2013-2014 AmeriCorps Member Profiles
Andrei Barjoveanu was originally born
in Romania and moved to Chicago, Illinois at a young
He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
graduated with a degree in International Studies and Spanish.
Some of Andrei's favorite things to do are to travel, hike and
cook. His ultimate career goal is to become a foreign service
officer for the United States and possibly an ambassador. He is
currently serving with the Ward Museum and is enjoying his
experience as an AmeriCorps member. Andrei notes that through
his life numerous people have helped him out in various ways
without asking anything in return. He hopes that his AmeriCorps
opportunity will give him the chance to help others and make new
LaToya Bell has developed a career
committed to public service.
She will spend her time with
serving as a Match Support Specialist with Big Brothers/Big
LaToya holds a B.A. in Administration of Justice from Howard
University and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
LaToya is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and
served as the Community Service Chairperson while at Howard.
LaToya stated she was always interested in AmeriCorps but
career and education demands often presented a conflict. Upon
learning of the half-time and quarter time opportunities, she
jumped at the chance to apply. LaToya is looking forward to
drawing from her professional and personal experiences to
provide superior service to the community she now calls home.
is serving with the Epoch Dream Center in Hebron, MD. The center
is an after-school
program for under-resourced youth that aims to mentor children
in the areas of academics, character, responsibility, and
self-image. Rachel is excited to work with AmeriCorps because
she believes it is a great opportunity to be equipped to serve
the community for which she is so passionate about. Rachel hopes
to continue working with children in the future as either an
elementary school teacher or in some kind of full-time service
with children in the states or abroad.
is a 35 year old mother of five and married to a wonderful man
who has been in
life for over twelve years and counting. She has taught
kindergarten for the last fifteen years but the school she
worked in lost funding Looking for a new path, Untia began to
volunteer in her community where she was able to find a job
running the English language lab at the Wicomico library. From
here she found out about an opportunity to serve in AmeriCorps
through the Pittsville library where she will be starting an
after school program for youth. Untia says “I find that this is
a wonderful opportunity to change the life of those I serve
through showing empathy, kindness, and a helping hand to those
in need. It is my pleasure to serve with AmeriCorps because they
are in the business of changing lives and that is my goal: to
help change lives even if it’s only one. If I can do this than I
know I did the best that I could to help my community through my
time and my service to others.”
graduated from SU in the Fall semester of 2013 with a degree in
Psychology. Brittany loves giving back to the community and was
a proud member of Alpha Phi Omega and Girls on Top of the World.
She spent much of her college career volunteering with children
and individuals with mental illness. Brittany plans to go back
to school for her Master's degree in Social Work. She joined
AmeriCorps because she has a passion for helping children and
wanted to gain more skills to help her in her future career.
Brittany is currently serving with the City of Salisbury and is
forming the city's first Youth Civics Council.
grew up in Frederick County and began college at Shippensburg
University before transferring to Salisbury his Sophomore year.
He joined AmeriCorps because of his interest in performing
nonprofit work after he graduates and hopes this opportunity
will build his experience. Henry is currently serving at Stop
the Violence in Wicomico County.
considers herself a military brat and nomad and having lived in
various places in
U.S. and Europe. She has obtained a B.S. in Fashion
Merchandising from Louisiana State University and a M.A. in
Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology. To
date, she has spent most of her professional career working in
museums and non-profit management. In her spare time she is a
fiber artist, working mainly with embroidery, sewing, felting,
and knitting. Her service year with AmeriCorps will be spent at
the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore in Denton, MD. Amy is
hopeful that The Center will give her the opportunity to help
spread the joy of fiber arts to a new community. The Fiber Arts
Center is a new organization and will need help with building an
education program for all ages and increasing the number of
organizational volunteers. Amy hopes to spend this year learning
new skills that she can use to help FACES and other art groups
in her area.
Brandon Jones graduated from SU
in Spring 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and serves at the
Zoo in their education department. He chose to serve in
AmeriCorps because of the great benefits and his future goal of
becoming a zoo keeper. Most AZA accredited zoos want an employee
to have 2+ years of experience in a zoological setting. Being an
AmeriCorps member and serving at the zoo will hopefully give
Brandon the leg up he needs to reach his goals.
is a junior at Salisbury University and was born and raised in
MD. I love
to help people and I was raised in a Christian household.
Shakeara is a Certified Nursing Assistant and a certified
Geriatric Assistant and enjoys working with the elderly. She
also has 5 years+ of experience in working with children ages
6-10. She is a social work major and knew she wanted to work on
a more personal level in her future career. She chose to join
AmeriCorps to help the community gain knowledge of the different
prevalent diseases, to gain experience in working with the
adolescent population, and to hopefully make an impact on female
youth in the area. She is currently serving at Wicomico County
Health Department working with the middle school female
population assisting with a teen abstinence program called GEMS.
Tasha King is serving with the office of
Equity Assurance and Student Mentoring at the
County Board of Education. She feels honored to be a part of
AmeriCorps and hopes to impact and make a difference with youth
throughout the community. Having the opportunity to help local
youth is very rewarding for Tasha, since she too had someone when
she was younger take time out and impact her life in a positive
was born and raised in Salisbury and currently a senior at
Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution with an Interpersonal
Track and a minor in Psychology. This past summer, she did an
internship with the Mid Shore Community Mediation Center in
Easton, MD. While doing her internship she was introduced to the
school-based mediation program that the center provides to help
middle and high school students in the Dorchester County Public
Schools. She was very interested in learning how she could be a
part of this program, and AmeriCorps has given her that
opportunity. She is currently serving part-time and hopes to
serve as a full-time member next year, after graduation in May.
Her hope is that by serving with AmeriCorps, She is able to gain
the knowledge and skills that will be useful when pursing her
is a senior at Salisbury University majoring in
concentrations in Physical Education, Education and Psychology.
He is very excited to start his first year with
AmeriCorps serving with Kids of Honor. This will allow him to
continue with his passion for working with the youth of the
community. Over the past year he has worked with Kids Klub
through Wicomico County Parks and Rec, while also coaching for
the Salvation Army. After his service year is over he plans to
continue working with youth in the community.
is a graduate from Salisbury University and a second year
the ShoreCorps/PALS program. He is once again serving at the
Ward Museum as a coordinator in the education department. Jack’s
passion is working with children and giving them an opportunity
to obtain a brighter future. He hopes to do that this year
through the programs that are offered at the museum.
was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She
received her BA
and MED from Salisbury University. After several
years working in non-profit sectors, she is very excited to be
working with the Village of Hope in their after school program
supporting the educational needs of children in transitional
housing. Her goal is to continue working with underserved
populations in supporting their educational goals.
serves at the Mid Shore Community Mediation Center.
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