Alumni

The Shriver Peaceworker Program at UMBC invited its first cohort of Fellows in 1994, and is proud to now have more than 125 alumni. Below are brief biographies of our alums grouped by cohort.

Cohort XVI (2009-2011)

Duncan Cohen graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communications focused on intercultural training.   Previously Duncan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow he served with the Community Conferencing Center and Friends of Patterson Park.

Melissa Esmero graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a Master’s of Social Work degree.  Previously Melissa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with Paul’s Place Outreach working on program implementation for their clients. Currently Melissa serves as a Fellow with the Catholic Relief Service International Development Fellows Program in Honduras.

Dustin Hogenson graduates from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Urban Inequalities.  Previously Dustin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow he served with the Office of Student Life at UMBC coordinating service and volunteer activities and events. Dustin has accepted a position working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in New Orleans.

Iris Laurencio graduates from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Education focused on Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  Previously Iris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with the English Language Center as a writing advisor for international students.  Iris is currently teaching English in Indonesia as an English Language Fellow of the U.S. Department of State.

Meghann Shutt graduates from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Urban Issues.  Previously Meghann served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program working with undergraduates to produce policy research for local community partners around urban greening. Meghann is currently working as the Program Manager for Financial Security for the Baltimore C.A.S.H. Campaign.

Lindsay Walberg graduates from the University of Maryland with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies focused on International Education Policy.  Previously Lindsay served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with Save the Children as a member of the U.S. Programs Education Team. Lindsay is continuing her studies towards a Ph.D. in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland.

Cohort XV (2008-2010)

Kelly Biscuso is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and comes to our program from Washington DC. As an undergraduate he studied English at Ohio State University. Kelly served in Peace Corps Togo, where he created a community radio station “The Voice of Assoli” and worked on Girls’ Education projects. Kelly has also worked at Peace Corps headquarters and as a Research Associate for Nathan Associates, Inc. As a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow, Kelly will study for a Masters of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and will lead the development of a community center for the Walden Circle community in Baltimore County.

Robert Dietzen is originally from Dunkirk, NY. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Appalachian State University. Bob served in Peace Corps Albania, where he worked as a TEFL teacher. After serving in the Peace Corps, Bob has worked as a Residential Advisor for the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy. As a Peaceworker Fellow, he will begin a Masters in Teaching at UMBC and will work with the Universities at Shady Grove to establish internship experiences for undergraduate students.

Michelle Kourouma is originally from Midland, Michigan. As an undergraduate, she studied French at Anderson University and her teacher certification at Saginaw Valley State University. She served in Peace Corps Guinea as an English and French teacher and teacher trainer, and being evacuated to Mali worked as a Teacher Training Specialist with the Educational Development Center. As a Shriver Peaceworker, Michelle will study Intercultural Communications and coordinate the Intercultural Living Exchange Program at UMBC.

Katie Long hails from Ellicott City, MD. As an undergraduate, she studied Psychology and Spanish at Towson University. She served in Peace Corps Honduras working as a Municipal Development volunteer. Katie has been working with EBLO in Baltimore City as a Parent Coordinator. As a Shriver Peaceworker, Katie will pursue a Masters in Intercultural Communications from UMBC, and work with the Friends of Patterson Park.

Cailin McGough grew up around the east coast but calls Maryland home. She received B.S. degrees in both Political Science and Mass Communication from Towson University. She served in Peace Corps Mauritania as an English Education and Girls’ Education and Empowerment volunteer. Most recently Cailin has been a reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. Cailin will be studying for a degree in Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and working with the office of Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft.

Amy Panoni is originally from Baltimore, MD. She received a BA in Economics and Psychology from Salem College. Amy served in Peace Corps Costa Rica as a Microenterprise Development volunteer. Most recently Amy has been working as a Family Support Worker with Northern Virginia Family Services. Amy will study for a Masters of Public Policy at UMBC, and serve with My Sister’s Place.

Rian Russell comes to our program from Williamston, Michigan. She previously studied Journalism at Wayne State University. Rian served in Peace Corps South Africa as an HIV/AIDS Integration and Capacity Building volunteer. Most recently Rian has been employed as a Choice Fellow at the Shriver Center. She will continue working with the Choice Programs as a Shriver Peaceworker, and will begin a Masters of Public Policy at UMBC.

Phil Stafford was born in Michigan, grew up in Georgia, and had been living in the Washington DC area since returning from the Peace Corps. He received a degree in Natural Resources from the University of the South. Phil served in Peace Corps Belize as an Environmental volunteer. Most recently Phil has been employed as an Environmental Scientist for TetraTech. As a Shriver Peaceworker, Phil is pursuing a degree Public Policy at UMBC and serves with the Parks and People Foundation working on Baltimore City watershed issues.

