Botswana, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Tunisia
By Jonathan Pearson on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
The Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce named Alice Fitzpatrick (1988-89) as the organization’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. Fitzpatrick is retiring as executive director of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, which provides grants to support community based organizations in a forty-two town region. During the eighteen years she led the Community Foundation, Alice oversaw a six-fold increase in assets, which now total more than $40 million.
RPCV L. Mireya Reith of Fayateville, Arkansas was honored by the White House earlier this year as one of eleven Cesar Chavez “Champions of Change”. The recognition honors those who embody the spirit of Cesar Chavez’s legacy and commit themselves to working in their communities to advocate and organize around immigration-related issues. Reith is Executive Director of Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), Arkansas’ first nonprofit working at the state level to empower immigrants. She founded AUCC in order to more broadly foster the integration of her state’s newly emerged immigrant population. Reith currently serves her state as the first Latina and youngest person ever appointed by the Governor to the Arkansas State Board of Education.
Denny Daetz is one of six recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. The annual awards “celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession.” Recipients are nominated by former students whose stories demonstrate how one teacher can transform a life. Daetz was nominated by a former student who passionately recalled the three month trip his teacher organized back in 1976, in which twelve students back with him to his country of service, allowing his students to experience living with Ghanaians.
Crista Gardner was honored in May with the Leadership Legacy Scholarship awarded by WTS International, the professional association for the advancement of women in transportation. Crista is a Senior Transportation Planner for the Portland, Oregon Metro System. Her roles with the transit system include station area and land use planning, public involvement and program management. The scholarship will allow Crista to complete her Executive Master’s in Public Administration at Portland State University, with a focus on leadership, international affairs, urban planning and local government.
University of Buffalo graduate Jajean Rose-Burney has returned to western New York to assume the role of Development Coordinator for the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York, for the benefit of future generations. Rose-Burney and his wife, Ana Hernandez Balzac, both served as volunteers in Puebla, Mexico.
In Iowa, The Clinton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau hired RPCV Carrie Donaire as its New Director. A native of Clinton, Donaire served as a food security and agriculture volunteer in Nicaragua. Her responsibilities with the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will include sales and marketing to attract overnight visitors to the area, welcoming tourist and convention groups and working with area businesses to create a welcoming environment for visitors.
A community celebration in May at Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio included the induction of RPCV Eileen Tatman (2010-12) into the school Hall of Fame. A 1961 graduate and former medical technologist, Tatman joined the Peace Corps following her retirement, where she served as a medical care volunteer. She was honored for her Peace Corps service and her work as Lead Medical Technologist with the critical-care lab at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Paul Bell (1983-85) was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Andy Roddick Foundation. The non-profit foundation works to develop and inspire underserved youth through education and sports-based mentoring, preparing each youth to succeed in the game of life. Bell is the former President of Public and Large Enterprises for Dell Incorporated. He served on the Senior Executive Team from 1998 through 2012. Prior to joining Dell, Bell was a strategy consultant at Bain and Company, and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.