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Lawrence P. Dunham
Senior Associate

Lawrence P. Dunham served as U.S. Assistant Chief of Protocol from 1989 until 2005, and held a variety of other positions in the State Department Protocol Office beginning in 1983. He was Acting Chief of Protocol from January until June 2001. He now consults for government and private sector clients.

As Assistant Chief of Protocol, Dunham headed Protocol’s Diplomatic Affairs Division, which oversaw the State Department’s relations with foreign embassies in Washington, and foreign government offices throughout the United States. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Dunham coordinated or participated in a number of events such as the Summit of the Americas, the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit Meetings, Presidential Inaugurations, State Funerals of former U.S. Presidents, State Visits of foreign leaders to the United States, and travel by the President and of Presidential Delegations representing him overseas.

Dunham has been featured as an authority on matters related to protocol and diplomatic immunity in news articles and on television and radio broadcasts, has been consulted by numerous journalists and authors for insight and guidance in these areas, and has lectured and provided training to diverse groups on a wide range of protocol related matters.

Dunham is an adjunct faculty member in the Event Management Certificate Program at the George Washington University School of Business. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Student House in Washington, the advisory board of THIS for Diplomats, which serves the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C. , the U.S. board of directors of Nyumbani in Kenya, an organization which provides assistance to children and families affected by HIV, and is an honorary member of the Board of Advisors of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. He previously has served on the board of directors of Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association, the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association, the Executive Committee of the Consular Corps of Washington, D.C., and the advisory committee for Passport DC’s annual embassy open house.

He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and the Secretary of State’s Certificate of Appreciation. Other awards include the Order of Her Most Catholic Majesty Queen Isabella, from the King of Spain, and the Commander’s Cross, from the Government of Austria, the Spirit of Diplomacy Award from Protocol and Diplomacy International and a distinguished alumni award from the George Mason University School of Law.

Dunham is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the George Mason University School of Law.


Lawrence R. Velte
 
Lawrence R. Velte is member of the faculty at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) in Washington, D.C. The NESA Center, an agency of the Department of Defense, conducts frequent seminars and academic programs for military officers and civilian officials representing countries from Mauritania to Bangladesh. He joined NESA in October, 2005, following a 37-year career as an Army officer and U.S. Department of Defense civilian.

Between 1992 and 2005, Velte served as Deputy Chief of the Middle East Division in the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5). In that role, he provided information, analysis, and policy recommendations concerning the Middle East and North Africa to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the senior U.S. military leadership, so that the Chairman could carry out his responsibilities as the military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. He planned and conducted military cooperation programs with such countries as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. He also helped plan and execute reciprocal visits between senior U.S. military leaders and their counterparts from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

During his active duty military career, Velte was a Middle East Foreign Area Officer and served tours of duty in Tunis, Tunisia (at the U.S. Department of State’s advanced Arabic course), Jerusalem (as a United Nations peacekeeper), and in Amman, Jordan (as the Army Attaché.) Other overseas military tours included Thailand and Vietnam.

Velte is a graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
 

April Guice
 
Before retiring in June 2012 from the U.S. Department of State, April Guice served as the G8 and NATO Social Events Coordinator and the U.S. APEC 2011 Event and Venues Chief during which time she coordinated multiple high-level events including dinners at the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. In addition, Guice designed the protocol training program for hundreds of volunteers and was instrumental in the training of the participants. She now consults for government and private sector clients.

Previously, Guice served for over 25 years in the Office of Ceremonials of the Office of the Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State, where she was the Senior Ceremonial Officer and served as the Acting Assistant Chief of Ceremonials on numerous occasions. Her office supported the official events program of the Secretary of State, the President and Vice President and other high-ranking U.S. government officials, planning and implementing events involving chiefs of state, heads of government and other distinguished foreign dignitaries.

Guice is highly regarded throughout the government and private sector for her expertise and creativity in protocol and has traveled extensively domestically and internationally to assist with protocol issues. She has worked on numerous historical events including the State funeral for U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the Annapolis Peace Conference, peace talks at Camp David and the Nuclear Security Summit. In addition, she has coordinated trips and events for the Washington Diplomatic Corps, including the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama, an Experience America trip to California and multiple political conventions and joint meetings of Congress.

Guice has assisted various agencies and organizations on protocol matters, including presentations for the Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association conferences, the National Conference on Consular Relations and Protocol, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Protocol Association of Foreign Service Nationals and the Protocol Professionals Club. She has been interviewed on radio and TV for her expert guidance on protocol including her work on the 2012 APEC meetings in Big Sky, Montana.

Guice is the recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Franklin Award and the Spirit of Diplomacy Award from the Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association. She is a graduate of George Mason University.

 

Aracelli C. Fullem
 
Aracelli C. Fullem is a consummate protocol professional who worked as an international civil servant at the Inter-American Development Bank for 32 years. Prior to her retirement, she was assigned to the IDB Protocol Office for over 18 years. As a senior protocol official, she was entrusted with the most sensitive and complex protocol assignments of the organization, both at the Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and abroad, with a strong emphasis on high-profile ceremonies and visits of heads of state. She offered bank-wide professional protocol advice throughout her tenure at the Protocol Office, mentored colleagues, and shared technical expertise with collaborating organizations and wrote the Bank's first protocol manual.

One of Fullem's major attributes is her diverse, multicultural experience and her ability to communicate with ease across the board with diplomacy and tact. Not only has she dealt on a regular basis with officials of the 48-member countries that comprise the membership of the IDB, but she has participated in official missions to various Latin American, European and Asian nations. Multiculturalism is her second nature.

Fullem holds a Master’s Degree in Public Communication from American University; a Multidisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management, and Spanish and Latin American Studies, also from American University. She graduated as a Protocol and Estate and International Ceremonial Specialist from the University of Oviedo, Spain, and the School of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain. She is a member of the Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) and the International Wine Guild, and enjoys participating in the pairing of food and wine, a great complement to her overall protocol skills, and creating the perfect ambiance for all genera of gatherings, either official or social.

Fullem is an advocate of equality and social inclusion. Her strengths and interests revolve around writing, traveling and folk arts. She sustains an ambitious traveling schedule abroad and is currently undertaking the most challenging tasks in the world of “bobbin lace.”

 


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