8:30 – 10:00am

Room: Floridian A-C

Leadership in Crisis: Undercover in the CIA


Imagine living a lie for 31 years. That’s what James Olson and his wife Meredith did while spying for the CIA. Spying for his country was the furthest thing from his mind when Olson, a farm boy from Iowa, received a mysterious phone call that changed his life forever. In his presentation, Olson takes you inside the real world of being a CIA spy. He describes the rigorous training they receive and the difficult dilemmas that they face in the field on a daily basis. Olson explains how the global war on terror affects everyone and that the country needs to know that the United States will be hit again within its borders. The United States needs spies to protect the country and its vital interests.


James Olson, former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence, will describe his undercover career in the CIA, including how he was recruited, the training he received, the risks he and his wife faced (she was also a CIA operative), and the effect of this undercover lifestyle on their marriage and children. Mr. Olson will also discuss the role of the CIA in the current Global War on Terrorism and other current issues affecting the safety and security of American citizens. Finally, Mr. Olson will take the audience on an actual espionage operation he and his wife carried out in

A written secret ballot vote will be taken for the office of Second Vice President. Each candidate is provided with two minutes to speak. The two qualified candidates are:

Marina Marino

Commissioner Maria Marino, Palm Beach County

Commissioner John Meeks, Levy County

One commissioner from each of the even-numbered Florida Senate Districts will be elected for the even-numbered Board seats. These elections are determined through district caucuses at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, June 28th, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. The even-numbered district Board members will serve a two-year term, until Annual Conference in 2026. The odd-numbered district Board members elected at Annual Conference in 2023 will serve until Annual Conference 2025.


At the Annual Business Meeting, FAC’s general membership will also elect a President-Elect, a 1st Vice President and a 2nd Vice President. The candidates for these offices are commissioners who have met the criteria as defined in the FAC Bylaws.


In the event weighted voted is called, the click on the image below for a .pdf of the ‘Guide for weighted voting.”

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