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VISTA Alumni Resources

As an AmeriCorps VISTA alumni, we value your hard work and dedication to the city of New Orleans. AmeriCorps alumni have a unique opportunity to share their experience, knowledge, and resources with their community.

Please explore some of the following options available to you after your AmeriCorps term of service has ended:

Stay Connected with Fellow Alums

AmeriCorps alumni are bound together by a common commitment to service and a desire to participate as active members in their communities.

Join AmeriCorps Again

We want you back! Your experience and commitment to service add value to AmeriCorps programs throughout the United States. And you can serve as a role model or leader for new members: your experience could make you eligible to serve with AmeriCorps NCCC as a team leader of to coordinate several AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Advance Your Education / The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Congress established the National Service Trust to provide a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for members who successfully complete service in AmeriCorps. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You can take up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award.

Recruit or Support Members

Another way you can stay involved with AmeriCorps is by assisting projects in or near your community and supporting current members during service.

Incorporate Service into the Rest of Your Life

Other Ways to Stay Connected to the AmeriCorps Community

VISTA Alumni

2013-2014 Cohort

Jakita Allen - VISTA Leader
Maggie Birkel - Eden House
Courtni Blackstone -
Carol Chen - Cowen Institiute J
ack Duffy - CBNO Committee for a Better New Orleans
Sara Green - Homer A. Plessy Community School
Emily Kamin - Partnership for Youth Development
Chao Li - A's and Aces
Wendy Liu - Kids Rethink New Orleans
Fernando Reyes - Latino Farmers Cooperative 
Erin Ricketts - Kedila Family Learning Center
Lucy Rosenbloom - Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Jonathan Scott - New Orleans Fruit Tree Project
Natalie Wiggins - Girls on the Run

2012-2013 Cohort

Ben Brubaker, Program Coodinator
Betsy Bateman, Kedila Family Learning Services
Jason LaCoste, FirstLine Charter Schools
Lauren Lim, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
Jon Hourcade, Sanofka Community Development Corporation
Richard Tang, Broadmoor Development Cooperation
Kathleen Duffy, Joseph S. Clark high School
Kylie Kastes, ARISE Academy
Kathleen Duffy, Joseph S. Clark high School<
Jack Hua, Kids ReThink New Orleans Schools
Jean Hsu, Homer A. Plessy School
Noel Chacha, APEX Youth Center, Benjamin Banneker

2011-2012 Cohort

Ben Brubaker, VISTA Leader
Cassie Lemon, Program Coordinator
Mike Jayes, Firstline Charter Schools, Joseph S. Clarke Preparatory Academy
Paul Kramer, Firstline Charter Schools, Samuel J. Green
Malliron Hodge, Arise Academy
Brian Templet, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
Adrienne Roth, Kedila Family Learning Center
Adil Youssef, Upward Bound.

2010-2011 Cohort

Cassie Lemon, VISTA Leader
Cynthia "Cindy" Corrales, Green Light New Orleans
Christina Caryl, Communities in Schools
Emma Storm Herr,
Jan Jugran, Puentes New Orleans
Megan Nuismer, Hollygrove Market and Farm
Meaghan Reid, Southern Food and Beverage Museum

2009-2010 Cohort

Dominica Garza, TU Center for Public Service
Jodine Gordon, The Idea Village
Ashley Hardy, Communities in Schools
Lindsey Roper, Green Light New Orleans
Jackie Thornton, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Laura Mellem, 7th Ward Neighborhood Center
Brendan Connery, New Orleans Food & Farm Network
Beth Stelson, The Green Project
Kelly Holmes, New Orleans Outreach
Kate Harding, Hispanic Apostolate Community Services
Jim Trombella, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Victoria Wilson, New Orleans Outreach
Christina Decker, Puentes New Orleans
Bill Pastellak, Hollygrove Market & Farm
Holley Roberts, TU Upward Bound
Matt Sweeney, Alliance for Affordable Energy
Michael Barr, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

