Local 3548 Negotiation's Team
Josephine McGugan - Chief Negotiator
Josephine McGugan is the Events Coordinator and a Union Steward. She joined the Union after having a positive experience helping to negotiate a new contract for another ASFME union in 2015. After serving in Peace Corps Albania she knew she wanted to work for Peace Corps and took a role at HQ. She currently works in Staging and Pre-Departure as a Training Specialist. She views the Union as an way to help improve and straighten Peace Corps for all.
Ryan Haefke is an Administrative Specialist in VRS who lives in Chicago. He is an (e)RPCV from Senegal where he served as an Agriculture Forestry volunteer from September 2019 until the COVID-19 evacuation. He is a native of Kansas and an avid snacker. Ryan is interested in the marriage of agriculture, forestry and economics. He believes the Union is an essential place to ensure that Peace Corps workers are valued for the awesome work they do, and to make the agency better for everyone.
Alixandria Warren began as a quiet advocate for staff at Peace Corps and now she’s been elected President for the year 2022-2023. Alix joined the union because she was interested in having a voice in this agency. She started off working on committees, such as the policy and website committees. Later, joining the steward’s council as a member. She holds a B.A. in History from Milikin University and G.M.A. in International Relations from Webster University. From 2017 -2019 she served in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Diana is a VRS Public Affairs Specialist, and works with the recruitment team covering the Mountain, Central, and South territories. She develops training presentations and resources, writes press releases and speeches, and solicits and edits submissions for the Peace Corps Stories website page. A native of San Francisco, Diana is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a first-generation college graduate of UC Berkeley.
Her professional background includes serving as the western regional Public Affairs lead for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, overseeing communications in eight states for the nation’s 14 food assistance programs. Diana was also the staff lead on content development and graphic design.
Diana left federal service to raise her family, in which time she helped launch a hyperlocal online news website as the education columnist and volunteered or worked with various nonprofit organizations offering her writing and graphic design skills. Prior to joining the Peace Corps Public Affairs staff in 2022, Diana worked for a national nonprofit whose mission is to stop hate by building community.
Mike became active in the Union in early 2020 as he recognized how economic justice ties in with the broader push for social justice – and the powerful role unions can play in support of the cause. He previously served as the Secretary, and currently serves as Vice President. Prior to working for the Peace Corps, he served as a Community Economic Development Volunteer in Albania from 2017-2019, where he undertook a diverse range of activities in his community. While he misses Albania’s snow-topped mountains and ubiquitous invitations to coffee, he appreciates playing a role in inspiring the next generation of Peace Corps volunteers as the Regional Recruiter in his hometown of Boston.
Amy has served as an active volunteer member of the Union and previously served as a Trustee. Amy is a Program Specialist with University Programs in the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection. She served as a TEFL Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan in 2000-2001. After Peace Corps, Amy was awarded a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University where she earned a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She lived and worked in Myanmar, India, and China and has traveled extensive throughout South and Southeast Asia. As a steward, Amy is committed to advocating for your employee rights and supporting you. Outside her work with Peace Corps, Amy is an active member of the KC-RPCV group, volunteers at local theaters, and enjoys hiking with her mini labradoodle, Perky.
Ashley Acosta Fox
Ashley Acosta-Fox is an E-Learning Specialist in the Office of Staff Learning and Development. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy & Religious Studies from Old Dominion University, an M.A. in Philosophy from The University of Kansas, and an M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Passionate about the intersection of education and technology and a true believer in the potential for online learning to build bridges and create opportunities, Ashley has also logged over a decade of experience teaching in higher education. Through her lifetime commitment to service, she has been a Girl Scout, a court advocate for survivors of domestic violence, and a judge for National History Day. Ashley is thrilled to bring her enthusiasm for activism and service to others to her work as a steward.
Genevi Schindehutte is a Placement and Assessment Specialist in the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection. She served as a TEFL Volunteer in Kosovo. Genevi holds an MA in Geography and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her interests include travel, philosophy, photography and daydreaming. Genevi is excited to collaborate with other Union members to strengthen and advocate for employee rights.
Carole Anne Reid began her journey as a Peace Corps volunteer first as a community organizational development volunteer in Moldova from 2016 to 2018. As a volunteer, Anne organized community programs and camps at the Causeni library to empower women, youth, and grandmothers through African dance classes and social justice activities. During her second tour of service as a youth education volunteer in Eswatini from 2018 to 2020 Anne renovated her village high school where she taught English and Life skills, she also worked closely with the Deputy Prime Minister – Themba Masuku partnering with the Peace Corps evidence-based program Girls 4 Health and the DPM- Masuku personal platform of Teen pregnancy prevention. Anne is the 2021 recipient of the Lillian Carter Award for outstanding service as a 50 Plus volunteer.
Carole Anne Reid joined the Peace Corps staff as a New York-based Virtual Recruiter in June 2021. In her role as a Virtual Recruiter, Anne collaborates with the virtual team in implementing a virtual recruitment strategy that supports the agency's goal of a diverse corps with virtual webinars. In addition, she works with Strategic Campus Recruiters to support recruitment at multiple universities.
Lachond Holmes - Chair