Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Changing of the Guard

Farewell FiaFia

Things are changing here at Peace Corps Sāmoa. Country Director Kim Frola's last day was today, February 26. After more than four years of service, she is heading back to the States. We are sad to see Kim go, but look forward to working with the new director when he arrives.

Acting CD George Schutter (and the PC's Chief Financial Officer) took over yesterday and was already making the rounds to see volunteers. He visited with Usi and Hannah on Sunday and stopped in to see Cale and I today. Our Associate Peace Corps Director, Fata, and Training Manager, HP, accompanied him. He seems like a great guy and took a lot of interest in the computer lab at the school and the new language program the school has invested in (more on that to come.)

Our new director will be there in March. The new director is Dale Withington. Mr. Withington served as CD in the Marshall Islands from 1988-1991 and as CD and Administrative Officer in Kiribati from 1992-1995. He was also Special Assistant to the Regional Director in Washington, D.C. He served as a PCV in the Philippines from 1976-1981 where he worked with farmers to improve agricultural practices and promote conservation. He also assisted fish farmers with improving their aquaculture practices. Currently, Mr. Withington is the World Wildlife Fund’s South Pacific Program Representative responsible for the WWF’s operations in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Papau New Guinea. From 1995-1997 he worked with Conservation Melanesia in Papau New Guinea. He earned a Masters’ degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

— Sara

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