Elise Simons, Zambia 2010-2013, President (email@example.com)
Elise served as an Agriculture and Environment Volunteer in Zambia. She taught agroforestry and organic gardening to farmers in her village in order to promote better health and nutrition as well as environmental sustainability. She also took on secondary projects in appropriate technology innovation training and HIV/AIDS prevention education. Elise extended for a third year as PCVL, leading workshops and providing volunteer support. Upon returning to Boston, Elise earned her Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and currently works as an outreach coordinator with the US Environmental Protection Agency. Elise joined the board as Communications Chair in 2015.
Matt Walsh, Dominican Republic, 2014-2016, Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Walsh served as a Community Economic Development volunteer in the Dominican Republic between March 2014 and May 2016. As a Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew worked with a women’s chocolate-making cooperative and an association of cocoa farmers, and he helped coordinate an annual entrepreneurship conference. Many of Matthew’s fondest memories of Peace Corps service involve time spent with other volunteers, so he’s excited to join the BARPCV board to get to know the Peace Corps community in the area.
Erin Meade, China 2015-2017, Secretary (email@example.com)
Erin served as an Education volunteer at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. For her primary project, she taught speaking, writing, and pronunciation classes to freshman and sophomore students. She was responsible for all aspects of planning, developing, and implementing courses. For her secondary project, Erin took the lead role in organizing a Write On! Competition at her university. Prior to Peace Corps, she volunteered with AmeriCorps and taught English in Japan with the JET Program. Erin moved to Boston after her Peace Corps service and is currently working for the federal government. Erin is excited to join the BARPCV Board.
Charlie Klemmer, Mozambique 2012-2014, Careers Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Charlie served as an Education Volunteer in Mozambique. He grew up in Portsmouth, RI. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Santa Clara University and M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Providence College. Charlie has experience in classroom teaching, 21st century skills and career coaching, and college admissions advising. Before working at Wentworth Institute of Technology as a Co-ops and Careers Advisor, Charlie spent 3 years as a Senior Account Manager of the Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey Boston High School and a year at CollegeVine as an Enrollment Director. He is passionate about developing opportunities for community engagement and is also interested in empowering people to achieve success as life-long learners both professionally and a personally.
Rebecca Madden-Sturges, Georgia 2005-2007, Photos Chair (email@example.com)
Rebecca served as a Nonprofit Developer, assigned to both a youth center and a nonprofit named Spektri, in the town of Sagarejo, Khaheti, Georgia. She wrote a project proposal to reconstruct and re-equip the Regional Hospital's Gynecological Department and received funding from the U.S. Department of State Small Reconstruction Projects and Counterpart International. She collaborated with her counterpart to expand Spektri into a Women's Information Center using funding from the Peace Corps Small Project's Assistance Program, dispersing information on women's health and women in conflict zones. She taught English classes to school age children at the youth center and to adults during her first year and received funding from the Peace Corps Partnership Program for a small computer lab at this center. Prior to the Peace Corps, she received a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She presently works in medical imaging at PAREXEL.
Brian McBride, Malaysia 1981-1983, Community Service Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brian served from 1981 to 1983 as a teacher in the Borneo region of Malaysia. He taught general science to high school juniors and seniors in Malay and helped upgrade the laboratory. He was also involved in local charity work. He has returned regularly to his old village and is still involved with school and village projects. Married with a teenage son, he works in the marketing department of a Waltham based laboratory equipment company.
Johanna Meyer, Philippines 1995-1997, Webmaster Chair (email@example.com)
Johanna served as an Integrated Protected Areas Volunteer in Banaue, Ifugao. Working with the community, she supported the development of environmentally sustainable businesses and relief efforts to rebuild after landslides. She received a B.A. in Economics from Oberlin College and a Dual M.A./M.S. In Environmental Policy & Planning and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Johanna has experience in information system modeling with applications in watersheds, hazards, electric, and enterprise models. When not on the trail with her dogs, she envisions planting paradise and taking out the parking lot. She is currently Co-Director of the Arlington Reservoir Committee.
Holden Mills, Ghana 2012-2013, Sports and Recreation Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Holden served as an agricultural volunteer in Ghana from October of 2012 to June of 2013. Assigned to a the small village of Toroyilli (a days travel outside Tamale in the northern region), Holden helped his community with the maize harvest and taught sustainable agricultural practices. Becoming part of such a close knit community was a very uplifting experience and Holden hopes to bring a little bit of that same spirit to the BARPCV community. Holden now works as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a tech startup.
Kasey Pendexter, The Gambia 2008-2010, Community Grants Chair (email@example.com)
Kasey served as a Health and Community Development volunteer in The Gambia from 2008 - 2010. She was involved in a variety of projects, including construction of a nursery school in her village, providing multiple Malaria and HIV desensitization workshops throughout the Upper River Region, establishing and running a week-long Girl's Empowerment Camp, and writing grants to complete well-digging endeavors. Since arriving back to the Boston area, she now works as the Director of Clinical Services at a deaf residential treatment program for trauma-impacted youth. In her free time, you can find Kasey outdoors on the water, running, or hiking.
Sara Pipe-Mazo, Georgia 2017-2019, Events Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sara served as a Community Economic Development Volunteer in The Republic of Georgia from 2017 to 2019. In her primary project, Sara worked with local NGOs on capacity building, sustainability efforts, grant writing and community-wide projects. In her secondary projects, Sara led youth empowerment conferences across the country and worked with Girls Leading Our World (GLOW), an NGO focused on female empowerment. Now that she is back in Boston, Sara works as a forensic accounting at an economic consulting firm.