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We love to stay connected with our Alumni. Please tell us more about your life after AmeriCorps. If you are a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni member please send us a status update along with any pictures, videos, and weblinks you would like to include to mediavista@tulane.edu.


Noel ChaCha, APEX Youth Center
Term of Service: August 2012 – August 2013

Hometown:
Planet Earth, Milky Way

Favorite Service Experience: My favorite service memory was organizing a prom for high school students with developmental disabilities – then getting my groove on!

Fun Fact: My birthday is the reason people celebrate New Years!

Jon Hourcade, Sankofa CDC
Term of Service: August 2012 – August 2013

Hometown:
Saint Louis, Missouri

Favorite Service Experience: Attending monthly York Road Partnerships meetings in Baltimore

Fun Fact: Jon shares a birthday with Notorious BIG.  Rest in Peace, Biggie.

Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
Mandeville, LA
Favorite Service Experience: Volunteering at the National World War II Museum!

Fun Fact: I somehow made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 7th grade.


Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
Valencia, CA
Favorite Service Experience: Working for the Beijing Olympics 2008.

Fun Fact: I became bilingual through necessity on a solo trip to Taiwan when I was 17.

Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
New Orleans, LA

Favorite Service Experience: For the past year, I worked with the Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools’ Architecture Club, helping a group of middle schoolers design their “School of the Future” for a national competition. We won 2nd place in the regionals. Tons of fun and inspirational.

Fun Fact: I camped in front of City Hall for two weeks and then some during Occupy NOLA last Fall. Regardless of opinions or results, it was a learning experience.

Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
Novi, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit)

Favorite Service Experience: Reading with the elementary schooler of Banneker Elementary. These kids were truly inspiring in the face of multiple adversities!

Fun Fact: My grandpa’s name is King Kong!

Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
FuZhou, China (lived mostly in Mandeville, LA, though)

Favorite Service Experience: Getting competitive and lovable high school kids to finish cleaning an area that was to take 2 hours in less than 30 minutes.

Fun Fact: I was raised a farmer boy by relatively “country” parents in China. I once had pet chickens, but they were eaten by a stray cat. 😦

Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
Manhasset, New York

Favorite Service Experience: Interning at New York Cares – we coordinated many projects throughout the city, such as revitalizing parks, painting schools, helping people with their résumés at an unemployment center, helping out animal shelters, and more.  The direct service opportunities that New York Cares offers their volunteers are wonderful and I’m glad I got to be a part of making that a possibility.

Fun Fact: I invented teleporting. 🙂

Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite Service Experience: Helping wards of the state in Taiwan… and unicycling with them

Fun Fact: I have been playing the violin for ten, going on eleven years!

Kylie Kastes, ARISE Academy
Term of Service: July 2012 – July 2013

Hometown:
Clearwater, FL
Favorite Service Experience: Being a service-learner at Tulane.

Fun Fact: I HATE CHEESE, but my favorite food is grilled cheese.

Jabari Brown, Grow Dat Farms
Term of Service: February 2011 – February 2012

Hometown:
Canton, MS
Favorite Service Experience: My most enjoyable moment was with the Grow Dat students and watching them

overcome their fear of canoeing.

Fun Fact: I am a 1st generation college graduate from my family but after me those in my family have either graduated or are attending college.

Ben Brubaker, CPS AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Term of Service: October 2011-October 2012

Hometown:
New Orleans, LA via Philadelphia, PA

Favorite Service Experience:

Working with local hip-hop artists and Tulane students to help organize the annual Hip-Hop for Hope benefit concert that raises money for New Orleans educational programs.  Highlights included: watching Lupe Fiasco explain his personal hip-hop philosophy at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center and

seeing Mannie Fresh perform all of his classic hits at Tipitina’s.

Fun Fact:
I love surfing, it’s a life passion.  Yet, New Orleans doesn’t have a surfing scene. 😦

George Doonan Martin, Benjamin Bannker Elementary

   Term of Service: August 2011-August 2012

Hometown: La Grange, IL

Favorite Service Experience: On several occasions during high school I did Habitat for Humanity in Clarksdale, MS. This was my first experience in the South.

Fun Fact: I hate peanut butter. But I love my middle name, Doonan.

