An association of Nigeria Peace Corps alumni and other friends of Nigeria who support the interests of the Nigerian people.

Slate of Candidates for Board Seats Announced

April 19, 2017 9:00 AM | Willard J (Jim) Clark Jr (Administrator)

Board of Director Elections

Slate of candidates

     We will vote on the Board of Directors slate at our biennial meeting in Denver on Aug. 4. Members wishing to vote by mail may submit an absentee ballot on a single sheet of paper, listing the names of candidates the voter is choosing, to FON secretary Greg Zell at 3231 Mary St.Miami , FL 33133 before July 27, 2017. Envelopes should include the name of the FON voter.

     We have a slate of 14 candidates for an equal number of open board positions.

     After each name, we show Peace Corps group numbers in parenthesis followed by years of service in Nigeria. (Non-Peace Corps alumni would be listed by connection to a work experience in Nigeria if applicable.)

     Candidates are listed by current board status as either: elected incumbent for directors elected or reelected at the 2015 biennial meeting; board appointed incumbents for those named to the board by the board subsequent to our last election in 2015; and board nominated candidates for potential new board members selected in 2017 by your FON Nominating Committee.

Barbara Bush (11) 64-66 (elected incumbent)

     I served in Nigeria XI as a teacher in Sapele teaching English, French, Math and science. When I came home, I settled in Boston, MA. I worked in several different Boston businesses as a mainframe programmer initially and then as a systems programmer, and later, a data base administrator. After retiring in 2002, I volunteered in several community organizations teaching English as a second language, tutoring several students, mentoring a refugee family from Somalia and assisting an 8th grade math teacher. I’ve been involved in politics since 2009. I was elected to the MassGOP state committee for my district in 2012 and 2016. I help candidates with their election campaigns for local or state offices. I have been on the FON board for several years, and I serve as membership chair.

Jim Clark (12) 64-66 (elected incumbent)

     From June 1964 to June 1966, I served in Umuduru in the Eastern Region of Nigeria as an agriculture/community development specialist promoting Young Farmers Clubs, the use of fertilizer and other other beneficial farming practices. After returning to my native North Carolina, I became a teacher, husband and father. Retiring from education in 2005, I purchased and restored a historic home in which I still live. In 2007, I became a small business owner, purchasing and operating a restaurant/event center which I still own. I am active in my local Rotary Club and have served two terms as president. In addition, I served for 11 years on the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors serving two terms as chairman. Our FON organization serves a vital role as our alumni association. For that reason, I have worked with others to keep it alive and and relevant and, for the past six years, I have served as a board member and as editor of the Friends of Nigeria newsletter. Prior to assuming the editor’s role, I wrote obituaries for the newsletter. I have also served on the projects committee and the website committee. 

David Koren (9) 63-66 (board appointed incumbent)

     I taught English and general science at Ohuhu Community Grammar School near Umuahia for 3 years, 1964-1966. Following Peace Corps service I worked as a counselor in an adult educationprogram in Buffalo, NY. That led to a full career as a Rehabilitation Counselor at Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Retiring from that I returned to school at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a master’s degree in Physics. As a final experience in gainful employment, I worked for 10 years as an optical design engineer making lenses for industrial infrared lasers. Now I am active in the local community on the township planning commission and the Friends of the Spring Valley Park. I am an amateur astronomer and maintain a six-acre mini farm with my wife and two tractors.

David Strain (7) 63-66 (elected incumbent)

     I would like to stay on the board, and continue as Book Editor, to encourage FON members to write memoirs and also reviews of books relevant to our Nigerian experience … and to write a few of what my wife likes to call book reports myself. I represented a number of non-profits in my law practice, and hope that knowledge has some value. I was in Nigeria 7 and in a legal project encouraged by Harris Wofford, then working for President Kennedy, who thought young American lawyers would be helpful in newly independent countries. 

