Meet the AmeriCorps Members
*Includes AmeriCorps VIP, AmeriCorps

2017-18 AmeriCorps group

  Baca Christopher Baca
AmeriCorps HIAS Refugee Corps, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Refugee Resettlement

Christopher is a San Diego native and am finishing up his last semester at SDSU as an International Security and Conflict Reaolution major. He learned about the AmeriCorps Refugee JFS position through an advisor at school and immediately applied as he has previously done research and studied refugees. He is excited for the professional and personal development that comes through being an AmeriCorps fellow at JFS San Diego. His hope is to better peoples’ lives, one person at a time, even if at the smalleat level. Ultimately, he wants to travel the world whilst helping the people he encounters along the way. 

Tim Hart Tim Hart 
AmeriCorps VIP Lead - Transportation Programs
Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Tim is a native San Diegan and a not so recent graduate from San Diego State - Go Aztecs!! He has two awesome grown kids - his 6'6" son works for E&Y in San Francisco and his beautiful daughter is a director for the Big Brother/Sister program in Miami. Tim is a CPA and has worked as a CFO for several San Diego based public corporations. He loves sports and enjoys playing basketball, racquetball, sand volleyball and golf. He has volunteered for many youth sports, Junior Achievement, the United Way, the Holiday Bowl, and Poinsettia Bowl/Make A Wish Foundation. As Master Yoda said "There is no Try, Only Do!" Live Long and Prosper!
Gabby Herencia_edit Gabby Herencia
AmeriCorps VIP Lead - Nutrition Programs
Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Gabby Herencia is from San Diego, California and served her first term as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at SAY San Diego. She now continues her second year service as the AmeriCorps VIP Lead at Jewish Family Service of San Diego. She is an alumni from the University of California, San Diego where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Gender Studies. She is passionate about social justice programming, working with underrepresented communities and promoting educational equity for students. In her spare time, you can catch her doing photography, hiking, crafting and/or binge watching. She looks forward to learning how to maximize the recruitment of volunteers, fundraising and building partnerships for the Nutrition Program at JFS San Diego!

Rebecca_Odelson  Rebecca Odelson - AmeriCorps LISC, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Immigration Services

Becky is a proud native of San Diego. As a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (the happiest city in America!), she studied Italian, Spanish and Art History. She returned to San Diego three years ago after experiencing real winters while living in Florence, Italy and New York City. In her spare time, Becky practices yoga, loves to cook and reads any book she can get her hands on. She hopes to attend law school this coming fall (fingers crossed) to continue her work in helping communities and individuals in need.   

In the Community: 
Sara Matthews Sarah Matthews
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Feeding San Diego 

Sarah Matthews is serving with Feeding San Diego. She is an Indianapolis native who recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Arts Management. Sarah is interested in exploring social impact at the intersection of service and enterprise. In her spare time, Sarah writes and records her own music. She also enjoys dancing, traveling and shopping at Trader Joe's.
 Claire Bergstresser Claire Bergstresser
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, International Rescue Committee

Claire Bergstresser is begining her second year as an AmeriCorps cohort representing the International Rescue Committee. As a Volunteer Coordinator, Claire acts as a resource and organizer for volunteer needs and activities. Claire graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Law. She has spent the last four years advocating for international diplomacy, equal access, as well as refugee empowerment. Between playing her dulcimer, kayaking, and rolling around San Diego, Claire is also certified to officiate weddings in the state of California! 
Anna Glassey Anna Glassey
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, International Rescue Committe 

Anna is originally from the San Diego area and is serving her first term as AmeriCorps VIP Fellow with International Rescue Committee. She graduated from CSU Long Beach with a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, emphasizing in the Middle East and Arabic. She has a passion for people and strives to make an impact on those in the local community. Her interests include travel, reading and meeting new people! She looks forward to learning the volunteer recruitment process and working within the immigration and resettlement office.
Nina Holtz Nina Holtz 
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Kitchens for Good 

 Nina studied Environmental Studies and Leadership Studies at the University of Colorado. In Boulder, she participated in INVST Community Studies, a two-year leadership program focused on service learning and social justice. Throughout her time in Colorado, Nina worked in administrative, volunteer, and direct service roles with various nonprofits, such as Boulder Food Rescue, Bridge House, and Social Venture Partners Boulder County. Nina also enjoys research and helped conduct community-based participatory projects exploring food insecurity in Boulder and racism in Denver public schools. She is thrilled to be back in San Diego and is very grateful to work with such an amazing nonprofit.
Margo Moyer Margo Moyer
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, MANA de San Diego