Lora White, Carrollton Hollygrove Community Development Corporation 

Term of Service: November 2011- November 2012

Hometown: Port Townsend, WA via Portland,OR

Favorite Service Experience: This past summer I served as a mentor with Youth Leadership for Sustainability camp in Portland, OR.  I had a great time leading middle school students on field trips, and I was able to take in new sights from around the greater Portland area.

Fun Fact: I would like to learn how to play the accordion. Someday…

Sadira Glendenning, Puentes New Orleans 

 Term Of Service: November 2011-November 2012

 Hometown: Minneapolis

Best service memory: To me the best memories circle around the relationships formed. One of my favorite memories       was sharing coffee with a Honduran family in their candle lit, dirt floored living room. We were getting into some serious conversation and their naked baby peed on my foot causing us to burst out in laughter and break the ice – good times.

Fun fact: If I could be reincarnated as an animal, I would come back as a Canadian Goose. They’re feisty and get to fly   around the world with friends.

Selena Poznak, Green Light New Orleans

Term of Service: November 2011- November 2012

Hometown: Oak Park, Illinois

Favorite service experience: Painting a school in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fun fact: I have another life as a theatrical lighting designer.

Brooke Henderson, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

Hometown: Niles, Ohio

Favorite Service Experience? Raising money for St. Jude’s while in college. The amount you raised was enough to send someone to Ashland.

Fun Fact: Can eat 12 tacos in one sitting.

Malliron HodgeARISE Academy

Term of Service: July 2011-July 2012

Hometown: Bunn, NC

Fun Fact: During the summer months of my early childhood I worked in my Dad’s Tobacco field, 10+ acres. I also dream of one day running in the Boston Marathon.

Favorite Service Memory: Planting trees and laying pipes at the construction site of my Professor’s community/enrichment center in the Great Rift Valley of Eldoret, Kenya. It was amazing to be able to lend a helping hand to give more life to the the community grounds which would become a quintessential part of the lives of my friends in the valley.

Mike Jayes, First Line Schools @ Joseph S. Clark Preparatory Academy

Term of Service: July 2011-July 2012

Hometown: Washington, DC

Favorite Service Experience: Serving on the Disaster Action Team at the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Fun Fact: My sister and I have the same birthday, but we’re not twins.

Cathy Harris, Urban Research and Outreach/ Engagement Center
Hometown: Oxford, England
Favorite Service Experience: An internship in Costa Rica with the Senior Center. The cultural experience of it all whether it was people walking to a central location or creating games from scratch. Developing activities for the Center and international service was great.
Fun Fact: I have a dog named Maddy that I rescued from the Humane Society.

Paul Kramer, First Line Schools @ Joseph S. Clark

Term of Service: July 2011-July 2012

Hometown: Grand Island, NY
Favorite Service Experience: Working at Transparency International in the Maldives.
Fun Fact: I once had a psychic reading, where I was told I would move to Los Angeles and marry a woman whose name began with an “F.”

 

Brittany Lane, Urban Research and Outreach/ Engagement Center

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Service Experience: Doing cleaning for the homeless shelter because knowing that this kind of work helps the larger mission.

Fun Fact: I’m only 5″1 and 1/2………..I have shrunk over the past year.

Tara Milligan, Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships

Term of Service: April 2010-April 2012


Hometown:
 Southside Virginia

Favorite Service Experience: Organizing a sex trafficking awareness week–learning about the issue and advocating/educating about it.  Out of the one event, many people used it in art to advocate later too!

  Fun Fact: I have shoulder dimples!

Adrienne Roth, Kedila Family Learning Center

Term of Service: July 2011-July 2012

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Favorite Service Experience: Spending an afternoon helping an illegal immigrant couple fill out forms requesting green cards so they could become legal workers.

Fun Fact: Make sharks are the fastest sharks in the world and can swim 60mph (if you want one about me–I used to be in an all-girl rock band).

 

Brian Templet, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative

Term of Service: July 2011-July 2012

Hometown: Fox Island, Washington

Favorite Service Experience: My Eagle Scout Project for Boy Scouts.  Two years previously, my brother had done his Eagle Project at a local state park, which I helped him with, creating a hiking path along a scenic overlook near the beach.  Over the course of two years, the waves had eroded the path to the degree where it was unsafe to walk along.  Thus my project was to close off his trail, to construct a fence to block it entirely, and to plant trees along it to firm up the soil.

