Brian Ahn served as a DRVP/Resiliency Corps AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, enhancing the disaster resiliency of Orange County and working with city government to form disaster response partnerships. Brian currently works at Semita School in the International Department.
Ivonne Medina Alcaraz
Ivonne Medina Alcaraz served as a First 5 Colusa: Williams Family Action Center AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, working to enhance the scope and depth of the preschool program as well as assisting parents and other communities to achieve greater stability and family improvements in areas including citizenship, employment, and housing. Ivonne currently serves as a Program Services Assistant II, where she completes all intakes for Colusa County Head Starts and state preschools.
Theodus Ambers served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, providing Physical Education activities and after school enrichment activities to kindergarten through 5th grade students at Piedmont Avenue Elementary School. Theodus currently serves as a 3rd grade teacher at Piedmont Avenue Elementary School in Oakland Unified School District.
Gul “Rose” Berktas
Gul “Rose” Berktas served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, building homes for low-income families in the Coachella Valley. Rose is currently a Program Officer with CaliforniaVolunteers, ensuring grant monitoring and compliance.
Gina Leigh Bock
Gina Leigh Bock served as a Jumpstart AmeriCorps Member from 2011-2014 at Pomona College, where as a team leader, she helped implement a year-long curriculum of language and literacy programming for underserved preschool students. Formerly a Fulbright Fellow English Teaching Assistant, Gina now works as a kindergarten school teacher at Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School in Los Angeles.
Erin Brewster served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, developing a comprehensive tool for LA county facilities that helped identify and prioritize water saving opportunities which could yield $1.7 million in avoided costs and 300 MTCO2e of GHG emissions reductions annually. Erin is currently the Sustainability Program Manager at the California State University Office of the Chancellor.
Allison Campbell served as an Education Outside AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, teaching hands-on, interactive science lessons to K-5 students in the outdoor school garden at Sutro Elementary School. Allison continues to stay involved in garden-based education as part of the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park student education programs, coordinating field trips and tours to teach nutrition and culinary arts to local public school groups.
Carolyn Capitolo served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, teaching STEM-based electives to 7th-grade youth in an after school program and supporting the school in planning activities for students. Carolyn currently works as a Customer Service Representative at Gobble Inc.
As an undergraduate student at U.C. Berkeley, Andrea Cerecedes served as a Jumpstart AmeriCorps Member (2014-2015), where she helped implement a curriculum of language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool students in Oakland. Andrea has worked as a K-12 substitute teacher for the Berkeley Unified School District and now works as a caregiver and teacher for infants with special needs at Through the Looking Glass.
Maribeth Chao served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2015, implementing a girls’ after school program to empower young women and mentoring and tutoring 100+ at-risk high school seniors at Dewey Academy, which helped improve the graduation rate by 50%. Maribeth currently works as the Expanded Learning Program Director at Aspire Public Schools.
Misael Chavarin served as a Birth & Beyond AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2016, engaging fathers in the Birth & Beyond Program through groups and classes. Misael is currently a Family Resource Aide at Valley Hi Family Resource Center.
Jenn Coats served as a Child Welfare Systems Improvement (CWSI) AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015 at GraceSource FRC, engaging in family supportive services and parenting education programs both in group classes and during home visits. Jenn is currently completing an internship with the Yuba County CPS Department and finishing her Bachelor's in Social Work, with plans to receive a Master’s of Social Work from Chico State University.
Sara Craige served as a CalSERVES Expanded Learning AmeriCorps Member from 2011-2013. Sara is currently an After-School Site Supervisor with Napa County Office of Education: Community Programs, managing an academic intervention program for students at Bellevue Elementary School in Napa, CA and plans to receive a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership.
Yaquelen Davila served as an Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps Member, coaching a girls’ basketball team at Frank Del Olmo Elementary School that placed 3rd overall in their division in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Yaquelen is currently a Program Development Coordinator at A World Fit For Kids, where she supports program development and curriculum for 10 elementary, middle, and high schools.
