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Trees, Water & People

Sebastian Africano, Fort Collins, Colorado
Sebastian is the deputy international director for Trees, Water & People (TWP), an organization that helps communities to protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. He began working with the organization in early 2005 as a marketing and commercialization intern for TWP’s Improved Stove Program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Stuart Conway, Fort Collins, Colorado, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Guatemala
Stuart is the co-founder and international director of Trees, Water & People, which he established in order to improve community well-being through stewardship of local natural resources. Stuart is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served three years in Guatemala. He is the former director of the New Forest Project, which has planted more than sixteen million trees in worldwide restoration projects.

Claudia Menendez, Fort Collins, Colorado
Claudia, the international program coordinator for Trees, Water & People, has enjoyed living and working in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Uganda from 2004 through 2009. Since joining TWP, Claudia has provided invaluable and continual support to program partners throughout Central America.

World Map Project

Barbara Jo White, Cullowhee, North Carolina, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Dominican Republic
Barbara Jo created the World Map Project during her Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic (1987–1989). She currently serves as associate professor of information systems at Western Carolina University (WCU) and teaches an innovation/creativity course for the entrepreneurship program. She continues to involve WCU and North Carolina State University students in World Map Project work.