Alumni News


From the Civic Education Project Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1, Winter 1994/95

Jon Becker
(Ukraine, '92-93) Having coordinated the Book and Journal Donation Report (sponsored by the Mellon Foundation) during the 1993-94 year, Jon is now CEP European Director in the Prague office. Drawing upon his considerable experience in the region, he oversees the work of the country directors and is involved in fundraising and public relations.

Elaine Chang
(Hungary '92-93) Elaine is currently Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Public Admistration at the University of Washington.

Frank Dalton
(Lithuania, '92-94) After successfully introducing changes into the social science curriculum at Vytautus Magnus University in Kaunas, Frank took the courageous step to be the sole CEP'er in Albania. Despite the absence of email, his reports from Tirana are encouraging.

James Garry
(Latvia '92-94) James has been the assistant to the Director of Eurofaculty at the University of Latvia. His responsibilities include setting up new positions for West European lecturers in economics, law, and public adminstration. James was also awarded an IREX grant to study the economic transition in Latvia.

Irving Gershenberg
(Bulgaria '92-93) Now a professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Irving recently received a grant from the International Center for Economic Growth for a study of the managerial capacity of newly privatized industrial firms in Poland and Lithuania. He expects to return to the region over the summer to collect data and conduct interviews.

Rudy Guyon
(Romania, '92-93) Pursuing his life-long interest in Japan, Rudy and his Japanese companion have moved to Tokyo where he teaches English.

Phillip Henderson
(Romania, '92-94) Fresh from his experience as a lecturer and country director in Romania, Phil is currently Deputy European Director at CEP Prague. The countries under his purview include Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. At present he is coordinating the upcoming annual CEP student conference.

Austin Kelly
(Bulgaria '92-93) Austin is presently a senior economist for the U.S. General Accounting Office, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division. Following up on his interest in the region, he recently participated in a Financial Management Association panel discussion on teaching topics on finance in Eastern Europe. Interestingly enough, Austin's colleague at the Economics University of Varna was elected to the new Bulgarian Parliament in December.

Ron Kim
(Latvia, '92-94) Another CEP Lecturer to make the transition from lecturer to CEP staff member, Ron is currently a program officer in the New Haven office. Among his responsibilites are relations with affliated organizations and coordination of grant activities.

Janet Livingstone
(Czech Republic, '91-94) A CEP veteran since the organization's inception, Janet now works in the Washington office where she uses her experience as both a lecturer and country director to assist CEP Executive Director Kerry McNamara. Her husband, Jan, is a member of the Slovak embassy staff.

Troy McGrath
(Czech Republic, '91-93; Albania '93-94) Troy, another true CEP veteran, is a lecturer in European Studies at the Central European University in Prague.

Maeve McMahon
(Lithuania, '93-94) Maeve is an assistant professor at Carleton University's Department of Law in Ottawa (Canada). Building on her work in the Baltics, she has published articles on crime, justice, and human rights. Maeve still keeps in contact with her Lithuanian colleagues, including one from the National Police Academy whom she assisted in writing a successful grant application for a month-long study visit to Canada.

Cliff Poirot
(Romania, '93-94) Cliff is teaching economics at the American University in Bulgaria.

Jean Tesche
(Hungary '92-93) On leave from Emory University's economics department, Jean is working for KPMG Peat Marwick's Policy Economics Group in Moscow (the Barents Group). Jean is currently in the Ministry of Finance working on tax revenue estimating models.

Claudia Saladin
(Latvia '93-94) Having deferred the position for one year to teach with CEP, Claudia is now an associate at the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, D.C. Her latest project is a study on environmental issues in Bulgaria.

Michael Sassarini
(Estonia '92-93; Latvia '93-94) Michael is now in Brno, Czech Republic assisting Michael Hobbs (Czech Republic, '92-94) in setting up an investment firm active in the Czech Republic's young stock market. Jennifer Steele, Michael's fiance who started up the first English-language bookstore in Latvia, has accompanied him to Brno.