Board Members

Our Board Members

     Sherry Manning had been the President of the RPCVs of Colorado since May of 2012. She served as a environmental volunteer in the Philippines from 2006-2008 and dedicated her service to helping her indigenous host family establish their ancestral land as a leading eco-tourism destination and organic farming training center. She is also the Executive Director of Friends of ENCA Farm a non-profit that helps support the work of ENCA Farm in the Philippines, www.encaorganicfarm.com.
 
  Valerie Hopkins is the Vice President, handling grants and also serves as the Webmaster. Valerie served as an Education Volunteer in Samoa from 1999-2001 and got to experience the last sunset of the millennium on a beach. She taught computer studies to high school students and now currently works in IT here in Denver.
 
     Brian Palmeri is serving as our group's Treasurer.  Brian served alongside his wife in St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean from 2009-11.  As a Youth Development Volunteer he developed a mens personal development program and worked at an elementary school.  Brian currently works at a Denver-based non-profit that helps people better understand and reach their financial goals.  Brian also enjoys cycling, cooking, ice hockey and living a frugal lifestyle.
 
    Arianne Burger serves as the Secretary for RPCVCO and has served on the board in different capacities since 2007. She served as an Economic Development volunteer in the Republic of Kazakhstan from 1999-2001, assisting the national office of Junior Achievement of Kazakhstan and teaching at KIMEP University.  Ask her about jazz in Central Asia, if you want to know more about her secondary project. She works as the recruiter for Adams 14 School District and is always looking for great teachers and administrators!  
 
  Casey Burnette is the Service Project Chair and has served in this position since January of 2009. From 2002-2004 she served as a Youth Development Volunteer on the island of Pentecost in Vanuatu. She trained youth to run AIDS/HIV workshops, taught English and in high-value crop production. She loved living on a small island in the South Pacific, growing her own food and weaving mats with the locals. Casey now owns a consignment boutique called Ali's Closet.
 
    Amanda (Mandi) Horvath is the Welcome Wagon Action Team Chair. She served in Paraguay as an Environmental Education Volunteer from 2007-2010 and earned her masters through the Masters International program at the University of Colorado Denver. While serving she worked with the local youth to form an environmental youth group to promote conservation around her town in Paraguay and focused her masters on water education and conservation. She enjoys birdwatching, running, and spending time outdoors. She now works as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
 
  Becca Lipman is the Social Events Chair and has served in this position since fall of 2011.  She served in Albania from 2008-2010 as a Community Youth Development Volunteer.  In service her favorite activities included helping to start a summer camp and country wide youth clubs called Outdoor Ambassadors that encourages kids to think about and get out into the environment and helping to organize a Model United Nations program in which over 150 students learned about world issues.  Since returning to the States, she has gotten her teaching license in Secondary Social Studies and Language Arts and now teaches 6th grade at Merrill Middle School in Denver. 
 
  Randy Monson has been the Membership Chair since 2008 and liaises with the Fort Collins RPCV community. He served as a TEFL teacher in Cote d’Ivoire from 1978-1980 where his lesson plans included improvised conversations between Bob Marley and Mohammed Ali. He still cultivates an extensive African music collection, though no longer dances to disco. Currently, Randy is CFO of Envirofit International, a social enterprise leading the development and distribution of clean cookstoves.
 
  Suzanne Smith is the Advocacy Chair and has served in this position since spring 2012. Suzanne served as a Health Extension Volunteer in Mongolia from 2005 to 2007, where she enjoyed the cold winters but was always grateful for the warm summers. Suzanne now works for a Denver-based nonprofit that supports Community Health Centers.