Incoming Class and Past Alumni

Click on each student's name to read about the student's Peace Corps assignment. Each student's thesis is available in PDF format on their page. Some student pages have quite a few images and may take a while to load if you have a slow connection.

2012

  • Kyle Fredrickson, headed to Mexico in March, 2014
    Film Studies major, Spanish minor, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
  • Noah Goyke, headed to Paraguay
    Biological Sciences major, Chemistry minor, College of Saint Scholastica

2011

  • Fahimeh Baziari, in Ghana
    Biological Sciences major, Michigan State University
  • Justin Gelb, in Burkina Faso
    Environmental Biology major, Fort Lewis College

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2000

  • Kara Filius, Ukraine
    Music Theory and Composition major, Central Michigan University
    Thesis: 100% Inventory Methods for Urban Parks in Khimelnitsky, Ukraine and Appendix F is a separate pdf file.
    First Job: Forestry Technician - USDA Forest Service, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Next Job: Head District Timber Marker, Huron-Manistee National Forest, USDA Forest Service. Current Job: Prep / Admin Forester for the Northern Hills Ranger District, Black Hills NF.
  • Jennifer Papillo, Paraguay
    Geography Major, University of Delaware
    Coursework Option
    First Job: Environmental Educator and Field Studies Coordinator at the Ashland Nature Center of the Delaware Nature Society. Recently Environmental Educator, White Clay Creek State Park, Delaware, Program Coordinator for Cultural and Historical Interpretation at the Judge Morris Estate, Delaware State Parks Currently Castleruddery Organic Farm, West Wicklow, Ireland and Natural Areas/Ecotourism Consultant.

1999

1998

1997

  • Josh Amend, Tanzania
    American Studies major, Carleton College
    First job: Worked for North Wind Environmental in Wyoming after graduation, then Technical Forestry Services in Greybull, Wyoming. Currently: Extension Forester, Division of Forestry in Florida
    Thesis: Risk and Coffee Production in Mhaji, Tanzania
  • Willy Heist, Ghana
    Exercise/Health Science major, Psychology minor, Alma College
    Thesis:
     Community Tree Nurseries in Ghana, West Africa: A Case Study of the Collaborative Community Forestry Initiative (CCFI) 
    First Job: Content Analysis Team of the Forest Service in Salt Lake City. Then employed by DCgreenworks in the Washington DC area. Certified arborist as of March 2004. After that, a tree care consultant with The Care of Trees. Currently an urban forester for the District of Columbia
  • Alec Jarvis, Paraguay
    Botany major, Miami University, Ohio
    Thesis: 
    Paraguayan Tung (Aleurites fordii Hemsl.): An Important Small Farmer Crop Diversification Strategy 
    First Job: Fall of 2001 working in El Salvador with the Crisis Corps, a part of Peace Corps. Non-timber asset operations assistant for Hancock Land. Then: Regional Land Manager, UPC Wind Management, LLC, Portland ME. 
    Currently: Senior Associate, Kleinschmidt and Associates..
  • Lynne Kraskouskas, Gabon
    Geology major, Bryn Mawr College
    Coursework option.
    First Job:
    Living proof that one can never have enough education, has completed a nursing degree. Now a nurse in Massachusetts.
  • Kristen Rahn Thrall, Paraguay
    Visual Arts major, Albion College
    Thesis: Cultural Assessment of Reforestation Practices in Rural Eastern Paraguay 
    First Job: Content Analysis Team, USDA Forest Service in Missoula Montana.  Then part of the USDA Forest Service Recreational Solutions enterprise management team as a recreation forester in Troy, Montana. Currently Recreation Program Coordinator, Huron-Manistee National Forest.

1996

Other Michigan Tech Peace Corps Volunteers

  • Amy Collick, Madagascar
  • Dave and Nancy Canavera, Brazil
  • Dan Malueg, Nepal
  • Mike Tighe, Paraguay
  • Tom Brayak, India
  • Michelle Laskowski, El Salvador
  • Eric Wergeland, China
  • Patti Burns, Cameroon
  • Aidan Gullickson, Cameroon
  • Mark Holden,
  • Greg Mullen, Lesotho
  • Jonathon D. Colman, Burkina Faso
  • Marla Rader, Ecuador
  • Blair Orr, Lesotho