Clemmie Gilpin (25) 66-68 (board nominated candidate)

     I served my Peace Corps years working with agricultural cooperatives in Bida, Niger, where I designed and taught a course on cooperative development at the local farm training center. Soon after I returned to Nigeria leading a group of high school students working in a rural development project near Ibadan. After Peace Corps, I earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University with focuses on Africa and International Development. I joined the Penn State University Harrisburg faculty in 1971 before receiving my Ph.D. from Penn State University Park. I have also taught at the US Army War College and in Malaysia. For the past twelve years I have served with the United States War College, Carlisle, PA, in its International Fellows Program, assisting officers and families to adjust to the local community and culture. Three of the twelve officers I’ve worked with were from Nigeria. Board and commission service has included the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition, Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Minority Advisory Commission. I recently led a Rotary Club fundraiser to purchase wheel chairs for polio victims in Nigeria. 

Mike Goodkind (16) 65-67 (elected incumbent)

     Shifting from a teaching program to an agriculture-rural development program after receiving a B.A. in history because I felt I’d been around school long, I served in an oil palm cooperative project near Abakaliki for almost two years before leaving Biafra. For more than a decade I worked as a reporter and editor with a two year interruption for military service, half of which was in Vietnam. My Army experience was an eye-opening contrast but with parallels to the Peace Corps, and along with journalism (including working as an entertainment writer and editor in Associated Press’ Los Angeles hub) provided some of my perspectives for Friends of Nigeria, where I have served as a director, including president, for successive terms, since 2002. I was a public relations officer for Stanford Medical Center from 1981 to 2002, after which I ran a small communications business and co-authored a health book, etc. Recently I have worked and volunteered for community organizations, including California State Parks and two city literacy programs. My wife Marion and I live in Menlo Park, where I hope to remain active in FON with a particular interest in on-the-ground projects.

Ned Greeley (23) 66-67 (board nominated candidate)

     I trained with Group 23 and taught in a high school between Enugu and Abakaliki in 1966-1967. After Peace Corps I taught a few years in DC and Kampala, did graduate study in DC, field research in rural Kenya, and earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology. USAID subsequently recruited me for the Foreign Service as Regional Social Science Advisor for East and Southern Africa. I mainly worked on design, implementation and evaluation of development strategies and programs. My wife and I met in Nigeria; Monica Newland was then a teacher in Group 18. Monica’s career has since been international school administration. We have lived and worked 40 years overseas in Uganda, Kenya (for 17 years), Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma, Egypt, and recently, Ecuador. Our last posting was in Nairobi, where I led the USAID team addressing good governance and cross-border conflict management in the Greater Horn of Africa. Our family base is in the Washington, DC area. After leaving USAID in 2004, I worked with the nonprofit World Education Inc. while living in DC, Cairo, and Jakarta, I retired in 2012. My current interests include development, family and tennis. Serving on the Board would offer the opportunity to continue my engagement with international development with like-minded colleagues. 

Virginia DeLancey (4) 62-64 (elected incumbent)

     I have served as a member of the Board of FON for many years and would like to continue to serve in some capacity on the Board.  My main contribution over the years has been to write the news of Nigeria that is included in the quarterly newsletters, though I have contributed in other ways, as needed.  

     As to my qualifications, I have continued work in the field of African studies following my Peace Corps service in Nigeria IV from 1962 to 1964 in Buguma, Rivers State.  I have lived for extended periods of time in Cameroon, Somalia, and Egypt.  I completed a Ph.D. in Development Economics at the University of South Carolina with Fulbright-funded dissertation research in Cameroon.  I was later employed as a staff member of the African Studies Programs at Indiana University and at Northwestern University and have regularly reviewed grant proposals for the U.S. Dept. of Education.  Since retirement, I continue to participate in Africa-related events at NU, and am currently serving on the committee to organize the African Studies Association’s 60th Anniversary Meeting to be held in Chicago in November, 2017, hosted by Northwestern and other universities in the area.

Peter Hansen (27) 66-68 (elected incumbent)

    A co-founder of Friends of Nigeria in 1996 (with Cathy Onyemelukwe), I have served on the board since then and until recently was also treasurer and database manager. My wife Katy and I lived in Ibadan where I taught chemistry at the University of Ife. For 40 years I was a chemistry professor at Northwestern College-Iowa and the University of Iowa. I am active in the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and the local Democratic Party, and I tutor University of Iowa student-athletes. My leisure activities include reading, KenKen and birding. I believe that Friends of Nigeria fulfills a valuable purpose by serving as the alumni association for Nigeria Peace Corps Volunteers and staff, by keeping its members informed about events in Nigeria, and by promoting continued service to the Nigerian people.