2008-2009 Cohort

Sarah Howard, Neighborhood Housing Services - 7th Ward Neighborhood Center
Lindsay Finlayson, Communities in Schools of New Orleans
Collin Thomas, Gulf Resoration Network
Stephanie O'Brien, Catholic Charities
Joshua Lewis, The Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research
Gwyn Garrison, The Idea Village
Meaghan Callahan, Hispanic Apostolate - Community Services
Nicholas Roosevelt, The Green Project
Christine "Hunter" Savard, Alliance for Affordable Energy
Joshua Fertitta, New Orleans Outreach
Mary Blair, VISTA Leader
Erica Johnson, Neighborhoods Partnership Network
Asya Gough, Upward Bound
Robert Fogarty, City Of New Orleans Mayor's Office of Public Advocacy/VIGOR

2007-2008 Cohort

Cole Judge, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research
Term of Service:
Cole serves with the Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR). She is originally from New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hobart and Smith College, and spent a VISTA year working for the Minnesota Conservation Corps in St. Paul, MN. Her interests lie in sustainable living, urban studies, environmental conservation and rebuilding New Orleans. Cole's current work at the CBR falls under the Urban Eco Initiative, which looks at cities and communities in the context of their natural ecosystems, toward the better understanding of resilience, recovery, and sustainability. Through this initiative, CBR works with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association's Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development in the Lower 9th Ward.

Pavel Leykin, Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organziations
Term of Service:
Pavel grew up in suburban Boston. After graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredricksburg, Virginia, with a degree in Economics, he relocated to New Orleans to work with children in a summer enrichment program in New Orleans East. From September 2007 through April 2008, he worked with The Renaissance Project to increase food access in the 9th Ward through a farmer's market and community garden project. Pavel now works with LANO in New Orleans.

Danielle Miles, Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Term of Service:
Danielle Miles hails from Houston, Texas. She is working with the graphic visual arts program at Ashe Cultural Arts Center through Tulane's AmeriCorps*VISTA program.

Narda Hernandez,
Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House
Term of Service:
Narda feels at home in the vicinities of New Orleans. She has been working as a VISTA member at the health center since June of 2007. The main projects she in engaged in are developing patient wellness and advocacy programs and establishing a Spanish Interpreters Training Module with the Center for Public Service, the Spanish & Portuguese Department, and the Newcomb Institute. Through her VISTA work, Narda is dedicated to reinforcing the connections that university students can make within their new homes to improve the distribution of resources and increase the access to basic health care services.

Jenny Durkin, New Orleans Outreach
Term of Service:
Jenny works with New Orleans Outreach building their volunteer coordinating capacity. She is originally from Boston and graduated in May 2006 from Tulane University with dual degrees in Anthropology and Communications. In the volunteer coordination program, she works closely with Tulane faculty and service learning students on projects to help New Orleans Outreach's partner schools. She also works closely with community members to increase involvement in, and support for, New Orleans public schools. After her VISTA service she hopes to teach and ultimately start her own school.

Jared Heuter, CITYbuild
Term of Service:
Jared grew up in west Tennessee and attended his first year of college at Freed-Hardeman University focusing on religious studies. He then moved to Arkansas to pursue a degree in Architecture at the University of Arkansas. As president of the student community design organization Re_Vision, Jared helped co-found the New Orleans based non-profit CITYbuild consortium of schools. After graduation, Jared moved to New Orleans to take the VISTA position as program developer/coordinator with CITYbuild.

Amy Medtlie, Gulf Restoration Network
Term of Service:
Amy grew up in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2006 with a degree in Global Studies. Amy recently completed a term of service with AmeriCorps NCCC before beginning her work with the Tulane VISTA program. During NCCC, the rebuilding work on the Gulf Coast inspired her to continue service in a more focused setting. After her VISTA service, she would like to attend graduate school.

Lindsay Pick, VISTA Leader; Hispanic Apostolate
Term of Service:
Lindsay is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. Lindsay is in her second year of VISTA service with Tulane. She spent her first year with For the Children and is now serving as VISTA Leader and working to expand programs at the Hispanic Apostolate.

Brittany Jones, The Neighborhood Gallery
Term of Service:
Brittany is originally from Baltimore County, Maryland. She completed her degree in English and African American Studies at Temple University, and is now serving as the VISTA member at The Neighborhood Gallery.

Alison Phillips, Hispanic Apostolate
Term of Service:

Jules Goins, Neighborhoods Partnership Network
Term of Service:

Dela Gross, Catholic Charities
Term of Service:

2006-2007 Cohort

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