What a great couple of days! I’ve learned more about our new AmeriCorps members (One used to live with four dogs! Another hates all vegetables!) and I’m reenergized for our work. After just two days, I’m starting to feel our team coming together and am looking forward to next week when we do some training and teambuilding. I know Corrine, Megan, and Maggie are hankering to get going – and I’m hankering to let them!
I’m also excited to say that Laura Aceituno, who wrote weekly for the blog until about a month ago, rejoined us this week as the Program Manager. It’s been so great to work with Laura as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator and a Regional Coordinator; I’m confident Laura will continue to bring her passion for service and incredible energy to our work this year.
So there we are – our team for this program year is complete! Since you’ll start to hear from Corrine, Megan, and Maggie soon, here’s a sneak peek about each of them.
Corrine Handy, Regional Coordinator: Corrine is responsible for providing thorough and informative support to VMCs in the form of resources, correspondence, and development opportunities. As a former Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in VM Class 22, Corrine worked to build the capacity of youth development program The Power Project by recruiting volunteers and managing the volunteer program at the St. Francis Neighborhood Center. Holding a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and French and a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural Communication, Corrine is looking to start a non-profit organization that focuses on preparing and training volunteers to do service abroad. In addition, she hopes to one day own a restaurant offering food that reflects the culture of the African Diaspora.
Megan Stransky, Regional Coordinator: Megan is responsible for supporting a group of Volunteer Maryland Coordinators focusing on the issue areas of education, human needs, public safety, homeland security, and the environment. Megan was a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in VM Class 22 at the Cylburn Arboretum Association, where she worked to develop a youth component and strengthen the existing volunteer program. In 2009, Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a trip participant and two-time trip leader with the Alternative Breaks Program, which fueled her passion for community service and volunteerism.
Maggie Grimason, AmeriCorps«VISTA Leader: Maggie is responsible for providing support for AmeriCorps«VISTA members and helping to develop the AmeriCorps«VISTA program at Volunteer Maryland. Maggie completed a year of service with VISTA in Prescott, Arizona as service-learning and campus coordinator for the Ripple Project at Prescott College, a service-learning initiative. In this position she developed semester and month long service-learning projects, recruited and managed volunteers, generated fundraising and outreach opportunities, and helped to establish service-learning as an integral part of the educational experience at the college. Maggie, an avid traveler enamored with the Chesapeake Bay, has recently relocated to Baltimore from South Bend, Indiana to devote her efforts to Volunteer Maryland.
Great team members, right? I certainly think so!