Cohort XIV (2007-2009)

Sam Bronson graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Workforce Development and Labor Policy. Previously Sam served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with the Association for Enterprise Organizations (A.E.O.) working on program evaluation for microenterprise organizations. Sam currently works for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa Fink graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication with a specialization in Spanish language. Previously Lisa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador and during her tenure as Peaceworker Fellow, she served with Adelante Familia working as an advocate for Latina domestic violence victims. Lisa has continued her work with Adelante Familia after graduation.

Benjamin G. Nathanson graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Health Policy. Previously Benjamin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with Ashoka’s Community Greens working on an innovative alley gating and greening initiative. Benjamin plans currently works for Senator Tom Udall (NM) as a legislative staffer.

Kevin Okun graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Develoment and English as a Second Language. Previously Kevin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with the English Language Center at UMBC tutoring non-native English speakers. Kevin currently teaches ESOL in a Baltimore City Schools.

Thomas Penniston graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Design focused on teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Previously Tom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with the Shriver Center working on a pilot service-learning program for undergraduate IS students. Tom is currently enrolled in UMBC’s Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. program.

Chad Sawyer graduated from the UMB School of Social Work with a Master’s Degree in Social Work focused on management and community organization and clinical studies. Previously Chad served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow he served with Paul’s Place Outreach managing the clothing bank and assisting the youth programs. Chad is currently exploring employment options that will build on his interests and background.

Jordanna Spencer graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Design focused on teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Previously Jordanna served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with the Office of Student Life at UMBC working with students engaged in volunteerism and advocacy. Jordanna is currently teaching ESOL in Baltimore City.

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Cohort XIII (2006-2008)

Joyce Armstrong graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on human rights and social services policy.  Previously Joyce served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with the YMCA of central Maryland working with at-risk youth and their families, and with Macro International researching the problems of forced labor, child labor and human trafficking. Joyce plans to pursue a career in research and analysis of human rights issues, and in evaluation of policies and programs designed to address them.

Renee Burgos graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Development focused on ESOL and Bilingual Education.   Previously Renee served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with the Community Conferencing Center working in conflict resolution and court diversion for juveniles in school and neighborhood communities. Renee plans to work with immigrants and refugees in some capacity or continue on the path of providing schools with support for conflict resolution and prevention.

Bryan Cimorelli graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Evaluation.   Previously Bryan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc. working on homeless service programs. Bryan has accepted a position working for the Social Security Administration as a PMF Fellow.

Nathan Clark graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore with a Master’s Degree in Social Work focused on Management and Community Organizing.   Previously Nate served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and during his/her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he/she served with Paul’s Place Inc. in Pigtown working with direct service programs and neighborhood organizing.   Nate plans to continue planting seeds of love, hope and justice.

Andres Cruz graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Urban Policy.  Previously Andres served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with Shady Grove University working on Coordinating internships. Andres plans to engage life with all the teachings of Sargent Shriver.

Jessy Donaldson completed her term as a Peaceworker while working towards completion of a joint MPH/MSW at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  Previously Jessy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and Jamaica.  As a Peaceworker Jessy worked with the Child Safety Center at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, as a School Social Worker at Kelson Elementary.  Jessy will continue her work with the Annie E. Casey Foundation as she continues her education.

Michelle Louise Dudley graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication.  Previously Michelle served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and during his/her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he/she served as a graduate coordinator with the Intercultural Living Exchange, working on linguistic and cultural enrichment programming for an undergraduate, residential community.  Michelle plans to be involved in social programs which support Latino and immigrant communities.

Mary Mannion graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Education focused on Elementary Education.  Previously Mary served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova where she served with her village community working on Health and Life Skills Education. During her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she worked as a STEM teacher at Featherbed Lane Elementary School in Baltimore County, where she will work as a 2nd grade teacher after graduation.

Jennifer Piorkowski graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Certificate in International Relations from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, Jennifer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with the Office of Baltimore City Councilman James B. Kraft working on environmental policy.   Jennifer is working for the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs as an International Relations Analyst for the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking.

Maureen Sarver graduated from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Poverty and Public Action.  Previously Maureen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with Baltimore Homeless Services and The Choice Programs working on the 2007 Baltimore Homeless Census and program management. Maureen plans to continue advocacy work and service.

