Peace Corps

Meet Our Alumni

Alumni Achievement Award    

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented each year to a Graduate of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program in recognition of exemplary service, significant contributions, and achievements in the field of community development. 

  • Donna Raynalds, 2002
  • Charlie French, 2003
  • Heather Atkinson, 2004
  • Christian Tscheschlok, 2005

Alumni (A-M)

Shannon Alley

  • Health - MS
  • Uganda - 1997-1999
  • Gallatin County Health - 2002-2003

Eric Anderson

  • Geography - MA
  • Kenya - 1999-2001
  • Western Illinois Regional Council - 2005-2006

Frank Anderson

  • Political Science - MA
  • Honduras - 1996-1998
  • SEIRPC, Harrisburg - 2003-2004

Jaime Appelwick

  • Health - MS
  • Paraguay - 1998-2000
  • Cass County Health Department - 2002-2003

Heather Atkinson Mallozzi

  • Geography - MA
  • Nepal - 1996-1998
  • Annawan - 2001-2002

John Banon

  • Business Administration--MA
  • Macedonia 2009-2011
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County, City of Macomb

Barbara Bauman-Eavy

  • Geography - MA
  • Lesotho - 1993-1995
  • Watseka IL - 1998-1999

Rachel Bechtold

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Cameroon - 2004-2006
  • Western Illinois Regional Council 2008-2010

Rani Bhattacharyya

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Bulgaria - 2001-2004
  • IIRA, Research Assistant (GA)
  • Rural Partners, Springfield - 2006-2007

Jennifer Biggs

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration --MS
  • Panama 2005-2007
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County (GA) 2014-2015
  • Shelby IL County Partners – 2015-2016

Linda Lee Blaine

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Kyrgyz Republic - 1999-2001
  • Monmouth, IL - 2003-2004

Heath Boomhower

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration -MS
  • Costa Rica 2008-2010
  • Western Illinois Regional Council (GA) 2011-2012
  • Village of Findlay, IL, Village of Windsor, IL, 2012-2013

Jamie Burns

  • Health - MS
  • Tanzania 2013-2015
  • McDonough County Health Department (GA and Internship) 2016 - 2017

Arden Caffrey

  • Health - MS
  • Mozambique 2013-2015
  • McDonough District Hospital (GA) 2016
  • SIU School of Medicine, Office of Population Science and Policy (Internship) 2017

John Ceglarek

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
  • Ukraine 2008-2010
  • Western Illinois Museum (GA), 2012-2013
  • Petersburg, IL, 2013-2014

Cheng-Lun Chu (Tarantola)

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
  • Kyrgyz Republic 2007-2009, China 2009-2011
  • United Way, McDonough County, IL (GA), 2011-2012
  • City of Shelbyville, IL, 2012-2013

Tiffany Williams-Cobleigh

  • Sociology
  • Rwanda 2010-2012
  • IIRA Health and Housing 2013-2014
  • Rushville, IL 2014-2015

Terry Daughtery

  • EIS-MS ED
  • Bulgaria 2010-2012
  • City of Macomb, City Planner's Office (GA), 2012-2013
  • IIIRA, MAPPING the Future of Your Community, 2014

Molly Davies

  • Economics - MA
  • Romania - 2001-2003
  • Mendota/Sublette - 2005-2006

Christina Davis

  • Economics - MA
  • Zambia - 2001-2003
  • MAPPING, IIRA - 2004-2006

Brian Day

  • Economics - MA
  • Vanuatu - 2001-2003
  • IIRA, Health and Housing (GA), 2008-2009
  • Rushville, IL 2009-2010

Aaron DiMartino

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration--MS
  • Ecuador 2010-2012
  • Western Illinois Regional Council - 2014 (GA)
  • University of Illinois  - Extension 2015

Leo Dion

  • Geography - MA
  • Turkmenistan 2004-2006
  • WIU, Libraries (GA), 2010-2011
  • Henry County Economic Development Partnership - 2011-2012

Amy Eckert

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Jamaica - 1991-1994
  • Horn Field Campus (GA), 1996-1997
  • Bridgeway, Macomb IL - 1997-1998

Janelle Eggert

  • Geography - MA
  • Ghana - 1996-1999
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield IL - 2003-2004

Denise Foy

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Niger - 1996-1997
  • Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, Cairo IL - 2001-2002

Charlie French

  • Geography - MA
  • Panama - 1995-1997
  • Ashland, IL - 1998-1999

Mary Fuller

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Zambia - 2009-2012
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (GA) 2015
  • City of Hillsboro and Imagine Hillsboro - 2016

Robert Gaffney

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands - 1994-1995
  • Horn Field Campus (GA), 1996-1997
  • Nauvoo, IL - 1998-1999

