Ohio ranks No. 9 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2015

Samantha Stacks, center, is a Ohio native who is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia.
Samantha Stacks, center, is a Ohio native who is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia.

CHICAGO – Ohio is among the top-ranked states for producing Peace Corps volunteers in 2015, the agency announced today. Ohio ranks ninth on this year’s list with 238 residents currently serving worldwide.

Volunteers hailing from Ohio are among the more than 220,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since the agency was founded by President John F. Kennedy. Since 1961, 7,257 Ohioans have served as Peace Corps volunteers, making it the ninth all-time highest state for producing volunteers in the agency’s history.

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Canton, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia

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Katrina Alber, 25, of Canton, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for The Gambia on Oct. 10 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Alber will live and work at the community level to educate her community about best practices and behaviors in order to maintain optimal health. She will also work with her community to raise awareness about malaria and help improve water systems and sanitation practices.

“I have felt compelled to be a public servant my entire life, and to help those who do not yet have the resources to help themselves,” said Alber. “I believe the entire goal of my education is to provide the knowledge and tools that people need to be healthy. Health is a human right.” Continue reading “Canton, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Annabel Khouri


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Ann Arbor resident begins Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso

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Bonnie Ion, 59, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Burkina Faso June 1 to begin training as an education volunteer. Ion will make a difference by helping to train teachers, promoting parental involvement, and creating and implementing new programs addressing areas of need.

“I’ve always wanted to do this since I heard the famous Kennedy speech in the 1960s,” Ion said.

Ion, who earned a bachelor’s degree in music and mathematics from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, and two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, has worked as a librarian, a systems analyst, a landscape architect, and a project manager over her career. She and her husband, Patrick, have four children, but no grandchildren yet, which makes this the perfect time for her Peace Corps adventure, she said.

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