Aurora Dismukes – The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County
Aurora has lived in Monterey County all her life, save the two years she studied at UC Berkeley. After having earned a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies, Aurora returned to the Monterey/Santa Cruz area and is now delighted to be working with the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County as an AmeriCorps VIP fellow. Aurora is deeply passionate about social justice and her kitten, Pashenka.
Gabriela Garcia – Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
Raised in Santa Cruz, Gabriela attended San José State University where she received her B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration. Gabriela plans to continue her master’s studies in either Healthcare Administration or Health Policy and Management where she can make an impactful change in the delivery and access to healthcare services. Currently, Gabriela is serving her AmeriCorps term with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, where she is excited to develop professional leadership skills and deepen her understanding of the nonprofit sector. On her time off, Gabriela enjoys sipping on a good cup of hot tea, relaxing with friends, or a scenic walk with her pup.
Mackenzie Myhra – Live Oak Community Resources
Originally from Tracy, California, Mackenzie is a recent graduate from Northern Arizona University where she earned her B.S. in Criminology/Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. During her time in Arizona, she became passionate about sustainability and human rights and worked with many local environmental non-profits as well as taking an active role in sustainability and human rights on campus. During her free time, Mackenzie enjoys hiking, painting, and reading. She is looking forward to serving at Live Oak Community Resources and bringing quality tutoring to low-income families and students.
Heather – Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
Heather is pleased to be serving as AmeriCorps Lead at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County this year. Her primary role is facilitating connections between volunteers and the variety of organizations in Santa Cruz County. She appreciates the opportunity to learn about different needs in the community and ways individuals can create change.