Providing Support to the Families of CIA officers who have died while on active duty.
 
 

Ensuring CIA families are provided for.

 
 

The CIA Officers Memorial Foundation's unique mission has supported the CIA community for 16 years. Its role has been validated repeatedly by CIA leadership as well as legislatively by the Warner Amendment, which affirmed the Foundation's preeminent responsibility to the families of deceased CIA personnel. The Foundation was established in December 2001 to honor Johnny Micheal Spann, the first CIA officer killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Today, we serve all CIA officers who gave their last full measure of devotion to their country.

 
 
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Who We Are

The CIA Officers Memorial Foundation was created in December 2001 to honor Johnny Micheal Spann, a CIA officer killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan responding to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and all those CIA officers who gave their last full measure in service to the Nation since the founding of the Central Intelligence Agency.

 
 
 
 
 

Our History

The response from across America was quick and generous. As donations grew, working with the CIA’s Office of Casualty Affairs, the Foundation reached out to the families of officers who died in the line of duty to let them know of the availability of help and to assess needs.

 
 
 
 
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CIA Memorial Foundation Staff

 
 

Gerald J. Komisar | President

Under his leadership as President since 2010, Jerry has led the Foundation to its expansion, bringing more support to Agency families than ever before. His ability to understand the unique needs of the Agency community comes from his 31 years of service in the CIA's Directorate of Operations. As a China issues expert, Jerry was posted in countries throughout East and Southeast Asia and Europe, and served as Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center. After retiring from the CIA in 2000, Jerry worked at AIG providing risk analysis and assessment services to clients, and in 2012 joined STARR Companies as Vice President of the Global Risk Intelligence unit. 

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Leslie Hughes | Family Liaison Officer

Leslie Hughes served in the CIA for almost 35 years as a Human Resources Officer before retiring in January 2014. During her tenure with the Agency, she provided a diverse and full range of HR services to CIA employees. One of her most cherished achievements was the Mentor Award she received for her role in advising, guiding and motivating junior HR offices as they navigated their careers. One of her most rewarding experiences was her role as backup to the Agency Casualty Officer where she saw firsthand the innumerable sacrifices made by Agency officers and their families. Leslie joined the Foundation in September 2018. She is proud and honored to be a part of the important work that the Foundation undertakes in support of CIA employees and their families. When not working, Leslie enjoys working out, reading, watching classic movies, and spending time with her family.    

Jeannine Vazquez | Chief Financial Officer

Jeannine is the Foundation’s Finance Manager. She came to the Foundation after many years in the corporate accounting world and works with the team to manage donor accounts and coordinate fundraising activities. Jeannine becomes more committed to the Foundation’s mission each time she has the chance to meet a family or student who the Foundation has helped – to hear their stories and what they’ve accomplished after their devastating losses is nothing short of inspirational. When she isn’t working, she can be found kickboxing and running long distances.

Amanda Rodriguez | Outreach Coordinator

Amanda served in the CIA since 2004 and spent most of her career in the CounterTerrorism Center. She served in Iraq from 2006-2007 where she saw firsthand the untold sacrifices Agency officers make on a daily basis. After attending a memorial service for a fallen hero at CIA headquarters and learning about the important work of the Foundation, she joined the team in 2017. As a mother of three herself, she can think of no greater mission than providing support to the families of her CIA colleagues. 

 
 

Betty Rady | Scholarship Coordinator 

Betty served in the CIA for almost 34 years as a human resources officer. She retired in March 2014 after her last assignment as the Casualty Assistance Program Manager. After retirement, Betty worked as a pet sitter and dog walker; a hospice volunteer; and as the President of her townhouse association. Betty is married to husband Frank, and their son Ray is a student at Virginia Tech. They also have a rescued chocolate Labrador retriever named Bella.  

 
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Belinda B. Jane | Scholarship Coordinator 

Belinda served in the CIA for nearly 31 years as a Human Resource Officer before retiring in June 2019. While at the Agency, she provided a broad range of HR services to CIA employees. One of her most gratifying assignments was serving as the Agency’s Casualty Assistance Program Manager where she saw firsthand the sacrifices made by Agency officers and their families and how impactful the Foundation has been for surviving family members. Belinda joined the Foundation in August 2019. She feels privileged to be a part of the important work of the Foundation—helping the families of fallen officers. When not working, Belinda enjoys spending time with her husband, Ed (an Agency retiree) and their daughters, Chelsea and Lauren watching college sporting events—particularly her Purdue Boilermakers—and crafting.

 
 

Board of Directors

 
Jeffrey H. Smith   Chairman

Jeffrey H. Smith

Chairman

David W. Carey   Vice Chairman and Treasurer

David W. Carey

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

Joanne Isham   Secretary

Joanne Isham

Secretary

Mark Chadason

Mark Chadason

 
 
Ross Charkatz

Ross Charkatz

Mary Margaret Graham

Mary Margaret Graham

Robert Grenier

Robert Grenier

William (Bill) Harlow

William (Bill) Harlow

 
 
Thomas Higgins

Thomas Higgins

Michael Sulick

Michael Sulick

Scott D. White

Scott D. White

Stephanie O’Sullivan

Stephanie O’Sullivan

 
 
 
John McLaughlin   Former Chairman

John McLaughlin

Former Chairman