REVISED Article from our AIS/AES Alumni Association, Inc. Board of Directors, dated 30 January 2011:
We are happy to welcome Mary Flanagan Williamson (AIS ’74), as our new AIS/AES Alumni Association President! Mary recently served as our Vice President and assumed the position of President on 30 January 2011.
Mary joined the Board of Directors in 2006 and has served as the 1974 Class Secretary and in a number of capacities on the Board, including the reunion management for the 2010 All-Classes Reunion. Moving most recently from Hawaii to Germany, and traveling the globe from military base to military base with her husband Dave, Mary has proved that it is indeed possible to be a world traveler and still be connected in a very strong way to our AIS/AES alumni community.
Born in Hong Kong and adopted at age 3 to US Department of State parents, Mary has two older sisters who did not attend AIS/AES and a younger sister, Ellen, (’76) who did attend our school. She and her sister were raised in Indonesia, Iran and India (both Calcutta and New Delhi). At AIS New Delhi, Mary was active with cheerleading, basketball, swimming, horseback riding and the yearbook club.
Mary has three beautiful children (now adults) and is married to David Williamson, the Command Chief Master Sergeant for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Mary and Dave recently moved from Hawaii to Germany, where Mary is very active with supporting our military families in Europe. As Dave’s wife, she represents the military spouses and families, helping to make sure their needs are being met. She leads a number of various organizations and activities for our military families and is constantly on the go!
In addition to having an active role with the 2010 reunion planning, Mary has made a number of signification contributions to the AIS/AES alumni community. Most noteworthy were her campaign in 2007 to initiate the Alumni Class Secretaries Program and the online class rosters. Thanks to these efforts, we have been able to better reach out to our AIS/AES friends and to stay more up-to-date with address changes and life events. Mary also was very active in locating a number of “lost alumni.”
When we told Mary we were going to publish a welcome message to her on our Web site, she asked that we extend her thanks to all the amazing class secretaries who have worked hard to push our communications to our alumni community. “The class secretaries are an important part of our leadership team. Without them helping us, for example, we wouldn’t have had the success at our 2010 All-Classes Reunion that we did.” She also wishes to again thank everyone who helped make our last reunion a success “It was also really wonderful how our own alumni came from all directions to pitch in for the reunion. It just goes to show what we can do when we pull together as a team.”