Board of Directors
Erica Baker, Burkina Faso, 2006 - 2009, President
Erica, originally from Michigan, served as a Small Business Development volunteer in Burkina Faso. There she worked with cotton, sesame and subsistence farmers teaching them a range of small business, agriculture and life skills. Before Peace Corps, Erica was working as an advertising executive in LA on fast food client Carl's Jr. After returning from Burkina with her village dog Cooper, Erica took advantage of her non-competitive eligibility status to snag a seasonal position with the NPS as a Park Ranger for Everglades National Park in Florida. It was there she met the love of her life Frank and followed her heart to Massachusetts. Now she's returned to her roots in advertising at Boston agency Hill Holliday working an Account Supervisor on family brand Great Wolf Lodge Resorts and also on non-profit Home Base Program.
Olga Shvayetskaya, Morocco 2007-2009, Vice-President
Olga served as a Small Business Development Volunteer in Peace Corps, Morocco, where she worked with a local NGO to design and implement a product development capacity building project, funded by USAID through the Small Project Assistance grant. The initiative aimed to increase income generation potential of NGO members comprised of women and unschooled youth by expanding their existing product development skill-sets and shifting marketing goals towards the local economy. As part of the project Olga led a variety of craft classes, which culminated with the production of screen-printed jellabas (traditional Moroccan dresses). After returning from Peace Corps Olga began working with CMPartners, a conflict management firm, where she remains today.
Alicia served as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer working with the Artisans Coalition of Natitingou. She took on secondary projects with student groups that worked to educate their peers on relevant health issues like malaria prevention and treatment, hygiene, and sexual health. Upon returning to the states, Alicia obtained her Masters in Public Health from Boston University. She currently works as an epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Alicia joined the board in September 2014.
Laura Salonga, Thailand, 2006-2008, Secretary
Laura served in Thailand as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Outreach Volunteer. During her service she initiated and managed various projects in a remote village in northern Thailand on the Thai/Burma border. One of her primary projects was working in conjunction with Thai teachers of English to assess the curriculum from grades 2-10 and then co-create more effective, student-centered units and lesson plans. Additionally, she planned and led trainings for students and teachers in subjects including teaching English, youth leadership, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and community project development. After the Peace Corps Laura remained in South East Asia for more than 4 years. During that time she worked the International Rescue Committee- Resettlement Support Center, assisting refugees from all of the world access resettlement to the United States. She returned to the US in 2012 with her husbnad, Ferdinand, and currently works for a small family business.
Board of Directors
Rose Cheyette, Ukraine 2009-2011, Events co-chair
Rose served as an Education volunteer, teaching English as a Foreign Language in Konotop, a town in Northern Ukraine. In addition to teaching English, Rose worked on female empowerment projects with girls at her school, worked with children with disabilities at a local NGO, and taught at and directed numerous weekend and summer English language camps, including Survivor Camp in the Carpathian mountains (Don't worry, everyone survived both years). Rose currently works for the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston, working to promote democracy and financial integrity within labor unions throughout New England.
Lucy, originally from North Carolina, served as a Health Extension volunteer affiliated with a Ministry of Health ARV Clinic in Maltahohe, Namibia. There she worked with enterprising community members and youth on community grants and life skills, overseeing among other things the successful grant-based establishment of a sustainable community chicken coop. After returning from Namibia she has spent time working in the health care field, first at the Massachusetts General Hospital and now for Kyruus, Inc. building big data solutions for hospitals. She joined the the BARPCV Board in March 2014.
Beth Do, Guyana 2012-2014, Communications Chair
Originally from New York, Beth served as an Education Volunteer in rural Guyana, South America, focusing on literacy and IT projects. With the help of community members, teachers, and students, they restored school libraries and computer labs with beautification projects and staff/student trainings. Grants and community outreach resulted in over 700 donated books. Beth led girls' and women's health programs in conjunction with other Peace Corps Volunteers and community members, educating women in chronic disease, fitness, and self-empowerment. She also worked with the Guyana Volleyball Federation and its international partners to promote beach volleyball. She co-chaired Peace Corps Guyana's Volunteer Advisory Council and the Information Communication Technology Task Force from 2013-2014. She currently works at City Year, a national non-profit organization. Beth joined the board in 2015.
Brent Goulding, Costa Rica, Careers Chair
Brent joined Liberty Mutual in July 2010 as a Senior Business Consultant in the Corporate Development Program after completing his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Brent did his MBA internship at Spring Capital, a venture capital firm based out Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to business school, he worked in financial services and education. Brent also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, leading infrastructure projects to facilitate economic development at a community level. Brent received a BA in Government and Spanish from Georgetown University. He enjoys studying languages, volunteering, and a variety of sports including basketball and skiing.
