Introducing the 2022 Member-elected Directors to the NPCA Board
Thank you to our NPCA members who voted in the 2022 Board Elections. The results are in! We are pleased to present to you the directors elected to represent the following divisions on the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Board of Directors:
- The Southern Tier: Sue Foster-Cox
- Upper Midwest: Michael Roman
- Europe, North and East Africa: Kevin Elliott
- The Americas: Malorie Jones
- West, Central and South Africa: Faith Van Gilder
- Affiliate Group Network Coordinator: Kristina Owens
NPCA directors serve three-year terms and are expected to participate in quarterly board meetings (two in-person and two teleconferences), serve on one or more board committees, and support NPCA financially within their personal capability. In general, the most successful board members are those who have been engaged with NPCA in multiple ways (e.g. advocacy, affiliate group leadership) over a period of time.
Serving on the NPCA Board of Directors requires a serious commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources. The NPCA Board is a working board, and individual directors participate in and encourage initiatives that support and benefit NPCA.
Those elected this year as member-elected directors began their Board service on July 25, 2022 at the virtual NPCA 2022 Annual Board Meeting at 8 PM Eastern.
Term: 2022 – 2023 (One-year term)
Residence: Albuquerque, NM
Nominated by: RPCVs of New Mexico
Current member of: RPCVs of New Mexico
Peace Corps Service: Volunteer: Colombia, 1977–79
Employment: Public Health Professor - Emerita, New Mexico State University (NMSU)
Other employment: Previously served as a tribal health director and non-profit administrator in health and human service programs
Experience on organization boards: I have served on numerous non-profit boards over the past 30+ years to include Roadrunner Food Bank, NM Public Health Association (Co-President), Paso Del Norte Society for Public Health Education (President), etc.
Personal Statement: Serving on the NPCA board would allow me to utilize my experience of serving in Colombia in the malaria eradication program and with a private clinic. In the academic setting at NMSU, I established — with a fellow RPCV — and administered the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program for 18 years and the Master’s International program for nine years. The promotion of Peace Corps across campus was a continual activity. Additionally, I assisted in the establishment of the PC Prep Program on campus. With the RPCV NM affiliate, I have been active in the small grants program. It would be an honor to serve NPCA as a representative of New Mexico, including the U.S.-Mexico border region and as a voice of the Southwest.
Term: 2022 – 2025
Residence: Mason, OH
Nominated by: Cincinnati Area Returned Volunteers (CARV)
Current member of: CARV, RPCVs4EA
Peace Corps Service: Kiribati 2000–02
Employment: University of Cincinnati Visiting Professor and Advisor
Other employment: Millennium Challenge Corporation
Experience on organization boards: RPCVs4EA, Kiribati Keepers, and Tungaru Climate Alliance
Personal Statement: Unprecedented climate events, a continuing pandemic, international conflicts, refugee crises, and resurgences of racial conflicts at home are just some of the challenges facing us today. In light of these events, our community has risen to develop strategic plans for addressing challenges. I believe RPCVs have always been the catalyst behind the changes we wish to see in our world. We are the peacemakers, creators, and inspiration that the world looks to in efforts to create a more globally just society. America's best version of itself is seen in the commitment each one of us made then and now. My desire to join the board is inspired by all of us who have served and by all who will serve. I have little board experience beyond environmental organizations — Kiribati Keepers, Tungaru Climate Alliance, and RPCVs for the Environment — to which, I have contributed financial support, grant writing responsibilities, and/or expertise on climatically endangered nations.
Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine
Term: 2022 – 2025
Residence: Huntington Beach, CA
Nominated by: NPCA Signature Petition
Current member of: Orange County Peace Corps Association (OCPCA) and RPCVs at HUD
Peace Corps Service: Uzbekistan 2001, Bulgaria 2002–04 / Peace Corps Recruiter 2006–11 (Southern California and Arizona)
Employment: Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Other employment: n/a
Experience on organization boards: I served as a Board Member at Large for the Long Beach Community Band in 2014–15. When I joined HUD, I led a committee that drafted the bylaws for the new RPCV workplace affiliate group (WAG) and was elected as its first President. I am currently serving as the group’s Communications Director.
