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Current Fellows

Travis Lageman

is originally from New York state and served as a Science Education Volunteer and Volunteer Trainer in Ghana from 2015-2017. He will be studying for a Masters of Public Policy at UMBC and serving at The Baltimore City Department of Public Works building a new initiative called Neighborhood Grow Centers .

Danielle Lew

comes originally from California and as a Peace Corps Volunteer served as an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Indonesia. She will study for a Masters of Clinical Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and serve with one of our long-standing partners at the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, in the Homeless Services Division.

Ilana Hipshman

comes from Portland Oregon originally. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked in  Community Health programs in Nicaragua. She will pursue a Masters of Social Work in the Macro and Community Organizing Track at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and will partner with James McHenry Elementary Middle School in their office of the Community Schools Coordinator.

Emmanuel Ekekwe

joins us from Washington DC where he has worked for Peace Corps headquarters for the past three years. Emmanuel served in the Peace corps in both Mali as a Youth Development Coordinator and later in Cameroon as a TEFL instructor. He will be pursuing a Masters in Intercultural Communication here at UMBC and serving as the coordinator of the Walden Circle Community Center.

 

Phillip McKnight

a Maryland native, served as a Green Initiative Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica from 2015-2017. He will pursue a Masters in Instruction Systems Development with a focus on Mindfulness in Schools; His Peaceworker placement will be at the Patterson Park Audubon Center.

Jay McNairn

Originally from Louisiana, Jay just recently returned from Peace Corps service in The Republic of Moldova as a Health Educator. He will pursue a masters in Intercultural Communication at UMBC, studying the intersection between religion and technology in the modern world and serve with the Commodore John Rogers school, working to encourage interest and access to higher education for students.

Jaleel Johnson

Is a Maryland native who served as an English teacher and trainer in Costa Rica from 2014-2016. He will study for a Masters of Science in Emergency Health Services and serve as the UMBC Strategic Campus Recruiter for the Peace Corps and Peace Corps Prep Coordinator.

Joe Mayhew

comes originally from Catonsville, MD but joins us most recently from Seattle, WA. He served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as a Community Economic Development volunteer. As a Peaceworker, Joseph will pursue a Masters in TESOL here at UMBC and will also serve at the Commodore John Rogers school in East Baltimore.

Kaitlin Benner-Kenagy

hails from Seattle, WA and served in the Peace Corps as TEFL Volunteer in Azerbaijan. While a Peaceworker, Kaitlin will pursue a Masters in Elementary Education and TEFL at Loyola University of Maryland and will have dual service placements as a coordinator for the Sondheim Scholars Program and with the College JUMP program, which creates college pathways for refugee youth.

Kiplyn Jones

hails originally from Florida, but has most recently been living in Baltimore working with the Reading Partners program. Her time in the Peace Corps was spent as a Youth Development Volunteer in Indonesia. As a Peaceworker, she will pursue a Masters in Public Policy here at UMBC and coordinate the Grand Challenge Scholars program.

Magee Morales

joins us from Washington, DC where she has worked as a public school teacher and leader. She served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic  as a Community Economic Development volunteer. As a Peaceworker she will pursue a Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland Baltimore and serve with the Lakeland STEAM Center.

Rachel Wallace

joins us most recently from Callaway Maryland. In the Peace Corps, Rachel served as an agriculture volunteer in Paraguay. She will pursue a Masters in Education with a focus on Art Education here at UMBC and will coordinate a new initiative to engage young people from the region in arts programming at UMBC as a pathway to college access.

Tim Mallard

comes originally from New Hampshire and served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia as a health volunteer. While a Peaceworker he will pursue a Masters of Arts in TESOL at UMBC and work with the English Language Institute.

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