Board of Directors

emiliaEmilia Myers (President, Tanzania, 2008 – 2010)

Emilia served in Tanzania from 2008-2010 as a health volunteer. Based in the Usambara Mountains, Emilia advised a district hospital, developed a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS, and helped farmers create permaculture gardens and a chicken husbandry business.

Since 2011, Emilia has called the Crescent City her home base, and has been overseeing public health field operations, both domestically and abroad since then.  In her role as LPCA President, she strives to improve our programmatic focus.

Shayna Goldfine (Treasurer, Namibia, 2014-2016)27a9f3d736cb07a3de351905f6f670e3

Shayna served in Namibia from 2014-2016 as a health education volunteer. Based in a small village in the north of the country Shayna worked with the local school and district hospital. Over Shaynas service her most rewarding work was creating after school health clubs, teaching the kids everything from hand washing to gender equality and HIV/AIDs. Shayna is from Dallas TX and got a B.S. in health science pre-med from Ithaca College, during college she also obtained her paramedics license. Upon return from Peace Corps Shayna moved to New Orleans to start grad school at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine focusing on Disaster Management. Thus far Shayna loves New Orleans and can’t wait to explore all the city has to offer hopefully with some RPCVs by her side or future volunteers. (PS the cute baby in the picture is the baby that was named after Shayna during her Peace Corps service…isn’t she so cute)


Cara McCarthy (Membership & Data Coordinator, Madagascar, 2004 – 2007)

Cara served in the town of Antsirabe Nord in Northeast Madagascar from 2004-2007 as a Community Health Educator. Health education continues to be a passion for Cara, who now works as a Health Educator at Tulane University. Originally from Oregon City, Oregon, Cara has called New Orleans home since arriving in 2008 to pursue a Master of Public health. She is absolutely smitten with the Crescent City and spends her free time dancing and marching with the Sirens of New Orleans, volunteering with the NO/AIDS Task Force, and trying to find more opportunities to hang our with fellow RPCVs!
Peace Corps MongoliaAndrew (Drew) Larson (Service VP, Mongolia 2014 – 2015)

Andrew served in Mongolia, teaching English as secondary language in his humble village of Delgerkhaan in Eastern Mongolia.  Part Army brat early in his life, but he mostly grew up in his formative years in Des Moines, Iowa before departing to what lies beyond the cornfields of Iowa.  He attended a small public university, University of Northern Iowa, graduating in ‘08 with a BA in Humanities emphasis in Business Administration.  From there, he went on crusade of service having done 3 AmeriCorps terms; 2 terms with National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in Maryland worked on a variety of projects having helped with the rebuild after Katrina in New Orleans, reforesting trees in Vermont, to guiding youth in a summer job program in DC; he continued his crusade by doing a 3rd term with in a State/Nation program in Pittsburgh for Rebuilding Together before deciding to join Peace Corps.  He currently works for City Year as their Admission Manager in New Orleans.

Pic1Ben Laszewski (Secretary, South Africa, 2013-2015)

Ben served in South Africa as an Education volunteer. Over the course of his service, Ben was committed to improving the English skills of his students with a specific focus on bolstering literacy amongst struggling students. Ben grew up around Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in History and Classical Humanities. Upon return from Peace Corps service, Ben moved to New Orleans in the pursuit of work with the Federal Government and, more importantly, to never shovel snow again. Ben is passionate about spreading the good word about Peace Corps service and is always willing to swap stories with other RPCVs and answer questions from perspective volunteers.
DSC_0545Kendra LeSar (Advocacy Coordinator, Honduras 2007-2009)

Originally from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Kendra moved to New Orleans in August 2005 to start grad school at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Two weeks later she evacuated for Hurricane Katrina and spent the next four months desperate to return. While at Tulane she participated in the Peace Corps Master’s International program, pairing coursework with Peace Corps service to earn Master of Public Health degree. She served as a Health Educator in Catacamas, Honduras from 2007-2009, where she spent most of her time teaching 5th grade sex education. This experience prepared her well for her current role building the capacity of schools in New Orleans to implement sex education as a Program Coordinator at the Louisiana Public Health Institue. Kendra is also pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree at Tulane. She loves connecting with other RPCVs and is excited to strengthen the voice of the LPCA as the Louisiana Advocacy Coordinator for the National Peace Corps Association.

20170509_104427Rachael Kramas (Professional Development, Guyana 2012-2015) 

Originally an Army brat who grew up moving from post to post before settling down in Louisiana in 2009, Rachael serves as the LPCA’s professional development chair. She works on projects reaching out to local businesses and employers who could benefit from the skills and experiences that RPCVs possess. Rachael served in Guyana from 2012-2015 as a community public health adviser, based at a hospital in the remote interior of the country working on malaria control and primary care capacity-building projects with the Patamona people. Rachael now works for the Louisiana Office of Public Health, tasked with statewide outreach to vulnerable populations in the area of family and reproductive health. She thinks that RPCVs in Louisiana should build and maintain strong contacts with the LPCA even long after they return from service. Besides the outrageously fun social events and great networking opportunities, membership in the LPCA helps us remain connected to the big picture and to each other. With so many service-minded and community-oriented cultural events and activities, the LPCA serves as an extension of what drew so many of us to the Peace Corps in the first place.

Maxim Lapushin (Communications Coordinator, Samoa, 2007-2010)

Jacob Todd (Third Goal Coordinator)

Lea Schram von Haupt (Grants Coordinator)

Libby Bersot (Social VP)



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