Blodgett Rocchio, Deputy Executive Director, WIFLE Foundation
AWARDS SIX SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2007
pleased to award six $2,000 scholarships this year to Allyson
Friestleben, Mary Beth Grimes, Jen-Fang Lee, Jenna Michelle
McVeigh, Jennifer Pickett, and Julie Anne Young.
The recipients are located in five different states
) and one of the recipients also received a scholarship in 2005.
recipients are involved in various community-related
organizations and activities.
One is actively involved in her community through a
court-watch program that aims to reduce domestic violence by
monitoring the courts to ensure victims are safe and
perpetrators are held responsible for their crimes.
A second donates time to the Meals-on-Wheels program,
helping to ensure that diabetic customers receive the proper
variation in their food to avoid excessive carbohydrates and
sugar. And, a third
donates her time to Habitat for Humanity to build affordable
housing for those who otherwise may never have a home.
expressed her thanks on learning that she was to receive a
scholarship from WIFLE this year, commenting that she would use
the funding to continue “…to obtain a 4.0 and later law
school to become a prosecutor,” expressing hope “…to make
your organization very proud of choosing me.”
Federal Law Enforcement will continue to offer a scholarship(s)
to talented individual(s) to meet the demands in the field of
law enforcement and to foster the professional development of
those engaged in law enforcement.
The dollar amount of each scholarship can range from $500
to $2,000, and vary based on numerous factors.
WIFLE scholarships are awarded annually in conjunction
with its Annual Leadership Training Conferences and are based on
the student's academic potential, achievement, and commitment to
serving communities in the field of law enforcement.
The scholarship is open to all eligible persons.
from various sources throughout the year, including corporate
and individual donations, monies raised from the Silent Auction
held at the Annual Leadership Training Conference, and proceeds
from a Golf Tournament held in conjunction with the Training
to the WIFLE Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
organization, can be made anytime during the year.
Further details are available on the WIFLE website at
|Welcome to the new President of WIFLE, Rebekah Salazar
We are pleased to announce that Rebekah A. Salazar, who served as WIFLE's treasurer, has moved up to be WIFLE's President for the 2007-2008 term. Rebekah is serving in Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Border Patrol in the Department of Homeland Security. Rebekah gained some notoriety when President George W. Bush said, " I appreciate Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Rebekah Salazar, who's joined us on
stage.." at the time he signed the Homeland Security Appropriations Act into law.
|A currently enrolled law student, Rebekah has been a U.S. border patrol agent for 11 years — following in the footsteps of her father, himself an agent who suggested she join the organization after she couldn’t settle on a major at the University of Texas at El Paso. A 2003 leadership program she participated in through work exposed her to international affairs, politics and the excitement of being in Washington, she says, and convinced her to return to UTEP and get a degree in political science. While there, she grew fascinated with how the law “permeates everything in society,” she says, and knew she wanted to go on to law school. With a full-time job, taking on the Presidency of WIFLE, and law school, Rebekah is a model to other women in law enforcement.
You can read more about Rebekah here, courtesy of
Greg Langlois, University of Georgetown Law Center.
|WIFLE Announces New Executive Committee
A new executive committee has been appointed by the board effective October 1, 2007. The officers are:
Rebekah Salazar – President, (Asst. Chief. Border Patrol)
AmyJo Lyons – Vice President, (Chief, FBI)
Sabrina Sweat – Secretary, (Special Agent, ICE)
Natalie Murphy – Treasurer, (Supervisory Special Agent,
Pictured above are:
Natalie Murphy, Margaret Moore, Sabrina Sweat, Rebekah
Salazar, Catherine Sanz, Barbara Linney (Counsel for
WIFLE), Monica Rocchio
Missing from the photo is AmyJo Lyons
|The executive committee is responsible for promoting WIFLE, attending monthly agency representatives meetings and assisting with the conference. The committee is appointed for one year and may be extended. Committee members must be WIFLE members and in good standing with their agencies. These positions are volunteer positions and there are numerous ways to assist WIFLE in these positions.
Anyone interested in becoming more involved with WIFLE please send an email to
and let us know if you would like to serve as a committee member or chair a project.
for Member Stories
Golf Tournament was held at the beautiful Pete Dye
Resort Course at Rancho Mirage, CA. Everyone had
fun and the Tournament benefited the WIFLE Scholarship
of the Golf Tournament on the WIFLE Website.
