Jim Heyburn ’68

Director of a maritime consulting business in Sierra Leone.

Jim Heyburn ’68

Director of a maritime consulting business in Sierra Leone

Liberia 1968-72

Peace Corps gave me my start: It set me down in a village in Liberia with no running water, electricity, or paved roads. And I really never left. I’ve been working and living in West Africa for the past 42 years.

For two years I taught math and science at a rural mission school, then at a high school in Monrovia, the capital. My fourth year I was involved with teacher training and training for newly arrived volunteers. With the help of the U.S. Information Service, I started a village library. I coached basketball and refereed games and was appointed a commissioner of the Liberia National Basketball Federation.

I’d love to share photos of my time in Peace Corps, but in July 1990, when Charles Taylor’s rebels invaded Monrovia, all of my property was looted or destroyed. After 22 years of living in Liberia, I was made a war refugee, along with so many Liberians. I fled to neighboring Sierra Leone, where I have resided and worked for the past 20 years.

Connection

A fellow Bronco is never far and always there to help on the Bronco Exchange.

Big on Ice

As the CEO of the Anaheim Ducks, chairman of the foundation, and an alternate governor to the NHL’s board, Michael Schulman J.D. ’76 oversaw to the team’s rebranding.

Finding Meaning

Edward M. Dowd ’72 left an inspired legacy in the shape of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, where Broncos continue to create and learn.

Brass Tacks

Abigail Figueroa-Vera ’06 has built a business around mending antique furniture, and along the way, the human heart.