Peace Corps Connect: Boston 2013
Glenn Blumhorst: NPCA, Peace Corps, and BARPCV’s: our collaborative efforts to fulfill the Peace Corps mission and support the Peace Corps Community.
Eileen Conoboy: NPCA, Peace Corps, and BARPCV’s: our collaborative efforts to fulfill the Peace Corps mission and support the Peace Corps Community.
Eileen has held numerous positions with the Peace Corps, including Director of University Programs and Regional Manager of the Seattle Recruiting Office. Prior to her current post, she led the Planning, Policy and Evaluation division at the Administration for Native Americans and worked on capacity-building projects with American Indians and Alaska Natives. She has community development experience with both domestic and international programs, including: managing anti-racism training programs in Ireland; working as a health educator in West Africa; monitoring elections in Albania; and supervising domestic violence task forces in North Dakota with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Eileen holds a Master’s in International Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and is native to Arlington, VA.
Chic Dambach: The Future of Peacebuilding Workshop
Chic Dambach’s wide-ranging career includes six years as President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, where he established a network of organizations and professionals to help build sustainable peace and security worldwide. Previously, he restructured and revitalized the National Peace Corps Association and developed innovative programs to engage returned volunteers and staff in vital projects at home and worldwide. He helped Peter Yarrow build Operation Respect’s anti-bullying initiatives, and he served as Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3). His career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia.
In addition to Exhaust the Limits, he co-wrote Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards and The Business Professional’s Guide to Nonprofit Board Service, both published by BoardSource where he was a senior governance consultant. His essays also appeared in various internationally renowned publications.
Congressman John Garamendi and Chic created a team of returned Peace Corps Volunteers to help the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia end their border war, and they engaged in a similar initiative in the Congo, helping President Joseph Kabila and the leaders of major rebel groups end hostilities and form a coalition government leading to elections.
Chic has a BA degree in speech/communications from Oklahoma State University and a MBA degree from Wake Forest University. He lives with his wife Kay near Annapolis, Maryland, and he is the father of three grown boys.
Kendall Dudley, Career Development Workshop: What is your Career Design?
Kendall Dudley, MA, is a career and life design consultant, presenter, writing teacher, artist and travel leader. Among many places, Kendall has taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities, Montserrat College of Art, Star Island and Pendle Hill and has been a career consultant to Harvard University for 15 years. He has both taught as well as served on the board at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education for 20+ years. He presents regularly at national career development, art therapy and life planning conferences and runs a variety of programs that weave together creativity, autobiography and life direction. His next journal-writing trip to Morocco leaves March 19, 2014! His artwork appears in solo and group shows and his recent public art events have focused on social issues dealing with conflict and culture for which he was awarded grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and BARPCV. Current projects include: Writing At The Edges: Finding in Our Stories Our Emerging Self and Intentional Travel: Personal Pilgrimage and The Search for Completion. Current writings appear in Live Smart After 50!, Second Journey, and 65 Things to Do When Your Retire: Travel. He went to the Wharton School (BS) and Columbia University (MA) and worked in city planning in Iran as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Lisa Frederick, NPCA, Peace Corps, and BARPCV’s: our collaborative efforts to fulfill the Peace Corps mission and support the Peace Corps Community.
Lisa Freeman: The Future of Peacebuilding Workshop
Lisa Freeman has worked for the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) since 2011, first in Southern Afghanistan and now in Washington, DC supporting OTI’s Syria program. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan from 2005 to 2007, and has worked with the Woodrow Wilson Centre Conflict Prevention Project, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the World Vision International peacebuilding team. Lisa’s recent publications include an article co-authored with Dr. Ronald J. Fisher in the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development: “Comparing a Problem-Solving Workshop to a Conflict Assessment Framework: Conflict Analysis Versus Conflict Assessment in Practice.” She holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Political Science and Intercultural Studies from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California.
