Returned Peace Corps           Volunteers Of Hawai'i


Connecting RPCVs living in Hawai'i.

  


Our Commitment to Service 

The goal of the RPCVHI Board of Directors is to deliver value to Hawaii RPCVs. One of the most important things we do is to bring returned PCVs together, in a variety of settings, to meet one another, network, make new friends, and learn about how to get involved in our activities and in the community. The Board encourages you to give us feedback, suggest ideas and otherwise become involved in current and future activities.

Serving on the Board is a great way to develop a network of friends who share common values and experiences. While it requires a serious commitment of time, it also enables you to put your passion for volunteer service to good ends. An orientation workshop is offered shortly after the Annual Meeting, providing time for new and continuing Board members to get to know one another, identify and prioritize organizational goals and activities for the coming year, and to have some fun. Monthly board meetings enable members to work progressively toward organizational goals, plan for and effectively put on the various activities, and build strong friendships while working on projects and activities together. Each position is elected annually, and Board members are expected to serve for 2 years, beginning in January. When a Board vacancy occurs, current Board members may invite organization members to fill the position/s until the next Annual Meeting when elections will be held.

Descriptions of Officer and Board member positions can be found in the "By Laws" in this section of the website.

RPCVHI accepts nominations beginning in the Fall, and at the Annual Meeting. Until then, if you wish to be involved in planning or implementing any upcoming activities, please get in touch with a current board member in your area of interest.

 

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2016 Board of Directors

 President  Caroline Mackenzie      Ukraine, 2010-12
 Vice President   Whitney Anderson  Morocco, 2008-10
 Secretary  Mari Yogi  Morocco, 2009-12
 Treasurer  Kirsten Moy  Panama
 Director At Large  Anna Alden  South Africa, 2010-11; Guyana, 2016
 Web Presence  Ronne Partoriza  Tonga, 2013-14
 Membership & Outreach   Amy Olliffe  Madagascar, 2006-09
 Board Member             Grace MacGruder             Cape Verde & Togo, 2011-13

UHM Campus Peace Corps Representative:
 Grace MacGruder, Cape Verde & Togo 2011-13  

2015 Board of Directors

 President  Rosemary Casey                   N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71     
 Vice President / Membership Chair  Blake Porter  Tonga, 2006-09
 Secretary  Allie Pyan  Zambia, 2009-11
 Treasurer  Caroline Mackenzie  Ukraine, 2010-12
 Web Presence, Events Co-Chair  Ronne Partoriza  Tonga, 2013-14
 Events Co-Chair  Anna Alden  South Africa, 2010-11
 Outreach Coordinator  Amy Thompson  Madagascar, 2006-09
 Board Member                        Jean Thoulag  Micronesia, 1977-79

U.H. Campus Peace Corps Representative:
 Grace MacGruder, Cape Verde & Togo 2011-13  

2014 Board of Directors

 President  Rosemary Casey  N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71         
 Vice President / Membership    Blake Porter  Tonga, 2006-09
 Secretary  Allie Pyan  Zambia, 2010-12
 Treasurer  Caroline Mackenzie       Ukraine, 2010-12
 Web Master    Ronne Partoriza                   Tonga, 2013-14
 Events Coordinator  Jean Thoulag  Micronesia, Yap, 1977-79
 Outreach Coordinator  Sena Pierce  Tonga, 2006-09
 Board Member  Anna Alden  South Africa, 2010-11
 Board Member  Amy Thompson  Madagascar, 2006-08

U.H. Campus Peace Corps Representative: Samantha WestPhilippines, 2009-11          

2013 Board of Directors

 President  Rosemary Casey                N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71  
 Vice President / Membership   Paul Gauci        Thailand, 2009-11
 Secretary  Rebecca Young  Belize, 2007-09
 Co-Treasurer  James Cogwell  Philippines, 1987-89
 Co-Treasurer  Vincent Cleveland  Armenia, 2009-11
 Web Master  Linda Chock  N. Mariana Islands, 1966-68
 Events Coordinator  Mahri Swan  Morocco, 2007-09
 Board Member  Lisa Stevens  Burkina Faso, 2006-08
 Board Member  Sena Pierce  Tonga, 2004-07

U.H. Campus Peace Corps Representative: Samantha West,  Philippines, 2009-11

2012 Board of Directors

 President   Rosemary Casey                  N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71     
 Vice President / Membership   Paul Gauci            Thailand, 2009-11
 Secretary  Barbara Trecker  Ukraine, 2009-11
 Treasurer  James Cogwell  Philippines, 1987-89
 Web Master  Linda Chock  N. Mariana Islands, 1966-68
 Events Coordinator  Mahri Swan  Morocco, 2007-09

U.H. Campus Peace Corps Representative: Sena Pierce, Tonga, 2004-07

2011 Board of Directors

 President   Kimberly Biggs      Honduras, 1986-88
 Vice President  David Newstead  Togo, 2007-09
 Secretary  Alexander Kuch  Romania, 2007-10
 Treasurer  Corie Tanida  El Salvador, 2008-10
 Events Coordinator  Rosemary Casey  N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71
 Web Master  Linda Chock  N. Mariana Islands, 1966-68
 Board Member  Rep. Gene Ward  Malaysia, East Timor (Country Dir)
 Board Member  Don Romero  Philippines, 1967-70
 Membership Chair  Willis Moore  Bolivia, 1962-64
 Honolulu AIDS Walk Coordinator               Jessica Garlock-Tuialii             Samoa, 2000-03

