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AmeriCorps/Peace Corps

Panel Discussion Featuring:
AmeriCorps Members and Peace Corps Volunteers

Are you looking for meaningful work after you graduate?
Learn about AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps at one event!

February 28, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Viking Union Room 552

  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - AmeriCorps Members talk about their experiences and give tips
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Peace Corps Volunteers will share their experiences

Both sessions will be followed by questions and answers.
To find out more, check back on the Career Services website for details:, call the center at (360) 650-3240, or stop by OM 280!

Print off an event flyer HERE

AmeriCorps Panelists

My name is Brian D’Auteuil and I run the educational programming for a low income farmworker housing complex in Bellingham. During my undergrad at Colgate University in upstate New York I majored in Physics, but through a variety of different tutoring experiences I discovered I had a passion for education. After obtaining my college degree, I knew I wanted to explore education further and was drawn to the real life experience that AmeriCorps programs offer. Although I had never been to Washington before, I had always wanted to experience life on the west coast. I accepted an AmeriCorps VISTA position in June and moved across the country to start my service in late August. My job as an educational coordinator is all encompassing; I do everything from running homework club for elementary school kids, to tutoring college students, to even going on a variety of field trips with all of our students. In just four months, I have learned so much about working with kids, refined my plans for career development and created awesome relationships with a variety of resources here in Bellingham.

My name is Donna Pham and I am a woman, the first in my family to graduate from college, a believer that education is the way to equity, a boulderer, and a proud cat mom. I am currently a Regional Recruitment Manager for City Year in the West Region and I am based in the beautiful city of Seattle. I first participated in an AmeriCorps program during my undergrad at San Francisco State University (Go Gators!) as a Corps Member and Team Leader with Jumpstart, a national early education program that trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through my experience with Jumpstart, I realized my passion for education, service, and youth development. I graduated from SFSU with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Early Childhood, and the knowledge that I wanted to continue my work with students and youth. I moved to Seattle to serve with City Year, an AmeriCorps program that aims to keeps students in school and on track to graduation by uniting young people from all backgrounds to serve full-time as tutors, mentors, and role models. My service experience in City Year has taught me leaps and bounds about the state of education in our nation, the power of community and teamwork, who I am as an educator and a professional, and how to actualize my passions into change.

My name is Hanna Reynolds. I am an undergraduate student studying Anthropology and Archaeology at W.W.U. My interest with AmeriCorps started when I heard about AmeriCorps upon graduating high school. I had the unique experience of volunteering with my local Search and Rescue unit and Department of Emergency Management for nearly my entire high school career. This inspired me to look for opportunities with F.E.M.A. which is how I came across AmeriCorps NCCC. I later ended up participating in FEMA Corps, a branch of AmeriCorps NCCC. I knew I wanted to start college before I did AmeriCorps, so I completed two years of community college, graduated with my Associates degree and then took a gap year to do AmeriCorps N.C.C.C. (National Civilian Community Corps). I also completed two summer internships, in 2013 and recently in 2016, with the Student Conservation Association, which is also affiliated with AmeriCorps. In September of 2015, I transferred to WWU. I am looking forward to completing my Bachelor’s degree in the Spring and plan on pursuing further experiences in the AmeriCorps.

Peace Corps Panelists

I joined the Peace Corps in 1966 after completing my Associates Degree and was stationed in Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh, India in a Village Level Food Production program. I worked with villagers demonstrating the use of hybrid varieties, pesticides and commercial fertilizers. During the last 9 months of service I was on loan one day per week to the Health Department to blast existing tube wells attempting to increase the amount of potable water in interior villages. Upon my return to the home, I immediately entered the University of Massachusetts in elementary education. I lived and worked at a residential school for learning disabled children and later completed my MA in special education and administration and became the Assistant Headmaster. After joining the Devereux Foundation in 1974, a national network of psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers and group homes for children and adults for several years, I took a leave of absence to pursue my Ph.D. at Boston College in education & business administration in 1976. I returned to Devereux and became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive and was promoted to VP of Planning and Marketing. In 1987 I was recruited as Administrator of the Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Utah. During the last few years before retirement in 2008 I was in executive positions at ARUP and Tandem Laboratories. Over the years I have participated in several reunions with my group, volunteered to meet with returning volunteers and I am still in contact through Facebook with my co-worker’s sons in India. Though I have been an active leader in many community service activities, nothing makes me feel more proud that my service in the Peace Corps.
Dick Etter, Ph.D., FACHE, RPCV

I was a TEFL volunteer in central Thailand (1984-1986). My experience showed me that being part of education was important to me. I have worked as an administrator and educator teaching in Seoul, South Korea, Bellingham non-profit organizations and at Western Washington University. One of my most rewarding jobs was being a small part of the Opportunity Council team that built Dorothy Place in Bellingham. Currently I am an academic advisor for Huxley College of the Environment, which aligns my desire to protect the environment with my love of education. My Peace Corps experience taught me that I can do just about anything like learning a difficult foreign language and completing projects including building a water tower or running teacher training programs.
Kathryn Patrick, M.ED
Admissions Advisor | Western Washington University

I served in the Peace Corps as a TEFL volunteer in Azerbaijan (2006-2008). After that, I taught 4th grade as part of a Peace Corps Fellowship program in Gallup, New Mexico. Deciding that public school teaching in the current American system was not a good fit for me, I returned to Bellingham to accept a position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington as the School Buddies Program Coordinator. I also worked as an event planner for Whatcom Literacy Council and, although my work in the non-profit sector was extremely meaningful and personally rewarding, it was not financially secure enough to support starting a family. So I’ve been working at WWU in the Foundation as an event planner for the past 4 years. I also teach a joyful movement practice called Nia and am a Coordinating Councilmember of the Green Party of Whatcom County. No matter what I do with my time and energy, my Peace Corps experience taught me how to build relationships and work together with others on projects that matter. I hope to serve again someday!
Dana Carr
Program Assistant for Special Events
University Advancement

My name is Matt Young and I am a Peace Corps recruiter based in Seattle who served in the Peace Corps as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer in Zambia (2013-2015). My dad also served in the Peace Corps – in Papua New Guinea from 1981-1985 – and so I’m a rare example of a second-generation Returned Peace Corps Volunteer! The Peace Corps has played an instrumental role in so many aspects of my life, from growing up on a fish farm in California (after returning from his Peace Corps service, my dad decided to move to the San Joaquin Valley and start an aquaculture farm), to advising small-scale fish farmers in rural Zambia, to now recruiting future Peace Corps volunteers in Seattle. Many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will tell you that the Peace Corps is the toughest job you’ll ever love, and I wholeheartedly agree. However, I’ll also add that recruiting for the Peace Corps is the easiest job I’ve ever loved – I feel extremely fortunate to spend every single work day doing what I love: talking about the Peace Corps with interested candidates for service and promoting our values of community integration and intercultural exchange.
Matt Young
Regional Recruiter | WA
Returned Volunteer, Zambia 2013-2015
West Regional Office

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