Afghanistan, Iran, Jamaica, Nepal, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Washington DC
By JoAnna Haugen on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Howard Faber (65-66) is the author of A Far Away Home. Set in Afghanistan, the book’s hero is based on a boy Faber met in the country. Faber teaches sixth grade at Dodge Elementary School and has worked as a teacher at an international high school in Kabul.
Steve Arthur has been appointed to the position of communications coordinator in the office of external affairs for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Previous positions include public affairs positions with the Agency for Workforce Innovation and at the Department of Corrections. He was an award-winning reporter, columnist and editorial board member for the Citrus Country Chronicle newspaper, and he has reported for the Associated Press in Arizona and Iran and for newspapers in Illinois and Oregon. Arthur has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree from the University of Oregon.
Matthew Carvalho has written and self-published his first piece of fiction, Old Hope Road. Carvalho drew inspiration for the story from his time living in Jamaica with the Peace Corps. He has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree from Norwich University. Carvalho has worked as a children’s counselor and currently works as a manager for a Silicon Valley medical equipment manufacturer.
Ron Rollins has been chosen to serve on the board of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. For the past 30 years, he worked as a labor lawyer in Minneapolis. He has also served as a board member for a Minneapolis neighborhood association and The Labor Arbitration Institute. Rollins attended Bowdoin College and went to law school at the University of Wisconsin.
Tia Blickley (77-79) is the new principal at McKinley Elementary School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. She has been working as a teacher for the past 26 years at Washington Elementary School. Prior to her work in the district, Blickley was a part-time teacher at the English Institute in Corrientes, Argentina.
The United States Agency for International Development has appointed Jonathon Conly (71-73) as its new mission director for Pakistan. He has been a member of the Foreign Service since 1996 and has worked in U.S. embassies in Egypt, Bangladesh and Kenya. His last overseas assignment was in Georgia, and he previously served in Pakistan in 1989-1990. Conly holds the rank of minister counselor.
THAILAND, WASHINGTON DC
Dr. Mervyn F. Silverman (Thailand 65-67, Washington DC 67-68) received an honorary doctor of science degree from Washington and Lee University. Silverman, one of the nation’s leading authorities on AIDS, has worked in public health and preventative medicine for more than 40 years. Silverman was director of health for the city and county of San Francisco, served as director of the Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Health Services Program and was president and national spokesperson for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He also worked with the Department of Community Health in Wichita, Kan., Planned Parenthood in Kansas and the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Food and Drug Administration. Silverman currently serves as secretary of the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He has his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and a degree in public administration and international health from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He has held numerous faculty positions and won several awards for his work.
Susanne Thomas is the new director of the Emory University Emeritus College. Thomas received her bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College in Boston and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Emory. She worked with Emory graduate students in religion for five year and then moved to Tunisia to teach American literature at the University of Tunis. She rejoined Emory in 1999 as an administrator with the U.S. office of the American Research Center in Egypt.
Cristina T. Lopez-O’Keeffe’s (03-05) essay Mama Esta Trabajando has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home-Moms. The mother of three attended the University of Pennsylvania and is also the author of Finding Francis, a short self-published book. Her poetry has also appeared in a number of anthologies, and she is currently working on Bunny Was a Horse, a chapbook of poems.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired Lisa Boylan (93-95) as communications director. She has 14 years of communications experience, most recently as senior editor and director of print and online publishing for the Epilepsy Foundation. Prior to this, Boylan coordinated editorial and design services for the Office of Research on Women’s Health and worked with the Johnson, Bassin and Shaw consulting firm, Joint Action in Community Service and IBM. She also has published fiction in literary journals.
Ellen Field has joined the Strategic Communications and Market Transformation Division of the Cadmus Group, Inc., as a principal in the Arlington, Va., office. Prior to this position, Field served as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services and was executive vice president for health and social marketing at Porter Novelli. She also served as communications director at the Peace Corps.
The Manistique School Board has named John Shiner (90-92) as a middle/high school principal. He has been the principal at Ontonagon Area Junior/Senior High School since 2005. Shiner has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He will complete his educational leadership degree through Grand Valley State University this fall.