Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Board of Directors


 

Executive Committee 

 

Lisa Frederick

Lisa Frederick, Mali 2004-2006, President 

Lisa served as a Health Extension Volunteer in a small health center and an NGO in Mali.  Her career before and after Peace Corps has been focused in the nonprofit field.  After returning from Mali, Lisa worked at the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the State Commission on Service and Volunteerism, which administers the AmeriCorps grants in Massachusetts.  In January 2011, she began work in public sector serving as the Chief of Staff for State Senator James Welch.  Lisa joined the board in May 2011.

 

 

Olga ShvayetskayaOlga Shvayetskaya, Morocco 2007-2009, Vice-President

Olga served as a Small Business Development Volunteer in Peace Corps, Morocco, where she worked with a local NGO to design and implement a product development capacity building project, funded by USAID through the Small Project Assistance grant. The initiative aimed to increase income generation potential of NGO members comprised of women and unschooled youth by expanding their existing product development skill-sets and shifting marketing goals towards the local economy. As part of the project Olga led a variety of craft classes, which culminated with the production of screen-printed jellabas (traditional Moroccan dresses). After returning from Peace Corps Olga began working with CMPartners, a conflict management firm, where she remains today.

Prashanth Gubbala, Malawi 2010-2012, Treasurer

Prashanth served as a Rural Business Development Volunteer in Malawi, East Africa. The main focus of his projects was to establish a national business education initiative. As part of this initiative, he authored a business textbook for secondary school students and taught business skills in villages and volunteer trainings throughout Malawi. He founded Kamp Kwacha, a week-long entrepreneurship camp where students learned a full-range of business skills from writing business plans to pricing goods. Prashanth also worked with the U.S. Embassy to establish a funding source designed specifically to finance small enterprises in village communities. During his time in Malawi, he also served as treasurer of VAC. Prashanth currently works at William Blair as an analyst in the technology group and is a founding team member of Fresh Truck – a mobile market focused on improving healthy food access in the Boston area.

Laura Salonga, Thailand, 2006-2008, Secretary

Laura served in Thailand as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Outreach Volunteer. During her service she initiated and managed various projects in a remote village in northern Thailand on the Thai/Burma border. One of her primary projects was working in conjunction with Thai teachers of English to assess the curriculum from grades 2-10 and then co-create more effective, student-centered units and lesson plans. Additionally, she planned and led trainings for students and teachers in subjects including teaching English, youth leadership, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and community project development. After the Peace Corps Laura remained in South East Asia for more than 4 years. During that time she worked the International Rescue Committee- Resettlement Support Center, assisting refugees from all of the world access resettlement to the United States. She returned to the US in 2012 with her husbnad, Ferdinand, and currently works for a small family business.  

 


Board of Directors 

 

Erica Baker, Burkina Faso, 2006 - 2009, Sports Chair
Erica, originally from Michigan, served as a Small Business Development volunteer in Burkina Faso. There she worked with cotton, sesame and subsistence farmers teaching them a range of small business, agriculture and life skills. Before Peace Corps, Erica was working as an advertising executive in LA on fast food client Carl's Jr. After returning from Burkina with her village dog Cooper, Erica took advantage of her non-competitive eligibility status to snag a seasonal position with the NPS as a Park Ranger for Everglades National Park in Florida. It was there she met the love of her life Frank and followed her heart to Massachusetts. Now she's returned to her roots in advertising at Boston agency Hill Holliday working an Account Supervisor on family brand Great Wolf Lodge Resorts and also on non-profit Home Base Program.    

Joe Ferguson, Bulgaria 2004-2006, Community Grants Chair
 

Joe served in Kolarovo, Bulgaria, a village located in the southwestern part of the country near the borders of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. His primary assignment was TEFL and he taught students at the primary and secondary levels. In addition to his teaching duties he focused on securing funding for and implementing small community development projects in Kolarovo and other communities. Originally from Missouri, Joe relocated to New York after his Peace Corps service to attend graduate school. He and his wife, also a RPCV, moved to Boston in 2010. Outside of work and BARPCV he enjoys playing golf, snowboarding, and being outside with is dog Louie. 

