Volunteer Staff

Andrew Meyerson, Morocco 2005-2007. Andrew is the founder and director of ThirdGoal.org. He served as a youth development volunteer in Morocco's Safi province, working with the Ministry of Youth and Sport on after school educational programs and taught journalism at English immersion youth camps. Prior to Peace Corps, Andrew received his BA and MA in Islamic & Mideast Studies from Brandeis University in 2004 & 2005, respectively, where he was an editor of The Justice student newspaper and captain of the men's rowing team. When he's not working on the ThirdGoal.org project, he contributes to Middle East peace as a Development Associate at J Street. His goal for 2011 is to sleep at least 6 hours every night. Andrew grew up in Baltimore, MD and now lives in Washington, DC. Say hi - andrew@thirdgoal.org.

Bart Pogue, Morocco 2005-2007. Bart is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. An MA student in International Development Studies at George Washington University, Bart also teaches adult ESL classes at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC. He served as a youth development volunteer in Ben Guerir, Morocco where he taught English classes and facilitated leadership and teamwork activities with youth and young adults from 2005 to 2007. After completing his service he worked with American Councils for International Education for two and a half years, first in the Development Department and then as a Program Officer with the U.S. State Department-funded Critical Language Scholarships Program. He is a member of the RPCV group of Washington, DC and enjoys watching baseball, winning championships in the International Education softball league, and reading. Say hi - bart@thirdgoal.org.

Ben Schapiro, Nicaragua 2004-2006. Ben is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. He works for the World Bank where he focuses on environmental and social sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Prior to joining the World Bank he received his Master's in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and his Master's in Public Policy - International Development Policy from the University of Maryland. His graduate research focused on the role of violent conflict on international development and conservation efforts and evaluating responses from the international community.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, he promoted sustainable agricultural practices in rural farming communities.  He has worked internationally in Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cambodia and has traveled throughout most of Central and South America. Ben received his B.S. from the University of Maryland. Say hi - ben@thirdgoal.org.

Bryan Lemos, Honduras 2009-2011. Bryan is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. He is currently serving as a Business Advising volunteer in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, where he works with a non-profit small businesses organization organizing for agricultural producers. He specializes in advertising, promotions and video marketing for new businesses. Prior to Peace Corps, Bryan received his BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University film school in Los Angeles. He went on to work for a Motion Picture advertising company prior to Peace Corps. Bryan also started the Peace Corps Honduras podcast "La Vida Hondureña" (can be found at the iTunes music store...it's free) and shares much of his experience on his YouTube channel "balemos." In his free time Bryan plays the guitar and gets lost in internet surfing. He will be returning to his home state of California in April of 2011 upon his completion of service. Say hi - bryan@thirdgoal.org.

Caroline Hutton, St. Lucia 2002-2004. Caroline is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. She entered the Peace Corps after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies. As a volunteer, Caroline worked in the areas of business and youth development. Her primary projects were assisting a women’s group of displaced banana farmers to start a small business, and tutoring math and reading at a boys detention facility. She also taught swimming lessons. After returning from Peace Corps, Caroline earned a law degree from Howard University School of Law. She currently lives in Washington, DC and works in public interest law. In 2008 she married her husband whom she met while both were living and working in St. Lucia. Caroline has remained active in the Peace Corps community by serving as moderator of the PeaceCorps2 Yahoo group from 2005 to the present and by participating in the RPCVs of Washington mentorship program. In 2010, Caroline took a leadership role with the Friends of the Eastern Caribbean RPCV group as an internet committee member. You can connect with her and the Friends of the Eastern Caribbean on Twitter at @PeaceCorps_FOEC or on Facebook. Say hi - caroline@thirdgoal.org.

Dan Klingenberg, Venezuela 1962-1964. Dan is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Dan is a senior agribusiness banking executive with a broad range of technical, financial and managerial skills. His banking career includes 18 years with the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and 14 years with Farm Credit Services of Southern California. While at Chase, he traveled extensively worldwide and was responsible for the establishment and review of agricultural lending programs, primarily in the United States and the developing countries of Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. At Farm Credit, his responsibilities centered on credit, marketing, strategic planning, training and branch administration. In addition to his finance experience, Mr. Klingenberg has been an agricultural agent for the Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela, and managed cattle feedlot operations in Montana and Arizona. He was raised on a large-scale, diversified agricultural operation in Arizona. He holds degrees from the University of Arizona (BA–Agricultural Economics) and Stanford University (MA–Latin American Studies). His language skills include Spanish and French. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Say hi - dan@thirdgoal.org.

Emmy Lang-Kennedy, Senegal 2006-2008. Emmy is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Emmy works in new business development for IREX, an International Development non-profit based in Washington, DC. She is originally from the Boston area but went to college in Indiana and lived in Portland, OR before joining Peace Corps. Emmy was a Small Enterprise Volunteer in Kaffrine, Senegal from 2006 to 2008 and also studied abroad in Senegal as an undergrad, so needless to say, she loved it there! During her service Emmy worked with a group of young women who owned a juice and jelly business, so if you need any ginger, tamarind or hibiscus juice made, she's your girl! Say hi - emmy@thirdgoal.org.

