Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Director of Resource Development
Alex was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. She has a tremendous love for the great outdoors and all things Pacific Northwest. Alex grew up fishing on the Columbia River, playing on the beaches of the Budd Inlet, and appreciating all that the natural world has to offer. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Service and Public Policy from Arizona State University in December 2013. After three short years in Tempe she made the trek to Jefferson County, Tennessee. Alex is currently the Director of Resource Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley.
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Coordinator of Refugee Education & Life Success
Ashton comes from the small town of Midway, NC, outside of Winston Salem. As a kid she enjoyed reading, writing, and using her imagination. This sparked in her a desire for adventure. She graduated early from Western Carolina University where she double majored in English and International Studies. Ashton has had a long standing passion for working with children. While working with a children’s ministry at Lake Junaluska she was moved to compassion and intrigue by the stories of her African co-workers. Her love of new people and new things, along with the inspiration of her international friends, lead her to study abroad in Gaborone Botswana. There she taught English, and traveled to new places. Ashton has continued to be involved in International work including projects in Haiti and with Botswana Orphan Project. She currently resides in Knoxville, TN and works for Global SEEDS, a nonprofit committed to empowering Muslim Refugees. During Ashton’s VISTA year she will be serving as the Children’s Advocate and FunDay Coordinator. This a responsibility that she is honored to have. Ashton believes that children are exceptionally important to the success of communities. She believes that many of the answers to today’s issues can be found in the exchange of wisdom between cultures. She also knows that a background of love and support is necessary to create a safe and nurturing environment for kids to explore, grow, and eventually conquer the current problems facing present and future generations.
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Impact Coordinator
Krystal recently graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor degree in history and minors in political science and social science education. Just 1 week after graduation she relocated to Knoxville, TN to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Carson-Newman University specifically working for Compassion Coalition. She is excited to begin this journey and see where this path takes her. Her family and friends are more than 5 hours away and she is really starting out as fresh as it gets. Krystal has only been in Knoxville for a month and is failing in love with the community. Krystal hopes to make a difference in Knoxville and is ready to make it happen.
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Coordinator of Development & Programming
Rusty is from Monroe, North Carolina, where he grew up and lived until joining the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2012. He served in Perry Point, Maryland, as a Corps Member in 2012 and then in Vinton, Iowa, as a Field Team Leader in 2013. AmeriCorps NCCC ignited his passion for service and non-profit work and led to his interest in becoming involved with VISTA in order to learn more about the behind-the-scenes mechanics of non-profit organizations.
Rusty is serving with Compassion Coalition, a faith-based non-profit organization in Knoxville that builds partnerships between churches, government agencies, and other organizations with the goal of developing community relationships and building community sustainability. Within Compassion Coalition, Rusty works specifically with The Future Story Project, which focuses on bridging the gap and developing connections between poverty, middle class, and wealth.
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Coordinator of Social Media & Development
I'm Summer and I am working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Carson Newman University at SEEED in Knoxville, TN. SEEED stands for Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development. SEEED trains and educates inner city young adults in weatherization and solar panel installation. Once they have completed the program they can then go on to get their GED, college degree, and/or job. I am from Chilhowie, Virginia and attend Carson Newman University where I will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in Interior Design. I love service, people, my fellow eagles, and Tennessee, so the job is the perfect fit for me.
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Coordinator of Programming & Support
Kenisha White is from the Bronx, New York. She completed her Undergraduate degree at DePauw University in Greencastle. She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Carson-Newman University for its partner organization SEEED: Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, which is a non-profit organization that serve low-income communities in Knoxville, TN. Her current role is the Coordinator for Program Development and Support. She facilitates the program's structure to accomplish the mission of SEEED.
In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, chatting with new folks and engaging intellectual conversations. She hopes that this one-year commitment to serving the United States; more specifically Knoxville, will provide her with enough insights as to how she can leave the planet better than what it is.
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