2021 UAA Board Candidates

Roberta Mahoney

(Candidate, 1st term)

Roberta Mahoney’s interest in development was initially academic, followed by three years in the Peace Corps (Fiji), more academics, and research (Tanzania). Her 32-year USAID career began as an IDI and was divided into two parts: During the first half, she worked in and on eastern and southern Africa (USAID/Kenya, REDSO/ESA, USAID/Malawi, AFR/W), while during the second half, she served in senior management positions in the Mid-East (USAID/Egypt) and the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia (Mission Director/Albania, Senior DAA/E&E, several years as acting AA/E&E, and HR/HCTM). In between, she served in PPC (twice), LAC, at the World Bank, and as acting MD in Central Asia and Timor L’Este. She finished her USAID career as a faculty member (teaching Strategy, International Context, African, and Mid-Eastern studies) at the National War College and retired as a Career Minister.    

Since retiring, she has continued to do intermittent work with USAID (India, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Egypt, and Sudan Missions and the new CPS Bureau), served as co-chair of the Strengthening USAID Committee at UAA (where she was able to help expand the Mentoring Program initially piloted when she was in E&E), and helped coordinate the expansion of the UAA-USAID MOU. On the UAA Board, she states she is committed to helping UAA work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion inside UAA and USAID. 

Denise Rollins

(Candidate, 1st term)

Denise joined USAID’s Foreign Service in 1987. She served the Agency for 27 years before retiring in 2014 as a Minister Counselor. She was posted to six countries (Jamaica, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa as Deputy Mission Director, and Bangladesh as Mission Director) spending 23 consecutive years overseas. She returned to Washington in 2011 in the position of Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Asia Bureau, and subsequently became the Acting Assistant Administrator, overseeing programs in 32 countries. Immediately after retiring, the Agency brought Denise back as Senior Coordinator for Ebola. She served in that position for 18 months and retired in 2016. 

Since her final retirement, Denise has volunteered with performing arts organizations serving on boards of directors and chair of the board of Dance Place, a 40-year-old organization in Brookland, and on the Women’s Committee of Washington Performing Arts. She has been involved with the Payne Fellowship program since its initiation in 2013 as chair of the selection panels, and on the writing panel. Denise currently mentors two Payne Fellows – one is a 1st tour health officer, and the other is currently completing his second year in graduate school at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School. She has participated in numerous sessions regarding the Fellowship program with USAID/HCTM and with the Payne Fellows Network and provides informal mentoring to other USAID staff.

Denise is a Detroit native. She has a B.A. in economics from Howard University and a Master of International Public Policy (international economics and finance) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is committed to training and supporting the next round of foreign service officers and ensuring that the USAID foreign service supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which are goals of UAA.

Jim Bever

(Incumbent Candidate, 2nd term)

Jim Bever states: “It is an honor to be a nominee to again to serve you on UAA's Board. I have previously served as your elected Board Member, as well your Co-Chair of the Public Outreach Committee and a member of your Executive Committee. I am proud of the UAA's progress over the past few years to expand our membership; to deepen UAA's partnership with USAID via the historic 2020 MOU to help strengthen the Agency and include Senior Leadership Group officers as Mentees in our Mentoring Program; to adopt a UAA Public Advocacy Policy to guide us on sharing UAA concerns with Agency leadership and with the American public; to successfully cultivate UAA linkages with AFSA and the US Global Leadership Council; to initiate pilot US Regional Chapters of UAA; and to engage with the Agency's elected FSN Advocacy Council. I pledge to you my full energy and commitment to serve the UAA as we continue to advance into our second decade of growth of our organization."

Carol Dabbs

(Incumbent Candidate, 2nd term)

Carol Dabbs joined USAID as an International Development Intern in 1976. In the first 28 years, she was stationed in El Salvador and worked in the LAC, AFR, Global Health, PPC, and Foreign Assistance Bureaus, working in 29 countries on public health programs in gradually widening circles from family planning, to child survival, maternal health, infectious diseases, health financing and systems, and non-communicable diseases. Then she served for seven years as a program officer for worldwide programs, including formation budgets in the Global Health Bureau and the State Department Office of Foreign Assistance (F). 

After retiring in 2011, she focused on more local concerns, serving as Treasurer, Membership VP, and President of the Arlington, Virginia branch of the American Association of University Women, which fosters equity for women and girls. Within the American Public Health Association, she represented the International Health section on the Governing Council and the Action Board and was elected to serve as Chair beginning in late 2022.

As UAA Treasurer for the last two years, I guided our transition to virtual meetings, successfully negotiated IRS compliance, and restructured the reports to the Executive Committee on our finances and budget. On the UAA Membership Committee, she was Co-Chair for four years, including active participation on the Executive Committee and designing and analyzing annual member surveys and AGM evaluations.

Carol states, “I want to continue on the UAA Board to further our objectives. My experience with USAID programs and budgets developed my strong organizational talents, excellent analytic and writing skills, and ability to handle financial details. My active participation on the Board is facilitated by my local residence and by my ability to use modern communications technology.” 

Margaret Neuse

(Incumbent Candidate, 2nd term)


Margaret Neuse has over 30 years of experience in international family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and health systems strengthening. From 2006 to 2018, she worked as an Independent Consultant with various organizations, including PATH in Seattle, WA; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA; Pathfinder International in Boston, MA; and the Global Health Fellows Program in Washington, D.C. Her assignments included assistance to USAID health teams in health strategy development and support for team building, health program assessments, and proposal reviews. She also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Population Reference Bureau and is Assistant Secretary of the Board for EngenderHealth. Since 2019, when she was elected to the Board of UAA, she has served first as the Secretary to the Board and more recently, from 2020, as a Co-Chair.


Prior to 2006, Ms. Neuse held a number of positions with USAID. Her last position from 2000 to 2006 was the Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health. Prior to 2000, she served as Health Office Chief in Bangladesh (1997-1999), the Regional Office for East and Southern Africa, Kenya (1990-1993), Niger (1987-1990), and Somalia (1983-1986). She received the Administrator’s Award for Distinguished Career Service and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Michael K. White Memorial Award, and, in 2004, was honored as Champion of Public Health by the Tulane School of Public Health. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, MA; a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, CA; and, a M.P.H. from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, LA.

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