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Meet our New AmeriCorps Team!

Introducing our 2014-2015 AmeriCorps Team:
Meet WithinReach’s newest in-person outreach team! We asked our team members to send us a selfie and to tell us something they liked about themselves and how they felt it would be a strength for this years service. In the spirit of Halloween, we also asked about their favorite childhood costume with a picture if they had one.

 “Many of my interests revolve around social justice, health equity, and wellness promotion, which I’m hoping to include as much as possible during this year of service and as I pursue a graduate degree in public health next fall.”

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Education: BA in Psychology & English from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: My favorite costume came at the ripe age of four in the form of a homemade, extremely-fierce lion.




“Something I like about myself is my ability to learn from experience. I am aware that I don’t have all the answers to the universe but I will definitely try to learn about it as much as I can. The good and bad in life can be learning experiences that help in getting a better perspective of the person I want to be in the future.”

Hometown: Lima, Peru (San Borja District); Lynnwood, Washington
Education: BA in English Literature and Political Science with an emphasis on human rights from the University of Washington

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: Little Red Riding Hood. I feel I could trick or treat a lot more than I could later on! One of my great memories.




“Throughout my educational career I found enjoyment in learning and discovery. This year at Within Reach, a genuine love of learning and growing will help me as I work in the community with a new set of skills.”

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Education: BS in Pre-Healthcare Professions Kinesiology & BA in Spanish from Western Washington University.

My favorite childhood Halloween costume:    I was pretty proud of a hippie costume I had around 8 or 9.




“Something I like about myself is my compassionate nature which will be a strength for me in my new position at WithinReach. Demonstrating compassion will allow me to relate and effectively communicate with individuals from underserved/underprivileged environments.”

Hometown: Hilo, Hawai`i
Education: BA in Business, minor in Chemistry from University of Puget Sound; BS in Biology from Seattle University

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: A werewolf. However, the only picture I was able to quickly obtain was me as a firefighter:




“I think that I’m very empathetic and am able to easily connect with clients. I also like how having a working knowledge of systems & institutions has helped me to have a broader understanding of some of the barriers my clients face.”

Hometown: Baku, Azerbaijan; Seattle, Washington
Education: BA in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies & Political Science

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: Barney. It was the only time I got to pick out my own costume. Every other year of my childhood I was a clown courtesy of my cousin’s hand-me-downs.




“I think that my abilities as a systems thinker will help me greatly in my AmeriCorps position at WithinReach.”

Hometown: Olympia, Washington
Education: BA in Food Justice from New York University

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: I was once an adorably terrifying clown for Halloween, which embodied what was probably the height of my Halloween spirit and is thus my favorite costume from my younger years.




“I like my ability to relate and chat with many people. I find that having a smile on my face can reflect onto others.”

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education: BA in Health Sciences from Virginia Tech

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: My favorite go to Halloween costume as a child was a witch. I was a witch four years in a row.




“Something I like about myself is my interest in working with people—it definitely helps to keep me grounded during outreach. Whether a site is really busy or really slow, connecting with individuals—clients, the site staff, my AmeriCorps team members—makes the experience very meaningful for me.”

Hometown: Ellensburg, Washington
Education: BA in English from Reed College; MA in English Literature from the University of New Mexico; Post-bac work in pre-health studies at Portland State University

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: A princess dress I wore in eighth grade. I do not even know the source of that garment—friend, family, foe—but wearing it, I felt grand. While I have no evidence of that costume, I do have a photo of a very short version of myself with a childhood friend.



Laura “Being raised in a low income immigrant family whose primary language is Spanish, I believe I can relate to many clients who face language and at times cultural barriers. I love the idea of being a bridge between worlds because at an early age I was that bridge for my parents.”

Hometown: Sunnyside, Washington
Education: BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: I remember putting on my mother’s lipstick, eye shadow, and blush, calling myself a princess. So technically I was a very laid back princess in sweatpants, tennis shoes, and sweater.



Noelle“Something that I like to do is listen to people’s stories. I find the events and circumstances that brought people to where they are at the time I meet them so interesting. I think the combination of these things would be a strength for the outreach component of my position at WithinReach.”

Hometown: Wheatland, California
Education: BA in Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology and a minor in Music from UC Berkeley

My favorite childhood Halloween costume: Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. It was the first costume that I chose for myself and I was very excited about the sequined headband with the half veil that went over your eyes.


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