Greg Zell (6) 62-64 (elected incumbent)

     I am founder, former three- term president, and current Director of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Inc. A 15-year member of the FON board, including five years as President and this last year as secretary, I am a retired attorney and 49- year member of The Florida Bar. FON is a voluntary organization. Since there have not been PCVs in Nigeria for over 25 years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find new volunteers among our members. Longevity runs in my family. I intend to stay with the job for as long as it takes, God and the membership willing.\

Greg Jones (22) 66-68 (elected incumbent)

     I taught English and Math in a Craft School in Maiduguri 1966-68, an incredibly formative experience. Upon returning home, I worked in the computer industry for 10 years, developing some actual skills. Then I attempted to recreate the Peace Corps experience, this time with something to contribute, working for two years in Iran as a computer consultant, 1976-77. My wife and I participated in FON’s return trip to Nigeria in 2008, stopping first in Maiduguri. We found the sleepy provincial capital of 150,000 had become a booming city of 2.5 million. Now it’s the center of Boko Haram activity and a destination we could never visit today. After joining the trip, we took a side trip to Kafanchan to visit The Fantsuam Foundation and were incredibly impressed with its leaders, John Dada and Kazanka Comfort. Since then I have been a strong advocate for Fantsuam. I have been President of FON since 2011. I am willing to serve for another 2 years, but I feel that I am beyond my sell-by date. Creating the new website has been my major contribution, and it still needs help to become the tool it has the potential to be.

Mimi Budd (15) 65-67 (board appointed incumbent)

     I taught at the Army Children’s Primary School in Kaduna and at Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School in Uromi. After returning home in 1967 I obtained my masters’ degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at San Francisco State College. I became an attorney and worked in public service for the State of California, including the State Legislature, the Office of Legislative Counsel, the Department of Health Services, the State Treasurer, and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. I later worked for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to create effective rehabilitation programs in California state prisons. In addition to FON, I am a member of Emily’s List, an organization to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office, the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence, and GIBS a neighborhood organization I founded to promote sensible public policy. I am also a tutor with the Sacramento Public Library’s ESL program. I enjoy politics, travel, fine arts, reading, staying physically active and good times with friends and family.

Peter Stolzman (25) 66-68 (board appointed incumbent)

     I'm a lifelong resident of the New Haven, CT area. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in History I went into the Peace Corps. A community development volunteer, I was stationed in Shendam, Kaduna and Kano from 1966-1968. While in Kano I met my wife, an English contract teacher, Lee Goss. We have been married since 1969. After returning to Connecticut I worked as a social studies teacher at Branford High School. During that time I became involved in local politics, union activities and community organizations. I was the founder and advisor of Branford High's Amnesty International chapter. In 2002 I was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi - Martin Luther King Peace Award by the Connecticut Education Association. In 1971 I was asked to join the Board of Directors of the New Haven Scholarship Fund, an all volunteer fund that has awarded over $8 million dollars to residents of New Haven. Currently I'm very involved in an organization which has resettled three refugee families since April 2016 and are trying to help more. Lee and I have two children (our daughter was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger) and five grandchildren.

Warren Keller (23) 66-67 (elected incumbent)

     I joined the Peace Corps with my wife and taught chemistry and maths in Uli for less than a year before being evacuated from Biafra. We then spent a second Peace Corps year teaching in Uganda before returning to Berkeley in 1968. After completing my MS in chemistry at UC Berkeley, I spent the next 32 years working for IBM as a systems engineer and a data base instructor. We have lived in Berkeley since 1963 and have three children and four grandchildren (ages 16, 12, 12, and 3.) Interests now include family, hiking and backpacking, travel, and volunteer activities (neighborhood association board member and former treasurer, soup kitchen, and FON.) I’ve been a FON board member since 2006, serving as newsletter editor for five years and just now completing my first year as treasurer.

Friends of Nigeria is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 
Email:  fonigeria@gmail.com President phone: 978-562-3613

Mailing address: Friends of Nigeria, c/o Warren Keller, PO Box 8032, Berkeley, CA 94707

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