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Community Achievements – March 2020

Community News – Achievements of RPCVs

Author: Peter Deekle (Iran 1968-1970)
March 2020



Jason Harris was appointed Santa Barbara’s first Economic Development Manager on February 10, 2020. He will oversee the development and implementation of the City’s economic development program and related functions and goals.



Mildred D. Taylor (1965-1967) has completed her tenth book, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (Viking Books for Young Readers), the concluding novel in the Logan family saga. The book is a story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century.



Br. Guy Consolmagno (Kenya 1983-85) spoke recently about his Peace Corps experience in a radio interview. He was appointed Director of the Vatican Astronomical Observatory by Pope Francis in 2015. His books include Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory.



Liz McCartney (1994-1996) is the co-founder and chief operating officer of the St. Bernard Project (SBP). Founded by McCartney and her husband, Zack Rosenburg, the company has grown into a booming national nonprofit organization that rebuilds communities nationwide following natural disasters. Liz is also the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year and was nominated for CNN Superhero of the Decade.



Paulette Perhach (2008-2010) is a professional writing coach. She recently published Welcome to the Writer’s Life: How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice, published by Sasquatch Books in 2018.



John Leary (2001-2003) is the executive director of Trees for the Future (TFF), a nonprofit group founded in 1989 and based in Silver Springs, Maryland, that uses the Forest Garden Approach, which trains farmers to use trees as a means of improving the productivity of degraded lands. Now TFF can plant each tree for as little as 10 cents while quadrupling the earnings of local communities and boosting tree survival rates.



Larry Lihosit (1975-1977) has produced a chronology of the Peace Corps agency that covers the years 1961-2010. This is a recognized source of dates and facts on how the agency grew and developed, listing the Peace Corps changes that happened in every country where Volunteers served from 1961 to 2010.


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