Fun fact: A paper I researched and wrote was published in the Journal of Opthamalogical Medicine my Sophomore year at the University.

Adil Yousuf, TulaneUniversity Upward Bound

Term of Service: July 2011-July 2012

Hometown: Chalmette, Louisiana

Favorite Service Experience: Painting the bottom of a house with my friend and comparing who was covered in more paint by the end of it.

Fun Fact: NFL Street Unplugged National Champion for two consecutive years!

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Allison Bakamjian, New Orleans Outreach
Term of Service: July 2010 – July 2011
Hometown:
Tulsa, Oklahoma!
Favorite Service Experience:
Co-teaching an ESL class for a semester during college.
Fun Fact:
My favorite snack is celery and peanut butter. And snoballs.

Fun Fact: I like going spelunking.

Melisa Cardona, Mondo Bizarro
Term of Service: July 2009 – July 2011
Hometown:
The world
Favorite Service Experience:
Being a part of the Loup Garou performance back in the fall, to spread awareness of the rapid and violent loss of coastal wetlands we’re experiencing…this was months before the oil spill.
Fun Fact:
I speak better Spanish than English.

Brendan Connery, New Orleans Food & Farm Network
Term of Service: August 2009 – August 2010
Hometown:
Royal Oak, MI
Why I Serve New Olreans?
I serve in New Orleans because after watching what happened to New Orleans with Katrina I wanted to do something to help bring the city back, and Americorps VISTA seemed like a good opportunity to do so.
Favorite Service Experience?
My favorite service experiences would have to be the Tulane Service Days where we are actually able to get out into the community and do some direct service.
Fun Fact:

Dominica Garza, TU Center for Public Service
Term of Service: November 2009 – November 2010
Hometown:
San Antonio, TX
Why I Serve in New Orleans?
I chose to commit to a year of service in New Orleans because of childhood memories with my family in this historically rich city. My father was born and raised in Baton Rouge so growing up we as a family would make it out to New Orleans to play tourist for the day often. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and seeing all of the media coverage and footage I didn’t want those who had never been to the city to have that picture in their head. I decided that it is important for me to do my part to help in the restoration and rebuilding of New Orleans, in any way I can. Hopefully, from this many more bright and happy memories will come!
Favorite Service Experience?
My favorite service experience was helping build a computer lab at Samuel J. Green Charter School. Midway through setting up the lab, a young student entered the library exclaiming, “wow check out our new lab!” He then proceeded to show me his favorite computer terminal which happened to be the one at the end corner (and conveniently in a teacher blind spot). He helped us finish up by checking the Internet connection and keyboards. I have a strong feeling he is going to be a future techy!
Fun Fact:
I have a dog named Winston Jonathon Garza. He and I have a love of puns, string cheese, and word search puzzles.

Jodine Gordon, The Idea Village
Term of Service: November 2009 – December 2010
Jodine works with the Entergy Innovation Center, a project of the Idea Village focused on fostering self-sustaining economic development in the Upper 9th Ward through entrepreneurship.  Born in Jamaica and raised in New Jersey, Jodine attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studies Political Science, sang her heart out as an a cappella  vocalist, and engaged in public service whenever possible.  She studies medical infrastructure in South Africa as an International Scholar Laureate, researched education policy and taught 8th grade students as a Penn Public Service Intern, and was introduced to New Orleans as a Fox Leadership Intern in the summer of 2008.  Jodine also traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, this summer to launch YouthBank, a microenterprise organization focused on youth entrepreneurship.  She is excited to live in a city with such a rich and unique culture with a passion for social entrepreneurship and can’t wait to join the efforts of economic revitalization.  She also looks forward to pursuing her passions for singing, music, film, and elevated diction in a city filled with plenty of inspiration for the creative mind.

Ashley Hardy, Communities in Schools
Term of Service: November 2009 – November 2010
Hometown:
Indianapolis, IN
Why I Serve in New Orleans?
I chose to participate in AmeriCorps VISTA because I wanted to work in program development.
Favorite Service Experience?
Service-Learning Project with Catholic Charities Operation Helping Hands in the summer of 2007.
Fun Fact:
My interests include running, reading, and football.

