About the Committee Members of the First Response Action Coalition
- Development Chair, AJ O'Connell is an RPCV who served in Guyana in the Education and Community Development Program. Prior to serving, A.J. graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management. Currently, A.J. works for the Eugene, OR Family YMCA in Youth Sports Development, and is a City Councilor in his hometown of Creswell, OR.
Former Committee Members of the First Response Action Coalition
- Karen Moldovan is an RPCV who served in Tonga. She came to the Peace Corps with strong experience in advocacy, education, international development, public policy, and community organizing. Her professional experience has often focused on working with underserved populations, including survivors of intimate partner violence, individuals experiencing homelessness, and pregnant and parenting youth. She is currently the Program Manager at the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.· Karen is also a member of the Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Advisory Board and the Prison Rape Elimination Act Advisory Board.
- Katie Campbell is an RPCV who served in Tonga where she was a Community Educator. She currently resides in D.C. where she is a Public Policy Associate at the World Food Program USA. She is pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
- Jessica Smochek is an RPCV who served in Bangladesh in the Teaching English as a Second Language program where she taught at an all-girls middle school. After the Peace Corps, Jessica obtained her Master’s in International Health and worked in the data management sector of drug development (oncology studies). She is currently in Washington, DC pursuing her Master’s in Counseling.