Making A Statement
“Being able to use my skills and knowledge as a nurse practitioner is a way of service that I never envisioned when I first started out my career.” Glenda Siegrist, DNP, MAC, NP-C is a Foreign Service specialist serving as director of overseas nursing in the Bureau of Medical Services.
“My role supports diplomacy by educating and informing the American taxpayer, Congress members, policy makers, and others about how the Diplomatic Security Service supports diplomacy.” Angela French is a Civil Service deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
“When I landed there was a different feeling…there was a feeling that we had a job to do.” Michael Cunningham is a Civil Service lead studio engineer in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs’ Office of Live Video Programs.
“The Department of State gave me the opportunity to travel and train people around the world, that was one of my goals.” Claudia de Vieytez is a Foreign Service National administrative assistant serving in the facilities office at Embassy San Salvador.
“ really exciting when you find someone who has an interest and then you can talk to them about the work of diplomacy and diplomatic history.” Alison Mann, Ph.D. is a Civil Service public historian in the National Museum of American Diplomacy.
“Being a diplomat means to me that you’re really serving a calling to a higher purpose.” Maryum Saifee is a Foreign Service senior advisor currently serving in the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
“Diplomacy is a relationship, its meaningful relationships.” Pablo Paganini is a Foreign Service office management specialist in language training at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va.
“My own diversity of experiences that I have brought to the job,I think really helps me connect.” Michelle Yerkin is a Foreign Service officer currently serving as chargé d’affaires at Embassy Reykjavik.
“I did not choose public service as a career, I think it chose me.” Heidi Howland is a Civil Service public affairs specialist in the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s Office of Accessibility and Accommodations.