Leslie Stephanie De Haro
Leslie Stephanie De Haro served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, providing low-income, prospective first-generation college students access to higher education opportunities in order to ensure future success as working professionals in their communities. Leslie currently works as a College Access Coordinator at Mission Graduates Program.
Desiree Dominguez served as an Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps Member, working as a coach at Southern California Golf Association Foundation to create a fitness curriculum and increase new youth participation through golf, along with creating a new program at Bell Gardens High School. Desiree is currently a Golf Instructor at Southern California Golf Association Foundation, where she runs the Bell Gardens site supporting new curriculum, coaching classes, and increasing outreach to engage youth in free youth development and golf programming.
Alex Economou served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, assisting the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District with implementing Climate Action Plan measures for each of the county jurisdictions. The work he did while at CivicSpark helped him following his year of service to secure his position with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, where he is now working on GHG emissions inventories for the county.
Emily Finnegan served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, leading a team that planted trees scorched in the Butte Rim Fire and coordinated volunteers. Emily is currently a Project Associate at the Local Government Commission, managing an AmeriCorps program focused on water resource management throughout California.
Rachael Fulk served as a City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps Member from 2012-2014, delivering high quality intervention support resources to students, with the resources expanded throughout the school site due to her hard work and dedication. Rachael is currently in her 3rd year of teaching at the school where she served as both a City Year AmeriCorps Member and then a City Year Team Leader.
Rachel Gacerez served as an SMC Community Impact AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, not only strengthening the relationship between her site and UC Berkeley, but also fully implementing and staffing an education program that assisted children and families. Rachel currently works as a Transitional Kindergarten Teacher with Rocketship Education.
Angela Guidici served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2014, tutoring a group of elementary English Language Learners, as well as teaching enriching classes on subjects like STEM and Leaders of Today. Angela currently works as a Youth Program Coordinator at Piedmont Community Church.
Helen Haggerson served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, serving as an instructional assistant for Special Education students at a high school in a low-income community and assisting with an after school tutoring program for all students. Helen is currently a student at UC Berkeley.
Emely Christine Heras
Emely Christine Heras served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2015, working with elementary school aged youth to provide academic support and cultivate their interest in enrichment subjects. Emely currently works as a Site Director for Love Learn Success at Verde Elementary Expanded Learning Program (WCCUSD).
Miriam Louise Kae
Miriam Louise Kae served as a Jumpstart AmeriCorps Member from 2010-2014, working as a team leader to help implement a year-long curriculum of language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool-aged children from under-resourced communities. Miriam continues to work for equity in education as a Program and Operations Coordinator at Teach For America, San Diego.
Tori Kanhayuwa served as a California Safe Corps AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2016, assisting at the Disaster Response program offices in Long Beach, planning disaster drills, developing programs for future AmeriCorps teams, and deploying to in-state and out-of-state locations on multiple occasions. Tori is currently in the Coro Fellowship Program, which is an elite cohort of 12 individuals who serve at offices ranging from city departments and local campaigns to nonprofits and consulting firms throughout a 10 month period.
Botswana Keys served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, teaching cultural enrichment to at-risk inner city youth at Safe Passages and serving the same Oakland community that he grew up in. Botswana is currently an After School Instructor at Safe Passages/C.U.E.S. Oakland, California.
Tiffany Lam served as a Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, working with a School Social Worker to implement and coordinate San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Mentoring For Success Program and provide individual academic and/or behavioral support in the classroom and one-on-one. Tiffany is currently in graduate school and interning with a community agency in San Francisco, where she is providing case management and clinical services at 2 schools in SFUSD as well as in her internship.
Tenaya Lamon-Anderson served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region AmeriCorps Member in 2016, operating out of the FEMA Corps campus in Sacramento and coordinating logistics for over 20 field teams responding to disasters in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Tenaya is currently the Office Manager at Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon, a non-profit dedicated to community service, youth mentorship, and development.
Marina Lara served as a Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, working at a bilingual elementary school to institutionalize the positive behavior program used schoolwide, in addition to co-coordinating San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Mentoring For Success Program. Marina currently works with the Salvation Army, KROC Center.
