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Staff Changes at PC Ecuador including New Country Director

Staff Changes at PC Ecuador including New Country Director

Here is some important news from Peace Corps Ecuador. Peace Corps Ecuador will live some transitions this coming month of November 2013, all the directing American positions will be renewed.  We are very excited about the opportunity of receiving new people in our country and share new experiences in our Post, but at the same time it is hard to say good-bye to great people that had shared so much knowledge with our post these last years.

Parmer Heacox our Country Director for three years now, has been offered the opportunity to be transferred to the Post in Peru until 2017, to take over the existing Country Director, Sanjay Mathur.  The person that will be taking his place will be Alexis Vaughn.  Here is some information about her:

Alexis Vaughn has held senior leadership positions in the corporate and not for profit sectors around the world for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she was Vice President – Management & CFO of the Kauffman Foundation, a private foundation in Kansas City dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation, Alexis had responsibility for business operations and general management at the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, respectively. Throughout her international career, Alexis has moved fluidly between the corporate and not for profit sectors, focusing on organizational management, strategy development and implementation, and achieving financial targets.

In addition to the aforementioned organizations, Alexis’ not for profit experience includes Peace Corps service in Honduras, and economic development with the Golden LEAF Foundation in North Carolina. Corporate experience includes sales and marketing at IBM and executive positions at Citibank, where she worked globally as part of the Emerging Markets leadership team, including a return to Honduras to serve as President of Citibank Honduras. She has also worked in: Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, Hungary, Brazil, and Argentina.

Alexis earned her MBA in General Management from the Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Consortium Fellow, Sarah Lee Scholar, and Entrepreneurial Award grant winner. Her interests include the arts, travel and cooking, all of which she is excited to explore in Ecuador!

Also our DMO, Joshua Cuscaden will be leaving Ecuador by mid-November.  He has been offered the great opportunity of opening a new Post in Kosovo.  His replacement is not define yet, the only thing we know is that he/she will be arriving by mid January 2014.

And as Dana Platin our former DPT left Ecuador in May, we will be receiving in Ecuador our new DPT, Greg Jacobs by mid-November.  Here is some information about him:

An international development expert with 17 years of experience working on five continents in more than 25 countries. Demonstrated ability to oversee complex programs, solve development challenges and lead teams to success. At Chemonics International, oversaw the recently ended $84 million USAID/Peru Alternative Development Program (PDA) and provided leadership and support for a range of projects and proposals across the Latin America and Caribbean region. Also led the company’s Private Sector Development Practice, providing technical support and mentorship to 30 Chemonics private sector development projects across the globe. Previously managed 36 individuals at CARANA Corporation’s Washington DC office and in several countries in Latin America. Also co-led the company’s market linkages unit to develop trade and investment connections and strategic alliances with buyers and partners for CARANA’s projects across the globe. Prior to that, led several initiatives focused on private sector development at Crimson Capital, managed more than 15 development projects, and opened a Washington DC office, leading outreach to government clients and business partners. Early in his career, Mr. Jacobs spent four and half years as a volunteer on the ground in Namibia and Armenia, working directly with local professionals, business leaders, and government officials to coordinate local economic development, private-public partnerships, and capacity building programs. Awarded a Sargent Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship in 2001. Holds M.P.S from University of Maryland Baltimore County and a B.A. from Colorado College. Speaks fluent Spanish and Czech as well as former competencies in French and Armenian.

News from Peace Corps Ecuador

News from Peace Corps Ecuador

Peace Corps Ecuador Update – 9/27/2012
Parmer Heacox – Country Director

In its 50st year Peace Corps Ecuador currently hosts 160 Volunteers in the following project areas:  Community Health/HIV-AIDS Prevention, Youth and Family Development, Natural Resources, and TEFL.  In all of these project areas Volunteers may  also elect to concentrate in leadership development, food security, community banking/financial management and small enterprise development.  Additionally, Volunteers draw on each other and all project areas  because as all RPCVs know, we may find ourselves working in secondary activities we never imagined.  We encourage our Volunteers to participate in Technical Exchanges to learn from other Volunteers in the field and more and more, Volunteers are tapping into resources and information on line.  Peace Corps has changed tremendously since its beginning but we still hold close to people to people relationships as our strategy for development and change. Read More »

PCV Project Seeks Support: less than $400 needed

1_thPCV Sarah Reichle is seeking support for a “Recycling Competition and World Map at a Local High School.” As of May 27, 2013, she needed less than $400 to reach her goal. Donations can be made through the Peace Corps Partnerships website. Read on for more details about the project. June 7 Update: The project appears to have been fully funded, thanks in part to our appeal. The link above may no longer be active but read on about the project and we hope to have more news about it in the future!

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2013 VAC Calendars

2013 VAC Calendars

Once again, we supported the Peace Corps volunteer community in Ecuador with their annual calendar sales. This year we were able to sell nearly $700 of calendars on our site to support worthy grassroots projects in Ecuador and help the volunteers sell out of all their calendars! We will provide you with an update on what projects those sales supported, and when the 2014 calendar is available later this year, we plan on making them available again through our site. We have seen some of the photos volunteers are putting together for the 2014 calendar, and it once again promises to be beautiful. If you missed this year’s selection of photos, check our Flickr stream for the full set of pictures.