Member Stories for the WIFLE Website
WIFLE is asking members to send in their career stories and experiences “in their own words” for the WIFLE website. Member stories from women in various positions in federal law enforcement will appear in a separate section on the website, entitled WIFLE Voices Corner.
Please check the website at
to learn some of the stories your fellow members have submitted. Why not send in your own story to WIFLE!
memorabilia is available for purchase at
One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales go to the WIFLE Scholarship Fund.
NEW this year are items with the WIFLE Golf Logo
which will now be available year round;
T-shirts, mouse pad, hats, and more.
INCREASE WIFLE MEMBERSHIP
You may not realize it, but one of the benefits of your
membership in WIFLE is that you have joined an organization that
is a network of professionals who have a variety of law
enforcement experiences. And, it goes without saying, that the
larger the number of members, the more numerous and diverse
those experiences are.
Please help to increase the number of WIFLE members by bringing
in new members who, like yourself, are interested in coming
together with other individuals employed and/or involved in law
enforcement professions across the country and around the
WIFLE is the only professional organization for women in
federal law enforcement and their supporters. Join
Saundra K. Harman, President of Harman & Associates,
the September article by Saundra K. Harman,
Phases of Retirement,
in PDF format.
in effect, five phases of planning for and transitioning
into retirement from a financial perspective. In
this article, Saundra outlines and explores what you
need to know and to do in Phase
"Most people assume that when they are retired they will spend much less than when they are working—no commuting costs, no lunches out, no office gifts, lower dry cleaning bills, possibly even less cost for clothing. In actuality, most retirees spend more in the first five to seven years of their retirement than when they were working. “New” retirees travel more, take up new hobbies or spend more time on old hobbies because they have the time, spend more time and money on grandchildren and frequently start gifting assets to their children. Consider what things will or will not change “expense-wise” after retirement."
Female ATF Agent Killed in the Line of
Kimberly Place, of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Boston Field
Division, tragically died on August 1, 2007, as
the result of an on-duty automobile accident on
I-91 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Special
Agent Place, a native of Gloucester,
Massachusetts, was a 20-year veteran of ATF, and
was assigned to the Springfield Gun Task Force.
Special Agent Place’s family has requested
that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made in Kimberly’s name to Cape Ann Animal
Aid, 260 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930,
Expressions of condolence may be sent to the
Kimberly Place Family, c/o Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Springfield
Field Office, 1550 Main Street, Room 317,
Springfield, MA 01103.
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|WIFLE's Executive Director Margaret M. Moore Receives The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 2007 Advocate Award
Betsy Casey, Editor, WIFLE-Enews
The ATF Advocate Award recognizes a retired ATF employee who continues to advance the work of the women and men of ATF. Winners of this award consistently represent the Bureau’s interest in situations where ATF employees do not have a voice and they must exemplify the values of the ATF extended family, particularly in times of great need. The 2007 Advocate Award was presented to Margaret Moore, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Science and
"Margie Moore was not only ATF’s first female special agent in charge, but she retired 8 years ago as the Bureau’s highest ranking female special agent. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) and the Director for the National Center for Women in Policing (NCWP), two non-profit organizations. In her work, she tirelessly champions for ATF as she promotes and protects ATF’s jurisdictional interests. She consistently details ATF’s successful criminal enforcement strategies and its role as a principle federal law enforcement agency. During public speaking engagements, she outlines ATF’s specialized expertise and educates audiences on ATF’s role and successes in combating violent crime. Throughout her distinguished career, she gave of herself to mentor others. She continues to work hard on the issues of recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in law enforcement and is a mentor to the many women with whom she comes into contact. Her ATF credentials are always readily apparent in her non-profit work and she serves as an ATF ambassador. She is an outstanding advocate for the Bureau she served with such distinction."
The awards ceremony was held on August 23, at 10:30 am. Dorene Gentzler, News Center 4, was the mistress of ceremonies. Ms. Moore was presented the Advocate Award by ATF Director Michael Sullivan, Deputy Director Ron Carter, and, Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford. The Advocate Award was one of many awards presented to agents and professional staff for outstanding work, bravery, hostile action, and community service during the awards ceremony.
Read more about the
Executive Director on the WIFLE Website.