Nina began teaching English in China less than a month after earning her bachelor’s in education from the University of North Florida. After two years teaching of English in China to students ranging from high school students to PhD. candidates, she went to Moldova to serve with the Peace Corps as a TEFL Volunteeri n 2006. After service in 2008, Nina relocated to Syracuse, NY where she worked as a college access and success advisor advocating for and helping inner city youth, refugees, and first generation college students navigate their college process. After 6 years, Nina then accepted a position as an Operations Manager with K12, an online education company, transplanting her back to the First Coast, but she knew she was still missing something so decided to go back to school for a master’s degree in education leadership. Not long after receiving her graduate degree she began, working as the Refugee Youth Program Manager with Lutheran Social Services of NE Florida. Nina has spent her professional life dedicated to the education and positive development of young people! Nina has a husband Jacob, whom she met while serving in Moldova and they have a 4-year-old daughter, Hazel. They all enjoy walking to park with their dog Chewy.
After graduating from Florida State University in 1974 with a degree in accounting, Tom became an education volunteer in Fiji. He taught bookkeeping and math at the Rotuma Junior Secondary School from 1974 - 1976. After completing his service, he returned to Jacksonville to work with his father as a Third Party Administrator at Bliss Consultants and took over the firm after his father retired where he still works today. Tom married Flo Ramsey in 1982 and they have three children. Tom was a founder and former President of the Westside Soccer Club. Tom was also active in the Indian Guide and Indian Princess program at the YMCA snd rose to the position of Federation Chief. Tom was a founding board member of the FCRPCV's and is currently the Treasurer.
Rosemary Calhoon Takacs is a founding member of FCRPCV’s. She served as an Economic Development volunteer twice: in Peace Corps Paraguay 88-90 organizing agricultural cooperatives and then as a Response volunteer in Peace Corps Guatemala 15-16. In Paraguay Rosemary worked predominantly with soybean/cotton farmers; in Guatemala her clients raised dairy goats. Rosemary entered Peace Corps the first time when her daughter entered college and the second when she retired from JEA, Jacksonville Florida’s municipal utility. She studied at Western, Eastern and University of Michigan, earning BBA and MS degrees. Rosemary earned her CPA license in Michigan while also pursuing her Master’s Degree in production/cost control. Other than her Peace Corps years, most of her career was dedicated to manufacturing and production control. In addition to her volunteer time with Peace Corps, she worked in Honduras with Engineers without Borders. In October 2017, she made her first post-PCV return trip to Guatemala, as assistant project management for a water system with Rotary and engineering students from the University of North Florida. On behalf of the FCRPCV’s Rosemary accepted the Loret Miller Rupee award in Denver, Colorado at the Peace Corps Conference in July, 2017. She assists with FCRPCV’s refugee projects and social gatherings.
Ted was a volunteer in Senegal, and later served as Country Director in Uganda and Lesotho. Ted retired this year from the World Internet Society where he was advocating for transparency, democracy and open technology platforms. Ted is a silent partner in City Bistro in St. Augustine, where he lives.
Helen Covington is a founding member of FCRPCV, Inc. In fact, she was at the very first meeting at Steve Orr's house when only three of us were there. Helen served in Tunisia in the TEFL program. Upon returning to the US, she got her MBA in International Management at Thunderbird Graduate School and worked in Corporate Communications in New York. After returning to Jacksonville, graduating and and working in the culinary field, she now teaches World History in the Duval County Public Schools and runs the Great Decisions discussion group at her school helping prepare the globalist of the future. She is proud to add that one of her students is currently a Peace Corps volunteer.
David A. Miron is a founding member of FCRPCV,Inc. A former Volunteer Leader in Colombia, David served as Director of Planning in Peace Corps Washington. After Peace Corps service David did graduate work at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and Harvard University. David's work career included working for two Fortune 50 companies, and a Management Consulting company. David retired to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2003. As a Board member of FCRPCV, Inc., David helps with all forms of Communications.
Christopher McMillan is a current Board Member of the FCRPCV,Inc. He served as a Rural Education Volunteer in Zambia from 2012-2014. Upon completion of his service, Christopher worked as a Program Coordinator and Associate Academic Director for an international education non-profit in Washington D.C. In 2015, Christopher moved to Jacksonville and currently teaches students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Campbell University in North Carolina
Member-elected: Southern Tier Division (current term ends 2020)
During my Peace Corps service I learned how chemistry principles when applied appropriately could directly improve the quality of life for the least fortunate among us. This led to my 40-year career as environmental chemist working in academia, business, and government. My work has been at the intersection of soil and water quality and conservation agriculture. In writings, teaching, and public outreach I have emphasized that sustainable food and fiber production and environmental quality are co-dependent and that wise stewardship of natural resources is a primary social responsibility. I believe that NPCA board service will be an opportunity for my continued advocacy of these principles and will provide needed support, guidance, and opportunities for growth of on-going Peace Corps programs.
Janice Miller (Jan aka Naledi) attended college at UPENN and grad school at FSU, and worked as a Clinical Psychologist in mental health clinics and for 31 years in her private practice serving children and families. Her husband died in 2007 and she retired in 2011, following a dream to join the Peace Corps. She served in the Kalahari area of Botswana working in a senior secondary school of 1300 boarding students. On her return, she continues to work part time as a consulting psychologist and continues various volunteer activities.