Stephanie S. Vickers

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Stephanie Schnabel Vickers "served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sanniquellie from 1971-1973 and then worked as a trainer for Peace Corps until 1975 working all over Liberia. Stephanie worked initially as a teacher trainer with Liberian counterparts but then was recruited to teach 7-12th grades at St Mary's for Father Francis (now Archbishop Francis). She has been a member of Friends of Liberia since the early 1990s and became more active in 2001 volunteering to be the site administrator for the LEAP teacher training project.

"Stephanie has returned to Liberia in 2001, 2002 and twice in 2004 to work with LEAP trainers and teachers and help establish the new NGO, Liberian Educators for Action and Peace. After retiring from a 34 year teaching career, primarily in Portland, Oregon and raising her two sons, she has become more involved with FOL and has volunteered to serve as President. It is her hope that there are more returned volunteers like herself that may be able to carve out some time to support FOL's projects.

"Since 2002 Stephanie and other Portland Liberian RPCVs have held an annual fund raiser for LEAP. In addition to her FOL volunteering, Stephanie serves on the advisory council for the African Women's Coalition, a local organization supported by the Office of Refugee and Resettlement that supports women and children who have fled Africa either as a refugee or an immigrant and have settled in Portland." [1]

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  1. Officers, Friends of Liberia, accessed August 27, 2008.