Annie Munro – Live Oak Resource Center
Originally from Connecticut, Annie received their B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. After graduating, they moved Houston, Texas and taught environmental education programs to low-income 4th and 5th graders with the Fish & Wildlife Service. They also worked on the Every Kid in a Park grant to provide free field trip transportation for low-income schools in Houston. Annie is passionate about education equality and is excited to be serving at Live Oak Community Resources supporting families in the Santa Cruz community and bringing quality tutoring and mentoring to low-income Santa Cruz students.
Angelica Gomez–UCSC Arboretum
A Central California transplant, Angelica received her BS in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she served her initial year with SLO-CASA. She has a passion to serve and help others in any capacity and this is her second term at the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden and third Americorps term! Angelica enjoys music, hiking, thrifting, and cooking in her spare time. She is looking forward to learning and growing more in her current position.
Angela Tapia – Young Writers Program
An aspiring teacher and perpetual writer, Angela Tapia is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in Literature and a minor in Education. Across all professional pursuits, she values collaboration that results in stronger communities and louder voices. Volunteering with Young Writers Program last year inspired her to be as open and brave as the young people she mentored. She juggles reading too many books at a time, spent last summer improving stories for kindergartners, and enjoys her free time being with family.
Erin Devitt – Ecology Action
Originally from Ohio, Erin lived in four states in the East, Midwest, and South before moving to her favorite place of all, Santa Cruz. Here she obtained her BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz. She is passionate about social and environmental justice and intends to help create a more sustainable and humane world. In her spare time, you can find Erin DJing local events, doing yoga, hooping, and exploring nature.
Elana Sanford – Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
Originally from Santa Cruz, Elana received her BS in Biology and Economics from Tufts University in Boston. As an undergrad, she was involved improving access to college for first generation college students. In the future she hopes to attend medical school and is passionate about health and early childhood education. In the meantime she is excited to be the Lead AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, working with the wide variety of organizations that the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County supports.
Melissa Miketa – Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
Originally from North Carolina, Melissa graduated from East Carolina University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She moved to Santa Cruz shortly after graduation for a change of scenery and to be part of community engagement here at the Volunteer Center. She has a passion for meeting new people and experiencing new things. Melissa is a hardcore foodie, sunset chaser, and music enthusiast. In her free time she enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends, and watching her east coast sports teams.
Kyle Willhite – Common Roots Farm & Sweaty Sheep
Kyle attended Diablo Valley College, UCSC and Saint Mary’s College of California where he studied environmental science. He is passionate about sustainability, horticulture and recreational therapy. As the first AmeriCorps member at Common Roots Farm, he has had his hands full building up their infrastructure for volunteers. Kyle is excited about the experience he is gaining in his position as he hopes to create his own nonprofit one day.