Carmelita Limas served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region AmeriCorps Member (2004, 2005, 2007). Carmelita currently works as a Volunteer Program Coordinator and Trauma Counselor – Rape Trauma Services, where she trains community members and volunteers on how to respond to sexual violence and promote healing.
Adrianna Lucero served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member in Jacksonville, Florida (2012-2013) and Sacramento (2015-2016), leading a team of 10 tutors at St. HOPE Public Schools for City Year Sacramento. Following her service term with City Year Sacramento, Adrianna was hired as City Year Sacramento’s Impact Manager.
David Magallon served as a two-term Child Welfare Systems Improvement (CWSI) AmeriCorps Member from 2011-2013, engaging in family supportive services and parenting education programs for parents during supervised visits with their children and during home visits. David currently works as a Parent Educator/Supervised Visit Coordinator at Child Parent Institute (CPI) where he has supervised a team of 3-5 CWSI AmeriCorps members in addition to working directly with families towards reunification.
Katie McLelland served as a Child Welfare Systems Improvement (CWSI) AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016 at River Oak Center for Children (ROCC), engaging in family supportive services and parenting education programs for parents/guardians and foster families. Upon completion of her service term, Katie was hired by ROCC to serve as a Group Coordinator, where she supervised 6 CWSI AmeriCorps members.
Chris Meza served as a CalSERVES Expanded Learning AmeriCorps Member from 2012-2014, connecting and collaborating with school teachers and other administrators to provide a high quality intervention program for students, particularly focusing on special needs students, and creating and promoting inclusion throughout Shearer Elementary School. Chris currently works as an After-School Site Supervisor with Napa County Office of Education: Community Programs, managing an academic intervention program for students K-5 at Shearer Elementary School.
Jade Milburn served as a City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2015, working to create meaningful and lasting relationships with students, parents, and staff that supported students in order to help them stay on track to graduate from high school. Jade is currently a case manager with Downtown Street Team, where she helps connect homeless youth with resources needed to rebuild their lives by linking them to job skills training, higher education opportunities, and transitional housing programs.
Sam Mintz served as a Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2016, helping 42 K-1st grade students from under-resourced communities develop the literacy and social skills that are the foundations for future learning. Sam is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Macedonia as a Youth Development Volunteer.
Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD
Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, developing the Climate Action Plan 2.0 and Sustainability Action Plan for the City of Emeryville. Fei is currently working with ICLEI USA providing technical support, training, and resources to other cities that are developing Climate Action Plans.
Ruben Moody served as a City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2016, supporting students behind-the-scenes in a Sacramento school. Following his service term, Ruben continued with the school he served, where he works to remove the logistical barriers that stand in the way of teachers supporting students.
Helen Myers served as a VIP Napa County Office of Education AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, sustaining a volunteer program with over 8,000 volunteers. Helen currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Redwood Empire Food Bank and has enrolled in a Master’s Program in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy to further explore how law and government affect food justice.
Tina Nguyen served as a City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, working with students at Father Keith B. Kenney K-8 to help improve their English Language Arts skills and encourage them to be positive role models on the school campus. Following her year of service, Tina became the Operation Manager for City Year Sacramento, where she is responsible for ensuring that the City Year Sacramento site has everything it needs to properly serve students and assisting with event planning.
Janeth Ocampo served as a Youth Policy Institute (YPI) Promise Zone AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, supporting students in grades 10-12 and helping them learn about different post-secondary options available to them after graduation in order to help them become college and career ready. Janeth currently works as a full-time staff member with YPI, continuing to support students in their path to college and success beyond high school.
Anna Olsen served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, facilitating solar photovoltaic access across San Luis Obispo County and educating local governments about streamlined solar permitting and helping reduce permit wait times from 2 weeks to 1-2 days. Anna is currently the Executive Director at the Cachuma Resource Conservation District and a CivicSpark Regional Coordinator.
Kristin Owyang served as an Education Outside AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, teaching hands-on, interactive science lessons to K-5 students in the outdoor school garden at Alice Fong Yu Alternative School, which was honored with the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award. The award prompted the school’s principal to hire Kristin as a full-time teacher following her service term in order to allow her to continue connecting children to nature as part of their school day.
