Jerica Ward completed her studies in 2009 from Cedarville University (OH) with a major in international studies and a minor in Spanish and Bible. She won a number of awards in Model United Nations and Forensics speech and poetry competitions as an undergraduate. Jerica followed her passion for international service to the Dominican Republic and then as an education Peace Corps Volunteer to the Philippines. For two years she worked as a high school and university English and Spanish teacher, started a highly successful Library and tutoring Project, planned a Palawan Department of Education English Conference, environmental service projects, and worked with USAID and an UN Hiv/Aids initiative. She currently works for the State of Maryland as a manager for a refugee employment training program at the Baltimore City Community College, building on her earlier work there as an ESL adjunct faculty.
Jerica plans to study international economic development and nonprofit management. After graduation she will join the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer through the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship. She is fluent in Tagalog and proficient in Spanish. (IDEP)