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Frank Adames
AmeriCorps VISTA Alum
Frank is a techie, with a knack for partnership-building and a passion for helping others. He joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program for an opportunity to help those most vulnerable in the DC Metro Area and beyond. 

 

Jose Alvarez
Do Good, Be Good
Jose is a first-generation college graduate from the University of Florida. Jose received his B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership AND he also received his M.S. in Leadership Development. After undergrad, he joined AmeriCorps. Throughout his AmeriCorps journey, Jose had the privilege of serving youth who would one day be in his shoes. He worked with the University to assist first-generation students pursue higher education. His work as a mentor and advocate helped him find his passion for education equity and juvenile justice reform. Jose has served on numerous state and local boards to continue being a voice for the next generation of leaders. Today, he is the co-founder and Vice President of Noble Sheep, a Leadership development agency that works with young leaders to help them do their best work, with the best people, for the best outcomes.

Noelle Amann
NG Career Strategies
Noelle is a career strategy expert and award winning career influencer. With a background in executive recruiting she uses her recruiting and hiring insights to simplify the job search and help job seekers at all levels land jobs. Through her career consulting firm NG Career Strategy [LINK: www.ngcareerstrategy.com] and member community the Job Search Accelerator [LINK: www.jobsearchaccelerator.co], Noelle and her team of career experts provide guidance on everything from resumes to LinkedIn, to interviewing, to achieving challenging career changes and more. Noelle brings a shrewd headhunter prowess, fun-loving practical perspective and refreshing approach to the career world.

Sasha Bronder
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Virginia Service Commission
Sasha Bronder is proud to be serving in her third year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. After graduating from Roanoke College in 2019, Sasha joined the AmeriCorps family as a VISTA member at Thrive Virginia, where she assessed the needs of the community, coordinated a summer nutrition program, and learned to navigate the new world of Covid. She has since stepped up to serve as the VISTA Leader for the Commonwealth of Virginia Capacity Building Project. As a VISTA Leader, Sasha loves supporting those seeking to serve, and helping to guide members through their service year and beyond. When she isn’t working, Sasha loves to cook, read, and play with her pets—a dachshund named Stella, and four cats, named Tigger, Roo, Flynn, and Kitty.

Sean Chrysostom
Financial Access Educator, Capital One
Sean earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Howard University in 1987. He has spent the over 30 years in commercial banking, with an emphasis in consumer and small business lending. Sean has been an advocate for greater financial education within social and faith-based organizations in the metro DC area. Sean is the Financial Access Educator in the Mid-Atlantic region of Capital One. Over the course of his career, Sean has seen the powerful impact that financial literacy has in elevating individuals and families from poverty to prosperity. He is a passionate advocate for helping individuals learn how to effectively handle money, credit, debt and risk. He has worked diligently to help create empowered communities while building financial dignity within individuals. Real financial dignity allows everyone the opportunity to be self-sufficient with the fundamentals to build their own businesses, buy homes, increase credit, and make better investment decisions. To better serve the needs of a broad array of clients, Sean has attained the following designations and certifications: Investment Adviser Representative (Series 65), AFCPE® Accredited Financial Counselor, and Credit Union National Association (CCUFC). 

Tray T.S. Deadwyler
Think for Good
Tray is the Founder of Think for Good & The Service Nerd Collective- supporting individuals and organizations as they increase their efficacy through creative ideation, planning, training, and implementation. Committed to systemic problem-solving and sustainable practices, Tray is co-creating a theory of change to achieve success in the seven key areas of life and leadership. Tray’s civic and professional transcript spans organizations such as the American Red Cross, Atlanta Police Department, Communities in Schools, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Points of Light Foundation, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Angels in Distress, and Love Beyond Walls. As a result of his work and commitment to communities, Tray has been honored with the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps) Innovation Award, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, selected as one of Aspen Institute’s Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Fellows and Georgia Forward’s Young Game Changers and named one of the most influential leaders by B. Magazine. Tray and TFG’s priority clientele includes nonprofit organizations, international foundations, municipalities, federal government agencies, and state service commissions.

Margaret Garrison
Virginia Department of Social Services
Margaret (Margie) currently serves as the Talent Acquisition Partner with the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), where she is responsible for full-life cycle recruiting for the Policy & Administration, Employee & Organizational Strategy, Human Services, and Strategy & Engagement portfolios, along with the and Piedmont, Virginia localities. Prior to joining VDSS, Margie served as the Talent Acquisition Supervisor at Virginia ABC where she supervised and managed a team of six (6) consultants that recruited for employment opportunities within the Home Office and over 178 retail stores across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Margie has over 20 years’ experience recruiting experience for all levels of positions. Margie attended Virginia Commonwealth University and majored in Human Resource Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, music, boating, and movies. Margie is a native of Richmond and lives in Glen Allen, Virginia with her husband and three (3) children.
hameka N. Gerald is a dynamic, equity centered, and data informed leader who works to ensure schools are meeting the needs of each student in preparation to enter an ever-changing world. Her work focuses on the use of data to inform practices that transform schools into places where students, families, and community members are co-creators of success. Dr. Gerald specializes in cultural competence, equity coaching, strategic planning, data analysis, and student leadership development. As a member of the inaugural class for Virginia Teacher of Promise, podcast guest for Jostens Renaissance, national equity panelist and featured guest for What Schools Could Be Office Hours with Ted Dintersmith, Dr. Gerald uses her story to reframe what success can look like if we go beyond the surface.

