Kaitlyn Szabo

Meet Kaitlyn Szabo.

Kaitlyn was the AmeriCorps VISTA for Exodus Lending during the 2017-18 service year. It was there that Kaitlyn was able to apply what she learned in school to address social inequalities. As a VISTA, she developed procedures for analyzing reports, streamlined the internal data tracking process, and even created and launched the communications and fundraising plans.

Hannah VanSant-Ouellette

Meet Hannah VanSant-Ouellette.

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Hannah’s AmeriCorps journey started in Minnesota Math and Reading Corps as a Math Corps Member for the 2015-16 school year. There she had the opportunity to take on special projects, tutor elementary-aged students in math, as well as explore leadership opportunities.

After serving with Math Corps, Hannah wanted to gain more leadership experience and learn skills applicable to professional life. That’s when she found the VISTA Leader position at MCN. She said that throughout her time as a VISTA Leader, “I learned immensely about the amazing work nonprofits and their employees do across Minnesota!”

During her VISTA Leader service, Hannah went above and beyond and served as the President of Minnesota’s InterCorps Council (ICC). Reflecting on her service as a VISTA Leader and the ICC President, she said “I will always be grateful of the opportunities I have had and my spirit of service will continue throughout the rest of my life.”

Hannah is currently back at Minnesota Reading and Math Corps as a Program Manager. As a Program Manager, she oversees Reading and Math Corps community partnerships and coordinates the members serving in schools within the West Metro area.

While she works, she is both pursuing a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership at the University of Minnesota and is in the 2018-19 Young Nonprofit Professional Network's Leadership Institute. She will graduate from the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2019.

Thank you for your service, Hannah. We can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’ll do!

Jess Del Fiacco

Meet Jess Del Fiacco.

Jess was the VISTA for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) in the 2017-18 cohort. Like many VISTAs, she decided to stay in the local nonprofit sector after service. Jess now works at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as part of the Community Broadband Network Initiative.

Giselle Efon (2014-15) graduates with Master of Social Work

After only a year, MCN VISTA alumni are already making an impact in the post-service world. 

Inspired by her year at Nexus Community Partners working with local immigrant and refugee communities, VISTA alumna Giselle Efon received her Master of Social Work with an emphasis in clinical mental health from the University of Minnesota this May. In December she will return to her home country of Cameroon for the first time since moving to the United States, where she will spend a month with the goal of better understanding her own roots and identity.