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By JoAnna Haugen on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Michelle T. Boone (94-96) recently assumed the position of Chicago’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Among her many goals in this position include expanding the city’s arts and education programs, and identifying and creating cultural hubs throughout the city. Boone’s previous work includes time as the director of Gallery 37 (a job training program in the arts for Chicago youth) and a senior program officer for culture at the Joyce Foundation. She has a degree from the University of Indiana.
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Delfi Messinger (84-87) is the new division manager at Escambia County’s Animal Services. Prior to this position, Messinger was the director of animal programs at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, general curator at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas, and manager of the Animal Department at the National Biological Institute in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She attended college at Texas State University at San Marcos.
Kathleen S. Klein (77-79) has been named as the newest forest supervisor for the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon. An employee of the Forest Service for 31 years, Klein has most recently been working as the operations staff officer for the Umatilla National Forest office. She is a graduate of Penn State University.
Richard Greene (78-80) has been sworn in as the new Mission Director for Bangladesh for USAID, one of the largest USAID development assistance programs in the world by size and funding. Prior to this position, Greene served as the Director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health since 2003. Other previous positions include time in Bangladesh as Deputy Chief of USAID’s Office of Population, Health and Nutrition as well as posts in Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sudan. Greene was named Federal Employee of the Year in 2008. He has two masters degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
The Santa Monica College Foundation honored Terry R. Green (69-71) with a 2011 Alumni Recognition Award. Currently a professor at the college, Green attended the school from 1965-1967, where he earned an associate of arts degree before transferring to the University of California Santa Barbara, where he finished his studies. After his Peace Corps service, Green taught at John Adams Middle School from 1971-1986 and was hired in 1986 as SMC’s first full-time developmental math instructor. For his teaching excellence, he was nominated for the Hayward Award several years ago. Green has participated in a number of community service e,vents including the AIDS Walk Los Angeles and the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Cancer.
Dr. Peter Gess (94-96) was recently elected to the Arkansas Chapter Executive Committee of the Sierra Club. He currently teaches environmental policy, public administration and policy analysis at Hendrix College, where he is also the director of international programs and a member of the environmental studies and Asian studies programs. Prior to his work at Hendrix College, Gess worked for the Atlanta Commission for the Olympics, was a researcher at the School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta and worked as a public service faculty member at the University of Georgia in Athens. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech University and his doctorate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens.
Ehren Schimmel was sworn in with the 161st Foreign Service Officer class on July 1, 2011. He will be serving his first tour as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Prior to his new position, Schimmel taught about American foreign policy, history, culture and civilization to students from the fifth grade to university level.