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Cohort XII (2005-2007)

Sonja Follett graduates from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology with a graduate certificate in the Nonprofit sector focused on Gender, Reproductive Health and HIV.  Previously Sonja served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with the English Language Center providing writing advising for international students.  Sonja plans to continue her work in the fields of Sociology and Health Communications in the Baltimore/DC area.

Kelly Henshaw graduates from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Teaching (MAT) focused on Elementary Education.  Previously Kelly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with Featherbed Lane Elementary as part of a STEM curriculum enhancement project.  Kelly plans to work as a 3rd Grade Math & Science Teacher in Baltimore County.

Erin Hood graduates from UMBC with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Human Services and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  Previously, Erin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with UMBC’s Office of Student Life to foster student’s sense of social responsibility through community service as the Coordinator for Service and Volunteerism. Erin plans to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector doing advocacy and organizing with minority communities to address issues surrounding economic and social inequalities.

Kristin McKennon graduates from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Leadership focused on International Education Policy. Previously Kristin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, Kristin served with the Institute for Global and Cultural Studies working on a high school/higher education partnership. Kristin plans to continue her lifelong work to advocate for educational equity in the United States and Latin America.

Sarah Morris-Compton graduates from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy focused on Human Services Policy.  Previously Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan and Kenya and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, Sarah served with the University of Baltimore’s School of Information Arts and Technologies. Sarah coordinated a service-learning project funded by Learn and Serve America linking undergraduate and graduate web design classes to non-profits in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area.  Sarah plans to stay in the Baltimore area and work as a Program Associate for Casey Strategic Consulting, the pro-bono consulting arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  As a Program Associate, Sarah will support consulting engagements focused on large-scale state child welfare and juvenile justice system reform.

Michael Torrington graduates from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree focused on elementary education.   Previously Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with the YMCA College Gardens Community Center developing and implementing cross curricular after school programming and redesigning and maintaining the center computer lab.   Michael plans to work as an elementary classroom teacher.

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Cohort XI (2004-2006)

Michelle Bond graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communications.   Previously Michelle served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with the Office of Student Life and The Landslide Mitigation Group, working on coordinating service programs and mitigation strategies for communities affected by natural disasters.  After graduation, Michelle plans to pursue her interests in training, international development and conscious communication across cultures.

Richard Kimball completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is beginning his dissertation research.  Previously Richard served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with Baltimore Homeless Services, working on social inequalities and policy development.  After graduation, Richard plans to work as a nurse while finishing his Ph.D.

Jason Sharp graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work with a Master’s Degree in Social Work focused on Management and Community Organizing with a specialization in social action and community development.   Previously Jason served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with Paul’s Place Inc., working on issues related to homelessness.  After graduation, Jason plans to pursue a career in community development.

Sarah Hill graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communications.   Previously Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe and Morocco and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with The Choice Program and Open Society Institute-Baltimore.  After graduation, Sarah plans to complete a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

Mi Kyung Kim graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master’s Degree in Social Work focused on Management and Community Organizing.   Previously Mi served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, working on financial counseling with low-income individuals and foreclosure prevention.  After graduation, Mi plans to pursue a social work career.

Jeromy McKim graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy Analysis.  His research focused on land development policy and open space preservation.  Previously Jeromy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow he worked with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and with the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation.

Laura Thacker graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, STEM Program with a Master’s Degree in Teaching focused on Elementary Education.   Previously Laura served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she worked as a student teacher at Hebbville Elementary School. After graduation, Laura plans to continue teaching at an elementary school in Baltimore County.

Adam Donaldson graduates from the Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in Arts in Public Policy focused on nonprofit studies.   Previously Adam served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and Jamaica and during his tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, he served with Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Juliana Thirolf graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with a focus in urban policy.  Previously, Juliana served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland.  During her first year as a Peaceworker Fellow she served with Community Law in Action, Inc., working as the coordinator of the Baltimore Youth Congress, an after-school, advocacy training program for Baltimore City public school students.  During her second year as a Peaceworker, she coordinated UMBC’s Young Scholars Community and also worked at Viva House, an organization that serves the poor in South-West Baltimore.  After graduation, Juliana hopes to pursue a career as a policy analyst with a federal government agency.

Carrie Wilson graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy Analysis.   Her research has focused on mediation and conflict resolution.  Previously Carrie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa and during her tenure as a Peaceworker Fellow, she served with Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore working on microfinance and data systems management.  After graduation, Carrie will continue her work in conflict resolution research with Maryland Association of Community Mediation Programs and to pursue professional and academic advancement in the fields of conflict resolution and economic development.

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Cohort X (2003-2005)

Jill Bond (RPCV-Belize) received a Masters degree in Education with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Jill taught English and computer skills to adults.  As a Peaceworker, she taught international students at UMBC’s English Language Center.