Kristina Hare, Ethiopia 2007-2009, Photo Contest Chair
Kristina served in Mertolemariam, Ethiopia, as part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers toreturn back to the country in eight years. As a Community Health/HIV Volunteer, Kristina worked with the local high school to plan HIV/AIDS campaigns and prevention activities, and open an AIDS Resource Center. Originally from San Diego, CA, Kristina moved to the Boston area to obtain her Master’s degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Kristina now lives in Somerville and works for Cambridge Health Alliance. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, hiking, snowboarding, and dressing in theme for 5K runs.
Erin Hogan, Madagascar 2007 – 2009, Events Co-Chair
Erin served as an Education volunteer in rural Madagascar, where she taught English as a Foreign Language to middle school and high school students. During this time Erin also worked on several community projects, including facilitating a women’s health and development group and teaching adult English classes in the evenings. During her breaks from teaching, Erin worked with a legal aid center in the capital city, organizing legal workshops and securing funding to help run the center. After returning from Madagascar, Erin has continued to work internationally, including extended stays in Sierra Leone and Switzerland. Originally from Chicago, Erin moved to Boston to attend law school. She now practices immigration law at a non-profit organization.
Andrew Johnson, Moldova 2006-2008, TGIF Co-Chair
Originally from Kansas, Andrew served as a TEFL volunteer in a regional high school in northern Moldova. In addition to classroom teaching, he coached the men's and women's high school basketball team, the latter of which to a national championship. In addition his Model UN teams placed first and fifth in the country, and his Odyssey of the Mind team placed first nationally, and were invited to the European Championship in Berlin, placing third. (Don't give him too much credit, though, they were all the same group of students) Also, Andrew and his wife Sarah did a book collection project at the local library, importing and organizing English language library books for students. The project has since continued to grow.
Abigail Kelble, Moldova, 2006-2008, Community Service Chair
Abigail Kelble currently serves as the Community Service Chair of BARPCV. She is the Director of Programs at the Millennium Campus Network, a Boston-based non-profit organization devoted to mobilizing campus organizations that focus on eradicating poverty and advancing the Millennium Development Goals. At MCN, she incorporates her experience in education, public-civic-private partnerships, and global health. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova '06 - '08 and as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer '12. She has previously worked with City Year, the Flour Fortification Initiative, and Broadreach. Abigail completed her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and Biology at the University of Colorado and completed her Master’s of Public Health at Emory University.
Jan Le, Guatemala 2000-2002 & Peru 2002-2003, Membership Chair
Jan is originally from San Diego, California. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer through the Master’s International Program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Her countries of service were Guatemala (2000-2002) and Peru (2002-2003). As a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, she worked with three rural primary schools to help them achieve “Healthy School” status. She taught health, nutrition, and hygiene education to students and teachers; empowered communities to play an active role in their children’s education; and participated in community functions and traditions that enriched her life. While in Peru, as one of the first volunteers to be welcomed back in-country after 28 years of PC hiatus, she was assigned to work in a rural community healthcare clinic. As the Healthcare Promoter, she worked on building capacity; supporting clinical staff in health and nutrition projects; and laying the foundation for future volunteers to expand healthcare services throughout the country. Jan recently moved to Boston with her husband who is attending Tufts University Dental School. She works at Centering Healthcare Institute as the Professional Services Manager. They currently reside in Dorchester. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring New England area, and meeting new RPCVs.
Pamela Lepkowsi, Chad 1995-1997, Events Co-Chair
Pamela served as a Community Health volunteer in a small town in southern Chad. There she worked on several health projects including the building of 6 latrines, working with a woman’s group for self sustaining soap development and working at the local clinic. Pamela currently is an assistant Editor for the Journal of Radiology. She joined the BARPCV board in 2011 after working on the Events committee for the 50 anniversary. Pamela has been a member of BARPCV since 2000.
Usman Mohammed, Ethiopia, 2011-2013, Speakers Bureau
Usman served as a Health Information Communication Technology Advisor Volunteer in Ethiopia, East Africa where he was assigned to Gondar University in the city of Gondar. His primary duty was to teach first year university students economics and computer science and build capacity of community groups and health facilities in and around Gondar city. During his service, Usman facilitated the President’s Program for AID’s relief (PEPFAR) funded Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), training youth on leadership, health, gender equality, decision making, environmental awareness and cultural exchange. In addition, he designed, implemented and evaluated health related prevention activities teaching life skills and providing training to service providers to evaluate and increase community demand and usage of services. Usman graduated with a Bachelors degree in Information Technology (summa cum laude) from Northeastern University and a Masters in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He currently works as an IT Specialist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Boston Region Office.
