Jake Carpenter served in Uganda as a health volunteer working in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) from 2011-2013. Jake grew up near Warner Robins, Georgia and holds engineering degrees from Mercer University and the University of South Florida, where he was part of the the Peace Corps Masters International program. Jake works full-time with US Environmental Protection Agency in enforcement of regulations under the Clean Air Act, though he also continues some part-time consulting work in international WASH. Jake and Candy Girod (Secretary of AARPCV) met while they both were serving in Uganda and are engaged to be married in 2016. They live near East Atlanta Village.
Candy Girod is a native of New York. She served as a Health Volunteer in Uganda from 2012-2014 doing business training, HIV teaching materials development, and menstrual hygiene education. She moved to Atlanta upon returning to the United States. Candace is currently a graduate student at Rollins School of Public Health and does research on menstrual hygiene management in low resource settings. Candace enjoys playing the bass, rock climbing, and general merriment.
Amber Davis served as a Family Hillside Farming Volunteer in Honduras from 2002-2004. A native Georgian, Amber has undergrad and graduate degrees in agriculture from the University of Georgia. In addition to her role on the AARPCV Board, Amber is the RPCV Non-Competitive Eligibility Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she works as Chief of the Communities Support Section.
Brad Akers served as a health volunteer/Master's International student in Madagascar from 2011-2013, where he worked on water- and sanitation-related projects as well as general health education with local community health volunteers. After finishing his Master's degree (environmental engineering, University of South Florida) based on work done in Madagascar, he moved to Atlanta, where he lives with his wife, a fellow RPCV. Brad also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Clemson University in his native South Carolina, and currently works as an environmental engineer in the air division at the US Environmental Protection Agency (special thanks to non-competitive eligibility and proponents of it at the Agency).
Nick Reynolds served as a TEFL Volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2008. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and got his undergraduate degree from Macalester College in American Studies. Following his service in Peace Corps, Nick attended the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and earned his master's degree in International Development. He currently serves as the Atlanta Community Manager for Idealist.org and works as the Chief of Staff for State Representative Erica Thomas. In his free time, Nick is an avid marathon and ultra marathon runner and loves to bake.
Kim served as a Rural Aquaculture Program volunteer in Zambia from 2010-2013, where she trained small-scale farmers about the fundamentals and potential benefits of fish farming. Kim is from Omaha, Nebraska and earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska. Kim recently moved to Atlanta and works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a scientist in the pesticides program. In her spare time, Kim enjoys hiking and playing soccer.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa Mary Novotny lead teams which developed the first national curriculum in environmental conservation for the Ministry of Education and created an exhibition on the environment for the Gambia National Museum. She is passionate about local foods and food security and worked previously as the director of the Heckscher Farm for Children at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut and the Heritage Farm Museum in Metro Washington D.C. Mary currently is the NPCA Advocacy Coordinator for Georgia and volunteer coordinator for the American Alliance of Museums 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta
Bob Gerzoff served as math and science teacher in an isolated mountain village in Nepal from 1976-1979. Since 1993, he has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a statistician and researcher. He currently works as the team lead in the Office on Smoking and Health. Bob is responsible for maintaining our emails lists and generally keeping us in line.