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The City Year Alumni Association is led by our National Alumni Advisory Board, comprised of volunteer Alumni Board Chairs from local Alumni Associations across the country. Chairs lead their local Alumni Advisory Board to plan activities that mobilize alumni as volunteers, donors and ambassadors of City Year.

Alumni Advisory Boards:

  • support corps members along their leadership path;
  • connect our diverse alumni community; and
  • advance City Year’s service and the national service movement.

2018 National Alumni Advisory Board





Nellie Tsai '05, '06
nellie.tsai@gmail.com
 
National Co-Chair 

 

Nellie served as Alumni Board Chair with San Jose, a member of the National Alumni Advisory Board from 2008-2011, and most recently as a board member with City Year Detroit. As SJ Board Chair, she developed a strong pipeline of alumni board members, expanded alumni engagement throughout the Bay Area, and successfully implemented a range of corps support initiatives including stone soup dinners, mentorship programs and 18 Minute Networking. Her vision of advancing the alumni network includes enhanced alumni role in promoting national service and closer connection with AmeriCorps Alums; expanding professional development resources for alumni; and developing Red Jacket Weekend as a hallmark alumni event across the network. In addition to her two corps years, she is also SJ staff alum, having served as Training & Program Manager and Events & Operations Coordinator. In her current role as the Community and Civic Engagement Director for the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Nellie leads initiatives that activate citizen leadership in communities across southeast Michigan. She has a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA/MA from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Go Blue!)

Stef Vestal '06, '07
stef.vestal@gmail.com
National Co-Chair

 

Stef served as Alumni Board Co-Chair with City Year Washington, DC and as a member of the National Alumni Advisory Board from 2011-2014. Additionally, she has been a leader of the broader national service movement serving as the Chapter Leader for DC AmeriCorps Alums chapter from 2011-2014 and most recently as Co-Chair of the National Chapter Council with AmeriCorps Alums. As CYDC Co-Chair, she led the board to significantly grow their annual Alumni & Friends fundraiser event in attendance and revenue, increased alumni-corps connections through mentoring and career-themed dinners and established close collaboration with AmeriCorps Alums DC chapter through joint social and networking events. Her alumni vision includes attracting and developing alumni talent to lead boards/chapters, and establishing alumni boards and chapters at every City Year site with partnerships and collaborations with AmeriCorps Alums chapters, professional societies and other organizations to connect alums through service, social and networking events. In addition to her two corps years, she served as Senior Program Manager for Young Heroes and Civic Engagement with CYDC for four years. Stef is a 7th Grade History Teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia and a field hockey coach. She has a B.A. from Bentley University and a Master's from George Mason University.



Erica Gomez ' 17
ericagomez892@outlook.com
Chair, Baton Rouge

As a native of Houston and LSU Alum, Erica served in Baton Rouge to learn more about her community after switching careers. Erica’s third grade focus list students ignited her passion for teaching and inspiring children through all walks of life. “City Year prepared me to be the activist, therapist, school-mom, nurse, manager, and leader that is needed to help my students, day in and day out.” Erica (Ms. Gomez) currently teaches first grade at Bernard Terrace Elementary in Baton Rouge. When Erica is not shaping young minds, she embarks on crafty Cricut projects and attends Pure Barre classes in her spare time.





Isabel Barros '12, '13
isabelbbarros@gmail.com
Chair, Boston


Isabel served with the Jeremiah Burke for 2 years as a City Year AmeriCorps member. On the first day of school for the students, Isabel found her purpose in education as an advocate for those who deserve access to a quality education. After City Year Isabel taught life and business skills to 18-24 year olds at a job training program. Her reality in education took shape and she started a graduate program to become a school Adjustment counselor. Isabel is currently an adjustment counselor at a Somerville prek-8 ensuring students have access to learning and creating a community that includes parents, educators, students, and the community. In her spare time, Isabel works as a real estate agent and spends time with her family at local soccer games. 




Channing Lenert '12, '13
clenert@navypier.com
Co-Chair, Chicago

  Lara Mbayed '12
larambayed@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Chicago 



Christina Bowerman '14, '15
christinab139@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Cleveland


  Raymond Martin '11, '12
rmartin1526@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Cleveland 





Derek Bergman '15
debergman@deloitte.com
Co-Chair, Columbus

  Sarai Exil '12, '13
svexil@biglots.com
Co-Chair, Columbus 

  Ivan Nieves '12, '13
ivan.nieves@tntp.org
Co-Chair, Dallas








Katie Venetsky Babin '11, '12
k.venetsky@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Dallas


Katie is originally from Princeton, NJ and attended Ithaca College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Jewish Studies. She proudly served on the Boston Civic Engagement team from 2010-2012 as an AmeriCorps Member and on the very first Senior AmeriCorps BCE team as a Service Leader. After attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received her Masters of Education in Prevention Science and Practice, Katie moved to Baton Rouge to work for several non-profits in the education and child welfare sector. Katie currently works as the Membership and Program Director at Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas.


