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Community Achievements – June 2019

Community News – Achievements of RPCVs

Author: Peter Deekle
June 2019



Joseph Andriano (2011) teaches business law, employment law, business ethics, and serves as a pre-law advisor. He has been awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Endowed Fund in honor of Dr. Robert John McGill and Dr. Nye Smith Award, the Phalanx Commendable Service Award, and the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award. In addition, he was inducted into the Phalanx Society, Clarkson University’s (NY) highest honorary society.



Eleanor Stanford (1998-2000), the author of three books of poetry, has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for 2019, and was a 2014/2016 Fulbright fellow to Brazil, where she researched and wrote about traditional midwifery. Her book, História, História: Two years in the Cape Verde Islands, recounts her Peace Corps service.



Patricia Wand (1963-1965) was the 2019 commencement speaker at Antioch University New England. She graduated in 1967 with a master of arts in teaching from the university’s predecessor, Antioch-Putney in Vermont. Wand has served in a variety of academic library leadership positions and currently is the president of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.



Richard Lipez (1962-1964) has published his sixteenth Donald Strachey Mystery entitled Killer Reunion.




Kate Schachter (2004-2007; Georgia, 2016-2017) is one of the founding members and current president of the NPCA affiliate group, RPCVs for Environmental Action.



Craig Vickstrom (1993-1995) has been a staff physician at Baraga County Hospital (Michigan) since 1996. In 2015, he was a member of the Partners in Health Ebola Response in Sierra Leone. He received the Leadership and Service Award from Cornell College’s Alumni Association.




Stephen Grummon (1970-1972) and his spouse, Corrie Root Grummon served in Iran. He was later employed as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow at the Asia Society. Prior to his retirement, he directed the Office of Near East and South Asian Affairs in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State.  He is currently an international affairs consultant.



Abby Maxman, president and CEO of Oxfam America, was Becker College’s speaker at its 231 commencement ceremony. Citing her Peace Corps experience as a “launching pad” for her life and career, she quoted an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”



Jeffrey Taylor (1988-1990) wrote In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’ Eleven Time Zones with Nina Khrushcheva about their travels in 2017 between Kamchatka and Kaliningrad, published by St. Martin’s Press. Their book has been included in The New York Times 2019 Summer Reading list.



Christopher Romano (1999-2001), a former small business development Peace Corps Volunteer, has most recently served as the director of Strategic Operations for Thrivent Holdings, a division of Thrivent Financial. He has been named the new chief operating officer for the Center for Economic Inclusion.



Karen Clark-Hoey (1994-1997) for the second consecutive year is leading a short-term study-abroad program in Romania where the team is working with the Department of Social Work at Babes-Bolyai University, receiving instruction from faculty, meeting, and sharing experiences with Romanian social work students, and making site visits to various agencies.



Melanie Margarita Kirby (1997-1999) is a graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in entomology at Washington State University. She received a 2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling award that will send her to Spain to help compare the mating habits of non-native, hybridized honey bees in the U.S. to endemic ones that live on the Iberian Peninsula.


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Kathryn Foster (1987-1989) will celebrate her first year anniversary as president of The College on New Jersey in July. Her Peace Corps experience in Africa reversed white privilege and prompted the realization of what it feels like to be a minority — making her a better teacher, friend, and administrator.


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