Brandy Garrett

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Ghana - 1998-2000
  • Hamilton, IL - 2001-2002

Jessica Gershick

  • Health - MS
  • Belize - 2002-2004
  • WIU, Beu Health Center (GA)
  • Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis - 2006-2007

Kara Garten

  • Geography-MA
  • Bulgaria 2010-2012
  • LaMoine Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, IIRA, United Way of McDonough County (GA)
  • LaSalle, IL

John Glor

  • Geography - MS
  • Nepal - 1993-1995
  • Williamsfield/Yates City, IL - 1997-1998

Johanna Gueco

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Poland - 1997-1999
  • North Central Council of Governments, Princeton , IL - 2001-2002

Katherine Haessler

  • Geography - MA
  • Senegal - 2003-2004
  • Fulton County Highway Department - 2007-2008

Kevin Hale

  • Political Science - MA
  • Paraguay - 1996-1998
  • Highland, IL - 2000-2001

Terry Hall

  • Geography - MA
  • Tanzania - 1989-1991
  • Court Creek Watershed, Galesburg, IL - 2000-2001

Jake Hamilton

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration--MS
  • Morocco 2013-2015
  • Peace Corps at WIU (GA and Internship) 2015-2017

Jason Harris

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Costa Rica - 1992-1994
  • City of Nauvoo, IL - 1998-1999

Lyle Harris

  • Economics - MA
  • Guatemala - 1992-1994
  • City of Murphysboro - 1995-1996

Mary Hart

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
  • Nicaragua 2010-2012
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County (GA)
  • St. John's Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Sangamon County Department of Public Health - 2014-2015

Joel Haskard

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Bulgaria - 1993-1995
  • Havana, IL - 1999-2000

Cynthia Haskins

  • Political Science - MA
  • Ukraine - 1998-2000
  • City of Quincy, IL - 2002-2003

Jim Heaton

  • Economics - MA
  • Morocco - 1998-2000
  • Community Development Corporation, Rock Falls , IL - 2002-2003

Traci Heffelbower

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Bolivia - 2004-2006
  • WIU, Horn Field Campus (GA)
  • Casey, IL 2008-2009

Martha Hesla

  • Economics - MA
  • Costa Rica - 1991-1994
  • Cass County, IL - 2002-2003

Dustin Hinrichs

  • Political Science--MA
  • Panama 2002-2004
  • City of Macomb, City Planner's Office (GA)
  • Trees Forever - 2010-11

Danielle Hoekwater

  • Health Science - MS
  • Ethiopia 2008-2011
  • WIU Beu Health Center (GA)
  • St. John's Hospital

Mary Honer

  • Geography - MA
  • Nepal - 1994-1996
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Wilmington, IL - 1999-2000

Kent Jarcik

  • Geography - MA
  • Slovakia - 1994-1997
  • Pike County, IL - 1999-2000

Scott Johnson

  • Economics - MA
  • Ghana - 1992-1993
  • City of Carthage, IL - 1995-1996

Angela Johnson

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Bulgaria - 1996-1998
  • Webster, SD - 1999-2000

John Juliano

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration-MS
  • Kenya 2008-2010, Republic of Georgia 2012
  • Western Illinois Museum, Horn Field Campus (GA), 2013-2014
  • Neoga, IL 2014-2015

Shawn Kaskie

  • Geography - MA
  • Papua New Guinea - 1999-2000
  • Blackhawk Hills, RC&D, Rock Falls, IL - 2003-2004

Bob Kazmierski

  • Geography - MA
  • Nepal - 1996-1998
  • City of Webster, SD - 2001-2002

Dave Keiser

  • Economics - MA
  • Morocco - 1998-2000
  • Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, Mount Carroll, IL - 2004-2005

Kara Kinder

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Bulgeria - 2003-2005
  • IIRA, DATA (GA)
  • West Central Illinois Art Center 2009

Jori Koffman

  • Health - MS
  • Madagascar - 1998-2000
  • Macoupin County Health Department - 2002-2003

Adam Kohlrus

  • Health--MS
  • Swaziland 2006-2008
  • WIU, Beu Health Center (GA)
  • Illinois Hospital Association - 2011-12

Ella Lehmann

  • Political Science--MA
  • Ethiopia 2013 - 2014
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (GA) 2015

Johanna Lemon

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration--MS
  • Morocco 2013-2015
  • WIU Beu Health Center 2015-2016
  • Stockton Strong, Stockton IL 2016-2017

Sirun Leng

  • Business Administration--MA
  • Togo West Africa 1996-1998  Cameroon 1198-2001
  • Western Illinois Regional Council, Transportation 2016-2017
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Cooperative Development Center 2018

