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Panel Discussion Featuring: AmeriCorps Members and Peace Corps Volunteers

Are you looking for meaningful work after you graduate? Learn about AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps at one event! April 24, 2018 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Viking Union Room 552

  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - AmeriCorps Members talk about their experiences and give tips
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Peace Corps Volunteers will share their experiences

Both sessions will be followed by questions and answers. To find out more, call the center at (360) 650-3240, or stop by OM 280! Print off an event flyer HERE

AmeriCorps Panelists

MEGHANN MULLEN-AMERICORPS PROJECT COORDINATOR COMMUNITY ACTION OF SKAGIT COUNTY Meghann entered the AmeriCorps world in 2007, shortly after graduating from WWU with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She served as a Washington Reading Corps VISTA at Island View Elementary in Anacortes, developing reading programs for struggling students. Her passion for helping others led to a position of leadership with the Washington Reading Corps at Community Action in 2009, where she co-supervised around 50 members each year across three counties. In 2013, Meghann switched roles and took on leadership of the Skagit VISTA team, where she helps organizations build capacity and sustainability through AmeriCorps projects. When not serving Skagit county, Meghann works as a phlebotomist in Ferndale and teaches Jazzercise in Bellingham. DONNA PHAM- REGIONAL RECRUITMENT MANAGER-CITY YEAR Donna Pham is a Regional Recruitment Manager and proud alumna of City Year based out of Seattle. She is the first in her family to graduate from college, a believer that education is the way to equity, spends her free time wrestling rock, and is a proud cat mom. She first participated in an AmeriCorps program during her undergrad at San Francisco State University (Go Gators!) as a Corps Member then Team Leader with Jumpstart, a national early education program that trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through her experience with Jumpstart, she realized her passion for education, service, and youth development. Donna graduated from SFSU with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Early Childhood, and the knowledge that she wanted to continue working with students and youth. Donna moved to Seattle to serve with City Year, a national AmeriCorps program that aims to keep students on track to high school graduation by uniting young people from all backgrounds to serve full-time as tutors, mentors, and role models. Donna's service experience in City Year has taught her leaps and bounds about the state of education in our nation, the power of community and teamwork, and how to actualize your passions into change. The impact on students, schools, and AmeriCorps Members she witnessed through her City Year service has inspired her to continue her professional career with City Year. Donna now works to connect young people from Washington and Oregon to service and professional success. NIKI GATES-VISTA PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR WHATCOM OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL Niki Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Eckerd College in 2016. Following graduation, she joined AmeriCorps as a FEMA Corps Team Leader in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) branch, where she led a team through three disaster responses deployments in Louisiana and Florida. In June 2017, she moved to Bellingham to continue her service as a VISTA Leader for the Whatcom VISTA cohort sponsored by Opportunity Council where she does program development and coordination.

Peace Corps Panelists

Forrest Copeland Forrest served in Ethiopia from 2012 to 2014 as a community health volunteer. His work focused on HIV awareness and support in a small town, but he also loved exploring the beautiful high desert around his community. In 2015, Forrest extended his service as the volunteer leader for communications and outreach and moved to the bustling capital of Addis Ababa in order to promote the work of other volunteers in Ethiopia. He had a busy year creating social media accounts, videos, promotional photos, and official reports for the Peace Corps. Forrest is currently a freelance photographer in Bellingham. He thinks you should join the Peace Corps because it will change the way you see the world - in all the right ways. Sylvia Graham Madagascar, 2000-2002 I worked with a local farmers cooperative on piloting a new rice growing technique, grew tree seedlings in a nursery and organized tree planting events with local community groups, and coordinated an environmental education teacher training. I currently work for the City of Bellingham Public Works as a Pollution Prevention Technician, providing outreach to businesses and the general public about protecting our waterways. I think my favorite reason to join PC is to live and breathe another culture that, over two years, will soak deep into your heart and be with you forever. And then to spread your love for that place back here in the States. Katie Storrs Katie Storrs Served in Peace Corps Paraguay from 2014-2016. As an Environmental Conservation Volunteer, she worked with her community to address soil health by creating organic gardens, trash management through education and activities, and deforestation through tree plantings. Katie is currently serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer as the Habitat Restoration Coordinator at Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. She thinks that people should join the Peace Corps to develop strong friendships across cultural barriers and to challenge themselves with a service they will never forget. Marcie Miller I served in Armenia 2015-2017. I taught high school English and then media studies at university. Now I'm job hunting/looking for another adventure. I think anyone should join Peace Corps as a way to contribute to the betterment of society at large. Chris Rowell Bio: Chris was born and raised in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. He graduated from Western in 2012 with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies and already had many adventures overseas in the United States Navy and working for a start-up media company in Beirut, Lebanon before leaving for the Peace Corps in 2014. Where I served: Chris served in the West African country of Burkina Faso from June 2014 to July 2016. He served in a small village in the “middle of nowhere” Eastern Region. What I did: Chris taught English at the middle school in his village for his entire service. He taught around 200 students in the 7th grade his first year and around the same number of 6th graders his second year. He was also responsible for a secondary Solar Panel project which provided electricity, a copy machine, and lights in all the classrooms of the school he worked at which received an honorary visit from the United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso. Where is he now? Chris is very excited to report that he is happily employed at Western as the events coordinator and administrative support specialist for Fairhaven College. Why should you join Peace Corps? To explore a new culture and way of life different from your own, discover how tough and resilient you have the potential to be, and go on the biggest adventure of your life.