Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Western Samoa
By JoAnna Haugen on Friday, September 30th, 2011
William Reinecke (05-07) has received a Fulbright scholarship to work with a rural cooperative made up of 3,500 women shea butter producers and pickers in Burkina Faso. In 2010, he returned to Ghana while working on his MBA to continue research on the potential of the African shea butter industry to help alleviate poverty and contribute to social and environmental sustainability, and it is because of these studies that he is pursuing his research with a Fulbright scholarship. Reinecke received his bachelor’s degree from California State University in Chico and his master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Matthew C. Patrick is the new executive director of the Westport River Watershed Alliance, a non-profit environmental education and advocacy group that conserves national resources in the Westport River watershed area. Patrick has served as volunteer chairman of a non-profit organization that preserved 380 acres of the Quashnet River Valley in Mashpee on Cape Cod, co-chairman of an ad hoc coalition to create the Cape Cod Commission and a selectman in Falmouth. He was executive director of the Cape and Islands Self Reliance Corp. from 1985 to 2000, and he was the owner and operator of Seven Suns Solar, a company that sold solar domestic hot water systems. From 2001 to 2011, Patrick was a state representative from the 3rd Barnstable District.
Ailey Kaiser Hughes (04-05) has received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Kyrgyzstan for ten months about the local infrastructure and land-use laws. She is a graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington.
The Oregon Zoo Foundation has named Jani Iverson as the new director of the organization. Prior to this position, Iverson served with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, where she was a part of the executive transition services team, and she held senior leadership positions with Planned Parenthood of Central Washington. Iverson also facilitates trainings on organizational effectiveness and community collaboration for the Ford Family Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and her master’s degree from Central Washington University.