Belize, Colombia, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Guatemala, Paraguay
By JoAnna Haugen on Saturday, February 16th, 2008
Avery Bennett recently joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. A well-renowned veterinarian known for his work with exotic animals, Bennett will now be teaching soft tissue surgery in mostly cats and dogs. He will also provide services to clients at the VetMed teaching hospital.
Stephen G. Vetter (66-69) recently joined Partners of the America, the largest volunteer organization working to promote economic and social development in the Western Hemisphere, as president and CEO. Prior to joining Partners of America, he served as president of Eureka Communities, an organization that supports nonprofit leaders and builds the power of community-based organizations to improve life conditions of those living in poverty. Vetter also held several positions at the Inter-American Foundation. His community service includes membership on a number of steering committees and boards of directors.
Neil Ross (62-64) is spending the month of February touring the Dominican Republic visiting current Peace Corps volunteers and exposing Boy Scouts to a different way of life. During their two-week journey, Ross and the Scouts will get a briefing on current Peace Corps projects around the country, spend time in a home stay and work on a service project constructing pit latrines.
EAST TIMOR, GUATEMALA
Rocky Mountain National Park has appointed Rainey Kreis (Guatemala 00-02, East Timor 02) as an education specialist for the Heart of the Rockies Enrichment Education program. Prior to taking her current position, Kreis worked at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska, and at Rocky Mountain National Park as an educational instructor.
In her new position as executive director of the Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens organization in San Jose, Leslee Hamilton (82-85) hopes to turn the 150-acre space into the next Central Park. She is well connected in the city with work in the governmental sector and on numerous boards and committees. Hamilton served eight years on the board of the Friends organization, is a member of the San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission and served for five years as a board member of the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters.