2012-2013 AmeriCorps Member Profiles
William (Billy) Conry
Elizabeth Lewis Irene
Katradis Shirley Lake Lauren McNiff
Winfield Whittington Rosa
William (Billy) Conry
As a first
year AmeriCorps member, William is very excited to be serving
at the Salisbury Zoo. He has a passion for animals, as well as
giving back to the community and helping others. Billy states he
has a very creative side, which comes in handy as he prepares
lessons and activities for the STARS and MAST afterschool
programs. He looks forward to being able to make a difference in
the community and leaving a positive impact on those that he
meets. Here’s to a great year!
is a 22 year old from Bowie, MD.
He is in his senior year at Salisbury University as a
history major. After
college, he plans on attending law school.
He serves at Fruitland Primary School and works
one-on-one with children in mathematics, reading, and other
school subjects. In
his spare time he enjoys hiking, swimming, watching movie, and
the occasional micro-brew.
The coolest thing he’s ever done is gone sky diving.
is 23 years old. He was born and raised in
Salisbury, Maryland and graduated from Parkside High School.
After high school, he attended Cecil Community College for a
year, and then transferred to Bethany College in Bethany, West
Virginia. Deonte heard of AmeriCorps from a close friend who is
a member of the program. After hearing about it, he became very
interested in the program because he enjoys working with kids
and helping to better his community. After his experience at
AmeriCorps, Deonte plans to continue working with children and
graduate from Salisbury University.
is currently a senior at Salisbury University,
studying Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution with an
International Track and a minor in Art and History. When she is
not busy volunteering at the Conflict Center as a mediator, or
being active in the SGA, the TOMS Shoes Club, and her sorority,
Zeta Tau Alpha, she is spending her time as an AmeriCorps
member, serving at The Village of Hope in Salisbury, Maryland.
She has a passion for helping others and loves to work with
children. She is looking forward to making a difference in the
Salisbury community and is excited to see what the future holds
after she graduates in the spring.
Shirley is a mother of three and a grandmother of four who
aspires to attend law school in the near future. In 2009,
Shirley graduated from Chesapeake College with a Paralegal
degree. She recently completed her bachelor’s degree, majoring
in Political Science. In her mind, community service was thought
to be a civic luxury granted to wealthy citizens who had time
and money at their disposal. Her college experience allowed her
the opportunity to see that community service is the
responsibility of every able-bodied citizen. With her limited
resources, Shirley has had the rewarding opportunity to work
with Habitat for Humanity in Talbot County and New Orleans. She
has assisted the Maryland Food Bank in distributing holiday food
boxes, and has helped to register Salisbury University students
to vote. She finally realized that community service did not
require wealth, just the willingness to help and a desire to
make a difference. Shirley feels that AmeriCorps is giving her
the opportunity to serve in her community, Caroline County,
while gaining very valuable knowledge and skills in the process.
is a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Mary
Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Elizabeth graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, and is
excited to use her degree and passion for service to give back
to her local community this year through the ShoreCorps/PALS
program. Elizabeth has always had a strong passion for
community service, but an opportunity in college to intern with
an organization involved with the acculturation of refugees
furthered her commitment and passion to serve her community and
help those in need.
This year Elizabeth will be serving with the Chesapeake
Multicultural Resource Center. She is incredibly excited to
serve with her fellow AmeriCorps volunteers, as well as with
such a wonderful organization that envisions amazing objectives
of community service linking youth and adults alike. Elizabeth
strives to live by the famous quote once made by Anne Frank,
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world." She hopes that this
quote will continue to inspire her and others to work their very
best to make themselves and those around them the very best they
Lauren McNiff is originally
from Slidell, Louisiana. She moved around quite a bit, until she
decided to move back to the Eastern Shore of Maryland with
family after working for 5 years on Wall Street in New York
City. She now attends Wor-Wic Community College and her major
will be Social Work with a minor of Sociology with an
anticipated graduation of around 2017. She has previously
served with AmeriCorps in 2010 and is thrilled to be back
serving youth and her community again this year. She is still
happy with her change in scenery, and she continues to work hard
on her studies to ensure a degree that will allow her to work in
the field to assist youth in their growth and maturity
transitioning both in life and at school.
