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

Giselle Barajas

JFS – Refugee Resettlement Program

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Giselle Barajas was born in Escondido, California but grew up in Menifee, California. She recently graduated from San Diego State University where she studied International Security and Conflict Resolution, and Chinese. Her ultimate goal is to further her career in working with refugee and immigrant populations and is thrilled to serve with the Refugee Resettlement Program of Jewish Family Service. In her free time, she can be found hiking, painting, or on her quest to find the best ice cream in San Diego.

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Kassandra Camarillo

JFS – Safe Parking Program

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After becoming involved with a nonprofit that teaches English and STEM in San Diego during college, Kassandra realized she loves helping underserved communities and has continued to do so since. She is excited to now work with JFS to once again serve the San Diego community! In Kassandra’s free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and hanging out with her cats.

Belen Mejia

JFS – Immigration AmeriCorps LISC

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Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Belen Mejia spent most of her days outdoors with friends, family and her dog. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and Minor in Education. During her undergraduate years she had the opportunity of studying abroad in London, Paris and Mexico City, which is where she discovered her passion for helping people from diverse backgrounds. Prior to this AmeriCorps role, Belen served with City Year New York, where she had the privilege of working with children from East Harlem to provide them with academic and socio-emotional support. Belen is excited to be back in her community and serve as the Immigration Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for JFS. She hopes to meet amazing individuals and help make a difference in the lives of others.

2019-2020 AmeriCorps VIPs in the Community


Megan Baughman

International Rescue Committee – Volunteer Engagement

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Megan is from San Diego and recently graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At Marquette, she studied International Affairs and Environmental Studies. Megan plans to attend graduate school for International Affairs and purse a career in the government, private, or nonprofit sector. Megan is super excited to be a part of the AmeriCorps community and work for the International Rescue Committee this year.


Linda Glevy

International Rescue Committee – Youth Focus

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As a San Diego native, Linda Glevy is happy to work and live in such a beautiful place (with beautiful food), support her community, and meet new people. While studying Business Administration at Pepperdine University, she developed a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and advocating for refugees. She is excited to use this passion to connect people to the issue in her role as the AmeriCorps VIP for the International Rescue Committee’s Youth Program. She hopes to learn more about the inner workings of a nonprofit and about managing volunteers. In her free time, she likes to dance, bake, sew, eat, go to the beach, and explore California.


Matt Jackson

MANA de San Diego

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Matt Jackson was born in big ole Lexington, KY. He grew up on a horse farm and is proud to be the 2011 United Mountain Horse Association World Champion. He was educated at Duke University where he studies Ethics and Gender Studies. He dreams of becoming a human rights lawyer one day. He is currently learning Spanish, and enjoys spending time with his partner, Diego, at the beach. Matt is excited to join MANA de San Diego, an incredible nonprofit working to educate and empower Latinas in Southern California.


Christa Kloha

South Bay Community Services

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Christa grew up in San Diego with three tortoises and one little gecko. She graduated from UC San Diego as a collegiate athlete in cross county and track, with a major in Visual Arts-Media. Realizing that she did not want to pursue a career in her major (naturally), Christa stumbled upon an amazing opportunity to work for AmeriCorps as a VIP Fellow with the partner site South Bay Community Services. Christa is super stoked to be a part of these two organizations, where she can grow as a leader and help make a difference in the daily lives of others.


Bethany Moberly

San Diego Youth Services

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Bethany Moberly became an engineer in 2016 but realized her heart for serving others was not growing in the corporate world. Bethany took a leap of faith in 2018 and quit her comfortable engineering job in search of a position that was dedicated to making the world a better place. When she found the VIP Fellow position, she was ecstatic. Bethany is so excited to be serving as a volunteer coordinator at San Diego Youth Services and fells like she found a position that does good and will leave her happy every day.


Allie Neri

Balboa Park Conservancy

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Allie Neri is from Central Florida and moved to Southern California to attend SDSU. She graduated from SDSU with a BA in Biology, Public Heath & CFD. She is now serving at the Balboa Park Conservancy as an AmeriCorps VIP member. Allie is often found climbing or surfing. If you need her attention, speak up! Her hearing aid batteries are probably dead. She is hard of hearing and proud.


Mark V. Saunders

Serving Seniors

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Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mark moved to Bloomington to attend Indiana University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Audio Technology/Ethnomusicology, a Masters in Recreation Administration, and a Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior. Mark enjoys swimming, music, art, and the outdoors. He ran a small business rehabbing rental property, worked with people with disabilities, and worked as a part-time member of the local YMCA. Mark looks forward to working with older adults, helping them secure services and support. After his term of service with AmeriCorps VIP, Mark hopes to continue working with nonprofit organizations helping others.