George Chinnery (RPCV-Romania) received a Masters degree in Education with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). As a Peace Corps Volunteer, George served as an NGO Consultant and Social Work Educator. George’s service-learning internship was with the Carlos Rosario School, teaching English to immigrants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Brian Greenan (RPCV-Niger) received a Masters in Intercultural Communications from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, Brian worked as community health agent. During his first year as a Peaceworker, Brian worked with Centro de la Communidad Brian where he assisted Latino families with advocacy and community-based legal services. During his second year, Brian worked with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore where he provided direct outreach to homeless persons in the downtown area.

Radha Kramer (RPCV-Vanuatu) received a Masters in Public Policy from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, she worked as a youth development advisor. As a Peaceworker, she assisted the Aspen Institute with its Economic Opportunities Program, working specifically on health insurance policy.

Francis McLaughlin (RPVC-Guatemala) earned a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. While in the Peace Corps, he served as an agricultural technician. As a Peaceworker, Francis worked with the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation where he led their urban green space development efforts in Baltimore City.

Rosalind Newton (RPCV-Burkino Faso, West Africa) earned a Masters degree in Education from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, Rosalind served as a secondary school English teacher. As a Peaceworker, she taught English at the Ethiopian Community Services and Development Council in Washington, D.C.

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Cohort IX (2002-2004)

Kathryn Bacon (RPCV-Togo) earned a Masters degree from The School of Advanced International Study, Johns Hopkins University.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a small business development consultant.  As a Peaceworker, she worked with the Association of Enterprise Opportunities, supporting local micro-business organizations around the country.

Delana Boatright (RPCV-Lithuania) earned a Masters in Education from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, she served as a TEFL teacher trainer. As a Peaceworker, she supervised and mentored undergraduate students in service-learning and assisted in the coordination of the Public Affairs Scholars Program at UMBC.

Aaron Brownell (RPCV-Senegal) earned a Masters in Education from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, he served as an environmental education advisor. As a Peaceworker, he taught science in a Baltimore County public school.

Rebecca Cornfeld (RPCV-Uzbekistan) earned a Masters in social work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, she served as an elementary school English teacher.  As a Peaceworker, she completed several community development internships.  (?more specific – What kind of community development internships?)

Billy Hwang (RPCV-Ghana) earned a Masters in policy sciences from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, he served as an urban development advisor. As a Peaceworker, he worked with the Choice Program assisting in the ongoing evaluation of youth services for adjudicated adolescents in metropolitan Baltimore.

Michael Kabisch (RPCV-Jamaica) earned a Masters in Non-Profit Management from the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. While in the Peace Corps, he served as a community development and at-risk youth advisor. As a Peaceworker, Michael interned with the Choice Jobs Program working with at-risk Baltimore adolescents.

David Kanthor (RPVC-Honduras) earned a Masters degree in Urban Planning  from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he worked as a municipal development advisor.  David’s service-learning placement was with the Patterson Park CDC where he worked on community development projects.

Nequietha Watson (RPCV-Kenya) studied Applied Sociology at UMBC.  As a Peace Corps volunteer, she worked as a small enterprise development advisor.  As a Peaceworker, Nequietha worked with the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB) on their community and economic development projects.

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Cohort VIII (2001-2003)

Tineka Archer (RPCV-Guinea, West Africa) earned a Masters in Intercultural Communication from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a TEFL instructor for secondary school students. As a Peaceworker, Tineka coordinated the micro-lending program at Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB).

Kendra Cornwell (RPCV- the Gambia, West Africa) earned a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Maryland. While in the Peace Corps, she served as a teacher trainer in literacy and agroforestry. As a Peaceworker, she worked with the Center for Values and Service, assisting in the coordination and implementation of service-learning programs for the college.

James Edmondson (RPCV-Gabon) earned a Masters in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.  While in the Peace Corps, he served as acquaculture extension agent. As a Peaceworker, he assisted the Peaceable Schools Program for secondary school students in northwest Washington, D.C.

Bridget Fox (RPCV-Mauritania) earned a Masters in Education from UMBC.  In the Peace Corps, she served as an English teacher and curriculum planner.  As a Peaceworker, she worked with The Choice Middle Schools Program coordinating two after-school tutoring programs in West Baltimore.

Eric Friedman (RPCV-Bulgaria) earned a Masters in policy sciences from Johns Hopkins University. While in the Peace Corps, he taught English as a foreign language to secondary school students. As a Peaceworker, Eric worked on a long-term evaluation of teacher training programs for the state of Maryland.

