AmeriCorps @ Salisbury University
Holloway Hall

2013-2014 AmeriCorps Member Profiles

 

 Andrei Barjoveanu was originally born in Romania and moved to Chicago, Illinois at a young age. 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 friendships.

 

  LaToya Bell has developed a career committed to public service.  She will spend her time with AmeriCorps serving as a Match Support Specialist with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.   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.

 

  Rachel Bennett 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.

 

  Untia Bigelow is a 35 year old mother of five and married to a wonderful man who has been in her 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.”

 

  Brittany Goff 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. 

 

 Taylor Henry 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.

 

 

 

Amy Jacocks considers herself a military brat and nomad and having lived in various places in the 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 Salisbury 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.

 

  Shakeara Jones is a junior at Salisbury University and was born and raised in Kent County, 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 Wicomico 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 way.

 

 

 

 

 

 Jessica Lindner was born and raised in Salisbury and currently a senior at Salisbury University, studying 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 career.

 

 Randolph McFadden is a senior at Salisbury University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with 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.

 


 Jack Parker
is a graduate from Salisbury University and a second year AmeriCorps member through 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.  

 

 

 Joana Weaver 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.

 

 

Cody Wehlan serves at the Mid Shore Community Mediation Center.

 

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