 
Arielle Ortmann '13
Co-Chair, Denver


  Kelsey Paulino '13
Co-Chair, Denver













Katy Ward '16, '17
Chair, Jacksonville

 

Katy grew up in a small Colorado town and moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina to pursue an Art History degree at Wofford College. After earning her bachelor's degree in 2015, Katy moved with her twin sister to Jacksonville, FL, to serve as City Year AmeriCorps members together. There, her true passion was discovered. She fell so in love with the students and staff at Jean Ribault High School that after graduation, she became the Varying Exceptionalities teacher for Algebra and Geometry. On the weekends, Katy enjoys spending time with her cat, Jaime, gardening, and exploring all that Jacksonville has to offer.


Samuel Kossow '16, '17
Chair, Little Rock



Meghan Paynter '13, '14
Chair, Los Angeles


Meghan Paynter proudly served with City Year Los Angeles as a Corps Member ('13) and as a Team Leader ('14). Since then, she has worked for a cancer nonprofit called the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Manhattan Beach, CA providing support and information to patients and caregivers of the disease. Meghan graduated from Loyola Marymount University with her BA in Psychology as well as her MA in Counseling. This will be her second year on the board and her first year serving as the board chair. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and playing soccer with friends.




Davine Scarlett '10
Chair, Miami



Lauren Feaster '10
Chair, Milwaukee


  Chris Mancuso '13, '14
Chair, New Hampshire


  Genesis Parker '14
gcheeks10@gmail.com
Chair, New Orleans


  Marlena Frantzides '07
m.frantzides@gmail.com
Co-Chair, New York


  Kyle Levine '14
levin2kal@gmail.com
Co-Chair, New York



Diana Gomez '16, '17
Co-Chair, Orlando


Diana Gomez grew up in Orlando, Florida. She proudly served with City Year Orlando as both a AmeriCorps member ('16) and a Team Leader ('17). Diana now works as a Team Member Services Coordinator with Universal Orlando Park and Resorts' Human Resource department. She is also currently enrolled in Valencia College with plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida. She is majoring in non-profit management with a minor in fundraising and grant writing. During her free time she likes to volunteer, canoe through Florida state parks, travel and spend time with her friends and family.
  Brandon Snyder 
Co-Chair, Orlando

 

Jamie Comfort Atkins '08, '09

jamie.comfort.atkins@gmail.com
Chair, Philadelphia


  Kunal Vasudev '13, '14
Co-Chair, Providence



Kevin Durant '08

Co-Chair, Providence


Cristy Rowley '13, '14
rowley.cristy@gmail.com
Co-Chair, San Jose/ Silicon Valley

Cristy Rowley is originally from Gastonia, NC. She served with City Year Boston and as a Team Leader in Tulsa during the site's startup year. After serving with City Year, she continued her westward migration to the Bay Area, where she now works as a User Experience Researcher for a large tech company. Her favorite thing about her job is creating apps to support low income and minority communities. She serves on the San Jose Alumni Board because she wants to connect corps members with opportunities in the Bay Area. Currently, Cristy is also working towards a Master's Degree in Human Factors at Bentley University. Between work, school, and volunteering, she makes time for long hikes with her boyfriend and dog and promises her mom she'll move back east someday.

Stephen Stanwood '11, '12
stephendstanwood@gmail.com
Co-Chair, San Jose/ Silicon Valley

 

Stephen proudly served as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader at Orr Academy High School on the west side of Chicago from 2010 to 2012. While in law school afterwards, he met his future wife, Madeleine, who quickly convinced him to move west. Stephen has since fully converted to the Northern California lifestyle and hopes to do whatever he can to help make City Year a transformative experience for future CYSJ/SV corps members. Now an attorney, Stephen spends his weekdays working with small businesses and weekends working out, watching sports, and enjoying time with family.

 

Bri (Lazevnick) Castle '16, '17

Co-Chair, Seattle

 

Jomar Figueroa '16, '17

Co-Chair, Seattle

  Sara Kruse '09, '10
Chair, Tulsa



Collin Kee '15
Co-Chair, Washington, DC


Collin works on the development team at the national office of LIFT an anti-poverty organization whose mission is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty. Collin supports LIFT’s national development team and LIFT’s CEO to identify, cultivate, and steward LIFT’s major gifts donors and maintain a sustainable donor pipeline across LIFT’s regions. Prior to coming to LIFT, Collin was a corps member at City Year Washington D.C. where he served in a first-grade classroom. Collin is the co-chair of the City Year Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. where he is responsible for co-leading initiatives in the D.C.-area for City Year alumni.


 

Molly Mitzner '14
Co-Chair, Washington, DC

 


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