COFFE’s in-person luncheons are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions. 

There is no definite date for the resumption of COFFE presentations in the usual luncheon format. However, as we noted in the last edition of the COFFE Newsletter, we have implemented a new method to keep COFFE members informed about current and interesting topics. Until we are able to conduct in-person large group gatherings, COFFE will host speakers virtually in collaboration and sharing programs with the Little Falls Village, an organization that assists seniors to age in place. 

Little Falls Village is a community network and non-profit membership organization for seniors choosing to live independently at home in Bethesda, Maryland, and nearby communities. Volunteers and members meet at community and social events and around mutual interests.

Through Little Falls Village’s partnership with the Little Falls Library (MCPL), and for the foreseeable future, we will be operating on the Library’s ZOOM account and will be using the Village’s online registration system. To identify COFFE registrants, we are asking you to put a “C-” before your first name (e.g., C-Ellen Wormser) when you register on the Village site for a presentation.

The Zoom presentations are from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.  It is recommended that you log-in by 12:45 pm.  

A description of additional presentations and registration information for the events  can be found by following the link below.  For each event  please use the link at the end of each event description to register.  Please click for event information and registration .

We thank Little Falls Village for allowing us to join with them in presenting speakers on topics that are of interest to both our memberships.  We also thank our other partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for their help in promoting quality public service.


Ms. Lina Stolyar is the recipient of the 2019 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship.  Ms Stoylar accepted the scholarship and gave brief remarks at the September 2019 COFFE luncheon.

Ms. Stolyar is a 1st year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her goal is to pursue a career in public service aimed at addressing health inequities and ensuring accessible and affordable health care to all. Her professor, Judith Feder, states in her nomination that during her first semester, “Lina demonstrated the intelligence, enthusiasm, and dedication to evidence-based policy that will make her a star in public service.

In order to help pay for her education, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant for McCourt’s Negotiation class and currently serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Jean Mitchell. Lina’s initiative, ability, and commitment are further demonstrated by an award she and her fellow MPP classmate Emilia Calmat received as winners of the Georgetown Public Policy Challenge. They received $3,000 to implement their innovative project, Breathe Easy–a proposal designed to address DC’s high asthma prevalence and ER utilization rates by supporting home visits by community health workers.”

Professor Feder concluded Ms. Stolyar with the following: “I’m confident this will just be the beginning of a stellar public service career that will make you proud, as I am, that you helped her on her way!”


Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues.  COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member.  Read More