 

Brent GouldingBrent Goulding, Costa Rica, Careers Chair

Brent joined Liberty Mutual in July 2010 as a Senior Business Consultant in the Corporate Development Program after completing his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.  Brent did his MBA internship at Spring Capital, a venture capital firm based out Salt Lake City, Utah.  Prior to business school, he worked in financial services and education. Brent also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, leading infrastructure projects to facilitate economic development at a community level.  Brent received a BA in Government and Spanish from Georgetown University.  He enjoys studying languages, volunteering, and a variety of sports including basketball and skiing.

 

Kristina Hare, Ethiopia 2007-2009, Photo Contest Chair

Kristina served in Mertolemariam, Ethiopia, as part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to return back to the country in eight years. As a Community Health/HIV Volunteer, Kristina worked with the local high school to plan HIV/AIDS campaigns and prevention activities, and open an AIDS Resource Center. Originally from San Diego, CA, Kristina moved to the Boston area to obtain her Master’s degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Kristina now lives in Somerville and works as a Program Manager for a Boston-based education start-up, One Hen, Inc. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, hiking, snowboarding, and dressing in theme for 5K runs.

 

Erin Hogan, Madagascar 2007 – 2009, Events Co-Chair

Erin served as an Education volunteer in rural Madagascar, where she taught English as a Foreign Language to middle school and high school students. During this time Erin also worked on several community projects, including facilitating a women’s health and development group and teaching adult English classes in the evenings. During her breaks from teaching, Erin worked with a legal aid center in the capital city, organizing legal workshops and securing funding to help run the center. After returning from Madagascar, Erin has continued to work internationally, including extended stays in Sierra Leone and Switzerland. Originally from Chicago, Erin moved to Boston to attend law school. She now practices immigration law at a non-profit organization. 

Andrew Johnson, Moldova 2006-2008, TGIF Co-Chair

Originally from Kansas, Andrew served as a TEFL volunteer in a regional high school in northern Moldova.  In addition to classroom teaching, he coached the men's and women's high school basketball team, the latter of which to a national championship.  In addition his Model UN teams placed first and fifth in the country, and his Odyssey of the Mind team placed first nationally, and were invited to the European Championship in Berlin, placing third.  (Don't give him too much credit, though, they were all the same group of students)  Also, Andrew and his wife Sarah did a book collection project at the local library, importing and organizing English language library books for students.  The project has since continued to grow.

 

Abigail Kelble, Moldova, 2006-2008, Community Service Chair

Abigail Kelble currently serves as the Community Service Chair of BARPCV. She is the Director of Programs at the Millennium Campus Network, a Boston-based non-profit organization devoted to mobilizing campus organizations that focus on eradicating poverty and advancing the Millennium Development Goals. At MCN, she incorporates her experience in education, public-civic-private partnerships, and global health. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova '06 - '08 and as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer '12. She has previously worked with City Year, the Flour Fortification Initiative, and Broadreach. Abigail completed her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and Biology at the University of Colorado and completed her Master’s of Public Health at Emory University.
 

 

Jan Le, Guatemala 2000-2002 & Peru 2002-2003, Membership Chair

Jan is originally from San Diego, California. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer through the Master’s International Program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Her countries of service were Guatemala (2000-2002) and Peru (2002-2003). As a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, she worked with three rural primary schools to help them achieve “Healthy School” status. She taught health, nutrition, and hygiene education to students and teachers; empowered communities to play an active role in their children’s education; and participated in community functions and traditions that enriched her life. While in Peru, as one of the first volunteers to be welcomed back in-country after 28 years of PC hiatus, she was assigned to work in a rural community healthcare clinic. As the Healthcare Promoter, she worked on building capacity; supporting clinical staff in health and nutrition projects; and laying the foundation for future volunteers to expand healthcare services throughout the country. Jan recently moved to Boston with her husband who is attending Tufts University Dental School. She works at Centering Healthcare Institute as the Professional Services Manager. They currently reside in Dorchester. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring New England area, and meeting new RPCVs. 

