Saeed O. Fahia (Ed.D. 1992)

After graduating from UMass in 1992, I resettled in Canada and volunteered with the Somali Canadian Youth Association of Ottawa, Ontario. I assisted the with after school programming and fundraising for the youth.

 

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Donald Back (M.Ed. 1989)

I currently serve as director or the Language and Culture Institute (LCI) at Virginia Tech, where I have been employed for the last 15 years.  In my role as a leader in international affairs, I represent the university with EducationUSA offices, foreign universities, international aid organizations, scholarship offices and globally minded businesses. Over the last several years, I have visited nearly 20 countries and given presentations on Virginia Tech to over a dozen leading universities.

 

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Mohamed Dirir (M.Ed. 1989; Ed.D. 1993)

My Family and I live in West Hartford, Connecticut where I have worked for over 28 years at the Performance Office of the Connecticut Department of Education as a senior psychometrician. My role has been to conduct or supervise all psychometric work for the Department, such as test construction, equating, scaling, and validation. I also coordinate test data management, auditing, and analyses. My team and I check yearly test results, and ensure the accuracy of scores for all students.

 

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Keshab Thapaliya (M.Ed. 1989; Ed.D 2003)

In the early 80s I began my journey in the field of education and community development by joining a team at the Ministry of Education in Nepal as a curriculum specialist, where I was exposed to the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. It led me to become interested in CIE’s work, after which I enrolled in its M.Ed program in 1987, and the Ed.D in 1990.

 

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Peggy Antrobus (Ed.D. 1997)

I completed my doctorate at CIE after retirement.

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Rebecca Bunnell (M.Ed. 1989)

After completing her masters at CIE in 1989, Becky worked in Uganda with Médecins Sans Frontières and then with TASO, Africa’s first indigenous HIV/AIDS NGO. This work led her to get her doctorate in Public Health at Harvard. In 1996 she joined the Centers for Disease Control as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS/Disease Detective) as a post-doc. At CDC, she has served in Atlanta and California, and then ten years in Uganda and Kenya.

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Jill Tucker (M.Ed. 1987)

Jill has lived in Hong Kong for the past 6 years where she heads up the labour rights programme for the Laudes Foundation.  She says of life in Hong Kong:

 

Despite a recent spike in Covid-19 cases, people all wear masks here and are observant of measures needed to get things under control.  The political situation is a mess, but it's inspiring to live in a place where the majority of the population feels and acts passionately to protect their (beleaguered) democracy. 

 

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Patricia Maguire (Ed.D. 1987)

After 25 years as a faculty member at Western New Mexico University in the Gallup Graduate Studies Center, Pat retired in 2011 and is now a Professor Emeritus. During her career she published many articles and book chapters based on her career-long commitment to Participatory Action Research, particularly as it links to feminism and teaching.

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Margaret McLaughlin (Ed.D. 1983)

Margaret McLaughlin (Max) writes:

 

 After a number of decades in the formal employment/international development arena, I’m now "rewiring"- Jan Droegkamp's fabulous term - into the wonderful world of volunteering. In December 2016, I formally "retired" from the U.S. Department of State where I was fortunate enough to direct the Leadership Training Davison of the Foreign Service Institute.  

 

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Rob Fuderich (M.Ed. 1987)

Rob and Toon Fuderich have returned to Amherst, although this time not for the usual 2-3 week home leaves that have been their practice in the past, but to stay for a while.

 

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