Michael Louie

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Jamaica - 1997-1999
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield, IL - 2001-2002

Kim Luz

  • Health - MS
  • Moldova - 2000-2002
  • Illinois Hospital Association, Springfield, IL - 2004-2005

Phylicia Manley

  • Economics--MA
  • Paraguay, South America 2012-2014
  • Global Communities, Floreciente Neighborhood, Moline, IL 2016-2017

Eric Mattson

  • Geography- MA
  • Senegal - 2003-2005
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County (GA)
  • Fulton County Highway Department 2008-2009

Karen Mauldin-Curtis

  • Geography - MA
  • Dominican Republic - 1992-1994
  • City of Cambridge, IL - 1996-1997

Hannah Mazour-Adeponu

  • Political Science - MA
  • Bhanna 2008-2010
  • City of Macomb, City Planner's Office (GA)
  • Village of Martinsville

Mical McFarland

  • Political Science - MA
  • Moldova - 2001-2003
  • West Peoria - 2005-2006

Patrick McLaughlin

  • Geography - MA
  • Moldova - 1997-1999
  • City of DuQuion, IL - 2002-2003

Wendy McLaughlin

  • Health - MA
  • Dominican Republic - 1994-1996
  • University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL - 2002-2003

Max Miller

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Cameroon 2011-2013
  • Western Illinois Regional Council, Community and Economic Development (GA) 2015
  • Savanna IL, Historical Society NFT, 2016

Taylor Moore

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Cameroon - 1993-1995
  • City of Rochelle, IL - 1997-1998

Rebecca Moss

  • Health Sciences-MS
  • Burkina Faso 2009-20011
  • Beu Health Center (GA)
  • Knox County Health Department

 

Alumni (N-Z)

Kathryn Nees

  • Health--MS
  • Armenia 2007-2009
  • McDonough District Hospital (GA)
  • McDonough District Hospital - 2011

Michelle Norris

  • Political Science - MA
  • Ukraine - 1997-1999
  • Clark County, IL - 2003-2004

Brittany Odermann Heaton

  • Geography - MA
  • Morocco - 1999-2000
  • Cities of Marseilles/Seneca, IL - 2003-2004

Shelise Parsley

  • Business Administration--MBA
  • Ghana 1996-1998
  • LaMoine Valley Red Cross (GA)
  • Village of Teutopolis - 2011

Scott Paszkiewicz

  • Geography - MA
  • Salvador - 1996-1998
  • RC&D, Henry, IL - 1999-2000

Ursula Pike

  • Economics - MA
  • Bolivia - 1994-1996
  • Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, Cairo, IL - 1999-2000

Daniel Ramirez

  • Political Science - MA
  • Benin 2012-2014
  • City of Macomb IL, (GA and Internship) 2015-2016

Donna Raynalds

  • Geography - MA
  • Swaziland - 1994-1996
  • City of Cairo, IL - 1995-1996

Brittney Rhodes

  • Political Science-MA
  • Cambodia 2008-2010
  • WIU, WESL (GA and Internship)

John Roberts

  • Geography - MA
  • Congo - 1993-1997
  • City of Sparta, IL - 1998-1999

Marci Roberts Yospeh

  • Health - MS
  • Republic of Georgia - 2002-2004
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare, Carbondale - 2006-2007

William Rugg Jr

  • Geography - MA
  • Cameroon - 1991-1993
  • Grundy County, IL - 2000-2001

Shannon Ruh

  • Geography - MA
  • Belize - 2002-2004
  • Hoopeston - 2006-2007

Shawn Sample

  • Geography - MA
  • Slovakia - 1999-2002
  • City of Centralia, IL - 2003-2004

Angie Sanders Wierzbiki

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Malawi - 2000-2002
  • WIU, Horn Field Campus (GA)
  • U of I Extension, Fulton County Unit - 2006-2007

Shane Sawyer

  • Geography - MA
  • Tanzania - 1996-1998
  • Southwestern Illinois Regional Planning Commission, Carbondale, IL - 2001-2002

Emily Schoenfelder

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Republic of South Africa 2007-2008
  • WIU, Horn Field Campus (GA)
  • Spoon River Partnership of Economic Development - 2010-11

Daryl Scott

  • Geography - MA
  • Zimbabwe - 1994-1996
  • City of Carbon Cliff, IL - 1998-1999

Carl Seagrave

  • Geography - MA
  • Benin - 1994-1996
  • Cities of Benton/West City, IL - 1998-1999

Rebecca Shaw

  • Geography - MA
  • Lesotho - 1994-1996
  • City of Albion, IL - 1999-2000

Lance Shumway

  • Political Science - MA
  • Kazakhstan - 1998-2000
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Macomb, IL - 2004-2005

