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Class Notes: Christine Quinn Retires from the Farm Credit Administration
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BY MARC FLASTER (P323)

Christine QuinnChristine Quinn, assistant director of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, retired from the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) in early May. As virtually all of you know, Christine has been a strong proponent and leader of FEIAA over the past two decades. She served four three-year terms as a Board member, including two years as president of FEIAA, from 2012 to 2014. Along with her husband, Larry, she has been instrumental in guiding all aspects of FEIAA and leading it to become the successful organization we know today.

Leaders of the FCA board and management team spoke highly of Christine’s long career at FCA, and her many accomplishments over the 44 years—more than half of the agency’s tenure—that she worked there. When the microphone was open to all, other managers, employees, and attendees commented about Christine’s career, her devotion to FCA, and her kindness and support for fellow employees.

A number of current and former FEIAA Board members came to the widely attended reception for Christine held May 1 at the FCA campus in McLean, VA. Peter Bridgeman, a former vice president of FEIAA, spoke warmly of Christine’s contributions and enthusiasm for FEIAA and her service to our organization. In addition to Pete, I saw Scott Johnston, our treasurer, and Suzannah Susser, another former officer. Christine received some nice gifts, and I have to say FCA put on a terrific spread of food and cake.

Christine began her career at FCA in June 1974. She had previously worked at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas (where she had met Larry) and then moved to Texas A&M University, where she both studied educational administration and served in an assistantship to the dean of geosciences. When Larry moved to Washington, DC, to take a job at the Department of Agriculture, Christine was hired as a writer-editor at FCA. Right from the start, one of her responsibilities was communicating to the press what was going on at FCA.

Among Christine’s early contributions to FCA was her role in leading the Federal Women’s Program from 1976 to 1981 and serving on a committee to design the agency’s new business headquarters. In the 1990s, Christine became the assistant director of Congressional and Public Affairs, where she served with distinction until retirement. Christine’s responsibilities included budgeting and planning, supervising staff, and supporting the political appointees to the agency.

Christine and Larry’s plans after her retirement include travel to various places in Europe and other locations within the continental United States that they have either never been to before or have enjoyed in the past.

Christine put in many, many long hours on behalf of FCA in support of its important mission and deserves a long and happy retirement. On behalf of the FEIAA Board, we wish Christine and Larry all the best as they embark upon her retirement.

(Information on Christine’s background comes from an article by Liz Salak, a contractor for Office of Congressional and Public Affairs that Christine shared with me).

Photo caption: Christine Quinn being awarded with a plaque for her 44 years of service by Dallas Tonsager, Chairman and CEO, Farm Credit Administration.

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