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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.

2019 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

Channing Lenert served City Year Chicago at the Johnson School of Excellence, in Chicago’s West Side, and on the site’s Civic Engagement Team. He currently works as a Development Officer at Chicago’s Navy Pier and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Channing cites his AmeriCorps service with City Year as the origin of his desire to serve Chicago’s nonprofit community. After receiving a BA in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands – and with the aid of his Segal Awards from City Year - Channing received an MS in Nonprofit Management from Chicago’s Spertus Institute. In addition to serving as Chair of City Year Chicago’s Alumni Board, Channing serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a member of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP).
  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

Derek graduated from Ohio State University in 2014 with a degree in Economics and a passion for education. He joined City Year with this passion and a desire to learn more about mentorship programs, but came out with an understanding of the incredible impact City Year has. His corps year taught him personal and professional skills, showed him the difference a single individual can make, and provided him with an invaluable network of support throughout and after his year of service. He's serving as the City Year Columbus Alumni Board Chair, because he recognizes the value that City Year provides to its AmeriCorps members, its alumni, and its community. His goal now is to pay it forward by contributing his time and resources to expand this opportunity for future AmeriCorps members and building a support network for a greater number of City Year Alumni.







Katie Venetsky Babin '11, '12
k.venetsky@gmail.com
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
Chair, Denver


  Jacklyn Jackson '06
jaclynjj@gmail.com
Co-Chair
  Misha Stallworth '11
misha.stallworth@gmail.com
Co-Chair 












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.


Lauren Feaster '10
Co-Chair, Milwaukee

  Kiesha Johnnies '11
kiesha.johnnies@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Milwaukee

  Danny Baralt '13
danielbaralt@gmail.com
Chair, New Hampshire

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

  Jacques Delouche '13
jacques.delouche@gmail.com
Co-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


Jamie Comfort Atkins served at City Year Philadelphia as a corps member in 2007-2008 and and senior corps member in 2008-2009 after graduating from the University of Delaware. She found City Year to be so transformative that she then joined the staff as a Development Associate (2009-2011) and Program Manager (2011-2014). Inspired by her experiences at City Year, Jamie then went on to pursue her dream of becoming an urban educator by receiving her Master's in Education from Temple University and teaching 6th Grade at Southwest Leadership Academy in Southwest Philadelphia. Jamie also has a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied strengths-based human development with a focus on promoting resilience in urban students and teachers. Jamie is now taking time away from the classroom to stay home with her two children, Ella and Ryan, and is proud to serve as the Alumni Board Chair for City Year Philadelphia. She is passionate about giving back to City Year, an organization that impacts so many lives in such a powerful way, and about engaging the alumni community to stay connected to City Year and to one another.


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.

 

Jomar Figueroa '16, '17

Co-Chair, Seattle

  Sara Kruse '09, '10
Chair, Tulsa



Collin Kee '15
ckee57@gmail.com
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.


 

Katie Hanna '12, '13
katierhanna@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Washington, DC

 


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