Pamela Lepkowsi, Chad 1995-1997, Events Co-Chair

Pamela served as a Community Health volunteer in a small town in southern Chad. There she worked on several health projects including the building of 6 latrines, working with a woman’s group for self sustaining soap development and working at the local clinic. Pamela currently is an assistant Editor for the Journal of Radiology. She joined the BARPCV board in 2011 after working on the Events committee for the 50 anniversary. Pamela has been a member of BARPCV since 2000.

   

 

Joan Marshall-Missiye

Joan Marshall-Missiye, Togo, 2004-2006, Communications Chair

As a Peace Corps community health volunteer in the canton of Atchinedji in Togo, West Africa, Joan facilitated educational sessions in schools and farming communities that resulted in mass awareness of village health issues such as nutrition, vaccination, family planning, water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS. After the Peace Corps, Joan lived in South Korea as an English teacher, received a Master's degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, traveled to Cote d'Ivoire and Rwanda to do research on women as peacekeepers, and worked as an international development fellow for Catholic Relief Services in DR Congo. Joan currently works for Management Sciences for Health in Cambridge as a senior project officer supporting the Integrated Health Project in the DR Congo. She lives in Somerville with her husband, Koudjo. 

Anna Omura, Togo 2004-2006, Webmaster

Anna Omura served as a Natural Resource Management (NRM) Extension Agent in Togo, West Africa. Her work included reforestation, energy conservation techniques, training on eco-tourism and agro-forestry. She assisted Togolese women's groups to start small enterprises and she also built, stocked, and staffed a rural health clinic. Currently, Anna is the Operations Manager at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, which promotes for-profit enterprise in low-income countries by assisting aspiring entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize their business plans through education, conferences, lectures and networking opportunities. Anna spent six years as a founding partner of a candle manufacturing company in Denver, CO.

Doane Perry, Uganda 1966 - 1969, Member at Large
Doane served as an education volunteer in Uganda after training at Columbia University Teachers College. He taught African and world history at secondary schools in Sebei on the side of Mt. Elgon and in the capital Kampala. He created a Uganda Peace Corps Magazine for volunteers and added to the African history pre-colonial curriculum. Starting with BARPCV as board member, secretary and vice president in the early 1990s, Doane served as president from 1994 to 2007. He organized a BARPCV environment committee and a film festival and played on the softball team. He led celebrations of the five year anniversaries of the Peace Corps at the Kennedy Library and of the thirtieth anniversary of BARPCV. After retiring as BARPCV president in 2007, he has served on the board and has been on the events committee of the BARPCV Peace Corps 50th anniversary celebration. He hopes his historical experience contributes to the on-going operation of this excellent organization which is among the best in the country and continues to improve. 

He co-founded Friends of Uganda in 1991 and is a leader of that country of service group today. 
As a former anthropology teacher at Lasell Jr. College in Newton who specializes in visual communication, he tracks and reviews film and video by current and former Peace Corps Volunteers. From 1994-1999, he represented New England on the National Peace Corps Association board of directors, where he was secretary and vice-chairman and chaired the advocacy committee. He was on the board of directors of the issue group RPCVs for Environment and Development during the 1990s. Before and after Peace Corps, he worked in education as a teacher of social studies and anthropology at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece, the United Nations International School in New York, Meadowbrook and Newton South in the Newton public schools and at Lasell Junior College in Newton, Mass.He worked in the information technology industry as a consultant in the cable television industry for Westinghouse and Comcast, as a telecommunications industry analyst for International Data Corporation in Framingham and in marketing and sales for Digital Equipment Corporation in Marlboro and Acton. Currently he is an innkeeper who owns A Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge [cambridgebnb.com] near Harvard Square.

Brian Ramsey, Malawi 2010-2012, Speakers Bureau

Brian Ramsey served as a Community Health Advisor in Malawi, East Africa. Brian worked on sanitation projects with local primary schools, co-directed an HIV/AIDS support group, and co-planned Peace Corps Malawi’s version of a Peace Corps hallmark event, Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) where he served as Finance Coordinator. Brian also spent 6 months instructing 11th grade English literature and language. After Peace Corps, Brian began graduate studies at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

 

 

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