About Us

Peace Corps Voices Production Team

Amy MayerAmy Mayer, producer/project director

Amy was raised by a returned Peace Corps volunteer and has known many others. This peripheral association, coupled with her passion for audio stories and her recognition that archival audio is increasingly difficult to access, inspired her to find interesting recordings and combine them into a coherent story of the Peace Corps. Amy is a journalist with over a dozen years of public radio experience. Her master’s thesis at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism was a radio documentary. Since then, she has worked as a reporter/producer/host at NPR affiliates KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska and WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. As an independent journalist, she has produced for shows such as NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Her print work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Real Simple and many other publications. Read and hear samples of her work on the clips page of her website.


Mike BailisMichael Bailis, humanities scholar/consultant, Peace Corps Peru 1965-67

Michael recently retired after 30+ years as assistant professor of human services at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. An anthropologist, he found his Peace Corps experience transformative and parlayed it into a career devoted to teaching students the importance of becoming agents for change in their communities.


Paul FrisoliPaul St. John Frisoli, humanities scholar/consultant, Peace Corps Guinea 2002-2004

Paul worked as a Peace Corps campus recruiter after his service and is currently both a doctoral candidate at the Center for International Education at UMass Amherst and a consultant for primary school distance education and teacher training with the International Rescue Committee.


Tanya Ott, editor

Award-winning public radio journalist Tanya Ott, the news director of WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, brings her considerable talents and experiences with long-form audio to this project as the content editor.



Production of this program was made possible through the fiscal sponsorship of Good Radio Shows, Inc. with funding from Mass Humanities.