The Northern New England AmeriCorps*VISTA Collaboration is comprised of the Campus Compact state affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The collaboration is based on mutual interest in supporting service and service-learning focused on anti-poverty measures across the more than seventy colleges and universities in our collective memberships. The goal of our VISTA project is focused on the development of programming on campuses across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that will increase access and retention to higher education for low income individuals by providing programming focused on improving college aspirations, promoting the belief that college is an option and increasing access to higher education for low income individuals seeking higher education.
2016-2017 CCNH AmeriCorps*VISTA Members:
Leshell Beaty – NHTI, Concord’s Community College
Leshell is originally from N.Y where she studied Inclusive Childhood Education/Foreign Languages and gained her B.A. Her studies have taken her on a journey of studying abroad in Spain and living and teaching English in the Dominican Republic. Now, she is currently serving at NHTI in the Cross-Cultural Office. Some of her responsibilities include partnering with local agencies that serve the refugee/international community to provide resources to students in college, giving presentations to raise awareness of services that are available, putting systems in place to facilitate the process of international students accessing higher education, tutoring, and more. Leshell plans to continue to work closely with international students far after her term ends.
MaeAnna Edwards – Dartmouth College
MaeAnna was born and raised in Schenectady, New York and moved to Olean, New York shortly after graduating from high school. She then went to St. Bonaventure University to graduate with her degree in Sociology, minor in Psychology, and concentration in Criminology. Throughout her time as a student in both high school and college, MaeAnna spent time travelling mainly on service trips. Her favorite trips were to Costa Rica, The Bahamas, and Northern Ireland. During high school, MaeAnna completed a college access program called Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth where she now works as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. She is very excited to work with students from the four partner schools (Raymond High School, East Boston High School, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, and Schenectady High School) and also students from Dartmouth College. MaeAnna believes in education reform and hopes that her year with SEAD can start her on this path to working in that capacity.
Glenn Fearnley – Manchester Community College
Glenn Fearnley was born and raised in New England, and is living in a small town in New Hampshire, recently having returned from a year teaching English in Japan. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (part of the University of London), Glenn has a degree in the Study of Religions. Now working as an AmeriCorps*VISTA on a project at Manchester Community College, Glenn will be developing the college’s new Multicultural Center, aimed at providing a “home base” for new Americans and students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Glenn will also be working with a team of student leaders who will staff the center, and acting as an advisor for the college’s Cultural Exchange Club.
Kirsten Spooner – NHTI, Concord’s Community College
Kirsten Spooner is from North Haverhill, New Hampshire and is a recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, where she studied Business with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Her passion for civic engagement across college campuses inspired her to be the AmeriCorps*VITSA at NHTI. This year she is coordinating college access workshops for students at local high schools in Concord. Kirsten hopes to expand college access programs in central NH by educating and empowering collegiate student leaders from NHTI to be positive role models and resources for our youth.
Lauren Simpson – Claremont School District
MLauren E. Simpson is the AmeriCorps VISTA for SAU 6 in
Claremont, NH. She works working directly with the school district to
broaden learning opportunities for Claremont residents. She was most recently a fourth grade public elementary school teacher in the Kearsarge Regional School District and have been teaching for eleven years. Shechose to take some time off from teaching to serve as a VISTA for SAU 6.
Marcos Diaz – Nashua Community College
Marcos Diaz is serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Nashua Community College. He is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when he was about twelve years old. His passion for service made him think of AmeriCorps as an option and decided to apply and become a VISTA in 2014. During his first term as a VISTA one of the many things he had the opportunity to do was work with the underrepresented population in the Greater Nashua area. He developed a leadership curriculum that was then implemented into the Nashua School District’s ELL Summer Program. He loved the work so much that after going into the private sector, he came back to do a second term as a VISTA.