Personal Statement: As a board member for the HUD RPCV group, I have used my recruitment skills to advocate for NCE hiring across the department. I have learned a lot about NCE and the federal hiring process that I would like to share with the NPCA board and members. I have benefited enormously from my RPCV affiliation and believe that all of us should do our best to pay it forward to the next generation of RPCVs. Board work is challenging, but I have found that my abilities to listen, compromise, and pivot contribute to a positive working relationship. The deployment of new PCVs makes this an especially exciting time to join the NPCA board, and I look forward to the opportunity.
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada and Cariacou, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Suriname, Turks-Caicos, Uruguay, Venezuela
Term: 2022 – 2025
Residence: Tampa, FL
Nominated by: NPCA Signature Petition
Current member of: Tampa Bay Chapter
Peace Corps Service: El Salvador, 2010–12
Employment: JPMorgan Chase – Vice President, Partnerships
Other employment: RTI International (USAID project) El Salvador, NTT Data, Capco
Experience on organization boards: I have served on a community board before in the role of the Secretary. Primary duties involved managing communications out to members, tracking meeting notes, and coordinating contract execution. Indirect responsibilities included coordinating events and working with vendors. I understand some of the trials that come with serving and the time commitment required.
Personal Statement: I am passionate about community development and the power of networking. I constantly advocate for the Peace Corps with my network because I truly believe in the mission and education it provides. I want to give back to the organization and ensure it has the support to continue transforming lives across the world — for the Volunteers and the communities they serve for many years to come.
Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Faith Van Gilder
Term: 2022 – 2025
Residence: Huntertown, IN
Nominated by: Friends of Botswana
Current member of: Friends of Botswana
Peace Corps Service: Botswana 1986–88
Employment: Chief Officer, Marketing & Development, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
Experience on organization boards: I have served on the boards of Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Audiences Unlimited Inc., Creative Women of the World, Advancing Voices of Women, and Friends of the Parks of Allen County.
Personal Statement: I am a seasoned communications and fundraising professional with journalism, agency, and nonprofit experience. I have enjoyed NPCA board service the last three years and would be honored to be re-elected.
Term: 2022 – 2024
Residence: Henrietta, NY
Nominated by: Rochester RPCVs
Current member of: Rochester RPCVs and Amigos de Bolivia y Peru
Peace Corps Service: Bolivia 2000–02
Employment: Consultant, Food and Agriculture, Government Relations
Experience on organization boards: Since 2009, I have been on several boards including: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. (2009–12), National Peace Corps Association (2012–15), Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach Center (2019–present), and Rush Henrietta Rotary (2018–present).
Personal Statement: As a second generation Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Peace Corps has been part of my entire life. Since 2009, I have been involved in various affiliate groups including: Amigos de Bolivia y Peru; Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. (RPCV/W); and Rochester RPCVs. In 2010, as a board member of RPCV/W, I was thrilled to lead our efforts to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. Over the following year, hundreds of Volunteers, RPCVs, and friends planned and implemented three commemorative events on September 25, 2011. All these Volunteers represented over a hundred affiliate groups, each contributing to the success. This experience continued to inspire me as I joined the NPCA Board of Directors in 2012, as a board member representing the Mid-Atlantic and National Affiliate groups. During my term, I was honored to be part of NPCA’s transformation from a membership-based organization to a social-impact organization. Since finishing my term I have continued to volunteer as Board Emeritus through annual Days of Action, joining my hometown RPCV affiliate group and now being part of the Peace Corps Connect to Future advisory council. As the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, I hope to continue to facilitate and inspire our community to thrive.