The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. elected and introduced its 2011-12 board on Saturday July 16 at its annual barbecue at the Capital Yacht Club. The board again is made up of a mix of last year’s board members and fresh faces. Departing board members will work closely with the new board and other RPCV/W members on planning and carrying out RPCV/W’s commemoration of Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday Sept. 25.
Harris Wofford a former senator and key figure in the development of Peace Corps, spoke about the history of the program. RPCV/W President Chris Austin explained that RPCV/W, with its new Professional Development board position, hopes to focus more on career development for RCPCVs in the Washington area.
The RPCV/W 2011-12 board:
President: Chris Austin, Kenya, 2003-2005
Vice President: Andrianne Konstas, Cameroon, 2006-2008
Treasurer: Chris Polen, Azerbaijan 2008–2010
Secretary: Sarah Sahr, Ethiopia, 1996-1998
Development: Chris Robinson, Jamaica, 2007-2009
Membership: Natacha Vacroux, Romania, 2004-2006
Special Events: Renetta Boyd, St. Kitts 2004-2006
Professional Development: Brandon Roché, Honduras, 2003-2005
Strategic Partnerships: Kristina Owens, Bolivia, 2000-2002
Outreach: Laara Manler, Burkina Faso, 2001-2002 and Paraguay, 2008-2010
Social: Liza Cushion, El Salvador, 2001-2003
Public Relations: Wendy Owens, Paraguay, 2000-2002Community Service: Jason Smith, Bulgaria, 2007-2009