U.H. Campus Peace Corps Representative: Sena Pierce, Tonga, 2004-07


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RPCVHI Past Presidents

 Dr. Rosemary Casey (Northern Mariana Islands, 1969-71)
Kimberly Biggs (Honduras, 1986-88)
Doug Long (Swaziland, 1190-92 and Lesotho, 2003-05)
Adam Liss (Samoa, 1987-89)
Nancy Heinrich (Liberia, 1977-79)
Doris Young (Tunisia, 1977-79)


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OFFICERS


President

Caroline Mackenzie (Ukraine, 2010-12)
Caroline served with the Association for Young Disabled Adults in the Eastern Donbass Region of Ukraine as her primary assignment. Her secondary project was a cooking club  in Lugansk, Ukraine. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison a long time ago - before the SDS blew up the Math building! Prior to retiring in Hawaii, Caroline has had her own businesses. She's worked with the US State department in Singapore and has had the following jobs: Membership Director with San Diego Museum of Art, Girls Tennis Coach at The Antwerp Intl. School in Belgium, and Federal Grant Writer at Moores UCSD Cancer Center and City of Hope.  She enjoys her family, friends, house projects, gardening, tennis, the beach, reading, needlepoint, cooking, the arts, and music.

Secretary
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Treasurer

Mari Yogi (Morocco, 2009-12)
Mari Yogi served in Tata, Morocco as a Youth Development volunteer.  She worked with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to coordinate educational activities, camps, and trainings at youth centers and women’s associations. Collaboratively, the youth and other volunteers painted over 50 murals within three years. Her third year of Peace Corps focused on the construction of a basketball court (funded partially by Aloha Grants) and creating a sports program for girls in her community.  She later became the Country Field Manager for an NGO in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania helping vulnerable children in education and health opportunities. Mari is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree in International Education and working as the Volunteer Coordinator at Islands Hospice


Director At Large
Anna Alden (South Africa, 2010-11; Guyana, 2016)
Anna Alden served in Roarks Drift, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She worked in collaboration with two schools: Oscarsberg Elementary (Grades K-8) and Shiyani High School (Grades 9-12). With a team of 3 teachers from each school wrote, and received, PEPFAR Grant with three stated goals: Develop and facilitate for 20 grade 8-11 girls the following: 1) 5 day girls’ GLOW camp (Girls Leading Our World) in April of 2011; 2) weekly basic sewing training sessions; 3) production of sheets and pillow sets for for-profit sale in local community. Anna received her M.S. in Special Education ffrom University of Orego and her; B.A. in Anthropology from California State University Hayward. Anna has lived and worked, in Germany, Nepal, and Indonesia over the years. Most recently, Anna served as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Guyana from January - July in 2016.




Web Presence and Events Chair
Ronne Partoriza (Tonga, 2013-14)
Ronne Partoriza served as a Primary School English Teacher in the the Kingdom of Tonga. Her secondary projects included: co-coaching the badminton team, tutoring High School students, and establishing a library--the first and only library in her school and village. Ronne is a U.H. Manoa alumna and a current MBA candidate at Chaminade University. She was born in Quezon City, Philippines and grew up in Hawai'i. Prior to serving in the Peace Corps, she worked as an At-risk Youth Counselor in Honolulu, Early Childhood Educator in Texas, and Bank Secrecy Act/Compliance Specialist in Honolulu. Currently, she is a Program Coordinator for one of the social services at Waikiki Health. 



Events Coordinator
Whitney Anderson (Morocco, 2008-10)
Whitney Anderson served as a Health Education volunteer in Morocco. She worked with women and doctors on pre-natal care and nutrition as well as environmental health campaigns around water contamination. Whitney is currently the Senior Program Coordinator of Conservation International's Coral Triangle Initiative Program. Whitney is a community development and marine resource management specialist with ten years of experience in Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Denver and a masters degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 


Membership Chair, Outreach Coordinator
Amy Olliffe 
(Madagascar, 2006-09
Amy Olliffe served as an Environment volunteer in Madagascar. Amy fell in love with Madagascar and extended her service for a third year. Her focus was protected areas management and ecotourism. She served as the WID/GAD representative for her region. After her service, she completed her Masters of Applied Science in Protected Areas Management from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Amy currently works as an Education and Outreach Specialist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.



UHM Campus Recruiter 
Grace MacGruder 
(Cape Verde & Togo, 2011-13
Grace served as a Business volunteer in the African island nation of Cape Verde and her second year in Togo, West Africa. She taught grant writing to local NGOs, served as a business advisor to a group of local artisans and helped coordinate two national events - a trade fair and a women's conference. Grace graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science, International Affairs. She is now a law student at the U.H. Manoa focusing her work on international, immigration, and ocean law as it relates to the region of Pacific Islands. Grace helped establish the first Coverdell Fellowship program at the U.H. Manoa School of Law and is looking forward to expanding this partnership with other graduate departments in the future. Currently, Grace is the official Peace Corps Campus Representative for U.H.Manoa. 




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2011 RPCVHI Team Leadership Workshop



Lynn Graybeal, Niger 1981-83, is a leadership counselor, who graciously conducted a workshop with the new 2011 RPCVHI Board of Directors on June 11 and 18, 2011.  Workshop was held at the Banyan Tree Plaza community room, courtesy of R. Casey.


Participating Board members (l. to r.) are Rep. Gene Ward, Kimberly Biggs, Don Romero, Linda Chock, David Newstead, Corie Tanida, and Alex Kuch. Lynn reinforced methods for the board to work as a team with respect and a cooperative spirit as we articulate the organization's vision, expectations, and objectives and reach out to our members.


Photos by Rosemary Casey and Linda Chock.






 
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