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Natt Bartell – Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

Natt Bartell is joining AmeriCorps VIP as the new Lead of the Santa Cruz County Cohort after having finished a Master’s Degree in English at Cal Poly. Natt’s primary role will be facilitating connections between volunteers and outreach opportunities in the Santa Cruz community and working to make sure that volunteer and community needs are met. In the spare time between doing outreach and working at the Volunteer Center, Natt has a passion for writing and enjoys gardening, studying natural history, and walking Marlowe (the cutest rescue dog in the entire world).

Contact Natt: americorps@scvolunteercenter.org

Phone: (831) 427-5070 x119

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Valentina Velasquez  – Digital Nest

Valentina Velasquez attended St. Mary’s College of CA and in 2020 she graduated with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Spanish with a minor in Sociology. While at St. Mary’s she worked for their Intercultural Center as a Student Leader Initiating Diversity Education. She also partook in the school’s MICAH (Mulvaney Immersion Communities for Action & Humility) summer fellowship as a student assistant at St. Mary’s Center Preschool. Valentina was also a member of various clubs, including the St. Mary’s Honors Program, La Hermandad, and Ballet Folklórico  Guadalupano. Now that she is back in her hometown of Watsonville, CA she is finding ways to give back to her community. She is excited to continue working with the Digital NEST as an AmeriCorps VIP fellow!

Contact Valentina: valentina.v@digitalnest.org

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Anne-Marie Snider  – Community Connection

Anne-Marie Snider has lived in Australia and New Zealand for much of the last ten years. After moving to Watsonville, and years of teaching, she is currently learning how to manage volunteer services for Community Connection. In her free time, she makes beats on her MPK mini and goes on beach walks.

Contact Anne-Marie: anne-marie@ccsantacruz.org

Phone: (831) 531-7309

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Luke Ballmer  – Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

Raised in Ventura, Luke graduated from Clark University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and a minor in French. Over three years, he worked in used sporting goods retail management, eBay and other e-commerce resale platforms, professional social media marketing, and founded B1 LLC. Refocusing his business plans to founding B1 as an e-commerce resale nonprofit, he rekindled his old passion for humanitarian work and now focuses on learning how to help this work best operate. He serves at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, strengthening volunteer infrastructure. In his free time he tends to fixate on his Instagram, his memoir available on Amazon, and his amateur raps, all of which can be found via: linktr.ee/lukenehemiahballmer

Contact Luke: serve@scvolunteercenter.org

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Aydan Prime  – Live Oak Community Resources

Born in Santa Cruz, Aydan is a recent graduate from Swarthmore College where they received a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in Spanish. While in college they were heavily involved in Swarthmore's Indigenous Students Association, where they advocated for better access and resources for native students with their indigenous colleagues. They also spent time outside of college working as an educator, and are thrilled to be supporting the tutoring program at Live Oak Community Resources this year. They plan to pursue a masters degree in education in the hopes of starting their own program for Native students in STEM. Aydan is also an avid musician and photographer, and is working on their first self-produced EP, and continues to shoot film for their website aydanprime.myportfolio.com

Contact Aydan: aydanp@cbridges.org