Meet the 2017-2018 VISTA Leaders
AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor
Charity Eddleman supervises VISTAs involved with the GWU/DCPS partnership through the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. This is Charity's third VISTA leadership position; she spent 2014-2015 with the IDA Asset Building Collaborative of North Carolina as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Chanel N. Little, the VISTA Leader, helps provide support to the VISTA members through the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. Chanel previously served as the AmeriCorps VISTA for Volunteer and Community Service at Winthrop University; here, she operated as a community liaison between the University and the Rock Hill Community. Chanel holds a B.S. in Political Science – Near East Studies from Central Connecticut State University. When she is not at the Nashman Center, Chanel loves to craft, bake, and bird call in her spare time.
VISTA, Empowering Males of Color Program Fellow at DCPS
Jay Cannon is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Empowering Males of Color Program Fellow at DCPS. Jay received a BA in both Sociology and African American Diaspora Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Throughout her year of service, Jay hopes to build new resources and develop practices to aid the mentoring initiative of EMOC in honor of the mentors who helped her throughout her life. Jay's passions also include spoken word, cooking and photography. As a new resident of the area, she is looking forward to tapping into all the wonderful things DC has to offer.
VISTA, Community Liaison, - Drew Elementary School
Carissa Marks is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently serving as the Community Liaison for Drew Elementary School in Washington D.C. As a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (Sustainable Food Systems), Carissa’s background is in social equity with regard to food access, and using community and school gardens as educational tools to combat food insecurity. Throughout this year of service, she plans to provide support to the Drew community by strengthening existing programs, building new partnerships, and developing solutions to existing participation barriers in the community. Carissa strives to connect local D.C. organizations to the community, fostering sustainable partnerships and securing mutually beneficial programs for years to come.
VISTA, Community Liaison - West Education Campus, GWU/DCPS
Kathleen Sears is a recent graduate from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She is the AmeriCorps VISTA serving at West Education Campus. Her role will be to develop and expand the after school and summer programs. She looks forward to immersing herself in the community, working with students, and exploring DC.
VISTA, Community Liaison - Turner Elementary School
VISTA, Community Liaison - Whittier Elementary School
My name is Catalina Carbonell, I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and came to the United States to do my college education here. I graduated this May from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida with a bachelors in Political Science and am planning on attending Law School in the future. I want to work for my country from the US and help breach the inequality gap that currently exists in our society. I am very excited to live in DC and experience all the city has to offer!
VISTA, Community Liaison - Malcolm X Elementary School
Marquis Johnson is an AmeriCorps VISTA member working as a Community Liaison at Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington, DC. He will facilitate the creation and growth of partnerships between the school, its community, and organizations around the city. Marquis previously was an INSPIRE Teaching Fellow at KIPP Columbus Primary, working as a co-teacher for kindergarten and first grade. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Timothy (TJ) Sullivan
VISTA, Community Liaison - West Education Campus
TJ is working with West Education Campus on building sustainable partnerships and enhancing the opportunities for its students. Recently, TJ completed a service year with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps. This experience allowed him and a team of eight other unique individuals to travel throughout the South, where they facilitated FEMA assistance to disaster survivors. As a VISTA, he is looking forward to learn more about the diverse communities of Washington, DC.
VISTA, Community Liaison - Smothers Elementary School
Sharai Bryan is an AmeriCorps VISTA, currently serving as the School-Community Liaison for Smothers Elementary School, located in Washington D.C. She hopes to support the school in expanding family engagement and community involvement by building partnerships that: strengthen school-family relationships, equip parents and family members to support their children’s academic outcomes, and develop a foundation for a sustainable parent organization. Prior to that, she worked as a Family Support Worker, providing child development, home visiting and case management support to DC families. Sharai graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health and minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Sharai looks forward to being an active member of the Smothers’ Family.
VISTA, Community Liaison - Eliot-Hine Middle School
Fabiola Ramirez is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently serving as the Community Liaison for Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and is a current MA candidate for Global affairs and Human Security at the University of Baltimore. She will be working to further strengthen, implement, and create partnerships and community outreach to establish sustainable development for Eliot-Hine’s students and community. Her passion for human rights has led her to pursue a career in education that will allow her to work with marginalized communities to assist women and children attain their goals for healthier, happier, and successful lives.