VISTA Profiles

Our team of VISTA members is made up of amazing individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities. Located across the country, our VISTA members are working every day to expand access to afterschool programs, meals, and opportunities for STEM.

Ethan Greene

Afterschool STEM Expansion
New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network

"I wanted to be an AmeriCorps VISTA so that I could serve my country. I love putting the skills that I learned in university to work. Everyday is a joy working with my fantastic co-workers at the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network."

Natalie Grober

Afterschool STEM Expansion
Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

"I chose to work for Americorps because I believe every child deserves the opportunity to participate in STEAM afterschool activities!"

Brianna Kirschenbaum

Afterschool Sustainability
School's Out Washington

"My motivation to become an AmeriCorps VISTA stemmed from my belief that one must give back to their community. I feel that education is the foundation of an equitable society, and my role helps me to further a cause that is very close to my heart."

Sarah Kolberg-Shuler

STEM Ecosystem
St. Louis Regional STEM Ecosystem

"I was privileged enough to have an excellent high school STEM education and amazing support system that inspired me to pursue a degree in STEM. I joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program so I could work to ensure that all kids in my home city of St. Louis have access to the same amazing STEM education and opportunities that will help them fall in love with STEM, too!"

Katherine Kuhn

Afterschool STEM Expansion
Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network

"I am thrilled to be working as an AmeriCorps VISTA because I am passionate about making sure all children have access to the education and resources they need to thrive."

Cooper Lash

Afterschool Sustainability
OregonASK

"I decided to become a VISTA because I want to make a meaningful positive difference in the lives of the disadvantaged people that need the most help."

Molly McGowan

Afterschool STEM Expansion
Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance

"I wanted to become an AmeriCorp VISTA so that I could serve my community through a field and project that I am extremely passionate about. I have lived in Kentucky my whole life and I am excited to help the state grow through this STEM based project. As a previous tutor and mentor I always enjoyed seeing my students develop the same passion I carry for STEM and I wanted to be able to build as well as expand some of the foundations for that."

Ambralyn Minchew

STEM Ecosystem
Nash Community College

"I became a VISTA for the opportunity to gain experience in my career field. I also wanted the opportunity to be able to better my community. "

Brianne Smith

Substance Misuse Prevention
Vermont Afterschool

"I wanted to be an AmeriCorps VISTA because I am dedicated to equity and believe it is important to work on the community level to make change. Through my position, I am able to work with various communities to support prevention efforts and youth voice locally. In this way, I am honored to be able to support communities in creating positive environments for youth to develop and grow."

Pat Smith

Afterschool STEM Expansion
Utah Afterschool Network

"Afterschool programs saved me from dropping out of high school. I understand the value of these programs on an intimate level and how important they are to the next generation and I wanted to be involved in any capacity."

Lily Tegner

Afterschool STEM Expansion
Alaska Afterschool Network

"I became an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Alaska Afterschool Network to help build capacity for engaging girls and minorities in STEM, and to help make a difference in children's lives."

Danny Wilson

Afterschool STEM Expansion
Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network

"When I completed my first year of VISTA service in 2017, I found the experience to be so fulfilling that I promised myself I would serve again in the future. With as tumultuous as 2020 was for so many Americans, especially the underserved, I knew it was time to dedicate myself again to my community through Americorps."