Erika Perez served as a University Eastside Community Collaborative AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, where she mentored youth at Beatty Elementary School. Following her service term, Erika decided to pursue a degree in public policy and currently serves as the founder and president of the University of California, Riverside organization of Students for Education Reform.
Jordan Powell served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, assisting in communities and removing invasive species, cleaning brush and trash from 18 miles of the American River Parkway. Jordan is currently a Volunteer Coordinator at American River Parkway Foundation, connecting individuals and businesses with volunteer opportunities along the American River Parkway.
Lucy Rodriguez served as a VIP Friends Outside AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, working directly with incarcerated individuals who were about to reenter the community and their families by helping them coordinate career, education, and lifestyle services during their transition and also facilitated cognitive behavioral trainings within the jail to help inmates challenge negative thinking processes. Lucy currently serves as the In-Custody/Re-entry Support Planner with Friends Outside.
Timothy Romano-Pugh served as a Viva Bien, Coma Bien, Sientase Bien! (VCS) AmeriCorps Member from 2010-2011, working with 120 elementary school students during afterschool programming in order to promote physical fitness, health, and nutrition. Tim is currently an Operations Supervisor for the Student and Parent Support Programs in Hayward Unified School District (HUSD), where he advises the VCS AmeriCorps Program and the Youth Enrichment Program (YEP).
Maria Salazar served as a First 5 Service Corps AmeriCorps Member from 2010-2012. Following her service term, Maria worked for the Madera County Public Health Department and she currently serves as the Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Madera County.
Sabrina Santos served as an SMC Community Impact Hubs AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, developing a spreadsheet contact list of all volunteers and community partners at her site and providing a robust system facilitating mass emails for outreach, program promotion, and fundraising. Sabrina currently serves as a Community Engagement Coordinator with Monument Crisis Center.
Anthony Schneider served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2016, collecting and distributing over 20,000 turkeys and enough food to feed 200,000 low-income individuals in Sacramento County. Anthony is currently the Volunteer Services Coordinator with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, coordinating 8,000+ volunteers in service projects with SFBFS.
Ben Silverman served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, developing building energy benchmark policies covering 35 million square feet of real estate within the City of Oakland. Ben currently serves as the Climate and Buildings Program Manager for City of Boston’s Environmental Department.
Mabel Sisk served as a Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, working with a School Social Worker, co-coordinating San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Mentoring For Success program, and providing general support to students in the school’s Wellness Center. Mabel is currently working as an After-School teacher.
Derek Slama served as a Birth & Beyond AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2016, providing parent education through home visitation services to at-risk families to prevent them from entering/re-entering the Child Welfare System. Derek is currently completing his third year at UCLA, where he is studying Sociology.
Lilly Smith served as a Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2015 and during her two years as a Volunteer Coordinator, Lilly mobilized an average of 75 on-going and 105 one-time community volunteers per year who provided a total of over 2,800 hours of tutoring to over 400 K-2nd grade students in under-resourced communities. Lilly is currently the Program Coordinator of Oakland School Volunteers at the Oakland Public Education Fund.
Gregory Smith served as a GRID Alternatives – North Valley AmeriCorps Member from 2011-2012, training volunteers to assist in installing solar for low-income homeowners and developing relationships with job training programs for individuals looking to get experience in the solar industry. Gregory is currently the Partner Experience Manager for New Jersey and New York at Sungage Financial, where he helps solar installation partners understand the solar loan program for homeowners.
Tiffany Smith served as a VIP Santa Cruz County Office of Education AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015. After her service, Tiffany worked with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Southern California, is a volunteer advocate for CASA, and currently works as an Education Liaison for FosterEd California.
Darya Soofi served as an Education Outside AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, teaching hands-on, interactive science lessons to K-5 students in the outdoor school garden at Marshall Elementary School. Following her two years of service as an Education Outside instructor, Darya continues to stay involved in ecoliteracy and conservation as part of the San Francisco Unified School District's Sustainability Office, where she coordinates efforts to reduce school utility usage, waste generation, and school-related car trips.
