Welcome to the Transform Mid-Atlantic Alumni VISTA Vault

Meet TMA's exceptional AmeriCorps VISTA alumni, hear their stories, and discover how they're continuing on their paths of service and leadership.


"TMA's AmeriCorps alumni took an oath to strengthen our communities and to take action. It is moving and remarkable to see that so many of our alumni have kept that promise well beyond their service year, as they continue to catalyze change and serve society."
                         -Madeline Yates,
                           Executive Director

Our Alumni All Stars - The TMA VISTA Alumni Network

The TMA Alumni Network was established to help TMA's AmeriCorps VISTA alumni members connect, provide an advisory resource for currently serving VISTAs, and give alumni continued access to TMA's programming, while spotlighting alumni members' leadership and transformational work.

Over 200 TMA alumni continue to work in service, including roles in nonprofits, government, higher education, and other mission-based organizations. Their achievements are a testament to the quality of those who participate in TMA VISTA cohorts and the programs of TMA's member campuses and community partners.

Hope Marshall

Hope is a U.S. Navy veteran who spent her VISTA year at Stevenson University helping Baltimore area veterans get the support they need. She now contracts with the Dept. of Homeland Security in the area of cybersecurity.

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Olakemi "Kemi" Teru

Kemi currently works for...not one...not two... but three non-profits, all while attending nursing school. Hear about her journey from being homeless to devoting her life to helping others, and what spurs her relentless drive.

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Jen McKenzie

Jen McKenzie

Jen embodies the TMA spirit of connection - first as a VISTA leader at Maryland Out of School Time Network; then with Everybody Wins DC working with corporate partners, to her current role at Fusion Partnerships.

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Maggie Eckerson

Maggie is a winner of multiple volunteer service awards, including the Presidential Volunterer Service Award - both Bronze and Gold, and the United States President's Lifetime Achievement award.

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On a Mission

In addition to those working in the nonprofit and government sectors, many alumni are pursuing mission-based work in corporations and graduate school programs. Current alumni positions include founders of nonprofits, college Community Engagement Program directors, business owners, social workers, professors, and more.

Data was collected from over 250 Transform Mid-Atlantic VISTA alumni from 2008-2023.

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Percentage of Alumni Engaged in Service Work

Josh Geary

Josh's VISTA service for the International Rescue Committee's Center for Economic Opportunity led to a full-time job at the CEO, where Josh helps refugees with financial learning and assistance.

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Amanda DeRose

A decade after her VISTA project at Carroll Community College's Food Locker, both Amanda and the Food Locker are still going strong at Carroll, where Amanda now directs Service Learning, the Honors program and Career Development for students.

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Vasu Moodley

Vasu Moodley

Before joining TMA, Vasu had already spent 17 years working in the nonprofit sector across the world, including serving as the Acting Director of an organization that was awarded the 2008 UNESCO Confucius prize work in Adult Literacy.

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Salma Rashid

Salma Rashid

Salma worked as an Alumni Affairs VISTA with Friendship Public Charter Schools. After an internship in Ghana, Salma became interested in local government and now works for the City of Durham.

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Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Eckerson

And the Awards Go to...

United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award - Gold
Issued by Points of Light Foundation · June 2022 ; Associated with AmeriCorps VISTA

United States President's Lifetime Achievement Award
Issued by Points of Light Foundation · June 2022; Associated with AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps Health Coordinator of the Year
Issued by AmeriCorps · May 2021

United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award - Bronze
Issued by Points of Light Foundation · May 2021

Academic Achievement and Community Involvement: Exceptional Academic Excellence
Issued by Ithaca's Office of Student Engagement · Sep 2017

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Building Trust

Maggie discusses the challenges the pandemic posed during her VISTA project and how she overcame them, as she created a mentor program pairing college students with middle schoolers. Over time, the student mentees began to turn their cameras on, a symbolic gesture of trust and engagement.

Trevor Schmutz

Trevor now works for Serve DC, The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism & Partnerships as a Grants Management Specialist, as well as serving on the board of his VISTA project organization, The Civic Circle.

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Zandra Cuff

Zandra Cuff

Zandra is a five-time AmeriCorps VISTA! She now works for TMA itself, leading its Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative and working with TMA's AmeriCorps VISTA program.

 

Courtney Insley

Courtney Insley

After spending her VISTA year starting the FoodShare at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, Courtney has continued to work in food insecurity at the Harford Community Action Agency.

 

Shani McClean

Shani McLean

Shani used her experience from her year of service with the Food Security Initiative at Towson to propel her toward a career as a dietician. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Nutrition at Georgia State University.

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Katlin Gray

Katlin Gray is a senior program manager at UMD's Do Good Institute, a campus-wide initiative that seeks to provide education, opportunities, and resources to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders, social innovators, and civic-minded students. She also serves as an adjunct professor.

 

Jackie Searle

A two-time AmeriCorps member, most recently serving a the Cardinal Cupboard at Catholic University, Jackie used her non-competitive elgibility to enter the federal government. She will soon be joining HUD to help with their disaster relief program.

 

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Jared McLean

After graduating from the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program, Jared joined Transform Mid-Atlantic's AmeriCorps VISTA program as a VISTA Leader, where he helps support, mentor, and advise the program's 30+ AmeriCorps VISTA members across the region.

 

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Kristina Pickering

Kristina served as a VISTA for the York Road Education and Service (YES) Program, expanding it from a traditional tutoring service to a robust and creative after-school program with mentoring for students at Tunbridge Public Charter School and Govans Elementary in Baltimore City.

 

Alumni Spotlight: Vasu Moodley

Not all VISTAs come to TMA at the start of their careers.

Before comming to TMA, Vasu had already worked in the non-profit world for more than 17 years in South Africa, India, and the US, with an emphasis on adult basic education and community development for social change.

Vasu also served as the Acting Director of Operation Upgrade of South Africa, a nonprofit focused on adult literacy in South Africa that was awarded the 2008 UNESCO Confucius Prize in Adult Literacy.

In addition, Vasu oversaw the creation of the Ikusasa Development Trust, a nonprofit that oversaw the S3Village Integrated Development Project. Vasu sits on the advisory boards of the Family Literacy Project and the James Nxumalo Education Trust.

Vasu now works as Operations Manager at the University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors, where he served as a TMA VISTA in 2019 as an Economic and Empowerment Volunteer Coordinator.

 

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Brian Meko

Brian is currently interning at the White House, while pursuing a dual master's degree in Business Administration and Global Environmental Policy. Brian spent his VISTA year working at the University of Maryland, College Park's Food Pantry.

 

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Mary Kate Luft

Mary was a VISTA for the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program - a partnership between the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), Montgomery County Public Schools, and Montgomery College promoting career readiness among underrepresented students. Post-VISTA, she continues to work at USG.

 

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Catherine Clark

Catherine spent two years as a VISTA working in Economic Empowerment at Prince George's Community College, developing and expanding a financial coaching program.

 

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Asia Fortune

Asia first served as a VISTA for Bowie State University's Feed the Need program. She returned to TMA for a second service year as a VISTA leader, helping to supervise and mentor TMA's cohort of AmeriCorps VISTAs.

 

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