FDAAA Founder's Award
Daniel L. Michaels
Dan never served on the Board. Dan Michels received the Service Recognition award in 2013 and the Volunteer of the Year for 2015 He was a Charter member and only served as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Dan also worked with Andy on the FDA mentoring program.
Andy Bonanno started as an Investigator in LOS-DO in 1974. He joined the FDA Alumni Association as a new member in 2008, shortly before retiring from a 34 year career with FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). He became active in the association and was elected to the board of directors in 2009, moving onto vice-president in 2011, and later Vice-Chair. He spent about 7 years on the executive committee, helping lead and guide the association forward. In 2018, after the maximum allowable 3 terms on the board of directors, Andy steps down from the board and the position of Vice-Chair, leaving behind 10 years of service and some notable accomplishments:
Established the FDA Alumni Association’s first formal Vision Statement after witnessing a need to clarify the organization’s purpose – “The FDA Alumni Association is the official global network of former and current FDA employees, connecting and supporting alumni, the Agency, and the public health community." Andy chaired a small group and pushed for consensus among board members and the executive committee in order to develop this simple vision statement that reflects the essence of the FDAAA, and should help chart a clear path into the future.
Established a unique mentoring program with ORA, where retired senior agency officials are re-hired to mentor upcoming agency leaders. The pilot won awards after a very successful debut, and was then established as an official agency program with the help of OPM.
Worked with the agency to incorporate a presentation on the FDA Alumni Association is each pre-retirement course offered to FDA personnel, assuring that pre-retirees are made aware of the alumni organization and its services.
Chaired a working group that explored ways the association could improve finances, and established a procedure for accepting fees for paid job advertisements on the website and in the newsletter.
Co-chaired the governance committee, helping craft needed modifications to the organization’s bylaws.
Worked to establish closer ties with other organizations, such as the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
Dr. C.K. Gund
As FDAAA Secretary, Dr. C.K. Gund provides the support and leadership to facilitate the conduct of the FDAAA’s business, which includes everything from scheduling and organizing every detail of the Executive Committee, Board, and Annual meetings to conducting yearly voting for Officers and Board members. She has served in this capacity since 2012. Her excellent writing skills are demonstrated in the records of Board actions. CK uses exceptional communication skills to keep abreast of various committees’ activities and their members, and acts as a conduit between the committees and FDAAA leadership. She knows and applies the FDAAA governing documents at Executive Committee, Board, and Annual meetings, guiding procedures within legal boundaries. She does all this with diligence and commitment and a sense of humor – from a remote location. CK’s organizational and communication skills have significantly contributed to promoting the growth of the FDAAA. Her efforts exemplify the true spirit and intent of “Serving those who have served.” As with any organization, it is critical that someone provide the organizational glue to promote and support the organization. CK is that glue.
Karen Carson, as Chair of the Member Services Committee, has handled the entire membership procedures by herself for a couple of years before she gained a team member to assist her. She has organized the membership process so that it works efficiently in providing new members’ information and handling questions as they arise. In addition, she informs the various Chairs immediately when a new member expresses a desire to work on their committee. She also has managed the invoice procedure so it is seamless and is prepared to report on the organization’s total membership at each Board meeting. In addition, she and her team member maintain the FDAAA Directory and update it regularly to assure that the proper information is noted. Karen is willing to go above and beyond her responsibilities and does so as the organization’s Secretary’s right arm. She attends each Board meeting to take notes of the various actions due to the Secretary being unable to attend and jumped in to handle all of the Secretary’s duties when the Secretary was unavailable. She works with the treasurer is assure that when the membership invoices are paid, the amount is documented in the finance report. She is willing to assist any and all Directors, Officers and Chairs and has provided many new insights to various problems. Karen can always to count on for being there with her organizational and wonderful personal attitude for all the organization’s members. She is certainly one whose actions truly meet the statement, ‘serving those who have served.’ She is one great dynamo!!!
Liz Jacobson (Krell)
In Grateful Recognition as Former FDAAA Board Chairman, Long-Time Board Member & Assisting the Finance Committee
Edward A. Steele, EAS Consulting Group, LLC
Joseph A. Levitt, JD
F. Alan Andersen, Ph.D.