Tom Gallant- VISTA Leader, Maine Campus Compact
As VISTA Leader for MCC, Tom will support a team of 9 VISTAs as they navigate their year of service. He is responsible for professional development, networking and recruitment of new members.
Kristen Brannen – University of New England
Kristen will oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE student volunteers to work with two partner organizations in Biddeford, Maine. YouthBuild helps young people who left high school without a diploma and who want to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment and/or college, and become leaders in their communities. BLAST is a STEM-based, hands-on afterschool enrichment program for under-achieving children in Biddeford K-8 Schools.
Brenna Callahan – Bates College
Brenna will collaborate with student leaders to create ongoing training and reflection opportunities for Bates mentors; help develop and oversee curricular and assessment materials for programs; and work with student clubs and organizations on campus to maximize the engagement of the student body in aspirations efforts.
Samuel Cannon – University of Maine Augusta – Bangor
As the Veteran Services VISTA, Sam will serve as the liaison between UMA student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and UMA Veteran students and their family members. He will assist the Veteran student groups in completing the process to become fully established as an official student group.
Alaina Clark – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) VISTA, Maine Campus Compact
Alaina serves at Maine Campus Compact as the STEM VISTA to support collaborative partnerships between higher education and K-12 to strengthen the STEM pipeline. She also provides technical assistance support and outreach focused on pilot projects based on replicable models.
Tori Forkus – University of Maine at Presque Isle
As UMPI’s Early College VISTA, Tori works with several campus and community entities to expand College Access programs to low-income and populations through many collaborative initiatives. Tori also works with UMPI faculty to support engaged learning partnerships with community organizations.
Anthony Panciocco – University of Maine
Anthony will serve at The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism to coordinate the Black Bear Tutors Program, including recruitment of student tutors, training, matching students with local youth and supervision. He will also provide guidance to the Black Bear Mentor program.
Heaven Riendeau – Maine Campus Compact/UMaine Cooperative Extension
As the Hunger Dialogue VISTA, Heaven will help to raise awareness and mobilize college campuses throughout Maine to address hunger for low income individuals and to provide a platform for Maine students to actively work to address food insecurity on their campuses and in their communities.