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Welcome AmeriCorps Team! September 13, 2011

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Join us in welcoming our three new members to the Seattle Works team.

Meet Ellen!

Hi everyone! My name is Ellen and I’m the Project Management Coordinator. I’ll be coordinating the HandsOn Leadership Program, and am really excited about the opportunity to support volunteers and partner organizations in developing and implementing long-term projects.

One interesting thing about me is that no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to come up with a good way to respond to the question Where are you from? To give the shortest answer possible, here’s a list of the places where I’ve lived, in no particular order: New York, Thailand, Washington D.C., Germany, Virginia, Cameroon, Pennsylvania, Ecuador, Minnesota, and now Seattle. I just moved here in June after graduating in May from Teachers College, Columbia University, where I got my M.A. in International Educational Development and wrote my thesis on social justice in international volunteer service. I’ve slowly been adjusting to a lifestyle that doesn’t involve spending ridiculous amounts of time in the library, and so far I’ve really been enjoying getting to know the West Coast.

Prior to grad school, I taught elementary and high school students in several of the countries listed above (including a year teaching English in Ecuador as a WorldTeach volunteer and ten summers teaching German at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota). I’ve also worked with non-profits in the U.S. and in Cameroon, West Africa, managing projects related to K-12 global education, international volunteerism, and human rights. Before I discovered my interest in all things international and education-related, however, I was an English major and Theater minor at Franklin & Marshall College, where I worked as a stage manager for three years during undergrad. I love managing projects, working to connect individuals and organizations, and learning about the ways in which people everywhere are working to improve their communities and the world through service and education–so Seattle Works seems like the perfect place for me. I’m so happy to be here and am really looking forward to getting to know this amazing community!

Meet Page!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of the Seattle Works team!  Growing up in a small, Midwestern town and attending the University of Illinois I often hoped to try out a more urban and mountainous area. So, here I am! My time working with Seattle works and exploring the city has been fabulous so far and I can see this city quickly feeling like home.

During my time in college I was a Psychology major and continued to take English and French classes as well, because I enjoyed them so much. Through my work in psychology I was able to lead psycho-educational workshops and also lead training sessions for the LGBT Ally Network in the campus community.  Doing this type of educational work is something that I’m very passionate about and I can’t wait to delve into The Bridge program and help connect people with organizations and resources that will enhance their ability to give back to the community.

On a personal note, after spending an exchange year in France, anything francophone related (or food related, for that matter) will normally spark my interest. I’m also interested in reading, running, painting, and guitar playing. And now that I’m no longer land-locked in central Illinois, I can say that I like long strolls on the beach! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all further and being an active member of the Seattle Works community.

Meet Jenna!

My name is Jenna. I just moved here from Chicago and was lucky enough to start at Seattle Works as Volunteer Program Coordinator soon after
arriving.  I was drawn away from terrible Midwest winters to Seattle because of how different and new I felt this area of the country would feel.
Thus far, I have (happily) been proven correct. While still in Chicago I completed my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to my highly theory-based studies, I became interested in organizing events and leading my campus feminist organization. Hence, my newest endeavor with Seattle Works!

When I’m not working diligently for the volunteering cause, I can be found riding my Raleigh Reliant bike, looking for punk shows around town, or scoping out delicious vegan food joints. I also spend my time baking, reading political philosophy and sewing. The Next Big Thing hopefully coming up in my life is adopting a dog, something I’ve been waiting to do for a few years now.

After my Americorps tenure I hope to return to grad school to learn more about encouraging policy-making that comes from a more  understanding and positive position on issues of race, gender and sexuality.

Welcome to Seattle and to Seattle Works – we’re so glad to have you!

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