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Current Fellows

Ramona Dowdell

is a North Carolina native, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, she served as a Youth Development Volunteer working on grassroots community organizing and developing a suite of life-skills trainings for youth. As Peaceworker Fellow, Ramona will pursue a Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland Baltimore, and will serve at Lakeland Elementary Middle School in the new STEAM Center.

Becky

Becky Morrison

a Philly area native, currently resides in Annapolis, MD.  She joins us from Peace Corps, where she most recently worked as a Placement and Assessment Specialist.  She served as a volunteer in China from 2009-2011 after graduating from Notre Dame de Namur University, and will pursue a Masters in Professional Studies in the Applied Sociology program at UMBC.  Becky will work with the Office of Student Life coordinating service and volunteerism programming on campus.

Eleanor Brasfield

is recently back from her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia where she worked on food security and agricultural projects. A native of Manchester, Maryland, Eleanor is a graduate of Catholic University. As a Peaceworker fellow, she will pursue a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Communication at UMBC and will serve at the Walden Circle Community Center running after-school programming for kids.

Lucy

Lucy Hernandez

is a New York native, and received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University. Lucy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua working on Community Health Education.  She will pursue dual Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Maryland Baltimore.  As a Peaceworker, she will serve at Lakeland Elementary Middle School working closely with Latino immigrant families.

Ciara Christian

is from Springfield, Ohio. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she taught English and created systems to support Peace Corps Volunteers of Color. Ciara graduated from Howard University. As a Peaceworker fellow, she will pursue a Masters of Arts in Applied Sociology at UMBC. She will serve here on campus in 2 roles: to lead the Grand Challenges Scholars program in the Engineering Department and conduct research on applied experiences in higher education and their effects on building affective skills for students.

Michael

Michael Hassett

joins us from New Castle, PA.  He graduated from La Roche College with a dual degree in History and Political Science. He has completed two terms with AmeriCorps working with inner-city youth in Pittsburgh.  As a Peaceworker Fellow, he will coordinate the Commodore to College initiative at Commodore John Rogers School in Baltimore City.  Michael recently returned from his Peace Corps service in Tonga and will pursue a Masters of Public Policy at UMBC.

Adrianna Neuenschwander

is originally from Reading, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Her work there focused on teaching English classes to students and training local teachers on student-centered teaching practices. Adrianna will purse a Masters of Arts in TESOL. As a Peaceworker Fellow, she will serve as the English Language reading and writing tutor in the English Language Institute here at UMBC.

Ryan

Ryan Good

is a graduate of Wright State University and joins us from Springfield, Ohio.  Ryan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia, and will pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching ESOL at UMBC.  Ryan’s service placement will be coordinating a new partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps working on strategic diversity recruitment for the Peace Corps at UMBC and other regional institutions and assisting with our Peace Corps Prep program.

Christopher Upchurch

is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He served in the Peace Corps in Panama as a Tourism and English Advising Volunteer. In Panama, he taught English to children and adults, and worked to strengthen local cooperatives. Chris will pursue a Masters of Arts in TESOL at UMBC. As a Peaceworker Fellow, he will serve as the Commodore to College Coordinator at the Commodore John Rogers School in Baltimore City.

Morgan

Morgan Bowers

is a Washington D.C. native, and recently completed her Peace Corps service in Guinea.  As a Peaceworker, she will pursue a Masters in Social Work with a focus on community organizing at the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Morgan is a graduate of Spellman College. She will serve with In, For, Of (a nonprofit dedicated to thoughtful community organizing in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore).

Michaela

Michaela Barnhart

joins us from Tirana, Albania where she was working as a Science teacher.  After graduating from Guilford College, Michaela served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia, and will pursue a Masters of Art in STEM education.  She will serve with the SUCCESS program here at UMBC supporting young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Jonathan Yoe

is a native Baltimorean raised in nearby Irvington! He is a graduate of UMBC, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. As a volunteer, Jonathan led trainings for children and adolescents to improve relationships and built capacity for arts festivals and health trainings. As a Peaceworker Fellow, Jonathan will pursue a Masters in Economic Policy Analysis here at UMBC. He will serve in Delegate Brooke Lierman’s Office organizing Latino communities in Baltimore.

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