Greg Jacobs (RPCV- Armenia) earned a Masters degree in policy science from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, he served as a TEFL instructor and community development extensionist. As a Peaceworker, Greg coordinated community outreach services at the College Gardens Community Center in Yale Heights, Baltimore.

Heather Moran (RPCV-Ghana) earned a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of Baltimore.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a school science teacher and youth development coordinator.  As a Peaceworker, she assisted CLEAR Corps, USA in developing health education curricula and lead poisoning evaluation materials.

Erika Vitiene (RPCV-Lithuania) earned a Masters degree in Education from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she taught English as a foreign language to secondary school students.  As a Peaceworker, she coordinated an after-school program at the College Gardens Community Center in Yale Heights, Baltimore.

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Cohort VII (2000-2002)

Kevin Coleman (RPCV-Honduras) earned a Masters in Applied Sociology from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, he served as a rural water and sanitation technician.  As a Peaceworker, he coordinated services for elementary public school students in Montgomery County, through the Communities in Schools Program of Maryland.

Marc Dougla (RPCV-Paraguay & RPCV-Nicaragua) earned a Masters in International Public Policy from The School of Advanced International Study, Johns Hopkins University.  In the Peace Corps, he served as a small business development consultant. As a Peaceworker, he worked with the Association of Enterprise Opportunities, assisting in the support of local micro-business organizations around the country.

Marc Goldberg (RPCV-Togo) earned a Masters in Education from UMBC.  In the Peace Corps, he served as a small business development consultant. As a Peaceworker, he worked with Project Link coordinating an after-school program for fifth graders at Westport Elementary School.

Brad Harrison (RPCV-Paraguay) earned a Masters in Education from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, he served as an agroforestry technician. As a Peaceworker, he assisted the Choice Middle Schools Program, coordinating several after-school tutoring teams serving at-risk youth in Baltimore.

Hanan Kallash (RPCV-Morocco) earned a Masters degree in Emergency Health Services from UMBC. In the Peace Corps, she served as a hygiene, sanitation, and disease control technician.  As a Peaceworker, she assisted CLEAR Corps in preparing curricula for public health education about the remediation of lead poisoning and risk reduction.

Paul Meier (RPCV-Togo) earned a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, he served as a community health and AIDS prevention counselor. As a Peaceworker, he coordinated and administer human services at the College Gardens Community Center in the Yale Heights neighborhood of Baltimore.

Summer Rosswog (RPCV- Mali) studied Policy Sciences at UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a rural vocational education and teacher development volunteer.   As a Peaceworker, she mentored undergraduate students in service-learning and helped coordinate the Public Affairs Scholars Program at UMBC.

Victoria Salinas (RPCV-Mozambique) earned a Masters in Policy Sciences from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she taught English as a foreign language in a secondary school. As a Peaceworker, she worked with The Choice Program, assisting in the ongoing evaluation of youth services for adjudicated adolescents in Baltimore.

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Cohort VI (1999-2001)

Meadow Davis (RPCV-Dominican Republic) graduated with a Masters in Non-Profit Management from the College of Notre Dame. While in the Peace Corps, she served as a community agroforestry extensionist. As a Peaceworker, Meadow assisted the micro-lending program at Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB).

Michael Defensor (RPCV- Cameroon) earned a Masters in policy sciences from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, he served as a health extension volunteer.  As a Peaceworker, Michael worked with the CLEAR Corps Program, assisting in the preparation of community education materials for the remediation of lead poisoning risks.

Tim Gardner (RPCV-Dominican Republic) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, he served as a community education coordinator. As a Peaceworker, he worked Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, assisting in community organizing and youth services in a West Baltimore neighborhood.

Victoria Hom (RPCV-Moldova) earned a Masters in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as an English teacher.  As a Peaceworker, she assisted Choice Middle Schools Program with the implementation and evaluation of tutoring services for at-risk youth.

Ann Ingraham (RPCV-Guinea, West Africa) graduated with a Masters degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. While in the Peace Corps, she served as a health and community development extensionist.  As a Peaceworker, she coordinated educational services for youth at the College Gardens Community Center in Yale Heights, Baltimore.

Octavia Shaw (RPCV-Cameroon) earned a Masters degree in Education from UMBC.  In the Peace Corps, she served as an English language teacher for middle and secondary school students.  As a first-year Peaceworker, Octavia assisted For the Love of Children, a community based organization that provides family and childhood services in Washington, D.C.  During her second year, she taught English as a Second Language to adults.

Joby Taylor (RPCV-Gabon) studied in UMBC’s Language, Literacy and Culture Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program.  In the Peace Corps, he participated in the Rural Primary School Construction Program.  As a Peaceworker, Joby assisted the Learn and Serve program, which helps faculty develop new curricula that integrate service-learning experience into their coursework.

