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.
Kaitlyn Moberly – Advocacy Intern
Kaitlyn is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Public Health and Global Poverty. In 2011 she spent five weeks working for the Lady Willingdon Hospital in Manali, India. Later that year she volunteered for the DC Food Bank, teaching nutrition courses for Spanish speaking mothers in the Greenbelt, MD area through the Share our Strengths: Cooking Matters program. In 2011 she volunteered in El Progresso with UMD’s Students Helping Honduras chapter. She plans to become a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2014, after completing her B.S. and is excited to be a part of the NPCA.
Nicole Bustamante– Advocacy Intern
Nicole is a sophomore at The George Washington University double majoring in Anthropology and Political Science. She is originally from San Diego, California but enjoys the change in pace that Washington, D.C. has to offer. Nicole spends a great deal of her time volunteering for the Service for Sight foundation as well as other sight related organizations. Following the completion of her Bachelor degrees, she hopes to work for the government or a non-profit and eventually serve in the Peace Corps.
Ryan Greenstein– Advocacy Intern
Ryan is currently studying to receive an undergraduate degree in arabic studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he is part of the CIVICUS living learning promgram at UMD. This past summer, Ryan spent six weeks abroad in Marrakesh, Morocco with the State Department’s National Security Language Intiative Youth program that provided a full-merit-based scholarship for him to study Arabic language and culture. Ryan recently returned from Israel after traveling there with the Taglit-Birthright program and will be teaching Enligh in Barcelona, Spain this summer.
Robert Powers– Advocacy Intern
Rob is a senior at Herndon High school in Virginia, interning for NPCA for the semester. He will be going to The College of William and Mary next year and currently plans to eventually attend medical school. Rob does varied volunteer work with his Church youth community. He hopes to join the Peace Corps after finishing his education.
Asha Khanzada – Advocacy Intern
Asha is currently a senior at Herndon High school. She is very excited about being an intern for the NPCA. After graduation she hopes to enter Virginia Commonwealth University’s pre-med program. She plans on having a major in biology and a minor in psychology. Asha has done a lot of volunteer work for her community by participating in food/clothe drives, tutoring, FOHA, and she has worked in camps for kids who have special needs over the summer. After grad school she hopes to become an orthopedic doctor and plans to serve in the Peace Corps.
Catherine Chumakov- Communications Intern
Catherine is currently a sophomore at the George Washington University studying Communications and Journalism. She is originally from Philadelphia, but was born and raised in Singapore. In the past Catherine has been very involved with the Make a Wish Foundation, and currently spends a lot of her time volunteering for the Service for Sight Foundation as well as numerous other sight related organizations around DC. After graduation Catherine plans on working for a non-profit organization and hopes to eventually join the Peace Corps. She is very excited to be an intern for the NPCA this semester.