is a Salisbury native and Wicomico High School graduate (2002
state championship basketball player). Jermichael wears many
hats in the community. He is the Co-founder and President of
“KIDZ” R.O.C. (Reach Our Children) basketball/youth program;
Program director at the Stop the Violence Rec Center and an
active member of his community where he can be seen coaching
basketball, running events, and/or speaking at seminars. This
year Jermichael will be serving at the Wicomico Mentoring
Project where he is excited about changing the lives of youth
through example. Jermichael plans to use the year of service to
network and to get a degree that can be used to help save the lives
of the youth and people in his community. Jermichael’s passion
and love of service has earned him the 2012 Wicomico County
Branch N.A.A.C.P Award for community service.
is 24 years old and a graduate of Salisbury University with an
Elementary Education degree. Serving at soup kitchens and rec
centers in Salisbury, has opened his eyes to the needs in the
area. Jack feels he can make a difference by serving with the
AmeriCorps program. This year Jack will be serving at the Ward
Museum where he is responsible for teaching after school
programs such as STARS:MAST. After serving with AmeriCorps, Jack
hopes to use his experiences to become an Elementary teacher
where he can continue to be a role model and have a positive
effect on the children in the community.
Cody Wehlan is 23 years old and a native of Salisbury, MD. Graduating from Parkside High School in 2007, Cody attended Salisbury University where he is a Senior Majoring in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, with a Minor in Computer Science and Psychology.
He is a second-year AmeriCorps member serving with the Mid Shore
Community Mediation Center . His goals are one day being a program director for Conflict Resolution programs in Public schools. He is the oldest of 4 children and holds a passion in his heart for being an older brother for others.
is a former member of the proud “Hokie Nation” at Virginia
Tech. He takes every opportunity to continue his Alma Mater’s
motto of “Ut Prosim” (That I May Serve) seriously. It is a
motto that he has cherished and put into practice even as a
“youngin” growing up on the sandy shores of Virginia Beach, VA.
Winfield says that his first introduction into what it means to
truly serve happened around when he was about 3 ½ years old when
his little brother was born. “Since day one I made it my
mission to be the best big brother I could possibly be for him.
By being a positive role model, mentor, guiding hand, and
friend, I think I learned the secret of service at a very young
age,” states Winfield. “It is so simple, you just have to be
selfless. “ You have to be able to give and serve without
worries of reciprocation or notoriety. From that point on he
found himself constantly in positions where he was in service
and working with the youth. In high school he earned a majority
of his community service hours by volunteering as a library aide
and working with the Food Bank of Hampton Roads. In college he
once again found himself in another position of service as a
resident advisor (RA) Being an RA is truly a selfless job
because you’re always at the beck and call of your residents.
Winfield views the AmeriCorps program to be another opportunity
to make positive changes in the lives of the youth in the
Wicomico County community. He decided to join AmeriCorps this
year so he could serve with others who embrace the service
philosophy and together realize something so much greater than
any one of them could accomplish as an individual.
is 23years old and from Upper Marlboro, MD. This is her first
year with AmeriCorps. She majored in Psychology with a minor in
Sociology at Salisbury University. She had never heard of
AmeriCorps until last year. Rosa chose to do AmeriCorps because
she believes in the principle of the organization and also it
gives her the opportunity to gain experience in her field. She
will be serving this year with Junior Achievement, recruiting
volunteers around the eastern shore area to teach local
kindergarten through high school students on work readiness,
financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. What she loves about
serving is the opportunity to be involved in the community and
most importantly the opportunity to change the lives of children
by preparing them for a promising future.
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