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Peace Corps Morocco 1969, 1970 and 1971 50th Anniversary reunion
September 17-18, 2021
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Tim Resch

Tim Resch in Morocco 1971 Tim Resch in Morocco2 Tim Resch birding Tim Resch and Suri
                
I am now retired.  My time is taken up with volunteering for Friends of Morocco, the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) and invasive species removal in a nearby unmanaged Fairfax County park.  I’ve taken up with birding.  Life list now more than 700 species observed.  It provides a focus around the US and locally. I’ve been on birding trips to Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia and will go to Belize in February.  After years of playing pool, the last three years, I’m in a nine-ball league and have better equipment.  I was married 1979 to 89 and have a daughter, Alexandria and nicknamed Ali, now 39, engaged and working as a third grade teacher in the Fairfax County school system.  My companion of almost 26 years, Trish Ralston, died of ovarian cancer December 2017.  After a year of dating on Match.com, in 2020 I ended up with an Iranian-American, Suri Mariani and we continue to enjoy our relationship.

On January 2015, I left my capstone position as the Environmental Advisor for the USAID Bureau for Africa.  In 2016 and 2017, I did some part-time and short-term consulting.  From 2000 to 2005 I was the Manager of the East Asia and Pacific Environmental Initiative (EAPEI) of USAID Bureau for Asia and the Near East and the Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.   Previous to that I was Tropical Forestry and Biodiversity Advisor 1990-2000 USAID Bureau for Africa and 1981-1990 with USDA Forest Service, Office of International Forestry as Program Coordinator for Africa and later as Program Coordinator for Food Aid and Voluntary Assistance supporting USAID programs worldwide.   My only domestic experience was 1975-80 as Forest Management Program Staff Leader for the South Dakota Division of Forestry.  After 3 ½ year as a Peace Corps Forester in Morocco 1970-74, I earned a MS in Forestry from Colorado State University.

As Virginia unlocked, I’ve profited from my Winnebago Travato class B camper van for what I call 200 mile radius staycation road trips mostly to VA, MD, PA, DE and NJ.  Self-contained I could avoid hotels and restaurants while I focused on hiking, birding and breweries.  Eastern shore birding trips to favorite local wildlife refuges such as Eastern Neck, Bombay Hook, Chincoteaque, and Blackwater and Cape Henlopen and Assateaque State Parks.  My 2015 retirement self-gift now has 56,000 miles on the odometer so I’ve upgraded to a 2021 59GL Travato. The pandemic has been good for RV builders.

Compared to my peers, I feel blessed with my good health status but, of course, recognize that the unexpected can be expected.  All in all, the pieces are coming together.  Life is busy and good. 


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