Janelle Soto served as a University Eastside Community Collaborative AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2016, where she mentored youth at Highland Elementary School. Following her year of service, Janelle accepted a position as an English Teacher in Korea.
Julia Stahl served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2014, facilitating early literacy groups and teaching an after school class at Horace Mann Elementary School in Oakland. Julia currently works as a Mental Health Counselor with Seneca Family of Agencies.
Jessica Sturholm served as a Viva Bien, Coma Bien, Sientase Bien! AmeriCorps Member from 2010-2013, working with the school/parent community to increase access to healthier food at multicultural family events and involvement in physical fitness routines at school PTA and parent night activities. Jessica is currently a full-time student completing a Bachelor's Degree who is applying to graduate school to become a school counselor.
Nancy Ta served as a California Safe Corps AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, working in South El Monte, a community designated by the Red Cross as a “vulnerable community,” to help individuals learn how to utilize resources and prepare for disasters. Nancy currently works as a Junior Analyst at Constant & Associates, an emergency preparedness consulting firm that is hired by companies and organizations to develop emergency response protocols to make them disaster-ready.
Emma Tome served as a GRID Alternatives SolarCorps AmeriCorps Member from 2015-2016, assisting the Development Department with improving their online donation management systems, working on a GIS tool to identify eligible clients, and helping with trainings and action to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization. Following her term of service and continued work with the organization, Emma was accepted into the Energy and Resources Graduate Program at UC Berkeley, where she studies policy approaches to equitable climate change mitigation.
Shayla Tommila served as a Viva Bien, Coma Bien, Sientase Bien! AmeriCorps Member from 2012-2013, meeting with parents of children with special needs in the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) to better understand their struggles to find schools and programs with the resources to assist them. Her work inspired her to pursue a graduate degree and she was hired by HUSD where she is a Moderate to Severe Special Education Teacher.
Thuyen Tran served as a Birth & Beyond AmeriCorps Member from 2012-2014, facilitating parenting education workshops which provided parents with the education and skills to prevent families from entering into the Child Welfare System. Thuyen is currently a Family Resource Center Coordinator and is supervising AmeriCorps members at the same site where she did both terms of her AmeriCorps service.
Chanece Uboldi served as a Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, helping 24 kindergarten students from under-resourced communities develop the literacy and social skills that are the foundations for future learning. Chanece is currently teaching at Vincent Academy, which is where she completed her AmeriCorps service.
Cassandra Van Dyne
Cassandra Van Dyne served as an AmeriCorps CalPREP site supervisor from 2013-2014 for the Napa County Office of Education at Redwood Middle School, recruiting high school students to mentor middle school youth. Cassandra received her teaching credentials and a Master’s in Education and currently serves as a Math Teacher in the Oakland Unified School District (Skyline High School).
Stacy Vang served as a Birth & Beyond AmeriCorps Member from 2011-2014, providing parent education through home visitation services to at-risk families to prevent them from entering/re-entering the Child Welfare System. Stacy currently works as the Team Leader at the Birth & Beyond program where she served through the Mutual Assistance Network.
Jessica Villalobos served as a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Program AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2016, influencing the foster youth community by advocating for high school foster youth, supporting them in graduating high school in a timely manner and preparing them for their post-secondary track options. Jessica currently works as an AmeriCorps Site Supervisor with Independent Living Skills Program.
Mai Vue served as a Birth & Beyond AmeriCorps Member from 2013-2016, assisting families through home visitation and workshops by providing information on social/emotional development as well as school readiness activities. Mai is currently attending the MSW program through Title IV-E at Sacramento State.
Em Walsh served as a Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, helping 21 2nd grade students from under-resourced communities develop the literacy and social skills that are the foundations for future learning. Em is currently working as an Academic Records Coordinator for the California College of the Arts.
Marlin Williford served as a Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Member from 2014-2015, helping 22 1st grade students from under-resourced communities develop the literacy and social skills that are the foundations for future learning. Marlin is currently teaching at Vincent Academy, which is the same school where he completed his AmeriCorps service.