Thomas C. Adams

Tom spent over 40 years in the U.S. Government, with most of it at the State Department managing foreign assistance. He currently consults on foreign affairs and is engaged in teaching and training. He has taught courses at Encore Learning, as well as training at both the Foreign Service Institute and the USAID Training Center.…

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Mildred Patterson

A retired Foreign Service Officer, Mildred served in Denmark, Belgium and Turkey (twice). She has been a Managing Editor of the Encore Learning course catalog and served as co-chair of the Publications Committee from 2010 – 2014. In 2011 she was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee that proposed the name change from the…

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Steven Shapiro

Steve is a retiree from Fairfax County Public Schools, where he taught math and served as the department co-chair at Falls Church High School. He also served in a variety of education leadership roles. Prior to his teaching career, he spent 25 years in management positions with several leading technology companies, including SAIC, Bell Atlantic…

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Joan Carter

Joan retired from the Department of Justice in 2003 to move to Germany with her husband. While there, she worked as a tour guide with the USO out of Kaiserslautern, leading tours throughout Europe for military families. Returning to the U.S. in 2011, she quickly became a member of Encore Learning, serving as Co-Chair for…

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Barbara Spangler

Barbara served as a Senior Human Resources Manager at the U.S. Marshals Service. In that capacity, she worked closely with all levels of the organization, including senior executives and presidential appointees. She managed the recruitment and selection program for administrative employees and law enforcement officers. She retired with 30+ years of federal service. She is…

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Jeanne Labella

Jeanne retired in 2014 as a senior vice president of the American Public Power Association, where she spent 36 years as a reporter, editor and manager of the organization’s journalism and other publishing activities. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism from Syracuse University and American University and as a journalist covered national energy…

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Eileen Janas

Eileen holds a BA in History and Anthropology from Marquette University and a Master of Librarianship degree from Emory University. Following a 30-year career as a librarian, she has participated in Encore Learning since 2011. Eileen also serves as the Arlington Heights Civic Association representative to the county’s Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee.

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Gail Massot

Currently re-engaging with painting and crafts, Gail retired from a 30-year career teaching French and heading the language department at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. eight years ago. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work in French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, following which she lived and worked in France as a textile artist.…

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Christine Milliken

Chris is a retired attorney, who served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) from 1986 to retirement in 2001. Prior to her tenure at NAAG, Chris was Vice President and General Counsel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She has a BA in…

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Martin Suydam

Marty has had several careers: military, government civilian, industry executive and as a college and university educator in subject areas of mathematics, computing science, information technology, and management. His first career was as an Army Corps of Engineer officer retiring as a Colonel. In 1983, he was selected as a member of the Senior Executive…

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