My name is Kirsten Spooner and I am the AmeriCorps VISTA in the Student Life office focused on civic engagement and college access at NHTI-Concord’s Community College. I am from North Haverhill, NH and enjoy hiking, kayaking and being outdoors. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Southern NH University. During my time as an undergraduate student, I was heavily involved and dedicated to community service and encouraging my peers to become active citizens. My passion is to end social injustices by educating and coordinating undergraduate students so that they are proactive and make positive impacts on the community. My goal is to be conscientious and intentional with the work that college students and I are doing and assessing how well the work is meeting the needs of the community partner. During my time at NHTI, I have implemented a more formal college access program, supported the Alternative Spring Break Club, and coordinated one-time and on-going service projects for first generation college students with the Office of Student Life. My passion for social change has led me to pursue a Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice at University of New Hampshire this fall and hope to continue on to non-profit leadership and community organizing.
VISTA Spotlight – My name is Lauren E. Simpson, and I am the AmeriCorps VISTA for SAU 6 in Claremont, NH. I was most recently a fourth grade public elementary school teacher in the Kearsarge Regional School District and have been teaching for eleven years. I chose to take some time off from teaching so I could serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA for SAU 6. A resident of Claremont for the past 11 years, I live with my husband and my rescued greyhound named Dalton. In my free time I love reading, exploring new places, and running. I look forward to working directly with the school district to broaden learning opportunities for Claremont residents. It’s a new experience for me to work to reach families and kids beyond a classroom setting. I know I will miss working directly with students, but I am eager to reach out to kids, their families, and all Claremont people in new ways. I’ve already had some great encounters with those who work hard to make Claremont a great city, and I look forward to doing my part to make Claremont a wonderful place to everyone to learn and grow. #iamvista #AmeriCorpsworks
My name is Maggie Reilly and I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Southern New Hampshire University’s Center for Community Engaged Learning. I do all things service from helping with our service learning program, to educating our students on college access programming and messaging. I am originally from Plympton, MA but went to Southern New Hampshire University to get my Bachelors in Communications. While working for my undergrad, I worked at the Center for Community Engaged Learning as a student worker. This is where I fell in love with service and realized I wanted to incorporate service into my career. I went on two Alternative Break trips, and was a service learning coordinator. I decided to graduate a semester early, and I was able to stay with Center as their VISTA. My year is almost over as a VISTA, and I am finally going to have to say goodbye to SNHU and the Center for Community Engaged Learning. I am happy I was able to stay at SNHU another year, and continue promoting service! #iamvista #americorpsworks
VISTA Spotlight! My name is Marcos Diaz and I am serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with Campus Compact for New Hampshire at Nashua Community College. I am originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when I was about twelve years old. I was the first person in my family to go to college, which made my journey a bit more difficult as I had to navigate through everything by myself. In 2014 I completed my A.A. in Liberal Arts from Nashua Community College. During my time at Nashua Community College I became very involved in community service and student government. I was Student Senate President from 2013-2014 at Nashua Community College. I first heard about AmeriCorps*VISTA from a VISTA at Nashua Community College. My passion for service made me think of AmeriCorps as an option and decided to apply and become a VISTA in 2014. This was the best decision I have ever made. During my first term as a VISTA one of the many things I had the opportunity to do was work with the underrepresented population in the Greater Nashua area. I developed a leadership curriculum that was then implemented into the Nashua School District’s ELL Summer Program. I loved the work so much that after going into the private sector, I came back to do a second term as a VISTA. I am currently pursuing a B.S. Criminal Justice from Southern New Hampshire University and hope to obtain an opportunity in federal law enforcement. #iamvista #americorpsworks