Dahabo Kerow
Louisville, KY
Centre College
B.A. International Studies

Dahabo is the Cultural Exchange and Mentoring Coordinator at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

**I love to travel! I traveled across Germany by myself and visited the Berlin Wall. **

Yarieli Cuevas Rios
Louisville, KY
University of Louisville
Public Health

Yarieli is La Casita Center’s Community Resource and Volunteer Coordinator VISTA. La Casita Center enhances the well-being of Louisville’s Latinx community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness. La Casita Center works intentionally to build a thriving community based on mutual support and respect.

**I love to read and dance. I’ll read about everything and dance every time I can. **

Bailey Campagna
Georgetown, KY
University of Louisville
B.A.Diversity and Inclusion in Communications, Film Production Minor

Bailey is the Jefferson Memorial Forest Development and Community Outreach Capacity Building VISTA. Jefferson Memorial Forest is working to create and support more equitable access to outdoor areas and activities that are safe, clean, and fun!

**I didn’t know who Bill Nye was until I was 15**

Austin Anderson
Danville, KY
Williams College
B.A. Political Theory

Austin is the Community Development VISTA at Common Earth Gardens. He is helping to build capacity to connect people resettled as refugees with the spaces and resources needed to grow food in Louisville, train new American farmers in local agricultural and business practices, and help create new community gardens and support them toward self-sufficiency. Common Earth Gardens is dedicated to the empowerment and improved quality of life of refugee families and Louisville communities through agricultural opportunities.

**Made of stardust**

Kat Hartlage
Louisville, KY
Centre College
B.A. International Studies

Kat is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Food Literacy Project

The coolest people I’ve met are Nancy Pelosi and DMX

Eva Vislisel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eckerd College
B.A. International Studies

Eva is the Donor and Development VISTA for the Backside Learning Center, where she assists in planning and organizing fundraisers, researching grant opportunities for BLC and coordinates volunteers for the family program. The Backside Learning Center is a non profit organization that aims to support the equine workers at Churchill Downs. The BLS attempts to recognize and strengthen the relationship the equine workers have with Churchill Downs as well as the city of Louisville.

I am a US citizen but I was actually born in Oxford England.

Jennifer Cischke
Mt. Washington, KY
Western Kentucky University
B.A. Arabic, Spanish and International affairs

Jennifer serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She will help build KRM’s ability to ensure refugee newcomers in the Louisville Metro Area receive the services and support they need by sustaining and growing volunteer engagement and retention. KRM is an outreach community that advocates for and provides resettlement services to refugees to encourage hope and an increased sense of belonging and inclusion to our future American citizens.

I’ve studied abroad in Morocco and Jordan.

Nicole Funk
Lexington, KY
University of Kentucky
B.S. Natural Resources & Environmental Science. Spanish Minor

Nicole serves at the Food Literacy Project as the Educational Resource VISTA. FLP’s missions is to educate and empower youth to transform their communities through food, farming and the land. FLP offers class trips to the learning garden, schools visits with the Truck Farm and programs for high school students to work on the farm and learn more about local food. Nicole will recruit volunteers to help teach sustain FLP programs, create lessons and align them FLP standards.

My birthday is on Halloween!

Alinoti Malebo
Louisville, KY
Jefferson Community and Technical College

Alinoti serves at Catholic Charities of Louisville as the agency’s volunteer coordinator. He helps recruit, train and implement volunteers for the Migration and Refugee Services program. Catholic Charities is the social-service arm of the Archdiocese of Louisville. They provide help and create hope for the poor and vulnerable through a wide range of programs, assisting clients of all races, backgrounds and beliefs.

I am originally for DR Congo, but I have never been there. I was born and raised in a refugee camp in Tanzania, but my parents are from Congo.

Melanie Brown
Louisville, KY
Arcadia University
B.A. in International Studies

Melanie serves at Louisville Grows as the Volunteer Coordinator. She will be in charge of all volunteers for their programming and planting events. Melanie will also be leading the citizen foresters program, which trains volunteers on the importance of planting trees, how to plants them and how to effectively lead volunteers on their planting days. Louisville Grows is located in Portland but works in 21 neighborhoods in West Louisville. These neighborhoods are most directly affected by the loss of the tree canopy, which has contributed to urban heat island effect in Louisville.

I’ve been paragliding in Spain and I’ve kissed a camel in the desert in Oman.

Kelsey Goff
Louisville, KY
Simmons College of KY
B.A. in Sociology

Kelsey serves at Louisville Grows as the Outreach Coordinator. She engages the community with the programs that Louisville Grows offers. Louisville Grows was established to support the community members on their passage toward sustainability. Their mission is to grow greener healthier neighborhoods and their programs focus on healthy living, healthy eating, environmental education and environmental equity.

I am a violinist.

Mariama Minteh
The Gambia
Centre College
B.A. in Anthropology/ Sociology and Social Justice Minor

Mariama serves at Kentucky Refugee Ministry as a Cultural Exchange and Mentoring Coordinator VISTA. She trains volunteers interested in the New Beginnings and Cultural Exchange program, match volunteers with clients, and serve as both a resource person and liaison between the volunteers and families in those two programs. Kentucky Refugee Ministries is a refugee resettlement agency whose mission is to welcome refugees to Louisville and through their various services help them become self-sufficient, integrated, members of the community.

I am an avid watcher of Korean Reality TV and Drama

Seamus Allman
Owensboro, KY
University of Louisville
B.A. in Biology

Seamus, the Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA at The Food Literacy Project will be working on volunteer recruitment and retention, increasing revenue through events both at Oxmoor Farms and with the mobile Truck Farm, organizing community outreach around Food Literacy Project’s expansion to Iroquois Farm, and coordinating efforts at the South Points Farmers Market. The Food Literacy Project provides farm-based experiential education and entrepreneurial youth development programs that bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for local youth and change to the family table.

“I’ve skydived from 10,000 feet and scuba dived down to over 100 feet.”

Taylor Bryant
Lewisport, KY
University of Louisville
B.A. in Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies

As the AmeriCorps VISTA for Volunteer and Outreach, Taylor will be responsible for guiding and directing volunteers for the various programs at Americana. Americana Community Center overcomes barriers in international communities by giving its participants the resources to succeed. ACC offers a wide variety of programs for those of all ages, with a focus on holistic health and well-being.

“I have visited 7 different countries and would love to continue traveling!”

Crystal Bryson
Miamisburg, OH
Eastern Kentucky University
B.A. in History

Crystal, La Casita Center’s Volunteer Coordinator and Grants Assistant VISTA, will be aiming to strengthen the capacity of La Casita Center by creating a comprehensive fundraising process that efficiently utilizes grants and volunteers for organizational sustainability. La Casita Center’s mission is to enhance the well-being of the most vulnerable in Louisville’s Latino community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness.

“I manage a Facebook page called ‘Y’all Heard’ that challenges widespread assumptions about KY and Appalachia by highlighting grassroots efforts, community assets, and historical structures of poverty and oppression.”

Gabrielle Collins
Elizabethtown, KY
University of Kentucky
B.A. in Biology

As the Volunteer Program VISTA at Jefferson Memorial Forest, Gabrielle is focusing her work on volunteer recruitment and management and supporting Jefferson Memorial Forest’s education and recreation mission in the South and West Louisville communities. Jefferson Memorial Park, the largest municipally owned park in the United States, is beautifully located in Southwest, Louisville where families can visit from all over — it features hiking trails, recreation areas, fishing docs, nature trails, horse trails and more.

“I was once on the Louder Than Life concert tickets.”

David Demanget
Arles, France
Florida Gulf Coast University
B.A. in Psychology

David, the new Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), will be coordinating current and new volunteers, doing community outreach and bringing the community closer through social media efforts. UCHM is a community ministry sponsored by 19 religious institutions, businesses and individuals within Crescent Hill, Clifton, Clifton Heights and Butchertown for the purpose of providing vital social services to these communities and beyond.

“I love traveling and learning about different cultures!”

Jerry Englehart Jr.
Elmer, NJ
Western Kentucky University
Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

As the Community Engagement and Development Coordinator VISTA at Americana Community Center, Jerry will help to create and organize development efforts with community partners, continue the organization of “The Making of our Hometown” storytelling project and build up the social media capital to support campaigns and the future sustainability of Americana. Americana Community Center provides holistic services to Louisville’s refugee, immigrant and underserved community members. Americana wants to build strong and healthy families, create a safe and supportive community, along with helping every individual realize their potential.

I am a level one (yellow belt) in Krava Maga – along with my wife Rebecca.

Martha Geier
Richmond, VA
DePauw University/San Francisco State University, BA English
Rutgers University, M.A. Library and Information Science

Martha is serving as the Philanthropy Coordinator VISTA for the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farms. The Food Literacy Project’s mission it to transform youth and their communities through food, farming and the land. They provide farm-based experiential education and entrepreneurial youth development programs that bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for local youth and change to the family table.