Anne Grieves
NG Career Strategies
Anne is a Gallup certified CliftonStrengths coach / team-building facilitator and an Associate Director in Career Design at Northeastern University. She enjoys coaching individuals, groups, and teams towards identifying and achieving their goals.
Through assessments, in-depth conversations, and developmental programming, she guides individuals, groups, and teams to identify and achieve their career and life goals, maximize their personal and professional potential, and experience a deeper sense of fulfillment. Anne’s unique approach provides people with the tools and insights they need to experience a paradigm shift in how to explore new possibilities.

Scott Kemp
State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV)
Scott serves as the Student Loan Advocate in the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Prior to this position, Scott served as an Interim VP of Student Services, a State Director for the High School Career Coach Program, a community college Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, a K-12 State Career Specialist, and a School Counselor. His career has focused on helping students and those who work with students on their career pathway to success. Scott received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia; master’s degrees from Hollins College and Catholic University and an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education from Old Dominion University.

Betsy Prueter
Do Good, Be Good
In addition to being an instructor with Do Good Be Good, Betsy is the Chief of Staff and Director of Prospective Policymaker Education for the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) in Washington, D.C. PNPI provides professional development and continuing education to current and prospective higher education policy professionals. Prior to PNPI, she directed federal grants to facilitate academic service-learning and family-school-community partnerships in low-income schools and managed several AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps*VISTA programs. Throughout her career, Betsy has enjoyed teaching and mentoring college students- including through Massachusetts Campus Compact as an AmeriCorps*VISTA herself. She has consulted with non-profits in Washington, D.C., and across the country – with a focus on facilitation, staff development, continuing education, and asset-based community development and organizing. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Education Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an executive certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University.

Elle Rodriguez
HR Analyst II, Talent Acquisition - HR Division, Virginia Department of Social Services
Bio and Photo coming soon!

 

 

Lyons Sanchezconcha
AmeriCorps Alum/Educator, Richmond Public Schools
Lyons served as an AmeriCorps member with the Virginia College Advising Corps at Huguenot High School in Richmond from 2016-2018. As a College Adviser, he helped students achieve their post-secondary goals by assisting with Financial Aid forms and the FAFSA, helping with SAT/ACT registration and preparation, ran college essay and resume writing workshops, helped with college and job applications, assisted with the student-athlete experience, connected with military recruiters and resources, and tracked student progress and work with families.  Today, Lyons is an educator with Richmond Public Schools working with dropout prevention and recovery efforts at the high school level. Having previously worked in college access and as a classroom teacher, he is passionate about equity in education. Beyond the school building, Lyons serves on various nonprofit boards which includes serving as Vice President for the Virginia College Access Network. He is also Chairman of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, a state-appointed board that advises the Governor and his administration. Lyons was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Sterling, VA. He is also currently completing his M.Ed. at the University of Richmond. Lyons is dedicated to expanding opportunities for students and families to grow and thrive all across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Roxanne Saunders
AmeriCorps Program Director, Virginia Service Commission
Before becoming Virginia’s AmeriCorps Program Director, Roxanne served as the AmeriCorps Fiscal Officer for four years. Prior to joining the Commission, she was the Fiscal Monitor for the Office of Newcomer Services. Roxanne also worked with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) for more than 15 years. During her tenure at DMAS, she held several positions, serving as an Appeals Hearing Officer for client appeals and a Compliance Monitoring Specialist for the community based care unit. Earlier this year Roxanne received a state service award for 30 years of continuous service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roxanne also has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. Roxanne is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters who constantly keep her on her toes and she is no stranger to volunteering and community service. She has served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 3298 for more than 20 years and has sold 10,000+ boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Got to love 💕 those Girl Scout Cookies!

Gabriella Vazquez
Gabriella is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology. In her VHA AmeriCorps VISTA role with Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Gabriella worked in the newly formed Evictions Prevention Unit. In her role she supported the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which was designed to support and ensure housing stability across the commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, she worked to aggregate and analyze statewide data for upwards of 20,000 households on a biweekly basis. Since serving in VISTA, Gabby has joined DHCD full time on the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot as a program administrator. She hopes to continue to use data to ensure equitable outreach and that the populations most affected by the eviction crisis- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)- are reached by programs designed for them.

Chris Woodbury
Financial Partnership Manager, Virginia Credit Union
Serving as a Financial Partnership Manager allows Chris to be an advocate for something he's extremely passionate about, financial confidence. His main objective is to help individuals gain the knowledge they need to be financially secure. This will benefit the workplace in many ways, like better health, morale and productivity, in addition to increased employee retention.
Chris has been with Virginia Credit Union for more than 25 years in a variety of roles, including Branch Manager, Loan Officer and Quality Service Manager. He is able to offer sound advice and solutions to problems that prepare people or any challenges life may bring. By forming relationships with those he serves, he can help people before a stressful situation develops. Currently, Chris is part of the Advisory Board of the Family Self Sufficiency Program of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing, which helps residents in public housing transition to homeownership. He is also an avid road cyclist and you can find him riding up to 100 miles weekly in his spare time.

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