Kate Harding, Hispanic Apostolate Community Services
Term of Service: July 2009 – July 2010
Hometown:
Antrim, NH
Why I serve New Orleans?
I was one of the many volunteers who came down on alternative spring breaks to help rebuild New Orleans. Ever since the first time I visited in March of ‘06 I have been figuring out ways to return. Now, having been in New Orleans for almost a year I  feel like I have found a home. I have taken a lot from the city, and aim to return as much. I want to be a part of the long-term building of New Orleans- helping to reconstruct schools, social services and the environment.
Favorite Service Experience?
Any time I was able to use my muscles for a good cause.
Fun Fact:
I aspire to be a blurred face on the Real World New Orleans or an extra in HBO’s Treme.

Kelly Holmes, New Orleans Outreach
Term of Service: July 2009 – July 2010
Hometown:
Sacramento, CA
Why I serve New Orleans?
Tulane Alumni – would like to make New Orleans my home.
Favorite Service Experience?
Working with the PACE University students at Arthur Ashe, we painted, tutored, photocopied and played with the kids.
Fun Fact:
I am a twin.

Cassie Lemon, CPS AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Term of Service: September 2010 – September 2011
Hometown:
Mineral Wells, West Virginia
Favorite Service Experience:
I had the opportunity to lead a group of students from Wesleyan during my first year in AmeriCorps to do a service trip to the southeastern area of West Virginia at a camp for Homeless Children. The group that I got to take had never really experienced hard outdoor labor, rural West Virginia, or sleeping outside. It was really neat to see these volunteers step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves to participate in a completely new experience.
Fun Fact:
I love to dance! I am a deer hunter and have been hunting since I was 11 years old and have killed the biggest buck in my family to date.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Anne Lopez, New Orleans Outreach
Term of Service: July 2010 – July 2011
Hometown:
Kenner, Louisiana
Favorite Service Experience:
I have trouble picking just one experience.  I enjoyed traveling to India to volunteer with a Tibetan refugee language partner, as well as traveling to multiple wetland areas to do restoration work.  I have always enjoyed serving in the New Orleans community as well.  I believe a meaningful service experience is not just when I leave a site believing I have made an impact, but when I am able to accomplish something that truly benefits the people at the site.  This benefit can be large, small, or gradual, and I may not even realize the positive impact the service I have given to a community until I look back on the experience years later.
Fun Facts:
I cannot function without coffee (and especially love frozen coffee); I love 80s movies; I am a cat person (no disrespect to other animals); and I had the privilege of listening to the Dali Lama speak when I was India.

Laura Mellem, 7th Ward Neighborhood Center
Term of Service: November 2009 – November 2010
Hometown:
Bloomington, MN
Why I Serve New Orleans?
I had never been to New Orleans before I started my VISTA year, but I always felt a certain draw to the city.  A newfound passion of mine is getting to know different cities throughout the country and the world, and New Orleans is truly a unique and culturally rich place.  I chose VISTA because I was interested in getting experience in community building work, but I chose New Orleans because of its difference and its energetic draw.
Favorite Service Experience?
I’ve had the opportunity to develop and manage programming for kids at the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center and through this work have developed friendships with many kids around the neighborhood. One girl in particular comes to all of our programs and just loves to hang out here.  One day she was early for the program so she spent some time drawing on the chalkboard in our outdoor classroom. When she finished, she asked me to come see what she had created.  The creation?  An elaborate and intricately detailed depiction of a picnic lunch with a caption that read, “Nyla and Ms. Laura are having a picnic together.”  It was truly a precious moment!
Fun Fact:
I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with cats and since my current housing agreement does not allow animals, I have placed a ceramic cat in my living room in an attempt to fill the kitty void in my heart.  His name is Leo and I made him a macrame collar much to my roommate’s horror and disgust.

Megan Nuismer, Hollygrove Market & Farm Term of Service: November 2010 – November 2011 Hometown: Grand Haven, Michigan Favorite Service Experience: I had the opportunity in 2007 to lead a group during the Martin Luther King Junior National Day of Service.  I had very little experience volunteering let along leading but what we accomplished that day and how it affected me made me want to become more involved in helping the city. Fun Fact: I am deathly afraid of open water!

