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Dr. Christine Brown, REO for Western Europe

The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) announces the retirement of three Regional Education Officers (REOs). The REOs for Western Hemisphere (WHA), Western Europe (WEUR), and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EEUR & CA) will retire from the Department of State at the end of December 2023. 

A/OPR/OS applauds Dr. Robin Heslip (WHA), Dr. Christine Brown (WEUR) and Ms. Mary Russman (EEUR & CA) on their illustrious decades-long careers as educators and administrators, which have taken them around the world and back again and have positively impacted so many lives.  For the past several years, the Department of State has benefited from their collective wisdom and unparalleled knowledge of the international schools’ used by the diplomatic

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Dr. Robin Heslip, REO for Western Hemisphere

community. Their commitment has helped build stronger relationships across the globe.  Each REO has engaged schools, families, and Front Offices at post with passion, purpose, and conviction. 

A/OPR/OS will continue to uphold the highest standards of support to our assisted schools, embassies, and diplomatic families.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to A/OPR/OS Director, Mr. Mark Ulfers (ulfersme@state.gov) and/or the general inbox (OverseasSchools@state.gov) should you have any questions. Though these REOs’ vast knowledge of the intricacies of international schools at post will be hard to replicate, the team in A/OPR/OS will gladly help guide you and your colleagues to the appropriate resources for any issues you may have.  

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Ms. Mary Russman, REO for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Please join A/OPR/OS in extending my heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Heslip, Dr. Brown, and Ms. Russman on careers well-served and wishing them many restful and rejuvenating days in their retirements.

U.S. Department of State

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