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National Peace Corps Association Welcomes New Board Members

By Sarah Kana on Monday, July 30th, 2012

New Board Members Sharon Keld and Wendy Lee at Peace Corps Connect 2012

Our June 29 Board of Directors meeting brought additional transitions, with eight members elected.  Here’s a list of them, you can also read more about them on their own pages.

The four members elected by the National Peace Corps Association members are:

Jane Bardon (Upper Midwest until 2013)  Turkmenistan 2003-2005

Peace Corps service can be a “life-defining” experience at any age. After two years in Turkmenistan, I better appreciate American freedoms. I have learned much about the world by travelling to over 100 countries with my husband...”

Teresa Devore (Northeast until 2015)  Ukraine 1998-2001

Teresa teaches ESL at a public high school in New York City. She has been a member of the Big Apple Corps, the New York City NPCA affiliate group since returning to the US following her Peace Corps service and has served on the board for the past four years.

Sharon Keld (Europe, North and East Africa until 2015)  Morocco 2006-2008, Peace Corps Response Philippines 2009-2010, Peace Corps Response Armenia 2011

She has also been an active volunteer for many years, with alumni organizations, Make-a-Wish, Junior Achievement and other organizations. She is currently based in the New York area.

Kristina Owens (Mid-Atlantic/Nationwide until 2015)  Bolivia 2000-2002

As NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic/Nationwide representative, I intend to reach out to the regional and ‘friends-of’ groups in this community. I would like to work with each of the groups to strengthen their Third Goal efforts and encourage collaboration among each of the groups, so that they may reach their goals.

The four members elected by the Board are:

Jayne Booker  Benin 73-75

Jayne’s professional life has focused on private sector economic development, primarily in Africa. Following her first job as a Peace Corps English teacher in Benin, West Africa, Jayne pursued her passion for global development, working in the international consulting divisions of Coopers & Lybrand and Deloitte & Touche.

Janet Greig  India 66-68

Janet graduated from UC Berkeley, before serving in the Peace Corps in India.  There she met and married her husband, Wylie. Janet was able to do contract work on site selections for Peace Corps in India before they were assigned to Kabul late in 1968. Their youngest child, Jessica, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin ’97-’99.

Tim McCollum (for the 2012-2015 term)  Madagascar 99-01

Tim McCollum is the co-Founder of Madécasse Chocolate. Madécasse Chocolate is one of the only fine chocolates made entirely in Africa, and was named one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world by Fast Company Magazine.

 Wendy Lee (for the 2012-2014 term)  Cameroon 08-10

Wendy earned her B.S.B.A. in finance and economics from Saint Louis University. Recently, she received a Master of Public Administration degree from the international dual degree program between London School of Economics and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She aims to represent the interest of Gen Y Peace Corps Volunteers during her service to the NPCA Board.

We thank our out-going Board members for their service to the NPCA community: Jill Fox (Upper Midwest region), James Gore (Mid-Atlantic region and national groups), Robert Graulich (Board-elected), David Magnani (Northeast), Bruce McNamer (Board-elected), and Jensy Patterson Richards (Europe, North and East Africa).

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