E&E RPCVs Group News

Introducing Our New Board Members

Amanda Sutker (Adaba, West Arsi, 2012-14)

sutker-1My name is Amanda Sutker and I served as a Peace Corps/Ethiopia G7 Volunteer from 2012 to 2014. I was an English teacher trainer in Adaba, a small town in West Arsi between Shashemene and Robe. During my service, I worked with Ethiopian English teachers, many of whom studied English under PCVs in the 1960s and 1970s. I also taught seventh and eighth grade spoken English courses, mentored a group of high school girls, and coordinated a story development initiative between PCVs and graduate writing students in the adabaUnited States that resulted in the distribution of 2,000 English language anthologies throughout Ethiopia.

I currently live in Washington, D.C. and work as a writer with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Legislative and Public Affairs program.  Outside of work I mentor a recent Ugandan refugee, practice yoga, and attend a small, diverse church (where an Oromo congregation meets in the afternoon).

I decided to join the board because I appreciate the formal organization of a returned Peace Corps group, and I’d like to help build a bridge between the generation of RPCVs who have taken leadership of the E&E RPCV group and recently returned RPCVs like me. Since I live in DC, I also think I have a lot to offer in planning E&E reunions at the NPCA conference. I’m working with Barry Hillenbrand (Debre Marcos 63–65) to plan a small event for E&E RPCVs in January, and we’ve even coordinated a local Ethiopian-American comedian to attend the dinner.

I look forward to working on the Board.

 Kristen (Straw) Barredo  (2007–09)

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Click to see Kristen, her host sisters and brother, and her husband Jim Barredo at Tissisat Falls

My name is Kristen (Straw) Barredo and I was in the first Peace Corps group to re-enter Ethiopia in 2007. I was assigned to the Finote Selam (West Gojjam) HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office. During my time in Finote Selam I worked with women and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as the People Living with HIV/AIDS Association, to start income generating projects. Through grants and other funding our office was able to raise, we were able to support groups to start a grain mill, hair salon, a new café near the hospital, small shops, and Finote Selam’s first automatic washing machine for a finote-selamlaundry service! I also participated in many Woreda HIV/AIDS education campaigns and guest-taught health and English classes at the middle schools and high school.

Since 2009, I have been working in the humanitarian and emergency relief sector and had the opportunity to return to Ethiopia multiple times and live there again during 2012–2013.

I am excited to use my experience in managing grants and privately funded projects to continue the good work the E&E RPCV Legacy Program is doing. I look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can continue to support projects in Ethiopia and Eritrea!

One response to “E&E RPCVs Group News

  1. tsehaye tessema

    HI THERE,
    I am a pioneering Trainer of PCV’s in Ethiopia during the 1970’s’. I want to rekindle my cross cultural and language training experiences by shariung with the PCVS who would be assigned in Ethiopia in the future. I wonder if you could help me in this venture.
    my email is , selamleethiopiaradio@gmail.com
    Tsehaye Tessema, by the way I have been living in the D.C Metro Area for the last sixteen years and currently work for the Embassy of Ethiopia. I am a green card holder. .

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