February 19, 2002 - Exclusive: NPCA Chairman to consult for US Peace Corps

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By Admin1 (admin) on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 8:27 am: Edit Post

NPCA Chairman to consult for US Peace Corps

Read and comment on this exclusive story from Peace Corps Online on NPCA Chairman Dick Pyle and his new position consulting for the US Peace Corps:

NPCA Chairman Dick Pyle to work as Consultant to US Peace Corps

Dick Pyle, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Peace Corps Association, has accepted a consulting position with the United States Peace Corps and will be going to work as a full time consultant to the Office of Special Services in Peace Corps Washington effective March 4.

Dr. Pyle presently resides in Austin, Texas and is active in the "Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association" serving as the representative to the National Peace Corps Association. Dr. Pyle was instrumental in having the Texas Senate designate March 6, 2001 as Peace Corps Day in Texas. The photo above shows him on the right accepting the resolution from Austin Senator Gonzalo Barrientos (on the left) on behalf of the Peace Corps with Rick Weller and Christine Cwik in the center.

Dr. Pyle, along with his wife Betty, served as a PCV in Jamaica (Lucea) from 1966 to 1968, Director of the Peace Corps Training Center in Puerto Rico from 1970-72 and Country Director for the Eastern Caribbean from 1990 to 1993. In the 1980's he developed and directed a short term international service learning program to his Peace Corps village of Lucea in cooperation with the local Jamaican Rotary Club. Over a thousand college students and faculty from six schools of higher education have been involved in this "mini-Peace Corps" project. This program continues today and serves as a model of how PCV's can continue to be involved in the development process with their Peace Corps site.

Dr. Pyle has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida and has worked in a variety of positions ranging from Counseling Center Director, Dean of Students and faculty member at colleges in Georgia and Michigan and most recently the Universtiy of Texas at Austin. His B.A. is from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

His job as a consultant to the Peace Corps will be to work in the Office of Special Services. Staff in the office assesses Volunteer support needs and coordinates interventions/procedures relating to PCV crisis including disappearance, evacuation, early termination and death. In addition, the office assists in the design and implementation of in-country training events to assist volunteers to cope more effectively with stress and cross-cultural communication.

Dr. Pyle has been an active NPCA board member since 1996 and will leave the board this June when his term of service ends. He will remain on the board until that time as long as there is no conflict of interest with his working as a consultant to the Peace Corps.

In an interview with Peace Corps Online, Dr. Pyle stated that "I have had a love affair with the Peace Corps since the 1960's and, along with over 162,000 Americans, have been blessed to be part of such a worthy and noble endeavor."

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By arlotti on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 9:59 pm: Edit Post

Dr. Pyle was our Country Director for the second half of our tour in Antigua, West Indies. As we finished our service, he offered us valuable advice during our transition back to the U.S. He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the Peace Corps experience, and we are fortunate to have him in this position, consulting for Special Services. He is the best man for the job!

Jean And Dan Arlotti

By Jonathan Pearce on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 1:35 pm: Edit Post

I had the good fortune to be a PCV in the Eastern Caribbean at the same time Dick Pyle became Country Director. I served on Montserrat and Barbuda from 1990-93 as a teacher and disaster relief carpenter. Dick is a good man and I always felt he was forthright, honest and diligent. He is the kind of guy to give you his undivided attention in conversation. What more can one ask for qualifications in a person for any job? I'm sure Dick will be just fine. If you see this, Dick, congrats. Good to see your name in print again.

Jonathan Pearce

By Leona Sullivan on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 5:23 pm: Edit Post

Dear Dick, Congratulations on your new position and 'Hi' to Betty. Denis and Leona Sullivan Jamaica VII

By Betty Pyle on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 6:07 pm: Edit Post

How wonderful to read these affirming messages. I have been a Dick Pyle fan since we met in 1964 and began our marriage as Peace Corps Volunteers in 1966. He is still an idealist and a man of great personal integrity who commits his energy and talents to making a positive contribution in the world. I am so proud of him!

By Frances Alford on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:15 pm: Edit Post

We will miss having Dick in Austin but Washington will be blessed to have him. I have enjoyed knowing him in various RPCV capacities and will look forward to meeting him on trips to D.C. He is an excellent choice for the job ahead of him.
Frances Holliday Alford
Korea 78-80

By Cheryl Blackwell on Friday, March 01, 2002 - 11:52 pm: Edit Post

What a wonderful surprise to know that Dick Pyle has been offered the opportunity to continue his "love affair" with the Peace Corps. I was one of the lucky students who was able to participate with other college students in Dr. Pyle's "mini-Peace Corps" project in Jamaica. This opportunity opened up a whole new world for me and really was an experience that changed my life. Dr. Pyle continues to be an inspiraton for many of us!

By Jane Gooch on Saturday, March 02, 2002 - 9:55 pm: Edit Post

I have known Dick Pyle since we were kids and am SO VERY PROUD of all he has accomplished in his life. I know his love and passion for the work of the Peace Corps and am thrilled that this opportunity has opened up for him. I know he will exceed all expectations and serve mankind well. Love to all your family.

By alferraro on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 12:20 pm: Edit Post

Dick, congratulations!!! See you in June. Take care. Regards Al Ferraro

By Michael Bedford (ppp-58-8-72-49.revip2.asianet.co.th - on Monday, April 28, 2008 - 10:17 am: Edit Post

Looking to connect to Al Ferraro. I was PCV 36 Philippines... I am still in Asia, Bangkok and work for decades in SE Asia. Al was a mentor of mine when he was, title?, Proect Manager?

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