Margo was born and raised in Reston, VA. She attended James Madison University and received a B.A in sociology, with a minor in women and gender studies. She is passionate about social justice, and specifically promoting education for marginalized populations. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, making art, and eating fish tacos. She is excited to grow a deeper connection with the San Diego community and with all the individuals involved in MANA de San Diego.
Anthony DeGuzman Anthony DeGuzman
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Motiv

Anthony DeGuzman is serving his first term with the AmeriCorps VIP program, where he is working with Motiv in inspiring youth the value of service within their communities. Raised in Murrieta, Anthony currently lives in San Diego where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History from California State University San Marcos. His previous experiences include fighting against Human Trafficking as the Outreach Coordinator for the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), Volunteer Coordinator for multiple community organizations, and as Deputy Field Organizer within various political and issue-based campaigns. In his spare time he likes to create music through his favorite instruments, surf and snowboard throughout San Diego County, an avid reader and student of history, and exploring the world fueled by his curiosity. The motto he lives by is to … “Dream Big, Live It Bigger.”
Connor Roberts Conor Roberts
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, NAMI San Diego

Conor has lived in the Seattle area for most his life until this incredible move to work as an AmeriCorps VIP at NAMI San Diego. Arriving with a major in International Studies, he is ecstatic to to push himself and continue to meet and learn about people from distinct and interesting backgrounds in this brand new and exciting city. With help from his amazing support system at National Alliance on Mental Illness, he is ready to challenge himself to help his new found community and have a positive impact on everyone around him. But also he will keep riding his bike. Because some things never change!
Laura Hernandez Laura Hernandez
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, North County Lifeline

Laura Hernandez is a San Diego native serving in her first term as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. She is a recent graduate from California State University, San Marcos with a B.A. in Medical Anthropology. Laura's interest for nonprofit organizations and public service sparked while studying abroad and interning in Ecuador and Spain. She is excited to serve in volunteer engagement for North County Lifeline. During her free time, Laura enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing with her dog, Cheyenne.
Garth Denton-Borhaug

Garth Denton-Borhaug
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, ProduceGood

Garth was born and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to the East Coast in the early 2000’s. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science with a focus on climate change and chemistry from Moravian College in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Earlier this year he moved back to southern California to live with family and started volunteering regularly at Produce Good and now works for them as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. Garth enjoys cooking, being in the outdoors, and jamming to live music.

Sylvia Meulener Sylvia Meulener
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, San Diego Women’s Foundation

Born in Colombia, her family immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better future. She was raised in Miami, FL – known for its diverse ethnicities and amazing foods. Later, she attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where she majored in Business Administration. Her passion for nonprofit/public service derives from previous work and volunteer experiences. For this reason, she is pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Management through the University of Central Florida online program. As a military spouse, it has been a challenge to maintain a steady career path with all the constant moving, so she is eternally grateful for the opportunity of joining the San Diego Women’s Foundation through the AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program. She is looking forward meeting people who share the same values and growing professionally within the nonprofit sector. Sylvia is married and is a proud mother of twin boys.
 Morgan Keller Morgan Keller
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Support the Enlisted Project

Morgan is a Dixie Chicks fan who recently moved to San Diego from New Hampshire to pursue volunteer management experience. She received a B.A. in Health Science with a concentration in Medicine, with a minor in Natural Science from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Passionate about philanthropy and past involvement in Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps VIP was a great fit. While at STEP she will be working to engage volunteers to help build financial self-sufficiency with young military and veterans families through financial counseling, emergency grants and support programs. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Parker (USN), and exploring San Diego.
Domingo Alvaro-Francisco Domingo Alvaro-Francisco
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, UURISE

Domingo is a San Diego County native who recently moved back after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Cal State Long Beach. Domingo is passionate about social justice and aspires to attend law school to focus on either immigration or civil rights. A big fan of political philosophy, you can catch him reading up on John Rawls and Immanuel Kant among others. Not being a total book worm, Domingo likes to socialize and meet new people, salsa dance, try out different foods, craft beer and being outdoors among other activities. Domingo is excited about his service term and being able to partake in the mission of his work site, UURISE. 
Erin Rexin Erin Rexin
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Words Alive

Erin is a San Diego native who graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology with an emphasis in wildlife health and a minor in Managerial Economics. She is excited to be serving with the local non-profit Words Alive which focuses on literacy advocacy. In her spare time Erin enjoys photographing wildlife, watching the Great British Bake Off, reading, traveling, and playing tennis.


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