Andrew is a lifelong Chicagoland resident, having been born and raise din the northwest suburb of Vernon Hills. He is now an East Lakeview resident and a project manager ta watchLAB, a market research firm in River North. He earned his bachelor's at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master's in Community/Economic Development from Illinois State University.
He enjoys everything about living in Chicago, especially cheering on the greatest sports teams in the country while eating the world's most fabulous pizza and drinking the best beer the city has to offer!
Chuck served in Peace Corps 84 India from 1969-1972. He stayed an extra year to finish agricultural work with the farmers of his village and he had some amazing friends that he just couldn’t leave yet. He now goes back to his village in Rajasthan, India practically every 5 years to reunite with friends and develop numerous projects with the government school there.
He has been the Service Learning Coordinator at North Shore Academy, an alternative school (k-12) in Highland Park for 18 years.
Chuck is also a tennis and racquetball professional for the past 40 years and he ran clubs and taught both sports before starting his second career in teaching school.
He graduated University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in Sociology. He was going to attend Northwestern University for graduate work but chose the Peace Corps instead and…... that is history.
He is married to Cary with 4 children (Brad, Holden, Dean, Mariana) and a granddaughter (Camilla)
James served in Azerbaijan from 2010-2012 as a Community Economic Development volunteer specialized in micro-finance with emphasis on group farmers and women entrepreneurs. He has been on the CAPCA Board since 2013 and is also on the Board of Career Transitions Center of Chicago, an employment training and placement non-profit. James is currently the CFO for Haymarket Center, Chicago's largest substance use and mental health treatment center.
Prior to Haymarket, James was the Chief Accounting Officer for Heartland alliance, an international non-profit in Chicago focused on ending poverty. James' background is in public accounting with a CPA and an MBA from Loyola University.
Meera served on the board of the Milwaukee Peace Corps Association after returning from Zambia and moving to Milwaukee, and is thrilled to be back in Chicago and involved again in the Peace Corps community.
Griffin served as an economic development volunteer in Kaliszo, Uganda from 2011-2013. She worked with a Brooklyn-based organization, Brick by Brick, to assess water, sanitation and health needs in surrounding villages. A defining point in her service was a week she spent in the north of the country, as a counselor for ten former child soldiers affected by the Lord's Resistance Army. In her current position, she works to improve public transportation across the country.
Married to Becky since 1994, 3 children, Susie - Student at Michigan State University, Rachel - Student at DePaul University, and Tommy - student at University of Iowa
Served in the Dominican Republic from 1990 - 1991, La Cumbre and Bonao sites, Rural Youth Development
Vice President of Sales, ND Industries, Inc., chemist and industrial adhesives/ sealants specialist for thermoset technologies
Owner of JC Social, LLC, a real estate development company with the goal of providing stable, affordable housing to families in Kane County Illinois
Volunteer Service work done through Mercy Housing Lakefront, Batavia Apartments, Batavia, IL and Marian Park Apartments, Wheaton, IL. Also volunteering with the St Peter's Catholic Church Outreach Services, Geneva, IL to provide community support to individuals and families in need.
Colin served in Peace Corps Philippines for two years as a Children Youth and Family Sector Volunteer. He extended for a third year, serving in the Peace Corps Philippines office as a Volunteer Leader.
He has traveled around the world teaching music, working in community development, and studying. Colin has worked in youth development for the Chicago Botanic Garden, and recently returned from studying Climate Change and Global Sustainability with SIT Graduate Institute.
He loves cheese, gin, gardening, and travel. Colin is active in local politics and environmental advocacy.