National Women’s Advisory Coordinators

Deborah Toussant - District 2

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HRC Subcommittee: Communications, Health & Safety, Special Emphasis


Eleanor Davis - District 3

 

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HRC Subcommittee: EEO & Representation


Regina Smith - District 4


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HRC Subcommittee: Public Relations, Training & Education, Organizing


Debra Cook-Rice - District 5

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HRC Subcommittee: Constitution, Resolution & Legislative


Tinita Cole - District 6

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Robin Nichols - District 7

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HRC Subcommittee: Communications, Health & Safety, Special Emphasis

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Gloria Kortum - District 8

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HRC Subcommittee: Public Relations, Training & Education, Organizing


Diana Hicks - District 9

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I am a mother, I am a wife, and I am a unionist. I've been employed by VA, Members Services since 2006 as a First Party Representative, and have been a VA mediator since 2012. I serve as the AFGE Local 906 President, and Women's Coordinator at the VA in Ft. Riley and Topeka KS. I've carried every position within our local, except Secretary/Treasurer, since 2007. I served as the National YOUNG Coordinator for District 9 from 2016 – 2017.

I was raised not to judge individuals based on the color of their skin, gender, or disabilities, because those are things an individual cannot control. We may have differences, but we are not less because of them. My advocacy of others began at a young age, when kids would pick on other kids at school with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I began playing with these bullied children at recess rather than with my other friends, and slowly integrated them in with my classmates on the playground, illustrating they we're different, but not less. During my teenage years I babysat, and worked for a company caring for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In High School I chaired the Student Advisory Board committee where we reviewed disciplinary actions of students, and made recommendations. We were heavily involved with community programs, and volunteering. We also made sure our school was preparing us for the "real world" after high school by offering free financial courses, and conducting poverty simulations. I was nominated by my High School Principal for the "Making a Difference Award" that the City of Topeka Kansas gives to one resident every year.

Advocacy, education, and influence have always been a consistent passion of mine. Lobbying, litigating, and representing federal employees has changed my life, and really helped me grow as a person. I feel like I'm right where I'm supposed to be in life.

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me" Ayn Rand


Fredna S. White - Distirct 10

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HRC Subcommittee: Public Relations, Training & Education, Organizing

 


Katherine Foley - Distirct 11

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Gail Francis - District 12

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Tyra McClelland - District 14

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Tyra McClelland has been a member of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) for more than 10 years. She began her union career as a representative for AFGE Local 727 Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). Shortly after joining AFGE, Tyra hit the ground running. She was elected as the local's Secretary Treasurer in 2011, and became the local's Women's Coordinator, as well as the Legislative Political Coordinator. As true unionists do, Tyra is involved in many AFGE committees to include Y.O.U.N.G, Pride, AFL-CIO, and the Law Enforcement Officers' Committee. She was also one of the first to graduate from one of AFGE's premiere advance training programs, P.O.R.T. and P.O.R.T. II: Advance.

Tyra holds a psychology degree from Bowie State University. She is a state-licensed Addiction Counselor and Domestic Violence Counselor, as well as an executive board member of her daughter's Parent Teacher Student Organization. Tyra is currently gaining her certification in Paralegal Studies.

One of Tyra's strengths is her ability to maintain a healthy work/life balance. As a single mother of three children, she is extremely proud of Andrew (member of his Union), Dwayne (a decorated Army Veteran and Union member), and Taryn (a high school honor student).

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