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Cohort V (1998-2000)

Jennifer Arndt (RPVC-Moldova) earned a Masters in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. While in the Peace Corps, Jennifer taught English as a foreign language to secondary school students. As a Peaceworker, Jennifer conducted an evaluation study of the Choice Middle Schools Program.

Tracy Lane (RPCV-Lesotho) earned a Masters degree in school psychology from Towson State University.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a Primary Resource Teacher for the Ministry of Education.  As a Peaceworker, Tracy worked with The Choice Middle Schools Program.

Kerry Ann McCarthy (RPCV- Hungary) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. In the Peace Corps, she served as an English teacher and as an instructor for Bosnian refugees. As a Peaceworker, she worked with the Macht Foundation to create a community-based program for residents in the Yale Heights neighborhood of Baltimore.

Robert Moskos (RPCV-Malawi) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. In the Peace Corps, he served as a coordinator of AIDS services. As a Peaceworker, Rob assisted the Choice Program with the clinical social work needs of at-risk youth in Baltimore.

Jeremy Robbi (RPCV-Togo) earned a Masters degree in applied sociology from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, he served as an environmental protection extension agent.  As a Peaceworker, Jeremy worked with Project Link coordinating an after-school program for fifth graders at Westport Elementary School.

Carlos Sanchez (RPCV-Ukraine) graduated with a Masters degree in policy sciences from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, he served as an English language teacher trainer in Ukraine.  As a Peaceworker, Carlos assisted CLEARCorps in evaluating and implementing lead poisoning risk reduction programs.

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Cohort IV (1997-1999)

Sean Hines (RPCV-Mauritania) studied Instructional Systems Design with a focus in Secondary Education at UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, he served as an agroforestry extension agent working on village- based dune stabilization and agriculture projects. As a Peaceworker, he worked as the coordinator of The Choice Program’s tutoring sessions.

Brian Anderson (RPVC-Kenya) earned a law degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law.  While in the Peace Corps, he served as a math, physics, and English teacher. As a first-year Peaceworker, Brian worked with the Choice Jobs Program, a youth work site and employability training program.  During his second year, he worked with the Enterprise Foundation’s housing program.

Michael Giordano (RPCV-Lithuania) earned a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, he served as a small business advisor consulting with entrepreneurs, teaching economics to high school students, and conducting seminars for the Lithuanian Labor Bureau. As a Peaceworker, Michael worked as the program coordinated Project Link, an after-school program for fourth and fifth graders.

Katie Gerne (RPCV-Moldova) earned a Masters degree in Instructional Systems Designs from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, she served as a teacher of English as a foreign language.  As a Peaceworker, in her first year she worked with Dr. John Y. Lee on the development of UMBC’s urban teacher-education program. In her second year Katie served with For the Love Of Children, Inc., developing experiential education programs for disadvantaged youth in the Washington D.C. region.

Marni McManus (RPCV-Uganda) earned a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola College.  While in the Peace Corps, Marni trained business women and helped them to access and manage loans. As a Peaceworker, Marni helped start a small business to fulfill a need in an inner-city neighborhood of Baltimore.

Robbi Farschman (RPCV-Slovak Republic) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she taught English as a foreign language. As a Peaceworker, Robbi worked with the Choice Middle Schools Program.

Eileen Hearty (RPCV-Moldova) graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, she served as an Education Development Volunteer focusing on English teaching, teacher training, and resource development. As a Peaceworker, Eileen worked with the community of Brooklyn and the Police Athletic League to organize a youth job program.

Natalie Jansorn (RPCV-Thailand) graduated with a Masters degree in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she taught English as a foreign language to secondary school students.  As a Peaceworker, Natalie worked with the Choice Middle Schools Program.

Lane Victorson (RPCV-Comoros Islands) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, Lane served as an Environmental Education Extension Worker where he developed an environmental curriculum for elementary schools and helped create community nurseries.  As a Peaceworker, Lane worked with Neighborhood Housing Services, a non-profit neighborhood revitalization program.

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Cohort III (1996-1998)

Deanna Drzewiecki (RPCV- the Islamic Republic of Mauritania) earned a Masters in Social Work from UMAB.  While in the Peace Corps, Deanna worked as an Agriculture Extensionist.  As a Peaceworker, Deanna worked with the Social Work Community Outreach Service at UMAB, where she responded to the needs of families in Baltimore neighborhoods.

