Shane Runquist, Mexico 2008-2010, President
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, moved to Boston to work as a software engineer at the MITRE Corporation, primarily in mobile software security, and now works as a software developer for DataStax, Inc. Shane joined the board in 2014, and served as Vice President in 2017 & 2018.
Elise Simons, Zambia 2010-2013, Vice President
Elise served as an Agriculture and Environment Volunteer in Zambia. She taught agroforestry, organic gardening, conservation farming, and tree planting 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 started working at the Product Stewardship Institute as a waste management policy and programs associate. She is currently earning her graduate degree in urban and environmental planning from Tufts University.
Matt Walsh, Dominican Republic, 2014-2016, Treasurer
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.
Rebecca Madden-Sturges, Georgia 2005-2007, Secretary
Secretary Rebecca served as a Nonprofit Developer, assigned to both a youth center and a nonprofit named Spektri, in the town of Sagarejo. She wrote a project proposal to reconstruct and re-equip the Regional Hospital's Gynecological Department and received funding for a Women's Information Center from the Peace Corps Small Project's Assistance Program. She also taught English classes to school age children at the youth center and received funding from the Peace Corps Partnership Program for a small computer lab. Prior to the Peace Corps, she received a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She presently works in Medical Imaging at PAREXEL.
Lynn Arsenault, Vanuatu 2012-2014, Events Chair
Lynn served as an English Literacy Trainer and Teacher in the small island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific from 2012 to 2014. In addition to teaching and teacher-training, some of Lynn’s secondary projects included helping her village acquire solar energy, networking with international NGOs to obtain special needs equipment for local children, conducting youth leadership workshop, painting two world map mural projects, and the helping the island develop a natural disaster committee on the island to mitigate destruction during cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, or other natural disasters. Since returning, Lynn spent a few years teaching in both Boston and Houston, and pursued an MBA in Nonprofit in Nonprofit Leadership. Now, Lynn is the Communications Manager at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston.
Marta Hodgkins-Sumner, Kosovo 2014-2016, Community Service Chair
Marta served in Kosovo from 2014-2016, teaching English as part of the inaugural class of Peace Corps Volunteers. For her primary project, she taught and developed curriculum for grades 1-9, started her school’s first English library collection, and secured a grant for school improvement. She also co-founded Kosovo’s first English Spelling Bee, and served on Peace Corps Kosovo’s Volunteer Advisory and Gender & Diversity Committees. Prior to Peace Corps, she worked in academic administration in Boston, and as an English teacher in South Korea. She is currently the Director of Membership & Programs at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and is working on a Master’s in International and Urban Development from the University of Toronto.
Peter Hulbert, Dominican Republic 2012-2014, Sports and Recreation Chair
Peter served as a Youth, Family, and Community Development volunteer in Batey Santa Maria, a sugarcane cutting community in the Dominican Republic from 2012-2014. He worked with the youth of the community through gender empowerment groups and HIV/AIDS education. HIs secondary projects included co-volunteer organized traveling soccer league with 7 other communities in the region, and the construction of a community basketball court. After service, Peter received his Master’s in International Development from The Heller School at Brandeis University. Currently Peter is the Program Manager for Boston Area Partnerships at Inversant, a college saving and access non-profit which serves Boston and the North Shore communities. Peter Joined the board in the fall of 2018.
Tiffany Jaimes, St. Kitts & Nevis 2009-2011, Membership Chair
Tiffany served as a Youth Development Volunteer in St. Kitts & Nevis, a beautiful dual island Federation in the Eastern Caribbean, from 2009-2011. She worked with local primary schools in her host village of St. Pauls and neighboring Newton Ground, to develop After School Leadership programs for girls in grades 4-6. Additionally she taught an Arts, Crafts, and Culture class at Charles E. Mills Secondary School. So enamored with her host country islands, Tiffany stayed an addition 3 years beyond Peace Corps Service, working in the private sector as the Direct of the Lyn Jeffers School in Nevis. Following her time in the Caribbean, Tiffany relocated to Central America. She split her time teaching ESL between Costa Rica and Honduras, until she made the swift decision to join JetBlue Airways as a flight attendant. Stationed in Boston since April 2015, she is happy to maintain her travel lifestyle while making Boston her new home base.
Jannah Muhammad, Benin 20013-2016, Community Grants Chair
Jannah served as a Rural Community Health Volunteer in Bassila. For her first two years her primary projects were working with a local NGO and the commune’s largest health center. She took on the secondary projects of an English club, mosquito net distribution, community moringa education lessons, installing handwashing stations at 3 primary schools, and co-facilitating the department’s annual girls camp. She then extended her service for a third year and moved to Djougou where she worked for Population Services International (PSI) as a Technical Assistant of their Amour Vie Project. Upon Returning from Benin, Jannah worked for the Gaining Independence for Tomorrow Program (GIFT) program at Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. where she mentored young girls at-risk for commercial sexual exploitation. She is currently a full-time graduate student at Boston College and is expecting to graduate in spring 2020 with her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in global practice. She joined the board in January 2019.
Eric J. Roberts, Paraguay 2005-2008, Fundraising Chair
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 board in November 2014.
Gladys Muñoz Romero, Guatemala 2016-2018, Communications Chair
Gladys served as a Healthy Schools Volunteer in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. For her primary project, she worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health to support the implementation of the National Healthy Schools Strategy. She worked improving the basic health and hygiene of primary school students and developed health-promotion capacities of members of the educational community. For her secondary project, Gladys collaborated with a nongovernmental organization, Water For People, creating a greywater recycling project for school gardens. Gladys relocated to Boston to support the Latinx communities and is excited to be joining the BARPCV Board.
Rachael Sabelli, Malawi 2010-2012, Third Goal / Speakers Bureau Chair
Rachael served in Malawi from 2010-2012 as an education volunteer, teaching physics, biology and English literature. For her primary project, she taught and developed curriculum for grades 9-12 and served as the grant writer and logistical coordinator for an eight-day education camp. She also worked with a local village to develop an income-generating activity making soap and peanut oil. She is currently a Monitoring and Evaluation/Strategic Information Technical Consultant for the Tingathe Community Outreach Programme, a pediatric HIV NGO in Malawi, and is working on a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Rachael joined the board in January 2018.