Consultants & Interns
Ernesto Gluecksmann and Mickey Panayiotakis, Infamia
The team at Infamia provides communications and website consulting to NPCA staff. Their team designed and developed NPCA’s website platforms, www.PeaceCorpsConnect.org and www.AfricaRuralConnect.org.
Kay Dixon, Placement Specialist, Encore
Kay Dixon volunteers with Encore, interviewing candidates for placement in Encore projects. She served in the Peace Corps as an urban community development volunteer with a CARE project in Colombia from 1962 to 1964. Kay holds a Master of Science degree in Training and Development from Lesley University. Her expertise is in instructional design with software applications for business services development. She and her spouse Kevin Dixon relocated from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Spokane, Washington, to be close to their grandchildren.
Travis Hellstrom, Serving Volunteer Advisory Council Coordinator
Travis Hellstrom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Volunteer leader in Mongolia from 2008 until 2011, where he worked with the Sukhbaatar Provincial Health Department and the World Health Organization. He wrote the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook, created Peace Corps 101 and Peace Corps Merit Badges, and also co-founded TEDxUlaanbaatar, the first TEDx event in Mongolia. After completing his Peace Corps service, Travis started a social movement called Advance Humanity where he writes weekly articles for everyday humanitarians who are changing themselves and changing the world. He also became founding CEO of the New Media Foundation which is dedicated to helping leading nonprofits in Mongolia and around the world. Travis currently lives in the eastern steppe of Mongolia with his wife Tunga and will be attending the School for International Training in the fall as a Peace Corps Fellow.
Harriet Lipowitz – Retired Teacher, NPCA Volunteer
Harriet Lipowitz is a volunteer at the National Peace Corps Association where she assists Anne Baker with the Mentoring Program and Jonathan Pearson with with Advocacy Day preparations. She is also working on the project to locate the 250,000 volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps. She was a volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia where she was a New Primary Syllabus Advisor to Primary School Teachers. She received an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the School for International Training in Vermont. Following that she taught in Mexico and at Georgetown University, the Inter-American Development Bank, Montgomery County Adult Education, and at the Maryland English Institute at the University of Maryland.
Natalie Hall – NPCA Volunteer
Natalie Hall is not only a strong financial supporter of the National Peace Corps Association, she is an essential member of our office volunteer team. Natalie’s volunteer work began in earnest in 2010, assisting with various preparations related to the 50th anniversary Peace Corps celebrations. Since then, Natalie has assisted with a variety of NPCA programs, including advocacy, development, and our Find the 250K campaign. Natalie and her husband Michael served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand from 1967 – 69. They also recently completed six months of volunteer service in Indonesia.
Jessica is a junior in American University’s School of International Service, studying Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East, as well as French and Arabic language. Past experiences have included work with Kid Power DC and Shia Rights Watch. Jessica hopes to build upon her community service and advocacy background through this internship, and plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps after graduation. She plans to later pursue a career in human rights or diplomacy.
Sam is currently studying to receive undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Communication from Arizona State University. Sam is excited to to be in D.C. this fall and to gain experience on the Hill promoting advocacy for the NPCA. In addition to working with the NCPA, Sam is a participant in the inaugural ASU-McCain Institute Capital Scholars program where he will be researching solutions to international policy problems. Following college graduation in 2015, Sam intends to attend law or graduate school.
Grace is a junior at Valparaiso University, double majoring in Political Science and International Service while also studying to receive her TESOL certificate. While in D.C. Grace hopes to gain as much hands-on experience working in advocacy as possible and is excited to be part of the NPCA. Her past work includes traveling to Kenya with Habitat for Humanity and being an International Ambassador for the Summer Global Leadership Institute back at her University. After graduation Grace is planning on applying to the Peace Corps to serve.
Sarah is a senior at Catholic University of America majoring in Sociology and a double minor in Public Policy and Global Comparative studies. Originally from the Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, Sarah is looking forward to spending her last fall semester at school in DC while working with the NPCA. Sarah has a strong interest for international public policy. She hopes to parlay her interest into a career of advertising and public policy. After the completion of her bachelor’s degree, Sarah hopes to attend graduate school to receive a master’s degree in Communications specializing in Media Relations. She eventually plans to work for a non-profit think tank or advertising agency. Sarah plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps after graduation before continuing further educational plans.
Ana is a senior Government and Politics major at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ana is originally from Buffalo, NY but has since moved to Baltimore, MD. In addition to volunteering with the NPCA, Ana is a research intern at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland and is currently in the process of writing her senior honors thesis on justice systems following acts of genocide. She takes great interest in issues of social justice and human rights and hopes to join the Peace Corps upon graduating in May 2014. Ana is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the NPCA during her final fall semester.
Patricia is a Senior English major at the University of Maryland, College Park. Originally from Westchester, New York, Patricia has always had a great interest in writing and hopes to further develop her skills in the field of communications while at the NPCA. She is very passionate about volunteer work and spent time in New Orleans helping with hurricane relief, as well as started a volunteer club for a local children’s center in high school. While at Maryland, Patricia launched social media accounts for one of the popular College Park local establishments. She is very excited for the opportunity to work for a place that is routed in service and allows for her focus in writing to flourish. Patricia plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps upon her December 2013 graduation, with the intent of teaching English abroad.
Sydney is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in History and minoring in Latin America Studies and International Development and Conflict Management. Although Sydney is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she decided to come to school near D.C. because of her interest in international affairs. In addition to her internship, Sydney plans to spend her fall semester volunteering with Terps for Change, Alternative Breaks, and UMD ESOL. In the spring she plans to study abroad in Costa Rica where she will have the opportunity to complete a month-long service learning project in addition to taking courses focusing on social and environmental change. Post-graduation, Sydney hopes to join the Peace Corps and eventually go to graduate school for international development, conflict, and human rights.