Elections for the SEAPAX Board for 2010 are now open. Members may vote anytime from now until March 28, when the votes will be tallied. The new Board takes office on April 1. Show your support for SEAPAX by participating in this election.
When you are ready to vote, go to the Election Ballot; follow the instructions on the ballot for casting your vote.
For more background on the candidates for the board positions, see their profiles below.
PresidentAileen Ly, Vanuatu 06-07
Aileen was a Resource Management/Environment volunteer on the island of Emao (a satellite island off of Efate) in Vanuatu. A UW grad with a BS in Biology, Aileen’s PC position involved working with the community to develop a resource management plan for their marine protected area, helping to create emergency preparedness programs for schools. She provides administrative support at a local business and is considering pursuing graduate studies in public health.
Aileen is the current Treasurer and would like to continue to help SEAPAX become more organized and continue the success that it’s had.
Vice PresidentCatherine Swanson, Samoa 01-03
As a Peace Corps volunteer, Catherine worked with Women in Business, an organization aimed at improving livelihoods in rural communities through income generation and microfinance projects. In the past, she has worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger, Organic Farmhand, Financial Services Representative and most recently completed five years as a Recruiter and Recruitment Coordinator in the Seattle Regional Peace Corps Office. Catherine looks forward to bringing her experience as a volunteer and staff member to SEAPAX.
SecretaryJoshuah Marshall, Morocco 07-09
Joshuah served as a rural health volunteer in the southern province of Ouarzazate, Morocco. His work focused on maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS education, and sanitation and hygiene. He also served on the Gender and Development Committee and worked on integrating GAD into all projects–a personal passion of his. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha in 2006 with a BA in English and philosophy. Currently he is pursuing a MPA at another Jesuit university: Seattle University. He is also working part-time and has interned at the Medina Foundation and is a Wales Foundation Fellow at the Pride Foundation. He plans to learn German. He likes to go out for a few pints and talk random things–this is where the philosophy degree comes in handy, and welcomes SEAPAX members to join him.
TreasurerJessica de Simas, Malawi 99-01
Jessica was an HIV/AIDS educator in the southern part of Malawi, where she combined community infrastructure-building work with leading a prevention program for teens. Jessica earned a degree in Human Resource Management from the UW, plus a certificate in HIV/AIDS Education. Her current occupation is stay-home mom; previously she worked in pharmaceutical sales. She now has time to pursue additional interests, including the our Grants committee. Jessica looks forward keeping SEAPAX finances well managed.
Membership CoordinatorElizabeth Cauble, Senegal 99-01
Elizabeth was an environmental education extension agent in Senegal. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reed College and holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from University of Oregon with graduate certificates in Non-Profit Management and Gender Studies. She is currently pursuing a career in international development while holding a day job focusing on fundraising for a variety of non-profit organizations. She is interested in Global Health and has plans to further her career and education in this field.
Board Members at LargeCaitlin McKee, Guatemala 07-09
Caitlin served in the Peace Corps as a Municipal Development Advisor in Guatemala where her main project was to start a Municipal Women’s Office and train rural women’s groups in citizen participation. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington in Community, Environment and Planning with minors in Spanish and Urban Planning. She enjoys speaking Spanish, playing soccer, traveling, and working on social justice issues. She is excited to be back in Seattle and participating actively with SEAPAX.Hilary Beam, Ukraine 06-08
Hilary was a youth development volunteer in Ukraine and continues her work with youth as a job coach for young adults with developmental disabilities here in the Seattle area. A WSU grad with a BA in English Lit, Hilary is now enrolled in UW’s Fundraising Management certificate program. She looks forward to continuing also as the Events Chair for SEAPAX , and to get even more involved with the group as an at-large board member.Temma Pistrang, Kenya 72-74
Temma was a high school teacher in Kenya, where she served as part of PC family, along with her late husband Marv, and their 3 children. She was also among the founders of RAVN and has held many leadership positions in the Seattle RPCVs group, including as former SEAPAX Treasurer. Temma continues to work as a substitute teacher, active community volunteer, and remains connected to Kenya, and has often led naturalist trips back to her former PC site at Lake Nakuru National Park.