Meet the Team: Tennessee

Stephen Black

Stephen Black, President and Founder

Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950's and 60's following his grandfather's role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Read More >

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Sarah Louise Smith

Sarah Louise Smith, Executive Director

Sarah Louise Smith, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in June 2006 with a B.A. in political economy. She received an MBA from The University of Alabama in May 2012. Read More >

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Cat Monaco

Cat Monaco, Tennessee State Director

Cat Monaco, a native of Darien, IL, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Read More >

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Lucy Rosenbloom

Lucy Rosenbloom, Program Manager

Lucy was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she majored in Urban Studies, and also completed minors in both African American Studies and Religious Studies Read More >

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Samuel Batiste

Samuel Batiste, AmeriCorps Member

Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in the nearby town of Suwanee, Sam graduated from Harvard College in 2016, where he majored in History and also completed a minor in Government. Read More >

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Danielle Chandler

Danielle Chandler, AmeriCorps Member

Danielle Chandler, a native of Memphis, TN, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society with a concentration in Health Policies and Economies. Read More >

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Molly Gaston

Molly Gaston, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Born and raised in Russellville, Alabama, in 2016 Molly graduated from The University of Alabama, where she majored in Human Development and Family Studies. Read More >

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John Gilmer

John Gilmer, AmeriCorps Member

A native of Mobile, Alabama, John graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of the South: Sewanee with a double major in French studies and English literature. Read More >

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Kyra Hanlon

Kyra Hanlon, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Kyra Hanlon graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2016 with a degree in culture & politics. Read More >

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Katie Hill

Katie Hill, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Katie graduated cum laude from Samford University in May 2016, where she majored in Human Development and Family Life Education. Read More >

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Bailey Jones

Bailey Jones, AmeriCorps Member

Bailey Jones, a Memphis native, graduated from Rhodes College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. Read More >

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Soo Kwon

Soo Kwon, AmeriCorps Member

Eun Soo Kwon, was first born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Denver, Colorado when she was four. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in international affairs and Chinese. Read More >

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Jenny Li

Jenny Li, AmeriCorps Member

Jenny Li, a native of Los Angeles, CA, graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Read More >

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Tenia Miles

Tenia Miles, AmeriCorps Member

Tenia Miles, originally from Nashville, TN, graduated from Emory University in Fall 2016 where she received a B.A. in Human Health. Read More >

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Alison Neel

Alison Neel, AmeriCorps Member

A native of Petal, Mississippi, Alison graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and minors in chemistry and art. Read More >

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Tinsley Roberson

Tinsley Roberson, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Tinsley Roberson, a native of Hoover, AL, graduated magna cum laude from The University of Alabama in May 2016 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Chemistry. Read More >

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Mary Kate Thomas

Mary Kate Thomas, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Mary Kate graduated cum laude from Samford University in 2016. Read More >

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Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.  Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.