Moving Forward Together

AmeriCorps Members

Our amazing AmeriCorps Members come from near and far, with all experience levels, and eager to GET THINGS DONE! Discover fun facts about our currently serving AmeriCorps members!

JFS AmeriCorps Members

Steven Carney

JFS – Aging and Wellness

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Steve grew up in Albany, NY, but has lived up and down the East Coast and in California. He has degrees in Business Administration and Sport Management from the University of South Carolina, Brooklyn College, and Florida State University. As a college professor, Steve volunteered his time in the local community, and that has led him to the JFS Aging and Wellness Program as an AmeriCorps VIP member.

Madison Bjork

JFS – Refugee Resettlement

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Born in Arizona and raised in Wisconsin, Madison received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Justice and Public Policy from Concordia University Wisconsin. She uncovered her passion for public service after interning in city, county, and federal government offices and volunteering at a legal services nonprofit while completing her undergraduate degree. Madison is excited to support San Diego’s refugee community with the JFSSD Refugee Resettlement team! In her free time, she likes to explore San Diego’s natural beauty through hiking, snorkeling, and swimming.

Tabitha Belshee

JFS – Refugee Resettlement

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Tabitha Belshee was raised in Escondido, CA and attended Princeton University as a first-generation student. At Princeton, she studied Politics with minors in Statistics & Machine Learning and American Studies. After graduating, she worked at her former high school supporting seniors applying to college during COVID-19. She is incredibly excited to serve with the Refugee Resettlement team here at JFSSD! In her free time, Tabitha volunteers as a crisis counselor, practices yoga, loses at bar trivia, and enjoys finding free classes to take.

Kimberly Molin

JFS – Safe Parking Program

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Kimberly was born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She is thrilled to be serving the Safe Parking Program here at JFSSD through her AmeriCorps VIP service term. In her free time, Kimberly likes to play roller derby, craft, and play with her dog Indy.

2021-2022 AmeriCorps VIPs in the Community

Angel Olayo Espinoza

Traveling Stories

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Angel was born and raised within Central California where he attended the University of California Merced and obtained a bachelor’s degree in public health as well as a minor in psychology. He is currently serving at Traveling Stories as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. When he was in elementary school, they had a small program where they helped him with his writing and reading skills; being able to support an organization such as Traveling Stories feels like a full circle to him. He is thrilled and excited to begin his service; He also recently moved to the San Diego area and is eager to experience the culture and community of this big city.

Lily Mendoza

San Diego Youth Services

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Lily grew up in Riverside, CA and graduated from California State University, Long Beach in which she majored in Sociology and minored in ASL linguistics and Deaf Cultures. She is excited to be serving at San Diego Youth Services as an AmeriCorps VIP member. Lily is excited to serve the community of San Diego and help youth reach their full potential. When she is not serving the community, she can be found hiking, baking, or at the dog beach with her dog.

Mackenzie Anderson

San Diego Youth Services

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mackenzie graduated from Oregon State receiving a Bachelor’s in Social Science with a focus on community development. After volunteering abroad and working at an international humanitarian NGO she decided to bring her passion for social change to AmeriCorps. This will be her second service year at SDYS and she’s excited to continue creating a more diverse and inclusive volunteer environment. When she’s not volunteering Mackenzie likes to be outdoors, practicing yoga and meditation, reading or painting.

Sierra Loredo

Boys and Girls Club of Vista

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Sierra Loredo is from Vista, California. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from California State University of San Marcos back in 2019. She is thrilled to be serving her second term at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. Sierra is often found taking long walks on the beach with loved ones and her pup Rambo. She is extremely excited to continue serving the community that she was born and raised in.

Sophia Galvez

Balboa Park Conservancy/Forever Balboa Park

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Hi, my name is Sophia Galvez. I grew up in New Mexico and I recently graduated from Western Washington University where I studied journalism and environmental studies. I wrote for my university paper, worked on the environmental magazine ‘The Planet’, and worked with Methow Valley Citizen’s Council on their climate action plan as a communications intern. I’m passionate about getting communities involved in the environments around them by focusing on how we can integrate sustainability into our everyday lives while learning from and working with other community members. I’ll be bringing all of these passions together as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Forever Balboa Park!