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Founded in 1980...

RIPCA Organization 

The Rhode Island Area Peace Corps Association, formerly known as the Rhode Island Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, is a non-profit, membership organization comprised of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV's) and former staff, plus supporters and friends of Peace Corps. RIPCA is governed by a board of volunteers who work to ensure the mission of the membership organization is being fulfilled. Members are returned volunteers, families, friends, allies, and potential volunteers. Membership to RIPCA is free and our events are open to anyone interested in learning more about Peace Corps! 


RIPCA Board of Directors

RIPCA has a small board of volunteers who meet monthly to ensure the mission of RIPCA is being fulfilled. If you are interested in learning more about board service,  please connect with us. 

Emily McGinnis- Co-President

Tamara Burman- Co-President

Natahan Watchous- Treasurer

Kaitlyn Morgan-Secretary 

Laura Bechard- Member at Large

Joan Mathieu- Member at Large

Become a Member

Join the Rhode Island Area Peace Corps Association to stay connected and support Peace Corps community initiatives! 



We are an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

NPCA is the nonprofit alumni network at the center of a vibrant community of over 220,000 people who share the Peace Corps experience. NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. Visit NPCA to learn more