Andrea Mancuso, 23, of Greenwood Lake, , has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Sierra Leone in June to begin training as a health volunteer.
“I believe every person is entitled to the opportunities necessary to achieve their full health potential. I also believe that the Peace Corps may be the best opportunity to work towards health equity while also sharing my viewpoint of health being a human right,” said Mancuso of her desire to join the Peace Corps.
Mancuso is the daughter of Sharon and Sal Mancuso, of Greenwood Lake, and a graduate of Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, NY.
She attended Stonehill College in Easton, MA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration and Sociology in 2017. Mancuso also earned a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she worked at the Center for Community Health Equity Research, Trauma Informed Hampshire County, the Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth, and several other community health organizations.
During the first three months of her service, Mancuso will live with a host family in Sierra Leone to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Mancuso will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Sierra Leone, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.