Alexandra Gazzaniga (RPCV- St. Kitts, Eastern Caribbean) earned a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Systems Design from UMBC. In the Peace Corps, Alexandra worked in youth development where she focused on family life and alcohol/drug prevention with sixth grade students and teachers.  As a Peaceworker, she worked at The Choice Middle Schools-Baltimore County office where she developed a system for tutoring The Choice Middle School students.

Kate Goddard (RPCV-Ukraine) graduated with a Masters in Policy Sciences from UMBC.  In the Peace Corps, Kate taught English as a Foreign Language to high school students.  As a Peaceworker, she worked with the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB), where she facilitated and coordinated the Savings and Lending Program.

Elizabeth Holden (RPCV-Hungary) earned a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Systems Development from the Department of Education at UMBC.  As a Peaceworker, she worked as a TEFL teacher and teacher-trainer on the college level.  As a Peaceworker, Elizabeth coordinated an adult literacy program which places undergraduates as tutors in local literacy organizations.

Michelle Jennings (RPCV- Ecuador) graduated with a Masters in Emergency Health Services with a special emphasis on education and planning from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, Michelle helped autonomous women’s groups in matters of small animal husbandry, leadership, and health. As a Peaceworker, Michelle worked with UMBC’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Program.

Jennifer Kollenkark (RPCV-Mali, West Africa) graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, Jennifer served as a primary teacher trainer and health educator.  Her service-learning placement was with The Baltimore Community Foundation where she worked as the youth coordinator of “Safe and Sound,” Baltimore’s campaign for the health and safety of children and youth.

James Manni (RPCV-Mali, West Africa) graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  While in the Peace Corps, he worked on community agricultural development projects and appropriate innovative technology for well construction. As a Peaceworker, he served with the Choice Programs helping to develop a “rites of passage” program.

Kerriann Marden (RPCV-the Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa) earned a Masters in Applied Sociology from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a Rural Health Extensionist, focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. As a first-year Peaceworker, Kerriann worked with the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, generating outreach publications, performing cost-benefit analyses, researching and writing articles on target issues, and evaluating program efficacy.

Andrea Marshall (RPCV-Niger) earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law and a Masters degree in public policy from UMBC. While in the Peace Corps, she served as health educator in a rural village.  As a Peaceworker, Andrea worked with the Choice Program, coordinating a tutorial and life skills development program for “at risk” youth.

Julie Niederhauser (RPCV-Mongolia) studied Applied Sociology at UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, she served as a university level English teacher. As a Peaceworker, Julie worked for a local hospice organization.

Christy Schildwachter (RPCV-Morocco) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, she taught and developed an English curriculum for a vocational school. As a Peaceworker, Christy worked with The Choice Middle Schools Program in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Stephen Sullivan (RPCV-Chile) graduated with a Masters degree in Intercultural Communication from UMBC.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he worked as a marketing manager of a regional industry development project for the Chilean equivalent to the Small Business Administration of the United States. As a first-year Peaceworker, Stephen worked with the Choice Jobs Program. During his second year, Steve worked with the Maryland Special Olympics.

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Cohort II (1995-1997)

Matthew Brown (RPCV-Comoros Islands) earned a Masters in Policy Sciences degree from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, Matt created environmental education curricula and taught environmental education to primary school teachers.  As a Peaceworker, Matt coordinated the Governor’s Summer Internship Program which gives Maryland’s top university students the opportunity to get first-hand experience working in state government.

Jon Dukart (RPCV-Gabon) earned a Masters in Policy Sciences degree from UMBC. In the Peace Corps, Jon taught math to middle school students. As a Peaceworker, Jon worked with the Maryland State Department of Education and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on two major program evaluation projects.

Chester Gates (RPCV- the Congo) received a Masters I Policy Sciences degree from UMBC. As a fisheries extension agent in the Peace Corps, Chester educated farmers on the techniques of rural aquaculture such as evaluating sites for ponds and beginning pond renovation programs.  As a Peaceworker, Chester was the program coordinator for The Shriver Center Higher Education Consortium, an integrated service learning network of twelve local colleges and universities.

Brian Harr-Siebenlist (RPCV-Guatemala) earned a Masters of Policy Sciences degree from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, Brian worked in agriculture/integrated pest management teaching organic gardening methods for sustainable agriculture and helping to manage a community nursery.  As a Peaceworker, Jon worked with The Shriver Center’s Choice Jobs Program on development and expansion of a program which gives work experience to at-risk youth.

Lyndsay Janzen (RPCV-Senegal) received a Masters of Arts in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC.  While in the Peace Corps, Lyndsay worked with local villages on small business development.  As a Peaceworker, Lyndsay served as coordinator of The Shriver Center’s Choice Tutoring Program, working to link university student tutors with “high risk” middle school students.

