Our Advisors

Beatrice Squire, Advisor


Beatrice brings a wide range of experience to the Foundation. She has extensive skills and knowledge adjudicating claims, writing regulations, and serving as ombudsman for the federal agency for which she worked. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Virginia Union University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.


She joined FEW more than 35 years ago, is a life-long member, and has held positions at different levels, including President of NOVA FEW, and Vice-Parliamentarian of National FEW. She is a Registered Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, First Vice President of the Virginia State Association of Parliamentarians, and President of a local parliamentarian unit.


Beatrice has excellent communication skills as attested by numerous awards and commendations. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster of Toastmasters International, has held office at many levels, and received top honors in speaking competitions. She is a Fellow of Intranational Training in Communication (ITC), has held positions at all levels, received first place honors twice at the international level in ITC’s non-fiction writing contest, and represented the Blue Ridge Region on four occasions in international speech competitions, including one in Brisbane Australia. She is active in her sorority and church, enjoys reading, attending the theatre, visiting galleries and exhibits; and traveling. Travel highlights include a goodwill trip to China with a group of students, and a trip to Timbuktu many years go in which she befriended and kept in contact with a young youth who subsequently came to the USA to study and live, and eventually served as his country’s ambassador to Japan.


Beatrice enjoys presenting workshops on a variety of topics, and working with children.

Linda Patrick, Advisor


A member of FEW since 2002, she retired in 2017. She has served all positions in her Chapter. A proud member of National’s award winning, Maryland Tri-County Chapter. She volunteered & served the NTP committee for 15+ years, working the registration desk which she calls FEW’s front line for customer service. She’s held severed positions on the National Board; Credentials chair, Scholarships chair & Outreach Special Assistant, Women’s Health. Linda speared headed FEW’s 1st NTP Health Fair, NTP 2011, Philadelphia. Dr. Allie Latimer, FEW’s founder & 1st president, joined her team for a Health Fair walk to the Liberty Bell & back to the hotel. Linda served on Baltimore’s Federal Executive Board, assisting with hosting training programs for over 500 attendees for Women’s History Month for 5 years. She served on Team Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Executive Committee, Special Emphasis Programs, chairing 125 Special Emphasis Programs annually (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Black History, Women’s History, Asian Pacific Islanders, Women’s Equality Day, Hispanic Heritage, Native American, & Persons with Disabilities). She received a special General’s Award for her Customer Service skills. Linda organized Chapter Team Building for military, civilian employees, & women in the community to volunteer for her Chapter’s Annual Women’s Only Home Builds with Habitat for Humanity. They helped to build & restore fifth-teen homes, for first-time home owners & families in the community.

Vernell Thomas, Advisor


Ms. Thomas began her career at Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in 1991. Since 1991, she has held positions such as Test Engineer, Manager in the In-Service Engineering Branch and Technical Project Manager. Ms. Thomas is active within the Bloomington community, serving as a volunteer and mentor. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her involvement in the community and at NSWC Crane. Ms. Thomas gives back through mentoring and tutoring.


Vernell is a lifetime member of Federally Employed Women. She is an active member of Blacks In Government, American Society of Naval Engineering (ASNE) and Toastmasters. Vernell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Wanda Hewlin, Advisor


Wanda L. Hewlin served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager 2014-2018 for the Federally Employed Women (FEW) and she is a Diamond Life member. She has been a member of Federally Employed Women for 16 years. Wanda is Founder of the Tidewater Chapter that was established in 2007 and chartered in 2008. She served as Secretary from 2007-2009 and Chapter President from 2009-2014. Presently she serves as Treasurer of the Tidewater Chapter and the Mid-Atlantic Region and also past Regional Manager. She was employed at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, USN in Newport News, Virginia for 35 years and retired with 37 years of service. Wanda served as a Federal Women’s Program (FWP) Coordinator 2007-2008, and EEO Task Force Co-Chair 2008-2010. She retired from her position as a Management Analyst in the Administration Department of the organization.


Wanda is currently a Notary Public and has been in business for 14 years.

Carolyn Kroon, Advisor


Carolyn Kroon started her career as a Clerk-Typist in 1973 with NOAA at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. She was promoted to Administrative Support Clerk before moving to Richland, WA and taking the position of Senior Probation Clerk for the US Federal Probation Office. Carolyn took a 3-year break in service and managed her family’s restaurant, Knead and Feed, located in Coupeville, WA. Carolyn returned to federal service in 1979 at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory and held the positions of Fiscal Clerk and Administrative Officer and then transferred to the Western Regional Office of NOAA as a Finance Specialist. During this time Carolyn joined Federally Employed Women (FEW) and held the offices of Vice President and President of the Cascade Chapter, Regional Manager of the Pacific Northwest Region, and National Vice President for Chapter Organization.


Carolyn transferred to the NOAA Office of Administration Finance Services Division in Washington, DC in 1990. She held the positions of Financial Management Specialist, and Chief of the NOAA Payment System Section. Carolyn was selected as National Diversity Program Manager working for the NOAA Deputy Under Secretary. During this time Carolyn held the FEW offices of National Executive Vice President and National President.


As President of FEW Carolyn worked to strengthen FEW’s focus on cultural awareness. As a result of her efforts, a National Bylaws Amendment elevated the Cultural Awareness Chair to a voting position on the National Board of Directors. She signed agreements with IMAGE and Blacks in Government and served on OPM’s Hispanic Employment Advisory Group and their Interagency Glass Ceiling Committee, both studying problems women and minorities have in advancing in their careers. Carolyn testified before congressional committees and met with leaders of government agencies to discuss the status of women and minorities. During Carolyn’s tenure, FEW added women’s health to its National Agenda.


Carolyn transferred to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and moved to Burlington, VT in 1996 where she was employed as a Management and Program Analyst. Carolyn transferred back to the INS Headquarters office in Washington, DC in 2001 where she was employed as a Management and Program Analyst. INS was made part of the new Department of National Security in 2003. Carolyn finished her career in the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Fraud Detection and National Security.


In retirement Carolyn has served as an Advisor to the FEW Foundation for Education and Training.


Carolyn received a BA from Seattle Pacific University in 1973 and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University in 1986. Carolyn participated in the 39th annual National Security Seminar held at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA in 1993. Carolyn was awarded the Public Employees Roundtable Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1993. She graduated from the USDA Graduate School Executive Potential Program in 1998.


Carolyn retired from federal service in 2007 after 30 years of government service. She currently resides on Whidbey Island in Coupeville, WA.

Helen Robinson, Advisor


Helen Robinson is a member of The Federally Employed Women since 2008 and currently serves as a Regional Representative for the Federally Employed Women’s D.C. Metro Region. Helen currently works at the Food and Drug Administration as a Program Analyst for the Work Life Programs office and currently serves as the Principal Deputy Chief Steward for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU Chapter 282) for the agency.