Hauwa Ibrahim: Raising your voice on human rights issues with Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said, 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award
Hauwa Ibrahim is a senior partner at Aries Law Firm. Working as a lead attorney with a team devoted to the cause of human rights for women in Nigeria, she has won a number of precedent-setting cases before Islamic Shariah courts. Ibrahim has been a Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Stonehill College, a World Fellow at Yale University, a Radcliffe fellow, and a fellow at both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University.
Ibrahim adopted an interdisciplinary approach to delve into the theoretical foundations of Shariah law and examine how they have influenced legal practice, which has, in turn, affected the human rights of women in West Africa. Her research led to a book, “Practicing Shariah Law: Seven Strategies for Achieving Justice in Shariah Courts,” which was published by the American Bar Association.
The European Parliament presented Ibrahim with its 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which honors individuals or organizations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and freedoms. Ibrahim has earned an LLB and a master’s in international law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria; a BL for legal practice from Nigeria Law School; and a master’s of law degree in international studies at American University’s Washington College of Law. In addition, she has been awarded three honorary doctorates, as well as the Cavaliere Award, the Highest Human Rights Award from the Italian Government.
David Magnani, RPCVs in Public Service
Dave is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Massachusetts. Dave served in the Peace Corps as a teacher and trainer of science teachers in Sierra Leone and Kenya. In 1984, David was elected as a State Representative from Ashland and South Framingham. He was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1992.
As a legislator, David Magnani focused his attention on improving early childhood, K-12, and higher education via improving science, technology, engineering and math education, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and serving the people of his district and the Commonwealth. He worked successfully to reduce property taxes for elderly citizens with the “Circuit Breaker” tax credit, helped municipalities, businesses, and the state address the need for infrastructure funding with the adoption of the District Improvement Financing program; helped to streamline the legal process for businesses with a Massachusetts business court, and consistently fought the most punitive aspects of welfare “reform.”
Dave was the first executive director for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. In three years it became an effective and growing “trade association” organization that’s focus is to advocate for and serve all nonprofits in Massachusetts. In addition, David was the principal at two educational consulting firms: EdAction Associates and DPM Associates, which provide organizational development, training and policy consulting work for governmental, nonprofit and private sector organizations.
Elizabeth A. McClintock : The Future of Peacebuilding Workshop
A Founder and Managing Partner with CMPartners, LLC and a Ph.D. candidate at the Fletcher School. Liz has over 18 year of experience offering consulting services to and designing and implementing negotiation, conflict management, and leadership training programs for both private and public sector organizations around the world. Recent work has included management of a 6-month training program for the Burundian National Commission on Demobilization and Reintegration; acting as the lead facilitator for a two-year Liberian government collaborative capacity-building project managed by WWICS; serving as the co-facilitator of a two-year USAID-funded program to develop a conflict resolution curriculum for Burundian high schools, in partnership with the Burundian Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Burundi Leadership Training Program; and serving as the lead facilitator and program designer for the Burundi Leadership Training Program since 2003. In addition to training, Liz has served as a consultant and coach to a range of clients including the Burundian government, assuring the integration of peacebuilding themes into the PRSP-2; the WWICS senior management team; staff and managers of the World Health Organization; and staff of the World Bank. With co-authors, D. Fairman, D. Chigas, and N. Drager, Liz has recently published a book, Negotiating Public Health in a Globalized World: Global Health Diplomacy in Action, (Springer 2012). In addition to her work at CMPartners, Ms. McClintock serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Bridgeway Group.
Allen Mondell: Telling Your Peace Corps Story – RPCV Writers and Filmmakers.
