Riley Barnacastle served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Redwood, St. Catherine from 2012-14. His primary project was focused on improving literacy and numeracy among students at Redwood Primary School. He has previously served on the board of the FOJ as secretary and vice president. He attended the Middlebury Institute of International Studies as a Coverdell Fellow where he completed his MPA. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA where he works in Fintech.
Hello! My name is Adam Rhoads, I served in Peace Corps Jamaica from 2003-2007 as an environment volunteer in South Trelawny. Currently I serve on the FOJ Board as the Grants Coordinator. I live in Lincoln, NE with my wife, two daughters and a whole heap of animals.
My name is BenJee Cascio and I served as Peace Corps volunteer in Pimento Walk, St. Ann from 2008-2010. I have served on the board since 2014 in various capacities such as membership director, president, and currently as the immediate past president. I currently reside in Iringa, Tanzania working for a carnivore conservation and human wildlife conflict research project.
Chris served in Jamaica from 2007-2009 as a community development specialist. Based in the town of Glengoffe, Chris advised a local civic group and implemented a string of projects in agriculture, small business development, environmental engineering, and rural water supply. During the second year of his service, Chris partnered with agricultural extension officers communities across NE St. Catherine parish, helping farmers organize into functioning groups and embark on similar projects. He also acquired a cat.
Chris moved to DC in 2010 and joined a congressional office as a legislative fellow, overseeing a portfolio including international development and LGBTQ civil rights. He found RPCVs in many other offices in the House and Senate and co-founded the Peace Corps Congressional Staff Association. He became involved with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. (RPCV/W) and oversaw fundraising efforts for the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Event at Arlington National Cemetery.
Chris joined the Board of RPCV/W in 2011 as Development Director and became Communications Director in 2012. He was elected President in 2015 and served until 2018. When Friends of Jamaica was rekindled in 2015, Chris joined as Treasurer and shifted to Membership Director in 2018. In 2021 he became Vice President.
David served in Jamaica from 2015-2017 as a Primary Literacy Advisor in Portland parish. Based in Bybrook district, David worked with Bybrook Primary school to improve its literacy instruction, develop a physical education curriculum, and led the track and field team to back to back Primary School CHAMPS appearances. David worked as a third year Peace Corps Volunteer Leader (PCVL) based out of Port Antonio working with volunteers and community organizations across St Thomas, St Mary, and Portland. He currently resides in Dallas, TX.
Peter was in Jamaica from 2012-2014, where he lived and worked in Mandeville, Manchester as PEPFAR volunteer (US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) with the Jamaican Ministry of Health. During his service, he also secured grant funding to help develop a livestock program for a regional organization that serves people without housing.
Peter resides in Buffalo, NY where he maintains a law practice dedicated to criminal defense and plaintiff's work.
Joel served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica from 2018-2020. He lived in Hayfield, St. Thomas and was in the Agriculture sector where he worked with farmers and the community farmers group. Recently, Joel was the project manager for the Hayfield Accessibility Ramp Project, which is a project that the Friends of Jamaica provided a grant for. Joel joined the Friend of Jamaica team in 2022 as the secretary. Joel is currently a graduate student at the University of Oregon.