Alina trained alongside the rest of the volunteers in Pepeekeo.
She and Bart Butler decided to leave the program shortly before
we were set to fly to Thailand.
They both went to San Francisco where they spent about a year. During
that time Alina taught French to 4th-6th graders at a French-English
school while Bart went back to college.
They got married and in 1971 moved to Coumbus, Ohio where Alina
In 1972 they had their first child...Matthew.
In 1975 Andrew was born.
Alina raised her two children , did substitute teaching and volunteer
work for many years.
Bart and Alina were later divorced.
Both her children currently live in Washington DC
In 1988 Alina began working for the Greater
Hilltop Community Development Corp. an organization that seeks
to maintain a high quality of life for residents and businesses
in the "Hilltop" area of Columbus, through revitalization
efforts, planning & development.
She is currently executive director of the organization.
She was the founding chair of the Greater Hilltop Area Commission
and served on the commission for 10 years. In addition to her work
in the Hilltop she has participated in numerous city-wide planning
activities including the City of Columbus Comprehensive Plan, the
Consolidated Plan and the Affordable Housing Task Force. Alina is
an active member of the Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Leaders
Group and serves on The Columbus Foundation Neighborhood Partnership
Program advisory committee.