Board Candidate Biographies

Thank you to everyone that nominated someone (or themselves)! We are looking forward to a fun and exciting year to come. Below are the Board Candidate biographies. Please refer to these biographies when voting.

President

Catherine Swanson, Samoa 2001-2003

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.
Catherine currently serves as the Vice-President of SEAPAX.

Vice President

Lillian Baer, Cote d’Ivoire 1966-1968

Lillian brings a wealth of experience with Peace Corps and non-profit management to SEAPAX. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire (1966-1968), worked at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC, and was later Country Director of Senegal (1974-1979). She is the co-founder of Africa Consultants International/Baobab Center, a training and resource center in Dakar, Senegal which was founded in 1983

Treasurer

Aileen Ly, Vanuatu 2006-2007

Aileen was a Coastal Resource Management/Environment volunteer on the island of Emao (a satellite island off of Efate) in Vanuatu. A University of  Washington grad with a BS in Biology, Aileen’s Peace Corps position involved working with the community to develop a resource management plan for their marine protected areas and helped to create emergency preparedness programs for schools and communities. She provides administrative support at a local business.
Aileen is the current President and interim Treasurer and would like to continue to help SEAPAX become more organized and continue the success that it’s had.

Secretary (Incumbant)

Joshuah Marshall, Morocco 2007-2009

Joshuah served as a rural health volunteer 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, NE, in 2006 with a BA in English and philosophy. He will receive a MPA in June from another  Jesuit university: Seattle University. He currently works as a National Administrative Coordinator at Public Outreach Fundraising. He was appointed by the Mayor McGinn in 2010 to serve as a Commissioner on the City of Seattle Human Rights Commission. Nowadays he plans to learn German and explore more of the surroundings of Seattle. 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. He hopes to continue his work with the board and the exciting new phase of SEAPAX!
Joshuah currently serves as Secretary of SEAPAX

Secretary

Joana Ramos, Brazil 1973-1975

Joana served in Rio de Janeiro as a nutrition educator. She was a founding member of the original Seattle RPCV group RAVN  and co-founder of the former Friends of Brasil group. She is an independent health policy consultant and a community organization specialist involved with a number of local, national, and international nonprofit organizations, including as Director of the Washington Coalition for Prescribing Integrity, which promotes access to appropriate and affordable prescription medicines.  Joana is also a Portuguese medical Interpreter and founding member of the Washington State Coalition for Language Access. She is currently as Chair of the 50th Peace Corps Anniversary Committee, and has enjoyed serving in various roles for SEAPAX including Immediate Past President, VP, Grants Committee, and newsletter editor. She is a graduate of Boston University and the UW School of Social Work.

Membership Coordinator

Elizabeth Cauble, Senegal 1999-2001

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 fund-raising for a variety of non-profit organizations at Public Outreach Fund-raising. She is interested in Global Health and has plans to further her career and education in this field.
Elizabeth currently serves as the Membership Coordinator for SEAPAX.

Board Member At Large

Hilary Beam, Ukraine 2006-2008

Hilary served as 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 has earned her Fundraising Management certificate from the University of Washington. Hilary works as a National Administrative Coordinator at Public Outreach Fund-raising. 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.
Hilary currently serves as an At Large Board Member and Events Chair for SEAPAX.

Board Member At Large

Glenn Leever, Costa Rica 2007-2009

Glenn served as volunteer in Costa Rica planning and coordinating events with various diverse groups, ages, and cultures.  As an At Large Board Member, he would strive to create a welcome feeling and belonging for all the RPCVs that return to Seattle from abroad. As all RPCVs know, it is not an easy transition. A group like SEAPAX, with people who have experiences similar, is incredibly important to readjustment. Glenn currently works at the YMCA Young Adult Services, a  drop-in center for homeless young adults. Recently, he has planned two successful volunteer events with over 100 people in attendance. Also, he’s designed and mailed a four-page newsletter for volunteers and donors, highlighting the YMCA’s programs and services. Glenn’s proven record of service and experience would provide an added spark to the SEAPAX Board.

Board Member At Large

Shauna Aron, Philippines 2008-2010

Shauna currently works with two non-profits in the Seattle area that focus on youth education and leadership using performance arts. Her passion is to strive for social justice with a focus in developing the artistic and personal growth of youth.  She has four years of experience working with non-profit organizations and grassroots development with a proven ability in designing creative teaching curriculum, managing projects, developing funds and sponsorship programs. She has just returned fom service only a few months ago and would like to continue that momentum and bring that positive energy to the SEAPAX community.  She would like to remain connected and get more involved, by contributing my knowledge of development work locally and internationally as SEAPAX’s Service Events Coordinator and At Large Board Member

Board Member At Large

Temma Pistrang, Kenya 1972-1974

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  among the founders of RAVN and has held many leadership positions in the Seattle RPCVs group, including as former SEAPAX Treasurer. She is a former Board member of Friends of Kenya, and a member of the NPCA since its inception.  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.
Temma  currently serves as an At-Large Board member for SEAPAX.

Newsletter Editor

Rachel Harris, Mozambique 2007-2009

Rachel has a strong writing background that will lend itself well to constructing interesting, comprehensive newsletters and would like to be considered for the Newsletter Editor position.  The SEAPAX newsletter has done a good job of showcasing items of interest but could be expanded into a really great interactive space for Seattle RPCVs to read and share ideas, activities, and relevant news and events.

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