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. 

 

 

 

Corey Higel is the Vice President of the RPCVs of Colorado and took on the role in 2015. Corey served in Cambodia from 2011-2013 as a Health Extension Volunteer. During Corey’s service he worked on community outreach with the local health center and helped develop a small nutritious porridge shop to help serve children in the surrounding areas. His favorite time was “Angkouy Langing” (ask him about it) at dusk and eating more rice and mangos than you can shake a stick at. Corey currently works for Xcel Energy doing gas engineering and operations.

 

 

 

Matthew Alvarez-Rysavy is the Treasurer of the RPCVs of Colorado, taking on this role in 2015. Matthew served in Niger from 2004-2006 as a Natural Resource Management Volunteer. During his service he worked on food security, access to markets, and environmental education. He misses the sand and millet. Matthew currently works for the state of Colorado in education.

 

 

 

 

 

Callen Blackburn is the Social Events Chair and took over the position in 2016. She served in Senegal from 2013-2015 where she worked on preventative health education and learned to dance like the locals. Callen's favorite project during her time in Senegal was running an after-school reproductive health program for middle school students. Proud to be a Colorado Native, Callen is looking to work in public health here in Denver and runs her own photography business.

 

 

 

 

Laura Getz is the Special Events Chair and took on this role in 2016. She served in Costa Rica from 2013-2015 where she was a youth development volunteer in a small, rural, coffee producing community in the mountains. Laura misses the multiple cafecito breaks, creating ceramic tile murals with the community and eating bolehelados underneath the shade of her mango tree. Laura currently works as a social worker at a nonprofit serving unemployed and underemployed families.

 

 

 

 

Samantha Ginsburg is the Service Project Chair, joining the team as of June 2016. Samantha served as a Youth Development volunteer in Zagora, Morocco from 2012 to 2014. During her time in the desert, she worked with youth of all ages, and especially enjoyed the carnivals put together in collaboration with the youth leaders. After COS, she joined the HealthCorps team with a community health center in the Aurora area, and now works there as a clinical care coordinator.

 

 

 

Valerie Hopkins is the Webmaster and also handles grants from the Don Curtis Giving Fund. She has served on the Board since 2009. 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 Kellie Thompson is the Welcome Wagon Action Team Chair and has served in this position since 2015. She is a native a Colorado and after graduating from CSU, she was a Community Health volunteer in Ecuador from 2010-2012. While teaching about nutrition and family planning in a rural indigenous village in the mountains, she managed to learn a little Kichwa and not get too sunburned. She now works at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless at the Stout Street Health Center.

 

 

 

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