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Community Achievements – March 2019

Community News – Achievements of RPCVs

Author: Peter Deekle
March 2019



Brenna Mickey (Albania, 2011-2013; Vanuatu, 2016) in addition to working as a product user experience designer at a digital learning platform company, she holds an adjunct teaching position in art appreciation, imaging, and public speaking at William Peace University in North Carolina. Following graduation, she moved to Bajram Curri, Albania in the Peace Corps’ Community Development Division, where she refined her interest in design and communication.




Mandy Manning (1999-2000) the 2018 National Teacher of the Year will deliver the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Armenian Genocide Education Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 23.





H. Nicholas Windeshausen, now 96 years old, was included in a recent edition of the Business Futures magazine published by the Sacramento State College of Business Administration. During his tenure At Sacramento State, he conducted workshops and programs in marketing and management, including training programs with the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Brazil. He has served as a U.S. delegate for four United Way Conferences in Puerto Rico, Singapore, Taiwan, and England, and has been well-recognized by his peers over the years and honored multiple times for his achievements and commitment to the community.



Kaitlyn Brown (2010-2012) is the founder of Savorista, a craft decaf coffee start up, partnering with the Seton Hall Consulting Group.






Alan Yu (1984-1986) is joining the Energy and Environment Policy team at the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow and director of international climate policy. He will help to promote clean energy policies and work to strengthen U.S. partnerships with the international community to address climate change. Prior to this current appointment, he spent four years as the U.S. Department of Energy’s director for Asian affairs.




Frank Tainter (1964-1966) reported that his first Chile-related book, ¿Eres tú? Una historia de Lonquimay, originally published by Editorial Forja in Chile is now available from that publisher. It was followed in 2019 by an expanded second edition in Spanish. He also authored Fish Culture about his family’s involvement in the fish culture program in Yellowstone Park.




David Kurtz (2015-2017) completed his Peace Corps assignment only weeks before Tropical Storm Maria struck the island, prompting his return in 2018 and again following up on the welfare of his students and friends in 2019. His continuing engagement with his host country is regularly reported in his blog and is evidence of this Peace Corps volunteer’s commitment beyond his service years.




Sean Fredericks and McKinze Cook (2010-2012) opened a restaurant in Portland, OR serving Georgian food. They report having the largest selection of Georgian wine for sale on the west coast of America and promote Georgia’s winemaking culture and traditions. The couple also continues supporting their partners and friends in Georgia.





Kristen Roupenian (2003-2005) introduced her newest publication, You Know You Want This (a collection of short stories) following the critically acclaimed publication in 2017 of her book, Cat Person.





Elizabeth Martens (2014-2016) has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the National Dairy Herd Information Association. She was a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer and then volunteered with the veterinary school of Manizales, Colombia, learning about pasture-based dairy production. She returned to Colombia last year to do research on the metabolic status of pastured dairy cows. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she plans on going into private practice in the Northeast as a mixed animal or dairy veterinarian, with a focus on nutrition and farm employee training.



Bryn Mooser (2000-2002) and Skye Fitzgerald were nominated for a 2019 best documentary film Oscar for Lifeboat, about the German nonprofit Sea-Watch aids refugees braving the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. Mooser is the co-founder of RYOT (an immersive media company) founded in 2012 by Mooser, David Darg, Molly DeWolf Swenson and Martha Rogers.



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