Archive for March, 2011

International Career Webinar Series

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Last month we were thrilled to introduce our Young Generation webinar series, aimed at helping our internationally-minded members learn more about how to find careers that will allow them to make a difference in the world.

Jeff Levine spoke to us from his office in the U.S. State Department (Click here to listen to the recording) about life in the Foreign Service, his career with the U.S. State Department, opportunities in foreign and civil service, the hiring process, and internship opportunities. Learn more about career and internship options at the State Department career website.

Since September 2010, Jeff has been the State Department’s director of Recruitment, Examination and Employment since September 2010.   Prior to this position, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge’ d’Affaires at the U.S.  Embassy in Budapest, Hungary from 2007-2010.

Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, he is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor.  In addition to his assignment in Hungary, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria and has also been posted to Brasilia, Brazil; Nicosia, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Lima, Peru.   At the Department of State, he served in the Operations Center, as desk officer for Hungary and as a special assistant to the Under Secretary for Management.

Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Jeff worked as a newspaper reporter for seven years and was a founding staff member of USA TODAY.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California  and a Master’s degree in Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington D.C.    He is married to Janie L. Keeler and has a 16-year-old son.

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5 Minutes with Rosanne Rosen

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Name: Rosanne Rosen

Title: Senior Vice President, Operations

Start Date at PTPI: October, 1978

Rosanne Rosen

1. What has been your favorite travel experience?

My very first trip with PTPI. It was to India and an amazing, eye-opening experience. I loved everything about it.

2. What is your favorite movie?

Imitation of Life – it’s a real tear jerker.

3. Who is your favorite fictional character?

Ari Ben Canaan from Exodus. Exodus was (is) my favorite book – my mother wouldn’t let me read it a 6th time! Ari was always my hero although I’m not sure if it was because in the movie version, Paul Newman played him. He was a real hottie back then…of course that also shows my age!

4. Mountains or beach?

If this is a wish list, can’t I have both?

5. Are there any words you live by? A favorite saying or quote?

A friend of mine’s father said “integrity is always doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.”

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5 Minutes with Eileen Purkeypile

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Name: Eileen Purkeypile

Title: Coordinator, Membership Services

Start Date at PTPI: February, 2011

Eileen Purkeypile

1. Where all have you lived in the world?

Southern Mexico (Tabasco & Chiapas)
Eagle Pass, Texas
Keene, Texas
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Linwood, Kansas

2. What has been your favorite travel experience?

Yemen! I visited friends who word for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). During my month-long trip I visited projects like assistance centers and refugee camps. The food was wonderful, the people were great and the country was beautiful. It was one of the best experiences of my life!

3. If you could pick anywhere in the world to volunteer for a year, where would it be?

I would go back to Bolivia and volunteer with Children With Hope again.

4. Do you like to cook?  What is your favorite thing to make?

Yes – Mexican food! I always enjoy recreating my mom’s dishes like green enchiladas, calabacita con pollo, salsas, etc.

5. What is your favorite song?

Andrew Peterson – Land of the Free

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