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1: Children identify letters and numbers for Eileen St. George during her visit to Mimi’s Place, Ethiopia. (Photo submitted by Eileen St. George) 2: Mimi’s Place teachers Etsehiwot Teferi and Merkeza Abebe pose for a photo with Sasha Kruvant, Jessica Kruvant and Mishka Brice during a 2020 visit to Mimi’s Place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Photo submitted by Sasha Kruvant) 3: The USAID/OTI Nigeria Early Recovery Initiative Program Manager Chikodinaka Omokide (center) visits with a displaced mother in Kaduna 4: Olivia Chapman (center), Digital Media Specialist, takes a selfie with two Fulbe women from Tumu, Upper West Region, Ghana. (Photo by Erick Gibson) 5: The Peacebuilding Project team, working in a community in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. (Submitted by Vivian Jacobs) state who was resettled with the project’s support. (Photo by Jim Huylebroek)


Commending a Creative Leader Senior Vice President Tom Wheelock announces retirement

TomWheelock is retiring after 12 years of leadership at Creative.

“Tom is a leader who built leaders. He placed confidence in my team and fought for us when the situation required it, all because he is a leader. - Debby Kimble, Director, Democracy, Governance and Election Integrity “Every soldier wants to be led into battle by an officer that deeply cares about them and instills a sense of dignity and purpose. This is TomWheelock.” -Olivier Girard, Chief of Party “Tommade the world better through his work at Creative. We thank himwith much love and peace!” - Charito Kruvant, Founder & Board Chair.

After 12 years of leading Creative’s Communities in Transition Division through many successes, TomWheelock has announced his retirement. During his tenure, Wheelock oversaw the implemen- tation of programming in some of the world’s toughest environments, including transitions, stabilizations, governance and the prevention of violent extremism. While he notes in his farewell that Creative has achieved a hard-earned reputation of “implementing outstanding programs in conflict-prone countries,” he, too, has earned the respect and trust from his dedicated staff and colleagues.

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