Allen Mondell was a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone from 1963-65. He has worked in films and television as a writer, producer and director for 40 years. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore and then went to work for Westinghouse Broadcasting in Baltimore (WJZ-TV) as a writer/director of documentary films. Allen spent five years at public television station KERA-TV in Dallas as a writer, producer and director of documentaries and special programs. Allen and his wife Cynthia Salzman Mondell founded Media Projects, Inc., in 1978, a non-profit company that has produced and distributed more than 35 documentaries and docudramas about social issues and historical subjects. Among his work is Films from the Sixth Floor, six films about the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy shown daily at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. He recently completed WAGING PEACE: The Peace Corps Experience, a documentary that weaves the letters, journals, emails and blogs written by Volunteers with the profiles of four former volunteers who, in their work today, are still making a difference.
Cynthia Morrison: Telling Your Peace Corps Story – RPCV Writers and Filmmakers.
Cynthia Morrison Phoel served as a PCV in a small Bulgarian mountain town from 1994 – 1996. She captured her time there in a collection of fiction, Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories, which was published by Southern Methodist University Press in 2010. Her fiction has also appeared in The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Harvard Review. Phoel holds degrees from Cornell University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She and her family currently live in Boston but will be relocating to Arlington, VA, in July.
Tim Prestero, RPCVs “Bringing the World Home” Through their Careers
Tim is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters, a nonprofit that collaborates with social entrepreneurs and volunteers to design products for the poor in developing countries. A former Peace Corps volunteer and MIT graduate, Tim has worked in West Africa, Latin America and Asia. He is a Martin Fellow at the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and was named an Ashoka Affiliate in 2004. His awards include the 2007 Social Venture Network Innovation Award and the 2009 World Technology Award. This year, Design That Matters was named the winner of the National Design Award in Corporate and Institutional Achievement.
Tim and his team made a splash when they created the NeoNurture Infant Incubator, named one of TIME Magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2010.” However, the product wasn’t a hit with manufacturers or with hospitals in developing countries and forever remained a prototype. Design That Matters learned an important lesson from the experience — good design must keep in mind who will procure equipment, who will be using it, as well as the myriad of ways that it could be used incorrectly. As Timothy says, “There’s no such thing as a dumb user; there are only dumb products.”
Bob Schlehuber: The Future of Peacebuilding Workshop
Bob Schlehuber received his M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from The American University’s School of International Service. While at American University, Bob served as President of American University’s Creative Peace Initiatives organization and the President of the AU Peace Corps community. Bob has extensive experience in community organizing, and recently founded Operation Respect Rock River Valley and Operation Respect Ukraine. Operation Respect Ukraine was founded during Bob’s Peace Corps service from 2009-2011. Both organizations work to create safe, caring, and compassionate environments for both children and adults in their respective communities. Bob is currently working to help promote cross cultural partnerships between Americans, Israelis, Palestinians, and all those around the world who wish to see peace.
Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said, 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award
Dr. Mohamud Said is a distinguished Kenyan volunteer, philanthropist and humanitarian engaged in a wide range of medical service and human rights activities on the local, national and international levels. A long time volunteer with the 70,000-member Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), he rose through the ranks and currently serves as its Governor (President). He has devoted himself to assisting displaced persons and has been responsible for overseeing the largest refugee camp in the world with over 600,000 persons from the Somali crisis. Dr. Said represented Africa on the board of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), headquartered Copenhagen, Denmark, and was later elected president of the IRCT, the first African to hold this position. The IRCT treats over 100,000 torture victims in its 150 centers in 75 countries in all the regions of the world. A life-long member of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA), he founded and chaired the KMA Human Rights Committee, and is a member of the KMA Medical Camp and the Continuous Professional Development Committee. Dr. Said is also vice chairman of the Independent Medico-Legal Unit Kenya, a nongovernmental organization that seeks a torture-free society by promoting the rights of torture victims, advocating for policy reforms, monitoring government adherence to human rights, and rehabilitating victims of torture. Over the last seven years, as the coordinator of the Pedro Cavadas Foundation, headquartered in Valencia, Spain, Dr. Said’s team has performed reconstructive surgery for poor children and adults from eight East African countries. Dr. Said is a practicing medical doctor who operates his own private hospital and pharmacy in Bungoma County, Kenya. He graduated from medical school in 1979.
