Board Members

Our Board Members

  Suzanne Smith is the President of the RPCVs of Colorado, taking on this role in May 2015. Suzanne served in the role of Advocacy Chair from 2012 through 2015 and will continue to head up many of the advocacy efforts for the RPCVs of Colorado while in the role of President. 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.
  Valerie Hopkins is the Webmaster and also handles grants from the Don Curtis Giving Fund. 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.
    Arianne Burger works on Special Projects 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.
  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.

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