Greg Elder AHS'93
Greg's statement: "I had a wonderful high school experience at Apollo. My teachers, coaches, and administrators did a very effective job of preparing me and my classmates for life after high school. They took their jobs seriously, and, for that I will always be grateful. There was perfect balance of academics, sports, and recreational activities that provided us a well-rounded experience."
So just what did Apollo prepare Greg Elder for? (click on the links to see places Greg has been.)
Greg Elder has worked in Lexington, KY; Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.; Jamaica; Darfur and West Darfur, Sudan; and Haiti.
Greg is currently the Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). OFDA is the lead office to coordinate and provide U.S. government humanitarian assistance in response to international emergencies and disasters. With a mandate to save lives, alleviate suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of disasters, OFDA staff continuously monitor global hazards, identify potential areas of need and stand ready to respond whenever disaster strikes abroad.
So just what does a Regional Coordinator with USAID's Office of U.S. Foreigh Disaster Assistance do?
According to the resume Greg sent to us, he is responsible for:
- developing and implementing OFDA's regional and country-specific disaster responses, disaster rick reduction strategies, and program-related strategic planning;
- supervising all Disaster Operations Specialists on the LAC team
- representing OFDA in meetings and hurricane preparedness briefings to the National Security Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Operations Center's Crisis Management Support Team and several others;
- serving as primary point of contact with USAID's Haiti Task Team
- collaborating in regional program reviews and strategic work sessions with the regional office staff in San Jose, Costa Rica
After graduation from Apollo High School, Greg obtained a B.A. in Political Science and French and an M.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky in 1999. In 2004, he received is M.A. in International Relations from the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce (also at UK).
Greg has been a Social Studies and P.E. teacher (St. Vincent Strambi High School - Bull Savannah, Jamaica and for Christ the King School in Lexington, Kentucky). He has worked in Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler's district office in constituent services and for Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, MD. While at CRS, Greg was a representative during the Darfur, Sudan, crisis from 2005 to 2006. The next year, he was the Field Administration/Finance Coordinator in West Darfur, Sudan. From that position, Greg became Deputy Head of Programs until 2009.
He then joined USAID in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance in Washington, D.C. He was a Disaster Operations Specialist 2010-2011 before being promoted to the Regional Coordinator position.
How did Greg develop his love for helping others in third-world countries? "The 'serving others' spirit was inspirational at Apollo," he said.
Greg's educational history before college . . . Our Lady of Lourdes (1-3), Sutherland Elementary School (4-5), Burns Elementary School (6-8), Apollo High School (9-12). While at Apollo, Greg was a member of the "Sweet Sixteen", National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, captain of the basketball team, played baseball, and was a member of the Spirit Club.
In May of 2011, Greg married Candice Meza of Red Bluff, California. He and Candice were introduced by mutual friends from Owensboro.
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