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Peace Corps Fellows Alumni

Lloyd Banwart


Peace Corps Fellow, 2012 Applied Economics

As part of his master’s degree program at the Stevenson Center, Lloyd spent 11 months working with the Land O’Lakes International Development Division. During this professional practice experience, Lloyd’s primary responsibility was to organize and analyze baseline data for the Cooperative Development Project. He remarked, “Not a day of my fellowship went by that I was not challenged by the project or given the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the project.” Lloyd feels his experience as a Peace Corps Fellow at Illinois State enhanced his professional growth due to this balance between learning and responsibility.

Prior to his graduate work, Lloyd served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, where he worked with livelihood cooperatives. He also worked as a Business Manager for a Minnesota nonprofit providing mentorship and artistic opportunities to at-risk youth. Currently, Lloyd is an economist for TANGO International and leads quantitative and qualitative data collection activities across resource-scarce settings in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Lloyd provides technical leadership to TANGO’s overall research activities, including the oversight of survey methodology, survey design, tool development, study implementation, and analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.

Lloyd notes, “My Stevenson Center fellowship shaped my career and future life. The Stevenson Center has a lifelong advocate in me."

Tim Glaza

Peace Corps Fellow, 2013 Political Science tim

Tim is a field organizer with Dakota Resource Council in Bismarck, North Dakota. Tim engages with community members to incorporate grassroots actions to influence public opinion and shape public policy to protect agriculture, natural resources, livelihoods, and community well-being. In conjunction with the Dakota Resource Council, Tim handles issue campaigns to build power and make lasting change.

After graduating from Iowa State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, Tim served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 2008 to 2011 where he aided subsistence farmers on conservation farming, agroforestry, and gardening projects.

“I enhanced my researching skills and my ability to evaluate and organize a large amount of information. I became a stronger presenter and communicator,” Tim said regarding his service.

Tim completed his internship with the Edible Economy Project and the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) based at Heartland Community College. His major responsibility was assisting with the project management of a $99,000 United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise.

Tim has also worked with the Iowa Democratic Party on the 2014 Coordinated Campaign as a Regional Canvas Director in Davenport, Iowa.

Eric Giddens

Peace Corps Fellow, 2003 Political ScienceEric

Eric is the Prairie Energy Coordinator at the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa in Ceder Falls, Iowa. His current project is focusing on how energy biomass can combat climate change and restore potentially damaged ecosystems. Eric served with the Peace Corps in Leostho as a water development advisor before coming to Illinois State.

For his 11-month professional practice internship, Eric was placed with the Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center where he aided rural communities in their efforts to write Community Development Block Grants and promote adult literacy programs throughout the Southwest Georgia region.

"Both of these experiences helped me prepare for the work that I'm doing now," Eric noted. "Grant writing experiences is highly valuable for anyone doing community development work because funding is generally a continual issue. The presentation that I did during City Council and County Commission for the literacy program boosted my confidence with public speaking and working with elected officials and public boards."


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