Kimberly Cartier – Great Bay Community College
Kimberly is from Dover, NH and has been working in education in some capacity for over 12 years. When looking for a new opportunity, Kimberly found VISTA and decided to pursue the position at Great Bay Community College because VISTA embodies so many of her values such as service, outreach to, and empowerment of low-income communities through capacity building efforts. At Great Bay Community College Kimberly will work with the Center for Academic Planning and Support to increase enrollment, persistence, and retention among low income individuals.
Colby Chaput – NHTI, Concord’s Community College
Colby is from Swanzey, NH and attended NHTI before transferring to Southern New Hampshire University where he received his Bachelors degree in Justice Studies. Colby is a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow which recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership. At NHIT, Colby will be working in Student Life office to support and expand service-learning efforts, recruiting student volunteers for various afterschool programs in the area, and encouraging student involvement in service, leadership, and student organizations in order to promote college retention.
Thomas Davis – Keene State College
Thomas is from the seacoast of New Hampshire and attended Keene State College where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Thomas was a summer AmeriCorps member and while in college he worked for the ASPIRE program at KSC. When he saw that there was a VISTA position with the Keene ASPIRE/TrIO office, he thought it was the perfect opportunity for a project to do after graduation. At Keene Thomas will be working to strengthen and enhance TrIO’s academic support initiatives targeting students who area low-to-moderate income, first in their family to attend college, and may have a disability.
Harmony Elliott – White Mountains Community College/GEAR UP North Country
Harmony is from New Hampshire and attended NHTI where she earned her Associates in Addiction Counseling and then attended Granite State College where she received her Bachelors in Human Services. After volunteering with a few different clubs in college, Harmony realized that she has a passion for higher education and helping people attain higher education. At White Mountains Community College Harmony will work to increase the accessibility to higher education and retention of low-income students in the greater North Country region. She will also be working with the GEAR UP New Hampshire team to work specifically with four school districts in the North Country to promote the belief the college is possible.
Luce Estiverne – Manchester Community College
Luce is from Connecticut and studied at the University of Bridgeport where she received her Bachelors degree in Human Services. One of the reasons she wanted to join AmeriCorps is to inspire students she’ll be working with to strive for the impossible either academically or professionally. She wants to work with programs that offer the support to youths that are in need and are striving to be a successful adult. At Manchester Community College, Luce will be working to increase retention of first generation/low income new students from the fall to spring semester.
Monique Gassek – White Mountains Regional High School
Monique is from New Hampshire and was a student at White Mountains Regional High School before going on to attend Keene State College where she earned her Bachelors in Athletic Training. She deeply cares about the improvement of her community and feels that it is part of her civic duty to actively take part in bettering the lives of high school aged people by helping to provide the resources for a successful future. At WMRHS Monique will help the STEAM students prepare for and succeed at college.
Larissa Striga – NHTI, Concord’s Community College
Larissa is originally from New York and attended Suffolk County Community College where she earned her Associate’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences before moving on to Granite State College where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Before going on to graduate school, Larissa decided to do a year of service promoting higher education and her belief that it can change lives. She has a goal to make a meaningful contribution at a higher education institution to improve the organization’s capacity to serve underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students and to improve the success and well-being of the college’s community. With Larissa’s passion for higher education and her dream of working in higher education with first-generation students, a VISTA position with Campus Compact was the perfect place for her. Larissa is currently in her second year of VISTA service with Campus Compact. Last year she worked in the Student Life office at NHTI and this year she’s working in the Diversity office promoting and supporting success for underrepresented students.