Afganistan, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Mali, Ukraine
By JoAnna Haugen on Thursday, September 10th, 2009
An alcohol and drug counselor by day at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Des Plaines, Wis., John Tobias spends the rest of his time dabbling in photography. His goal is to capture the unusual places and natural lives of people living in Beloit, Wis. Tobias’ love for photography began during his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, where he took pictures and wrote articles for travel magazines to promote the country. Today, the photos he took in Afghanistan are displayed on the wall of Captain Galley’s, a sub shop in South Beloit.
President Barack Obama has nominated Aaron Williams (67-70) as the next Peace Corps director. In this position, Williams will provide executive direction for the Peace Corps and oversee the implementation of The Peace Corps Act. He will also brief President Obama on Peace Corps goals and accomplishments, work with the Peace Corps National Advisory Council and consult with Secretary of State Clinton and other government officials. Williams is currently the vice president for international business development with RTI International. He has more than 25 years of experience with policy formulation, strategic planning, and designing and implementing development assistance program. In addition to RTI International, Williams has also worked for USAID and the International Youth Foundation. He serves on a number of Boards, including the National Peace Corps Association, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Society for International Development-Washington, D.C. and Pan American Development Foundation. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Williams received his bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Beverly Russell (64-66) was elected chairwoman of the Mt. Hood Community College District Board of Education. She was originally selected for the board in May 2006 to fill an unexpired term and was elected to a four-year term in 2007. Russell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Western Oregon University. She has been a substitute teacher in Portland and a travel agent.
Dan Bellrichard has been named sustainability coordinator at Luther College. He is a graduate of the college. In addition to his service in the Peace Corps, Bellrichard also worked with VISTA.
Elaine Kornbau Howley (00-01) recently achieved the Triple Crown of open-water marathon swimming. On August 3, 2009, the writer and editor completed a solo crossing of the 21-mile English Channel between Dover, England and Wissant, France. She had previously completed swims across the Catalina Channel, a 21-mile swim between Catalina Island and the mainland of Southern California, and a 28.5-mile solo circumnavigation of Manhattan Island as part of the annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. Howley currently resides in Waltham, Mass.