2021 (28th) Cohort
Anna McClain hails from Durham, NC. She served in the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Ghana and will be studying Environmental Engineering. Her service placement will be via the iCARES program at UMBC.
David Demarest is joining us from metro Boston, MA. He served in the Peace Corps in Botswana as a Life Skills Educator. He will be studying for a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a secondary Social Studies certification and serving with the Charlesmead initiative for Arts Education.
Lydia Sannella comes from just north of San Francisco, CA. She served in the Peace Corps in Kosovo with the municipal Department of Culture, Youth, & Sport and with a women’s rights organization. She will be studying Applied Sociology and serving with UMBC’s food access partnership, Retriever Essentials.
Julissa Gómez Ruvalcaba comes from Northern California. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru where she was a youth development volunteer. She will be studying Applied Sociology and serving with the Choice program.
Valerie Navarro Pasión is from Baltimore County, MD and served in Peace Corps Paraguay as an environmental education and conservation volunteer. She will be studying Geography and Environmental Systems and serving with the Patterson Park Audubon Center.
Brandi Muller will be joining us from Washington, DC. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she was a community economic development volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She will be studying Community Leadership and serving with the Mayor’s office of Children and Family Success.
Ray McKetty is joining us from Greenville, SC. As a Peace Corps Volunteer he was a primary literacy advisor in Jamaica. He will be studying Community Leadership and serving with the McNair Scholars Program.
Markya Reed comes from Hanover, MD and served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica as a youth development promoter. She will be studying Applied Sociology and her placement is with UMBC’s Center for Democracy and Civic Life.
Imani Davis is joining us from Washington, DC. She served in the Peace Corps in Kenya where she was a public health volunteer. She will be studying for a Masters of Social Work and serving with the Baltimore City Mayor’s office of Homeless Services.
Tamara Buchanan grew up in Connecticut but will be joining us from the DC area. Her Peace Corps service was in Botswana where she was a local government capacity builder. She will be studying for a Masters in Public Policy and serving with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance.
Grant Clifton comes from Fresno, CA. As a Peace Corps volunteer he served in Indonesia as a Secondary Education English Teacher volunteer. He will be studying for a masters in TESOL and serving with the English Language Institute at UMBC.
2020 (27th) Cohort
April Cropper joins us from Columbia, MD. She served in the Peace Corps in Panama as a Community Environmental Conservation Volunteer; as a Peaceworker she is supporting Baltimore’s Soccer Without Borders program and studying for a degree in Instructional Systems Design.
Alexandra DeCraene comes from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, Alexandra taught secondary education. She is pursuing a Public Policy degree at UMBC and serving with the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP).
Elizabeth Garcia is a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Republic of Georgia in the Community Economic Development program. She is studying for a Masters of Social Work at UMB and completing her Peaceworker placement with the Lakeland Community and STEAM Center.
Keenan Hickman comes most recently from San Francisco, California. He served in the Peace Corps in Indonesia as a TEFL volunteer; at UMBC he will pursue a degree in Community Leadership and he is serving as the coordinator for the Walden Circle Community Center.
Faith Kamei is a UMBC alum who is returning after serving in the Peace Corps in Peru as a Youth Development Volunteer; she is pursuing a Masters in Social Work and is serving with the Commodore John Rogers Elementary-Middle School.
Samantha Stowers comes originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She served for three years in Peace Corps Nicaragua, first as a Small Business Development volunteer and then as a volunteer leader. She is studying for a degree in Social Work and serving with the Newcomer Support Team of Baltimore City Public Schools.
Amy Soukup comes from Backus, Minnesota. She served in Peace Corps Albania as a Community Economic Development volunteer. She is completing a Masters in Economic Policy Analysis while she works with the Baltimore City Mayor’s office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA).