Foreign Service Impasses Dispute Panel
Mary Jacksteit, who also currently serves as the Chairman of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), has over 20 years of experience in mediation, facilitation and negotiation working for non-profit organizations, government agencies and community organizations. Chairman Jacksteit previously served on the Panel for seven years during President Clinton’s Administration. She began her legal career as a labor attorney for the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, where she later served as Deputy General Counsel.
Betty Bolden served previously as the Chair of the FSIP, having been appointed by President Clinton on October 4, 1994. On January 11, 1995, she was reappointed for a full 5-year term. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Bolden was a career Federal employee of the Department of Labor (DOL), rising to the level of Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor in 1993, where she acted as liaison to DOL program agencies and the Deputy Secretary. Ms. Bolden has a wealth of Federal sector experience in the areas of administration, personnel, and labor-management relations. She has been a part-time self-employed dealer of out-of-print books since 1988, and is a resident of the District of Columbia.
Diane T. McFadgen is currently employed with the DOL where she serves as the National Employee Relations Program Manager and the Acting Director of the Office of Employee and Labor-Management Relations in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management. Ms. McFadgen’s experience in labor-management relations and 3rd-party representation was attained from various positions in several agencies in the Federal sector, including the Department of the Navy, U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She served in various positions including, but not limited to, Chief, Benefits and Performance, Chief Negotiator and Labor Relations Officer, Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist, Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Labor and Employee Relations), and National Agency Representative before the FLRA, Merit Systems Protection Board, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. McFadgen brings to the FSIDP over 18 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in labor-management relations and dispute resolution.
Jonita Whitaker assumed the position of Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) Director in June 2008 following her graduation from senior training at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Her previous assignments overseas include Khartoum, Sudan, as management counselor; Maputo, Mozambique, as management officer; Bamako, Mali, as financial management officer; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as human resources manager. Ms. Whitaker’s domestic assignments include serving as desk officer in the Sudan Program Groups, as program management officer for South Asia in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, and as foreign policy advisor as a Pearson Fellow in the office of Congressman Donald Payne (D–NJ). Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Whitaker served with the city of Sacramento as a personnel analyst. Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in psychology magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of National Security Resource Strategy from the Natio