The Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program was created to pursue the potential for institutions of higher education to more responsibly address the local needs of low-income communities and be responsible mechanisms for community change. MACC AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as tools for this change.
2014-2015 Program Information
MACC is excited to announce the launch of the new Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program. As MACC has transitioned from being hosted at Tufts University to an independent nonprofit organization, the MACC AmeriCorps VISTA program has honed its focus on developing campus-community partnerships for education to align more closely with the national Campus Compact organization’s strategic priorities.
For the first time in MACC’s history, the program’s entire portfolio will focus on maximizing impact in one area, changing the way educational nonprofit programs are able to interact with institutions of higher education. Concentrating our efforts will allow us to engage our Corps in a specialized training curriculum, adapted from a Community Fellows course at Mount Holyoke College.
This year MACC has 28 VISTA members serving at 26 colleges, universities, and community colleges in all corners of the state. VISTAs are working with community organizations and local school districts to build capacity for bolstering school readiness, K-12 success, and post-secondary success, with an emphasis on serving high-poverty communities and developing STEM programs. We look forward to a transformative year of supporting campus-community partnerships and building capacity with the shared mission of education as a pathway out of poverty.
2014-2015 MACC AmeriCorps VISTAs
Talia Abner is serving at Brandeis University in partnership with the Waltham Housing Authority and the City of Waltham.
Gretchen Barkhuff is serving at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Teachers Union School.
Elena Bilodeau is serving at Middlesex Community College in partnership with Lowell Public Schools and the Bartlett Community K-8 Robinson Middle School.
Kia Burton-McLaughlin is serving at her alma mater, Greenfield Community College, in partnership with Greenfield High School.
Courtney Campbell is serving at Cape Cod Community College in partnership with Hyannis West Elementary School and Centerville Elementary School.
Gwen Coiley is serving at her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, in partnership with Holyoke Public Schools.
Brandee Courtemanche is serving at Westfield State University in partnership with Springfield Public Schools.
Julie Cronin is serving at Mount Ida College in partnership with the Urban Science Academy.
John Day is serving at his alma mater, Mount Wachusett Community College, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Leominster.
Tsekai English is serving at Wheelock College in partnership with Mattahunt Elementary School.
Diana Estime is serving at Lesley University in partnership with Tutoring Plus.
Shawn Fleurie is serving at his alma mater, Lasell College, in partnership with St. Patrick’s School.
Morgan Harthorne is serving at her alma mater, Western New England University, in partnership with Springfield School Volunteers.
Kelsey Hopkins is be serving at her alma mater, Worcester State University, in partnership with Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School.
Sarah Jane Huber is serving at her alma mater, Wellesley College, in partnership with St. Stephen’s Youth Programs.
Alyssa McBride is serving at Bay Path University in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County.
Alyssa McEachran is serving at Merrimack College in partnership with Lawrence High School.
Kevin Moloney is serving at Northern Essex Community College in partnership with Lawrence High School: Health & Human Services Academy.
Kelly Nguyen is serving at Tufts University in partnership with Medford High School.
Cassie Peltola is serving at her alma mater, Wheaton College, in partnership with Norton Public Schools.
Gabrielle (Gabby) Peruccio is serving at her alma mater, Stonehill College, in partnership with Brockton’s Promise.
Bethany Strohm is serving at her alma mater, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in partnership with Artward Bound.
Completing a MACC AmeriCorps VISTA Year in November:
Molly Crouser is serving at Bay Path University in partnership with The Gray House.
Serving as a MACC AmeriCorp VISTA for a Second Year:
Sheldine (Shelly) Jean-Baptiste is serving at UMass Boston in partnership with the Walter Denney Community Center.
Veronica (VQ) Quiles is serving within the organization Student Bridges at her alma mater, UMass Amherst, in partnership with the School of Commerce and the Peck School.
Richard Rozewski is serving at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in partnership with Sparc! and the Dorchester Academy.
Serving as a MACC AmeriCorps VISTA for a Third Year:
Marlene Mendez is serving at her alma mater, Regis College, in partnership with the Bethany Hill School.
The MACC AmeriCorps VISTA Leadership Team:
Lauren Currie, MACC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Caitlin Kidder, MACC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Tim Krumreig, MACC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Karen Chisholm, MACC AmeriCorps VISTA Director
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What Is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program in which volunteers live in the communities they serve, designing programs that will continue after they complete their service. Part of the AmeriCorps national network of service programs, AmeriCorps VISTA has been meeting the needs of under-served communities since 1965. Over the years, more than 100,000 committed individuals have joined forces with 12,000 local sponsors—public agencies and nonprofit groups—to strengthen communities across the nation.