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Nick Poggioli, Gulf Restoration Network
Term of Service: February 2010 – February 2011
Hometown:
Illinois
Why I Serve in New Orleans?
Of all the place I’ve been, this place knows it’s New Orleans.
Favorite Service Experience?
Napping on top of Fort Pike.
Fun Fact:
The Blue Whale’s aorta is large enough to swim through.

Lindsey Roper, Green Light New Orleans
Term of Service: November 2009 – November 2010
Hometown:
Athens, GA by way of Marietta, GA by way of Atlanta, GA…
Why I Serve in New Orleans?
I serve because of the things that make the city of New Orleans what it is. I serve because I want to be a part of preserving the history, the culture, the tradition and life of New Orleans. I want to help New Orleans work toward sustaining everything that makes this city what it is. I serve because of Louis Armstrong, the faulty levees,  Fats Dominio, Congo Square, the Mighty Mississip’, Po-Boys, Yat, Ignatius Riley, Storyville, Shotguns, Royal Street, Marie Laveau, any street with a name that is pronounced incorrectly (to the ears’ of out-of-towners), neighborhood identification, 95 degree weather with 95% humidity, the French influence, the Spanish influence, the Irish immigrants, the Italian immigrants, Gumbo, Crystal Hot Sauce, a Streetcar Named Desire, The Candlelight Lounge, no open container laws, Dookie Chase’s…  I serve because of the spirit of the people- that is what first truly made me fall in love with this city. The people of New Orleans have a very unique way of thinking about living life- come hell or high water- and they refuse to let anyone tell them they should think otherwise. The soul of the city got ahold of me and I can’t shake it. The reason I serve the city of New Orleans is the same reason why so many people who have lived here all their lives refuse to live anywhere but here.
Favorite Service Experience?
My favorite service projects have been volunteering at the Edible School Yard at Samuel J. Green Charter School, Our School at Blair Grocery, and doing a garden build with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network. Obviously, I have a passion for urban gardening and food justice. I believe that it is highly important to bring edible, organic gardening into communities and educate community members about the benefits of fresh, local, organic food. I believe that this is particularly important in areas where access to fresh, nutritious food is scares, and where children are not exposed to real food. Using gardening as a tool to educate children is such an easy way to teach children about everything from science, to math, to nutrition and that is why I am thankful for being able to be a part of volunteer projects that utilize these concepts.
Interesting Fact:
I don’t know if this constitutes “interesting”, but my top five favorite foods are considered condiments by most people- the #1 favorite food being LEMONS!

Nick Solari, City of New Orleans Office of the Mayor
Term of Service: February 2010 – February 2011
Hometown:
Powder Springs, Georgia
Why I Serve in New Orleans?
I first came to New Orleans in spring 2008 as a participant of the University of Georgia’s Alternative Spring Break program. Our group worked with Catholic Charities: Operation Helping Hands and helped paint and do small repair work on two houses. Although I was only in New Orleans a week, I fell in love with the culture and diversity of the city. I wanted to come back not only because I feel there is still much to contribute to the rebuilding and recovery of the city, but also because I believe New Orleans is a place to truly grow and learn more about myself. Of course, the music and good food makes this a great place to live, too.
Favorite Service Experience?
The spring break I spent serving in New Orleans will always be my favorite experience. A close second, though, is when I helped lead a service trip to rural West Virginia in spring 2009. Our group helped repaint sections of a community center, reorganized a local thrift store, and served food to the homeless. When we weren’t working, our group went to bluegrass concerts and spelunking. West Virginia is a beautiful state, and I hope to go back and enjoy the scenery one day soon.
Fun Fact:
I’ve gone skydiving in Georgia, zip gliding in Costa Rica, and bungee jumping in Ecuador. But I have a small fear of roller coasters, especially the ones that go upside down. Go figure.

My other biggest fear: large birds. Like hawks. Or pelicans. What are they thinking up there when they fly around? What if one goes a little crazy and thinks I’m food and decides to swoop down on me? How would I protect myself against a big deranged pelican? Here’s hoping I only encounter sane birds in the sky.