Marco Werman: RPCVs “Bringing the World Home” Through their Careers
Werman is the host of Public Radio International’s The World. Werman has been working in journalism since he was 16, when he worked as a copyboy at the News and Observer in Raleigh, NC. His journalism experience includes documentary photography, print, radio and television. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Werman got his start in radio while freelancing in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the BBC World Service, where he later worked as a producer. In 1990, he started up a new public radio station in the Adirondacks in New York and hosted a daily two-hour news and public affairs show there for four years. This was followed by a half year stint in Rome, Italy where he was the correspondent for Monitor Radio. In 1995, he was invited to assist in creating the format for The World, where he has worked since. In 1997, he began producing the Global Hit segment, in which musicians and musical trends around the globe are linked and used as a lens to understand the news. This segment has also become a popular podcast as part of the PRI News podcasts.
Werman has been the recipient of awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for an original radio drama that he wrote; the Sony Awards for an exposé on child labor in West African gold mines; the New York Festivals for a BBC documentary on the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso’s president; and the first annual Unity award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association for coverage of diversity issues.
In 2007, he won an Emmy for his story “Libya: Out of the Shadow” on the PBS program Frontline/World, about the 2006 total solar eclipse that brought thousands of tourists to Libya just after it had rejoined the community of nations. Werman was the first American television and radio journalist to go to Libya after Muammar al-Gaddafi renounced weapons of mass destruction in December 2003, a move that would lead to Libya losing its pariah state status.
Werman is also the host and a reporter for a new music series for PBS called “Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders,” which he co-created with PBS producer Stephen Talbot. The pilot aired in 2010. A new episode was broadcast on PBS in October 2012. He is also a presenter and interviewer for the PBS Arts online series, “Sound Tracks presents Quick Hits” where he has interviewed Jovanotti, Seu Jorge, Charles Bradley, Milos Karadaglic and Levon Helm.
Anna Whitcomb: Career Development Workshop: Friday and Saturday
Anna Whitcomb, RPCV Philippines ’74, Peace Corps/VISTA Recruiter, a former NPCA board member and BARPCV board member. A NBCC certified counselor and professional career counselor with over 25 years of experience career counseling and coaching RPCVs, recent college graduates, and career changers. Conducted numerous presentations and workshops on such topics as Career Resources in Your Library, Know Yourself Using- Skill Scan, and Understand Your Personal Values. Anna holds the following degrees – BS in Human Development, – University of Vermont, MPA Masters in Public Administration and CAGS in Counseling – Suffolk University. Currently living in Harvard Square with a small private practice, coaching individuals on their next step. Anna participates in community activities including LWV of Belmont, On The Rise, Mass Audubon, UNICEF and other like-minded organizations.
Harris Wofford: RPCVs in Public Service
Harris Wofford served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995 and as the fifth president of Bryn Mawr College; he is a noted advocate of national service and volunteering. Wofford was a surrogate for Barack Obama’s campaign for president, and introduced Obama in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center before Obama’s speech on race in America, A More Perfect Union.
He is a 1948 graduate of the University of Chicago. He enrolled at Howard Law School, the first white male student to do so. After two years, he continued his studies at Yale Law School, where he received his second law degree in June 1954. He began his public service career as an attorney for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, serving from 1954 to 1958. In 1959, he became a law professor at University of Notre Dame. He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights movement in the south in the late 1950s and became a friend and unofficial advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1961, Kennedy appointed him, in a last minute decision, as a special assistant to the President on civil rights. He also served as chairman of the Subcabinet Group on Civil Rights. He was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps and served as the Peace Corps’ special representative to Africa and director of operations in Ethiopia. He was appointed associate director of the Peace Corps in 1962 and held that position until 1966. Wofford’s book Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties details his years in the civil rights movement and the creation of the Peace Corps.
Harris Wofford was presented with the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal.
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