Interns and Consultants
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.
Patricia A. Wand served on the NPCA board for many years. She was elected Vice-Chair of the Board in September 2011 during the 50th Anniversary celebrations. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia (1963-65) in a rural community development and health education program and was on Peace Corps Staff in 1969 training teachers for the Eastern Caribbean. For 16 years, Pat was University Librarian and Professor at American University (Washington DC). Upon retirement from American University in 2006, she accepted the position as Dean of Library and Learning Resources at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, where she worked four years developing U.S. accredited education for Emirati women. Previously, she held library positions at the University of Oregon, Columbia University (NY), the College of Staten Island (CUNY), and Wittenberg University (Ohio). She taught in secondary schools in Washington, D.C., and the Midwest. Currently Pat is adjunct faculty in the International Development Program, School of Information Service, American University, a consultant for library and information management., and a frequent speaker on the Middle East. Pat helped found two NPCA member groups; West Cascades Peace Corps Association (Eugene, Oregon) and Friends of Colombia. She is an elected member of ALA Council, the governing unit of the American Library Association (ALA) and serves on ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee. She frequently speaks on American-style education and libraries in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf, on copyright and information policy, library management, marketing and advocacy, and on international librarianship. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and editorials and has delivered 50 papers at professional conferences. She has testified to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on behalf of the American Library Association and four other national library associations. Among other honors and awards, Pat received the Distinguished Service Award from the District of Columbia Library Association; Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Michigan, School of Information; and a Fulbright Senior Lecture Award to Ecuador.
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.
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.
Alicia Nelson — Communications Intern
Alicia is a senior at the University of Minnesota, studying Sociology and Russian with a minor in Public Health. Her past experiences in the Twin Cities include work with the National Park Service, Minnesota AIDS Project, and teaching ESL and citizenship preparation to refugee populations. She is very excited to have relocated to DC and to intern with NPCA, and is confident her experience will continue to serve her well upon her return to Minnesota in the fall. After finishing up her degree she hopes to volunteer with the Peace Corps and eventually pursue a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health.
Melissa Coy– Advocacy Intern
Melissa is in her fourth year at the University of California Davis and is double majoring in International Relations and Economics. Melissa is excited to be in D.C. interning for NPCA and to have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. During her internship Melissa hopes to learn the operations of a non-profit organization and how to effectively advocate on the Hill. Some of her past experience includes volunteering with the non-governmental organization Plant with Purpose in Oaxaca, Mexico and Tanzania. After graduation Melissa plans on furthering her education on international issues through pursuing a graduate degree in International Economic Development and gaining hands on experience in international communities.
Logan Connor–Special Assistant to the President – Intern
Logan is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park studying International Relations. He comes from a large military family, originally being born in Minot, North Dakota and then moving to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland where he grew up. His past work experience includes working for the Center for International Development and Conflict Management as well as assisting a UMD professor in conflict research. Logan is currently the president of the UMD chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and hopes to spend his summer teaching English abroad before finally graduating in the fall. Post-graduation, Logan aims to have a career in the Armed Forces or the Peace Corps.
Caroline Corbett– Advocacy Intern
Caroline is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in International Relations and minoring in French. Caroline hopes to learn more about advocacy on capitol hill as well as the non-profit sector. She has studied abroad in London, and has plans to study abroad again in both France and Israel. Caroline hopes to become a Peace Corps volunteer after graduation. She then plans to get a masters degree in International Relations.