Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Elise Simons, Zambia 2010-2013, President (president@barpcv.org)

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.

 

 

Peter Hulbert, Dominican Republic 2012-2014, Vice President (vp@barpcv.org)

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.

 

 

Matt Walsh, Dominican Republic, 2014-2016, Treasurer (treasurer@barpcv.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 (secretary@barpcv.org)

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.

Program Chairs

Megan Compaine, Guatemala 2013-2015, Social Ambassador (social@barpcv.org)

Megan served as a District Coordinator for the Healthy Schools Project in the western highlands of Guatemala. She promoted healthy habits in 11 elementary schools. She taught basic preventative health care, hygiene, nutrition, trash management, water sanitation, life planning, HIV awareness and prevention, and environmental educationAfter service, Megan began work at Northeastern's international students' office and received her Masters in International Affairs from Northeastern. Megan joined the board in the winter of 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathew Corliss, Ukraine 2017-2019, Community Service & Grants (grants@barpcv.org)

Bio to follow

Charlie Klemmer, Mozambique 2012-2014, Careers Chair (careers@barpcv.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.

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Crooks, The Gambia 2016-2018, TGIF Chair (TGIF@barpcv.org)

Kevin served as a Health Extension Agent in Njawara, a village on the North Bank of The Gambia, from October 2016 to December 2018. He worked with Community Health Workers and the Regional Health Team to increase capacity, effectiveness and communication. He also worked closely with Njawara's Village Support Group to increase male involvement in family and community health.  After service, Kevin received his Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. Currently, Kevin is the Coordinator of Media and Technology at the Boston Public Health Commission. Kevin joined the board in the fall of 2019.

 

 

 

Rebecca Madden-Sturges, Georgia 2005-2007, Photos Chair (photos@barpcv.org)

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.

 

 

 

Holden Mills, Ghana 2012-2013, Sports and Recreation Chair (sports@barpcv.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.

 

Sara Pipe-Mazo, Georgia 2017-2019, Events Chair (events@barpcv.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.