Chris Dreps was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic in 1995 and 1996. He was in a new program at that time to train youth on how to educate their peers about preventing HIV/AIDS. While in the Peace Corps, he developed a much stronger love for ecology and a strong respect for the ability of poor people to survive, and even prosper, with very few resources. He returned to the US for a masters in urban planning at University of Arizona, focusing on environmental planning. Since that time, he has worked as an environmental consultant and run a non-profit called the Upper Neuse River Basin Association (www.unrba.org). He also served as a Crisis Corps Volunteer in Honduras (2000) and a Mennonite Central Committee volunteer in southern Mexico (2006). Currently, his family is involved in projects in Nicaragua. Chris completed an MS in Forestry with Dr. April James and he is the Executive Director of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association in Durham, NC.