Ghana, Kenya, Honduras, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, Swaziland, Thailand, Togo
By JoAnna Haugen on Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Robert Klein (61-63) is the self-appointed secretary-convenor of the Ghana I group and has organized the RPCV Archival Project, which collects Peace Corps oral histories in cooperation with the National Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Mass. He just published an informal history of the early Peace Corps called Being First. It is the story of Ghana I.
University of California Davis professor Dan Sperling (73-75) is one of ten recipients to receive this year’s Heinz Award. This award recognizes innovative and inspiring individuals who have addressed environmental challenges through their work. Sperling joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1982 and is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and environmental science and policy. He also founded the Institute of Transportation Studies at the university in 1991, was interviewed by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show in 2009 and is the author of Two Billion Cars, which received international acclaim. He earned his doctorate degree from UC Berkeley.
Shanti Parikh (90-93) is the first African American professor to complete her tenure track in Washington University’s College of Arts & Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University Virginia and her doctorate degree from Yale University. Parikh arrived at Washington University in 2000 for a post-doctoral fellowship and began her tenure-track appointment in 2001 in the Department of Anthropology. In addition to her teaching and research roles, she works with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a nationwide program that encourages minority students in higher education to foster relationships with mentors.
Sara LeHoullier (05-07, 10-present) is the author of the first Madagascar Travel Companion. The book was published by Other Places Publishing.
Meg E. Shad (06) recently finished the North Face Endurance Challenge Midwest Regional, Gore-Tex 50-mile ultra race. This is the first of two events she is competing in to raise awareness and funds for the National Peace Corps Association. Shad currently runs 45-55 miles per week. She has raised $1945.00 in donations so far.
The YWCA of Evanston/North Shore awarded Courtney Wright with the Lorraine H. Morton Young Woman of Promise Award. The award is one of the YWomen Leadership Awards, which honor local women for their commitment to women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change.
Mel and Dorothee Goldman (66-69) are the owners of Keuka Lake Vineyards, located near the Finger Lakes. The 40 acres of land currently yields slightly fewer than 2,000 cases annually, though Mel envisions a day when the winery will produce 4,000 cases a year. The concept of the winery is to make dry, elegant wines that fit the local environment. Much of its effort goes into making vinifera wine, including three vineyard-specific dry Rieslings.
NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, POLAND, RUSSIA
The Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools inducted Timothy Carroll (Nigeria 63-65, Pakistan 90-91, Poland 91-94, Russia 94-95) into its Hall of Fame. Carroll cofounded Eye Care, Inc., in Haiti where he also started the Handicapped Women’s Employment Program and Child Survivor Program. Carroll was the executive director of the National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, which later became the National Peace Corps Association, and he was awarded the Shriver Award in 1986. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and master’s degrees from Trinity College and City College in Dublin, Ireland.
Amanda Alexander has been named to Tippecanoe Valley School Corp.’s Distinguished Alumni Class of 2010. The 1996 graduate is an assistant professor at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches art education, cultural policy and arts administration. Alexander is also an advocate for international social justice and education.
Nancy Knapp is taking a year off from her job as the Women’s Health Program director at SEARHC Community Health Services to take a post with the Ministry of Health in Vientiane, Laos. She will be working as a technical advisor for the monitoring and evaluation unit for the Global Fund. Her unit will be in charge of making sure programs are carried out as planned by evaluating outcomes and making sure money is used properly. Knapp has worked at SEARHC for 23 years. She has a bachelor’s degree from Knox College and a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii.
Rev. Jill Vivroux (92-94) just celebrated her second anniversary as a pastor of St. James Lutheran Church just south of Brenham, Texas. Prior to this position, Vivroux served at Faith Lutheran Church in Wataga and St. Luke’s Lutheran in Richardson. She received her degree from Southwest Texas State, which is now Texas State University.
Barb Houle recently returned from an 11-month sabbatical that allowed her to work as a psychosocial support adviser for the National Emergency Response Council for HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. During her ten months in the country, Houle visited 41 of the country’s 47 agencies and provided recommendations on how organizations in place could provide the best psychosocial support for children in need. Houle teaches psychology at Riverland Community College in Austin and Albert Lea, Minn.
Central European University named Mel Horwitch (64-66) dean of CEU Business School. He is currently a professor of technology management at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Horwitch has served on the faculties of the Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan School, NYU-Poly and Theseus Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France. He has also been on the visiting faculties of London Business School and University of Paris-Dauphine. At NYU-Poly, Horwitch was chair of the Department of Technology Management twice, director of the Institute for Technology & Enterprise and founding director and fellow of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. He was also the founding dean of management at Theseus Institute.
Leslie Rebecca Bloom (86-87), an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and women and gender studies at the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will be spending time in Medellin, Colombia, this fall working on social justice approaches to qualitative research as a Fulbright Specialist. She has outlined three articles she will collaborate on with an interdisciplinary group made up mostly of faculty, which they hope to publish in both English and Spanish in the United States and Colombia. Bloom will also give lectures at Colombian universities. She was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico working for feminist organizations.
Anna Omura (04-06) was presented with the Franklin H. Williams Award, which honors ethnically diverse returned volunteers who exemplify a commitment to community service and the third goal of the Peace Corps. Omura is an operations manager at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT. She has served on the Boston Area RPCV board of directors since 2009, where she chairs the speakers bureau.