Anna Omura, Togo 2004-2006, Webmaster
Anna Omura served as a Natural Resource Management (NRM) Extension Agent in Togo, West Africa. Her work included reforestation, energy conservation techniques, training on eco-tourism and agro-forestry. She assisted Togolese women's groups to start small enterprises and she also built, stocked, and staffed a rural health clinic. Currently, Anna is the Operations Manager at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, which promotes for-profit enterprise in low-income countries by assisting aspiring entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize their business plans through education, conferences, lectures and networking opportunities. Anna spent six years as a founding partner of a candle manufacturing company in Denver, CO.
Doane Perry, Uganda 1966 - 1969, Member at Large
Doane served as an education volunteer in Uganda after training at Columbia University Teachers College. He taught African and world history at secondary schools in Sebei on the side of Mt. Elgon and in the capital Kampala. He created a Uganda Peace Corps Magazine for volunteers and added to the African history pre-colonial curriculum. Starting with BARPCV as board member, secretary and vice president in the early 1990s, Doane served as president from 1994 to 2007. He organized a BARPCV environment committee and a film festival and played on the softball team. He led celebrations of the five year anniversaries of the Peace Corps at the Kennedy Library and of the thirtieth anniversary of BARPCV. After retiring as BARPCV president in 2007, he has served on the board and has been on the events committee of the BARPCV Peace Corps 50th anniversary celebration. He hopes his historical experience contributes to the on-going operation of this excellent organization which is among the best in the country and continues to improve.
He co-founded Friends of Uganda in 1991 and is a leader of that country of service group today.
As a former anthropology teacher at Lasell Jr. College in Newton who specializes in visual communication, he tracks and reviews film and video by current and former Peace Corps Volunteers. From 1994-1999, he represented New England on the National Peace Corps Association board of directors, where he was secretary and vice-chairman and chaired the advocacy committee. He was on the board of directors of the issue group RPCVs for Environment and Development during the 1990s. Before and after Peace Corps, he worked in education as a teacher of social studies and anthropology at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece, the United Nations International School in New York, Meadowbrook and Newton South in the Newton public schools and at Lasell Junior College in Newton, Mass.He worked in the information technology industry as a consultant in the cable television industry for Westinghouse and Comcast, as a telecommunications industry analyst for International Data Corporation in Framingham and in marketing and sales for Digital Equipment Corporation in Marlboro and Acton. Currently he is an innkeeper who owns A Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge [cambridgebnb.com] near Harvard Square.
Eric J. Roberts, Paraguay 2005-2008
Eric served as an Agroforestry Extension volunteer in Ka’apukumi-Franco Isla, Paraguay from 2005-2008. While in Paraguay, Eric worked with community members to integrate agroforestry and natural resources management techniques into traditional agriculture plots and with school instructors and national and international non-profit organizations to teach conservation biology. He also co-hosted a weekly radio show called Mba’e La Porte Norte, assisted in the development of an ecotourism project, and drank a lot of tereré with Paraguayans in the cool shade of mango trees. Based in Cambridge, MA since 2012, he is an associate at the Consensus Building Institute where he helps groups of government, business, nonprofit and community representatives to collaborate more effectively while developing solutions to social and environmental policy dilemmas at the local, regional, national, and global scales. Eric joined the BARPCV as the Fundraising Chair in November 2014.
Shane Runquist, Mexico 2008-2010, Merchandise Chair
Shane served as a GIS and Knowledge Management Specialist in the Mexican government agency responsible for natural resource management in the states of Querétaro and Puebla. He made process improvements in forestry data management, provided training in GIS and GPS usage, and performed satellite imagery analysis to detect forest loss over time. Prior to his Peace Corps service, Shane worked as an embedded software engineer and manager at Garmin International. Following his service, he accepted a job with the MITRE Corporation which brought him to Boston to work as senior software systems engineer working in the public interest, primarily in mobile software security.
Kevin Sparrow, Georgia 2004-2006, Events Co-chair
Originally from Georgia (the state), Kevin served as an education volunteer in Georgia (the country) from 2004-2006. Kevin taught English to children in grades one through eleven. Kevin also offered business English classes for adults in the community, started an English language conversation group, and helped to organize regional teacher training events. After Peace Corps Kevin worked as a Recruiter in the Los Angeles Regional Office and in fundraising for various non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 2012, Kevin now serves as Priest Associate at St. James Episcopal Church in Teele Square, Somerville.
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