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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John Gilmer

John Gilmer, Tennessee State Co-Director

A native of Mobile, Alabama, John graduated summa cum laude from The University of the South: Sewanee in 2012 with a double major in French studies and English literature. Read More >

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Kyra Hanlon

Kyra Hanlon, Tennessee State Co-Director

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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Hunter Keane

Hunter Keane, Program Manager

Hunter Keane, a native of the Memphis area, graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University with a double major in philosophy and marketing as well as a minor in international studies. He then attained an M.A. in Religion and Public Engagement from Wake Forest University. Read More >

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Rebecca Boorstin

Rebecca Boorstin, AmeriCorps Member

Rebecca Boorstin, a New York City native, graduated from Pitzer College in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in psychology. Read More >

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Rachel Bressler

Rachel Bressler, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rachel graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in Spanish. Read More >

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Sabrina Davis

Sabrina Davis, AmeriCorps Member

Sabrina Davis, a Windham, Connecticut native, graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 with a B.A. in social work and minor in public health studies. Read More >

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Kevin Edwards

Kevin Edwards, DeltaCorps Member

Kevin Edwards graduated summa cum laude from Delta State University  in 2011 and majored in political science. He graduated in 2015 from DSU with his master's in liberal studies and in 2017 graduated from University of Memphis with a master's in journalism. Read More >

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Taylor Fish

Taylor Fish, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Taylor, a native of East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA, with a major in biology and a minor in healthcare studies. Read More >

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CiCi Flanagan

CiCi Flanagan, AmeriCorps Member

Originally from Summit, New Jersey, CiCi Flanagan graduated from Boston University, where she majored in business administration with a concentration in organizational behavior. Read More >

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Grace Gealy

Grace Gealy, AmeriCorps Member

Grace Gealy, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in political science and also completed a minor in history and a certificate in non-profit management. Read More >

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Amanda Ibrahim

Amanda Ibrahim, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee, Amanda Ibrahim graduated from the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus in 2017, where she majored in biology and also completed minors in chemistry and sociology. Read More >

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Sydney Jackson

Sydney Jackson, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Sydney graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton in 2017 where she majored in sociology and communication with a concentration in media production. Read More >

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Abby Knight

Abby Knight, DeltaCorps Member

Abby graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2017 where she majored in Sociology with a minor in psychology. Read More >

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Laura Markham

Laura Markham, AmeriCorps Member

Laura Markham, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, summa cum laude, with a major in Marketing and minor in Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More >

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Jaimon Olmsted

Jaimon Olmsted, AmeriCorps Member

Born in Northampton, Massachusetts and raised in the nearby college town of Amherst, Jaimon went on to attend Haverford College, where he majored in political science and minored in Spanish and music. Read More >

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Emiko Ormsbee

Emiko Ormsbee, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Emi graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a major in psychology and a minor in gender and sexuality studies. 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.