Beth Stelson, The Green Project
Term of Service: August 2009 – August 2010
Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN
Why I Serve New Orleans:
Because this city is addicting.
Favorite Service Experience:
Learning about paint. Oh, the possibilities of recycled paint.
Fun Fact:
I can wiggle my nose.

Jackie Thornton, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Term of Service: November 2009 – November 2010
Hometown:
Bethlehem Township, New Jersey
Why I Serve in New Orleans:
I’ve been in love with New Orleans ever since I came down in 2004 as a prospective student.  I graduated from Tulane in 2009, and I really wanted to do something to give back to the city. I hope to continue living here for at least the next four years.
Favorite Service Experience:
I really love when I have the opportunity to interact with students and other volunteers.  I especially enjoyed supervising a group of high school students for our MLK Day of Service.  It was great to actually be out in the city helping with direct service. The volunteers were really sweet, and one girl actually gave me a hug at the end of the day!
Fun Fact:
I love coffee, cookies, and cats; I also enjoy movie and music trivia games, and I aspire to be a Star Wars Trivial Pursuit champion ;-)!  Also, I used to be a Disney cast member, and I hope to go back some day!

Cynthia Corrales, Green Light New Orleans

Term of Service: November 2010-November 2011

Hometown:
Stockton, CA
Favorite Service Experience:
Getting to visit a local middle school in the East Los Angeles area with the environmental coalition I was a part of while attending Cal Poly Pomona.  We taught the students about how to reduce waste in the classroom and at home during Earth Day.  It was so moving to see how excited the youth are about going green and how environmentally conscious they already are!
Fun Fact: 
I have a fraternal twin sister and I’m 30 minutes older than her.  I went through the birthing canal and Kimi, my twin, was cut out of my mom’s belly—DOUBLE WHAMMY.  Also, I’m allergic to some weird compound in sun screen and break out in itchy hives.  Wearing sun screen? DON”T TOUCH ME, EVER!

Charles Dillon, Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center

Term of Service: November 2010-November 2011

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Favorite Service Experience: Helping Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis with their annual Christmas charity event.  In this event children of low-income families are able to pick out donated gifts for their family members, parents and siblings.  It touched my heart to see the gratitude in the eyes of these children as they were able to give gifts to the ones they love.  The experience was spiritual and humbling.   I could not have asked nor received a better gift then the gift of helping these children at Redeemer Lutheran Church.   Even after I finish my vista service, I plan on returning to Redeemer for this event for many years to come.  This single event has truly been the most rewarding at this point during my term of service.

Fun Fact: I will be celebrating 30 years of radio broadcasting this year.  If you would like to hear my show we are streaming live worldwide online at www.kmojfm.com hear my show: Jazz Reflections with Chaz Millionaire every Sunday from 2-4pm central time.

Emma Storm Herr, Evacuteer.org

Term of Service: November 2010 – November 2011
Hometown:
Manhattan, New York
Favorite Service Experience:
Tutoring fourth and fifth graders at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School here in New Orleans.
Fun Fact:
I got my driver’s license when I was 22 years old!

Jan Jugran, Puentes New Orleans
Term of Service: November 2010 – November 2011
Hometown:
Richmond, VA

Favorite Service Experience:
Teaching ESL at the Even Start Westbank Family Literacy Center.
Fun Fact:
I had dredlocs for three years. (I still miss them!)

Amanda Quiner, Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center

Term of Service: November 2010- November 2011

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

Favorite Service Experience: Canoeing on the Mississippi during Juneteenth!

Fun Fact:  I have a small and fluffy dog named Gracie.

Meaghan Reid Li, Southern Food & Beverage Museum
Term of Service: November 2010 – November 2011
Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Favorite Service Experience?
While in college I participated in Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Also working at the building site was a cute boy that went to my school.  I get to marry that cute boy June 2011.
Fun Fact: 
My favorite food is nachos, I am a crazy cat lady waiting to happen and I am related to Ulysses S. Grant.

Terrance Scott, Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center

Term of Service: November 2010 – November 2011

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Favorite Service Experience: Being Santa Claus at a children’s Christmas store.

Fun Fact: Received President’s Award for Volunteer Service

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