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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.

Erica Peery

comes originally from Michigan and served in the Peace Corps as a Community Health Volunteer in Senegal. She will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at UMBC and will serve with the Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) in their Washington, DC office, working on policy related to Early Childhood Education.

 

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.

David Schmidt

hails originally from Miami Florida, and served as an English Teacher in Peace Corps Nicaragua from 2014-2017. He will pursue a Masters in TESOL and serve as the Immigrant Liaison in the office of Baltimore City Council First District Representative, Zeke Cohen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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