Our VISTAs

Ryan Anderson
Florence, KY
University of Transylvania
Biology

Ryan is serving at the Food Literacy Project as their Community Engagement Coordinator. TheFood Literacy Project is working to transform youth and their communities through food, farming, and the land.

“I enjoy rollerblading.”


Chris Butz
Louisville, KY
Western Kentucky University

Chris is the Backside Learning Center’s Sustainability VISTA, which entails increasing the sustainability of BLC’s mission by creating relationships with prospective donors, developing new fundraising plans and assisting in the planning of A Day at the Races (BLC’s main fundraising event). The Backside Learning Center provides services such as ESL classes, citizenship tutoring, and computer classes, and works to support its community of equine workers.

“I used to live in Sevilla, Spain and I coach girl’s high school soccer.”


Zac Caldwell
Elizabethtown, KY
Eastern Kentucky University
Political Science

Zac serves at Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation as the Community Center Volunteer Coordinator VISTA. Metro Parks manages parks and community centers for all people in Louisville, and Zac’s role is to build a funnel for volunteers and community partners at the community center level.

“I spent 2015 and 2016 running a company that specialized in weird, spicy jams and jellies.”


Sarah Flarsheim
Paducah, KY
Murray State University
MS in Conservation Biology

Sarah is currently serving as the “Where Louisville Meets the World” VISTA Leader. She works to expand and build the capacity of individual AmeriCorps VISTA members and their respective service sites. Previously, Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.

“I can identify twelve types of Mangrove tree by sight.”


Dee Dee Flynn
New Albany, IN
Centre College
BA in Politics and International Studies

As the Philanthropy Coordinator VISTA at the Food Literacy Project, Dee Dee assists with special event planning, facilitating a successful grant program, identifying and pursuing potential financial support for FLP, assisting with the individual donor database, managing the social media presence and building the audience, and working on communications. That’s a mouthful, though, so in short, she works to do capacity building and community engagement with FLP!

“My favorite color is mustard yellow!”


Seble Girmay
Fairfax, VA
University of Mary Washington
Majored in International Affairs

Seble is serving at Kentucky Refugee Ministries as their Community and Volunteer Liaison VISTA. She is working to increase the capacity for KRM’s housing and community orientation services to newly-arrived refugee clients in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I was born and raised in Ethiopia.”


Lydia Grossman
Louisville, KY
University of Mary Washington
BA in International Affairs

Lydia is serving at the Americana Community Center as their Financial Literacy VISTA. She is helping build human capital for the participants by providing engaging educational opportunities, creating economic development projects, and implementing financial and computer literacy programs.

“I once broke a glass test tube by singing really high and loud.”


Shandra Holcombe
Huntsville, AL
University of Louisville
Major in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice

Shandra is serving with Catholic Charities Migrant and Refugee Services as their Development Coordinator VISTA. She is working to build the capacity of the agency through fundraising initiatives and grant writing. Catholic Charities is the largest, private human services network in the United States, serving people of all religious, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities of Louisville provides service for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

“I’ve co-piloted a plane.”


Hannah Kahl
Lexington, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
BA in Global Studies with Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights

As the Resource Development/Community Outreach VISTA at Adelante Hispanic Achievers, Hannah is focused on recruiting and training volunteers to help with after-school tutoring programs. Adelante Hispanic Achievers is a non-profit organization that works to empower Latino youth. They provide a variety of programs that offer tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment to our students and their families.

“I had Shingles when I was 4 years old!”


Chelsea McCarty
Ohio County, KY
Western Kentucky University
English Literature

Chelsea serves with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), where she administrates a national print-braille book program called Braille Tales. The program provides free print/braille books to children under the age of 6 who are emerging braille readers, or who have braille reading parents. Chelsea is focused on outreach and is working with different organizations to broaden participation in the Braille Tales program.

“I have a pet duck named Duck Duck.”


Erin Smith
Louisville, KY
University of Louisville
MA Women and Gender Studies

Erin is serving at YMCA Safe Place Service. She is their Community Outreach VISTA for Safe Place Services and is also assisting with fundraisers, grant research, community projects, and volunteer mobilization. Safe Place Services main focus is on positive youth development, our cause is to strengthen families by breaking cycles of violence, abuse, and turmoil and giving children and families the resources they need for a better future.

“I am a Louisville native so I know all of the best places to hangout and have a great time!”


Dulce Solorio
Crestwood, KY
Bellarmine University
BA in Psychology / Foreign Language and International Studies

Louisville Metro Parks is excited to have Dulce serving as their volunteer Office Program Coordinator. She is working to continue to improve the volunteer engagement process in order to build capacity and sustainability within the program. Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation is an organization that manages and upkeeps over 120 parks all around Louisville with the goal of connecting people to places and opportunities that support and grow a sustainable community.

“I can open a bottle with various household objects!”


Tatum Tedtman
Louisville, KY
B.S. in Psychology

Tatum is serving as the Catholic Charities Community Liaison VISTA with Migrant and Refugee Services. She is working with the volunteer department and is focused on recruitment and community outreach. She helps volunteers find refugees to mentor, coordinates volunteer groups, runs orientations, and talks to community members about the refugee impact in Louisville.

“I have 4 pet chickens!”


Kourtney Zigelmier
Cincinnati, OH
Northern Kentucky University
Anthropology

Kourtney is serving as the Resource Development Coordinator at the La Casita Center. She is strengthening the capacity of La Casita by creating a comprehensive fundraising process that efficiently utilizes grants and donor relations for organizational sustainability. La Casita Center, a non-profit organization, enhances the well-being of Louisville’s Latino community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness.

“Previously, I worked at the public library in Cincinnati for 5 years!”


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