Chile, Colombia, DRC (Zaire), Ecuador, The Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Thailand
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Kay Muldoon-Ibrahim (1966-68) held a photography exhibit at Cecil College, where she taught photojournalism from 2005 to 2010. The exhibit’s theme was “Our Shared Humanity” and featured photographs of the Chilean people Muldoon-Ibrahim served throughout her time as a Peace Corps volunteer. During that period, she was also responsible for traveling around the countryside to document other Peace Corps projects in order to help develop promotional materials for the Santiago office. Her work was also recently on display at the Organization of American States in Washington during Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary and was compiled into a book titled Images of Chile from the 1960s. Along with the Peace Corps, Muldoon-Ibrahim has worked as a freelance photographer for various United Nations organizations, the World Bank, Encyclopaedia Britannica Education Corporation, and Scholastic Magazine.
After 34 years of service, Ken Shirley (1976-78) has retired from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). A fisheries biologist, Shirley served a seven-county area in east-central Arkansas. In a news article published in the Baxter Bulletin, AGFC Director of Fisheries Mark Oliver praised Shirley for his work and dedication. “Ken always had the state’s resources and the people at heart. We’ve had a good time of it. He’s been a great asset.” Nearly 200 people turned out for a celebration in late July to honor Shirley’s service.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
President Obama nominated Stephanie Sanders Sullivan (1980-83) to serve our nation as Ambassador to the Republic of Congo. Sullivan’s nomination requires confirmation by the United States Senate. In addition to being a Peace Corps Volunteer, Sullivan also served as Peace Corps’ Chief of Operations for the Africa Region from 1994-96. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served overseas in Ghana and Cameroon and has held several key positions over the last two decades within the State Department.
Folwell Dunbar (1989-92) is the new, first-time principal of Kate Middleton Elementary School, a new charter school in Gretna, Louisiana. Music, dance, theatre and other art forms will be a focal point at the school. Students will learn basic subjects with the arts incorporated throughout the curriculum. The school opened in August. Dunbar has been working in education since his Peace Corps service.
Clinton Etheridge (1970-72) is playing a lead role with the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED), which recently launched its first regional innovation center in West Africa.
The innovation center is headquartered in Accra Ghana. Using a hands-on approach with continuous business coaching, the center hopes to stimulate economic opportunities and job creation by scaling high potential businesses at the local and regional level. Etheridge was selected as one of the first five volunteer coaches to participate in the program. A Stanford MBA graduate, Etheridge helped found the California Economic Development Lending Initiative which advised small and medium sized businesses across California in job creation and economic development.
Ghana RPCV Dr. Luther Ward has begun a year-long Global Surgery Fellowship, working at a teaching hospital in Haiti where he will be coordinating visiting physicians and setting up a surgical residency program. The Fellowship program is offered through Harvard University. He had been working at Curry General Hospital in southwest Oregon. Ward’s wife Lisa Ward, a Solomon Islands RPCV, holds a PhD in Public Health and Sanitation from Tulane University. She worked in Haiti while earning her doctorate.
South Dakota State University named RPCV Nancy Fahrenwald as the new Dean of the College of Nursing. Fahrenwald joined the university’s staff in 1995, after serving as an AIDS coordinator in Malawi’s Zomba district and as a nurse educator at the Lilongwe School for Health Sciences. She has been the Associate Dean for Research in the SDSU College of Nursing since 2009.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Pediatrician and RPCV David Bergman has devoted his life to the care of children. Recently, he began to reach out to young people in a different way. Dr. Bergman has published two storybooks for children, featuring tales about animals that contain lessons for everyday life. Interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he said the books “are written to a children’s level of understanding but there’s also a message about the fundamental ethics of life.” Proceeds Dr. Bergman’s books are going to the National Audubon Society and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
President Obama has nominated Donald Lu (1988-90) to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Albania. Mr. Lu is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Currently, he serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Previously, he has been assigned to overseas posts in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the United States Senate.
RPCV Arelta Little was hired as the Arts Program Officer at the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation devoted to improving “the quality of life for present and future generations.” Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the Givens Foundation for African-American Literature, where she was responsible for arts residencies and other programs for authors. Arleta has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past fifteen years. She also serves on multiple boards, including Springboard for the Arts, Minnesota AIDS project, and Friends of Hennepin County Library.