Peace Corp Fellows Program in Community Development Western Illinois University

Karen Mauldin-Curtis
Program Manager
Currens Hall 503

Karen Mauldin-Curtis manages the Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community
Development at Western Illinois University. She served in the Dominican Republic
with the Peace Corps and is an alumna of the Fellows Program at WIU. She holds a
Master of Arts in Geography from WIU and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from
the University of California, San Diego.

Karen was named manager of the program on August 1, 2005. She is responsible for
oversight of all aspects of the program, including design and supervision of training
activities, internship site placement and support, development of program partnerships,
and management of grant funds.

When not involved with the Fellows Program, Karen is busy raising her three young
children, teaching yoga, and helping with the small-scale, organic market garden and
CSA that she and her husband operate.


Karen Peitzmeier
Internal Coordinator
Currens Hall 503

Karen Peitzmeier joined the Peace Corps Fellows team in June of 2005 as Internal
Coordinator. She has an MA in Leisure Studies from Oklahoma State University and a
BS in Recreation and Park Administration from Western Illinois University.

As the Internal Coordinator, Karen's responsibilities include recruitment of prospective
Fellows, placement of on campus and local graduate assistantships, training development
and coordination. Karen also assists with internship supervision and community recruitment.

Karen served as the Program Coordinator for Horn Field Campus of WIU for nine years and
has training in wilderness and environmental education, therapeutic recreation and small group
dynamics. She has served as an environmental education consultant to the Partners of America
Illinois-Sao Paulo Brazil chapter. She has a passion for travel and delights in visiting new and
interesting places.


Carrie R. Skees
Administrative Liaison
Currens Hall 503

Carrie Skees has been the Administrative Liaison for the Peace Corps Fellows Program since
April 2008. She has a degree in Individual Studies, with an emphasis in Human Resource
Management, from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining the Peace Corps Fellows
Program, Carrie served as Operations Supervisor for Adecco Employment Services.

As Administrative Liaison, her responsibilities include managing communications with current
Fellows, alumni, university departments, internship sites, Fellows/USA, AmeriCorps, and other
state and national partners. She also assists with: student and community recruitment, training
development and implementation, internship supervision and reporting, and general accounting.

Carrie and her husband, Jeremy, are Macomb natives. They have a daughter, Griffin, who was
born in May 2004. Carrie is an avid bowler. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Jeremy play
slow-pitch softball and all of Griffin’s many activities.


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The PCF program is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.