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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meet the 2011 EYS Judges: Bernadette Hale

Bernadette Hale is currently the executive director of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation. She is a veteran of the diplomatic service in both the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the US Department of State (DOS). While at the FCO, she served as a management and consular affairs officer on substantive tours in Lisbon, Jakarta and Kinshasa. Additionally, she was assigned as a "Diplomatic Rover" for two years, deployed to support Embassies, High Commissions, and Consulates in countries spanning the globe, including Romania, Egypt, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and China. During periods assigned to the FCO in London, Hale worked on issues involving consular, management, administration and overseas family/children affairs.

More recently, Hale accompanied her husband to Indonesia, and served as an Eligible Family Member (EFM) in the U.S. Embassy Economic Section. During this assignment, Hale learned about the challenges faced by Foreign Service families and issues involving preschools, schools, community/family oriented activities, and children's organizations and opportunities. Hale's husband is currently serving in Afghanistan and her nine-year-old daughter Libby, who has attended three schools on three continents in the past five years, is currently thriving in Northern Virginia.

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