Joy Olson Salpini

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Joy Olson
Joy Olson


Joy Olson


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Residing In: Fairfax, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Dean Salpini
Occupation: Management and Program Analyst
Children: Jessica - 1989
Kirsten - 1991
Cara - 1995

Life's been good. I joined the State Department and left Minnesota in March of 1982. I spent two years living & working in Stockholm, Sweden (1982-84) followed by two years in Manila, The Philippines (1984-86). I returned to the DC area where I worked on then Secretary of State Schultz' staff for three years (1986-89), followed by two years in the Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1989-91).

I got married in 1987 and left the State Department in 1995 to raise my family. My husband joined USAID's foreign service in 1999 and we left the US again -- we spent four years in Bucharest, Romania followed by two years is Moscow, Russia. We returned to Washington for four years and then Dean, Cara (our youngest daughter) and I moved to Pretoria, South Africa for four years, while our older two daughter finished University in Virginia.

Dean, Cara and I moved back to the US in July 2013. We live just outside of Washington, DC, in Fairfax, VA. Dean is working as a Development Advisor with the DOD Special Operations Command in Crystal City, and I am working as a Management Analyst with the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA.

Our oldest daughter is working as a Medical Technician in Washington, DC; our middle daughter is working at Dueling Pianist at Bobby McKey's at National Harbor, and plans to move to Boston in October; and our youngest daughter is beginning her second year at the University of Virginia.

We never know how long we'll be in the U.S., but we are hopeful to be in the DC area for at least another year, or two. Retirement is looming .... not sure I'm ready for that step yet.

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