Samantha (Sam) Temple joined the RPCV Colorado board as Vice President in May 2022 and became President in January 2023. Sam served alongside her husband in Tanzania 2012-2014 as an Environment Education and Sustainable Agriculture volunteer. Sam has resided in Denver since her return from service and keeps her connection to East Africa close through her work and research. As the co-founder/Director of a Denver-based international organization, the East Africa Fund, Sam works with a network of local NGOs in East Africa to improve and promote the development of the third sector. While based in the U.S., Sam works to educate funders, donors, and development professionals on the importance of local partnerships and local ownership. As a researcher, lecturer, and PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Denver, Sam studies USAID policy and teaches courses in nonprofit management and international development. She is completing her Phd in Public Affairs and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. When not working Sam is gardening with her two-year old Simon.
Savanna Berezniak joined the RPCV board as Vice President in March 2023. She served in Madagascar as an Education Volunteer 2010-2012. Following completion of her Peace Corps service, Savanna returned to her home state of Colorado, where she continued to work in education for 8 years until the birth of her son. Savanna completed a Peace Corps Virtual Service Project in 2023, supporting Cameroonian NGO as a social media consultant. She is currently a student at CSU Global, where she is earning a Graduate Level Certificate in Project Management that will probably turn into a MBA. Savanna enjoys getting outside to hike, garden, or snowboard, as well as spending as much time as possible with her family.
Sarah LaBounty joined the RPCV Colorado board as Secretary in December 2023. Sarah served alongside her husband in Romania (2011-2013) as a Teacher Trainer and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. She recently worked to pass legislation in Colorado allowing all RPCVs to receive in-state tuition and is now helping RPCVs in other states do the same. In her free time, Sarah likes to travel, camp, and spend time with loved ones.
Randy Monson is both treasurer and 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.
Christina Thomas joined the RPCV Colorado Board as the Southern Colorado Representative in March 2023. She served as a Community Development volunteer in Ukraine from 2011-2013. Christina works in Community Relations for Northrop Grumman, one of the largest Aerospace and Defense companies in the world. She manages grant making and employee volunteerism opportunities for a nine-state area in the U.S. focusing on K-12 STEM education for underrepresented populations, support of U.S. service members and veterans, health and human services initiatives for communities in need and environmental justice and conservation programming. She holds a Master of Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State’s School of Sustainability and an MBA with a focus in international business from Tennessee Tech. In her free time, Christina loves to explore Colorado’s nearly 10,000 miles of mountain bike trails and volunteer as a ride guide for the Colorado Springs’s Women’s Mountain Bike Association (WMBA). She also plays indoor and outdoor soccer, both women’s as well as coed – which she gets to do with her husband and adult children!
Niza Volair has been active in the RPCV community since moving to Denver in 2016. They have served as Events Chairperson and as Denver Metro Regional Representative. They host monthly happy hours and also plan special events such as dinners, yoga classes, storytelling nights, trivia competitions, summer picnics, and holiday parties. Niza works in engineering management and just earned a Masters in Computer Science in 2023. They enjoy using technology to coordinate events and bring folx closer together. Niza loves to stay active and you can find them practicing yoga, rock climbing, paddle boarding, going to concerts, dancing, making art, and occasionally, taking a nap with their two tuxedo cats. They love welcoming new folx into the community and are a great resource to contact if you would like to get more involved in the RPCV community.