammond (LM).
NASE met with Farm Loan Programs (4-24-2013). Pictured are Rhonda
Hoffman (NASE-Tr), Connie Holman (LM), Jim Radintz (DAFLP), Bill Cobb
(PDEED), Randy Johnson (GLM), Sharilyn Hashimoto (LSPMD), Randy Scheffer
(GLM), Bob Bonnet (LM), Tami Wilson (LSPMD)
NASE met with the Administrator Juan Garcia and Candy Thompson, Associate
Administrator (4-24-2013). Pictured here are Rhonda Hoffman (NASE – Tr), Juan, Candy,
and Marilyn McMullen (NASE – VP). Juan was able to tell NASE officers of the approval
of 714 funds and no furloughs for FSA employees.
NASE met with Pat Farmer of DAM (4-24-2013) on the Administrative
Solutions Pilot project in the Southwest Region. Pictured here are Pat,
Marilyn McMullen (NASE – VP) and Rhonda Hoffman (NASE – Tr).
Susan Long not pictured and Heather Culwell (NASE-Zone B) joined by
VTC. Other NASE officers were available by telephone.
NASE met with Farm Programs (4-25-2013).
Pictures here are Rhonda Hoffman (NASE – Tr),
George Stickels, Toni Williams, Laura Schlote,
Andrea Naughton, and Stacy Carroll.
NASE received a very warm welcome from Farm Programs (4-25-2013). Pictured here are
Rhonda Hoffman (NASE – Tr), Craig Trimms, George Stickels, Toni Williams, Stacy Carroll ,
Kimberly Graham and Marilyn McMullen (NASE – VP). Mike Schmidt, new Deputy
Administrator for Farm Programs joined us for a short time but is not pictured. Not
pictured were Susan Long (NASE), Laura Schlote, and Andrea Naughton with DAFP who
were sitting in the background.
NASE met with Budget personnel, Bob McGrath and Bruce Ward (4-25-2013).
Vicki Larson joined by telephone. Pictured here are Rhonda Hoffman (NASE –
Tr), Bob, Bruce, and Marilyn McMullen (NASE-VP) .
NASE met with Karis Gutter, Deputy Under Secretary of the Food and
Foreign Agriculture Service. (4-25-2013). Pictures here are Rhonda
Hoffman (NASE – Tr), Karis and Marilyn McMullen. Not pictured is Susan
Long.
NASE met with Karis Gutter, Deputy Under Secretary of the Food and
Foreign Agriculture Service. (4-25-2013). Pictures here are Rhonda
Hoffman (NASE – Tr), Karis and Marilyn McMullen. Not pictured is Susan
Long. Heather Culwell (NASE Zone B) joined by VTC and other NASE
officers joined via telephone conferencing.
NASE Officers had dinner with Carolyn Cooksie (now retired, friend of
NASE) at Old Ebbitt’s Grill. Pictured left to right are Marilyn
McMullen, Carolyn Cooksie, Susan Long and Rhonda Hoffman
NASE Officers Marilyn McMullen, Susan Long and Rhonda Hoffman took the night tour
of the District of Columbia, affectionately known as “the District” by those who
frequent the area. Here, Rhonda and Susan pose in front of the White House (north
side) with the red, white and blue flowers on the lawn.
NASE Officers Marilyn McMullen, Susan Long and Rhonda Hoffman visited Ruby
Tuesday restaurant where we received lessons in the proper pour of Guinness from
Michael. Michael graduated from college in Boston with a degree in Political Science
and is now waiting tables at Ruby Tuesdays. He will soon relocate to Manhattan (NY).
The night tour of “the
District” included
stops at some of the
mall monuments. To
the left is the newest,
a tribute to Martin
Luther King, Jr.
Note the size in
comparison to the
adults on bicycles.
The night tour of “the
District” included
stops at some of the
mall monuments. To
the left is the statue
of Thomas Jefferson.
Susan Long and Rhonda Hoffman are right here (at line end),
just shadows in the brightly lit Lincoln Memorial.

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