From the Health Department to the Dominican Republic Via the Peace Corps
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It is without doubt a tremendous opportunity.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Douglas County Health Department Administrative Assistant Nicole Kaye-Skinner and her husband, P. Andrew Kaye-Skinner, are leaving the Nebraska prairie for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of serving in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúWe decided to take the Peace Corps plunge because we love helping people by volunteering in our community,‚ÄĚ Nicole Kaye-Skinner said. ‚ÄúOur experiences studying abroad sparked a desire to travel to better understand the world around us.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Nicole has a bachelor‚Äôs degree in International Studies, Spanish, and French from the University of Nebraska‚ÄďLincoln, while Andrew has a bachelor‚Äôs of fine arts degree in Audio Engineering & Lighting Design and Theater Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University. ¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The couple will be leaving Omaha on¬†March 3¬†with a planned stay in the Dominican Republic of 27 months. ¬†Nicole will be a primary literacy educator/promoter, teaching literacy to primary school students and training primary school literacy teachers on innovative teaching practices. ¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Andrew will be a community economic advisor,¬†working with local groups and individuals to develop financial plans and build entrepreneurial pursuits. He is a¬†former financial advisor now working as a research analyst with Securities America.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúWe won't know where specifically in the country we will be until we are almost finished with our 3-month in-country training,‚ÄĚ Nicole said.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Interested media can meet Nicole on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st Street, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. during a farewell reception.