In the mid 1970s I Volunteered for the Peace
Corps again and served as a small business advisor in the Solomon
Islands (1975 to 1977). Towards the end of my time in the Solomons
I was made the Country Director as a Volunteer, the inmates ran
the asylum if you will.
After the Solomons I was made Country Director in Malaysia for two
years (1978 to 1980).
Malaysia was followed by three years as Country Director in Thailand
(1980 to 1983). It was in Thailand that I met my wife Jirapa na
After this second round in Thailand I left the Peace Corps and went
to work for the International Catholic Migration Commission in Bataan
in the Philippines. Truth be told I was really working for Ann Morgan
since the money for the project came from her part of the State
Department. There were around 7000 Indo Chinese refugees who were
to be resettled in the US. Our project was to get these refugees
ready for the experience, sort of a non stop Peace Corps training
After three years in the Philippines (1984 to 1987) I was rehired
by the Peace Corps to be the Country Director in Nepal.
After three years in Nepal (1988 to 1991) the Peace Corps sent me
to be the Country Director in the Philippines.
After only one year in the Philippines (1992) I was sent to be the
Country Director for Peace Corps Russia based in Moscow. After two
years in Moscow (1992 to 1994) the Peace Corps sent me to Warsaw,
Poland to be the Country Director (1994 to 1997). During my third
year in Poland I was also the Country Director in the Czech Republic
My wife and I have two children. Daughter Jenny
graduated from Rollins College here in Winter Park, Florida about
a year ago and is returning to school to get a Master's degree in
mental health counseling. Son Jack is a sophomore at Boston University.
Jirapa and I will have been married for 25 years
come this Christmas Day. I don't know where the time has gone but
it has been a fulfilling ride.
In November 2005 Jirapa and I began another adventure
with the Peace Corps when I became the Peace Corps Country Director
for China. About 100 Volunteers teach English at the teacher training
and university level in Gansu, Sichuan, Guizhou and Chongqing provinces
in southwest China. The office is located in Chengdu in Sichuan
on the campus of Sichuan University. This is the only Peace Corps
country that I have ever run in which the Volunteers actually complained
about too much rather than too little work!
in April 2008 I completed my tour in China and was transferred to Cambodia to take up the reins of Peace Corps Cambodia from none other than Van Nelson. My wife have now been in Cambodia for over a year and are thoroughly enjoying ourselves. It is great to be back in Southeast Asia with it marvelous culture and cuisine.