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By JoAnna Haugen on Thursday, May 29th, 2008
The Oklahoma Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Association recognized George Derrick (62-63) during National Peace Corps Week for his public service achievements. The first Peace Corps volunteer from the state of Oklahoma, Derrick served as a volunteer van driver for the Disabled American Veterans for 15 years. He also helped establish an incentive program at his church that gave savings bonds to students in grades six through 12 for their academic achievement and conduct.
Don Eggleston (67-68) has been recognized by the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross as an education hero. The Aptos, Calif., resident started the New School 14 years ago to help students who are expelled, on probation or habitually truant get a high school diploma.
Zig and Irma Sokolnicki received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their service in the Peace Corps as older volunteers. Irma, retired from real estate development management, is currently a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children. Zig is an attorney and retired school teacher who does pro bono legal work.
Carrie Giardino recently left for Iraq to work for the U.S. Foreign Service. She has been working for the Foreign Service since January 2006. Prior to her current position as an Iraq provincial action officer, Giardino worked in Saudi Arabia as a vice consul. Giardino earned her master’s degree in journalism from Boston University. After graduating she worked as an international freelance journalist and traveled to several countries, including Cote d’Ivoire and Lebanon.
Zebulon, NC, resident Paul Devoti has brought long-deserved recognition to Luis Enrique Gutierrez and other Nicaraguan contemporary pottery artists by selling artisans’ work stateside. He has also hosted members of Gutierrez’s family who are also accomplished potters and has built a studio for them to work in. Working with Devoti, Gutierrez has been able to sell his work to pay for school. This summer Devoti will be moving back to Nicaragua where he’ll help run a new artisan market in San Juan de Oriente.
Government Computer News recently awarded Ram Murthy with a 2008 GCN Technology Leadership Award. Murphy is a former director of applications systems with the Peace Corps and currently works as the CIO of the Inspector General’s Office at the Transportation Department.
Rob Rose (86-88) is the founder of the Nairobi, Kenya-based development consulting firm Kimetrica International. Founded in 2006, the organization focuses on providing computer-based decision support tools to small local and international non-governmental organizations working in humanitarian relief and development. The firm also provides support to donors and United Nations organizations in field surveys, data analysis and strategic planning. Rose recently coordinated the development of USAID’s population explorer tool which allows the agency to estimate populations impacted by disasters anywhere in the world. Prior to founding Kimetrica, Rose worked for the United Nations World Food Programme. He also helped establish USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network offices in East Africa and Afghanistan.