Dirk Shupe

  • Geography - MA
  • Guatemala - 1992-1994
  • Grundy County, IL - 1995-1996

Elizabeth Slack

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Jamaica - 2003-2006
  • Western Illinois Regional Council (GA)
  • Fulton County Highway Department 2008-2009

Mallory Smith

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Honduras - 1985-1987
  • Louisa County , IA - 2003-2004

David Snedeker

  • Geography - MA
  • Uganda - 1993-1995
  • City of Polo, IL - 2003-2004

Daniel Socha

  • Political Science - MA
  • Gambia
  • IIRA, Value Added Sustainable Development Center (GA)
  • Illinois Association of Community Action Agency 2010

Marc Strobbe

  • Geography - MA
  • Ecuador - 2000-2002
  • Rock Falls Community Development Corporation, Rock Falls, IL - 2004-2005

Eric Sutton

  • Business Administration--MBA
  • Niger 2007-2008
  • IIRA, RETAC
  • Villages of Stewardson & Strasburg - 2011

Tyson Terhune

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Poland, Nepal - 1998-2000/2000-2002
  • WIU, WIUM (GA)
  • Lena - 2008-2008

Sarrah (Hammon) Terhune

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Mali 2003-2004
  • Macomb Park District (GA)
  • Carroll County 2006-2007

Moses Timah

  • Health Sciences - MS
  • Guyana South America 1996-1998
  • MAPPING, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (GA), 2000-2001
  • Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone Incorporation, Cairo Illinois, 2001-2002

Brian Todd

  • Health - MS
  • Kazakhstan - 2000-2002
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of McDonough County, IL - 2004-2005

Elizabeth Toomey

  • Health Sciences--MS
  • Madagascar 2014-2015
  • WIU Beu Health Center, AOD Resource Center 2016
  • SIU School of Medicine's Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development 2017

Judy Torres

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Dominican Republic 2007-2009
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County (GA)
  • Tri-County Economic Development Alliance - 2010-11

Michael Toso

  • Health - MS
  • Niger - 2004-2006
  • IIRA, Health and Housing (GA)
  • Southern Illinois Health Care 2008-2009

Darren Treml

  • Health - MS
  • Nepal - 2000-2002
  • McDonough County Health Department, Macomb, IL - 2004-2005

Owen Trepanier

  • Geography - MA
  • Kenya - 1995-1997
  • Princeville, IL - 2000-2001

Christian Tscheschlok

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Slovakia - 1996-1999
  • City of Rock Falls, IL - 2001-2002

Kyle Turk

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Mexico - 2004-2006
  • City of Macomb, City Planner's Office (GA)
  • Cass County, IL 2009

Jessica Wade

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Suriname - 2004-2006
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County (GA)
  • Carthage, IL 2009-2010

Matthew Wakefield

  • Geography--MA
  • Morocco
  • City of Macomb, City Planner's Office, (GA)
  • Village of Dieterich - 2011-12

Brad Walker

  • Geography - MA
  • Jamaica - 1998-2000
  • American Farmland Trust, DeKalb, IL - 2003-2004

Jason Walker

  • Political Science- MA
  • Madagascar - 2001-2002
  • Volunteer NOW, Macomb, IL - 2004-2005

Blair Weaver

  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Kenya - 1994-1996
  • City of Spring Valley, IL - 1996-1997

David Weaver

  • Economics- MA
  • Albania - 2004-2006
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County (GA)
  • MAPPING the Future of Your Community 2008

Nicole Weigand

  • Geography- MA
  • China - 2004-2006
  • IIRA, Transportation (GA)
  • Carbondale Community Arts 2008-2009

Catherine Westerlund

  • Health/Gerontology - MS
  • Jamaica - 1994-1997
  • Golden/Adams County, IL - 1998-1999

Paul Wierzbicki

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Micronesia - 2001-2003
  • Macomb Park District (GA)
  • Southwestern Illinois RC&D, Inc./Illinois Department of Natural Resources - 2004-2005

Shana Wiley

  • Health - MS
  • Romania - 2000-2002
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare, Carbondale - 2007-2008

Kevin Williamson

  • Geography - MA
  • Nepal - 1995-1997
  • City of Highland, IL - 2002-2003

Robert Wood

  • Geography - MA
  • Romania, Albania - 1998-2001/2003-2005
  • Morrison - 2007-2008

 Lexie Woodward

  • Recreatioin, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Nicaragua 2010-2012
  • Peace Corps Prep (GA) 2014-2015
  • City of Lanark IL - 2015-2016

Yemiymah Yisra'el

  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration - MS
  • Panama 2006-2010
  • Housing Authority of McDonough County - 2011-12