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Marcia Brown currently serves as a program manager for Hands On Atlanta's AmeriCorps program, and is a resident of Vine City, GA. Her dedication to service and civic action has afforded her an exemplary civic transcript. Currently, Brown serves on the Annie E. Casey Foundation Steering Committee for Vine City, GA, serves as a board member for the city of Vine City, GA. Additioanlly, she is an effective grassroots organizer, including galvanizing over 800 persons from Atlanta’s legal community to serve Vine City for metro Atlanta’s biggest day of legal service, Service Juris, as well as organizing Vine City events for National Youth Service Day. Brown brings an authentic and matter-of-fact perspective to the national and community service issues, and commands a level of attention that is rare. Her understanding of the impact national and community service plays in our country is both compelling and convincing because of her life’s experience. Recently, Brown was asked to testify before Congress on "Renewing the Spirit of National and Community Service.” Her testimony was pivotal in helping to craft legislation designed to support alumni efforts in the years ahead. We congratulate Ms. Marcia Brown on being selected as the May/2007 AmeriCorps Alum of the Month®
Jonathan Wallace currently serves in a duel role with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas as Customer Relations Specialist and a Bigs in School Coordinator. In these roles he is able to assist in the recruitment and processing of new volunteers and clients, as well as match children in local schools who are in need of mentor with an adult volunteer who can be a positive role model to them each week. Jonathan spent his AmeriCorps term serving with the National Preparedness and Response Corps at the American Red Cross in Dallas where he taught disaster preparedness, responded to local and national disasters, and led youth volunteers through chapter recruitment and establishing Red Cross Clubs. His greatest accomplishment during his AmeriCorps term was assisting in the sheltering operations of more than 20,000 evacuees following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Jonathan continued his service and connection with AmeriCorps when he moved to Little Rock and took the role as the Alums Chapter Lead for the city. The Alums Chapter has grown from 2 members to 23 under his leadership as he works with the state commission office and former Alums to grow the Chapter and make a difference in Central Arkansas. Besides leading the Alums Chapter, Jonathan serves as the Head Youth Advisor for the American Red Cross Greater Arkansas Youth Council. In addition he is a member of the Volunteer and Youth Committee at the Red Cross, where he also serves as a Disaster and Health and Safety Instructor. We congratulate Mr. Jonathan Wallace on being selected as the June/2007 AmeriCorps Alum of the Month®
After three years of service with AmeriCorps (NCCC ‘05 in Charleston, SC; VISTA '06 and ‘07 in Indianapolis, IN) H. Anne Weiss has decided to pursue a career in the nonprofit field and go back to school. She has said, “AmeriCorps opened my eyes to problems and issues that I can not ignore but, more importantly, ways that groups of like-mined citizens can make a difference this year and beyond in their communities.” She is currently a student at Indiana University-Indianapolis, enrolled to receive her Bachelors degree, very soon, in Civic Engagement and Philanthropic Studies. She also serves as the Indianapolis Co-Chapter Leader through which she is spearheading a Graffiti Task Force- made up of Alum- that is working with neighborhoods, the Mayor's Office, the Indianapolis Police Department and the Prosecutors Office to eradicate graffiti and produce citizen action at the center of this issue.In her free time, Weiss volunteers with her church and theIndianapolis Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums, serves on the steering committee for the Governor's Conference on Service and Volunteerism andis a photographer, a friend and loves to cook.
Due to time demands caused by the merger of Hands On Network and the Points of Light Foundation, the AmeriCorps Alum of the Month®
contest did not operate in August. All submissions for August will be reviewed for the September time period.
- Class of '98, '99, '00
Sylvia Galvan is an AmeriCorps Alum of the National Rapid Response Corps. She served two terms very successfully (1998-1999 and 1999-2000). During her term she assisted with several disaster relief operations (including one in Puerto Rico). After her term of service ended, Sylvia became a staff member with the American Red Cross where she has served with distinction. During Hurricane Katrina, Sylvia served as the lead shelter manager for the Dallas convention center (which housed a thousand people over two months time). Sylvia dedicates herself to helping those affected by disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. She supports 300 volunteer staff in her work with the American Red Cross. Her dedication and enthusiasm are second to none. In addition to serving with the American Red Cross, Sylvia spends her spare time volunteering with the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program as a part of the seminar committee and facilitation staff.