Erin Dahan, Turkmenistan 2006-2008. Erin is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. She served as a TEFL volunteer in Turkmenistan’s Ahal region, working with local teachers on curriculum development, teaching English to primary and secondary students, and implementing capital improvement projects in her community. She received her BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently living in Washington DC, Erin is getting her Global MBA and hopes to pursue a career in social enterprise. Say hi - erin@thirdgoal.org.

Jason Pearce, Guyana 2002. Jason is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Jason was the creator of ThirdGoal.com, a community blog that enabled Peace Corps volunteers and candidates to share their stories with others. The site transferred to ThirdGoal.org in 2010. Jason was invited to serve in Guyana as an information technology volunteer in 2002. During this time in Guyana, he chronicled his service on his website by sharing photos, content, and was likely one of the first Peace Corps volunteers to podcast. Jason graduated from Elon University in 1994 with majors in Broadcast Communications and Corporate Communications, and minors in Business and Music. He has more than 10 years of web development background and is currently the system engineer of Riverview Hospital's data center in Noblesville, IN, where he specializes in server, desktop, and application virtualization solutions. Jason grew up in Raleigh, NC; has visited more than 50 countries, and can be found online at www.jasonpearce.com. Say hi - jason@thirdgoal.org.

Katharine Clark, Bulgaria 2004-2006. Katharine is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. During her service, the former heptathlete organized American-style sports field days to encourage female athletic participation. A minority of one in Bansko, Katharine bonded with her town's Roma population, working to better integrate Roma children into the classroom and tutoring their parents in English. The "Bulgerican" was awarded honorary citizenship by the mayor of Bansko for her community contributions. An aspiring diplomat, and russophile, Katharine shares a birthday with Benjamin Franklin and Anton Chekov. Say hi - katharine@thirdgoal.org.

Katherine Whitton, Micronesia 2005-2007. Katy is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. After four years at university in Boston, she joined Peace Corps with only two stipulations: be sent somewhere warm and work in public health. She left in August of 2005 for Micronesia, a collection of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines. There Katy worked for the school system writing health and physical education curriculum. However, she also really enjoyed teaching a series of afternoon aerobics classes. Upon completion of service in November 2007, she bounced around Thailand teaching English, returning to North Carolina in mid-2008 to begin a nursing degree. In May 2010, Katy graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and now work as a MedSurg nurse in Charlotte, NC. Say hi - katy@thirdgoal.org.

Lisa Smith, Morocco 2005-2007. Lisa is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. She served as a Small Business Development volunteer in Boujaad, Morocco working with weavers to help them start and export business. Since returning to the states she as been living in Hartford, Connecticut, which after Boujaad, seems like an enormous city. She currently works at Aid to Artisans, a non-profit that works with artisan groups around the world, and in her free time enjoys all the outdoor wonders CT has to offer, including hiking, canoeing and taking her Moroccan cat on walks. Say hi - lisa@thirdgoal.org.

Marisa Wong, Niger 2008-2010. Marisa is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Marisa served as a Community and Youth Education volunteer in the eastern Zinder region of Niger. Her primary projects included an 8-month youth photography club, a week-long Girls' Empowerment Camp, and an English club with the support of the US Embassy's American Corner in Zinder. Marisa also conceived and co-directed the first annual Peace Corps Niger All-Volunteer Conference, which fostered cross-sector idea exchange, best practice sharing, and program feedback among PCVs from all over the country. She is currently curating the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Photo Book for Peace Corps Niger. Outside of the PC realm, Marisa is getting her Master's in International Affairs and Media at the New School in New York, and is pursuing dreams of becoming a documentary photographer. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, got her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has a hard time calling anywhere but San Francisco home. You can check out her work at www.marisawongmedia.com. Say hi - marisa@thirdgoal.org.

Mike Sheppard, The Gambia 2003-2005. Mike is the founder of PeaceCorpsJournals.com and is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. During Peace Corps, his primary responsibility was as a lecturer at the University of The Gambia, teaching freshmen level math, physics, and statistics. He finished his service in July 2005 and traveled throughout Africa for two months before finally arriving back home. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and received his Masters degree in Statistics in December 2008. Mike has also served as a Project Leader for an Engineers Without Borders mission to Honduras, a Peace Corps recruiter for the Lansing MI area, and a Commissioned Officer Candidate in the Michigan Army National Guard. Mike is now a researcher at MIT and resides in the Boston area. Say hi - mike@thirdgoal.org.