“I’m a beekeeper!”

Nathan Hawes
Harrodsburg, KY
Berea College
B.A. in Spanish

The Backside Learning Center is happy to welcome Nathan as their new Community Relations VISTA. Nathan will be maintaining contact with volunteers and recruiting and processing new volunteers, as well as assisting with fundraising for the organization. The Backside Learning Center focuses on providing support and community to the equine workers at Churchill Downs; they offer several services including English classes, family programs, one-on-one citizenship tutoring and GED courses.

“I love to play the banjo.”

Telesphore Kagaba, PhD
Louisville, KY
Doctor of Philosophy – Applied Sociology
University of Louisville

As the Community Development VISTA for Common Earth Gardens – Catholic Charities, Tele will be conducting community assessments to determine strengths and obstacles to food access within the participating communities and collaborating with CEG staff to increase food access by building collaborative partnerships between farmers and local organizations. Commons Earth Gardens is dedicated to the empowerment and improved quality of life of refugee families and Louisville Communities through agricultural opportunities.

“Good intentions alone are not enough”

Adelaide McComb
Fort Collin, CO
B.A. from Colorado State University
M.P.A./M.A. from University of Louisville

Adelaide serves as the “Where Louisville Meets the World” VISTA Project Coordinator. She works alongside the VISTA Leader and Project Director to help coordinate and improve the VISTA project and individual service sites. Adelaide also works as a Grant Coordinator for Americana Community Center.

“I own two copies of Love in the Time of Cholera, one for marking up and one in pristine condition (it’s my favorite).”

Jeremy McFarland
Campbellsville, KY
Western Kentucky University
Professional Writing and Chinese

Jeremy is serving at YMCA Safe Place Services (YSPS) as their Development Coordinator VISTA. In this position, Jeremy will build capacity through fundraising initiatives and grant writing efforts. YSPS facilitates mentoring for children of incarcerated parents and a drop-in shelter for homeless and runaway youth.

“I’m left handed.”

Katie Norton
Louisville, KY
Western Kentucky University
Spanish and Public Relations

Katie is welcomed by Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services office as their new Community Liaison VISTA. She will be responsible for coordinating and training volunteers for each of the programs within Migration and Refugee Services. The goal of the program is to provide refugees with the support and assistance they need in order to become self sufficient.

“I have a pet chinchilla named Poptart.”

Samantha Risen
Louisville, KY
Indiana University Southeast
B.A. in Political Science, Minor in International Studies

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is excited to welcome Samantha as their Global Education Program VISTA. In this role, she oversees the Global Citizenship Certificate Program and the local Academic WorldQuest. The World Affairs Council mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness, education and tolerance through nonpartisan discussions on current international issues.

“I am in an axe-throwing league!”

Bijaya Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nepal
Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Northern Kentucky University, J.D.

As the Community Center Outreach VISTA, Bijaya will be working with Community Center staff, members, and volunteers to identify programming needs in order to build a sustainable volunteer capacity for each of the 12 centers in the city through recruitment and training. Louisville Parks and Recreations was established in 1968 and its mission is to connect people to places and opportunities that support and grow a sustainable community.

“I have a Harry Potter podcast called ‘Yer a Wizard, Harry’.

Dulce Solorio
Crestwood, KY
Bellarmine University
B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Studies

Dulce 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, Dulce served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.

“I can open a bottle with various household objects!

Erin Wallace
Louisville, KY
Murray State University
B.A. in International Studies and History

As the Community Liaison VISTA at Americana Community Center, Erin will be responsible for working with various community leaders and organizations to find ways to share resources and better serve the communities that Americana serves. Americana Community Center strives to bridge the gap from surviving to thriving for Louisville’s refugee, immigrant and underserved populations.

I lived in a palace in Scotland for a semester.”

Janelle Wilhelm
Providence, KY
Campbellsville University
B.A. in English

Janelle will be serving as a Volunteer and Events VISTA at Kentucky Refugee Ministries where she will be heavily involved in recruiting, training, and communicating with volunteers, as well as helping to plan events. Kentucky Refugee Ministries is a refugee resettlement agency whose mission is to welcome refugees to Louisville and help them become self-sufficient, integrated members of the community.

“I have a cat from a kitty cafe in Evansville, Indiana. He was at the cafe for four months before I adopted him (probably because he bites).”