Brazil, Chad, Lesotho, Panama, Venezuela
By JoAnna Haugen on Monday, August 9th, 2010
Bernard Blanche (65-67) has just published his first novel, Iracema’s Footprint. Published by Eloquent Books, the story was inspired by notes Blanche kept while serving in the Peace Corps in Brazil. He also has a second book finished and a third book in the works. Blanche is a retired high school English teacher.
Dr. Fred Cobey recently left for Sudan, where he is working with the international humanitarian group, Emergency, which is based out of Milan, Italy. Cobey attended medical school at Yale then worked with Emergency in Afghanistan, where he cared for civilian war victims. He recently completed a fellowship at Duke University in cardiothoracic anesthesia.
Greg Felsen (05-07) recently became the new 4-H youth development extension agent in La Plata County, Colorado. In this position, he will be working with Colorado State University Extension, La Plata County and 4-H club leaders and volunteers to foster the next generation of local farmers, ranchers and agricultural leaders. Felsen has his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and his master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University.
Annette Matheney was recently recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in education. Matheney has spent nearly 20 years teaching children with special needs. She is the author of a critically acclaimed curriculum manual called “The Chemical Abuse Resistant Education for Children with Special Needs.” She is an adjunct professor at Capella University, where she will be teaching introductory criminal justice courses for public safety professionals. Matheney has a master’s degree from Lynn University.
The International Visitor Corps of Jacksonville selected Steven D. Orr (64-66) as the 2009-2010 Volunteer of the Year. Now retired from international work, Orr worked in 75 countries throughout the course of his career. He is currently an English language officer with the U.S. State Department and recently published his book, The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World. Orr is the co-founder, past president and on the board of First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Inc.
Robert Munson (64-66) has been selected as the 2010 Maple Grove Days Parade Grand Marshal. Munson retired in 2006 and is now an active volunteer, but he has always served his community. For the last 16 years of his career, Munson directed emergency services for the American Red Cross Minneapolis Chapter. He is currently a member of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team, a curriculum consultant, an instructor-trainer in international law and a volunteer ambassador for Lutheran Social Service.