The Rachel Corrie Foundation is actively developing its Board of Directors. Our immediate goal is to draw from Rachel’s local community a diverse group of board members who share interests and values compatible with the foundation’s mission and vision.
The current board consists of the following eight members:
- Cindy Corrie, President
- Patty Mosqueda, Vice President
- Rebecca Pilcher- Secretary
- Craig Corrie, Treasurer
- Dr. Savvina Chowdhury- Savvina Chowdhury teaches feminist economics and political economy at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. She holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation, Everyday Economic Practices: The Hidden Transcripts of Egyptian Voices (published by Routledge in 2007) is based on her work with the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt. Born in Bangladesh, Savvina grew up in the Middle East, in Bahrain and Egypt. She came to the United States in 1991 and has since returned to the Middle East a number of times. Her research interests include working with local communities on participatory economic practices.
- Andrew Meyer- Andrew Meyer is a student and activist from Olympia, WA, studying political economy and Middle Eastern studies at The Evergreen State College. He currently works as a research assistant for the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic cultures. Andrew is active within the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and is a founding member of Olympia BDS. He has traveled extensively throughout the West Bank and Gaza as part of the Maia Mural Brigade and International Solidarity Movement.
- Fairhan Bushnaq- Fairhan is a Palestinian American, born in Jenin, West Bank– the occupied part of Israel. She studied in Germany and immigrated to US in 1974 where she worked for 20 years as a Medical Assistant. She has been retired for 2 years and spends much time volunteering for the foundation.
- Sonja Wentz- Sonja Wentz resides in Olympia and is a mental health therapist in private practice. She is a faculty member of The International Trauma Treatment Program, a local, non-governmental organization that collaborates with practitioners from around the world to treat psychological trauma as a result of war, torture and natural disasters. Sonja has traveled to Uganda, Turkey, Croatia, Palestine (the West Bank and two trips to Gaza) and Israel.
- Donna Schumann- Board Adviser and meeting facilitator