Sheila Mooney (RPCV-Honduras) earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Sheila helped community leaders organize village-based income generating enterprises, taught nutrition and crafts workshops at a teacher preparation college, and gave workshops for children and mothers on health issues. As a Peaceworker, Sheila worked with Magic Me, a non-profit intergenerational program linking youth with senior citizens, where she served on the organization’s strategic planning committee.

Jacqui Patterson (RPCV-Jamaica) earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. While in the Peace Corps, Jacqui worked as a community rehabilitation trainer where she trained teachers, community workers, and parents to work with disabled youth.  Jacqui also initiated several income-generating projects in local communities such as building latrines and playgrounds.  For her service-learning placement, she works with two other Peaceworkers on the development and implementation of the Harmbee Project

Monica Reinert (RPCV- the Solomon Islands) graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Monica served as the Women in Development Advisor in a non-governmental organization producing a weekly radio program, developing a resource center, and organizing activities related to women’s issues.  As a Peaceworker, Monica worked with The Shriver Center developing service-learning placements focusing on the problems and challenges faced by people with mental retardation.

Wendy Shields (RPCV- Papau New Guinea) earned a Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.  As a health educator in the Peace Corps, Wendy oversaw various child survival programs.   As a Peaceworker, she worked as a health educator for The Coalition for a Lead Save Environment, a non-profit that works to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

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Cohort I (1994-1996)

Stephanie Condon (RPCV-Mali) graduated from UMBC with a Masters in policy sciences.  While in the Peace Corps, she developed a micro-enterprise training program for women’s groups.  For her service-learning placement, Stephanie worked with the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB) designing and implementing a revolving loan program for low-income women seeking to develop their own businesses.

Thomas Condon (RPCV-Mali) earned a Masters degree in Instructional Systems Development at UMBC.  In the Peace Corps, he developed and administered an adult education business management program for local businesses.  As a Shriver Peaceworker, Tom worked at The Shriver Center, where he coordinated the development of an integrated service learning network among the twelve colleges and universities that make up The Shriver Center Consortium.

Lisa Gardner (RPCV-Dominica) graduated from UMBC with a Masters in Applied Sociology.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked as a health educator focusing on community health education and HIV/AIDs prevention.  As a first-year Peaceworker, Lisa worked with The Shriver Center’s Choice Program developing community education programs and taking health needs assessments of the families of troubled youth in Baltimore City. In her second year, Lisa worked as a research assistant on a women’s health study exploring relationships between sexual and domestic violence and women’s drug use and HIV risk.

Alisa Glassman (RPCV-Ecuador) earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  As a teacher trainer in the Peace Corps, Alisa helped local school teachers develop special education programs in their schools. As a first-year Peaceworker, Alisa worked with The Shriver Center’s Choice Middle Schools Program in Baltimore County, where she tutored “high risk” middle school students and worked on developing life skills and cultural diversity curricula. In her second year, Alisa worked with two other Peaceworkers on the development and implementation of the Harmbee Project, a natural child health program encouraging prenatal and infant care and support for pregnant youth and young mothers.

Amy Herrema (RPCV-Mauritania) earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. As an agricultural extension agent in the Peace Corps, Amy worked to increase village nutrition by promoting higher vegetable production and consumption, and by developing nutrition education programs for pregnant women and malnourished children and their mothers. For her first-year service-learning placement, she worked with The Shriver Center’s Choice Middle Schools Program in Cecil County, where she tutored “high risk” middle school students and worked on developing life skills and cultural diversity curricula. As a second-year Peaceworker, Amy worked with two other Peaceworkers on the development and implementation of the Harmbee Project.

Kim Lang (RPCV-Honduras) studied Instructional Systems Development in the Department of Education at UMBC.  As a teacher trainer in the Peace Corps, Kim developed course materials and a curriculum manual for integrating environmental themes across the standard Honduran primary school curriculum.  In her first year as a Peaceworker, Kim worked with the Damascus Education Center in Baltimore and the English Department at UMBC to develop and run an adult literacy tutoring program. As a second-year Peaceworker, Kim worked as Coordinator of The Shriver Center’s International Work and Service Program, encouraging UMBC students to gain multi-cultural educational and practical experiences abroad.

Lisa Sollers (RPCV-Guatemala) earned a Masters degree in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC. As a community development specialist in the Peace Corps, Lisa helped organize the establishment of 4-H clubs, the construction of a community health center, and the development of business cooperatives.  As a Peaceworker, Lisa worked at a middle school in Baltimore developing math and science programs for “high-risk” students.

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