Aaron served alongside his wife in Macedonia from 2011-2013 as a community development volunteer. Originally from Ohio, he moved to Chicago in 2014 for a job at HUD where he manages grants. A member of the CAPCA board since 2015, Aaron has served as CAPCA's president for two and-a-half years.
When he was first elected president, Aaron outlined his vision for CAPCA in five points:
1. CAPCA should reflect the aspirations of its members;
2. It should serve all Chicagoland RPCVs;
3. It connects us and should provide opportunities to meet, reminisce, and continue the work we started at our swearing-in;
4. CAPCA should serve as a resource to RPCVs; and
5. It should be the embodiment of the Third Goal by empowering its members in their efforts to fulfill the mission of the Peace Corps.
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)
Per President Aaron Weaver, Eriika is your typical badass. Saving democracy from the patriarchy one day, sipping locally sourced and sustainably produced kombucha the next.
Eriika grew up in the Minneapolis area, got her B.A. in English and French from University of Wisconsin - River Falls and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She moved to Chicago in 2013 after spending two years living in the mountains of Cameroon as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
She now manages the Social & Behavioral Research program at the LGBTQ community health center Howard Brown Health in Uptown, Chicago. She has been a CAPCA Board Member since 2017.
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.
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.
Joe began his career in education as a Montessori school teacher. He spent twelve years teaching at the Near North Montessori School in Chicago at both the lower and upper elementary school levels before fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.
He served in the education sector of Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa, from 2011-13 and worked as a primary teacher trainer based at a lower basic school of 1200 students. In this role, he worked to develop the capacity of local teachers, specifically in the areas of early grade reading and interactive teaching methodologies. He later served as Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for the education sector and worked to train and mentor the incoming education volunteers, served on the grant committee and the Volunteer Support Network.
Upon returning from service, he took a position with the Social Security Administration where he works as a Legal Administrative Specialist.
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.
Kristen holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and has a small home bindery and letterpress studio. Working in communications for a global architecture firm, Kristen is also an avid runner, reader, writer and history enthusiast.
Naturally, her favorite books are books about books!
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.