2009 – 2010

Kimberly is responsible for curriculum research and development for Volunteer Maryland’s VISTA program, along with creating videos showcasing the work of Volunteer Maryland’s amazing AmeriCorps members and the nonprofits we partner with.  Kimberly served as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in VM Class 21, at the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program for the Schools of Maryland.  While there, she coordinated and recruited volunteers for their Baltimore City Teen Court program, a diversion program for Baltimore City youth that holds youth accountable for committing crimes through a positive peer influence model, while teaching them to engage with and take an active role in the law.  A transplant from Connecticut, Kimberly is enjoying Baltimore more and more each day, and looks forward to sticking around to attend nursing school here in the fall.

Michael Nealis, who blogs on Tuesdays,  is a Regional Coordinator for Volunteer Maryland. This means that he’s a lot like Vanilla Ice.  When he’s not busy solving problems, collaborating, and listening, he’s planning his next big move.  He’s busy supporting Volunteer Maryland’s Volunteer Maryland Coordinators, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, and conducting social media trainings in and around Baltimore.

Katelyn Ryan is a Massachusetts native and currently resides in Owings Mills, MD. She is serving her second year of AmeriCorps with Volunteer Maryland as a Regional Coordinator. Her first year in AmeriCorps was spent serving as an AmeriCorps NCCC member with the Southwest Region Campus in Denver, Colorado. While serving in AmeriCorps NCCC her service projects ranged from working with FEMA on disaster in Galveston, TX, refurbishing damaged homes withRebuilding Together New Orleans, teaching Denver Public Schools students about gardening and healthy eating with Learning Landscapesand trailblazing in a Texas State Park.

Some of her interests include running, finding ways to be “green”, shopping at Whole Foods, and listening to country music.

Laura is part of a team of Regional Coordinators who assist both volunteer coordinators and Volunteer Maryland staff with meeting program objectives.  Community development and volunteerism has been a lifelong passion for Laura.  She served as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in VM Class 21 at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.  In this role she supported three diverse volunteer programs. These volunteers served as interpreters and translators, helped during county emergencies, and advised community members looking for volunteer opportunities.  Originally from Burtonsville, Maryland, Laura has recently moved to Baltimore.

Lauren Mulcahy, who blogs on Fridays, is the VISTA Leader with Volunteer Maryland.  After spending one year as a Volunteer Maryland VISTA member at a family mentoring organization in Baltimore, she jumped at the chance to be involved with supporting other members across the state. She is fortunate enough to be hosted at Camp Fire USA, where her ability to support service-learning nicely compliments the indirect service she does with Volunteer Maryland. Lauren’s two passions in life are food and community service, and post-AmeriCorps she plans to combine them via studies in dietetics with an emphasis on its application within public health.

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