Moshay Simpson, Morocco 2005-2007. Moshay is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Moshay served as a youth development volunteer in Morocco's Errachidia province, working with the Ministry of Youth and Sport on after school educational programs. Moshay organized his community's first mock trial, with the help of a local judge and eager students and he organized a women and girl's health and social issues seminar with another Peace Corps volunteer. Prior to Peace Corps, Moshay worked as a news reporter in Florida and California and served as an Americorps VISTA in Portland, Oregon. He now works in web communications for the Environmental Protection Agency. Moshay grew up in Los Angeles and now resides in the great state of Maryland. Say hi - moshay@thirdgoal.org.

Neely Thomson, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2009-2011. Neely is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Neely attended the University of Tampa, where she played five years of collegiate volleyball. She is currently serving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, specializing in youth development. She serves as a remedial reading teacher, volleyball coach and reggae connoisseur. Neely is also the mother to a beautiful dog named Ludacris (aka Luda) and is originally from Atlanta, GA. Say hi - neely@thirdgoal.org.

Rachel Papernick, Honduras 2007-2009. Rachel is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. She served as a municipal development volunteer in occidental Honduras, collaborating with community members, local government employees, and NGOs on ecotourism projects, civic education programs, and business development workshops—all aimed at improving local economic opportunities and growth. As a Graphic Designer and Creative Writer school-ed at Carnegie Mellon University, Rachel has enjoyed a diverse range of occupations as a designer/marketing professional. Nowadays, Rachel is most likely to be seen in Southern Florida, coffee shop/“office” hopping with her MAC, peddling madly on her bike sans helmet, OR in a downward dog (namaste baby!) She plans her second trip back to Honduras this year to continue work on her cultural cookbook project, to be published in 2013. Say hi - rachel@thirdgoal.org.

Rob Wilson, Poland 1999-2001. Rob is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. A librarian at Scottsdale Public Libraries, he served as a Community Development Specialist in Poland's Bohemia region, working with the a municipal government on infrastructure projects and with local non-profits for the development of a children's center. Prior to Peace Corps, Rob received his BA in Theatre from Arizona State University and after returning from Peace Corps, completed an MA in Library Science from the University of Arizona. When he's not working in a library, you can find him playing his guitar under the pseudonym Stone Swagger. His goal for 2011 is to get into fighting shape. Rob grew up on the Jersey Shore and now lives in Tempe, AZ. Say hi - rob@thirdgoal.org.

Sarah Rogerson, Malawi 2006-2008. Sarah is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. She served as a community health volunteer in the northernmost district of Chitipa where she worked on health and sanitation initiatives, HIV & AIDS education and outreach, and capacity building with local leaders. Prior to Peace Corps, Sarah received her Bachelor of Social Work from Winthrop University in South Carolina where she was involved in Greek life leadership and intramural sports. Following Peace Corps, Sarah received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Currently, she works in the field of child welfare in Washington, DC. Her goal for 2011 is to create time for interstate and international travel again. Sarah spent six years of her childhood in Palestine (West Bank) with her missionary parents, and grew up stateside in Myrtle Beach, SC. Sarah now lives in Washington, DC. Say hi - sarah@thirdgoal.org.

Sonya Jacobs, Grenada 2005-2007. Sonya is an advisory board member of Third Goal. She served as a community and youth development volunteer with a specialization in special education in Grenada’s parishes of St. George and St. David. Sonya taught special education and Braille through a national organization and various schools, ran a weekly adolescent girls empowerment group at an orphanage, expanded disability advocacy and awareness through the Grenada National Council of the Disabled and assisted with HIV awareness and prevention through the National AIDS Directorate. Prior to Peace Corps, Sonya received her BA in Psychology from Boston University in 2003. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Development for the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago. In her free time, Sonya volunteers with various organizations and tries to keep up her cultural immersion as much as possible. Sonya grew up in Chicago, IL and still loves the windy city! Say hi - sonya@thirdgoal.org.

Taylar Foster, Fiji 2008-2010. Taylar is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. Taylar served as a community development volunteer in a rural village on Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island. Her projects ranged from small business development to erosion management to working with elementary and secondary school students. Taylar currently studies food systems planning as graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She attended Edgewood College in Madison for undergraduate studies. Born and raised in the Wisconsin tundra, Taylar is currently on the hunt for a career in warmer climates. Say hi - taylar@thirdgoal.org.

Will Dickinson, Armenia 2004-2006. Will is the founder of PeaceCorpsWiki.org and is an advisory board member of ThirdGoal.org. He served in Armenia as an environmental education volunteer in the towns of Jermuk and Ijevan. After a year in Jermuk, Will found that there was not sufficient work to keep him occupied. He documented and presented this information to the country administration and was allowed to change sites. At the new site in Ijevan, Will engaged in a productive educational leadership program that focused on community planning and training. This program was designed to train local community stakeholders in the use of new technologies such as GPS and GIS and was funded by World Vision and the EU. The remainder of Will's Peace Corps service was spent working on this project. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. PeaceCorpsJournals and PeaceCorpsWiki are run in his spare time. Say hi - will@thirdgoal.org.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.