Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii 
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Contact Us! The RPCVHI Board of Directors is always delighted to hear from members, other RPCVs, aspiring volunteers, family members of PCVs, friends of returned or current PCVs, or people who are simply interested in or are involved with our community. Please contact us about any questions about Peace Corps, becoming a volunteer, or suggestions you may have about our work in the community, or improving our website.

 

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 types of 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 asked 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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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

 Board Member / Web Master           

 Ronne Partoriza

 Tonga, 2013-14

 Board Member / Events  Coordinator

 Jean Thoulag

 Micronesia, Yap, 1977-79

 Board Member / Outreach Coordinator Sena Pierce Tonga, 2006-09
 Board Member  Anna Alden  South Africa
 Board Member  Amy Thompson Madagascar, 2006-08

 U.H. Campus Peace Corps  Representative 

 Samantha West

 Philippines, 2009-11

 Past President

 Kimberly Biggs

 Honduras, 1986-88

 Past President

 Doug Long 

 Swaziland, 1990-92;  

 Lesotho, 2003-05

 Past President

 Adam Liss

 Samoa, 1987-89 

 Past President

 Nancy Heinrich 

 Liberia, 1977-79 

 Past President

 Doris Young   

 Tunisia, 1977-79



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, 2009-2011

 Board Member / Web Master

 Linda Chock

 N. Mariana Islands, 1966-68

 Board Member / Events Coordinator

 Mahri Swan

 Morocco

 Board Member

 Lisa Stevens

 Burkina Faso, 2006-08

 Board Member

 Sena Pierce

 Tonga, 2004-07

 UH Campus Peace Corps Representative

 Samantha West

 Philippines 2009-11

 Past President

 Kimberly Biggs

 Honduras, 1986-88

 Past President

 Doug Long 

 Swaziland, 1990-92;  

 Lesotho, 2003-05

 Past President

 Adam Liss

 Samoa, 1987-89 

 Past President

 Nancy Heinrich 

 Liberia, 1977-79 

 Past President

 Doris Young   

 Tunisia, 1977-79


2012 Board of Directors

 President 

 Rosemary Casey

 N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71

 Vice President / Membership

 Paul Gauci

 Thailand, 2009-11

 Secretary

 Barbara Trecker

 Ukraine, 2009-2011

 Treasurer

 James Cogwell

 Philippines, 1987-89

 Board Member / Web Master

 Linda Chock

 N. Mariana Islands, 1966-68

 Board Member / Events Coordinator

 Mahri Swan

 Morocco

 Honolulu AIDS Walk Coordinator

 

 

 UH PC Campus Representative

 Samantha West

 

 Past-President

 Kimberly Biggs

 Honduras, 1986-88

 Past President

 Doug Long 

 Swaziland, 1990-92;  

 Lesotho, 2003-05

 Past President

 Adam Liss

 Samoa, 1987-89 

 Past President

 Nancy Heinrich 

 Liberia, 1977-79 

 Past President

 Doris Young   

 Tunisia, 1977-79



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

 Board Member

 Gene Ward

 Malaysia, East Timor (Country Dir)

 Board Member

 Don Romero

 Philippines, 1967-70

 Board Member / Events  Coordinator 

 Rosemary Casey

 N. Mariana Islands, 1969-71

 Board Member / Web Master

 Linda Chock

 N. Mariana Islands, 1966-68

 Membership 

 Willis Moore

 Bolivia, 1962-64

 Honolulu AIDS Walk Coordinator

 Jessica Garlock-Tuialii

 Samoa, 2000-03

 UH PC Campus Representative

 Sena Pierce

 Tonga, 2004-07

 




OFFICERS

 

President



Rosemary Casey (Northern Marianas, 1969-71)

Dr. Rosemary Casey served as an ESL and Home Economics teacher on the small island of Rota, in the Northern 

Mariana Islands, from 1969-71. She later worked with Peace Corps as a training contractor, and then as Associate Peace Corps Director, Program and Training Officer, with Peace Corps Micronesia. After 18 years at UH, she retired in April 2011, though she continues to support international education activities for students of all ages. She is currently President of RPCVHI and coordinates the annual calendar sales and securing Returned PCVs to help with Hawaii Public Radio semi-annual fundraiser phone banks.



Vice-President
  

Blake Porter (Tonga, 2006-09)
Blake Porter and his wife served for 3 years as Education Volunteers in the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga from 2006-09.  He was born in New England, and has lived in 9 different US states and 3 foreign countries, and also visited 19 other states and 6 other countries.  He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, loves to sing, to work with his hands, and to be helpful.  He and his wife now enjoy living in Honolulu.



Secretary

Allie Pyan (Zambia, 2010-12)



 Treasurer    
Caroline Mackenzie (Ukraine, 2010-2012)
Caroline Mackenzie served with the Association for Young Disabled Adults in the Eastern Donbass Region of Ukraine. Her primary focus was showing Ukrainian organizations how Americans with special needs live a normal life: go to school, have a job, etc. Her secondary project was a cooking club with friends in Lugansk, Ukraine. Caroline graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison a long time ago - before the SDS blew up the Math building! Prior to retiring to her house in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Caroline has had her own businesses, worked for the US State department in Singapore, was membership director for the San Diego Museum of Art, the girls tennis coach at The Antwerp International School in Antwerp, Belgium, and a federal grant writer at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center and the City of Hope.  She enjoys her family, her friends and house projects, gardening, tennis, walking, the beach, reading, needlepoint, cooking, the arts, and music.



Board Member, Web Master 
   

Ronne Partoriza
(Tonga, 2013-14)
Ronne Partoriza served as a Primary English Educator in the main island of Tonga.  She also worked on several secondary projects, one she felt most gratified with is the library she created and developed--the first and only library in her school and village. Ronne Partoriza is a University of Hawai'i Manoa alumni. She was born in Quezon City, Philippines. Prior to serving in the Peace Corps, she worked as an At-risk Youth Counselor, early childhood educator in Texas, and Bank Secrecy Act and Compliance Specialist in Honolulu. Ronne is a regular volunteer at the Honolulu Museum of Arts. She loves the arts, music, and literature. 


Board Member, Events Coordinator


Jean Thoulag 
(Ulithi Atoll, Yap, Micronesia 1977-79) 
Jean served as an elementary and  high school ESL teacher from 1977-1979 on Faderay and Falalop in Ulithi Atoll in the outer islands of Yap,  Micronesia.  Her secondary project was library development. Following her Peace Corps service, she remained in Micronesia for 35 years enjoying a career in teaching, educational administration, and libraries while also raising a family with her late husband, Bernard.  More recently she completed a master degree  in library and information science and is a collection assessment librarian at the University of Hawaii at 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 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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