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Bethany HamiltonDenise Riebman
Gene ShiauAndrew Womack

 

Bethany Hamilton now works as a Program Officer for the Community HealthCorps team at NACHC, which allows her to apply her experience with the AmeriCorps grant to pressing issues related to helping underserved populations gain access to health care. She served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow from 2008-2010 at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. – Geneva, NY providing legal assistance to underserved populations. As a legal fellow she also managed to launch a Reentry Clinic and serve in her second year as one of three national representatives for the fellowship program. Following her AmeriCorps service, she joined Equal Justice Works as staff to successfully manage its 700 member Summer Corps (AmeriCorps) program for law students. She Bethany holds her BA from the University of Miami, a certificate from Cornell University, and a JD plus advanced studies certificate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She enjoys spending her free time popping up in random countries and states on weekends for budget backpacking or beach explorer adventures!

Denise Riebman serves as the Director of Career Development and Alumni Services for the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Denise serves as the AmeriCorps Alums Career Coach and regularly takes questions from our LinkedIn Group and responds in our “Ask the Career Coach” column. She also offers her consultant tips on her website careerhappinesscoach.com.

Denise started her professional life as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Denver Indian Center in 1994. Since then, Denise has spent nearly 20 years in the non-profit and higher education sectors focusing on community development, volunteer engagement and career development. Prior to her current position as the Director of Career Development and Alumni Services at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Denise was the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Brandeis University’s Heller School where she built their career development center and led the creation of a $1M AmeriCorps Alum Heller School Scholarship. Denise has directed AmeriCorps projects at Communities for Children, Boston Cares, LEAP and Maine’s Promise and specializes in “Life after AmeriCorps” trainings. Denise holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.

Gene Shiau is currently the Senior Engineering Trainer at B&R Industrial Automation. He began his career with Teach For America in 2002 and taught high school mathematics in McAllen, TX. When he moved to Atlanta in 2008, he volunteered on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums for two terms, first as the communication officer and then as the president. His passion is in improving the state of K-12 STEM education. Gene studied Mathematics and Physics at Purdue University, and earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Texas – Pan American and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Andrew Womack
is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John F. Kerry (MA). He crafts original legislation and analyzes policies pertaining to federal health programs, prescription drug and medical device regulation, research in the life sciences, veterans’ health, elementary and secondary education, and higher education. Before working in public policy, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where he studied the biology of human cytomegalovirus infection. Andrew was a member of the 2000 Corps of Teach For America in Baltimore, Maryland and taught second and third grades in the Baltimore City Public School System. During his undergraduate studies, he was a research fellow at the Center for Human Genome Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a contributing author of the draft sequence of the human genome. He has Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, an M.S. in Education from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Chemistry, both from North Carolina State University.

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